How to make bath salts – lavender salt recipe
There is not much that can go wrong when you are making a bath salt, and according to what I have read and experienced so far, it seems there is a quite common recipe to follow, including these basic ingredients
- salts, which can be combination of any of these
- ground sea salt (or any other coarse salt)
- epsom salt (often used as the only salt in the recipe)
- fine sea/kitchen salt (in combination with ground sea salts)
- a small quantity of oil of choice (optional)
- some glycerine (optional)
- essential oils or perfumes (optional, but what would the salt be for if it does not smell good?)
- dried flowers or eventually some natural colorants for decoration (optional)
Many people choose coarse salts – for decorative purposes – it just looks nicer. There is no other reason of choosing them over finely ground salts (there is rather a disadvantage – they do dissolve slower).
Often, with coarse salts, some fine salts are added, although I am not really sure if the part of fine salt is inevitable in the recipe. I think it is there either :
- to absorb essential oils and perfumes (but these are usually absorbed by the oils in the recipe.
- to provide some additional value, like epsom salt does
- sea salts, as they are rich in different types of minerals, including magnesium, potassium… and are very often found coarse
- epsom salt – or in other words – magnesium sulfate – is used in baths for muscle or other pain relief (did not find any scientific references for this… I found for intravenous administration, but not the external)
- common salt – sodium chloride
Red turkey oil (sulfated castor oil) is very often used in the bath salt recipes – it dissolves readily in water and does not float on the top of the water, neither leaves the bath tube slippery after…
85% coarse salt (e.g. sea salt, epsom salt…)
5% fine salt (kitchen salt, finely ground sea salt or epsom salt…)
5% oils and/or glycerine
3% dried flowers
1% fragrance/essential oils
The good news is that all you have to do is just to mix all the ingredients in a clean bowl and that’s it!
MAKE YOUR OWN RECIPE
There is nothing easier. Start with the basic recipe and tweak it as you wish, but it is good to follow this advice:
- The only thing that should stay plus or minus the same proportion is the percentage of salts that should be around 90-95%
- Too much of oils will resolve in a greasy bath and oil floating at the bottom of the pot, which will have to be stirred every time before usage.
- If you anyhow wish more oils, I do recommend to add rather the red turkey oil (sulfonated castor oil), that dissolves in water
DO NOT ADD WATER or any other HYDROLATS in your formulation – it will dissolve your salts, which you don’t want – you want to have a nice salt to be added, not some salty solution to be poured into to bath…
Feel free to choose different types of essential oils and their combinations. You may try to increase their proportion up to 3-5%.
Tip: By experimenting with fragrances, dried flowers, colors and oils you can create infinite combinations, each for other occasion. It makes a nice gift when nicely packaged!
Here is a nice example recipe from the book of Michele Nicoué-Pachoud Mes cosmétiques naturels faits maison.
Lavender – lemon bath salt recipe (for 2-3 baths)
200g (7 oz) of ground sea salt
10g (0.35 oz) of fine sea/kitchen salt (try epsom salt instead)
1 tablespoon red turkey oil (or other oil of choice)
1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil (or other oil of choice)
20 drops True lavender essential oil
20 drops Lemon essential oil
A handful of dried lavender flowers
Mix well and store in a well closed recipient so that essential oils do not evaporate.
Use a handful of salt for one bath.
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