DIY Body Salt Scrub – How to Make a Body Salt Scrub at Home

Make this homemade DIY Body Salt Scrub with just 3 ingredients for glowing skin. Use it the next time you’re in the shower to help gently exfoliate, nourish and moisturize skin. You can even leave a jar near the bathroom sink to exfoliate hands when they feel dry.

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Why spend hundreds of dollars on fancy lotions and beauty products when there’s a way to save your money? You can easily make your own that works just as well – if not better than store-bought versions – for a fraction of the price. And best of all, you can customize the ingredients to suit your needs.

This DIY Body Salt Scrub smells so good that you’ll find yourself looking forward to scrubbing down with it every day or perhaps even just opening the jar and enjoying a cheerful sniff.

Why Should I Exfoliate?

Exfoliation should be a part of every skincare regimen. If you’ve never done it (with the right exfoliation, one that actually does something – not the usual cream with a few seeds or synthetic molecules thrown in to the mix but a real scrub), you will be amazed at how effective this product is for unclogging pores, promoting healthy, speedy turnover of skin cells, balancing our oil production, purifying the pores of toxins and dirt and smoothing skin tone, creating a radiant, fresh overall look and feel.

Why This DIY Body Scrub Works

Sea salt is a natural exfoliator with small particles that makes it a gentle exfoliator that’s effective in getting rid of dead skin cells and promoting new cell turnover – giving skin a healthy glow.

Coconut oil helps the sea salt glide over the skin for exfoliation, and helps to moisturize skin and leave it glowing.

Essential oils provide a natural scent to this homemade body salt scrub and helps to nourish the skin. You can use different essential oils, such as Lavender for dry skin, Lemon to brighten skin, Frankincense to soothe skin.

How to Make This DIY Body Salt Scrub – Step by Step

1. Begin by mixing 1 cup of sea salt and 1/2 cup coconut oil in a glass mixing bowl.

2. Add 10 drops essential oils (like lemon essential oil or lavender essential oil) and stir gently.

3. Spoon the mixture into 2 small jars (one for the shower and one for the sink).

Just remember that lemon essential oil can make your skin photosensitive. So it’s best to avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after using this DIY body salt scrub. Or skip it and just use lavender essential oil.

The Best Essential Oils For DIY Skin Care

I have an entire guide dedicated to the best essential oils for skin care as they each offer different benefits and properties that can help transform your skin. Some of the reasons essential oils are used in DIY skin care include, helping fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, improve clarity, brighten skin, give a youthful appearance, and even help to banish blemishes.

Some of the most common essential oils used in DIY skin care include:

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How to Use This DIY Body Salt Scrub

Just use a spoonful of this DIY body salt scrub on the body or hands to gently exfoliate remove dead skin cells. Rinse off with warm water and towel dry. Skin will feel silky smooth and moisturized.

Avoid using this salt scrub on the face. Instead use this DIY Facial Scrub that’s more gentle for the face.

Make DIY Gifts for Family and Friends

Make a big batch of this DIY body scrub to give as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, new neighbors and even teacher gifts. Get of 12 pint-sized Mason jars with a wide mouth and fill each one with this DIY Body Salt Scrub and then tie a cute ribbon to the jar. Voila! 12 DIY gifts made in less than 30 minutes.

What’s The Difference Between Salt and Sugar Scrubs?

Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs because the granule is round and therefore doesn’t have any ability to “cut” the skin. It’s a far better choice for sensitive skin types and the only choice for the face. Sugar granules dissolve more easily in hot water, and they are less abrasive than salt scrubs. While sugar scrubs don’t have the mineral benefits of salt scrubs, they are less drying. So there’s a place for both sugar and salt!

How Long Does This DIY Salt Scrub Last?

Store the scrub in a cool, dry location, such as a bathroom cupboard. Because salt is a preservative, the scrub could last anywhere from one to two years without going rancid. Sugar is also a preservative, but a sugar-based scrub will only last for a few months.

Top Tips for DIY Body Salt Scrub

  • Use organic oils. The human skin is an extremely sensitive organ. The last thing you want is to clog your pores. Organic oils are the best way to avoid bad break outs and rashes.
  • Before giving this as a gift, take it for a test drive. Turn on the shower and see for yourself if you’re happy with the scent, scrub and moisturizing benefits of your home made gem.
  • Body scrubs typically hang out in humid areas. To keep your gift looking snazzy, make sure your tags and labels are waterproof so they don’t peel off.
  • Buy in bulk. Carefully measure and plan for how much of each ingredient you will need. Making homemade scrubs for holiday gifts can definitely make your bank account happy, but having left over ingredients can be a big waste.

How to Get Started with Essential Oils

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DIY Body Salt Scrub

Don’t Mess With Mama
Make this homemade DIY Body Salt Scrub with just 3 ingredients for glowing skin. Use it the next time you're in the shower to help gently exfoliate, nourish and moisturize skin. You can even leave a jar near the bathroom sink to exfoliate hands when they feel dry.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • Begin by mixing the sea salt and coconut oil in the glass mixing bowl.
  • Once mixed add the essential oils and stir gently.
  • Spoon the mixture into 2 small jars (one for the shower and one for the sink).
  • To use, scoop out a spoonful of the body salt scrub and gently rub on damp skin to exfoliate. Rinse with warm water and towel dry.
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    I did the cleaner with vodka and lemon and I can not live without it !!
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