Easy DIY Vanilla Bath Salt Recipe

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Very simple vanilla scented bath salt recipe that promotes relaxation and happiness!

vanilla scented homemade bath salts

Today I would like to share with you my vanilla bath salt recipe. I found that vanilla scent works wonders for promoting relaxation and positive emotions. Its sweet and comforting scent evokes feelings of warmth and happiness that I don’t seem to get with other aromatherapy scents. I decided to match it with my favorite relaxation form – soaking in a bathtub with Epsom salts. And guess what. Vanilla essential oil and Epsom salts is a match made in heaven.

Also, if you like soaking in a bathtub, you will find more recipes in DIY Bath Products and  Bath Bomb Recipes 😉 


Let me tell you a little bit about the ingredients:


Epsom salt

Epsom salt is a natural mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfate have been shown by studies to be readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths a great way to enjoy the associated health benefits.

Magnesium is known for relaxing aching muscles and reducing stress, while sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.


Vanilla essential oil

The vanilla scent is known for its relaxing and calming effects on the brain and nerves. Its warm, sweet scent is very comforting and provides relief from anxiety, anger, and restlessness. I can personally confirm this as vanilla bath salt soak always relaxes me and makes me feel more positive.

Fun fact: The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has used vanilla aromatherapy during patient MRI scans for nearly 30 years based on their study that showed that vanilla scent calms feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia.


Baking Soda

I also like to add some baking soda to my homemade bath salts. Baking soda makes bath water alkaline which soothes irritated skin, relieves itching, and leaves the skin feeling silky.


Easy Vanilla bath salts recipe with Epsom salts


Labels for DIY vanilla bath salts

If you like the Vanilla bath salt labels I used on my jars, you can download them here:


Simply print them out on an adhesive paper like this one and stick on your jars. You can also print them out on a thicker paper, poke a hole and tie the labels with a ribbon.

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Vanilla bath salt recipe

– 2 cups of Epsom salt

– 2 tbsp of Baking soda

– 2 tbsp of Vanilla oil

Note: Pure vanilla CO2 extract/essential oil is very expensive, so I use a diluted version. The product in the link is vanilla essential oil (CO2 extract) diluted in jojoba oil. Since it is already diluted, there is no need to further dilute it with carrier oils. Also, we can skip adding moisturizing carrier oils as jojoba oil will do the job.

– A dash of brown food coloring, mica powder or cocoa powder to tint the salts (optional)

Mason jars

If you use 8oz/250ml jars, you will be able to fill out two jars with this recipe. So it is aproximatelly 1 cup of Epsom salt per jar. 


2 thoughts on “Easy DIY Vanilla Bath Salt Recipe

  • October 28, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    how many baths would this be for? how many “servings” (for lack of a better word at the moment lol)? thanks!

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