Homemade Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts


Today, I’m sharing an easy recipe for Homemade Bath Salts. Choose your favorite scent and a coordinating color, and you have a lovely homemade gift. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and these homemade bath salts would be a perfect gift for mom. Speaking of gifts for mom, I’m teaming up with some of my favorite blogger friends for the Year of Celebrations Pinterest party. This month is all about Mom, Dads and Grads. If you are a blogger, keep reading to see how you can join in. If you aren’t a blogger, follow along on our Year of Celebrations board to be inspired by amazing projects!

You can make this project really easy and just mix one big batch of any scent, or you can divide it up and make several different scents. I used peppermint oil, sweet orange oil and lavender. Then used food coloring to color each batch a coordinating color.  Here’s a list of what you will need to get started:


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Essential Oils

Gel Food Color Set

Epsom Salt

Coarse Sea Salt or Coarse Kosher Salt

Baking Soda

Wide Mouth Pint and Half Mason Jars

You may also need:

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls




Homemade Bath Salts


I started by making one large batch that would fill three pint and a half sized mason jars.  I combined the sea salt, epsom salt and baking soda in a large stainless steel bowl, then divided that mixture into thirds. In each of the three bowls. I dropped in 4 to 6 drops of peppermint, sweet orange, and lavender. Each in their own bowls.


Homemade Bath Salts

 Since I wanted to layer my sea salts, I only colored half of each mixture and layered the bath salts into each jar alternating between colored salts and white salts. To color the bath salts,  in a separate bowl or cup, combine 2-3 drops of gel food color with a splash of water, then stir well to distribute color through out mixture.

Homemade Bath Salts


I just love these colors together!

Homemade Bath Salts

Updated: If you want to store the layered and colored bath salts after making, try just using Epsom Salt as the white layer to keep the colors more vibrant!

Homemade Bath Salts
  • 3 cups of sea salt or kosher salt
  • 5 cups of epsom salt
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • gel food coloring
  • essential oils
  1. Combine sea salt or kosher salt, epsom salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add desired amount of essential oils.
  3. To color bath salts, combine gel food coloring with a splash of water and whisk until combined.
  4. Spread colored bath salts out in a single layer and let air dry before storing.
  5. Sprinkle desired amount of bath salts into a tub filling with hot water and enjoy!


Moms, Dads and Grads Pinterest Party!


The Moms, Dads and Grads Year of Celebrations Pinterest party will be held this Sunday, May 4th, and you are all cordially invited to join in!

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The monthly Year of Celebrations Pinterest Party is the place to find THE most comprehensive, inspiring Pinterest board on the block. Each and every month, we’ll be focusing on a different holiday or celebration, and this month is all about Moms, Dads and Grads.

Here are all of the details for how YOU can participate:

  • What: A Pinterest Party to celebrate all things Easter!

  • When: THIS Sunday, May 4th at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST

How you can participate:

  • Round up YOUR favorite Moms, Dads or Grads projects and recipes. Anything goes: crafts, decor, sweet treats, and more!
  • Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board. 

  • When the party kicks off, pin and tweet YOUR favorite project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. Helpful hint: We highly recommend putting the hashtag at the beginning of your tweet to ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
  • On Sunday, May 4th tune in at the appointed time and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours! 
  • Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations.

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  1. I noticed that you have both epsom salt AND kosher/sea salt. Just curious if there’s a reason for the non-epsom salt? Could you do this project with just epsom salt? Thanks so much!… Ps. I love how you layered the colors with white!

  2. I did use just Epson salt lemon aid koolaid. with girlscouts it was a great mom gift you can add powder milk too. have a great day

  3. Does the gel food coloring change the color of the bath water? I’m thinking of doing this as a favor for my baby shower. I love the idea of DIY.

  4. Monica Cano says:

    For instruction number four (letting the salts dry before storing), for how long do I need to let them dry?

  5. Do you have to use gel food coloring?

  6. I recently made these, did not do the food color step, just left them natural. I Put them all in jars and they have clumped up. Is that normal thing that happens with homemade bath salts or did I do something wrong?

  7. I had made similar bath salt with my students for Mother’s Day before. I used food coloring, but wasn’t happy with the color it left on my tub. Today, looking for an alternative, I found colored sugar (the kind you decorate cupcakes with). I got purple. It looks like purple glitter in with the salts! Just an idea I wanted to share.

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