Adding Epsom salts to your bath can instantly make bathing more enjoyable. Bath salts are believed to help with muscle pain, aching joints, headaches, stress and anxiety. Using bath salts in the tub can even help relieve dry itchy skin in the colder months.
While you can get these benefits from sprinkling plain Epsom salts in the bath, we think it’s more fun to mix bath salts with other ingredients! By adding a little Bath Tea Blend to your Epsom salts, you can make a mundane bath into a beautiful floral display in the tub. Below, learn how to make DIY floral bath salt shots with our super easy tutorial!
Skill Level: Easy
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Approx. 3.5 cups of bath salts
Supplies & Ingredients
- 3 cups of Epsom Salts
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- ½ cup Every Day Bath Tea Blend or other Botanicals
- 10-20 drops of skin-safe fragrance oil or essential oil
- 1 Plastic Pipette
- 6 Packaging Tubes (recommended)
- Whisk for stirring
- Large bowl for mixing
- Spoon for scooping mixture into package
This project couldn’t be easier! You’ll start by mixing the Epsom salt and baking soda. Next, add a few drops of skin-safe fragrance. Let the Epsom salts dry, then add some Bath Tea Blend. Lastly, spoon the mixture into an airtight container.
To make floral bath shots, we recommend using our Packaging Tubes, which hold just the right amount of salt for a single soak in the tub. Bath shots are super popular right now, and they’d make the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Not only that, they’re a great product to add to your lineup if you sell your creations.
How to Make Floral Bath Salt Shots: Step-By-Step Instructions
- Add 3 cups of Epsom salt to a large mixing bowl. Use your whisk to break up any clumps.
- Add ½ cup of baking soda to the bowl. Whisk the dry materials together to break up clumps and help them combine evenly.
- Use a plastic pipette to transfer 10-20 drops* of fragrance oil or essential oils to the mixing bowl.
- Stir with your whisk until all of the oil is completely combined. Note that the fragrance may create small clumps, which should be broken up with the whisk.
- Let the Epsom salt mixture dry completely. You may leave the bowl out for a few hours or overnight to facilitate drying.
- Add ½ cup of Every Day Bath Tea Blend to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Use a spoon to transfer the mixture into your Packaging Tubes (or another airtight container). You may wish to rotate the tube while scooping, as the larger floral pieces tend to rise to the top of the mixture, and may all end up on one side of the tube when being spooned in.
* If you want to add additional fragrance, you can. Please refer to the IFRA statement for the fragrance oil you used to determine the maximum safe amount. Avoid adding more than 3% fragrance oil or 1% essential oil to your Epsom salts. Using too much liquid may cause the salt to dissolve.
Finishing Touches for DIY Floral Bath Salts
Whether you’re giving these floral bath salt shots as a gift, keeping them for yourself or selling them in your shop, we recommend adding a label. A decorative label can do a lot to make your bath shots stand out and look high-end. Be sure to list the ingredients if you plan on selling your bath shots.
It’s also a good idea to securely seal your bath salt tubes if you’re selling them. Our 65 x 55 mm Shrink Wrap Bands are the perfect size for sealing your tubes. Simply slide the shrink wrap band over the lid, then use a short blast from a heat gun or hair dryer to make the band shrink up. Don’t point direct heat at the packaging tubes for too long, as it can cause them to melt.
How to Use Floral Bath Salts
Adding botanicals to your bath looks beautiful, but it’s not always fun to clean up. Bath tea can cause your drain to clog, but there are several different ways to use floral bath shots without any mess.
- Pour the contents of your bath shot into a muslin bag before use. Run the bag under the water while your tub is filling to help the salts dissolve. The bag can remain in the water while you bathe.
- Pour the entire contents of the bath salt shot into your tub, but before draining the tub, scoop the largest botanical pieces out of the tub with your hands. Smaller pieces tend not to clog the drain, but whole petals and buds can.
- Use a piece of mesh – or even a small aquarium net – to scoop the large botanical pieces from the tub before draining it.
- Put a filter such as cheesecloth around the drain hole and hold it there while the tub drains. This should catch the floral pieces.
Note: This mixture should not be used in a jetted tub. The ingredients can clog the jets and cause damage.
Have you tried this project? Tell us how it went in the comments below or share pictures of your ornaments with #MadeWithNorthWood!
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