from super simple, colourful, fizzy, bubbly, to super-luxury skin-loving ones.
By Talitha McEwan
So the Summer has ended (NOOOOOOOO!). If you are sad like me (because I love outdoor swimming and the ocean) then there is a way to make those cold mornings and evenings a bit more enjoyable. How? Just have a nice, hot, relaxing bath! These bath salts are super easy to make. My little sister has been helping me since she was a tiny baby. They make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day. You can make them as simple as you like or add fancy ingredients to make them a special luxury gift. You can even make them and sell them at the markets to make some pocket money.
What you need:
- Epsom salts – they are fine white mineral crystals (magnesium sulphate). They sooth sore muscles.
- Salt – you have a lot of choice. You can use Coarse salt (my favourite), fine salt, flaked salt or add a touch of glam by using the Pink Himalayan salts. If you have Dead Sea salt you can use that too.
- Sodium Bicarbonate
Optional Extras that will make the bath really nice:
- Liquid Colours – for soap, Pure Nature sells lots of colours
- Fragrance – Essential oils and Fragrance Oils
- Additives like spirulina, clay, butters – cocoa or shea, oils – like Sweet Almond, Argan or Golden Jojoba oil, milk powder, cocoa powder,
- Extra additives like glitter for soaps/cosmetics, dried flowers/herbs (like rose petals or dried lavender)
- Measuring cups – for measuring the salts
- Spoons – I find it easiest to move the mixed stuff into the containers
- Plastic box/jar with lid – to mix the salts and ingredients in, trust me it makes it super easy
- Decorative/gifting container – you have a lot of choice, from zip lock bags, small screw lid tins, to plastic boxes and glass jars. Glass Jars do look amazing (specially if you are layering different coloured salts) but please be careful, glass can be slippery and who wants a broken glass in the bathroom? If you are giving a gift to grandma/eldery or kids, stick to the plastic boxes/jars.
What to do?
Step 1. Basic mix:
- 1 cup of Epsom Salts
- 1 cup of Coarse Salt/salt you prefer
- 3 table spoons of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 table spoon cornstarch
Place all in the plastic Box. Make sure the lid fits and close. Shake. Shake. Shake.
Step 2. Add colour. Drop by drop and shake in between until you reach the colour you like.
Step 3. Add scent. For lavender bath salts (big bag which is 300g) I added around 60 drops. I know it sounds like a lot but you want the whole bath to smell nice. Place the lid back on and shake well.
Step 4. Spoon into an airtight container/zip lock bag.
AND YOU ARE DONE!
Tip: Why airtight? Your salts will become rock solid if you don’t store them in airtight container.
Now for the more luxury ones. These have extra steps. Follow steps 1-4 as above.
Step 5. Add glitter or shave some cocoa butter (or grate or use the cocoa butter pellets. I normally use those but have run out.). Shake. Add oil of your choice.
Tip: These types of salts are ‘wet’ mix. They are very nourishing for your skin and your skin will be super soft. But it will make your bath slippery so take care and tell people/write a warning note. They are worth the extra cleaning, I promise. My ‘Vanilla Goddess’ salts are my top selling ones along with the ‘Magic Muscles’.
Fizzy Bath Salts
Follow Steps 1 – 4 but use ½ of the scent only.
Step 5. Add Citric Acid – I use same amount as I used of bicarbonate of soda.
Tip: Why do I use less fragrance? Well you don’t want them to start fizzing on you!
Bubbling Bath Salts
Follow Steps 1-4.
Step 5: Grate some soap base (melt and pour of your choice) or cold process soap (I grate my own non-coloured Lavender Essential oil for this). This will mean when you add the bath salts to the running water you will have some bubbles but they will be super gentle to your skin.
Now for some of my favourite recipes:
Vanilla Goddess – Talitha’s Treasures Super Special Mix
- 175g Espom Salts
- 175g Coarse Sea Salt
- 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt
- 60g of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 20 g of each cocoa butter (pellets or grated) and shea butter (break the clumps)
- 20ml of golden jojoba oil
- Vanilla clear Pure nature Fragrance oil
- Pinch of gold glitter for cosmetics/soaps
Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts
Just follow steps 1-4 and add approx 40 drops of essential oil. Please ask an adult to help you with this part. You don’t want to get the pure essential oil on your skin – it can irritate you.
Fun Rainbow/Multi-colour Layered Salts in a Jar
Make a big batch of the Basic mix. Split into bowls/boxes. Add different colour (and scent if you like) to each bowl/box. Mix. Carefully layer using a spoon, do not shake this jar!
Detoxing Bath Salts
To the basic mix add 30 g of spirulina, 30g of green clay. 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 15 drops of juniper essential oil.
Chocolate Milkshake Bath Salts
Add ½ cup of milk powder to the basic mix. Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the mix. For fragrance us 10 drops of chocolate fragrance oil and 10 drops of vanilla fragrance oil. Shake.
PACKAGING: Please think who the gift is for – only use glass jars for grown ups. Use plastic jars or zip lock bags or tins for young kids and elderly. This is the fun part, you can use stickers, ribbons, fabric……
Tip: Mother’s day is soon – make your mum a cup of tea (I have made the peppermint tea) and a card. Don’t forget to write that you will give your mum at least 30 minutes of peace and quiet and will not interrupt her while she has her relaxing bath! You can even make a door sign.