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Easy DIY Salt Scrub for Soft Skin

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A coconut salt scrub may sound very decadent (and, well, it is) but it’s also a pretty practical item to keep around. It can act as a gardener’s hand scrub to banish the really ground-in dirt. 

For more DIY cleaning, try this basic soap bar recipe.

SHORT glass jar full of pink salt scrub with lavender flowers

Making a salt scrub couldn’t be easier! Some simple mixing and you’ll be ready to use it — or give it as a gift — in just a few minutes. This gentle exfoliating scrub is excellent for cleaning garden grubby hands (and feet!) or for a relaxing DIY spa day. 

Making this easy coconut oil salt scrub

Coconut oil makes the base for this scrub, but the salt can be varied. Regular table salt isn’t quite coarse enough to provide the gentle abrasion you’ll want in this scrub. You’re aiming for salt somewhere between table salt and rock salt.

There are a number of good options to choose from:

  • Sea salt
  • Himalayan salt
  • Epsom salt

The salt in this recipe acts as an exfoliant, sloughing off dry skin and leaving behind smoother skin, nicely moisturized by the coconut oil.

lavender petals, coconut oil, pink salt in measuring devices

Salt scrub safety

Yes, safety. It may seem innocuous, but the coconut oil in this scrub is slippery. I recommend that you NOT use it in the shower or bath. At all. The oil is lovely on skin, but leaves a residue on surfaces that could very easily cause a person to slip and fall. 

On top of that, coconut oil isn’t great for plumbing. You don’t want to send it down the drain. 

I recommend relegating a couple of old towels to “spa duty.” Use one to protect the area in which you’re working. Scoop a teaspoon of salt scrub into wet hands. Once thoroughly scrubbed, use the second towel to gently wipe away remaining salt and then rinse your hands. 

Another alternative is to use a portable dish pan for scrubbing and rinsing. Dispose of the water outside, in an area where the salt will not damage plants.

SHORT glass jar full of pink salt scrub with lavender flowers

Scent Blends to Try

Fragrance is a highly individual preference. You might opt for no fragrance at all in this salt scrub, and that’s just fine.

If you decide to add essential oils, you can customize the scent strength by limiting the amount you add, or combine different oils to create a signature scent.

  • Patchouli + vetiver + cedarwood = earthy
  • Jasmine + rose + bergamot = floral
  • Ginger + orange + cinnamon = spicy
  • Cypress + white fir + sandalwood = woodsy
  • Lemon + orange + rosemary = citrusy
  • Peppermint + eucalyptus = decongestant
  • Tea tree + orange = antimicrobial
  • Clary sage + lavender + lemon = stress relief
  • Peppermint + lavender + marjoram = headache relief

Store the finished salt scrub in an airtight container for up to six months. 

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SHORT glass jar full of pink salt scrub with lavender flowers

Easy DIY Salt Scrub for Soft Skin

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

A salt scrub works wonders for exfoliating dead, dry skin.
Even rough, calloused feet will feel soft and new when treated to a little
extra care.

Materials

  • 1 cup salt (sea salt, pink Himalayan, or Epsom salts)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs or flowers (optional)

Tools

  • Small airtight container

Instructions

  1. Measure the salt and coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Use a fork or pastry blender to mix until well blended.
  2. Stir in your favorite essential oil. Lavender is soothing, peppermint offers an astringent pick-me-up, and grapefruit can aid with detoxification.
  3. If desired, add dried herbs or flower petals to the scrub. This makes the scrub prettier for gift giving, but is not necessary.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to six months.


To use:

Scoop a couple teaspoons of the scrub into the palm of your hands and use it to scrub wet skin.

Notes

I recommend that you NOT use this salt scrub in the shower or bath as it can be terribly slippery. The oil is lovely on skin, but leaves a residue on surfaces that could very easily cause a person to slip and fall. 

On top of that, coconut oil isn't great for plumbing. You don't want to send it down the drain. 

I recommend relegating a couple of old towels to "spa duty." Use one to protect the area in which you're working. Scoop a teaspoon of salt scrub into wet hands. Once thoroughly scrubbed, use the second towel to gently wipe away remaining salt and then rinse your hands. 

Another alternative is to use a portable dish pan for scrubbing and rinsing. Dispose of the water outside, in an area where the salt will not damage plants.

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

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