More Uses for Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts are such a great inexpensive and therapeutic addition to a bath. But don’t stop there because they can also be used as:

  • a Body Scrub – add a spoonful of crushed epsom salts to a palm full of body wash and exfoliate damp skin.

  • to create Wavy Hair – mix a teaspoon of salts + a few drops of olive or jojoba oil + 1/4 cup H20 in a spritzer bottle and mist on damp hair. Results will vary (especially if your hair is normally extremely straight), but you should hopefully see some difference in the form of additional waves and texture! {via}
  • Winter Decor – put a candle and “snow” (Epsom salt) in a pretty glass jar like this one below. {Photo Credit: The Inspired Room}
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32 comments

  1. love all those epsom salts ideas.. and love the look of the candles.. you know I’ll try that one.. Is there any danger when the candle burns down?? epsom salts flammable??? no like button yet?? :)xo

  2. That’s such a good idea to put candles in the salt! And I wonder if that mixture would work on my hair. My hair is so determined to stay straight…it can be very frustrating!

  3. So I have a ton of mason jars left over mason jars from my engagement party and I used a few to put candles in around the apartment, but I always feel like they look so sad and lonely, this is SUCH a great idea with the salts as winter snow! Must do this!

  4. So….. after you spray the hair………..then what?? My hair is poker straight. What about the epson salts and oil/water mixture will make it wavy??

    1. Hi Jodie! Thanks for your question. So basically, the mixture is supposed to mimic ocean water (plus a little oil for shine and moisture since the salt can be drying) and give you that beachy hair that happens naturally from being in salty water. Spray the mixture on damp hair, do a little scrunching with your fingers as it air drys and HOPEFULLY you’ll get some nice waves. However, results will definitely vary and I’m hoping this will work for your super straight hair! This is an extremely economical version of very similar natural products on the market that are meant to give you the same results, like this John Master’s spray – http://www.johnmasters.com/ss.htm
      Good luck! ~Annie

  5. To get the curly result from the Epsom salt mixture do you scrunch, do you use a curling iron. Inquiring minds want to know………
    The way I read it was that you just spray the mixture in the hair and your hair automatically curls. I don’t think this is the case though.
    Thanks,
    Mandy :)

    1. Hi Mandy! Thank you for your question. The idea is that the mixture is supposed to give you beachy waves like you get from being in the ocean. Ideally, it should be as simple as spraying the mixture on damp hair and letting it air dry.
      However, results will definitely vary… it will work better in humid climates, it won’t work as well on pin straight hair, etc. But you definitely aren’t supposed to have to use a curling iron or any heat. Scrunching with your hands would only help so that’s a good added tip for sure!
      I hope it works well for you :) ~Annie

  6. Can you use other kinds of oil for the wavy hair? I have everything except olive oil but I have some vegetable oil :) will that work??

  7. Thanks for the ideas! (Found it on Pinterest.)

    I tried out the wavy hair salt spray…love it! I have medium-thick hair that tends to have large, loose, undefined waves when I air-dry it and easily blow-dries straight. When I use the spray, it looks nice and wavy (not curly, though).

    Tips:
    – Use an empty body spray bottle (didn’t wash it), and the salt spray will have a light scent to it like commercial products, only you get to choose the scent. (Fades over time, though.)
    – Scrunch hair all over after spraying it…then leave it alone. Resist all urges to scrunch further…it will only mess it up.
    – Let hair air-dry completely and avoid sitting back in chairs (or anything else that might mess up your waves).

  8. I am def. going to try this. I used to use John Frieda’s Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Spray ..it was amazing. They stopped making it (of course!) There are many that have tried to copy it and failed. (I know, I have a cabinet full of them, much to my sorrow) Some of them are absurdly expensive. There are a few bottles of the original left to be had, some of them going for $150.00 a bottle. Which they can keep!. Going to try to make my own now. Spray damp hair, scruch and go!! Thanks for this!

  9. I read the description posted on pinterest but he person failed to comment that it was epsom salt and not just regular idiozed salt. But that was what I did… Hopefully it will still work….?

  10. my dry skin would not allow me to use a salt scrub, but my annoying super straight hair will love the waves!!!
    the candle ‘in’ snow looks nice too :)

  11. I am certain this will work. I just looked at pics of us after the beach while on vacation and my straight hair was all natural waves!

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