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How to Make Your Own Body Scrubs

Updated on June 24, 2007
Body scrubs made with sea salt work as great exfoliators
Body scrubs made with sea salt work as great exfoliators

Written by: Jaclyn Popola

If you've visited a shopping mall in the past several years, chances are you've been stopped and accosted by a Mediterranean man working one of the little booths. Sea salt scrubs supposedly made by the therapeutic salt found in the Dead Sea are growing in popularity in the Western world. But you don't need to spend $60 or travel across the planet to get your hands on a jar. In fact, for several dollars you can achieve the exfoliating effects of sea salt without even leaving your home -- by making your own.

These types of sea salt exfoliators are not meant to be used on the face (the face requires a much gentler scrub). They are great for buffing dry skin off of elbows, knees, ankles and arms. For best results, scrub the sea salt into the rough areas of your skin while showering. This will slough the dead skin off and cleanse your skin to allow essential oils to be absorbed.

In addition to being a cost-effective way of saving money, homemade body scrubs make great gifts. They look great packaged in the hinged fruit-preserving jars with rubber rims; you can buy them at any craft or homegoods store. You can even order and print your own labels at

Create your own labels at
Create your own labels at


  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (exfoliant)
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger (warms when scrubbed to improve circulation)
  • 1 finely grated lime peel
  • 6 slices of cucumber, chopped (acts as a coolant)
  • 1/2 fl.oz. almond oil

Use on the dryest, roughest areas that need the most exfoliation. Blend together in a food processor.


  • 2 tablespoons green tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon uncooked brown rice with the husk still on
  • 1 teaspoon honey (binds the scrub together)
  • 1/2 fl.oz. sweet almond oil

Blend together with a wooden spoon, use on the more delicate areas of the body, like neck and chest.

Rubber-rimmed jars like these can be purchased at any craft or homegoods store
Rubber-rimmed jars like these can be purchased at any craft or homegoods store


Josephine Fairley, author of The Beauty Bible, offers a recipe for her own homemade scrub.

Into a large jar, pour:

  • 16 oz. brown sugar (sensitive skin) OR salt

Then add:

  • 5 1/4 fl.oz. grapeseed oil
  • 3 1/2 fl.oz. sweet almond oil

Drop by drop, add:

  • 25 drops neroli essential oil
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops patchouli essential oil

Put the lid on the jar and shake well. Apply by hand while in the shower, and you shouldn't even need a moisturizer afterwards.



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      9 years ago

      I buy all of my supplies here. I make my own scrubs, lotions, lotion bars etc. It saves tons of money. I used to buy all of my products at my local drug store until I realized how cheap it is to make them at home.

      Just search which ever oils you are looking for etc. They should all be there.

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      9 years ago

      Not racism -- just factual. They are aggressive, compared to American salespeople, and she didn't even say anything negative about them. It would be racist if she assumed that all Mediterranean people have some quality or other. However, to notice that all the people who run the Dead Sea beauty product kiosks are Mediterranean is not racist.

      The world was a better place when we didn't all get offended at every mention of nationality or race. Lighten up a little, my friend.

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      9 years ago

      yeah...would it have been better if the writer would have specified "Israeli" since all the kiosk people are from Israel! derr. And they all want to take the locals home with them.

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      10 years ago

      How long can the scrubs be saved?

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      10 years ago

      Great Hub. I love scrubs and anything that I can make at home. Never knew that making body scrub could be this easy!

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      11 years ago

      "...chances are you've been stopped and accosted by a Mediterranean man working one of the little booths..."

      Your racism is showin', darlin'.

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      Mama Sez 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Hi there, this is very useful to those trying out home made scrubs. Will be linking this one to the hub I will be posting soon. Thanks.


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