Homemade Spa Bath Recipes

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April 12, 2011

Hand in Rose Petal WaterDid 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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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!



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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
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  • 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


August 25, 20070 found this helpful

Try these Bath recipes:
Milk And Honey Bath Recipe


1/2 Cup Runny Honey

1/2 Cup Powdered Milk

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Essential Oils(I prefer Lavender)

Mix all the ingredients, pour it into your bathtub and pamper your body.

Relaxing Basil and Lime Bath Salts

You will need:
5 cups of Sea Salt (or Epsom salt, or a combination of both)

1 Tsp. of Baking Powder

2 Tsp. of Almond Oil

5 drops Lime Scented Oil

4 drops Basil Oil

1 drop green coloring

1 drop yellow coloring

All you have to do is mix the salt and the baking powder in a bowl. In a another smaller bowl mix together all liquids and add to salts, stirring well. You should let them sit so they can soak up the scent and the coloring all of the way through. After they have sat for about two hours take them and place them in jars with cork stoppers. To create a good seal dip the cork in melted wax (green to match salts) and put cork into bottle.


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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!

By Andrea (Guest Post)
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.

March 14, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the recipes. Good to give as gifts.

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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


June 10, 20060 found this helpful

Searching on Google, I found these websites.
Searching in Thrifty Fun would be my first choice. If you don't find what you want there, you could try using different search engines with a variety of word combos. Good luck.

By Jeanne (Guest Post)
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.

By Crystal (Guest Post)
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

By Jeanne (Guest Post)
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.

By lynch (Guest Post)
November 8, 20070 found this helpful

I am teacher of beauty and can anyone give me a recipe for chocolate paraffin wax for manicures please

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May 18, 2017

This relaxing bath additive is easy to make and can also be given as a gift. This page contains an oatmeal milk bath recipe.

Oats and milk to make a milk bath.

July 10, 2019

Mix fresh herbs and flowers or essential oil with apple cider vinegar to make a scented vinegar bath recipe. It not only helps soften your skin it is relaxing after a long day.

Small brown glass bottles.

May 22, 2017

Adding a scented oil to your bath can make it an even more relaxing experience. Making your own bath oil beads will ensure you have your favorite bath oils ready to use whenever you like. This is a page about homemade bath oil beads.

A woman taking a relaxing bath.

May 14, 2017

Start with powdered milk and your favorite essential oil to make this luxurious bath time indulgence. This is a page about scented milk bath.

A lower leg in a bathtub, filled with milk and flowers.


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