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