DIY Bath Salts and Scrubs

DIY Bath Salts & Scrubs

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Here in Wisconsin, we  finally have cold weather and snow. I prefer warm and dry. To keep myself from spending too much time on FaceBook, electronic games or watching TV, I do my crafts.

Today I want to share with you the fun and ease of making DIY bath salts and facial scrubs. I give these as gifts to family and friends and use all the time. These recipes will allow you to make 3-4 containers of each kind. It is inexpensive, easy to do and can be completed (all projects) within an hour (depending how many you want to make).

Preplanning is needed so you have your supplies on hand. Many of the items can be found on Amazon, Bulk Apothecary and Abe’s Market. I am sure you can find others.

I use mostly therapeutic oils (they should at least have the latin name of the oil on the label). I used organic salts and sugars whenever possible. After all this is going on your body/face!

The store cost of a 6 ounce container of bath salts or facial scrubs is $18.95 for non-organic and $35 and up for organic. The cost for you to make these is $1.35!

I search thrift stores and clip 40% or 50% off coupons for Michael’s crafts for these. I usually can find many ½ pint jars and pint jars for $.75 to $1.00 at these places. For gifts, I select specialty bottles. Just remember they are glass and to be careful around the sink and tub. Glass can get slippery and break if not careful! MAKE SURE you have containers that seal and keep the air out.

Here are my recipes. Have fun, save money and enjoy!

Basic Bath Salts

  • 3 cups Epsom Salt
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1/2 ounce of fragrance or essential oil

Mix the salts together.
Add your fragrance one drop at a time (I use 2-3 drops).

Mix well to get out clumps.



  • You can add color by using Micas or soap coloring. Food coloring will stain your tub and your body! I use soap colorings as they are less expensive.
  • Add Botanicals – I purchase bags of dried lavendar, calendula and rose petals. Many are available for any fragrance and it looks nice in a clear glass container.
  • Add Baking Soda – You can add 1 cup of organic baking soda to the salts. It is a great skin softener.


Try experimenting with different scents. My daughter loves a popular scent from a high-end women’s lingerie store. She gets their line of creams and body lotions there. I found that scent and make bath salts for her for Christmas. It smells devine.


Facial Salt Scrubs

Starter Salt Scrub Instructions


  • 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 – 3 drops Essential Oil
  • Color (Mica powder or soap colors)

To begin:

Add the color (if you are using one) a little at a time to the Salt and blend. Keep it light as it will turn dark once you add the oil.

Add the Grapeseed Oil to the salt. Mix to coat all of the salt.

Add a fragrance.

This is where I usually use a good essential oil instead of just a scented oil. This is going on your face, so it is better to use the best.

Facial Sugar Scrubs

Basic Facial Sugar Scrub

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 TBS Vitamin E Oil
  • 1-2 tsp Essential Oil

Mixing Instructions

  • Mix the Almond oil and Grapeseed Oil together
  • Put sugar in large bowl and slowly pour the mixed oils over the sugar
  • Slowly drop in the Vitamin E Oil. Drop directly from the bottle so you don’t waste any.
  • Mix oils and sugar thoroughly
  • Add the Essential Oil and mix well.
  • Once done, just put into a jar and seal.

Using Facial Scrubs

Rinse face in lukewarm water. Gently massage a small amount of scrub over damp skin. Rinse and massage oils into your face.


Use any citrus, pepperrmint , orange, or cranberry spice oils.

Add 1/3 cup of Avocado Oil for more luxurious feeling and to keep winter dry skin at bay. (Remember to then use only 1/3 cup Grapeseed Oil and 1/3 cup of Sweet Almond Oil.


Optional recipes

Lime Coconut Sugar Scrub (from Bulk Apothecary)

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this summer treat:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Lime Essential Oil

All of these recipes may be changed by using different scents and colors. Use your imagination!

Let me know if you have any favorite recipes for these types of salts and scrubs!

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