Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt

After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!
I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing, stimulating, soothing, or a mixture of those.
Aromatic baths can be made with a mixture of herbs, essential oils, or other botanical ingredients. I have made a variety of bath products including bath bombs and oatmeal soaks. All are lovely and each has its own purpose.
However, I have never tried using clay in a bath. Until a few weeks ago.

How to Take a Detox Bath Using Clay

I’ve used French green clay for some time in this Homemade Anti-Aging Green Clay Face Mask. However a couple months ago I bought some French RED clay to use.
French red clay is helpful for people who have normal to oily skin. While I do generally have normal skin, it tends to get a bit oily as the seasons change from winter to spring and from fall to winter.
This lovely copper colored clay is rich in minerals that help draw toxins out of the body. It also leaves skin feeling toned and gently cleansed.

Other Ingredients for a Detox Bath

Since French red clay naturally lends itself to detoxing, I decided to include Epsom salt which is also well known to help the body get rid of toxins. Plus, Epsom salt always helps any aches or pains that I might have. It naturally introduces magnesium to the body which is helpful for soreness. Epsom salt is a great addition to any bath soak!
In addition to the clay and Epsom salt, I also wanted to add essential oils. When you add essential oils to a bath soak, you need to make sure they are properly diluted in a carrier (you can use oil or soap as a dispersant). For this recipe I chose to use a thicker carrier oil to dilute my essential oils.
Castor oil is a very thick emollient oil. I love to use it in my bath because it clings to my skin and is a great moisturizer. I chose it because clay can be drying and I did not want my skin to end up too dry.
I mixed my essential oil blend in the castor oil to dilute it. I chose 4 drops of manuka essential oil and 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil. Both have healing properties for skin and delicate uplifting aromas. They make this bath feel very luxurious without being over-the-top.
Originally, I had intended to make bath bombs with this recipe. However, I realized that the clay would make a very crumbly bomb, so I replaced the citric acid with more Epsom salt and decided to place the recipe in a jar instead. It works just as well!

Detox Bath Soak With French Red Clay



  1. Measure Epsom salt, baking soda, and French red clay in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir well to combine, making sure to break up any clumps that form.
  3. In a small mixing cup, combine castor oil and essential oils.
  4. Drizzle oil mixture into dry mixture, stirring continually.
  5. Keep stirring until you see clumps form. Stir well to break up clumps and fully incorporate oil and dry mixtures.
  6. Store in an air tight container for up to a month.

To Use

  1. Place ½ to 1 cup of bath soak in a full, warm bathtub.
  2. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse off any clay residue in the tub before exiting bath. (Clay can stain clothing and possibly some surfaces, so you’ll want to be mindful of that!)
  4. Pat skin dry so that oil remains behind to moisturize.

Have you ever used clay for a detox bath? If so, share with us how it worked!

Katie Vance

About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, blogger, aromatherapist, soapmaker, and lover of all things DIY. She blogs at The Wise Wife. You can also find Katie on Google+.

Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt was written by Katie Vance.

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