How to make Coffee Bath Salts

DifficultyBeginner

Don't worry, these aren't the kind of 'bath salts' that turn people into flesh-eating zombies... Instead, this unconventional coffee recipe makes a great do-it-yourself gift idea. But don't eat them!

How to make Coffee Bath Salts

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time40 mins

 ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  cup ground Café Campesino coffee
 6 tbsp ground cinnamon
 1 star anise (optional)
 3 lbs Epsom salts
 1 cup baking soda (optional)
Equipment:
 1 reusable coffee filter, or several paper filters, in a coffeemaker basket
 2 pt measuring cup
 Large flat saucepan
 Large mixing bowl

1

Warm the olive oil in the measuring cup in a saucepan of simmering water.

2

Mix in the coffee first, then the cinnamon, stirring to blend as the mixture heats. Continue to infuse for 20 minutes on the stove, stirring from time to time.

3

Pour the coffee-cinnamon-oil mixture through the coffee filter into the large mixing bowl, one-third at a time.

4

Discard the grounds and keep the oil. Let it cool to room temperature.

5

Mix the infused oil with the Epsom salts and baking soda. To use, add 2-3 cups to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.

Ingredients

 ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  cup ground Café Campesino coffee
 6 tbsp ground cinnamon
 1 star anise (optional)
 3 lbs Epsom salts
 1 cup baking soda (optional)
Equipment:
 1 reusable coffee filter, or several paper filters, in a coffeemaker basket
 2 pt measuring cup
 Large flat saucepan
 Large mixing bowl

Directions

1

Warm the olive oil in the measuring cup in a saucepan of simmering water.

2

Mix in the coffee first, then the cinnamon, stirring to blend as the mixture heats. Continue to infuse for 20 minutes on the stove, stirring from time to time.

3

Pour the coffee-cinnamon-oil mixture through the coffee filter into the large mixing bowl, one-third at a time.

4

Discard the grounds and keep the oil. Let it cool to room temperature.

5

Mix the infused oil with the Epsom salts and baking soda. To use, add 2-3 cups to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.

Coffee Bath Salts
2 replies
  1. Garrett Boyd
    Garrett Boyd says:

    I tried this recipe to put in those Starbucks frappuccino bottles. I ran into 2 issues. I used disposable coffee filters to strain the oil and it didn’t work well at all! The oil sort of just absorbed into the paper or didn’t go through it at all. I switched to a small tea strainer. This did the trick. I got a few grounds that came through but I kind of like that in the mix. My other problem is that the finished product pretty much only smells of cinnamon. While not a bad smell, it kind of lost the coffee scent which was the intent. Is 6 tbsp correct? That seems like a lot! Or maybe more coffee? Any ideas?

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    • Nema Etheridge
      Nema Etheridge says:

      Hi Garrett, thanks so much for your feedback on this, and I’m sorry for the belated reply. I’d recommend cutting the cinnamon by half if you found it too over-powering. Would love to hear how it goes if you try the recipe again.

      Reply

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