Simple Homemade Salt & Lemon Body Scrub

You could spend hundreds of dollars on fancy exfoliating body scrubs, but you can easily make one on your own that works just as well. This basic recipe for a body scrub/exfoliator calls on the use of only a few pure, simple, ingredients that can be as effective, if not more, than those in stores that have all sorts of foreign additives. The beauty of this recipe also lies in that it can be customized however you want depending on what you need or feel like. You can use it plain, or add various herbs for their benefits, such as lavender for relaxation, rosemary to energize and invigorate you, or thyme, for its antibacterial properties.

Homemade Salt & Lemon Body Scrub- will leave your skin silky smooth.

Ingredients: Epsom salt (or coarse salt crystals), olive oil, lemon or lime juice, lavender or other herbs (optional)

Why Epsom salt: Epsom salt is an incredible skin-care product. It is a natural mineral composed of magnesium sulfide, which is readily absorbed by the skin. It naturally softens skin, sloughs away dead cells, reduces inflammation, and relaxes muscles. It can be substituted with coarse salt crystals, which will cosmetically do a similar job, but which lacks the benefits of the magnesium sulfide.

epsom salt

Why olive oil: Olive oil is silky smooth and helps keep skin moist but not oily.

olive oil

Why lemon or lime juice: Lemon and lime are natural whiteners, acting as a sort of bleach to whiten your nails and cuticles and lighten dark spots on the skin, such as age/liver spots. The fresh scent is also quick invigorating.

lemon

Why an herb: you can use herbs if you’d like to add more benefits to your scrub. Here we use lavender, to promote rest and relaxation.

lavender

You will need…

-½ cup + 2 tablespoons Epsom salt or coarse salt crystals
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-Juice of one lemon or lime
-herb of choice (optional)

body scrub ingredients

In a bowl combine a half a cup plus 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt, or coarse salt crystals, with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

olive oil and salt

Squeeze in the fresh juice of 1 lemon or lime, and stir together. Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid and use once a week for smooth, glowing skin. If you’re using an herb, cover the top of the mixture with it and stir it in after the lemon/lime juice. It will infuse the salt around it, and you can use the buds/sprigs and all when you scrub.

adding the lemon

Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid and use once a week for smooth, glowing skin. You can scrub it on dry or in the shower, but if you do the former, rinse off with warm water afterwards.

adding the lavender

Exfoliation leaves your skin soft and radiant, scrubbing away dead skin cells and allowing your “new” skin to breathe and shine. It also breaks up things on the surface of your skin that can cause unwanted blemishes. Experiment with different herbs, save money making your own scrubs, and enjoy!

salt scrub

Tip: you can adjust the amount of oil depending on if you want a coarser (less oil) scrub or a more uniform, softer (more oil) scrub.

You may also like our recipe for homemade calamine lotion.


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11 Comments

  1. JACQUELYN says:

    DO YOU HAVE A RECEIPE FOR A SUGAR SCRUB???

  2. Sara says:

    I love just using sugar and lemon. Especially on my face.
    I take a square cotton swab, put lots of lemon juice on it then sprinkle sugar on it.
    Great face scrub. And it cleans out all my pores. My face feels so fresh after!

  3. Becky Pfaff says:

    I was wondering what the shelf life on this scrub would be? And where to store it? Fridge or dark cool area?

  4. Debbi Harkivich says:

    Do you have a book with your all these wonderful ideas you post ?

  5. Courtney says:

    I was wondering the same thing… how long does this scrub typically last? Also, what other herbs besides lavender would you recommend?

  6. Romina says:

    Thank you for sharing, but Is it 2 or 4 spoons of olive oil?

  7. Deborah Goodall says:

    HI – love your name!!
    SO in your ingredient list – you have 2 T of olive oil, and then during the instructions, you state: Add 4 T of olive oil = SO which is it – 2 or 4 T?
    I live in SW Ontario, by the way – Cambridge.

  8. DJ Kolton says:

    I have used a 50/50 mix of epsom salt, extra virgin oil, on my face and body for nearly a year. I wanted to add something meaningful to the mix and lime fits well. I wanted to suggest using one of the small size international coffee creamer containers to store your scrub. It’s easy to hold, open and close one handed in the shower, and shake each time you use.

  9. Staci says:

    Could this be made more like a body butter scrub as well?

  10. doomie blessing says:

    Pls after mixin dos tin cn I store it in d refrigirator to be using every week or. It can. Just be there but nothing will. Hapen to it.

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