Krafts with Kathy

Natural Bath Salts – February 2018

Materials Needed:

  • Epsom salts
  • Rock salt  (you can use kosher salt, sea salt, or rock table salt)
  • Food coloring**
  • Pure essential oils (provides scent, optional)
  • Liquid soap (optional)
  • GLASS jars with tight fitting lids
  • Silica gel packets (recycle from other items that came with one) (optional)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Large spoon, measuring cups, funnel (optional)


  1. Wash & completely dry glass jars. Set aside.
  2. Make 1 batch of basic recipe salts.
  3. Mix 1 cup Epsom salts & 1 cup rock salt.  Stir well.
  4. Add fragrance, coloring, and/or liquid soap.* Stir well.
  5. Add silica gel packet on top of salts and place lid on somewhat tightly.

To Use

  • Add about ½ cup of bath salts to the tub under running water.


  • Colored salts- Add 5 drops of food coloring and stir well.  Then add more drops 1 at a time till you get the color desired.
    • A few drops go a long way. 
  • Scented salts- add a FEW drops of pure essential oils.  Take note of the  fragrance and what that fragrance supports, such as    relaxation, energy, etc.  2 or more scents can be mixed together.
    • Pure essential oils are concentrated so don’t over add.
  • Foaming salts-Any bath salt recipe can be made to foam in the tub by adding liquid soap to the salts. After adding coloring and/or  scents, add ¼ cup liquid soap for every 2 cups of salt mixture.  Stir well and spread out on a clean cookie sheet and allow to air-dry completely.  Once dry, store in glass jar with tight fitting lid.

*I found the pure essential oils required for the bath salts at CVS in North East.  Do not confuse the flavored oils for $1.19 with the pure essential oils that normally run anywhere from $8 to $10 per bottle. You must use the pure essential oils.

**per the website, the food coloring will not stain your skin or the tub.  However, if you spill the food coloring it will stain whatever it touches!