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A Beginner’s Guide on How to Make Bath Salts
Swanson Staff • June 11, 2024

How to Make Your Own Bath Salt Blend

If you’re wondering how to make bath salts you’ve come to the right place. This homemade milk and honey bath salt recipe is a luxurious way to promote silky smooth skin, support joint comfort and settle your mind before bed.

What are the Benefits of Bath Salts?

Bath salts are typically made up of Epsom salts, sea salt, magnesium flakes or sometimes all three. These natural minerals are dissolved under warm water to support joint health and soothe muscles. While there are currently no studies to show effectiveness, soaking in a warm bath may still provide some comfort (and even relaxation) and bath salts just give it an upgrade. Just make sure the temperature isn't too hot in order to keep skin happy and healthy.

For this recipe in particular, the added milk and honey powders are a modern twist on traditional remedies that are thought to help promote skin hydration and integrity.1,2 So, if you’re looking to get your glow on, these ancient ingredients make a calming combo for your wellness routine.

What’s the Difference Between Epsom Salts and Magnesium Flakes?

Other than the texture and appearance, Epsom salts consist of a combination of magnesium and sulphate, while magnesium flakes contain magnesium and chloride. Funny enough, neither are actually “salts.”

There is no hard and fast rule on which one is better since there is no hard science backing either for maximum benefits, but magnesium chloride is thought to absorb more readily into the body.3

However, both may assist with detoxification and supporting healthy skin. Regardless of which one you choose, they both feel great after a long day.

Homemade Milk & Honey Bath Salts


1.5 cups milk powder

¼ cup honey powder

1 cup Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes

1 cup Himalayan sea salt

1/2 cup baking soda

*For a more relaxing bath, dilute six drops of lavender oil with 12 drops of jojoba oil and stir into mixture


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly, making sure to smooth any clumps
  2. Distribute mixture to bath under warm water and stir in tub

We hope this simple DIY brings you a sense of calm and relaxation. You can also energize your bath by adding orange-scented essential oil for a stress-free start to your day. The world is your oyster!

You be well, now.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This recipes includes essential oils. We recommend handling essential oils with care and following any usage, safety guidelines and drug interaction warnings on the label. Testing for skin sensitivity is important before using, and we recommend people consult a doctor, especially if they are pregnant, to discuss what is safe for their individual needs.


  1. Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review. National Library of Medicine. Read source
  2. The use of plants in skin-care products, cosmetics and fragrances: past and present. MDPI. Read source
  3. Myth or Reality-Transdermal Magnesium? National Library of Medicine. Read source