Bath Salts Recipe: DIY Wedding Shower Favors

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DIY bath salts are probably the easiest and most economical DIY favors known to man, er woman – especially with this bath salts recipe. Talk about bang for your buck! Which of your female guests wouldn’t love a luxurious soak in a tub filled with gorgeous aromas and pure, skin-softening salts?

I especially loved this DIY wedding project because it gave me an excuse to open my potions cupboard. You see, way back when I used to be a soap maker extraordinaire and I still have all of my luscious essential oils tucked away in a cupboard. I jump at any chance to unscrew the lids and inhale deeply:) Aromatherapy indeed!

I think this would be a fabulous shower gift. You could even make up a bunch of different varieties (I made pink grapefruit, bergamot, lime and mint) and have your guests fill their own containers with their desired fragrance. You could call it a ‘spa station’ and offer up other spa goodies, like handmade soap and DIY bath bombs. (This could get expensive, so if you are on a tight budget, the bath salts would be just fine on their own.)

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Bath Salts Recipe (Fills two 150 ml containers)

3/4 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup coarse sea salt

1/4 cup baking soda

8 drops essential oil

food coloring



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Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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If there are lumps, crush them. Add food coloring and essential oil.

bath salts recipe Using a whisk, mix in the essential oil and food coloring.

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Scoop bath salts into airtight containers.

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  1. Posted by Marie on January 24th, 2012 at 11:53pm

    What do you mean by essential oils? And where would be a good place to buy them?
  2. Posted by Christina on January 25th, 2012 at 2:21pm

    You can buy essential oils at any health food store - or online.
  3. Posted by frances on February 5th, 2012 at 10:00pm

    will the food coloring stay on your skin
  4. Posted by Christina on February 5th, 2012 at 10:35pm

    Frances, do you mean when you are mixing it? If you use your hands to mix the bath salts, wear gloves. The food colouring is diluted when its in the tub so it won't stay on your skin.
  5. Posted by Heather on March 28th, 2012 at 9:11pm

    Can you please tell me where you got your air tight containers from?
  6. Posted by Christina on March 28th, 2012 at 9:14pm

    Heather, I got them from my local dollar store.
  7. Posted by Rolinda on April 18th, 2012 at 2:08am

    Hi,if I would want to do it as a wedding favor what type of bags can I put them in at least something affordable
    Will plastic be a good option and maybe spruce it up with some fancy ribbon locks
  8. Posted by Christina on April 18th, 2012 at 8:45am

    I think Cello bags would work... but I haven't tried them myself.
  9. Posted by Tara on May 22nd, 2012 at 6:38pm

    Thank you for this post! I'm co-hosting a beach themed bridal shower for my sister in law and this idea was perfect for the favors. I made the salts in the wedding colors (teal and salmon) and scented them in soap fragrances of cucumber melon and coconut orchid. I filled small glass bottles with cork tops and inserted small thank you messages rolled up! They came out so cute! Thank you for the inspiration!
  10. Posted by danelle on August 19th, 2012 at 3:42pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I am having a spa birthday party for a group of 8 year olds. This will be great at one of the areas for them to make their own bath salts and then decorate a lable to put on a cello bag. Oh my mind is racing! I can't wait!
  11. Posted by Christina on August 19th, 2012 at 4:54pm

    A spa party sounds like such a fun idea Danelle! I'll have to keep that in mind for my girls!
  12. Posted by Katara on September 8th, 2012 at 10:28pm

    What is the suggested amount to use in a bath? 1-2 Tablespoons? Or more/less?
  13. Posted by Victoria on January 11th, 2013 at 7:19am

    If someone were to ever have a zombie-themed wedding they should give these as favors!
  14. Posted by Heather on February 27th, 2013 at 11:47am

    Can you skip the essential oils and just use scented Epsom Salts? I know Dr. Teal's makes a few different kinds (Lavender Vanilla, Chamomile, Eucalyptus Spearmint) but I didn't know if that would make a difference to the directions. Has anyone tried it before?
  15. Posted by Heather on March 12th, 2013 at 8:30pm

    P.S. - I just made these with the Dr. Teal's scented Epsom Salts and they came out GREAT. The Epsom Salts are highly scented and it made for even cheaper bath salts since I didn't have to pay for the essential oils. Thanks for this recipe!!
  16. Posted by Kate on November 26th, 2013 at 1:14pm

    Really simple and pretty! Wondering, where did you get your jars?
  17. Posted by Arlette on June 29th, 2014 at 3:16pm

    Very neat idea.. I just question the food coloring tinting salt. Will it stain the body when mixed in the tub? Hate to give to a friend and have them turn blue or red lol.
  18. Posted by Elizabeth Terrell on December 13th, 2014 at 9:39pm

    I made bath salts for friends and family last Christmas and really enjoyed making it!
    I am planning to make some more but I was wondering about putting food coloring in it and if it will stain skin or the bathtub?
    Thank you,
  19. Posted by Christina on December 14th, 2014 at 3:39pm

    A few drops won't hurt.
  20. Posted by Georgeann on January 9th, 2015 at 12:58pm

    What color of food coloring did you use to get the mint color?
  21. Posted by Theresa Gilland on February 24th, 2015 at 9:44am

    How much of the bath salts do you put in the bath?
  22. Posted by Esmer on April 22nd, 2015 at 7:51pm

    Can I use kosher salt in place of sea salt?
  23. Posted by Christina on April 25th, 2015 at 7:58am

  24. Posted by Shaina on May 6th, 2015 at 4:49pm

    I was debating doing this with my kids in my classroom for mother's day. How well do you think it would work if I were to put all of the materials in a ziploc bag and let them shake it rather than using a whisk to mix everything?
  25. Posted by Christina on May 6th, 2015 at 10:19pm

    I haven't tried that method Shaina, so I don't know how well that would work.
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