The holidays are closing in fast at this point- Hanukkah begins tonight, in fact. I’ve got another simple, yet lovely, homemade gift idea for you, though…one you can throw together in a flash.

herbal bath salts

Making your own bath salts to give away is fun and pretty inexpensive, and you can buy all the ingredients you need at your local health food store and/or supermarket. It only take moments to mix everything together, but the ease with which these bath salts are made belies how wonderful they make you feel. These bath salts have moisturizing, soothing properties, and they’ll leave your “giftees” feeling completely pampered.

The basic bath salts recipe I am providing, adapted just a bit from EcoBeauty, makes a large batch- enough to fill at least 6 pint sized glass jars. I divided mine up and added crushed dried rose petals to half, and dried thyme leaves to the other. If you don’t fancy the idea of bathing in the presence of flowers or herbs, though (I won’t judge), then leave them out.

You can feel free to color the bath salts with a small amount of food coloring, if you like: I’d use yellow with the lemon essential oil (or have fun with your own coloring/scent combinations). Note that the authors of EcoBeauty suggest coloring the bath salts red or green (or try layering the two) if giving as a Christmas gift. You could go with blue (or layered blue and white) if giving as a Hanukkah gift, or use whatever color(s) suit your mood and/or spiritual bent. If using food coloring, you’ll want to add just a few drops, mix, then add a bit more, if needed, to deepen the color(s).

I am giving these bath salts to some of my favorite people, and I’m keeping some for myself, as well. I hope you do the same.

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rose petal bath salts


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    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — December 20, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    I was so inspired by your homemade gift ideas that I recently purchased Eco Beauty! I didn’t realise that was the book you were working out of. Looks like I made the right choice. (I also bought Green Beauty Recipes) :)

    Loving the look of these bath salts.

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    Winnie — December 20, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    I love EcoBeauty. It’s inspired me in so many ways lately!!! I’ll have to check out the other book, too…have fun with both :)

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — December 20, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Another fabulous idea. Love it!

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    Bev Weidner — December 20, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    FANTASTIC. Love this. I’ve made versions of this before and now I’m going to become completely obsessed that now you posted this.



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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — December 20, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    I love love love this, Winnie! I actually still have some roses in bloom that I can use (crazy winter so far here) and want to make this pronto. Then I can relax in the tub with your hot toddy nearby :-)

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    Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — December 20, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    I bet these smell amazing! I think I will make this for my Mom for Christmas! Thanks so much for the brilliant idea :)

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    Sophie — December 21, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    You are so creative, Winnie! This home – made bath salt looks so good & easy to use!

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    T — December 21, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    This was super, I did as you mentioned and also added few tablespoons of lemon rind.


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    foodwanderings — December 21, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    How clever Winnie!! Love this and they make such alovely gift. Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season and a wonderful 2012!!

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    Jill — December 22, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I made this last night. It was a lot of fun, I had never bought dried flowers before or the oils, so it was a new experience. I ended up making Tangerine salts with Lavender, Hibiscus and Calendula. It was about $50 to buy all the ingredients, but I got more than 12 pints out of it….I just ran out of jars!! I bet I have enough for another 5 or 6 jars, so it comes out to be quite an economic gift! They’re very pretty and the homemade factor makes them extra special! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Paula — December 22, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    Who doesn’t love having a long hot soak in a tub?! These bath salts are a wonderful gift and I’m sure will add that luxuriously pampered feeling to everyone’s *watery escape* time. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I love how easy these are to make up.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a beautiful Hanukkah and thank you for this amazingly informative and deliciously enticing year of blogging Winnie.

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    Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous — January 5, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    I love making my own bath products. I did a whole blog series on the toxins in beauty products. I thought you might want to check it out!

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    very nice! Homemade soap is easy too!

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    Beverley — November 25, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Instead of dried herbs/flowers, could I use lemon zest? If so, how long would this last stored in an airtight container? Would a muslin bag be necessary, or would everything dissolve?

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