Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ask the Expert - Bath Salts Tutorial

Today is Day 1 of our Ask the Expert Series.  Please welcome Stephanie Sharer of Alchemy Lifestyle and Wellness.  Stephanie will be providing a bath salts tutorial for us today.  I know Stephanie would welcome any questions you may have, please ask away in the comments section below.

Simple Bath Salts Tutorial

Difficulty:  EASY | Time:  20-30 minutes | Yield:  16 oz.

Nothing says 'relaxation' quite like a soothing soak in a warm tub.  Adding a therapeutic bath salt mixture just puts the icing on the cake.  Bath salts are a great way to help detoxify the body, drain the lymphatic system and improve circulation and overall well being.  They are also a great way to reduce stress and experience the benefits of aromatherapy.

For this recipe, you will need:

1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Dead Sea Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Jojoba Oil
Colorant of choice (optional, can be purchased from soap making section of craft store)
1 tsp essential oil or fragrance oil of choice**

Most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store or health food store.  Food coloring makes a great colorant substitution for those who don't have micas, iron oxides or lab colors on hand.

**For a true aramotherapy experience, be sure to use ONLY essential oils.  "Fragrance" oils may smell nice, but they are synthetically made.  Only true essential oils have therapeutic benefits.


Pour Epsom, Dead Sea salts and Baking Soda into a large mixing bowl.  
Mix together to break up any clumps.


Drizzle 1/2 tsp jojoba oil and 1 tsp Essential Oil blend over salt mixture and blend thoroughly.


Add desired amount of  color and blend well.  (You can have some fun here by 
splitting your mixture first and coloring half of it to create a neat layered effect!)


Package and label your salts.  They are ready to use!

 Recommended usage:  Simply scoop about 4 TBS into warm bath water.  Soak for 15-20 minutes and pat dry.  The addition of the Jojoba oil will keep your skin from drying out.

Now you know how to make an awesome luxurious bath treat that is great for personal use or for gift giving!
Below are a few of my favorite essential oil blends for the bath.

Calming Blend

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Jasmine
2 drops Palmarosa
1 drop Geranium

Detoxifying Blend

3 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Sweet Fennel
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Cypress
2 drops Geranium
1 drop Lemon
1 drop Juniper Berry

Earthly Delight Blend

2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Geranium
1 drop Rose
1 drop Patchouli
1 drop Vetiver

Feel free to adjust the number of drops to suit your recipe and preference.  I have listed them all in "single" dose proportions.  For the above recipes, you would need the equivalent of 100 drops to scent your batch.

CAUTION:  Essential Oils contain therapeutic constituents that may not be appropriate for all users.  Please do your research before making your choices of which oils to use.

There are so many great resources available both in print and on the internet for how to make natural bath products and aromatherapy blends in the comfort of your kitchen.  Check out a few of my favorites.

Aromaweb -  (fantastic info about all aspects of aromatherapy including essential oil safety and blend ideas.)

NAHA - (for general aromatherapy resources, courses, aromatherapist directory) - (for books on aromatherapy and product making)

Stephanie Sharer is the owner of Alchemy Lifestyle & Wellness - a holistic personal care business.  She is a mom of one, a wife, a daughter and a holistic practitioner with professional accreditation with the NAHA (National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy) and the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists as well as being a member of The Artisan Group.  She has studied and practiced clinical aromatherapy and natural skin care for more than 13 years and has put her passion for both to use on her Etsy shop site:

Thanks so much Stephanie for this fantastic tutorial.  I can't wait to try it myself.  Stay tuned for our next Expert - Party themes with Shannon of Sweet Stella's.



  1. This is perfect for this time of year! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it:)

  2. Thank you...I am a shower person, but this definitely makes me want to take a nice warm bath:)

  3. Fantastic, I make my own and I love the scent blends you've suggested!
    I also make a shower scrub with additional vegetable oil, my favorite is light olive oil.
    The salt exfoliates and the oil moisturizes!


    1. You could absolutely add vegetable oil to turn it into a scrub, great idea:)

  4. Love bath salts! Especially for my little girls when they have stuffy noses, I use a touch of eucalyptus. Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. I LOVE eucalyptus this time of year, be sure you are using smithii variety on kids under 6 years. it's much gentler and therefore safer. Stronger varieties can be too much for little lungs to take and could be dangerous.

  5. Thanks so much Stephanie for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your expert tutorial...and hope to make my own bath salts soon!

    1. My pleasure! Thanks for having me.

  6. Great break down, will be experimenting once the new tub is installed!

    1. Ohh, new tub! I do love my baths!

  7. wow, i can't wait to try this!!! now, i just have to hire a babysitter to keep the kids out of my fancy bath!