Homemade Bath Salts

by GettingFreedom on December 4, 2009

We are working with a tight Christmas budget this year, and we’re hoping to do as many homemade gifts as we can. While I love making edible gifts to give, there is only so many people like to recieve–so I had to broaden my horizons.

Recently while shopping, I began to look at some of the pre-made gifts on the shelves and realized that many were things I could make at home for less than half what I could buy them for. Why pay the middle man?

Homemade Bath Salts are perfect for teacher gifts, or even in a basket along with some specialty {homemade} soap, a loofah or some washcloths for members in your family. If you wanted to spend a bit more, you could even add a robe and some slippers, along with a soothing candle for a bathtime treat.

The supplies for this project cost me less than $5, and I have enough for 3 gifts. You will need Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, glass containers, and ribbon.


I bought Lavendar Epsom Salts so I wouldn’t have to add essential oils. If you can’t find scented salts, just add a few drops of your choice essentials oil until you reach your desired strength. I always buy my baking soda in bulk because I use so much of it. Those little boxes never last!

Combine 2 parts of Epsom Salts to 1 part Baking Soda and combine together with a fork. Add into glass containers for giving as gifts. Decorate with ribbon or raffia.

This jar, in it’s former life, was full of baby corn that you use in Stir-Fry dishes. Perfect size for a Teacher gift in a festive basket. Add in a small candle or a bag of chocolates and you have a gift for under $4.

I picked up this jar at a yard sale this summer for .50 cents and I’ve been waiting to find the perfect use for it.

What gifts are you making this Christmas Season?

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Sandra December 4, 2009 at 3:20 am

Great Idea! I'm into making homemade gifts too.

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Sherry December 4, 2009 at 3:50 am

Oooh, these are adorable!!

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Amy @ Finer Things December 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Stumbled this. Need to make some for MYSELF. My one indulgence is bubble bath, but this would be so much less expensive!

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kanishk December 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Great Idea!these are adorable!!

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JessieLeigh December 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm

You're so very clever! And I simply adore that jar you picked up for 50 cents. I'd love to be on the receiving end of that gift. :)

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Tiffanee December 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I love this idea. My grandma and I made these years ago for a school project. It brings back great memories. Thanks!!

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Mandi @ It's come to this December 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! You also made me remember about a recipe I found one time for bath cookies for the little ones … so double thank you:)

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Bloggin' Mama December 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Nice! We must have been on the same train of thought today, I made bath salts as well! I made candy cane (spearmint oil), layered white and red in various jars. Tied them with a tag and a ribbon and that was the last of my homemade gifts!!

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Cara December 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I love giving those! I've added little lavender flowers (cheap in bulk from the health food store because they're so light)

A 'get well soon' gift could be with added eucalyptus EO (clears the sinuses)

Great idea

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Michelle December 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

these are great Phoebe! I'm going to be experimenting with making a salt scrub tomorrow with essential and olive oils and kosher salt. Will try it on myself first before I make quantity LOL

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Lanie December 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Such a great idea! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites! ~Lanie

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Beth Anne January 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I love making homemade gifts too…I will have to add this to my list for next year!

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