See how to make natural DIY pumpkin spice bath salt with essential oils, magnesium flakes and calendula! This easy and relaxing homemade fall bath salts recipe smells like pumpkin spice and is ready in 5 minutes. This calming herbal magnesium bath salt has many skincare benefits and is great for sore muscles, detox, relaxation and stress relief.
You’ll also learn how to use the bath salt with essential oils and the best ways to package natural bath salt for storage and as a gift, including different container ideas and free printable labels for decorating.
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DIY Pumpkin Spice Bath Salts Recipe
DIY pumpkin spice bath salt can be made in less than 5 minutes and if you’re a regular beauty crafter, you probably already have all of the ingredients you need. This seems like such a simple free bath salt recipe for it to be a standalone post, but I wanted to share am autumn-inspired muscle relaxing bath salt recipe for those of you who like to make seasonal moisturizing bath salt recipes.
Pumpkin spice bath salt benefits
Taking a warm bath with pumpkin spice bath salt can help to:
- soothe and nourish the skin, great for itchy and dry skin
- reduce stress, anxiety and relax your mind
- relive sore muscles and stiffness
- heal bruises and small cuts
Sounds great, right? Okay, let’s learn more about how to make homemade herbal bath salts with magnesium flakes and calendula flowers.
Materials for homemade pumpkin spice bath salt – Bath salt recipe without Epsom salt
Isn’t it gorgeous! I love the pops of sparkle from the gold magnesium flakes and dried calendula petals just can’t be beaten. And all you need is 7 ingredients to make pumpkin spice bath salts at home. Here’s a breakdown of the natural bath salt ingredients and their skincare benefits:
Dead sea salt – Bath salt with dead sea salt
Minerals and natural salts have been used in beauty recipes and for natural healing purposes for thousands of years. Dead sea salt contains over 21 minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc and potassium. The salt stimulates circulation and can detoxify your body.
I used coarse dead sea salt in this DIY bath salts recipe, which can also be subbed for pink Himalayan sea salt. While this is a bath salt recipe without Epsom salt, you can also prepare the recipe with Epsom salt to enjoy a bath salt with Epsom salt.
Magnesium flakes – Muscle relaxing bath salts recipe
To enhance the skincare benefits of this bath salt recipe, I decided to make a magnesium bath salt and added magnesium flakes to the blend. But do magnesium bath salts work? And are magnesium baths good for you? Let’s talk about it!
Bath salts are one of the magnesium flakes uses. This mineral is essential to the body’s function and regulates many bodily reactions. “Magnesium deficiency results in lower levels of fatty acids on the skin. This reduces elasticity and moisture and creates the perfect condition for dryness and lack of tone. And more wrinkles.” says British nutritionist and naturopath Kara-Mia Vernon. (source 1, 2)
Taking a magnesium bath might aid with magnesium depletion and supply your skin with this vital mineral. Magnesium is also said to soothe sore muscles and further relaxation. All good reasons to make magnesium bath salts!
I admit that I mainly added dried calendula flowers for visual appeal – no boring, basic bath salt for this girl. But you will be pleased to learn that calendula flowers have many potential health and skincare benefits and are said to reduce skin inflammation and swelling, as well as to promote wound healing.
Pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin pie spice is not only the namesake for this homemade beauty recipe, but it also gives this autumn bath salt blend its characteristic warm pumpkin spice fragrance. The spices in pumpkin pie spice are rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect your skin from free radical damage and aid with natural anti-ageing skincare.
I used our homemade pumpkin pie spice mix to aromatise this easy bath salts recipe. You can easily make your own by mixing together 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp ground allspice. Or simply use this ready-made organic pumpkin spice blend.
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is needed as a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils. This light-weight oil has the added benefit that it will also moisturise your skin naturally while you soak in the tub.
If at hand, you can also use 1/2 teaspoon polysorbate 80 in place of sweet almond oil. I use this water-oil-solubiliser in most of my DIY bath bomb recipes to disperse the essential and carrier oils in the water.
Essential oils – Therapeutic bath salts recipe with essential oils
When we think natural homemade skin care, essential oils like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger are usually not the first to come to mind. But they can be wonderful for skincare, and you can read more about various skincare benefits of spicy essential oils in my pumpkin spice body butter recipe.
For this bath soak recipe, I chose cinnamon leaf, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom. The blend well together and give you this warm, rick pumpkin spice scent that we love so much in natural fall skincare products.
Gold mica (optional)
Micas are finely ground mineral powders that are used to tint DIY natural beauty recipes. I used a small amount of gold mica to colour the magnesium flakes golden and give our homemade bath soak recipe a luxurious aesthetic.
How to make pumpkin spice bath salts
Okay, ready to whip up a batch of this DIY pumpkin spice bath salts recipe? There are just 3 easy steps for how to make this bath salt recipe without Epsom salt:
- First, whisk together the sea salt, sweet almond oil, pumpkin pie spice, and essential oils.
- Next stir together the magnesium flakes and gold mica powder in a sperate bowl.
- Then Combine the sea salt, magnesium flakes and dried calendula flowers.
