Just in time for the holidays and that dreaded winter dry skin, I decided to share my favorite way to make a salt scrub you can gift or enjoy at home.
One of my friends said to me last year, “Homemade body products are kind of like cupcakes, you can make them at home, but sometimes you just want to buy them at the store and save the mess.”
I think she is onto something. Most organic or homemade body products include plenty of ingredients you have at home, or they are easily picked up at a nearby store. The containers you can use to hold the products are everywhere and always reusable. I made salt and sugar scrubs for the shop last Christmas and they seemed to be a favorite among friends and family that tried them out. If you have been wanting to try to make your own scrubs this holiday season and make a little mess, you have come to the right blog post.
Have you ever clicked through to a blog for a recipe and ended up scrolling through a very long post with the recipe at the end. Scroll no further…
Here’s what you’ll need, feel free to substitute your favorite items:
- olive oil
- coconut oil
- Epsom or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- essential oil of your choice (lavender or tea tree are client favorites)
Depending on your container of choice I have used mason jars in the past but I think about what a klutz I am in the shower and tend to stick with plastic. I have used 8oz plastic containers from ULINE in the past. I use 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil mix in 1/2cup salt plus 1-2 Tablespoons if it seems too oily. Keep in mind you will want some glide to the product. You can stir the product in a bowl and transfer it to the container, I found it kept the outside of the container from getting slippery/oily. Then add in the essential oil, I tried to do 20-30 drops of the oil of choice as well as sprinkled some fresh lavender over the top for decoration.
That’s really all there is to it. It sounds messier than it is, just measure carefully and test out the consistency as you are mixing up the ingredients. You can always add more.
I recommend using in the shower before you use a cleanser or shower gel. It will help loosen dry skin and give you a nice gentle exfoliation. If the scrub gets oily towards the bottom, you may need to stir it up, or add more salt and keep using your container.
There are dozens of recipes for DIY scrubs out there and you can mix and match ingredients forever. It is fun to gift these little homemade scrubs at a low cost and unlike Christmas cookies, you will not be tempted to eat the whole scrub in one sitting! 😉
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