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Salt Scrubs are an excellent form of self care. When used with all natural ingredients and essential oils, making your own bath salts and salt scrubs can relieve stress, inflammation, sore muscles, and exfoliate skin so you look fabulous during the summer months.  The are so many benefits of homemade bath salts.  A relaxing soak is an easy way to unwind at the end of a busy day.  It’s the perfect way to relax your body to help you sleep better.

This article has 5 DIY bath salts recipe for you to make your own.  You can add your favorite scent with your favorite essential oils and even customize one for all of your family members.  These also make wonderful homemade gifts.

This article has 5 different easy DIY salt scrub recipe ideas including a base salt scrub recipe that can be adapted and used with a variety of different essential oils.

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Benefits of Salt Scrubs

Salt scrubs are great because they use all natural ingredients, but they also provide so many health benefits.

Bath Salt Soaks can provide many benefits to our bodies, such as:

  • relieve muscle pain
  • detoxify the body
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve skin health

One other benefit is exfoliation. This helps to remove dead skin cells, which leaves behind soft and silky skin. This is just the skin you want to have in the summer when you tend to wear short sleeves and shorts, not to mention when you wear your swimsuit at the beach or pool.

A note on sugar scrub: Sugar scrubs are popular, but there’s no benefit to our bodies in using sugar, in fact the opposite it true.  Sugar causes all kinds of negative issues in our bodies which is a topic for another time. And you’ll likely end up with ants in your bathtub or shower. Just skip the sugar, please.

Supplies for your DIY Salt Recipes


There are several different types of salts you can use for your homemade bath salt recipes. The kind of salt you choose is up to personal preference.

A few of the best choices include:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Dead Sea Salt

Epsom Salt

When making a basic bath salts recipe, the most popular option is Epsom Salt, which has many benefits

Epsom salt is a natural mineral compound that is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which are essential for detoxifying the body.

Some of the benefits of Epsom Salt:

  1. Muscle relaxation: Epsom salt is renowned for its ability to relax and soothe muscles. When dissolved in warm water, it releases magnesium ions that can help ease muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and alleviate muscle cramps or soreness.
  2. Stress relief: Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can promote relaxation and help alleviate stress. The magnesium in Epsom salt is thought to increase serotonin production, a neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation and relaxation.
  3. Improved sleep: Using Epsom salt before bed may enhance sleep quality. The relaxation and stress-reducing effects can contribute to a more restful night’s sleep.
  4. Skin benefits: Epsom salt can be beneficial for the skin. It can help exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote a smoother, healthier complexion. It may also aid in the treatment of skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
  5. Detoxification: Epsom salt can assist in detoxifying the body by drawing out toxins and impurities through the skin. This detoxifying effect can promote overall well-being.
  6. Enhanced nutrient absorption: The magnesium in Epsom salt can improve the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with magnesium deficiency or those who struggle with nutrient absorption.

It is important to note that while Epsom salt can provide several benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using Epsom salt, particularly if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns.

Epsom salt baths are a great way to detoxify your body and they can also help with muscle aches and pains. They work by drawing toxins out of your skin, which makes them feel better when they have been in the bath for about 15-20 minutes.

Epsom salt can be used in many ways. For example, it can be used as a bath additive to help relieve muscle pain or as a foot soak to reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. In this article, we’ll be going over ways to use it for our skin – specifically in salt scrubs.

Epsom salt is easy to find in most grocery stores. You’ve probably even seen it. Dr. Teal’s is a well known brand.

When buying Epsom salt for your DIY Salt Scrubs, I can’t emphasize enough getting UNSCENTED Epsom salt. If you buy scented, such as Lavender, you are getting a product that has additives like fragrance. You don’t know where that fragrance has come from, and I can pretty much guarantee, it’s not a high-quality essential oil.

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Dr. Teal does have an unscented Epsom Salt, so be sure to get that one if you are in the store. It’s likely next to a Lavender scented one. Don’t get that one. You can find Dr. Teal’s Unscented Epsom Salt here.

I also like this Organic Epsom Salt. (Dr. Teal’s isn’t organic but it is made in the USA which is always good).

Carrier Oil

You’ll need a carrier oil which can be one of the following:

Be sure to use a high quality oil and choose organic if possible.

Not sure what to use? You can read this article for more information on the best carrier oil for your skin type.

How to Store Your Salt Scrub

There are a few options for storing your DIY Salt Scrub.

There are a few options for storing your DIY Salt Scrub.  You’ll want to store your salt mixture in a dark place in a glass container.

The first option is to repurpose an old container from a store bought product. Be sure to thoroughly wash it with mild soap and water. Don’t use a harsh scrubber that could scratch it if it’s plastic.

The second is to buy a reusable air-tight container. It’s important to use glass jars and not plastic since they don’t contain any toxins that can leach into the salt scrub. This is especially important when working with essential oils. They can break down plastic over time. Having said that, there are a few plastics that are safe for essential oils. Look for PET, (plastics number 1) if you are going to use a plastic container. This will be a symbol stamped into the plastic on the underside of the container.

