Don’t bath salts look just like tiny crystals!?
I was actually thinking of new massage bar ideas (with valentine’s day approaching and all) and all of the different ways you could give them texture.
My mind was just wondering about salt when this vision of geode-shaped bars popped up in my head.
The only problem: they would probably be a bit scrubby as lotion bars. And then I realized: they belong in the bath tub!
So I came up with this recipe for Bath Salt Melts, tried it, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
Don’t they look cute? #prouddiymommy over here!
What I used:
- 1 tbsp. epsom salt – Get it here
1 tbsp. dead sea salt – Get it here
1 tbsp. coarse sea salt
You can also use 1 kind like epsom salt or use different proportions.
All coconut oil works too. Just make sure they don’t melt at room temperature. Store them in the fridge if necessary.
Food or soap coloring
You can also substitute 1 tbsp. of salt with himalayan salt, which has a natural pretty pink shade!
A few drops of essential oil – I used lavender – Get it here
Color the salt
Use 1 tablespoon of salt for a pop of color in the middle.
I colored the coarse sea salt because I’ve found that these absorb coloring the best.
Put the sea salt in a seperate bowl and add 1 drop of soap or food coloring. Stir well to combine and let the salt sit while it absorbs all of the coloring.
I was actually trying to make a purple colored salt by using 1 drop of blue and 1 drop of red soap coloring. But for some reason it turned out this emerald blue/green-ish color.
Melt the oil and butter
Melt 1 tablespoon of Shea butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave. Make sure it’s all melted but at the same time don’t let the mixture get piping hot.
Fill your molds
Pour about half a tablespoon of the mixture in each mold. You should have a layer of about half an inch in each one.
I really recommend using flexible molds for this DIY. I used cupcake molds.
Add the salts
Now for the bath salt layer. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top of the mixture.
I used 2 heaping tablespoons of dead sea salt and epsom salt around the edge. And then I added the blue sea salt in the middle.
The salt should barely pop up above the mixture layer.
Let them dry
Let the bath salt melts harden in the molds. Pop them out as soon as they look ready.
Drop one in your bath water to release the bath salts and moisturzing oils. Or add two. Or three.
If you like this DIY then don’t forget to put a pin on it! 🙂
You might also like these bath salt DIY ideas:
My Agate inspired DIY Bath Salt Melts that uses a similar recipe with different results!
or check out my DIY Geode Bath Bombs for even more bath fun!