When was the last time you took a long, soothing bath? Whether it was last night or last year, these 10 amazing bath recipes will bring you back again and again.
You know, every bath can be special. The recipes below promise amazing scents and soothing comfort through a variety of salts, soaks, and scrubs. Whether you are looking for calm at the end of a stressful day or simply want that clean, silky feeling only a bath can deliver, these luscious bath recipes will help cleanse your body and mind inside and out!
The Bath is a gift of self-care, and these bath recipes are the bow on top.
Why do we take baths, anyway? Showers are just fine for getting clean. Almost everyone knows it’s more than that. In fact, the bath offers many benefits that showers could only dream of.
For one thing, bath soaks encourage the body to release and wash away toxins. Bath salts use ingredients like Epsom salt and essential oils to nourish and sooth the skin and body. Scrubs help slough off dead cells and toxins, as well. Furthermore, baths can help address issues with discomfort, such as joint pain and achy muscles.
You can also treat yourself to a detox bath. Not only will a detox bath help remove toxins from your body, but it will help you to relax and unwind, as well. That is something everyone could use!
Read below to find your new favorite recipe!
Here are 10 luxurious detox bath recipes to try:
1. DIY Bath Bomb Recipe with Wild Orange and Rose Oils
Often the bath bombs you buy in the store are loaded with questionable chemicals. However, you can make your own right at home, which include the benefits of essential oils. A lot of detox bath recipes call for Epsom salt, but this one doesn’t use that particular ingredient.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup finely ground sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond oil (optional apricot oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon beet root powder
- wild orange essential oil
- rose essential oil
- Blend all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Blend wet ingredients in second bowl.
- Combine all ingredients.
- Place in mold of choice. Alternatively, form a ball about 1–2 inches in diameter.
- Allow the bath bombs to dry for about 1–2 days.
- To use, place bath bomb in the bath.
- To store, place in airtight container. Store in the fridge to keep for roughly 3 weeks.
2. DIY Vanilla, Jasmine and Key Lime Bath Salts
When it comes to detox bath recipes, sometimes you want something a little out of the ordinary. These vanilla, jasmine and key lime bath salts should do the trick! This sweet combination will enlighten your senses and leave you feeling rejuvenated and energized. Jasmine’s sweet scent can also be used as an aphrodisiac, so this particular combination makes for a great relaxing couples’ bath, as well.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup dead sea salt
- 3 drops jasmine essential oil
- 3 drops of key lime essential oil
- 8 drops vanilla extract oil or vanilla essential oil
- Add the Epsom salt, dead sea salt and essential oils to a large sealable plastic bag, or into a small mixing bowl.
- Seal the bag closed and use your hands to massage the contents. Alternatively, stir contents in bowl with a spoon until oils are well-blended into the dry ingredients.
- Transfer from the plastic bag to a glass container with a lid.
- Use one spoonful per bath.
3. Homemade Back Pain Bath Salts
When it comes to detox bath recipes, Epsom salts can be considered a staple. This ingredient helps relieve sore muscles as well as fights inflammation, making it a perfect addition to detox bath recipes. (1)
• 2 cups Epsom salts
• 1 cup bi-carb soda
• 10 drops peppermint oil
• 6 drops eucalyptus oil
• 5 drops rosemary oil
• 6 drops lavender oil
• 5 drops cinnamon oil
• 2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
• 1 tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs
- Mix the Epsom salt with bi-carb soda in a large bowl.
- Add the essential oils, stir well.
- Gently, mix in the dried lavender flowers and rosemary sprigs.
- Transfer into glass jars.
- Use one cup of bath salts per bath.
4. Ginger Detox Bath + Body Scrub
Ginger is great for bacterial infections as well as fighting nausea. Furthermore, this recipe calls for sugar, which exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and glowing. The lemon zest will also help add a healthy glow. For even more health benefits, try adding a tablespoon of honey to this recipe.
- Fresh ginger root, 1 small to medium-sized chunk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (or lemon essential oil)
- Peel and grate the ginger.
- Grate the lemon to get your zest.
- Add these ingredients to a small bowl.
- Add the sugar and mix until well blended.
- Transfer to an airtight jar.
- Apply the scrub before a bath.
5. Calming and Detoxing Bath Salts
The great thing about detox bath recipes is that you can modify them to suit your needs. While this recipe calls for dead sea salts (try natural health food stores), you may not be able to find them. If so, feel free to leave it out. The other ingredients will still offer you plenty of benefits!
Some detox bath recipes are great for lifting your spirits, while others are good for inducing a calm state of mind and reducing anxiety. This recipe is the latter. Frankincense and lavender will help diminish anxiety while the bentonite clay will detoxify.
- 1 1/2 cups dead sea salts
- 1/2 cup cup epsom salt
- 1/2 cup real salt
- 1/8 cup bentonite clay
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 7 drops frankincense essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl.
- Mix with a non-metal spoon. (Metal can compromise the healing qualities of the clay.)
- Store in an air-tight glass jar.
6. Homemade Rosemary Lavender Bath Salts
This recipe calls for fresh rosemary and lavender, both of which smell amazing! Rosemary is great for improving memory, while lavender promotes a state of relaxation. (2, 3) Furthermore, rosemary is useful in easing aches and pains.
- 1 cup sea salt
- 3/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2-3 tbsp fresh rosemary; finely chopped
- 6-8 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Combine Epsom salt, baking soda and sea salt in medium mixing bowl.
- Add in half of the essential oils, mix.
- Mix in the remaining half of the oils, mix again
- Add in the fresh rosemary, mix gently.
- Store in an airtight glass jar.
7. Lavender Detox Bath Recipe
While many detox bath recipes can get complicated, this one is easy as you please. It calls for only Epsom salt, baking soda and lavender essential oil. The perfect simple blend for relaxation!
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in medium mixing bowl.
- Use entire contents for one bath, alternatively use desired amount and transfer remaining amount to an airtight glass jar.
- Soak for 20 minutes.
8. Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Soak
Eucalyptus oil benefits your health in numerous ways! It can help fight colds, address respiratory issues, treat the flu, sinus issues and allergies. It also has antimicrobial agents. If you have the sniffles, this detox recipe is for you.
- 2 cups Epsom Salts
- 1/2 cup dry lavender
- 5-6 drops pure lavender essential oil
- 10 drops pure eucalyptus essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Fill the tub with warm water.
- Add the ingredients and soak for roughly a half an hour.
9. Homemade Milk Bath
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a milk bath. While other detox bath recipes focus on scent, this one focuses on consistency. It’s perfect for thirsty, dry skin, and it will feel like your bath has been laden with silk!
- 1 cup of powdered coconut milk
- 1/2 cup colloidal oatmeal
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
- You may wish to add essential oils to add a dose of scent, if so, cover bowl and shake until well blended.
- Pour 1/2 to a cup of mixture into bath water.
10. Simple DIY Almond Milk Bath
This is another fairly basic recipe that is still extremely effective. If you don’t have almond milk on hand, you can instead use coconut milk.
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Add blended ingredients to a warm bath while the water is running.
- Soak for 20 minutes.