Elle's Essentials: Epsom Salt

Usually on Elle's Essentials, I share a must-have beauty product, like a mascara or blush. But today I'm sharing an item that works for everyone, regardless of gender and level of beauty interest. It's Epsom Salt!

Uses and recipes are on the box!

I was contacted by the Epsom Salt Council if I wanted to receive some samples for review, so of course I had to! I use Epsom salt in so many of my DIY Beauty products, and it's a budget-friendly, year-round essential of mine. Here are some uses via the Epsom Salt Council and some of my own:

  • Glowing Skin Exfoliating Treatment: 2c Epsom salt, 1/4c petroleum jelly, few drops of lavender essential oil...use mix to gently scrub away dry skin patches
  • Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2tsp Epsom salt into cleansing cream and massage on skin. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt into 2 quarts of warm water in a container large enough for feet. Soak feet 15-20 minutes. Massage feet with Epsom salt (heels and ankles) concentrating on dry, rough spots. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.
  • Bathtime Bliss: Add 2c Epsom salt to bath and soak at least 12 minutes. 
And here are some of my beauty uses:


  1. Excellent tips.

  2. I use it for my tootsies very often :)

  3. Love seeing the other uses (aside from bath soaks--which I do enjoy using the salts for!). Looking forward to trying the foot soak! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  4. definitely my feet! oh, and this is TMI but also for hemorrhoids. yes, i said hemorrhoids on a beauty blog. hey, when you've given birth and you have all kinds of crazy bidness going on *down there* post partum, epsom salt soaks are your best friend! don't judge LOL

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  5. Wow I need to try this.



  6. I must admit I've only thought of epsom salt for bath soaks. Never knew until your blog how many uses there are for it. I'm gonna try that Pedicure one.

  7. Off to buy me some Epsom salts, didn't realize how useful it was until this post!

  8. Oh how interesting, this is the first I have ever heard about this.

  9. Epsom salts really work for so many things! I think its great for a foot soak :)

    The Tiny Heart

  10. That exfoliator sounds great and it actually sounds what is in my traders Joe's exfoliator.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

  11. The glowing skin exfoliating treatment works really well. I've done that one. Those are all good tips!

  12. Sounds like I need to get my hands on some Epson salt! :)

  13. I love using it for relaxing after a long day. My feet feel great soaking in epson salts!

  14. This post is so timely because my husband JUST said, "We need to pick up some Epsom salt" this past weekend. He uses it as a sore/tired muscle soak. :)


  15. I always add epsom salt to my bath, but I may have to have try the glowing skin trick some time as well. It sounds interesting.

  16. i love using that salt to relax after working out or a long day! it works so well!

    lindsey louise


  17. Thanks so much for sharing the uses of Epsom salt. I've heard so much good things about it and I really cant wait to try

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  18. Oh that product sounds interesting! I would love to try it! :)


  19. Hi Elle! Epsom Salt is definitely one of my long time go to health and beauty products! Great tips:-)

    XO Kelley

  20. I need to try the salt in my bath, sounds like a great idea.

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  21. Sounds like a fantastic product, and there are so many ways to use it, that's even more fabulous!

    Cee. ♥
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  22. My hubby uses Epsom salts loads in his bath to help with his skin condition!

  23. Epsom salt is so great for feet!

  24. Can't wait to try the Pedicure Perfection!!! Great tips, thanks!

    Lily | beautywithlily.blogspot.com

  25. Huh. I've never tried the epsom salt/ hydrogen peroxide bath detox that you linked back to. I am going to have to try that one, as I keep getting sick this year. To put it bluntly, I have a class full of little nose pickers and they are getting me sick each week! The whole detox bath to shoo away a cold sounds like something I could definitely use!

  26. I have only ever used Epsom salts to soak in and relieve tired muscles, so I love these ideas!


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