Imagine this: After a long week, you turn on your favorite playlist, light some candles, and retire into a soothing bath. At Desert Essence, one of our favorite self-care rituals for rest and relaxation is a lavender-infused bath soak. To help you unwind and recharge, here’s everything you need to know about creating your very own lavender bath salt.
More or less synonymous with relaxation, lavender is embraced for its calming and comforting qualities. Showcasing delicate purple blooms, this fragrant Mediterranean herb features a soothing botanical scent. To extract the oil for its soothing properties, manufacturers usually steam distill the flowers. English lavender is one of the most common forms of lavender, but we also love Bulgarian lavender for its deeper, more herbaceous fragrance.
Some people hang dried bundles of lavender in their home or use it in potpourri, but you can also find this versatile herb infused into beauty products. At Desert Essence, you can enjoy lavender both in body care products and in an oil blend — Desert Essence Bulgarian Lavender Body Wash, Desert Essence Bulgarian Lavender Hand & Body Lotion and Desert Essence Lavender Soap Bar are some of our favorite self-care essentials. For making lavender bath salts, our go-to is Desert Essence Organic Lavender Tea Tree Oil — it can also be used to soothe blemishes and freshen laundry.
The Benefits of Bath Salts
For the ultimate R&R treat, an Epsom salt bath with lavender will do just the trick. A warm salt bath can help you dial down your worries, making it a great tool for easing stress and promoting deep rest. Along with calming the senses, a bath salt can also melt away tension, aiding in soothing aches and soreness. Some even find that it’s helpful for calming minor skin irritations.
Getting Started: What You'll Need
Epsom salt: 1 cup
Sea salt: ½ cup
Baking soda: ½ cup
Lavender essential oil: 10-15 drops
Dried lavender buds (optional): 1-2 tablespoons
Recipe: How to Make Bath Salts With Lavender
To start your homemade lavender bath salts recipe, mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add in the lavender essential oil. If you’re using dried lavender buds, make sure to add them during this step as well. They’re optional, but they offer visual appeal and an extra calming fragrance.
Stir ingredients well.
Store your mixture in an airtight container, such as a canning jar.
To use your lavender bath salt, add ¼ to ½ cup (or 4 to 8 tablespoons) of the salt to warm bath water. Mix the salt in with your hands until it dissolves, then enjoy your bath for 10 to 25 minutes. We love adding this to our routines at least once a week, but you can pamper yourself with this bath as often as you’d like.
For extra nourishment, add a few drops of jojoba oil to your bath. Jojoba oil is a multi-purpose wonder that replenishes moisture and balances the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Adding it to your bath salt recipe will leave you with an extra soft and smooth feel. You can also incorporate other essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, into your bath for a soothing botanical boost. For an extra floral touch, consider tossing in rose petals with your lavender buds.
Packaging and Presentation
You can store your lavender bath salts in any airtight container, but why not have fun with the packaging? If you’re keeping your salts on your vanity, give it spa-like packaging. Use a canning jar and add a twine ribbon around the lid for a rustic vibe.
After a long day, there’s nothing like nourishing yourself with a relaxing lavender bath before bedtime. To enjoy the soothing benefits of lavender in this DIY bath salt recipe, start with a versatile bottle of Desert Essence Organic Lavender Tea Tree Oil.