A simple glass mason jar will work for your scrub. You may already have one, but if not, they are inexpensive to buy.

These mason jars on Amazon have airtight clamping lids and are perfect for storing your homemade bath salts:

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This glass mason comes in a set of 4 so you can make a few different scrubs or use the extra jars for food storage or perhaps make this DIY Whipped body butter and use one of the jars to store your body butter.

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How to use a salt scrub

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Using your salt scrub is easy.

There are 2 main ways you can use your salt scrub.

1) Use it as a bath soak. 

  • To make a relaxing bath, Add some of your own DIY bath salts to your warm bath water and let it dissolve.  Start with 1 – 2 Tablespoons or you can go all the way up to 1 – 2 cup of salts. Use what feels like the right amount to your body.  Start small and add more as desired.
  • Then soak in the tub for 15 – 20 minutes

2) Use it 2 -3 times a week in the shower.

  • Cleanse the skin on your body and face with a weekly scrub. When using a body scrub, start at your feet and work towards the heart, this helps eliminate toxins. Doing it in the opposite direction will push the toxins back into your system. Use a very gentle facial scrub on your face and neck as these areas can be easily damaged.
  • You may like to use a body brush to apply your scrub. These have the added benefit of extra exfoliation because of the stiffer bristles. And maybe I’m just being high maintenance, but I feel like the salt hurts the palms of my hands. So I like to use either a washcloth or brush to apply my salt scrub.

A brush like this one works well, or you can use a mitt like this one.

Salt Scrub Recipes

For each of these recipes, you’ll want to start with the basic scrub recipe (a.k.a. champagne salt scrub) shown below. Then use the variations and modifications listed for each of the different scrub recipes

Base DIY Salt Scrub Recipe can be used for many different recipes

Champagne Salt Scrub Recipe

This Champagne salt scrub recipe doesn’t have champagne in it. It’s just called that because it’s so amazingly and wonderfully calming – just like champagne! And it looks pretty, too!

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DIY Champagne Salt Scrub Recipe for glowing skin, with Essential Oils

Author: Dawn Goehring
DIY Recipe to make a basic Salt Scrub for beautiful glowing skin. The salt scrub recipe can be easily used to make many different salt scrub recipes. The "champagne" recipe is a fantastic calming recipe that is wonderful to use before bed. Use these to detox the body, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.
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  • mix all ingredients until well combined
  • store in a glass jar
  • To use: rub mixture over wet skin with a washcloth or brush. Avoid the eyes. Leave on body for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly.


This recipe can be used as a base recipe for all of your DIY salt scrubs.  Just change out the salt to whatever type of natural salt you want to use, and change out the essential oils.  Use a total of about 20 drops of essential oils when making a salt scrub.  Add more or less essential oils according to your preference.

Lavender & Eucalyptus Salt Scrub

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When it comes to salt scrubs and beauty care products in general, lavender is almost always at the top of the list. With this salt scrub, you can use lavender essential oil, which provides relaxation and other benefits, but also smells beautiful. You can optionally add Eucalyptus oil for added pain relieving benefits.

You want to have a carrier oil as well, like coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil, along with some Epsom salts.

You can also add more scents that you feel compliment the lavender, like lemon or rose.

The scrub is easy to make and just requires adding the oil and essential oils to a small bowl of Epsom salts, mixing it well, then storing it in a container.

To add a nice touch, you could even add a bit of dried lavender flowers to your salt scrub. This looks so pretty and makes a nice gift!

Charcoal Salt Scrub

Activated charcoal is being used in many DIY beauty products because it is so good for you and your skin. You can also use it to make a salt scrub for soft, silky skin that is ready for summer.

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For this charcoal salt scrub, you need the following:

  • some activated charcoal in powder form such as this highly rated activated charcoal,
  • sea salt or Epsom salts,
  • olive oil (you can also use liquid coconut oil),
  • and optional essential oils of your choosing – for example, Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lavender,

If you don’t mind not having scent, you can leave out the essential oils.

Tropical Salt Scrub

The tropical salt scrub is perfect for the summertime. It will exfoliate your skin naturally, but the scents remind you of summer.

The base for this salt scrub is coconut oil and either sea salt or Epsom salts. You can then add in some tropical essential oils of your choosing, like coconut or grapefruit.

Add in some lime juice or lime essential oil as well to give it a little something extra for the season.

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Rose and Coconut Salt Scrub

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This mask recipe also uses coconut, but adds in some rose essential oil for a romantic feel and a pretty, light scent.

  • You can use your preferred form of salt, such as sea salt. My personal favorite is to use Pink Himalayan salt.
  • Add in some coconut oil that is melted, and your rose essential oils.
  • Optional:  Add some rose petals to your bath water when you use this one!
  • Combine it and store it in a container with an airtight lid.

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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