This recipe for a homemade, chemical free... all natural... all awesome salt scrub is ridiculously easy to make. So ridiculously easy that at first I wondered if it was even worth blogging about. But then I realized that until I did it myself, I didn't know if it was going to be so easy! Let me tell you, it really, truly is this simple.
I wanted to make my own salt scrub because 1. I bought a new batch of essential oils I was excited to experiment with and 2. I Grouponed my way into my first ever spray tan and wasn't really a fan of it and wanted to scrub that stuff off of me! No offense intended to spray tanners, I just didn't do it right, so it was uneven from where I'd accidentally washed my hands and then as it comes off you look a little diseased by all the random coloration on your skin. Enter the salt scrub.
Salt is a great mineral for your skin and has the added bonus of abrasiveness that helps exfoliate, remove dead skin cells, and unclog pores. All of which will leave you with softer healthier skin. Salt also has antiseptic qualities that can help minimize inflammation and itching. All in all, salt + skin = good! And considering skin is the largest organ you have, you should do what you can to love on it.
Here's all you need for this simple DIY salt scrub recipe:
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup coconut oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Any recipe where I already have everything I need in my pantry is a winner in my book. I plow through coconut oil because it is all sorts of amazing. And I've been using essential oils for about two years now for more natural treatment of all sorts of health issues. I'll have to do an essential oil post soon to talk more about all that. It's a vast, vast world.
What you need to know about essential oils is 1. Quality is important. Any old anything will not have the same benefits as a good quality oil and 2. When you have good quality, these suckers are POWERFUL. You don't need much. I remember Erik decided to be all loving and thoughtful once and drew me a bath and decided to add some oil to it for me (peppermint). He went a little heavy on the oil and holy tingly! Just a few drops will usually be enough for whatever you're doing.
Feel free to play with the oils to get whatever scent you like. I include these three because they are so beneficial for the skin, especially tea tree and lemon. And personally, I like the smell of peppermint and lemon together.
Mix together and store in a glass jar
Yep, pretty much the easiest directions you could possibly imagine. The glass jar is important because lemon oil will eventually break down plastic, so always err on the safe side and go with glass. I have a bunch of mason jars lying around so I usually just use those even though you can tell from this photo that this recipe didn't quite fill my jar... you easily could.
Note: My mixture may look a little more liquidy than yours. I used two cups of coconut oil and one of salt and found it was way too oily for my liking. So I changed the recipe to a 1:1 ratio.
Either way, this will leave your skin SUPER soft and moisturized from the coconut oil. No lotion required!
Let me know how you like it or if you have any questions in the comments!