Salts For Body Care Projects Types Uses and How to Color Bath Salts

Salts For Body Care Projects Types Uses and How to Color Bath Salts by Vermont Lavender LLC

The type of salts used to make bath soaking body care projects like bath bombs, muscle soaks, foaming bath salts or to add decorations to your bath care products are quite a few. Before I list the types of salts and their uses first let’s determine the safety of coloring bath salts.


Table of Contents:

  • Is mica powder safe?
  • Synthetic fluorphlogopite and chromium oxide green
  • Salt types and their uses
  • Dendritic salt
  • Epsom Salt
  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Sea Salts and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Packaging bath salts

Is mica powder safe?

Yes, when you know what to look for. When coloring bath salts and using mica powder only not colored powder, made with corn starch, there are two ingredients to look for on the label before adding them to your body care projects.

Synthetic fluorphlogopite (also spelled Fluorophlogopite)

Phlogopite is a natural mineral of the mica family similar to synthetic fluorphlogopite. Synthetic fluorphlogopite is a synthetic mineral material composed of magnesium aluminum silicate sheets lightly bound by potassium. This synthetic material is used in many personal skin care products including bath soaking products, lip, eye and face makeup and other products like nail and skin care.

According to the Cosmetics Info organization synthetic fluorphlogopite is not genotoxic, not a dermal irritant or sensitizer.

I use many micas in making my company’s skin care products and this company you’ll see it being used in my video on salts for body care projects.


Marblers Mica Powder Amazon link:

Chromium Oxides

Chromium oxide green and Chromium hydroxide green are both permitted for use in general cosmetics for externally applied cosmetics according to website. The chromium oxide green is used in many wash off products like cold process soaps and whipped foaming soaps. Oxides like chromium green oxide and ultramarines (used in soap making) can release sulfurous compounds and make your bath water smell like rotten eggs.

When thinking about using micas colorants in the green to blue shades to color bath salts quickly check the label to see if it contains chromium oxide green or chromium hydroxide green. If so, only use them when making cold process soap or melt and pour soap.

Other no – no’s are pigments, neon pigments and titanium dioxide are not safe for bath soaking projects.


Best Bath Salts

Dendritic salt is a super fine grain of salt used to hold the scent of essential oils and fragrance oils in bath products. This salt does not clump together creating a freer flowing salt mixture. This is one of my go to salts for any bath project.

Dendritic salt Amazon link:


Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate) is the next one to add to any bath care product. The Epsom salt helps restore the body’s natural magnesium levels by soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes. The benefits are relaxed muscle tension, increased energy levels, cleansed pores and detoxifying the skin from this natural Earth salt.

Epsom salt is great for swollen feet through detoxification and relaxing the muscles. When back pain is painful then adding some essential oils like rosemary, peppermint along with natural Epsom salts help to reduce inflammation and relax the tired or overworked back muscles.

Dead Sea Salt can come in a fine or coarse and is harvested from the Southern end of the Dead Sea. The mineral content of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides make the Dead Sea salt dissolve easily in water to help cleanse and nourish your skin.

Sea Salts are rich in minerals and come in fine, medium, and coarse grains. They can be a white, opaque natural color. The white opaque sea salt is derived from the Mediterranean Sea. The sea salt benefits for skin are exfoliation, detoxification, rejuvenating scrub, acne, inflammation, balance oil production, natural skin treatments and many more uses. The sea salt helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin leaving a smoother, softer, and brighter appearance to the skin.

Pink Himalayan sea salt is another salt that comes in fine, medium, and coarse grains. Usually, the natural multi-toned pink colors are left in a beautiful state and not colored for bath applications. This salt is not only a natural beautiful decoration for any bath and body care project. The pink Himalayan salt contains calcium and magnesium. These nutrients help to strengthen skin cell membranes and gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin surface for smoother brighter skin appearance.

Salts I use in all my bath and body care products and recommend the San Francisco Salt Company.

Epsoak natural bath salt collection


Packaging Bath Salts

Bath salt jars for packaging your handmade bath soaking salts are either glass or plastic. I’ve used both types of jars. The bath soaks I use are glass. The foaming bath salts are plastic salt tubes. I’m always testing new jars and tubes to see which ones my customers prefer and the recycling and repurposing benefits of either glass or plastic used.

Glass jars 7 oz with lids by Amazon

50pcs 50ml Clear Flat Plastic Test Tubes by Amazon:


Article written by Diane Maurice-Brault

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