How to make lavender bath salts
By far the most common question I get is how to make lavender bath salts. Lavender is the classic bath time fragrance, after all, because it's so relaxing.
This is a great recipe for beginners. It's really easy, so even kids can make lavender bath salts and have a great time doing it – and they make a lovely and inexpensive gift for teachers at the end of the year. And any alternative store will sell lavender essential oil, so it's easy to get the ingredients.
I've given measurements for a cup of lavender bath salt; if you want to make more, just multiply these amounts.
What you need to make lavender bath salts
You only actually need two ingredients:
- 1 cup of salts. These can be epsom salts, sea salts, whatever you like – or a mixture of different salts.
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil – depending on how strong you want the scent.
But if you like, you can also use these ingredients:
- Color. It's best to use cosmetic-grade soap colorant if you can get it – food coloring may stain your bathtub! You probably only want a drop or two.
- Some dried lavender, for decoration.
And here's some equipment you may want:
- Bowls for mixing! Glass is best, as some plastics react badly to essential oils.
- Spoons or a whisk, for stirring
- Jars, or other containers, to put the finished salts into. Again, glass is better than plastic.
How to make your lavender bath salts
If you're using a mixture of different salts, mix them up well in your bowl.
Next add the lavender essential oil. Start with a few drops, and mix it in really well, working out any clumps that form. If you want more scent, add more drops – but be wary of adding too much, as it will make the salts clump.
Then add color, if you're using it. A little color goes a long way – I'd start with a drop or two of purple color (or one each of red and blue) and see how that looks. Then if you want a deeper color, you can add more.
Finally, add in some dried lavender. I like to add a couple of teaspoons of just the petals (if you have whole heads, then just gently rub the petals off the stalks) mixed in with the salts, and then 2 or 3 whole lavender heads tucked down the side of the jar – they look pretty that way.
Put the lid tightly on the jar, tie a purple ribbon around it, and you're done!
Combining lavender with other scents
Lavender mixes really well with other essential oils. Here are some ideas for oils you can add to vary your lavender bath salts recipe:
- Peppermint (see my peppermint and lavender bath salts recipe)