Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath Set
I’ve been on a bath products creation binge lately.
It started out with solving a problem for a friend - recreating a popular mustard bath in a form that was more friendly to her allergy issues (DIY Mustard Bath Gift Set), and then the ideas just started flowing, from there.
Chatter on the radio about PSL season starting up early this year was what led to my aforementioned Pumpkin Spice Latte set, for instance.
I’ve been a fan of Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salts for *years*, and it’s something I’ve been making for myself for a while now.
My first exposure was a big bowl of Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salts in the exfoliation room at my happy place, Thermea.
Sure, it smelled good - literally everything there did! - but I wasn’t prepared for the physical effect those particular salts would have on me.
I’d been dealing with chronic pain for a long time. I had a fibromyalgia dx (which turned out to be a BCAA deficiency), my legs frequently felt like they were made of cement, and everything just felt... sludgey. If that makes sense.
After that exfoliation scrub, my legs felt ALIVE again. The cement was gone, I didn’t feel “sludgey”, it was AMAZING. My stride returned to a normal length, and I was walking like a normal person, without pain.
This is why Thermea will always be my “happy place”, even though I haven’t been back in a few years now. Unfortunately, Winnipeg is NOT an easy drive from Hamilton, though it was from Minneapolis!
Anyway, it wasn’t a cure all - the amazing feeling lasted a few hours, I felt good for a day or two, and then things slowly returned to normal. As someone who was used to “normal” being pretty crappy... That few days was HUGE.
I’ve since resolved my chronic pain issues (By addressing dietary issues, not bath salts!), but still use peppermint eucalyptus bath salt - as well as the soap and scrub - to address my more run-of-the-mill aches and pains.
As an adult figure skater... I frequently make my muscles mad at me. Really, really mad at me, at times! So, this will be a staple in my bathroom for a long time.
Benefits of Peppermint and Eucalyptus in the Bath
Peppermint and Eucalyptus have both long been known to have certain effects and benefits. Among those touted for each:
Peppermint oil’s main benefit, as I see it, is the cooling sensation it causes on skin. This is why you’ll find it - or menthol, which is derived from peppermint - in many of the topical cooling creams out there.
It’s also known to aid with respiratory issues, help clear up congestion and aid in breathing. That’s why you see menthol in many cold related products out there, including chest rubs, inhaler sticks, etc.
There are many other claims made about its uses and benefits - including for uplifting mood and raising energy levels - but these are the ones I want to focus on, for the purposes of this blog entry!
Often prized for respiratory aid. Known to help coughs (in cough drops), loosening or thinning mucus (when inhaled), and more.
It’s known to have disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used to ease muscle and joint pain both as a folk remedy, and through modern medicine. Many topical muscle creams contain eucalyptus for this reason.
Again - like peppermint - there are many more benefits that are touted for eucalyptus oil, but these are the ones most important when talking about its use in the bath.
Gifting This Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath Set
This Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Gift Set - either in its entirety, or just a piece or two - makes a GREAT gift!
If I end up seeing my local adult skating friends before the holidays this year (unfortunately not very likely 🙁 ), they’re probably ALL getting Peppermint Eucalyptus bath stuff as gifts. It’s just all SO good after a long workout, and I love giving “Experience” type gifts.
Much like with my DIY Mustard Bath Gift Set, this Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Gift Set is also a great option for anyone who is dealing with stress, and could use a little relaxation in their life.
I’ll usually package these up - the Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt in Mason jars, the Peppermint Eucalyptus Salt Scrub in a little 8 oz jar, and the soap in shrink wrap - then add some ribbon to the packaging, along with a label listing ingredients and use instructions, if applicable..
When giving anything like bath products as a gift, it’s important to make a list of the ingredients you use, and label it in some way. This can be a sticker on the bottom/back of your jar or packaging, or printed out on a bit of cardstock and tied on with a ribbon.
Especially when you’re using essential oils, it’s important for the recipient to see what’s in it, and be able to make sure those ingredients will be safe for them.
A bit of information about the ingredients that are used in more than one of these Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath Products....
I like to use Epsom salt as the default base for all of my bath salts and milk baths, as it’s cheap, readily available, a neutral colour, and nice to soak in.
Also, as a figure skater... it’s my go-to for soaking in, for muscle relief. So, I guess I’m kind of conditioned for it to be my go-to bath salt option.
You can substitute Coarse Ground Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt for some or all of the Epsom Salt, if you so choose. If you’re adding colouring, the pink colour will be obscured, though.
I like to include baking soda in my bath salt and milk bath recipes, as it softens and soothes the skin, and makes the water feel silky. It’s a sensory thing!
I buy essential oils on Amazon, as I like the convenience and the ability to check out the reviews. For this recipe in particular, I'll buy the big 4 oz bottles, as I go through a LOT of it. There are a lot of brands out there, just check the reviews on the ones available to you (What I see here in Canada differs from what you might see in the US, or Australia, etc!).
Colouring is absolutely optional, but can make a nice accent. I added a bit of blue and lime green soap colouring to these Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath Products.
You can use special liquid soap colouring - available in craft supply stores or online - or food colouring.
A bit of information about the equipment used in more than one of these Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath Products....
