Making your own luxury bath salts with essential oils is so easy and affordable, and they make special gifts when placed in pretty, decorative bottles. Here in NW Ohio, we have cold, long and dreary winters. One of my personal survival techniques is taking lots of warm baths. I used to buy bath salts to use, but that can get expensive when you are using them a lot (which I do!). I figured out how to make my own and am excited to share the recipe with you. With Christmas approaching, handmade bath salts in pretty bottles make the perfect gift.

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You’ll Need:
1 Cup Epsom Salts
1 Cup Dead Sea Salts
2 Tsp. Baking Soda
30 Drops of Essential Oil (I used lavender for this batch)
1 Tsp. Dried Flowers (I used small lavender buds for this batch)
Pretty Bottles (I found these vintage style beauties here)
I purchased both kinds of salts and the dried flowers on

Ready, Set, Mix!
In a metal bowl, mix 1 cup Epsom Salts and 1 cup Dead Sea Salts. Both of these salts are known for their healing properties and health benefits for the skin. Add about a teaspoon of your dried flowers. Mix well. In a separate, small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons Baking Soda with about 30 drops of Essential Oil. Mix together well with a spoon until clumps are very small. Dump this mixture into your large bowl of salts. Mix very well with a spoon or fork. Now, use your funnel to add your bath salts to the bottles. This batch was just enough to fill two of these bottles.

Optional: I’ve created pretty labels for them on the computer, cutting them out with fancy edge scissors, attaching the label with some pretty ribbon.

Tip: It’s best to mix your bath salts soon before you plan to gift them. If you must store them for a bit, a dry place is best.

Enjoy: For the bath, just sprinkle in a few tablespoons into a warm bath and enjoy the aroma and benefits.

Other Scents: I also love to make bath salts with rose essential oil and dried rose petals. Another favorite is lemongrass essential oil with dried chamomile flowers.

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The perfect gift!

When you’re finished, you’ll have something like this batch I made today… ready to give and enjoy.

Your Supplies

Epsom Salts, Dead Sea Salts, Baking Soda, Dried Flowers, Essential Oil, Funnel, Decorative Glass Bottles

Adding Your Oil

It helps to evenly distribute the scent and prevent clumping by mixing your essential oil with the baking soda in a separate little bowl before adding to the salt.

Bottling Your Salts

A plastic funnel really helps get the salt into the bottle easily with no mess. There are so many pretty bottles out there. Even thrift stores and antique shops may have some that are perfect.

Pretty Labels

Making pretty little labels for your bath salts adds a special touch.