Effervescent DIY Bath Salt Recipe: Craft Your Own Sparkling Spa Treats

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. A collection of bath salts

About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
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Create your own luxurious bath salt blends with this simple DIY bath salt recipe. Dive into the world of homemade spa treatments as we show you how to craft effervescent bath salts that will transform your bathing experience.

With just a few basic ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can indulge in sparkling spa treats right in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients Needed

  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Citric acid
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Finely grated natural soap. You need one heaped tablespoon.
  • Fragrance oils. Choose two that you like.
  • Mica color powders. Here, I use green and blue. But you can opt for colors that you like.

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products. Also, where an essential oil is included in my recipes, I utilize either of two types of essential oils: pure, if added in drops, or diluted, if mixed in grams.

Tools Needed

  • Two large bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Tablespoon
  • Small silicone spatula
  • Small glass container with wide top opening to store your DIY Bath Salt

Prior to use, ensure that both your utensils and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected. Wash them with warm soapy water, dry with a tissue, and then sanitize by spraying with 70% medical alcohol. Wipe them clean and let them air dry before use.

Steps: DIY Bath Salt Recipe

Spoon Measurement Terms

In some of our articles, and for non-liquid ingredients, we use the measurements ‘One Spoon,’ ‘Rounded Spoon,’ and ‘Heaped Spoon’, to measure the quantity of ingredients, rather than precise measurements in grams or ounces. This is because adding a little more or less of the ingredient does not affect the final product. Both tablespoons and teaspoons follow these guidelines. Here’s a brief explanation of these terms:

  • One Spoon: Fill the ingredient in a measuring spoon, leveling it with a straight edge.
  • Rounded Spoon: More than a level measurement, with the ingredient piled above the spoon’s edge in a rounded shape.
  • Heaped Spoon: The non-liquid ingredient is scooped as high as possible on a spoon.

Ensure the bowls, measuring cups, spatula and spoon are thoroughly dry.

1- Begin by placing 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate in a bowl. If there are any lumps, simply crush them with a silicone spatula.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Pour sodium bicarbonate into a bowl
Pour sodium bicarbonate into a bowl

2- Add 1/3 cup of citric acid.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Add citric acid
Add citric acid

3- Add 1/3 cup of coarse sea salt.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Add coarse sea salt
Add coarse sea salt

4- Add one heaped tablespoon of finely grated natural soap.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Add finely grated natural soap
Add finely grated natural soap

5- Stir the contents thoroughly with a spatula, ensuring that the mixture is homogeneous.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Mix thoroughly
Mix thoroughly

6- Split the contents into two parts, each in its own bowl.

7- Add 10 to 15 drops of one fragrance oil to one part, and same amount of the other fragrance oil to the second part.

8- Mix thoroughly each part with the spatula.

9- Add a little quantity of the green mica color to one part, and same amount of the blue mica color to the other part. It is preferable to align the scent with the color, e.g. use lavender fragrance oil with purple mica color.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Add a small quantity of mica color powder
Add a small quantity of mica color powder

10- Use a clean, dry spoon to layer the bath salt into a glass container, alternating between the two colors. This gives you a much more appealing product than if one color were used in one bottle.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Layer the two colors in a glass container
Layer the two colors in a glass container

11- The DIY Bath Salt is now ready. Make sure to cap the container tightly for storage.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Final product
DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Final product

Let’s Try It

12- Fill a large bowl with warm water, filling it three-quarters full. Here, I sprinkled a few dried flowers on the surface as well!

13- Pour one cup of the DIY Bath Salt into the water, and brace yourself for a spectacle.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Pour the DIY bath salt into the water, and watch!
Pour the DIY bath salt into the water, and watch!

14- As soon as the granules meet the water, a furious bubbling ensues, transforming the calm surface into a mesmerizing dance of effervescence. The bigger the salt amount, the more vigorous the reaction becomes, creating a sensory experience that captivates the senses and promises a truly indulgent bath.

DIY Bath Salt Recipe. Nice for your bath!
Nice for your bath!


You cannot add carrier oils to the DIY Bath Salt. Only fragrance oils and color can be added for an attractive scent and look.

How to Use: DIY Bath Salt

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use your DIY bath salt:

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water to your desired level.
  2. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your homemade bath salt directly to the running water.
  3. Stir the water to ensure the salt dissolves completely.
  4. Once the salt has dissolved, step into the bath and relax.
  5. Allow yourself to soak in the luxurious blend for 15-30 minutes, enjoying the aroma and benefits of the ingredients.
  6. After soaking, rinse off with clean water and pat your skin dry gently.
  7. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer to lock in hydration and keep your skin soft and smooth.
  8. Store any remaining bath salt in an airtight container for future use.


Using DIY bath salt offers numerous benefits for both your body and mind:

  1. Relaxation: The soothing properties of the ingredients help relax muscles and alleviate tension, promoting overall relaxation.
  2. Skin Nourishment: Sea salt and other ingredients can help cleanse and detoxify the skin, leaving it feeling soft and rejuvenated.
  3. Aromatherapy: Fragrance oils infused in the bath salt provide aromatherapeutic benefits, uplifting mood, reducing stress, and enhancing relaxation.
  4. Customization: By creating your own bath salt blends, you can tailor them to your preferences, choosing scents and colors that you like.
  5. Affordability: DIY bath salt recipes often use simple, cost-effective ingredients, providing a luxurious spa experience without breaking the bank.
  6. Self-Care Ritual: Taking time for a bath with DIY bath salt can become a cherished self-care ritual, allowing you to unwind and pamper yourself regularly.

Incorporating DIY bath salt into your self-care routine can lead to a more relaxed, rejuvenated, and enjoyable bathing experience.

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