After winter my skin is feeling dry and in need of some loving. My feet especially are not ready to be seen in all the cute sandals I plan to wear this summer. Sea salt to the rescue! Here is how to make salt scrub for your feet and body.
Salt scrub is fabulous for exfoliating rough patches like your winter feet. Adding carrier oils and essential oils make this scrub feel like a luxurious spa experience. You can use this scrub all over your body. But I would avoid your face, as a salt scrub may be too abrasive to use on your delicate facial skin. I would suggest using a sugar scrub on your face instead, as sugar particles are rounder, melt quicker, and provide gentler exfoliation.
Salt Scrub Ingredients
Here are some salts that would work well in a scrub:
- Epsom salt
- Dead Sea salt
- European spa salts
You can use these salts on their own or in a combination. Make sure the salts are a fine grain. If they’re too chunky, they won’t work well in this recipe.
You’ll need some type of moisturizing carrier oil. Here are some good choices:
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Jojoba oil
You could use these on their own or combine them with a small amount of Vitamin E oil.
You’ll want to enhance your spa-like experience by adding some type of fragrance. You could use a small amount of essential oils or fragrance oil.
Be sure when using essential oils that you research the properties of each oil to make sure they are gentle on the skin. You only need to add a few drops of essential oil. Never put essential oils directly on your skin. They need to be diluted for safe usage.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils:
- Sweet orange
- Ylang ylang
- Tea Tree
You could also use a synthetic fragrance oil if you want a more complex scent.
Here is a basic salt scrub recipe. You can customize it to your liking.
Salt Scrub Recipe
In a large mixing bowl, combine:
- 1 cup of salt (epsom salt, sea salt, spa salt, or a combination)
- 1/4 cup of carrier oil (jojoba, almond, or olive)
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (or fragrance oil)
A few drops of Vitamin E oil.
1 tablespoon of additional ingredients if you wish. Crushed dried flower petals, like rose, jasmine, or calendula make a pretty scrub. You could use dried herbs or coffee grinds. Just remember that whatever you use will be going down your drain. So use caution. You don’t want to cause clogs if your flower petals are too large.
Mix well and store in a glass jar.
If you use this scrub all over your body, this recipe will make 2-3 uses. If you only use it as a spot scrub, it can last you longer.
If you plan to sell this salt scrub at a craft fair or farm market, you’ll need to add preservative.
How To Use Salt Scrub
Scoop out some salt mixture and massage into your damp skin. Use circular motions. Rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favorite body oil or moisturizer.
You can use this right in the shower all over your body. I love to use this on my feet. I concentrate on my heels and between my toes. Be sure you are sitting when you work on your feet. You don’t want to slip and fall from the oils.
Where To Find Salt Scrub Ingredients
You can find Epsom salts at the drug store and possibly at the supermarket. They are very inexpensive.
You can get Dead Sea salt and other types of spa salts at handmade bath and body shops. My favorites are Wholesale Suppies Plus and Brambleberry. Both companies have bath salt kits, salt scrub kits, sugar scrub kits, and recipes available online, along with packaging ideas. You can also find essential oils and fragrance oils at these online stores.
And of course, you can probably find anything you need on Amazon.com.
I hope you enjoy this salt scrub tutorial. Happy exfoliating!