Make Easy Salt Body Scrub at Home

Don't you just love a good body scrub? Salt, sugar, pumice, - you name it. I am an especially big fan of the salt or sugar scrubs that have an oil base. I love how the salt and sugar dissolve in water, so there's no mess to clean up at the bottom of my tub. I also love how sugar and salt are natural healers, so they're good for clearing up irritations. The problem is, they're expensive. My household simply cannot spare the funds for a monthly jar of Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish ($65), or Bliss Hot Salt Scrub ($36). So I decided to make my own.


You will need:

  • an odorless or low-odor oil, such as Grapeseed oil, Apricot Kernel oil, or Peanut oil (Olive oil is NOT a good choice unless it is the filtered variety that is golden in color and can be used to fry food.)
  • medium-grain salt, such as Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, or Kosher salt (alternately, you can use a coarse sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw)
  • essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice
  • a clean, dry 4-6 ounce jar (a small food storage container will do the trick)

Simple Directions

  1. Fill the container most of the way to the top with the salt or sugar of your choice.
  2. Pour a small amount of oil (about two ounces) into a separate bowl or ramekin.
  3. Mix about 5-10 drops of essential oil or about 20-30 drops of fragrance oil into the separate bowl or ramekin.
  4. Pour the scented oil over the salt or sugar until the oil is a bit more than half-way up the side of the container.
  5. If desired, mix with a knife or dry popsicle stick.

How to Enjoy

  1. Moisten your skin in the shower or bath.
  2. Remove yourself from the water momentarily.
  3. Dry one hand.
  4. Dip into your container of scrub and spread in gentle, circular movements over the skin.
  5. Return to the water and let the scrub dissolve.


Afterwards, be careful, because your tub or shower will be slippery.

Do not use directly after shaving, unless you don't mind the burn.  (Salt and sugar can be healing to shaving cuts, but it can be painful.)

Do not use a moisturizer containing acid after salt/sugar scrub.  It may irritate your skin.

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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

Very useful. I will be trying this. voted up.

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