How to Make a DIY Salt Scrub
The exfoliating properties of sea salt with the moisturizing properties of raw honey creates a luxurious spa experience for very little money. Salt scrubs are incredibly easy to make and use. They are also easy to customize with different fragrances. Try this DIY Salt Scrub with Honey and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. It’s luxurious and beautiful too.
Honey & Himalayan Salt Scrub Benefits
So what is the big deal about using this recipe? Well, salt scrubs offer excellent exfoliation and aid in removing dead skin cells.
When dead skin cells are removed, this helps give your skin a brighter fresher appearance. Also, the process of gently massaging your arms and legs can work wonders for revitalization.
This simple DIY salt scrub recipe is so easy to make and it will not cost a lot either. You can do some substitution on the oils – if you don’t have all of them on hand.
- sea salt
- skin safe essential oils
Sea salt is a popular ingredient in scrubs. Made from seawater, it contains many beneficial trace minerals and nutrients that can aid in skin care.
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Himalayan sea salt is a true rock salt from Pakistan. It is edible and is often used in seasoning. White is just fine but pink salt looks really pretty without having to add any color. Fewer additives in any products we rub on our skin are often a good thing to consider.
In my opinion, these natural salt scrubs are best reserved for use on the body. Avoid using a salt scrub on sensitive skin or your face.
I love the appearance of coarse ground sea salt but a fine ground is softer on your skin. If you do use coarse ground, I would reserve it for those tough areas such as elbows and feet.
You can use regular table salt if you wish. But it lacks the abundance of minerals found in sea salt. Some folks like to include epsom salts in homemade salt scrub recipes. This is fine – it is really not a salt but magnesium sulphate and is good for aching muscles.
And as with any skin care product, try it out on a small area first. Anyone can be allergic to anything.
It may seem strange but skin care is one of the most popular uses for honey. Any type of honey will work and contains beneficial compounds that promote healthy skin.
I like using raw unfiltered honey for everything when possible. It has mild exfoliating properties alone and is antibacterial as well.
Used in many health and beauty products, you will find honey as an ingredient in many face washes, soaps, lotions and more.
Keeping a jar of honey in your pantry is always a good idea. It never spoils or goes bad – if protected from moisture. Speaking of soap, if you have never made it – try this easy goat’s milk recipe with no lye.
Important tip: If you have a jar of honey that has crystallized (become gritty) don’t throw it out – you can fix crystallized honey.
And don’t forget another product that comes from bees. You can use beeswax for homemade lotions and body creams too.
This diy salt and honey scrub recipe uses small amounts of 3 oils: sweet almond, jojoba and grapeseed. Each one of these has it’s own unique properties that make it good for skin care.
However, at the end of the day – it is oil. If you do not have these – you can substitute coconut oil or even olive oil.
The use of essential oils is optional. In this project, they are mostly intended to offer scent. However, a nice fragrance adds another degree of relaxation to the salt scrub process.
I often use lavender essential oil for body products because it is soothing and a favorite of most users. It is considered good for relaxation and mood.
But, you can use any fragrance that you like (Lavender, Orange, Tea Tree, Rose, etc.) – just be sure it it safe for skin use. Some people are more sensitive to citrus oils. Be sure to use steam distilled citrus oils in body scrubs.
Storage and Use
Store your body salt scrub in a jar with a tight fitting lid. It should stay fresh for several months. This can be used in the shower – but be careful of slips.
Use gentle massaging motions when cleansing with salt scrubs and rinse well. They can be rubbed on and rinsed off. But, I love using them in the tub, then soaking for a while to enjoy the fragrance released by the oils.
My favorite way to use this recipe is to run a warm bath and use the scrub on my arms and legs. Then enjoy a good bath soak with the residual oils, honey and salt.
Using natural oils and ingredients protects your family from unknown chemicals that appear in many commercial products. And, making them can be a lot of fun too!
What a wonderful project to create custom gifts for Christmas or birthdays. Combine this project with some homemade honey bath bombs for a great skin care basket.
For a even larger gift, include a set of rolled beeswax candles, or a natural honey face moisturizer.
A simplest recipe is to mix salt with a carrier oil such as grapeseed, jojoba or even coconut oil. You can add a few drops of skin safe essential oil for scent.
A salt scrub is an excellent exfoliator that removes dead skin and aids in opening pores. They should be used gently to avoid irritation.
Epsom salts is a good choice for scrubs for someone with skin problems. Sea salt is better at exfoliation.
Salt scrubs are made with materials to add in removing dead skin. But, this means they can be abrasive – it is best that you do not use them everyday.
Salt Scrub Recipe with Honey & Himalayan Sea Salt
- 4 cup measuring cup
- large bowl
- 2 cups Himalayan pink sea salt
- 1 tablespoon Honey (raw preferred)
- 4 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
- 4 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 tablespoons Jojoba Oil
- 30 drops Essential Oil (I used Lavender) (skin safe only)
- 1 piece Small Glass Containers
- Measure 2 cups of Pink Himalayan sea salt into a mixing bowl. The recipe calls for a fine grind.Tip: If you only have coarse ground salt, you can try putting it in a blender for a few seconds and grinding it to a smaller grit. You do not want it to be too harsh if you plan to rub it on your skin.
- It's time to add the oils to the salts. Measure and combine the Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil into a microwave safe measuring cup. Gently warm in the microwave for just a few seconds – stir well.
- Add the raw honey, Vitamin E Oil and 30 drops of your favorite essential oil to the oil mixture. (Lavender or any skin safe essential oil is fine). Stir well.
- Combine the oil/ honey mixture with the sea salt and stir, stir, stir. We want to completely incorporate all of the salt particles and oils so that no dry areas remain. This mixture should not be soggy – only moist.
- Spoon your finished Himalayan Pink Sea Salt & Honey Scrub into the chosen containers. Any type of air tight container is fine.However, I would suggest one that has a larger opening to make it easier to use. Also, consider plastic containers due to the risk of breakage in the bath or shower.Glass jars are okay if they are of sturdy construction and especially when gifting small amounts.