Vanilla Bath Salts

Sometimes I get so cold this time of year that nothing except a warm shower or bath can truly get me warm again!  (-20 degrees and I simply do not get along!)  So I made a batch of savory bath salts to help sooth my skin and my soul as I relax in a nice warm bath this winter!  And today I am excited to share my recipe with you for Vanilla Bath Salts!

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Vanilla Bath Salts


  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • Vanilla Fragrance or Essential Oil
  • Brown Powder Food Coloring (optional)
  1. Place salt and soda into a dish and stir well.
  2. Add fragrance oil until it is strong enough to suit your preference.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Add brown colored powder food coloring if desired.

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Why did I choose these ingredients?

Soaking in a bath with Epsom salts can help relax your muscles, reduce swelling and draw out toxins.

Baking soda helps sooth your skin.

Vanilla is a very calming scent and is one of my favorites so that is why I included it!

And the food coloring is totally optional!  You don’t use enough to worry about coloring your skin while in the bath tub, but it does give the bath salts a pretty brown hue to them.

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  1. says

    These make nice gifts. Do have a question. Haven&#39;t heard of powder food coloring. In what stores is it available?<br /><br />I have read that Epsom salt baths aren&#39;t for everyone. They generally aren&#39;t recommended for people who have conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.<br />I would say; if you are unsure whether an Epsom salt bath is safe for you,

    • says

      Hi Colleen,<br /><br />I ordered powdered food coloring online…it was almost a year ago though, so I don&#39;t remember where. Sorry!<br /><br />And that is great advice about epsom salts! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Natalie,<br /><br />Table salt has no healing benefits…but as long as you don&#39;t have high blood pressure or edema it should be ok. But it probably won&#39;t be as nice as epsom salts since epsom salts can help heal sore or tense muscles. <br /><br />:)

    • says

      I&#39;ve never found a vanilla extract that smells yummy. Usually vanilla extract is for flavoring in cooking, and doesn&#39;t provide much scent. But I suppose you could always try it. :)

  2. Emily says

    What about using cinnamon in place of the brown food coloring? I would assume it would add (even if just a little bit) to the fragrance, and I have heard that it warms and relaxes muscles when used in massage oil. People with sensitive skin should be cautious with it, though. Thoughts?

    • Ashley Phipps says

      I am definitely not an expert in this area, but cinnamon would give a brown color to the salts. I would just be careful since cinnamon can be a bit strong for sensitive skin (like you mentioned) and around eyes too :) It would smell amazing though!!!!

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