In my quest to find ways to use up my stash of jars lately, I’ve been coming across all of these DIY sugar scrub recipes that people have made. For some reason, that particular idea got my inspiration wheels turning and I decided to see if I could put my own little spin on it and make it even better! What I came up with is this DIY salt scrub in a mason jar that I’m about to show you today!
This is really so easy it’s almost silly, but it’s made up of some pretty great ingredients so the end result is, well, great! You really could just stick it in a tupperware or an old sour cream container, but if you have a mason jar to put it in, it becomes a perfect gift or something cute enough to leave out in your bathroom if you’ll be using it for yourself! It’s great to use in the shower or for giving your hands a good scrub after working in the garden!
Here’s what you’ll need!
-2 cups of epsom salts
-1/2 cup of coconut oil
-lavender and peppermint essential oils (About 10 drops of each)
I thought the epsom salts seemed like a much better option than plain white sugar because of all of the great benefits it offers on top of just the exfoliation. Coconut oil is also being known more and more as a great alternative in both food and bath and body applications and is supposed to be good for you in so many ways. I’ve just really started playing around with the coconut oil and testing out these things that I’ve heard about it, so maybe I’ll have a post for you about that soon? Peppermint and Lavender oils are known to be calming, relaxing, and refreshing, plus they smell amazing together!
So to make the salt scrub, just warm up your coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove top until it’s melted, then pour it into a bowl with your salts and add your drops of oil. Stir it all together, stick it in a jar and you’re all set!
Add a cute label and a little scoop from a craft store and you have a great DIY gift that you can quickly make a lot of if the need arises! (And doesn’t the need always seem to arise at some point? :))
This is one of those things that’s just so much greater than the sum of its parts. The lavender and the peppermint scents together are just one of those things that you’ll want to keep coming back and smelling because it’s so addictive. If you become the weird lady that keeps smelling her hands, then just try to stay home until the scent wears off. 🙂
To use it, just run your hands under water, scoop a bit out, and scrub away! It will look a bit dry, but as soon as you start to use it, you’ll be able to tell that there’s plenty of moisturizing coconut oil in the mixture.
Do you ever make DIY bath and body products like this? I have quite a few more rather ambitious ideas for some Summer themed scrubs that I hope I’ll be able to get to before the season is up! Let me know if you have a favorite recipe that I need to try out next!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.