Lavender Coconut Salt Scrub
Make your own Lavender Coconut Salt Scrub!
Scrubs can be a bit of a luxury, but result in naturally glowing, soft skin. Have you tried making them at home? In the last few months I’ve been making my own (it’s sooo easy!) and I LOVE using it on my legs right before I shave!! I’ve been trying some fun recipes and have discovered how cost effective and simple it is to make your own… whip some up for yourself or put it in a cute container and give it away as a thoughtful gift. I’m planning to give homemade body scrubs to my friends, sisters, and mom for Christmas this year!
In case you’re wondering what that red thing is in the photo above – it is one of the OXO Mini Measuring Beakers and I have fractionated coconut oil in it. 🙂
Why salt? The main difference between sugar and salt scrubs is the size of the granules. This Epsom salt scrub has larger granules, so it will exfoliate even more. A perfect solution for buffing away callouses and rough skin! Do not use this salt scrub on your face or any sensitive and delicate areas. It is great for the legs, feet, and elbows though. As an awesome bonus, sea salt and Epsom salts have many healing and antiseptic properties which can kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, promote circulation, detoxify, relax muscles, and more. You can use Pink Himalayan salt for a pretty color too! (Refined table salt does not offer the same beneficial properties.)
Why coconut oil? Oh, coconut oil – so much to love! Coconut oil is a major moisturizer and so much more. Read more info and tons of ways to use coconut oil. The majority of the coconut oil in this scrub is virgin coconut oil – which is solid, but melts easily and has a lovely coconut scent. In order to keep it from solidifying in the scrub, I basically whipped it with an electric mixer, then added just a bit of fractionated coconut oil (which is always liquid) for good measure.
Why lavender essential oil? You can choose to use any of your favorite essential oils in this scrub, but lavender oil is amazing! It works well with the properties of the Epsom salt too. Lavender oil is known for its calming, soothing, and relaxing qualities. Plus, it helps skin recover quickly. See more reasons why we love lavender. The light lavender scent is a nice touch too – it isn’t overpowering at all and goes well with the light coconut scent. (Geranium, Ylang Ylang, or Eucalyptus essential oils would probably be great too!)
What it comes down to is that this easy scrub is exfoliating, relaxing, and just plain good for you! Say goodbye to rough skin!
When choosing a container for the scrub, consider where you will store it and if you need it to be waterproof, shatterproof, etc. I like glass containers, so I need to be extra careful not to drop it if it gets slippery. Look around your home and see what you have that might work, or you can probably find some great ones at craft stores. I found some online that I think work great too…
Or if you’re looking for a really cute option, you can try a glass jar with a little spoon – this one is usually used for salt and spices…
If you are making some scrubs as gifts and already have cute jars, you can add a cute little spoon with a ribbon or twine. These small squared wooden spoons would probably work well!
Note that there are some essential oils that are sensitive to sunlight, and when applied topically, your skin becomes photosensitive as well. If you use these oils on your skin, you may want to avoid sun exposure on the area of application for several hours or more, depending on the oil. Otherwise, that area of skin may burn or develop a rash from the sun exposure. I’m sure the sensitivity of the oil is reduced greatly by combining it with the salt and coconut oil, but I just want to make sure you have the knowledge before you proceed. The common essential oils considered to be photosensitive include: bergamot, lime, orange, lemon, angelica, ginger, and grapefruit. Any citrus oil can potentially be photosensitive.
If you want to learn more about the essential oils we use and recommend, read this essential oils blog post, email us at seekingwellness at fabulesslyfrugal dot com, or text us at 208-907-OILS.
This salt scrub recipe was inspired by One Good Thing By Jillee.