Bath salts are a special treat that offers tremendous benefits for the skin.The simple combination of ingredients will moisturize, soften the skin naturally and release toxins as you soak. The natural plumping properties of bath salts will also reduce the appearance of fine lines.
An inexpensive way to enjoy these benefits is to make your own bath salts. Easy to make bath salts are created with a few simple ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard or local grocery store.
Basic Bath Salt Recipe
The basic recipe for bath salts includes one main ingredient; Epsom salt. Kosher salt, sea salt, baking soda, essential oil and food coloring are optional. Simply combine equal amounts of the salts and baking soda with several drops of the essential oil. Place in a jar until you are ready to use. Approximately 1/3 of a cup of the bath salts are simply poured into a tub of warm water and stirred around until the crystals dissolve.
Experiment with the amount of essential oil. Start with a small amount and add more as desired. Essential oil can be strongly scented because it is a concentrated solution.
Food coloring is often added to bath salts for a decorative touch. Use a few drops for a subtle look or several for a deeper hue. If you are mixing colors to achieve a particular blend, such as purple or orange, it is recommended that the food coloring is mixed first before adding to the salts for an even tone.
Coordinating the smell of the salts with the color adds a nice touch especially if packaged as a gift.
Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe
Adding citric acid to your bath salt recipes will turn the mixture into an explosion of tiny bubbles. Look for citric acid in your local drug store, or order online. Citric acid is simply made from the fermentation of lemon, lime and pineapple juice and will not harm the skin, although as with all homemade beauty treatments check for allergic reactions before soaking in a tub full of ingredients.
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
In a large mixing bowl, combine Epsom salt with baking soda. At this point you can add a few drops of essential oil and stir well. Food coloring can also be added to create the desired color. Mix well and slowly add the citric acid. Stir thoroughly. Store in an air-tight container between uses.
Milky Bath Salt Recipe
An easy milk bath recipe consists of simply substituting powered milk for half of the bath salt ingredients. Adding 1/2 cup of powered milk to any of the easy to make bath salts recipes will give your skin an extra softening touch.
Create a chocolate bath for a calorie free chocolate treat.
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Combine all three ingredients and store in an air-tight container. This chocolate lovers bath does not need any essential oils or coloring, since the cocoa powder does both.
The Herbal Body Book, by Stephanie Tourles, Storey Books, 1994
Natural Beauty at Home, by Janice Cox, Holt Paperbacks, 2002
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