Easy DIY Salt Scrub

If you’ve looked online or in stores, salt scrubs can be crazy expensive (for no apparent reason). Luckily, they are so simple to make at home! 

This salt scrub only requires 2 ingredients, and you likely have them sitting around your house, so it won’t break the bank.


Why salt scrub?

Salt scrubs are a natural and easy way to exfoliate the skin. They can also stimulate blood flow and improve skin quality and tone. I like the DIY version because it is much cheaper than store-bought, and you can decide which ingredients are in it. 

(I recommend doing a little research into the ingredients that are in cosmetics. You might be surprised to see what is included.)

Salt scrubs are great for smoothing and nourishing your skin. The scrubbing action of the salt sloughs the top layer of dead skin off, and the oil soothes and moisturizes, and acts as a carrier for the salt.

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What kind of salt should you use?

Really any kind of salt will work, even epsom salts! However, I recommend a fine-grain salt so it is gentler on the skin. Courser grains can work for this, but are harsher on the skin and can be more scratchy and rough. 

Here are some types of salt that can work: 

What kind of oil should you use to make a salt scrub?

I used coconut oil because it is relatively cheap, and good for your skin. But here are some other options: 
All of these oils are very nourishing to the skin, but read why jojoba oil is my favorite

Steps to make DIY salt scrub: 

1. Gather your ingredients.
  • Fine-grain salt of your choice. (I like this one because it’s delicious and I buy it in bulk anyway.)
  •  Coconut oil, or other oil of your choice. 
2. Mix well. If you’re using coconut oil it may be easier to melt it a little before you mix in the salt. Then it is easier to pour it into the container you’re using to store it. 

3. Transfer to container of your choice. Yes, it is that easy! 

DIY Salt Scrub

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
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  • 1/2 cup fine grain salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  • Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then transfer to a container with a lid.
  • Store in a cool, dry area for up to a year.


Optional Additions: 
5-10 drops of skin-safe essential oil such as lavender, sandalwood, neroli, chamomile or geranium. 


How do you use a salt scrub? 

There are a few different ways you can use this salt scrub. 

  • You can use it in the shower for all-over exfoliation. Scoop a little of the scrub out with your fingers and rub it into your skin in a circular motion.
  • You can keep a jar of it next to the sink and use it on your hands.
  • Or, you can soak your feet for at least 10 minutes in warm water, then use the scrub on your feet. 

**Please be careful in the shower and when you use this on your feet! Because this scrub has oil in it, it can make your feet slippery or the shower floor slippery.

Can you use salt scrub on your face?

I would not recommend using this on your face because it can be harsh if you have sensitive skin.

Can you use essential oils in salt scrub?

Yes! You absolutely can. I would use 5-10 drops of a skin-safe essential oil. Do not use more than this because essential oils are extremely potent and can irritate sensitive skin. 

If you do want to use essential oils, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy recommends lavender, chamomile, geranium, sandalwood, or neroli for use on sensitive skin. (1)

Are salt scrubs safe for kids?

This DIY salt scrub does not have any toxic ingredients, however it is likely too abrasive for children’s skin. I would not recommend using it on small children or babies. 

How often should you use a salt scrub?

Once a week should be plenty, as you don’t want to over-exfoliate. Signs of over-exfoliation are irritation, redness, burning, or peeling. 


Worwood, V. A. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. New World Library.

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