How To Make Bath Salts With Coconut Oil [3 Ways]
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In this post you will learn how to make bath salts with coconut oil in 3 different ways. Each method comes with a full recipe, so you will know exactly how much of each ingredient to use.
I have shared many DIY bath salts recipes but I wanted to write this post to focus on using coconut oil in particular.
Homemade bath salts with coconut oil are popular and highly requested. Probably because coconut oil is widely available and most of us have it in our house already. And not only is it a kitchen cupboard staple and a godsend to our hair, it’s also a great addition to the bath. It smells good and leaves the skin moisturized and feeling silky smooth.
The reason I want to share 3 bath salts with coconut oil recipes and not just one “perfect one” is because I want to show the different ways that bath salts can be made. There is no one perfect recipe because perfect means different things to different people.
Those who prefer bath salts that can be whipped up in 2 minutes before the bath and don’t want to buy and store many ingredients will appreciate the recipe #1 Basic bath salts with coconut oil.
The recipe #2 is to show how you can easily prevent coconut oil from solidifying in cold temperature.
Recipe #3 is for those who like fancier looking and feeling bath salts. It shows how to add color and solubiliser that helps the coconut oil and essential oils mix with water smoothly.
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RECIPE #1 – BASIC BATH SALTS WITH COCONUT OIL
Ingredients you will need to make basic bath salts:
– 1 cup of Epsom Salts (Epsom Salts in bulk)
– 4 tablespoons of Coconut oil
– 15 drops of essential oils (optional) (I like a blend of 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Rose essential oil)
– 1/5 cup baking soda (optional)
To make these simple bath salts, simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Then pour to a jar for storage and store in a cool, dry place. Or use immediately.
This simple recipe includes an optional ingredient that can be found in most households – baking soda. I included it because it helps to prevent bath salts from clumping and also add soothing properties to the bath salts.
Baking soda bath can help with skin irritation, scaly skin and itching. It can be a big relief for those with eczema and psoriasis. Even National Eczema Association recommends baking soda baths to relieve eczema itching.
The reason baking soda works is because it is alkaline and so makes your bath water slightly more alkaline too. It also changes how the bath water feels, making it noticeably silkier.
RECIPE #2 COCONUT & JOJOBA BATH SALTS
The 2nd recipe variation involves adding an additional carrier oil, such as jojoba oil.
As I mentioned already, coconut oil can solidify in winter and make bath salts clumpy. Adding a different carrier oil on top of the coconut oil, will prevent coconut oil from solidifying. So if you like coconut oil in your bath salts, this is an easy way to prevent the oil from solidifying.
– 1 cup of Epsom Salts (Epsom Salts in bulk)
– 3 tablespoons of Coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil
– approx. 15 drops of essential oils (optional) (I like a blend of 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Rose essential oil)
Again, to make these simple bath salts, mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Then pour to a jar for storage and store in a cool, dry place. Or use immediately.
RECIPE #3 DIY COCONUT BATH SALTS WITH CORNFLOWER
As you probably can tell from the look of it – the 3rd recipe is the most advanced one.
On top of the visible aspects – color and flower petals, this recipe has a very important ingredient – a solubilizer.
Why do you need a solubilizer in bath salts?
Solubilizers disperse oils in bath water.
Carrier oils and essential oils do not disperse in water. Instead, they float on top of it. And though there is nothing wrong with some oils floating on top of our bath water, it is more moisturizing and esthetically pleasing if the water is smooth.
To show what I mean I’ve added a photo where I compare bath bombs made with Polysorbate 80 and without:
There are multiple solubilizers that you could use in bath salts, however for beginners I recommend Polysorbate 80 as it is inexpensive and fool-proof.
Here is the full article if you are interested in learning more about this ingredient – Polysorbate 80 In Bath Bombs.
The usage ratio for Polysorbate 80 is 1:4 (Oils : Polysorbate 80)
Bath Salts With Coconut Oil
- 1 cup of Epsom Salts
- 3 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. of Jojoba oil
- approx. 15 drops of essential oils of your choice
- 1.5 tbsp. of Polysorbate 80
- Soap dye or mica powder ( I used blue for this recipe)
- Dried Cornflower petals
- Measure 1 cup of Epsom salts and add them to a bowl. Then add coconut oil, jojoba oil, Polysorbate 80 and essential oils and mix well.
- Add a couple of drops of blue soap dye and mix. Continue to mix until the color is even and you cannot see darker color speckles. For small batches I mix color for about 2-3 min, for bigger batches it may take 5+ minutes of uninterrupted mixing to get a smooth, even color.
- Add dried Conflower petals and mix.
- All done. Simple isn't it? Now pour your homemade coconut bath salts in a jar with a lid. Store in a cool, dry place.
I hope you enjoyed these 3 bath DIY bath salts recipes with coconut oil and have learnt a thing or two.
Let me know which recipe you prefer making and if you’d prefer me posting more simple bath salts recipes or more advanced ones.