This gorgeous twist on the original bath salts, these adorable epsom salt bath gems are super easy to make and can be bundled up in a jar for gift giving.
Epsom Salt Bath Gems
These awesome lavender epsom salt bath gems are a great way to unwind after a long day. Being both relaxing and rejuvenating, you simply need to add a handful of gems to your bathtub to turn it into a spa-worthy experience.
Bath Gems Ingredients
The following ingredients and supplies are needed to make these epsom salt bath gems.
Epsom Salts are versatile salt crystals have so many uses from the medicine cabinet to the garden. They are the heart of every good bath salt recipe due to their amazing benefits.
Bicarbonate of Soda
The bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) helps calm itchy and irritated skin. It is also the glue that holds this gems together.
In this recipe, I have used sweet almond oil as the carrier oil. As many people have nut allergies or just don’t like using almond oil, you could replace this with jojoba, avocado, coconut or olive oil.
I have used lavender essential oil in this recipe. Lavender is a well-known essential oil that is known for its calming and stress-relieving properties.
Be careful when using essential oils. Make sure to do your research first and use with extreme care. Some essential oils are phototoxic, and can cause negative reactions on your skin in sunlight—such as burning, blistering, or discolouration.
If you prefer, you could use dried lavender flowers instead of lavender essential oil.
Other essential oils could be used, though it is really depending on what effect you want.
For an energising bath, try using a mixture of 10 drops spearmint and 5 drops rosemary essential oils.
To boost your mood, add a total of 20 drops of sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine essential oils.
For a bath that will help provide relief from sinus congestion, try using 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
Making Epsom Salt Bath Gems
If using the same mould as I have, you will make around 3 dozen gems.
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 1 tbsp baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp water
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- ¼ tsp purple mica powder
- Silicone moulds – star, heart, and circle used for these
Add the dry ingredients – epsom salts and baking soda to a bowl and stir well until completely combined.
Gently add the sweet almond oil, water, and mica powder. Stir well.
Add the essential oil, if using, and mix through thoroughly.
Add the mixture to the molds, and press down with a spoon.
Allow to set overnight, and unmould.
Store in an airtight jar or container.
Using Bath Gems
To use, add 5 – 7 gems to your bath or a bucket of water for a relaxing foot spa.
Storing Bath Gems
Store in an airtight container or glass jar for up to 10 months.
If mould starts growing, or they begin to smell, it is time to make some more bath gems.
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Bath Gem Tips
If you find that your gems are too hard to remove from your mould, the mixture is probably too dry. Try adding a very small amount of oil to the mixture before putting it into the mould.
If the gems lose their shape after being removed from the mould, they may be too wet. Try adding a small amount of epsom salts before putting the mixture into the mould.
Epsom Salts Bath Gems
- Silicone moulds, star, heart, and circle used for these
- Add the dry ingredients - epsom salts and baking soda to a bowl and stir well until completely combined.
- Gently add the sweet almond oil, water, and mica powder. Stir well.
- Add the essential oil, if using, and mix through thoroughly.
- Add the mixture to the molds, and press down with a spoon.
- Allow to set overnight, and unmould.
- Store in an airtight jar or container.
- To use, add 5 - 7 gems to your bath or a bucket of water for a relaxing foot spa.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. Check dilution levels for kids. Pregnant, nursing women and those under the care of a physician for a chronic condition should consult a physician before using. For external use only. Individual results may vary.