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You can make your own homemade version of bath salts, bath milk, herbal soaks and more. This page contains homemade spa bath recipes.


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April 12, 201115 found this helpful

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!




Mix ingredients well in a small bowl, evenly pour into a tub of nice warm water, swish to disperse, get into the tub, soak for a bit and enjoy how refreshed you'll feel afterwards ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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April 13, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds awesome! Will be trying this! Thank you!

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January 11, 2011

Makes 10 beads.



Combine the dried milk, flour, and borax in a bowl. Using a fork, stir until well mixed. Add the rose water, mineral oil, rose fragrance oil, and food coloring (if desired). Stir until you have thick dough.

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

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, Berrybee! I was concerned about the Borax, too. I wonder if there is a safe substitute for it, that would work with this recipe? I do like the idea of homemade bath oil beads, but would like to avoid the Borax.

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July 9, 2012

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

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July 16, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds fun, but I don't know what you mean by "fizzys". Never heard of them, so don't have a recipe. Can you post one?


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March 15, 2011

Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixed. Keep in a glass jar with a lid. Add 1/2 cup to hot bath water.


February 11, 2011

Mix all the ingredients but the oils together into a glass bowl. Drop the oils in and work it together with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour into a container.


February 8, 2011

This is a recipe for making homemade bath milk.



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July 27, 2007

Buttermilk Bath

This gentle bath will leave your skin soft and silky. Buttermilk is high in fat and lactic acid, and both help soften and hydrate skin. Make an extra portion of this because people of all ages can benefit from this rich, relaxing natural bath. You may want to package this in a decorative glass jar or a cellophane envelope to give as gifts to friends.
  • 1/4 cup dry buttermilk (or dry milk)
  • 1/4 cup Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. essential oil of your choice, depending on your mood. (lavender is relaxing)
Mix together all the ingredients with a wire whisk and pour into a airtight jar or re-sealable plastic bag.

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)

Herbal Milk Bath

  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Dry Milk Powder
  • 2 tsp. of your Favorite Herbs
Combine ingredients in food processor or blender. Add herbs and blend.

Directions for use: Add 1/cup of mixture to hot bath water

(makes 2 cups, enough for 4 baths)

Do It Yourself Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • Fragrance optional, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oils as desired
Combine all ingredients with wire wisk. If your salt is a large crystal type, grind your salt first in a food processor until it is finely grained.

Store in a large zip-lock bag

Directions for use: Use about 1/3 cup per bath

Bubble Milk Bath

  • 1 cup Powdered Milk or powdered buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 4 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1/4 cup Handcrafted Soap(cut in chunks)
  • Optional, fragrance with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oil as desired
Use a food processor, add chunked handcrafted soap and oatmeal until grainy. Add powdered milk, baking soda, corn starch and cream of tartar. Add fragrance and process until it's powdery. Store in glass jar.

Directions for use: Use 1/4 cup per bath, add to running hot water.

Cleansing Body Polish

  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil or other body oils(olive oil works fine)
  • 1/4 cup handcrafted soap( finely grated)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. store in a small plastic jar that you can keep in the shower.

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

  • 4 Tbsp. Citric Acid
  • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp. Monoi de Tahiti Oil (or you can use any other emollient oil like coconut or Almond Oil, )
  • 1/4 tsp. Fragrance Oil or essential oil (Eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary is an uplifting blend, great for head colds)
Sift all of the dry ingredients (first three) into a bowl and mix well with wire whisk. Put bottle of oil in warm water to melt oil. Slowly add oil to dry ingredients, then add fragrance and blend well. Take 1 Tbsp. of mixture and shape into balls or press (really hard)into molds (such as small chocolate mold) if using molds, pop them in freezer till hard and pop out. Let the balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for two to three hours. Gently reshape if needed. Let the bombs dry and harden for 24 to 48 hours.

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!

Vinegar Hair Rinse

  • 1/2 tsp. of vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
After shampooing, apply the vinegar rinse. You may rinse it all out if you want, or leave the rinse on your hair. Leaving the vinegar rinse on your hair will help to prevent tangles. Vinegar helps to restore your pH balance and helps prevent an itchy scalp. Once your hair dries it will not smell like vinegar. Most people like to use the vinegar rinse 1 to 2 times a week. You can experiment adding infused herbs, a few drops of honey or essential oils to your vinegar rinse.

