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DIY Salt Scrub with Himalayan Salt and Essential Oils

Jar and plate of Himalayan salt next to rolled up towels

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A sea salt scrub is an easy and inexpensive way to maintain a glowing complexion. Salt scrubs work hard to exfoliate and remove dry skin from the surface, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improve the overall tone. Exfoliating scrubs are good for the entire body, especially dry areas like feet and hands. They are easy to make because they are a simple combination of salt and oil.

In addition to standard sea salt, adding Himalayan pink salt to a scrub recipe adds an extra boost of health because it contains 84 trace minerals and nutrients. Grapeseed oil, which can be found at natural grocery stores, is a good carrier oil for a scrub because it is extremely nourishing. Adding both almond and jojoba oils, and vitamin E into the mixture increases the scrub’s moisturizing effect, making it especially good for dry skin.

Essential oils add fragrance and healing qualities to the scrub, and they can include such variations as:

Margarita salt scrub: 12 drops lime essential oil, 8 drops orange essential oil

Rose salt scrub: 15 drops rose essential oil, sprinkle with dried rose petals

Citrus burst salt scrub: 5 drops orange essential oil, 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Lavender vanilla salt scrub: 15 drops lavender essential oil, 5 drops vanilla essential oil

DIY Salt Scrub Recipe

1 cup finely ground sea salt
½ cup Himalayan pink salt
4 Tbsp grapeseed oil
3 Tbsp almond oil
1 Tbsp jojoba oil
10 drops vitamin E
15-20 drops essential oil

Put sea salt and Himalayan salt into a mixing bowl. Add in grapeseed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. Add the essential oils last, right on top of the other oils.

Mix until all of the salt is coated with oil. It should not be swimming in oil, just coated. Store in a glass or metal container. This recipe fills a single, pint- sized Mason jar or two half-pint jars.

Because this salt scrub recipe does not contain any water, it will last up to six months. Make sure to keep it sealed in a jar with a lid to ensure it stays fresh and free of contaminants. If it is kept in the shower, store the scrub away from the water stream.


For more healthy DIY recipes, along with natural skincare and eco-friendly home and garden ideas, visit Eco Living Mama.