Lavender Vanilla Bath Salts

"Escape into tranquillity and pamper yourself and give to friends that need to unwind. Epsom salts will soothe tired muscles, while gently softening the water for a luxurious bath experience. Glycerin a skin moisturizer can be found at health food stores, some drug stores, or major department stores depending on where you live. Its also available on the Internet. I used Epsom, salt but feel free to use Sea and or Kosher Salt. I made this for my DD's Bridal shower as favors. I upped the recipe to 20 pound of salts. Placed yellow and blue (wedding colors) salts in 50 wine glasses topping with plasic wrap which you can't see and then topped with satin trimmed toule held on with thank you ribbon. Optional: I also placed whole vanilla pods with some salt in a coffee grinder till fine. The aroma's are heavenly!"
photo by Rita1652 photo by Rita1652
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Ready In:
2 1/2 pounds


  • 2 lbs epsom salts
  • 12 lb baking soda (softens your skin)
  • 14 cup glycerin (glycerin is an effective skin moisturizer and a nice addition) (optional)
  • 1 -3 teaspoon lavender oil
  • 12 cup dried lavender (optional)
  • 1 vanilla beans (scraped of seeds) (optional) or 1 clear vanilla extract
  • red food coloring, plus
  • blue food coloring, to make lavender
  • yellow food coloring


  • Mix 1/2 the salt, 1/2 the baking soda with lavender oil and petals if using in a large bowl adding a couple drops of food coloring till you achieve the desired color.(More red then Blue will give you a lavender color or just use blue color).
  • Mix 1/2 the salt, 1/2 the baking soda with vanilla seeds in a large bowl adding yellow food color till you achieve the desired color.
  • All ingredient amounts can be changed to suit your tastes.
  • Adjust the color or the scent is too strong, add more salts, if to mild in fragrance and color add more oil and food coloring. Keep in mind the stronger the scent the less you need to use in the tub. Store in clean clear pretty jars.
  • Add a few 2-3 Tbs. to your next bath.
  • Alternate:

  • Place the mixture into a jar and then fill with a good almond or jojoba oil and use as a body scrub.

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  1. WI Cheesehead
    I made 1/2 batch with 1 C epsom salts and 1 C kosher salt. Also used 2 T coconut oil and 2 T glycerin. I've tried the dried lavender b4, but it's a real mess in the tub. For fragrance, I used a lavender/peppermint/rosemary oil mix with a purple coloring. It turned out beautiful! Giving as a gift to my grandma for her b-day.
  2. spiritussancto
    to chef prissy: glycerin can be found in the first aid section of drug or grocery stores. also sometimes by the baking supplies as it's occasionally used as a sweetener. lavender can often be found in bigger health food stores. it's also very easy to grow yourself and dry the flowers. it can live almost anywhere. a Chinese herbal supplier would also have it
  3. Chef kstrange
    These came out so great! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I'm going to use these for christmas gifts
  4. Abby Girl
    I have made up someting quite similar, but I do use different essential oils. All the ingredients will help heal and soften the skin and if you use it before bed, lavender is excellent for a peaceful asleep. The only caution I would throw out would be the food colouring. I have super sensitive skin, so this would be a "red flag" for use caution to who you would give it to
  5. Chef Prissy in Cent
    Great idea for Xmas gifts. Can't wait to make it. Not sure about where to get some of the ingredients like glycerin or dried lavender. Anyone have an idea? Thanks for the idea. Prissy



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