As requested on the Teach Soap Forum, I put together a generic price breakdown for my bath salts recipe. It will only cost you $4.66 to make 6 bags of fabulously scented, colored and perfectly packaged bath salts! And you could save even more money by buying in larger, bulk sizes!
My Bath Salt Recipe
3 Cups Medium Dead Sea Salt
2 ml diluted Blue Mix Labcolor
10 ml of Yuzu Fragrance Oil
Yields 6 bags of bath Salts
Yields 6 bags of bath Salts
Price Break Down
Medium Dead Sea Salt- $2.50 per lb (10 lb size)
LabColor- $0.01 per diluted ml (10 ml)
Fragrance Oil- $1.57 per oz (1 lb size)
Cellophane Bags- $0.01 per bag (box of 1000 online)
Waterproof Labels- $0.10 per label (10 sheets, 10-12 labels per sheet)
Recipe Grand Total $4.66
(that’s just $0.77 per 1/2 cup bag of salt)
To make this entire recipe, it will only cost you $4.66 in materials. And remember that my recipe makes 6 bags of bath salts so divide the total by 6 and it’s only costing you $0.77 per bag of scented, colored and packaged bath salts! Keep in mind that I’m not factoring in my time and effort. You’ll have to decide that on your own. How long does it take you to make these and how much is your time worth? Do you have the equipment to whip out a huge batch? Or are you limited to smaller, individual batches? Answer these questions to add on the final costs to your products. After itemizing your recipe and finding out the exact amount it’s costing you (down to the penny), you can make an informed decision about what price to charge, how much you can afford to spend on packaging and what sort of promotions you can run with this high margin item.
Jamilla Holland says
I once heard that you can’t have bath salts in Alabama b/c you can get high on them. I also heard that you can get sent to jail for having them! Is this true? Can I still order them from you?
Proud Dixie Soapmaker
Becky with Bramble Berry says
That’s a great question, Jamilla! The ‘bath salts’ that you heard about on the news are actually a designer chemical drug and not the bath salts that you would use in your bath or for aromatherapy. You can buy, sell and make cosmetic bath salts without any worry! Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Sore Muscle Blends for Athletes: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/sore-muscle-blends-for-athletes/
Winter Salt Soak: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/winter-salt-soak/
Goatsmilk Bath Tea: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/tub-time-goatsmilk-bath-tea/
Baked Dendritic Bath Salts: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/baked-dendritic-bath-salts-so-relaxing/
Sea Salt Foot Scrub: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/sea-salt-foot-scrub-for-mom-2/
Simple Easter Scrub: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/simple-easter-scrub-2/
-Becky with Bramble Berry
lisa koenn says
Could you use a natural colorant for your bath salts and if you did which ones would you recommend if you wanted it to be all organic. As always, thank you for your help .
Thanks, I’m still trying to get in the pot swirl perfect. Also I haven’t tried melt and pour swirled inside of CP or poured inside of it. I’ve only ever layered M&P on top of a CP soap.
Are you doing any more Thursday CP videos in the future?
Rates vary pretty greatly on this product – partially because it’s so affordable to make so you’re only limited in pricing by what the market is willing to pay. And that varies greatly by the market. I’d check Etsy.com to get a good understanding of what people are charging and then think of your branding and marketing and your ‘position’ in the marketplace (are you shabby chic? are you upscale? are you only using exotic essential oils?) and price based on that.
Just wondering what others out there are pricing this retail? I’m gearing up to start selling this fall.
Great! It’s good to be overly prepared…
We’ve got two advanced CP videos here:
They’re both swirling videos. What sort of techniques are you looking for?
Thanks! The tutti fruitti cupcakes really turned out sweet.
I agree – pricing for the marketplace can be difficult. In this case, you’ve got a place to start because now you know your true costs. =)
They’re a pretty high margin item so it will definitely help your bottom line when they sell.
I love your price break-downs! I’ve not been actively selling but I save all the valuable info you share with us for that “one day…” 🙂
I always enjoy the price break down of a project as it helps me plan. Thanks. Are you going to do an advanced CP video at some point?
I think that is the hardest part of this business sometimes, figuring the prices. I LOVE the tutti fruti cupcakes!
Michelle in NV
These look fantastic! You’ve inspired me to whip up some bath salts for my market stall tomorrow 🙂