By Mythi from Silverdale WA

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August 28, 20070 found this helpful

A little sugar added to your face or body wash, does wonders for exfoliation and melts just about the time that you need to stop scrubbing! How convenient!

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August 28, 20070 found this helpful

I definitely plan to try the vinegar hair rinse. Thanks for sharing and God bless you!

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

What's the difference between extract and oil?

What's the difference between carrier oils and essential oils?

I'd like to add scent to this but am confused by all the descriptions.



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November 20, 2013

Instead of using mineral oil in the bath beads, can I use baby oil?

By Crystal

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November 21, 20140 found this helpful

If you don't mind smelling like baby oil. It's the same thing except for the perfume.

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June 9, 2006

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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June 10, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you so much. I don't know what combination of words you used to search but I tried several and didn't come up with one recipe, let alone three though I did guess pretty well what the additives would turn out to be. You have no idea, what a wonderful help you have been.

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June 11, 20060 found this helpful

Jeanne -

When I was taking some therapy and they ran out, they added mineral oil to some paraffin wax (sold in blocks). I do not know exact measurements but just experiment with a little of each until it feels right.

Once you have done the paraffin bath wrap plastic /plastic bag around and then a towel to keep the heat in . Hope this helps. Crystal

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June 13, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you. From what I have been able to find out, the usual recipe is 1/4 cup of mineral oil to 1 pound of paraffin. I made that up in the bath I had aquired, added a few drops of rose essential oil from my craft stores and have been using it quite successfully. I had learned about the plastic and towel wrap through the material that mckaysatt sent the links for. Altogether the therapist was quite pleased with my report back to her. I am so grateful for the help.

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal

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


Oatmeal Milk Bath

Oooo, I love this. It's so great for dry, itching skin. (03/02/2007)

By mikezwife82

Oatmeal Milk Bath

sounds great! Could make for gifts!! Thanks for sharing!! (04/21/2007)

By badwater

Oatmeal Milk Bath

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)

By eyerishrose

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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

This scented bath milk would make a great gift.


  • 500 grams full cream milk powder (about 5 cups)
  • A handful of roughly crushed dried rose petals
  • 7 drops rose essential oil


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


Scented Bath Milk

I like to know if milk powder will not clog the pores. (12/25/2009)

By Dorty

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February 8, 20110 found this helpful

By Craftbits


  • 2 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 5 drops of fragrance oil of your choice or NONE
  • Clean Milk Bottle


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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Bath Milk

Great idea, I'm getting right on it. Thank you



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December 2, 20090 found this helpful
By Patti McKenna

Here's a milk bath recipe that will smooth and moisturize your skin. It's a spa treatment at home.


  • 2 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 drops essential oils (any scent)


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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August 20, 20070 found this helpful

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


Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes

I go to a local MOPS group and we do fun crafts. One site they get ideas from is, just go to the craft area. And I have used for bath salts this site: It made great Christmas gifts to give out! Have fun!! (04/25/2006)

By mobo

Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes

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)

By pooksa

Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes

Try and I love these sites! (04/25/2006)

By Billie

Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes


There are recipes ranging from homemade bath salts to homemade weed killer. They have it all. (04/25/2006)

Exotic Bath Goodies

Bath Salt:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup rock salt
  • Skin safe essential oils
  • Funnel

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:

  • 1 1/3 cups aloe vera gel
  • 1 t. lanolin
  • fine gold glitter
  • Funnel

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:

  • 16 oz. of almond oil
  • 1/2 oz of skin safe essential oil
  • Dried flower and greenery, such as small dried rosebuds, dried Queen Anne's lace, and thin dried leaves)
  • Funnel

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:

  • chamomile blossoms
  • 1/4" wide flat gold trim
  • 1/2" squares of gold tulle and sheer organza
  • Dried mint leaves for invigorating bath tea or dried lavender for soothing bath tea

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)

By micksgirl

Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes 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)

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