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When it comes to gifts, homemade is best! Making homemade bath salts means you’ve put time, energy and love into creating that extra-special gift for that extra-special person. Learning how to make bath salts is really easy and once you smell how amazing these are, you’ll also want to make your own DIY bath salts so you can chill out in your own tub whenever you please, enjoying the aromatic scents and relishing the extra-soft skin you have afterwards!

DIY lavender bath salts in jars on a wooden cutting board.

This DIY bath salts recipe is quick and easy to make and you probably already have at least one friend or family member in mind who would love to receive their own bath salts gift this Christmas or for their birthday.

If you’re into crafts, you might also like to try making your own chunky hand knit blanket or an orange sugar scrub. These DIY birdseed ornaments are great too!

Three jars with lavender and orange sprigs, perfect for creating a DIY herbal bath salts recipe.

Why You’ll Love It

Really easy:  You don’t need to spend all your hard-earned cash on premium bath salts from the store when it’s this easy to make your own homemade bath salts recipe using unfragranced Epsom salts (here) and your favorite scents.
Smells so good: There are so many bath salts varieties as there are scents to choose from. This recipe includes orange and lavender essential oil for an amazing smell, along with powdered milk for a moisturizing touch. The bathroom and maybe the rooms either side too are going to smell incredible while that bath is running.
Completely customizable: It’s easy to swap the ingredients in your homemade bath salts for other ones if you want a different essential oils blend or you want to include your favorite bath time add-ins.

A jar of lavender salt with a wooden spoon next to it, perfect for a homemade bath salts gift jar.

Ingredients for Homemade Bath Salts

Along with unscented Epsom salts you need powdered milk, orange zest, dried lavender, and some baking soda. You also need weck or mason jars as well as twine and a printable label for the finishing touches.

A table with various ingredients for a homemade herbal bath salts recipe.

How to Make a Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Mix the bath salts ingredients:  Combine the unscented Epsom salts with the orange zest, powdered milk, dried lavender, and baking soda.
Fill the glass jars: Fill each jar with bath salts, using a funnel if you have one.
The finishing touches: Print out the label and stick it on to the jar, then finish with twine and, if liked, a sprig of fresh lavender as a decoration.

Homemade bath salts in glass jars with lavender flowers.

Substitutions and Variations

You can have a lot of fun with homemade bath salts, adding in all kinds of things to personalize it.

A homemade bath salts gift jar featuring herbal bath salts, paired with an orange slice.

Orange essential oils can be used in place of the orange zest, you might like to add a touch of sweet almond oil or some pink Himalayan salt or coarse sea salt to your unfragranced Epsom salt.

A lavender-orange bath salts recipe showcased in a glass bowl.

These natural bath salts can be scented however you wish and eucalyptus essential oil is a very popular option.

How to Use Homemade Bath Salts

Add a scoop of your homemade bath salts to running water in the tub. The exact amount used depends how strong you want the smell and how many bubbles you want. Get into the tub and enjoy your hot bath.

A jar of homemade lavender-orange bath salts on a wooden cutting board.

How to Store a DIY Bath Salt Recipe

Best way to store: Keep bath salts in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. Somewhere dry and cool is best and it’s important to seal the bottle or jar after each use to keep moisture out of the rest.

Homemade lavender bath salts displayed in beautiful jars on a rustic wooden cutting board.

Homemade Bath Salts FAQs

What is the baking soda for?

Baking soda is an important component of fragrant bath salts because it makes everything fizz up and creates bubbles which are always fun in the tub!

Can you make a vegan friendly version of homemade bath salts?

Yes, just swap the dried milk powder for powdered coconut milk or similar. If you can’t find any, just omit it from the DIY bath salts.

Small jars of bath salts with lavender tied to them.

Bath Salts Printable Tag

A cloud icon with an arrow pointing down, perfect for DIY gift ideas or handmade gifts.
Three jars of lavender sugar with a wooden spoon, perfect for gifting or creating a luxurious bath experience.

Lavender Orange Herbal Bath Salts Recipe

5 from 37 votes

Lavender Orange Bath Salts

By: Bella Bucchiotti
These homemade bath salts are so easy to make and smell amazing! Make DIY lavender orange bath salts as a gift or to use at home.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3


Materials for Salt:

Materials for the jar:


  • Zest one whole orange, and squeeze out any leftover juice/oil with a paper towel.
  • Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix together with a fork. If there are any lumps, you can mix with your hand to break them apart.
  • Use a funnel to fill each jar with the salt mixture.
  • Print the label provided onto sticker paper.
  • Place the sticker on the jar.
  • Wrap twine around the lid of the jar twice, then tie on the sprig of lavender. Tie a bow to finish the project.
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Take boring Epsom salt to the next level by making your own homemade bath salts. It takes just minutes to make and you can give your homemade bath salt blend as a Christmas or birthday gift. Add anything you want from essential oils to dead sea salt to customize the mixture. If you know someone who loves a good bath, they’re definitely going to love these bath salts with essential oils. And if they prefer showers, DIY shower steamers are easy to make.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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