Feel free to make as much or as little as you want too. When I’m making this quick and easy bath salt recipe, I usually go bigger and make a large amount to give away. Just be sure to store the bath salt in an airtight glass container.
How do you use a bath salt?
How do you make bath salts with dead sea salt? These are the steps to make a bath with this pumpkin spice bath salt recipe:
- Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup bath salt for a standard-size bathtub.
- Add the homemade bath salt into warm, running water and stir with your hand to help the salt crystals dissolve faster into the bath.
- Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes
- Don’t exceed the amount of 1/3 to 1/2 cup per bath.
- The sweet almond oil can make the bathtub slippery. Be careful when getting in and out of the tub.
- If you are pregnant, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication, please consult a doctor or health care provider before using bath salts and essential oils.
Gift the DIY pumpkin spice bath salts – Pretty handmade gift
This pumpkin spice bath salt is perfect for fall and even winter. Wrapped up in a cute little jar or bottles and you’ve got a great hostess gift, housewarming gift, or homemade Christmas present. Handmade presents are the best!
To decorate your jar or bottle, download and print our free printable bath salt labels at the end of the post. The printables come in two sizes and can be used as labels or gift tags. Attach a pretty ribbon and one of our printable fall gift tags, and you have a thoughtful DIY gift for family and friends.
Below, I’ve put together a few ideas how to package bath salts for storing and gift-giving.
How to package bath salts – Packaging the bath salt
Now that you know how to make bath salts for gift giving, here are a few ideas on how you can package the bath salts as a handmade gift.
Jars for bath salts
- glass carafe with cork lid – I put my DIY pumpkin spice bath salt into a pretty glass carafe with a cork topper that I picked up from Ikea.
- mini milk bottles – Mini milk bottles are a fun way to store and package bath salts. And such a cute gift these make!
- wide mouth mason jars – The timeless look makes 8 oz wide mouth mason jars are perfect jars for bath salts and a beautiful option for packaging and storing your DIY bath salts recipes.
- half-pint mason jars – These half-pint canning jars look gorgeous and will protect your natural bath salts from moisture.
- 4 oz quilted jelly jars – If you’re a long-time reader, you already know how much I love these cute 4 oz mason jars to package and gift homemade beauty products.
Packaging for bath salt favors
- glass favour jars – These glass favour jars are a cute idea if you want to gift the herbal bath salt as a handmade gift for the upcoming holidays.
- clear test tubes – Little test tubes are another option for how to package bath salts as favours for a wedding, bridal or baby shower, and parties.
Shelf life of homemade bath salts
Store the DIY bath salts in a dry and cool place, out of direct sunlight. Water will dissolve the sea salt crystals and magnesium flakes, so store the bath salt in a tightly sealed container away from moisture.
If stored correctly, the shelf life for DIY pumpkin spice bath salts is a year.
More autumn beauty recipes and pumpkin spice crafts
Can’t get enough pumpkin spice crafts and homemade pumpkin spice beauty products? Try some of these natural DIY beauty recipes:
- pumpkin spice bath bombs – My 3 pumpkin spice bath bomb recipes are a lot of fun and give your bath time the autumn makeover.
- pumpkin spice body scrub – This easy homemade sugar scrub recipe smells like pumpkin pie, perfect in the fall!
- whipped pumpkin spice body butter – This homemade whipped body butter recipe is perfect for your fall skincare routine and made with skin-loving ingredients.
- DIY pumpkin spice lip balm – One of my favourite DIY lip balm recipes!
- pumpkin face mask – Because we want glowing skin in the fall, too!
- homemade fall beauty basket – Turn your homemade beauty products into a beautiful fall gift basket, a great DIY gift idea for autumn!
- 1 cup / 240 g / 8.5 oz sea salt
- 1/2 cup / 80 g / 2.8 oz magnesium flakes
- 1/3 cup / 2 g / 0.07 oz dried calendula flowers
- 1 tbsp / 8 g / 0.3 oz pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp / 15 ml / 0.4 oz sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp / 3 g / 0.1 oz gold mica
- 3 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 2 drops ginger essential oil
- 2 drops nutmeg essential oil
- 1 drop cardamom essential oil
- Measure the ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sea salt, sweet almond oil, pumpkin pie spice, and essential oils. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the magnesium flakes and gold mica powder.
- Combine the sea salt, magnesium flakes and dried calendula flowers.
- Transfer into an airtight jar or storing container.
How to use DIY pumpkin spice bath salts
To use the homemade pumpkin spice bath salt, add 1/3 cup of bath salt into warm running bath water. Stir the water gently with your hand to dissolve the grains in the water and enjoy your luxurious bath.
Tip: The calendula petals don’t dissolve in water and require a little cleaning up after the bath. To keep clean-up at a minimum, put the bath salt into a small cotton bag. Put the bag in the bath water to release the salt into the bath water.
Shelf life and storage
Store the DIY bath salts in a dry and cool place, out of direct sunlight. Water will dissolve the sea salt crystals and magnesium flakes, so store the bath salt away from moisture.
The shelf life for DIY pumpkin spice bath salts is a year.
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Pumpkin Spice Bath Soak Printable Label
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