A Homemade Christmas: Rosemary Bath Salts

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Christmas is swiftly approaching our doorstep.  I am reminded of this every time I leave the house. There are no longer good times to go shopping. The malls are crowded with families clambering for time with Mall-Santa and fellow last-minute shoppers. Even the grocery store is a battleground. I had to drive to three different stores in my small town yesterday to find shredded coconut. Holiday baking is in FULL swing. Tensions are high. Coconut is scarce.

As much as I love buying people anything and everything, it’s hard on the wallet. Plus, there is a certain sentiment about receiving a homemade gift. It feels extra special.

This is one of the ideas that I came up with recently.

I have been going through a real bath phase. Is that a thing? I dunno.  Go with it. Until recently I didn’t really appreciate the magic that is the bath.  Well, not since I was six years old and would re-enact the entire Little Mermaid from beginning to end DAILY in the tub. I wanted to be Ariel. I dream big.  My mom would have to start playing my Little Mermaid tape on my Lil’ Tikes tape deck before my toe would touch the water. She also was not allowed to get me out until I had belted out my last glorious note. Obviously the best part of this whole process was the part where I got to flip my hair over and sing the “AHHHH-AH-AHHHHHH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AHHHH!”. Magical.

Although bath time is no longer prompted by soundtracks (although…that sounds fun). It has been this beautiful relaxing winter meditation time. A time to get warm and relaxed and just zone out. Maybe read. Maybe just sit and breathe.

I’m a huge fan of Epsom Salts. Have you ever read the side of the bag of those things? They literally do everything. Sore muscles? Epsom salt it up. Gardening difficulties? Epsom salt it is. Digestive issues? Knock back some Epsom.  It’s the girl Friday of salts.

So why not create our own lovely smelling bath soak?  It’s basically like giving someone the gift of relaxation. Here, have a little miracle in a jar, on me. You are important. Breathe.  Relax, you so deserve it.

*Side Note: This gift might go really well with the Little Mermaid Soundtrack.*

Want to know the best part?  It  takes just a few minutes to put together.  I make them with a per-jar ratio.  If you want to make multiple jars, just double, triple, or quintuple the recipe.

You Will Need:

2 cups of Epsom Salt

2 tbs Baking Soda

2 drops of Food Coloring

4 drops of Essential Oil (I used Rosemary)


1 Pint Mason Jar

Label for jar

String for packaging

DIY Rosemary Bath Salts | soletshangout.com

Measure out your salt and your baking soda, and dump them into a mixing bowl.

Add in your essential oils and your food coloring. Mix together until the color is evenly distributed throughout the salts.

Funnel your bath salts into your mason jar.

Create a label.

Tie a bow.

Look how cute it turns out!  Just a few minutes of work. You are a total champ.

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Have a great Friday, Friends! xo

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36 thoughts on “A Homemade Christmas: Rosemary Bath Salts

  1. This is a great idea! I think I am going to have to find you another copy of “The Little Mermaid” soundtrack….I think it’s time :)

    • Thanks, Steph! They are relaxing indeed. I did a little test run with the leftovers. Thinking about making myself a jar to keep. :) Just checked out your blog and it is super cute! So much craft-spiration!

    • Kait! I just checked out your blog. So cute! Love all of the embroidery. It makes me want to break out some felt and try my best to make felt foxes. :) I highly recommend making this easy gift. Literally, it takes minutes. I also recommend making some for yourself and reninacting some if not ALL of The Little Mermaid. Obvs. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  2. Hey girl! It’s crazy around Marin right now, right? I live over near the village and Towne center and every time I head out to run errands, I’m stuck in the mall traffic. I have to leave 10 minutes earlier than usual just to get somewhere on time. Did you know that Safeway has the 14oz bags of shredded coconut on sale right now? I picked up 2 bags last week and there were tons left. Your bath salt looks great and I’m totally going to make some up, as I love taking a bath and I have 4 huge rosemary bushes in my backyard.

    • Yes! It is a madhouse everywhere!! Safeway was the first place I looked for coconut, and they were OUT. Even in the back. Holiday baking is at another level right now.

  3. I love homemade gifts!

    Sounds like your 6 year old self would love my surfboard with the little mermaid on it! It was a wedding present, so proof that you can always love the little mermaid. Or in my case, your uncle can enough to put her on a surfboard for you.

  4. Does the food coloring leave color in the tub? Love this Idea By the way using it for Thank you gifts for a baby shower! I want to make it blue but not ruin people’s tubs

    • Hey Kait! I tested them out in my own tub for this very reason, haha. Since there is only a drop or two in the whole jar it really doesn’t do much at all to the water. I couldn’t see a difference in the water color and it didn’t stain my tub at all. Hope that helps! Happy crafting! That will be such a cute baby shower gift. :)

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  8. Hi Gina Marie
    I am going to make the bath salts and the sugar cookie foot scrub for 7 women. I also have 4 guys to make gifts for. Haven’t decided on what yet for them. Thanks for the recipes.

  9. Hi Gina,

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try it! I never used food coloring before, so what type do you have? Or what brand do you recommend?

    Thank you!

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  11. I was wondering if I could use homemade food coloring for this do you think? Like I was going to try making my own purple with cabbage.

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    • Deborah, I grow rosemary and dry it to use in foods. I would suggest running it through a coffee mill to grind it down or use a mortar and pestle. I think dried would work better than fresh. Maybe this will work for you, good luck!

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  15. Deborah, I grow rosemary and dry it to use in foods. I would suggest running it through a coffee mill to grind it down or use a mortar and pestle. I think dried would work better than fresh. Maybe this will work for you, good luck!

  16. I’ve been making bath salts as well, but may I ask what the baking soda does?

    P.s. Orange Lavender is my favorite scent to soak in!

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