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heart and star shaped epsom salt gems
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3.5 from 2 votes

Epsom Salt Gems

Take a basic bath salts recipe, add water, mold into shapes, and allow to dry - ridiculously simple! When they are completely dry they become rock hard.  Use different shapes, colors and essential oils to make a beautiful selection, perfect for gift-giving.
Prep Time20 mins
Drying Time2 d
Total Time2 d 20 mins
Course: Beginner
Cuisine: Bath and Shower
Keyword: Bath Salts, essential oil DIY

Equipment

  • Glass, Ceramic or Metal Mixing Bowl and Spoon
  • Silicone Ice Tray
  • Tray lined with Grease-Proof Paper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 tbsp Baking (Bi-Carb) Soda (Sifted)
  • 1 tsp Carrier Oil
  • 20 drops Essential Oil
  • 1-4 drops Liquid Food Coloring
  • 1-2 tsp Water (Only add second teaspoon if necessary)

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl. Your mixture should be wet, but not so wet that the salt starts to dissolve.
  • Spoon mixture into one mold cavity of your silicone mold and press down with the back of a spoon. Turn out molded mixture immediately onto grease proof paper-lined baking tray (start in the top left corner because once they are out you can't move them until they are dry).
  • Repeat process until all the mixture has been used. Allow gems to dry for 48 hours, turning after 24 hours (try to avoid handling them before then as they are fragile when wet).
  • Store them in a plastic zip lock bag or glass jar for color and scent longevity or, if giving them as a gift, place them in a cellophane bag finished off with a pretty ribbon.
  • To use, drop a whole handful of bath salt gems into a bucket of water for a relaxing foot soak, or dissolve the entire batch in a warm bath.

Notes

To increase the storage longevity of your essential oil project, do not use water from the tap in the recipe.  Instead I recommend distilled, demineralized, or water that has been boiled and then cooled.
If your salt cake does not remove easily from your mold, your salt mixture is too dry. Add some more oil and try again.
If your salt cake starts to sag or lose its shape after being removed from the mold, your salt mixture is too wet. Add some more salt and try again.