Science, Tech, Math › Science How to Make Bath Salts (Scented and Colored) Share Flipboard Email Print Bath salts are simply colored and scented Epsom salts, easily made at home. Pascal Broze, Getty Images Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated February 06, 2020 This is a recipe for making scented, colored bath salts. Difficulty: Average Time Required: 15 minutes What You Need You only need a few materials for this project. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. You can find this product in the pharmacy, beauty, or laundry section of a store. Glycerin is also found in pharmacies. 2 C Epsom Salts1 C Sea Salt or Rock Salt1/4 tsp GlycerinFood Colors (optional)Essential Oils or PerfumeJars with Lids/Stoppers Here's How Mix salts together in a bowl.Stir in remaining ingredients. Generally a drop of two of fragrance is sufficient. Use ingredients containing water with care (color, certain fragrances), since too much water will dissolve salt.Spoon salts into the jars and seal them. Decorative labels listing ingredients are nice! Tips Make certain jars are absolutely dry. Salts absorb moisture, so this project will work better in low humidity.Salt and oils may irritate skin, so it's best to wear gloves. If you do get the salts and oils on your hand, rinse them off. You'll need to use soap or detergent to remove oils.Kitchen fragrances work well. Try extracts of vanilla, lemon, orange, cinnamon, or mint.Suggestions to try include lavender, rose geranium, rosemary, or jojoba. Not all essential oils are appropriate for bathing! Colors or fragrances may be omitted, if desired, for persons with chemical sensitivities.Some essential oils are naturally colored (e.g., chamomile is blue).