Have you discovered the awesomeness of body scrubs?
Scrubs are SO easy to make and are a great addition to your shower routine. They also make wonderful gifts! I don’t recommend using them daily, but a few times a week is fine.
In my 24 years of teaching, I’ve discovered that body scrubs – whether made with salt or sugar – are all terrific products for beginners because it’s hard to make a mistake. Remember to always stay within the parameters of safe blending dilutions.
🌸 Scrubs are a fun, easy and satisfying blending project for new learners.
🌸 Use this product as an opportunity to experiment with different carriers on your skin and the effect that different sized sugar or salt crystals have on the skin.
🌸 Scrubs can be made to be relaxing, invigorating, therapeutic or just an aromatic delight!
🌸 You can make scrubs for the entire body or just for tired feet or dirty hands after a day in the garden.
🌸 The options are limited only by your imagination!
Directions for DIY Body Scrubs
1. Purchase a high quality Pink Himalayan Salt. I like Extra Fine Grain because it’s more gentle for the skin.
OR Organic Brown Sugar
2. Pour your salt or sugar into an 8-ounce PET Plastic wide mouth jar (not glass because the container gets slippery)
3. Add your chosen carrier oil into the salt or sugar. I love jojoba oil because of the long shelf life and its affinity for all types of skin. However, if you use Fractionated Coconut Oil and Pink Himalayan Salt, the scrub will be a lovely pink color!
4. Add your chosen essential oils and stir everything with a glass stir rod.
5. Add a waterproof label and Viola! EasyPeasy!
Below are four of my favorite scrub recipes:
I have included three recipes for salt scrubs and one recipe for a sugar scrub for the face; notice it contains brown sugar instead of salt. Salt can be drying to facial tissue. Actually, you can substitute the salt for organic brown sugar in any of these blends. But…no licking!
Keep your scrub in the shower and scoop out a handful, rub on your body then rinse! Your skin will feel soft and the carrier plus the essential oils will give you an aromatic healthy boost!
“Clear the Crud” Detox Scrub
4 oz Himalayan Pink Salt (extra fine)
4 oz Jojoba Wax
15 Drops of Juniper Berry essential oil (Juniperus communis)
10 Drops of Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
5 Drops of Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus paradisi)
“You’re Getting Very Sleepy” Bedtime Scrub
4 oz Himalayan Pink salt
4 oz Jojoba Oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
10 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)
5 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
“Breathe Easier” Respiratory Support Scrub
4 oz Himalayan Pink salt
4 oz Jojoba Oil
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
10 drops Spike Lavender essential oil (Lavandula latifolia)
10 drops Ravintsara essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole)
“Rejuvinate and Glow” Facial Scrub
4 oz Organic Brown Sugar
1 oz Jojoba Oil
3 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
10 drops Carrot Seed essential oil (Daucus carota)
10 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
5 drops Ho Wood essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct. linalol)
Love those scrubs! Great recipes Liz!
Thanks Cynthia! Do you know until two years ago I didn’t even know what a scrub was! Thanks for stopping by Cynthia!
I have been making my own scrubs for awhile, using regular sea salt and coconut oil. Do you think the Himalayan salt makes much difference?
Such a great question Meryl, and I may have to go back and include what I’m about to share in that post! Himalayan Pink Salt is packed with minerals and actually very good for you to injest; we use it in our kitchen at home. Himalayan Pink salt’s pink color is a result of the trace elements in the salt, including iron. These naturally present minerals are essential for our health, and can be readily absorbed through scrubs and other bathing therapies (like soaking in the tub). It is known to help stimulateg circulation, sooth sore muscles, reduce acid reflux, lower blood pressure, and remove toxins. I’ve never seen THAT on a container of Morton’s salt 🙂
Hi, I love all these recipe, But I confused where I get those essential oil? I don’t know actually.
I have used the detox scrub and I had red swollen spots on my belly. Is this an allergy or a detox reaction? greats
Hi Ingrid, without knowing the brand of essential oil you used you history of essential oil use or the age of the oils, I’d say you either had a bit of irritation from one of the essential oils or scrubbed a little too hard with the salt. If any of the essential oils weren’t fresh and within their shelf life, it is possible they were oxidized which can be very irritation to skin. If you make it again, make sure you’re using fresh oils and add some Lavender to the recipe to help nourish the skin. Thanks so much for writing Ingrid!
Great post. I tend to use a sugar based scrub in the shower and I change the blends depending on how I am feeling. During summer I will change it up and use salt scrub in the shower, although I must admit I have only used Epsom in the shower. Sounds silly but it had never occurred to me to use the Himalayan salt in the shower scrub. I use them in my bath blends. Next time for the next shower scrub blend.
Hi Janine, I love the sugar scrubs too, but use those more for my face as they are less drying to the skin. I never thought of using Epsom in the shower, just in the bath! See how we all teach each other? Thanks so much for sharing Janine.
I love your recipe ideas!! I tried the bedtime scrub using your recipe and it is so soothing. I made a big batch and stored everything in Infinity Jars. The jar energizes and keeps the scrub fresh for a long time, so I don’t have to make the scrub very often and get the benefit from your soothing recipe.
Hi Eric! What a terrific idea you had of storing a big batch in infinity jars! I will pass that idea on to my students. Enjoy the scrubs! Liz