DIY Bath Soaks

I’m all about a good, long bath. My bathroom is stocked with the most ridiculous collection of salts, powders, oils, and bath bombs that the world has possibly ever witnessed, and it’s the daily activity I most look forward to (maybe besides that first cup of coffee in the morning). I may or may not have a secret Pinterest board dedicated to beautiful bathtubs, and I’ve even been known to take cool baths in the summer – is that just me? Baths are my happy place, where I find true and blissful solitude, where I read, think, and decompress.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with making my own bath soaks, and I love the control I have over the ingredients, and how much money it saves, too. The combinations are endless – all you need is a salt base, some add-ins, and if you want, a few luxurious extras. Of course, these are just a few options to get you started! I highly recommend experimenting.

 

Salt Bases

Epsom salts, Himalayan pink salt, black salt – excellent for sore muscles

Dead sea salt – helps to increase circulation, good for soothing irritated skin

 

Add-ins

Powdered milk – the lactic acid in powdered milk gently exfoliates and leaves your skin soft

Oatmeal – anti-inflammatory and great for body acne, as the saponins in oatmeal draw out dirt from pores

Baking soda – wonderful for sunburns, and balances the skin’s pH. If you’ve got sensitive skin, do a small patch test first!

Natural clays – bentonite clay for oily skin, pink clay for dry skin

 

Extras

Essential oils – while you should never put essential oils directly onto your skin, a few drops in your salts can make your bath into a lovely sensory experience. I’m partial to rose and lavender!

Green tea leaves – anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants

Activated charcoal – draws out impurities

Seaweed – hyrating and anti-inflammatory

Flower petals – because you’re a goddess, obviously

 

My favourite combination right now:

1 cup epsom salts

1/2 cup black salt

1/2 cup dried rose petals

1 cup powdered milk

Written and photographed by :: Paige Leigh Reist / @thewholesomehandbook

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