Citrus Bath Salt

01 August 2017 by Natanja

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    Bring the summer into your bathroom with this refreshing Citrus Bath Salt.

    DIY citrus bath salt on white parchment paper

    I have never much enjoyed the summer. I always thought it was too hot, there are too many sweaty people on the subway and you catch a sunburn way too fast. But maybe that is because I have experienced my summers in a city where the heat seemed to linger even in the nights, and there never seemed to be any breezes to relieve us from the stuffy air that stood still.

    But this year everything was different. This summer has been the opposite of all my past summers. Maybe experiencing it on the countryside has given me a new liking for it. Either way I have been soaking up the warm weather and enjoying every bit of it. Running around in shorts, going swimming in the lake, drinking limeade in the garden…I wish I could prolong the summer.

    DIY citrus bath salt in glass jar

    So I tried to capture those rays of sunshine. And in my attempts of preserving my summertime bliss I came up with this brightly colored bath salt right here. Because this bath salt shouts SUMMER!

    Making citrus bath salt by combining citrus peels and dry ingredients

    For this bath salt you want to use an organic orange and lemon. Why organic? Because we are only using the peels and simply do not want to soak in a bath of pesticides.

    Making together all ingredients in glass bowl for citrus bath salt

    If you are bothered by citrus peels floating around you in the tub, you can simply omit the peels and just use the essential oils. The lemon and orange pieces are just eye candy.

    Wooden ladle sitting on top of citrus bath salt

    This makes a colorful and wonderful scented gift, best presented in a pretty glass bottle. Or you can simply enjoy this yourself 🙂

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    Citrus Bath Salt

    • Total Time: 10 min


    A refreshing bath salt with lemon and orange essential oils




    1. Combine epsom salt, Himalayan salt, baking soda, lemon zest and orange zest in a bowl and stir until they are well combined.
    2. Spread the salt onto a baking sheet and let it dry for 24h.
    3. Then add lemon and orange essential oils and fill into a clean glass bottle.
    This Citrus Bath salt is a refreshing add-in for your next bath. Contains epsom salt for hydrated skin and lemon and orange essential oils.



    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.


    1. Sarah on 18. April 2019 at 2:47

      Why do you add baking soda in your this salt recipe?

      • Natanja on 19. April 2019 at 11:25

        Hi Sarah! I like to add baking soda to my bath salts due to its skin soothing and antibacterial properties. Feel free to leave it out if you don’t wish to add it. 🙂

    2. Jovana on 27. November 2019 at 14:13

      Hi, love the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!
      Question though – why do you need to leave the salt mixture to dry before adding the essential oils?

      • Natanja on 27. November 2019 at 22:20

        Hi Jovana! Great question. I prefer to let the salt dry first and then add my essential oils because this way the oils will still have a strong fragrance and it won’t get lost as the salt mixture is drying. Have fun making the bath salt! 🙂

    3. Kelsey M Kitchener on 6. November 2020 at 3:54

      Can you use this recipe and make it into a bath bomb?

      • Natanja on 6. November 2020 at 7:54

        Hi Kelsey! I’m afraid that wouldn’t work. You could, however, use this lavender bath bomb recipe and color it orange or yellow and use orange and/or lemon essential oils instead. 🙂

    4. Ash on 19. April 2021 at 9:15

      Hey what size jar would we need for x1 scale of this please ?

      • Natanja on 19. April 2021 at 13:16

        Hi Ash! If I remember correctly, I used a 16 oz jar (470 ml). The next time I make this bath salt, I’ll measure it and add the info to the recipe. 🙂

    5. Stella on 12. November 2022 at 19:57

      How much does this recipe make?

      • Natanja on 26. November 2022 at 16:40

        Hi Stella
        The recipe yields a litte under 2 cups of bath salt – a 16 oz (470 ml) jar should work. 🙂

    6. Erica on 22. February 2023 at 20:49

      What a lovely gift idea! Thank you for sharing.

      • Natanja on 28. February 2023 at 16:32

        You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by Erica 🙂

    7. Gracefully Elegant on 2. May 2023 at 20:32

      Love this recipe! Thank you!!

      • Natanja on 18. May 2023 at 15:34

        Thank you for the feedback! Happy to hear it 🙂

    8. Emilee Parson on 9. August 2023 at 13:24

      May be a dumb question, but does this expire or is it shelf stable? I’m going to make these as gifts and want to know how far ahead I can make them. 🙂

      • Natanja on 14. September 2023 at 19:14

        Hi Emilee
        I have stored it for 1/2 year without any issues. It might last longer, but I haven’t tested it. I’m assuming it will discolour over time but as long as it doesn’t smell rancid, it’s fine to use 🙂

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