You can make your own homemade version of bath salts, bath milk, herbal soaks and more. This page contains homemade spa bath recipes.
Did you know that besides ancient therapeutic ingestion of ginger (also known as gingerroot) being used for assorted ailments such as arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, indigestion, and sinusitis, ginger is also therapeutic to use externally? Here's a really nice mild, yet invigorating, mixture enough for one soak in the bathtub that serves as a wonderful circulation stimulant. Oh, and the baking soda as an ingredient aids in detox of the body too!
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Makes 10 beads.
Take a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball, with your hands. Keep rolling and working with the dough until it is shiny with oil all over it. Repeat until all of the dough has been shaped. Place the balls on waxed paper or foil and let air dry for 24 hours. You can leave in ball shape or press designs in them. This makes a handful of fragrant bath beads. When one or two dissolve in warm bath water, they release skin-softening milk and oil, and the scent of roses.
By JodiT from Aurora, CO
Directions for use: Pour 1/4 of the buttermilk bath powder in tub as you add hot water .
(makes 1/2 cup, enough for 2 baths)
Directions for use: Add 1/cup of mixture to hot bath water
(makes 2 cups, enough for 4 baths)
Store in a large zip-lock bag
Directions for use: Use about 1/3 cup per bath
Directions for use: Use 1/4 cup per bath, add to running hot water.
This scrub acts as a cleanser, scrub and moisturizer all in one.
Directions for use: Use this in the shower on dry skin(otherwise the salt melts instead of scrubs). Rub and scrub anywhere you need to exfoliate and moisturize. Bath Bombs
These are fragile so carefully package each bomb in its own cellophane bag or in a closed container to keep fresh.
Directions for use: To use, drop one bomb into warm bath water to release fragrance and oils. A little bit of heaven right in your bath tub!
By Mythi from Silverdale WA
March 14, 2010
Thanks for the recipes. Good to give as gifts.
Does anyone have a homemade recipe for paraffin baths using canning jar paraffin? My therapist and my orthopedist are adamant that I need to use paraffin heat treatment for an injury incurred when a careless driver T-boned my car recently. I do have a bath but I need more paraffin and it would need to be special ordered since I can't find a local source.
Jeanne from Florida
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November 8, 2007
I am teacher of beauty and can anyone give me a recipe for chocolate paraffin wax for manicures please
Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixed. Keep in a glass jar with a lid. Add 1/2 cup to hot bath water.
Source: my cousin
By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO
I use a silicone ice cube mold to form my fizzies. I made some with a heart shape, rose fragrance oil and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a red ribbon for my grandson's pre-K teacher. He helped pack the cavities, he was so proud and Mrs. Cole was very happy!
Make the fizzie recipe, "firmly" pack into mold (I sprayed mine with coconut oil). Let them stay in mold overnight and then unmold on a bath towel (to reduce the risk of chipping). I let them dry for another day before they were packaged.
By Christi-TX from Abilene, TX
Here is a bath salt I made. So relaxing and also great for gifts.
By Crystal T. 1
Instead of using mineral oil in the bath beads, can I use baby oil?
To Use: Add 1/2 cup or into a warm bath while it fills.
By JodiT from Aurora, CO
This is a recipe for making homemade bath milk.
Blend together all ingredients in blender. Add 1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
I was wondering if there is a easy way to make your own bath salts. I love to relax in the bath and I get gift baskets all the time. I love the bath salts and was just wondering. It would be greatly appreciated because I have to give a gift basket in july.
Here are some recipes that have been posted in the past here on ThriftyFun:
I use epsom salt mixed equally with sea salt add a few drops of essential oil fragrance, and food coloring sparingly for color. (01/05/2005)
Try this. Its easy and you can vary it with many different scents and personal touches. Makes a beautiful gift when put in a unique glass jar!!
The Salt Blend:
Lavender Bath Salts:
By Great Recipes!
I cannot remember the ladies name. She requested how to make homemade bath salts. I saw a recipe somewhere on the web. Here goes.
You can add a small amount of food coloring paste (kind used for cake decorating). Only if desired.
Stir salt really well. The more you stir the more the smell comes out.
Pour into pretty glass jars. Mason, baby food, jelly etc.
Add several TBSP bath salt into warm bath water. (01/09/2005)
In an effort to save money I am asking for recipes and any websites visited by members that feature DIY recipes for bath oils/gels, bath salts, scented candles, and soap, as these pampering treats are very expensive here. All help is greatly appreciated.
Alison Thomas from Lower Carlton, St. James
I go to a local MOPS group and we do fun crafts. One site they get ideas from is http://www.diynetwork.com, just go to the craft area. And I have used for bath salts this site: http://www.pioneerthinking.com. It made great Christmas gifts to give out! Have fun!! (04/25/2006)
I agree with mobo--Pioneer thinking is the greatest site that I have found and use for making my own natural products and they really are good. Have made many of my own face and skin care products. Have fun! (04/25/2006)
There are recipes ranging from homemade bath salts to homemade weed killer. They have it all. (04/25/2006)
You will need:
Combine rock salt with ten drops of essential oil. Use funnel to pour salt mixture into bottle; cork bottle tightly.
