Posted October 3, 2012 by Hilary Kennedy in Beauty

Bath Salts – Do It Yourself Recipe to Make Your Own


eelin’ crafty?  Bath salts are a great way to get your “Do It Yourself” on and treat yourself to relaxation at the same time.  You can buy beautiful bath salts and bath bombs at Whole Foods, Lush, and other specialty stores, but if you’ve got the crafter’s touch, try making them yourself!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (or Epsom salt)
  • About 6 drops food coloring
  • 10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)
  • Special equipment: 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle, plastic pipette, silicone ice-cube tray or candy mold tray, storage jars


  1. Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar.
  3. Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
  4. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).
  5. Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Transfer to jars or sealed containers.
  6. Add cellophane giftwrap and tie with ribbon if you decide to give them as a sweet gift!

For a variation on this bath salts recipe, check out To Make: Bath Bombs at Not Martha.

Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlusStyle, focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusMedia.