Friday, December 19, 2008

REWIND: DIY Salt Scrubs for Less

Continuing the REWIND series while I am enjoying some vacation, here is a wonderful recipe for salt scrubs. Still needing some Christmas gifts? Don't worry! You can buy these ingredients at the grocery store. Look for some unique jars at thrift shops, craft stores, even rinsed out jars from sauces and jams. Tie with a bow and you've got a great gift!

Start with 1/4 c. salt and slowly add in essential oil

After oils are added to salt, blend!

Add a fresh sprig of parsley as a garnish! I also stir some into my scrub (chopped).

Store in a jar and label or decorate as you choose!

I love salt scrubs. As much as I love sugar scrubs, especially Whipped Sugar Scrub from Mad City Soap on Etsy (try it in a Italian Cream Cake/Lemon Meringue split), I like salt for serious exfoliation.

My favorite salt scrub from retail shops is Origins Salt Rub. It's over $30 per jar. I started using this way back when Origins sold it in glass jars. A couple of years ago I stopped buying the Origins and started making salt scrubs myself. It is easy and the homemade scrub we're going to make is (in my opinion) just as good as the pricy one!

Make your own salt scrub in a 16 ounce jar (weighs in about 27 ounces) at home for only about $2.00 for per jar with today's DIY project! I like to make several at one time which I just did earlier to give away as gifts!

The results are wonderul. Your skin will be smoother than silk and feel like butter. If you've ever paid $100 for a spa "Salt Glow" treatment, consider doing this at home and you can do the treatment as often as you'd like!

Before you use it, heed this warning: SALT STINGS BROKEN OR IRRITATED SKIN! I learned this when I first used a salt scrub and didn't think about the sting factor. I applied it all over my legs after I shaved them. OUCH! Scrub first...then shave!

Let's Talk Ingredients

You'll need sea salts, carrier oils, and essential oils. This is a 100% natural product!

I buy my sea salts right at Wegmans. They will come in different grains. I like to mix fine and coarse, so I pick up a bottle of each.

For the carrier oils, today I am using Macadamia Nut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Soybean Oil and Olive Oil. You do not need to use 5 oils like I do. You only need one. I just like the blend of these oils. You also do not have to buy the same ones I have listed here. You can use any oils you have handy, such as jojoba, grapeseed, even canola from your baking cabinet!

Now, for the essential oils, I am using Spearmint and Rosemary Essential Oils.

I also add in some chopped fresh parsley to my own....

This is a truly invigorating scrub to refresh the senses while giving your skin the royal treatment!

How To Do It

I start slowly. I like to do a bit at a time. We'll be using 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of oil today. I start by adding 1/4 cup or so of salt into the jar. Then I like to add just 5 drops at a time of essential oil (I add 10 drops of each essential oil total per scrub). Add some carrier oil. Then add more salt, more essential oil, etc. Stir a bit before you add in more salt.

Hmm. Now my scrub looks like applesauce....

Don't worry! I always give the scrub a very quick stir and your scrub will be back to looking very scrubby with the coarse grains visible.

This is a very simple project! I like to even add in a bit of fresh parsley. Why, you ask? No one really talks about the myriad benefits of parsely to the skin. It can help clarify and tone the skin, making it look fresh and bright. It also helps to reduce redness and swelling. I think it's a very underrated natural ingredient for homemade skin care, but it's worth adding in to your scrub.

So that is how you make your scrub! 1 part salt, 1 part oil, 10 drops of essential oil and a sprig of parsley! It couldn't be simpler. Just wait, though, to see how soft and radiant your skin will be!


  1. AH, finally a DIY I can do! Yesterday's looked amazing but alas, I have none of the ingredients except for the cocoa powder!

    Seeing as I'm snowbound, I may try the salt scrub recipe later today...;)

  2. Yay, did you try it? We've got a bunch of snow from yesterday's storm too and are supposed to have another tomorrow night. I cannot wait until summer, LOL.

  3. No, I didn't I made the BIG mistake of running out to do a little bit of last minute shopping. UGhhh. Lots of grumpy people make me want to run right back home!

    I will be trying this scrub recipe very soon. I'll let you know when I do.

  4. Forgot to add, I just came home from having dinner out with my hubby for his birthday. Our current temp is a balmy 3 degrees. I'm not so much liking this winter so far. Though I have to admit the snow IS pretty!

  5. I can almost smell this magical potion!
    I could use that today..............


  6. Karley,
    I finally made this recipe. I made 2 jars worth. One is scented with grapefruit EO the other is orange with a hint of clovebud. I tried it out on my hands and it's great!

    Thanks for the fun and easy project. I'll be gifting one on Christmas to one of my favorite sis-in-laws!
    Merry Christmas!

  7. Kristy, it can/ If any water is introduced to the jar, it can develop mold spores. You will want to scoop it out with dry fingers.

  8. this is something i could totally do! what a great gift idea. thanks for sharing :)


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