Sparkling Bath Gel:
For bath gel, you will need:
Mix gel and lanolin with a small amount of glitter. Use funnel to pour mixture into bottle. Cork bottle tightly.
Silky Bath Oil:
You will need:
Mix oils together. Place desired dried items in bottle. Note: If using a bottle with a narrow neck, soak dried items in oil mixture before placing them in bottle. Pour oil mixture into bottle; cork bottle tightly.
Fragrant Bath Tea Bags:
For tea bags, you will need:
Using equal parts, mix chamomile blossoms with mint leaves or lavender. For each tea bag, center one square of organza over one square of tulle. Place 1/4 cup of desired tea mixture in center of squares. Gather edges of squares around tea. Wrap an 8" length of trim several times around gathers. Know ends to secure. To use: Place one bag in bathtub under warm running water.
Scented Bath Salts
Make your own bath salts in your favorite scents. Use plain rock salt and add a few drops of essential oil. Lavender and rose work really well. Bottle the salts up in pretty jars or other containers for unique and inexpensive gifts. BE sure to make your bath salts a few weeks ahead of time to allow the oil to thoroughly scent the salts. Write a little homemade tag with the simple instructions: Place a few tablespoons of bath salts under the faucet as you draw your bath.
Caution: Individuals with diabetes should be careful when using bath salts. (04/25/2006)
http://www.candlesandsupplies.com/soapprojects.html and they have the citric acid it requires for a very reasonable price, 4 lbs. for $9.00 and the recipe only requires 1/2 cup (that's a lot of bath fizzes) Their turn around time is very fast too! (01/14/2007)
How do you make bath salts?
WarriorPride from Lenoir, NC
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together all the ingredients. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a ball (about an inch in diameter). Continue doing this with all the dough and place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool completely. To use: drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve.
24 cookies, enough for 12 baths.
Epsom Salt is actually VERY beneficial to persons with high blood pressure. It's a mineral compound composed of magnesium and sulfur in the form of Magnesium Sulfate. Magnesium, an electrolyte, actually lowers blood pressure and is readily absorbed by the skin. I started using Epsom Salt for muscle and joint pain. The uses and benefits of Epsom Salt are wide range and significant. Uses include health, beauty and gardening. The Epsom Salt Council website is an informative and interesting site.
By T. Smith Lexington, Kentucky
How do you make bath salts?
WarriorPride from Lenoir, NC
2-4 Tablespoons is what I usually use of dry instant milk which is so cheap by the box. It is a conditioner and softener for the skin, kinda like milk soap. (07/26/2004)
Here's a milk bath recipe that will smooth and moisturize your skin. It's a spa treatment at home.
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Thoroughly mix together the above ingredients. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks in refrigerator. Add a few tablespoons to your bath water.
Optional: You can add dry flowers to mixture and/or food coloring
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Mix all the ingredients well then pour it into the CLEAN milk bottle. You may want to paint over any text on the bottle with white paint and just simply write Milk on it. The containers to use are the Old Glass Pint Milk Bottles. Then attach a new paper label to the bottle describing how to use it. The instructions should read:
Add 1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water.
* Never recycle containers of any type that have contained chemicals as residue may be left behind even after cleaning.
* Always sterilize containers and bottles that will contain beauty or bath products.
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Great idea, I'm getting right on it. Thank you
This scented bath milk would make a great gift.
Mix milk powder and rose petals together and place them in a pretty wide-necked glass bottle or jar. Add the essential oil and shake well. Insert a scoop for measuring and put lid on bottle or jar. As an added extra, you can sew a beautiful fabric flower onto a hair elastic and place this around the neck of the bottle or jar for tying up long hair before stepping into the bath. Use approximately 50 grams of bath milk per bath (a palmful, or about 1/2 cup)
Milk is a wonderful skin softener and the essential oil is very relaxing.
By Lynette B from Johannesburg, South Africa
I like to know if milk powder will not clog the pores. (12/25/2009)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl before transferring to a decorative bottle. Attach a gift tag with these directions: "Oatmeal Milk Bath" Add a generous amount to warm water running bath water. Soak, relax and enjoy.
By Jan from Suring, WI
Oooo, I love this. It's so great for dry, itching skin. (03/02/2007)
sounds great! Could make for gifts!! Thanks for sharing!! (04/21/2007)
I did this for my child with eczema, it work to calm the itching. Probably would work for other skin ailments, also. Thanks for recipe. (01/26/2010)
You can make your own bath salts by using the following ingredients.
Pick the herb you want to use. In the glass jar, start layering the salts and herbs, starting with a layer of salt and ending with a layer of salt. Close the lid tightly and store the jar in a dark place (I use the back of my closet) for two weeks to one month. Then pour out the salts and throw away the herbs.
Place the salts in decorative containers and enjoy or give as gifts. I use empty plastic food sprinkle containers decorated with stickers.
Source: My Irish grandmother thought me how to make this. I brought it with me when I came to the states.
By McCollonough from TN
I like to use some baking soda and Epsom salts as well. The soda softens the skin and the Epsom is good for sore muscles so it's a nice combo. I found that some people don't like herbs floating in their bathtub so if you add herbs, include a muslin bag to put the salts in so it catches the herbs. The bag can stay in the tub though! (11/25/2009)