Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Easy DIY 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!

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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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Blending fresh cucumber and mint with Epsom salt

Directions to Make

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Cucumber Mint Bath Soak - Easy DIY Project Made With Fresh Cucumbers, Mint & Epsom Salt

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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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Nancy says:

    Thank you for offering your new book over at Strangers and Pilgrims as a giveaway.

  • Antoinette says:

    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!

  • Anna@GreenTalk says:

    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! :)

  • carol alfonso says:

    wow…looks cool and simple to make. Thanks a lot Jan :)

  • Annette says:

    Do you use a full cup per bath? Or how much? It looks like a easy, fun and useful gift.

  • Vidhya Sivakumar says:

    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! :)

  • Jenny says:

    What is the shelf life of this? Looks awesome!

  • Susie says:

    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.

  • Simbrit says:

    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! :)

  • darren says:

    amazing. great inspiration

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  • Charmaine says:

    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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