I’m so excited to share with you this delicious DIY citrus spice salt soak. Have you ever seen something and thought, “Gee, that would make excellent bath salts.” Yeah, didn’t think so. It’s ok if your feelings about soaking in scented salts don’t match my own because my feelings about bath salts might border on obsession. It’s healthier for you this way.
It all started when I saw this amazing post on how to make potpourri in the oven by Reese over at Compost and Cava. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should. It’s full of creative ways to reuse what you already have, and she’s super witty about how she talks about waste. She took sour oranges that were going bad and turned them into this beautiful citrus potpourri. Seeing her potpourri I thought, “Yes! I should make that!” I even had some grapefruit and tangerines just starting to become droopy. Reality check: even eco-friendly lifestyle bloggers struggle with food waste.
Unsurprisingly, when I was making the potpourri I kept thinking about how I wanted to add it to my bath. I recently started adding orange essential oil to my morning baths, and it’s been really great for perking up in the AM. I’m not a morning person, and I don’t drink caffeine, so something has to give. Also, now that you know how important baths are to me, it only made sense to offer you some kind of natural bath goodie. I thought, how cool would it be to blitz the potpourri with Himalayan pink salt and oils in the food processor and make bath salts! I felt so smart and excited, full of optimism, ready to destroy the beautiful thing I had just made.
But I definitely made some initial mistakes. A few words to the wise friends- don’t try to grind whole cinnamon sticks in the food processor. It was a dumb idea. And one can totally make beautiful, wonderful bath salts with ground cinnamon or cinnamon essential oils.
These scents remind me of winter. Once the peels break open, they release all kinds of natural oils that smell heavenly and offer a nice pick-me-up, even mid-day. There are all kinds of terrifying chemicals in mainstream bath products. Look at the back of your bubble bath or body wash and google the ingredients…it’s not pretty. As I’ve been discussing on Instagram, I’ve recently gone completely natural with my beauty routine and I’m really loving the results. Luckily, these bath salts fit in perfectly with my switch because they’re completely safe to bathe in.
Himalayan pink salt tastes and looks beautiful, I use it regularly in my cooking with lovely results. When I saw that they carried the rock version in my grocery store’s bulk section I thought it would make perfect bath salts.
You will probably have to clean out your tub after you bathe in these salts, especially if your citrus pieces stay rather large.
***I also want to make very clear: you should not bathe in these salts and go directly into the sun. Citrus has a tendency to make skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so don’t go overboard on the essential oil, and do not use on your face.
How to Make DIY Citrus Spice Salt Soak
- Thinly Sliced citrus of your choice: I used half a grapefruit and a couple satsuma mandarins. I included a few random orange peals that I had laying around as well.
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- 2 cups of Pink Himalayan Rock Salt (I bought mine in the bulk section of my grocery store. If you don’t have access to it, any salt will do, just mix it by hand instead of in the food processor.)
- 2-3 teaspoons Jojoba oil
- Essential oil- I used orange
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- Food Processor (If you don’t have one, purchase a finer salt and mix by hand. You’ll have to chop up your potpourri or tear it.)
1. Dehydrate your citrus in the oven at 200*F, layered on your baking sheet with parchment paper. It will likely take about 2 hours to fully dehydrate. For more detailed instructions, visit Reese’s potpourri tutorial.
2. Add all ingredients to your food processor, including jojoba and essential oils, to your liking.
3. Turn on your food processor and let it go! It might be terrifying as the food processor cuts through the citrus and salt, so check it periodically and make sure it’s not getting too processed. You want there to be chunks of citrus.
4. Adjust scents as necessary. I found myself mixing in more essential oil. Note: Some essential oil can be irritating to the skin, so don’t go overboard. 10-20 drops will be more than enough.
4. Store bath salts in an airtight container. I chose this lovely jar my neighbor gave me.
5. Sprinkle salts into your bath. I like to use a tablespoon. Enjoy the wonderful smells of citrus and spice!