10 sugar + salt scrub recipes for every mood

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Making your own sugar and salt scrubs is so easy! It's so much fun to create exfoliating scrubs for your self care routine or to give out as gifts. There are endless ways to combine ingredients… let's explore a few ideas!

Why Exfoliate?

Sugar and salt scrubs gently slough away dead cells to brighten your complexion and even out your skin-tone. Scrubs made from natural, nourishing ingredients do so while also delivering important fats and nutrients to your skin!

Learn how to make your own sugar and salt scrubs with these drink and dessert inspired ALL NATURAL combos, plus WHY you should be exfoliating on the regular.

Scrub Texture

I approach scrub-making pretty similarly to how I cook: I don't necessarily measure everything out exactly. With the exception of many essential oils, there's quite a bit of room to play around with scrub recipes. In fact, you'll find that you might like your scrubs to be “drier” (more sugar/salt than) or “wetter” (more oil) depending on how you're going to use them. I personally like to use wetter scrubs on my face and drier ones on my body.

All that to say: my recipes aren't really recipes. 😉 They are combo suggestions that you might enjoy. Simply combine the ingredients I have listed and then add enough carrier oil to make the scrub the texture you like. Add a little bit of carrier oil at a time, stirring it up frequently, so you can get an accurate look at how it's coming together.

If you want a base recipe that is a good starting ratio, use 1 cup sugar/salt + 1/4-1/2 cup of carrier oil.

Scrub Combo Ideas

Vanilla Latte – I used sugar, coffee, vanilla essential oil, and sweet almond oil.

Lavender Lemonade – I used grated lavender castille soap, lemon zest, sugar, and sweet almond oil.

Margarita Salt – I used lime zest, sea salt, and avocado oil.

Mint Hot Cocoa – I used sugar, cocoa, peppermint essential oil (only 1 drop!), and sweet almond oil.

Green Tea + Honey – I used sugar, loose green tea, raw honey, and sweet almond oil.

Flower Power – Try sugar, jojoba oil, lavender buds, ylang ylang essential oil, and rose essential oil.

Citrus Fusion – Use salt, avocado oil, sweet orange oil, bergamot oil, and lemon zest. 

Sleepytime Scrub – Combine sugar, sweet almond oil, lavender buds, chamomile essential oil, and clary sage essential oil. 

Morning Zing – Use jojoba oil, salt, peppermint leaf, and lemon zest.

Have you ever made your own salt or sugar scrubs? What are your favorite oil + herb combos?


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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist specializing in skincare and women's health. She shares recipes and resources on Everblossom to help others live a more holistic lifestyle. She lives in Fargo, ND with her huge family and lots of houseplants.

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9 Responses

  1. Karen Coghlan

    Just recently I started thinking that I need to make a scrub, I like the basic recipe it makes it so easy to get started… Thank you for sharing.

  2. Julie

    Is there an amount of EOs that you suggest? I know it can depend on the oil but when I make them as gifts, people really like for them to have a stronger scent but I don’t want to use too much EO.

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