I find that Epsom salt almost always has chunks in it that need to be broken down. For that reason, I like to make the Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt in a plastic baggie.
I measure the ingredients into the bag, push most of the air out, and just sort of massage the bag a bit to work out the clumps, and to properly mix everything. It’s easier than stirring it in a bowl, and makes FAR less of a mess!
Eye droppers - this is the set I use - are great for measuring the essential oils into the mixtures.
I keep a whole set on hand, as some of my bath product recipes - like this one, and my Homemade Mustard Bath Gift Set- use more than one essential oil. I don’t want to mix the flavours in the bottles.
Making Larger Batches
All three of these Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Spa Bath recipes can be multiplied to make much larger batches, if so desired.
If you’re making more than a double or triple batch of either the Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salts, you’ll want to do it in a large bowl.
I like to use gloved hands to physically break up any clumps of Epsom salt in the bowl, before adding the other ingredients. It just makes it a lot easier to get a consistent final product.
For the soap, just be sure to work very quickly when dealing with larger batches - it can start setting up right in the measuring cup / bowl! If it does, just re-melt it.
Whenever you’re trying out something new on your skin - especially if you have sensitive skin - you should test it out on a small match of skin, to see if you have any reactions. If you ave any problems, discontinue use.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications that may be affected by any of the ingredients in these products, you should talk to your physician before using them.
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Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt
This Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt keeps best in an airtight glass container, kept out of the sunlight. With proper storage, this Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt should be good for about a year.
Use about 1 cup of Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt in a hot bath.
Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Salt
- Measure your Epsom salt and baking soda into your plastic baggie.
- Press most of the air out of the bag, and close the zipper on it.
- Manually crush any clumps in the salt, and work to combine the ingredients.
- Open the bag, add dye. Use an eye dropper to measure the essential oils into the baggie.
- Push out the air and close the bag one more time, massage, shake, or otherwise agitate the bag to distribute the essential oils and dye throughout the mix.
- Transfer to an airtight container.
- To use, measure 1 cup of Peppermint Eucalyptus bath salt into a hot running bath.
Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Salt Scrub
For something like this, I tend to use Baby Oil. It's cheap, good for the skin, and the other scents in this are strong enough that they mostly overpower the baby oil scent.
If you really hate the smell of baby oil, I recommend using sweet almond oil, but there are other options as well.
Many people use coconut oil when making homemade scrubs... and many people say to never use coconut oil on the skin, as it clogs pores. Some people use olive oil, some use hemp oil, some others even use vegetable oil.
Go with what works for you.
The type of jar I have in the photo here ended up being really crappy - the lid doesn’t screw on properly, and can pop off easily. Really annoying!
I’ve been using these jars lately, and I love them. They look nice, close tightly, and are the perfect size for 1 batch of this Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Salt Scrub recipe!.
Salt scrubs are more harsh than sugar scrubs, and are meant for body use, not on the face. Be sure to not use it on broken or freshly shaved skin.
This scrub should last between 1-3 months, depending on how well it’s cared for.
Keep it in an airtight container, away from sunlight. Shake well before use.
Use a very clean hand - or, better yet, a mini scoop like these - to take a bit of Peppermint Eucalyptus Salt Scrub out, when using. The more you can protect the contents of the jar from contamination from bacteria or mold, the longer it will last.
DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Salt Scrub
- Measure all ingredients into a glass bowl - Use eye droppers to measure essential oils.
- Mix until well combined and all ingredients are well distributed
- Transfer to an airtight jar.
Homemade Peppermint Eucalyptus Soap
Melt and Pour Soap
You can use any melt and pour soap base you like - there are many varieties, such as basic clear glycerine, goat milk, hemp, honey, and ... I’m sure there are others.
I like to use a clear base for this, either glycerine or honey. This is the one I tend to default to.
While the Salt Scrub is more of an exfoliation scrub, this soap bar - using a mold with nubs - is more a matter of getting a bit of a massage in, while washing up. The nubs are great for working out knots in sore muscles - especially as they’re warmed and loosened from sitting in a hot bath!
Also, between the nubs and the peppermint/eucalyptus combo... I really like this on my feet. Never thought I’d have much of an opinion on soaps to clean feet with, but this feels SO GOOD on the feet in particular.
Shrink Wrap Baggies
I like to use these Shrink Wrap Baggies for packaging soaps either to give away, or for storage. No sense letting all the goodness in these soaps evaporate!
As I mentioned in the equipment section, I like to keep these soaps wrapped up in shrink wrap both for gifting, AND storage. Additionally, I recommend keeping them out of direct sunlight, for the best results.
Peppermint Eucalyptus Massage Soap
- Chop soap base into small pieces
- Following the recommendations on your choice of melt and pour soap, melt the soap base.
- Gently stir soap colouring into melted soap base.
- Use eye droppers to measure essential oils into melted soap base. Stir well - but gently - to combine
- Pour soap into soap molds
- Allow soap to fully cool and harden, about 1 hour
- Carefully remove soaps from mold. Store in an airtight container, and/or seal in shrink wrap baggies to protect soaps while storing.
- If gifting, consider wrapping with ribbon, as pictured