There are plenty of different types of bath salts that you may want to consider when having them homemade and ready for your next relaxing bath. While they are made to simulate natural minerals that you would find in a hot spring, many of these are actually inorganic. So the term "homemade" can be a bit of a misnomer as there is only one type of salt that is organic.
The term "home made" pertains more to the mixing of these ingredients with your preferred essential oils, food colorings, and personalized flair. What you can buy individually and combine at home will be just as lovely as what you would find at a beauty spa or at your local bath shop.
So, as you know, bath salts are made to provide for an added level of skin cleansing, assist with medical healing, or to just make everyone's baths that much more relaxing and soothing. They are used for floatation therapy, skin softening, and for assisting with the way soap is easily rinsed off of the skin.
Cosmetics also utilize this to do wonderful things in the formula for your beauty's sake. It is how some of the scents stay with the product.
There are six different types of popular inorganic bath salts available on the market. They are:
Epsom Salt, known scientifically as magnesium sulfate
Table Salt, known scientifically as sodium chloride
Baking Soda, known as sodium bicarbonate
Calgon, or also referred to as sodium hexametaphosphate
Borax, yes it sounds like a harsh cleaner, doesn't it?
Sodium Sesquicarbonate, or Sesqui for short
There are plenty of other ingredients involved in making homemade bath salts, but since they are more popularly known as soaps they are not considered salts themselves. The fact that those soaps are not found in the form of crystalized granules like the major salts is also why they aren't considered that way.
There is one organic bath salt, which is called sodium citrate.
Individually, these elements are found in opaque packages, where you can not see the contents. Indeed, when they are sold in mass quantities for their general purposes, they are definitely not catering to the aromatherapy enthusiast!
This is why you will find clear packaging in the bath and body section of health and beauty stores that reveal the naturally lovely crystal structures of the salts (and the color that best represents the scent the contents come with).
It would be a safe bet that those packages will be priced much higher than the ones with no transparency.
As I have said, aromatherapy lovers enjoy the purpose of homemade bath salts, because the purpose of the salts are also to contain and carry the fragrant essence oils that do a wonderful job at alleviating stress and lifting the senses.
Another type of bath salt may be of shock to you. Apparently there are legalized versions of cocaine that can be safely used for baths, as long as they are sold in very small amounts. In only a few grams, to be exact.