You can buy salt scrubs for $30, or you can make your own salt scrubs at home for a fraction of the cost. Salt scrubs are one of the easiest home spa products to make -- and a great gift if you put it in a pretty jar.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup oil. Use sweet almond, grapeseed or another light-textured massage oil. Don't use simple cooking oil from your pantry.
- 1 cup sea salt. Baleine is a good choice. You can experiment with different textures to see what feels best for your skin. Don't use simple iodized table salt -- it's too harsh. If you have sensitive skin, make a sugar scrub, which is gentler.
- 5-15 drops high quality essential oils. The essential oil you choose for your salt scrub depends on the result you want. Lavender is relaxing, lemongrass is refreshing and rosemary is stimulating. You can experiment and do your own blend.
Put the salt in a small bowl.
Add the oil, mixing well with a spoon or wooden stick. The texture should be moist enough to hold together, but not overly oily. You can adjust the amount of oil (or add more salt) to achieve that texture.
Next, gently tap in the drops of essential oil and combine well. If you get more interested in aromatherapy you can customize your recipe using different essential oils and vary with the season.
You might try orange with some crushed clove at Christmas time, for instance.
So now you're ready to use your home-made salt scrub -- once a week is plenty. Here's how to give yourself a salt scrub at home. This recipe should get you through three salt scrubs.