There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a lavender bath in the evening to help de-stress and get a good night’s sleep. There are many sites on the internet who will extol the virtues micronutrient this and detoxification that, but I’m a much simpler creature: I like baths. I like it when they smell nice. Salt baths make my skin look healthier and softens up the hard bits of skin I get from all my gardening and manual tasks.
It’s not uncommon for about 350g of salts to be sold for between £6 and £40! I knew I could beat this price so set about comparing the ingredients and online recipes before arriving at my own which works out at about £2 if I use a bit a of a mix of salts, £1.20 if I stick to just good old sea salt. In short, you can save 66-95% by making your own.
Given that bath salts have been used a health remedy for thousands of years there’s probably some reasonable grounding for the barrage of claims about their wondrous properties. As far back as 2700 BC salts were being recommended in China for various ailments. Hippocrates used them for healing. Every major civilisation since has had some variant of bathing in salt water as a health remedy.
In modern times, however, the humble salt bath has turned into a confusing mix of scientific claims being made in the absence of any sound evidence which the cynic in me believes to be marketing gimmickry. Some of the huge markup is also down to the magical woo-woo surrounding essential oils imbibing the salts with fantastical effects on your vitality and energy. Yes, I remain to be convinced of this, so I just stick to using the ones I think smell nice.
Even if you believe in the differing benefits of Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts or any other variant you will still save loads by making your own mixtures. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are rare or hard to come by. So long as you are happy to buy at least 1kg you can use the suppliers to the growing handmade beauty market. I get a lot of my ingredients via Fresh Skin UK (genuine recommendation and not an affiliate link).
How much can you save?
The cost break down for the following recipe is (June 2018):
- Coarse Sea Salt from supermarket – 80p for 350g
- Coarse Sea Salt bought as 1kg bag – 50p for 350g
- Epsom Salt bought as 1kg bag – £1.50 for 350g
- Himalayan Salt bought as 1kg bag – £1.60 for 350g
- Dried lavender bought in 100g bag – £1.20 for 50g
- Dried lavender bought in 1kg bag – 70p for 50g
- 1 bottle of lavender essential oil – £3
So let’s assume you’ve bought your essential oil for £3 or are missing it out.
- If you make a small test batch with easy to get materials and only the small bag of lavender
- £2 using supermarket salt
- If you buy supplies to make several batches and lots of extra lavender for other projects:
- £1.20 using sea salt
- £2.20 using Epsom salts
- £2.30 using Himalayan salt
The average price online for 350g specialist bath salts, made of a mix of the above salts, is anything from £6 to £40. So, even if you have to buy the essential oil to do your first batch you still save money!
Now on to the recipe!
Homemade Lavender Salts
Luxurious and fragrant salts to use in the bath. A very traditional and all-natural recipe.
- 1 cup of coarse salt – can be any mix of sea salt, Epsom salt etc
- A handful of dried lavender (about 50g)
- 2 drops of Lavender essential oil (optional)
- Place your salt into a small bowl.
- Add the dried lavender.
- Mix together.
- Add the essential oil if you want a stronger aroma.
- Put the mixture into a small jar of your choice. A good seal will help preserve the fragrance.
The ingredients are proportional, so exact measures are not important. We’re big fans at Budget Decadence of the ” a big dollop of salt plus a small dollop of lavender” method. Dollop, mix, jar. Simples.
Just add a generous handful to your next bath and enjoy the relaxing aroma! You will probably need to rinse down the bath afterwards to clear the little lavender bits. Unless you already have serious drain issues it won’t cause a problem to let them wash down the plughole, but if like me you have one of the strainer type plugs just tip the remains in the compost/garden waste bin.