Last year as a Teacher Appreciation gift, I made a homemade sugar scrub, and then one year I made lavender sachets. This year, I decided to make some relaxing homemade bath salts. I’ve made a few versions of bath salts before, but this year I used dried lavender as a primary ingredient. I’m pleased with how these turned out, and the jars that I found at Target along with the personalized gift tags I made with my Cricut Explore Air, really made me proud of how the jar of homemade bath salts turned out. If you’d like to make some for yourself, here’s how.
Ingredients for Homemade Bath Salts
- 2 Cups of Epsom Salts
- 1/2 Cup of Sea Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E Oil
- Essential Oils (See my blending combination below, but remember that you can make your own combinations)
- 1/2 Cup Dried Lavender Buds
- Liquid Soap Colorant, optional
Combine the epsom salts and sea salts in a bowl together. Epsom salts are supposed to be wonderful for soothing sore joints and muscles, and my grandmother swears by them when you are feeling tired and achey. Similarly, sea salt is reportedly wonderful for relaxation and soothing muscles. As I am neither a chemist nor a physician, I cannot speak to the scientific or medical benefits of the two ingredients, but I do trust my grandmother.
Then add the Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil to the salt mixture. I selected the jojoba oil for its moisturizing benefits. Similarly, Vitamin E oil may have benefits for the soothing and moisturizing the skin. I used a light floral blend with 2:4:1 ratio. For ever 2 drops of Geranium essential oil, I added 4 drops of Lavender essential oil and 1 drop of Rose essential oil. (The links are affiliate links to Plant Therapy, and each link will tell you more about the different oils.) I add the essential oils slowly, and in the specific ratio until I find a strength that I like.
Next add the colorant a few drops a time, blending the mixture until it reaches the desired color. This step is entirely optional. Finally, pour in the dried lavender and mix gently.
To finish off these gifts, I placed the bath salts into cute pink containers that I found at Target, and attached tiny wooden scoops that I purchased in bulk a while ago to the jars with baker’s twine. I also used my Cricut Explore Air™ to create cardstock tags with the teacher’s names written in a Cricut font using the wine pen from the Cricut Explore® Antiquity Pen Set.
I was so pleased without cute my homemade salt scrub looked with the sweet personalized tags and little wooden scoops. I think they were my best teacher appreciation gifts to date.