Homemade Bath Soaks – Lavender Chamomile Oatmeal Soak

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Homemade bath soaks are one of the ways that I try to relax at the end of the day. It’s not always easy to find time to pamper yourself and escape from whatever worries or responsibilities you have for a few minutes.  Using homemade bath soaks lets me turn a regular bath into something a bit more special.  By making homemade bath soaks, I can pamper myself while keeping the costs down.  I also know that the homemade bath soaks I’m using don’t contain any harmful chemicals or ingredients that are bad for the environment.

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soaks

Homemade Bath Soaks

Homemade bath soaks supplies


2 cups plain old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds, culinary quality
1 chamomile tea bag, opened
1/2 cup baking soda
small muslin bags

Homemade bath soaks

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like flour.

Homemade bath soaks

Fill each muslin bag with the mixture and tie shut. If you don’t have muslin bags, you can simply add about 1/3 cup to a hot bath, under running water.  I prefer using a muslin bag to hold homemade bath soaks because it cuts down on clean up time.

You can store the homemade bath soaks mixture in a glass jar and just fill the muslin bag as needed.  When done, just dump out the contents and rinse the bag out to dry for next time. Or, you can prepare a bunch of them at once and store them in a container with a tight fitting lid to keep moisture out. Tie them with a pretty pink or red ribbon and give them as Valentine’s Day gifts to your girlfriends, mom or even as a teacher’s gift at school.

Have you ever tried to make homemade bath soaks? What is your favorite version? Do you use them all the time or only on special days to relax?

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  1. I have never tried to make bath soaks before but I like how easy and pretty these are. They would be great to add to a spa basket. 
  2. Low cost pampering? Sounds like a winning combination! I've never made my own before, so thanks for showing me how easy it is.
  3. Amanda @ Survival Guide by The Working Mom says
    I will have to give this a try, I need a good pampering!
  4. This would make such a fabulous gift! I could also use a little pampering myself.
  5. This is a great gift idea! It seems as though it would be nice and relaxing too :)Thanks so much for linking up!Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity
  6. Not So Average Mama says
    Would make a fantastic gift!!!!
  7. Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green says
    This looks great. I have several lavender plants, I will have to try this when they are blooming again. 
  8. I've never made my own, but buying handmade bath/body/spa items from Etsy is one of my favorite ways to splurge. It's nice to be able to treat yourself to luxurious relaxation every now and then :)
  9. Erika @Musings From a SAHM says
    Wow, this looks great, Ellen! I'm not very crafty but this looks very do-able! Thanks for the fantastic idea, especially so close to Valentines' Day!
  10. What a great idea. I want to try this!!! I love baths and this would be a wonderful addition!
  11. I absolutely love to try this.  I am so into the scent of lavender and chamomile.  Very relaxing!
  12. I love finding ways to pamper myself that dont cost a fortune! Thanks!
  13. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
    It looks so pretty and like it would be a great gift. It sounds so relaxing and refreshing too. I had no idea it was so simple to make bath soaks. I'll have to try it sometime.
  14. Tree @ Mother of Pearl It Is says
    I love this idea.. would make a great gift for someone. And lavender is my absolute favorite scent.. so calming!
  15. This is a great idea!!!  I have bought the oatmeal bath for the kids in the winter because their skin is so dry and irritated, but I hate that the oatmeal gets the water all gross.  I wonder if this would be a good substitute?
    • Ellen Christian says
      It should work the same, Gena, since it's basically just oatmeal with herbs. The bag keeps all the mess inside.
  16. Evangeline F says
    This looks fun and easy to do!
  17. Ellen,Would this soak mixture work as well in a organza bag? I would propose stitching the packet closed with directions to toss in the tub under running water & discard after. Great little trinket for the guests of our B&B.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I would think it would work fine as long as you stitched the opening closed tightly. Great way to make people feel at home!


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