Whenever possible, I like making my own beauty products. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1) I can control (to some degree) the ingredients being used for these products, which helps me to be able to avoid harsh chemicals and additives, and 2) Oftentimes, it’s waaaayyyy less expensive than buying them online or from a retail store. With that being said, today I want to share with you my favorite shower exfoliant, my Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub. Before we jump into the recipe however, I’d like to discuss the ingredients just a bit.
To make my Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub, you really only need two ingredients: salt and a carrier oil. I take the recipe one step further by adding in several drops of essential oil to make it smell amazing, but this is totally up to you!!!
Salt: Over the years, I’ve used a couple of different salts to make my salt scrubs and in my experience, I prefer to use Himalayan pink salt. Many studies have shown that this is one of the purest salts available for use. It has approximately 80 minerals and elements; all of which aid in your body’s natural detoxification process and promote the removal of bacteria. PLUS…I really dig it’s pretty pink color!
Sea salt can also be used for this scrub as it is also great for skin health.
Epsom salt is another great choice, but I like to reserve using this for my body and foot scrubs because it is made up of magnesium sulphate which is very soothing for sore muscles.
The grain of salt is also very important when gathering your ingredients to make a salt scrub. I like to use a fine grain salt for my facial scrubs, because it’s less abrasive on my face than a course grain. I generally reserve coarse grain salts for my body and foot scrubs, but this is entirely up to you. You may choose to use a fine grain for your face and body or alternatively, you may prefer the course grain for your scrubs. Just give both a try to see which one you prefer the best.
Carrier oil: I have also used a few different carrier oils to make my salt scrubs and I have found that my favorite oil to use for my face scrubs is jojoba oil. Jojoba oil carries some really great health benefits for your skin. It is very effective for removing makeup. It also moisturizes dry skin, heals dry lips, can relieve sunburns, has antibacterial properties which help to reduce and prevent acne, aids in restoring and synthesizing collagen production, can boost your skin’s glow, fade fine lines and wrinkles and soothe eczema-prone skin. With a list of benefits like that, it’s easy to see why it’s a great choice for a facial scrub!
Olive oil and coconut oil can also be used as carrier oils. Olive oil protects and hydrates sensitive skin, helps to repair damaged skin tissues, revitalizes and strengthens skin and helps to combat signs of aging on the skin, while coconut oil is a great moisturizer that helps in reducing inflammation on the skin, promotes wound healing and has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. I generally prefer using coconut oil for my body and foots scrubs.
Essential oil: I LOVE good smelling fragrances, so I always add essential oils to my salt scrubs. Again, this ingredient is not necessary and it’s purely your choice as to whether or not you’d like to add it in. My favorite essential oils to use are from the P&J Trading Store Bakery collection. I get these from Amazon. They are fairly inexpensive and include the following scents: Pumpkin Pie, Cupcake, Sugar Cookie, Coffee Cake, Snickerdoodle and Gingerbread. If you are using these solely for salt scrubs, one package will last you a crazy amount of time. I personally love the smell of all of these essential oils, but you can sub in your favorites for this recipe.
Making this salt scrub is super simple and will literally take you five minutes to whip up. In a medium-sized bowl, add your carrier oil of choice. Drop in the desired amount of essential oil on top of the carrier oil and then slowly stir in the salt. Mix until all the salt is coated with the oil. That’s really it!
I like to store my Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub in a glass container that I keep on a shelf in my shower. I generally always keep two salt scrubs on hand; a fine-grain jojoba oil one for my face and a course-grain coconut oil one for my body and feet. During the winter months, I literally use these once a day!
Please note in my video that I add in the essential oils last. I did this specifically because some of you may not want to use essential oils in your scrubs, but the best way to ensure that your essential oil is equally distributed throughout your scrub is to stir it into your carrier oil before adding it to your salt.
Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
Three simple ingredients make up this excellent Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub exfoliant that leaves your skin smooth, supple and nourished, and the addition of your favorite essential oils elevates your shower experience to the next level!
* READ NOTES BEFORE MAKING *
1 cup Himalayan pink salt
¼ cup carrier oil (jojoba oil or coconut oil)
15-20 drops of essential oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, add carrier oil of choice. Drop in the desired amount of essential oil on top of the carrier oil and then slowly stir in the salt. Mix until all the salt is coated with the oil.
- Store in a glass container until ready to use.
- The grain of salt used for this recipe is entirely up to preference. A fine grain can be used for a face scrub as it is less abrasive than a coarse grain, while a coarse grain can be used for body and foot scrubs. Similarly, the choice of carrier oil is also up to preference. Jojoba oil is a good choice for face scrubs due to its antimicrobial benefits that help to reduce and prevent acne, while coconut oil is a good choice for the body and feet due to its moisturizing benefits.