Cucumber Mint Bath Soak
Fresh cucumbers and mint leaves combine with Epsom salt to create this lightly scented and refreshing bath soak made from locally sourced ingredients.
The salt helps to rapidly dry the fresh ingredients, capturing and preserving the natural green color for months.
No fake colorants, food coloring, or preservatives needed!
(For more natural bath soak and bath bomb ideas, be sure to check out my Natural Bath Care Package!)
Ingredients for Cucumber Mint Bath Soak
- a few slivers/slices of fresh (organic) cucumber peel
- about 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves, very lightly packed
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- optional: a tiny drop of peppermint essential oil, mixed with 1/2 tsp carrier oil, such as grapeseed, fractionated coconut oil, etc.
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Here’s a video of me making this bath soak! (Sometimes an ad plays first, but the project starts right after!)
Directions to Make
Pour the Epsom salt in the bowl of a mini food processor (like THIS ONE).
Add the cucumber peel and fresh mint leaves. Blend until the green color is evenly distributed throughout the salt.
Spread the now-green salt out on wax paper to dry completely, for around one to two days.
The salt will help preserve the bright green color of the soak for several months, as long as it’s stored out of direct sunlight, which may speed fading.
Once totally dry, crumble up the salt, stir in the essential oil and oil combination (if using), and store in an air-tight glass jar until ready to use.
Be very light-handed with peppermint essential oil since just a drop or two will do. Too much can irritate sensitive skin as you bathe.
Tips & Directions for Use
I used a bit less than roughly 1/4 cup cucumber peel, but feel free to use more or less as you wish. (Nothing here has to be precise.)
If you were too heavy-handed on the green plants, try blending in a little extra Epsom salt to balance things out.
If the salt is too lightly colored, try blending in more mint leaves or cucumber peel.
Try not to overblend, or you might end up with a too powdery texture.
Make small batches so you can control the color and texture easier.
Pour the dried soak into a cotton muslin bag (I buy those from Mountain Rose Herbs) or tie up into a clean sock.
Drop the bag/sock in the warm water as the tub fills. Enjoy!
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Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by! :)
Awesome the cucumber/mint soak sounds wow. Tomorrow going to buy fresh cucumber as have pickled all mine. Will make super original gifts. Thank you so much!
Hi Antoinette! So happy that you like the recipe! :)
I actually juice my cucumbers so I can use it throughout the winter. Makes a great salad dressing. I guess I can make the mint part then spoon in some cucumber on a needed basis. What do you think?
Hi Anna, That’s a great idea to juice and freeze your cucumbers! You could probably make the mint part then add in cucumber juice right before use. Sounds like a good plan to me! :)
wow…looks cool and simple to make. Thanks a lot Jan :)
Hi Carol! I’m happy you like the recipe! :)
Do you use a full cup per bath? Or how much? It looks like a easy, fun and useful gift.
Hi Annette! I’m happy you like the recipe! I usually put the whole batch in one bath, but you could probably split it between two baths as well.
Hi.. I’m a baby soap maker from India.. Becoming a huge fan of all your recipes. Would like to know how long can this bath soap be stored. Thanks for the inspiration
Hi Vidhya! As long as you keep your soap out of direct sunlight and high heat, it should stay fresh for at least 9 months to a year. Soap never molds or anything, it just starts to smell like old oil and may develop yellow spots to indicate the oils are going rancid in it.
Because of the high pH, food purees that you add (such as this cucumber) won’t spoil in your soap. Happy to hear you enjoy the recipes! :)
What is the shelf life of this? Looks awesome!
Hi Jenny! I’ve kept it up to three months with no loss of color or scent. It may keep longer, but just not sure. Happy you like the recipe! :)
Wondering ,because the mint leaves and peel are fresh…they don’t spoil?
I think this would feel great after a long day in sun.
Hi Susie! The salt helps preserve the fresh ingredients as they dry. As long as they don’t get moisture in them during storage, they’ll last for several months! :)
Hi! Id really like to try this recipe! I’m wondering if after time, the mint leaves and natrual cucumber skin will make the product smell bad or spoiled. Do you know the shelf life of this products?
Hi Simbrit! The mint and cucumber are completely dehydrated by the salt, so as long as the finished bath salts are kept completely dry, should last for many months. I have a batch at least 6 months old that is still in great shape! :)
amazing. great inspiration
Thanks Darren! Glad you like the recipe!
Hi my name is Charmaine I’m new to the game do you have to use organic cucumbers
Hi Charmaine! It’s best to use organic cucumbers when possible, but if they’re absolutely not available, you could try scrubbing your cucumber very well and then using in the recipe. It’s such a small amount and since you’re not eating it or anything, so it should be fine. :)
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