diy bath soaks

bath soaks, shower steams, and herbal hair rinses are some of my favorite ways to unwined unwind.

hopefully this post will give you some great diy bath soak ideas. let your creative side run wild with ingredient combinations!

please do consult your healthcare professional and local certified herbalist and aromatherapist to ensure these herbs and EOs are okay for you (no contraindications for any ailments). 


basic bath soak composition:

most bath soaks contain salts, powders, or clays, but you can solely use florals and/or herbals if you’d like. i’d suggest starting with a bath soak goal in mind (decongest, uplift, calm, invigorate, detox, de-stress, etc), and choose your ingredients based on these goals. of course you can create things that just smell good to you! there’s no limit!

common ingredients:

i’d like to say no two bath soaks are alike. mix and match ingredients from these categories for an awesome self-love session. this isn’t an exhaustive list, but one to get your ideas going!

salts –

  • epsom salt
  • himalayan salt
  • lava salt
  • sea salts

clays –

  • bentonite clay
  • kaolin clay

florals –

  • rose
  • lavender
  • jasmine
  • hibiscus
  • calendula
  • ylag-ylang
  • geranium

herbals –

  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • eucalyptus
  • parsley
  • sage

powders –

  • coconut milk
  • milk
  • oatmeal
  • mustard seed
  • activated charcoal

other –

  • hydrosols
  • carrier oils
  • essential oils for aromatherapy
  • raw honey
  • ginger
  • fruit juices
  • coconut milk
  • milk


favorite combos:

again, not an exhaustive list, but these are my personal favorites. please share yours below in the comments!


  • juice from 2 lemons. drop in squeezed lemons, too
  • 1/3 cup dried rosemary or 5-7 drops of the EO
  • 3 tablespoons peppermint leaves
  • 1/2 cut up grapefruit – squeeze and drop all parts into bath


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) dried chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal (please keep in nylons or sachet so you’re not sitting in porridge)


  • 1.5 cups epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay (hydrate before adding to bath water in a non-metal container)
  • 5 to 7 drops of EOs of your choice for aromatherapy and to cover the slight vinegar smell. citrus works well.


  • 2/3 cup milk/coconut milk powder (or 2 cups liquid)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 3 tablespoons peppermint leaves
  • 2 to 3 drops geranium EO
  • 5 to 6 drops orange EO
  • 2 bags organic green tea


  • 1/2 cup dried calendula
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • juice from 3 lemons
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup sea salt


> and here are some fun ones:

floral delight (my absolute favorite – uplifting and relaxing aromatherapy)

  • 1/2 cup dried rose petals or 3 to 5 drops of the EO
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dried lavender or 5 to 7 drops of the EO
  • 2 to 3 drops jasmine EO
  • 5 tablespoons neroli (orange blossom) water

mojito (detox and invigorate)

  • 3 tablespoons peppermint leaves
  • 7 to 10 drops lime EO or juice from 3 limes (drop squeezed limes into bath)
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt

wine (softening and anti-aging)

  • 1 cup organic red wine

chocolate cake (comforting and softening)

  • 1.5 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
  • 2 cups milk/coconut milk (or 2/3 cup powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


> and here are some for ailments:

oily skin and/or body acne

  • 1/3 cup dried sage
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay (hydrate before putting into bath)


  • 1 tablespoon dried ginger powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried peppermint leaves
  • 1 sprig of eucalyptus or 5 to 7 drops of the EO
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt

sunburn/rashes/itchy skin/etc

  • 1 cup oatmeal (please keep in nylons or sachet so you’re not sitting in porridge)
  • 2 cups milk (or 2/3 cup powdered)

sore muscles

  • 2 cups epsom salt
  • 3 to 5 drops EO of either OR a total of – rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and/or peppermint



run your bath at the temperature you prefer, making sure it’s not too hot. dump and swirl ingredients into bath water. let them sit for 5 minutes while they soak and synergize (just made that word up). soak in your bath for up to 30 minutes (this is dependent on your ingredients and your health – please vary time).

follow your soak with your favorite body oil blend to seal in the moisture.

other notes:

  • when using dried herbs and flowers, it might help to keep them in nylons and/or sachets while you bathe. this will save your drain and drastically improve clean-up.
  • add a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to your bath water and let sit for 15 mins before getting in (add more hot water later) if you have chlorine and/or other “yuckies” like fluoride in your water supply.
  • please drink plenty of water before and especially after a bath soak.

where to purchase ingredients:

you will find most, if not all, of these ingredients between: your local health food store,, mountain rose herbs,, and

i hope you all find the perfect bath soaks to incorporate into your self-love sessions!

please share your favorites below. i’m sure we’d all love to swap ideas!

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  1. I once made a “sport” soak for my dad (some of the EO’s must be used with caution) – Base was a mix of coarse salt and epsom salts. Then a few drops of cinnamon, eucalyptus, chamomile, tea tree, and sandalwood EO’s

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