DIY lemon and mint bath salts

I've always had a thing for a nice long bath. There's something very indulgent about retreating into my private world, soaking in a tub with soft lighting and inhaling the delicious smells from the bath salts that I would use. These days, I've come to love a warm bath even more to relieve the frequent backaches I have to endure on a daily basis thanks to my bulging belly.

Oddly enough, it never occured to me to make my own bath salts. Then this weekend, I decided to have a crack and made my first batch of lemon and mint bath salts.
This is an easy diy and the most fun part was coming up with the scent combination. I ended up using mint from the garden and a lemon I already had lying around. I would have loved to try lavender and rosemary but my lavender plant has only 2 brave little flowers on it. Maybe next time.
A lot of bath salt recipes call for essential oils. But as I made this, I found the natural scent of lemon and mint to be really quite strong enough on its own that I skipped the oils altogether.

Ingredients

2 cups epsom salts
1 cup coarse sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
zest of 1 lemon
30-35 mint leaves, dried and crushed

Method

1.  Wash and dry mint leaves before placing on paper plate in a single layer. Microwave and stir in 30 seconds intervals for 2-3 minutes, until leaves curl and crisp and are easy to crush in your hands.

2. Combine salts, baking soda, lemon zest and crushed mint leaves and stir well to combine.

3. Store in jar. Use a few spoonfuls per bath.


38 Responses to DIY lemon and mint bath salts

burntfeather said...

I never would of thought to hand make them either but it's a pretty easy process huh...awesome, will definitely give this a go but it will mean having to give the tub a good scrub first :P he he

Mimi said...

i definitely gotta give this a try! :D

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Anouka K said...

Lovely DIY! I wish I had a bath at my place...

caise said...

wow your own bath salts? you are so talented!

Meghan Silva said...

Oooh I love this I have to try this . I love love love baths.

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Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I'll definitely try this. Thanks :)

Deanne Langford said...

It looks lovely and soothing. Probably just as well that you didn't use essential oils as some are not safe to use during pregnancy, especially peppermint.

Lisa said...

That would smell really nice.

Tina Bradley said...

Totally agree--there is nothing more luxuriant than a hot, soak in the tub! :) These bath salts sound luscious! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Caroline - All That I'm Eating said...

I love a long bath too but have never thought of making my own salts, great idea.

chateau chic said...

Oooh, this sounds so wonderful!!!
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Cece D said...

This is dearly helpful!
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little t said...

Me too - I love baths. I want to try this DIY for when I'm back home and have a tub again!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds fantastic and easy. I love it.

Kim Alston said...

i've always been a bath girl too. i can stay in there half a day. hahahaha love these salts. i'll definitely give it a try. thanks :D have an amazing week.
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Angel Y. | Static-Romance said...

This looks pretty amazing and easy! I'll definitely try this out.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I bet your salts smell heavenly! I love the combo of mint and lemon. Just perfect!

Chai Chen said...

Woot! Give time for some pampering~ Love it!

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My Garden Diaries said...

These look divine...and in the age of so many chemicals out there in our beauty products this is a breath of fresh air! I bet they smell so good!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Epsom salt baths are awesome for detox and relaxation. I love the idea of infusing them with herbs. Thanks for sharing Trishie!

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Loving your blog!!

Denise said...

It must be so good to have a bath with self made bath salt!!!! It's so relaxing! Enjoy every minute of it, because it's good not only for the body, but I think mainly for the soul!

Ada (new york) said...

Nice combo. I've always wanted to try to make my own mix ... but store bought prevails. Maybe I'll add it to my DIY list for this season. THANKS so much for the inspiration!

Jane said...

how very cool is this?! i have never thought to make my own bath salts! this is wonderful!

Johanna said...

I love how you packaged these. Simple and sweet!

Sam said...

Absolutely loving this great homemade idea! I will be trying it out, your great hun! Thanks for your style insight on my last post!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love this! I adore making bath salts and you're inspiring me to stop being so lazy, haha! Hope you had a lovely weekend!
Happy Monday to you!
xo Mary Jo

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

I adore taking a relaxing bath after a long day! I've never made bath salts, seems like it's worth a try.

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Susannah said...

This bath salt recipe sounds so luxurious. In fact having baths is one of the things I miss the most since having my kids. Sometimes I grab handfuls of lavendar from our garden and put it in the kid's bath. It smells lovely. In response to your post on my blog, try and paint your toe nails before heading to the hospital to have your baby. I felt pretty red toenails perked me up when the rest of me felt a little less polished :).

Jemma said...

I would never have dreamed that I could make bath salts! This is such a lovely DIY-
I have two lovely lavender plants-do you think we need the blooms or could we use the stalks?
Jemma

Ali of Dressing Ken said...

Oh this is pretty easy I just may try this. We do have mint growing in the yard so this could work!

Ali of

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fluff and fripperies said...

This sounds absolutely amazing - I'm not much of a one for DIY projects but I might just give these a go! xo

Gillian said...

Never made my own bath salts but would love to try now I see how easy it is! I bet it smells amazing. xx

Talisa Tossell said...

All of your posts are so inspiring :) xxx

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aki! said...

You know, I've never ever been a bath salts sort of girl. I think it's because the first and last bath salts I tried was some really crappy stuff from the dollar store.

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Meggie said...

I feel like I could actually attempt this! :) Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

If refrigerated, how long do you think the shelf life is?

trishie said...

My guess is a good 6 months? As long as it is dry and cool it will keep well.