Make It Miniseries: Fizzy Bath Salts

Bath bombs are hot right now, especially the ones that color your bath water vivid red or black.  While I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to clean the tub after one of those heavily pigmented bombs, I do know that a well-made bath bomb or fizzy can be so very relaxing and therapeutic for tired, sore muscles.  If it’s made with oils or butters (like cocoa, shea, or mango seed) then it also softens and conditions the skin.

But one of the problems with bath bombs is that they are tricky to make.  Even seasoned artisan makers struggle with them, and it takes more than just a little experimenting, practice, and trial and error to learn to make a bath bomb that is smooth, hard, and doesn’t break apart easily.  On the other hand, making fizzy bath salts contain almost identical ingredients with none of the difficulties of molding it into a sphere or other 3-D shape.  Think of fizzy bath salts as a powdered version of a bath bomb.

Before I get to the recipe, let me share some of the reasons why bath bombs and bath salts are so wonderful.  Here’s a breakdown of ingredients and what they do:

  • Sea Salt – when combined with warm water, it opens up skin pores and plumps up the skin, giving you a healthy glow;

  • Epsom Salts, aka Magnesium Sulfate – what we call Epsom Salts is not a salt at all, but a compound of magnesium and sulfate; it’s absorbed through the skin and will replenish depleted magnesium in the body, which is needed for producing serotonin and the proper function of muscles and nerves;

  • Baking Soda – softens skin; soothes minor burns and rashes and promotes healing; pulls toxins from the skin;

  • Citric Acid – a mild exfoliate that helps loosen dead skin cells, and contains antioxidants to repair cells;

  • Oat Flour – contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin; hydrates and moisturizes by penetrating below the outer layers of skin;

  • Powdered Milk – fats and proteins in milk will soften the skin and moisturize it; lactic acid also softens and gently exfoliates the skin.

The Recipe – Make Fizzy Bath Salts

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl:

2 Cups Sea Salt, pink Himalayan Salt or Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate), or a mixture of any of these

1 Cup Baking Soda

½ Cup Citric Acid

½ Cup Oat Flour

½ Cup Powdered Milk (goat milk is very nice, also coconut milk, or cow’s milk)

1/2 Cup of dried lavender buds, dried rose petals, or dried chamomile flowers - Optional

Stir until all dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed, then in a small bowl, combine:

1-2 Tablespoons Jojoba or other liquid oil, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, or grapeseed oil;

1 – 1 ½ teaspoons (5 to 7 ml) Essential Oil – lavender, lemon or orange, patchouli, or any combination of these totaling no more than 1 ½ teaspoons)

Drizzle the oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.

Package the fizzy bath salts in an airtight container, such as a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, or a heavy weight ziplock bag.

This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled.

To use, add ½ to 1 cup to hot bath water; agitate with your hands on the bottom of the tub to help dissolve any larger pieces of salt.  Relax and soak for at least 15 minutes for maximum benefits.

This blog post is the first in a one week series featuring some simple DIY recipes for making your own bath and body products.  Use them to pamper yourself or make gifts for family and friends – and enjoy!