Easy Salt and Sugar Body Scrub Recipes

Posted by Melissa Mitchell on

DIY Salt and Sugar Body Scrubs!


There’s nothing quite like a homemade body scrub. Sure, you can splurge on expensive exfoliants, but there’s something so satisfying and luxurious about homemade body scrubs that you cannot go past!

Here are some quick, easy and inexpensive recipes for you to try!

Below are some recipes using both salt and sugar. Play around with both to see what you prefer.


Basic Sugar Scrub – interchange with any of the salt recipes below

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, either white or brown
  • ½ cup oil – I prefer fractionated coconut oil, but you can play around with what you prefer
  • essential oils of your preference (optional)
  • 1 small wide-mouth glass jar or mason jar. Glass is better to store the scrubs in if you are adding essential oils

Basic Salt Scrub

Citrus Salt Scrub

Coconut Salt Scrub

Degreasing Salt Scrub

Coffee Salt Scrub

Invigorating Salt Scrub

Select your salt. In a salt scrub, the salt is used as an exfoliant that scrubs away dead skin and leaves your skin soft and smooth. There are a number of different salt types you can use, including table salt, sea salt, Himalayan salt, Dead Sea salt, kosher salt, or Epsom salt.


  • Sea salt and Epsom salt are some of the most common salts used in these scrubs. The type of salt you use isn’t as important as the grind. For a salt scrub, choose finely ground salt over coarse salt, because fine salt is better at exfoliating.
  • You can also combine different types of salts together in one scrub.
  • You can also substitute white sugar, brown sugar, coffee, oatmeal, or ground nut shells for all or part of the salt called for in the recipe.


Choose a carrier oil. The carrier oil is the base that will keep the salt scrub together, but it will also moisturize your skin. You can use speciality oils or oil you have on hand in the pantry. To prevent slips in the shower, choose a thin- or medium-consistency oil that will be washed away easily:


  • Grapeseed and jojoba oils are thin and have very faint aromas
  • Sweet almond oil has a medium consistency and a mild aroma
  • Vegetable, olive, and canola oils are medium and have little aroma
  • Coconut oil is medium and has a mild, sweet aroma (my favourite to use as the consistency is perfect I find!)
  • Peanut, walnut, and hazelnut oils are thin to medium and have nutty aromas
  • Castor oil is thick and difficult to wash off


Customize your scrub with essential oils. A salt scrub doesn’t need anything other than salt and oil, but you can add essential oils if you want to change the aroma of your scrub. You can pick fragrances that you like, that suit different seasons, or that are holiday-specific. Be sure they are suitable for use on the skin. 


  • Citrus oils like Lemon, Wild Orange, and Grapefruit are fresh, energizing, and great for spring- and summer-themed scrubs.
  • Flower oils like Ylang-YlangRose, and Geranium are sweet and summery.
  • Peppermint and Cinnamon are invigorating oils that are also great for Christmas and winter scrubs.
  • Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile, and Frankincense can be very calming to the soul.


Combine your ingredients. Find a glass jar with an airtight lid to store your scrub. Pour the salt into the container, followed by the carrier oil. Finally, add some drops of essential oils or dried flowers or herbs until you achieve an aroma and strength you like. Stir the mixture well before using.


Thank you for stopping by, you are so appreciated!


Love, Melissa, Health & Wealth


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