Homemade Bath Products Recipes

There are many, many products that you could make for your bath – things like bath salts, soap, bath bombs, and bubble bath. These sorts of products are far easier to make than you might imagine, and once you get the hang of them you could package them in cellophane and tie them with ribbon to give away as lovely homemade gifts. These recipes will give you some ideas of which essential oils to use to scent your products, but feel free to use the oils that have your favorite scents. Try some of these recipes next time you run out of your favorite bath product.

Bath Salts

Homemade bath salts packaged in pretty bottles make for a wonderful present. The salts exfoliate your skin and the oils combined with the salts make for sweet-smelling skin. Bath salts are a very easy thing to make and are actually pretty hard to mess up.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 14ml or so fragrance/essential oil – peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender are all wonderful choices for bath salts
  • Optional – few drops of coloring

The first step is to mix together the salts so that they’re fully combined, and then add the fragrance and mix again to combine.

If you want to add coloring into the mixture, just drop in a few drops into the salt. You need to make sure that the coloring is soap-safe. If you can’t find that, use some colored mica pigments. Add them in bit by bit until you have a color that you’re happy with. Seal the jar or bottle that you’re putting the salts in and make sure that it is completely airtight.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a great gift and are always fun to drop into a bath. You’ll get a big fizzing sensation as well as loads of luxury if you follow this recipe. If you can’t get sea salt, use Epsom salt or dead sea salt.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp. groundnut oil or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp. fragrance
  • Optional – few drops of coloring
  • 1 tbsp. distilled water

Bath bombs are made by combining dry and wet ingredients separately and then mixing them together. Sift together the baking soda, sea salt, citric acid and corn starch. In a spray or spritz bottle, mix together the water, oil, fragrance and liquid coloring if you’re using it. Shake it well to combine all of the ingredients.

Slowly spray a few drips of the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk quickly. It will start to fizz. Spray the rest of the liquid onto the dry mixture, whisking all the time until all of the liquid has combined with the dry mixture. It should be thickened a bit. Pick up a bit of the mixture. It should feel like wet sand. If it’s too dry, spray one spritz of water onto it. If it’s too wet, it’s more difficult to fix but you can add in some more salt or corn starch and citric acid. Once the mixture is perfect, put it into molds and leave it for a minute or so, then tap the bath bomb out of the molds. Leave them out to dry on a piece of kitchen towel. Once dry, they’ll be hard and easy to transport.

Lavender Soap

This is an easy way to make scented soap without having to go through the process of making a whole soap base at home.

You’ll Need:

  • 100g un-perfumed white soap
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. lavender flowers
  • 1 or 2 drops lavender oil
  • 1 or 2 drops purple coloring
  • Few toilet roll tubes, lined with cling wrap and sealed at one end with a cardboard disc

Place the soap and water into a bowl placed over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the lavender flowers, lavender oil and coloring. Once thoroughly mixed, pour into molds and allow it to set, around three hours. Once set, remove soap from the tubes and cut into blocks with a warm knife. Wrap the soap in cellophane if giving as a gift.