Want texturized hair or beach waves? Dissolve ¼ cup of Epsom salts in 1 cup of warm distilled water and store it in a fine mist spray bottle. Spray onto hair and scrunch it up with a towel to give it that texturized look perfect for the beach!
Epsom salt is good at exfoliating and removing flaky skin, dandruff included! Simple get 2 tbsp and mix it with olive oil. Now add 5 drops of lemon oil for its anti-dandruff properties. Scrub this on your scalp for at least 2 minutes then rinse off thoroughly.
Rough skin, especially on the elbows and knees, is the bane of women who want silky soft skin. Good thing is you can use Epsom salts to soften them up! You can either soak in an Epsom salt bath or make a skin softening salt scrub by combining ½ cup of Epsom salts and ¼ cup of liquid coconut oil in a ball mason jar.
Use an Epsom salt scrub to clear cellulite by reducing water retention and breaking up the old fat cells that accumulate and form cellulite. Simply combine 1 cup of Epsom salts with ½ cup of liquid coconut oil and add in cellulite busting oils like grapefruit and rosemary. Store in a 16 oz ball mason jar. Scrub away to get rid of that cellulite!
Step 1 Mix equal amounts of Epsom salt and your favorite conditioner in a small bowl. For example, if you use 3 tablespoons of conditioner, add 3 tablespoons of salt.
Step 2 Stir the mixture and place it in your microwave. Heat it for 30 seconds, stir it again and carefully touch it. It should be warm, but cool enough to touch without burning your skin. Heat it longer or let it cool, if necessary.
Step 3 Shampoo your hair as usual before massaging the warm conditioner into your hair, coating it from your roots and scalp to the ends. Let the conditioning mix sit for approximately 20 minutes.
Step 4 Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water and style it as usual
Step 1 Measure out 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and add it to a bottle of shampoo. Shake the bottle to mix and dissolve the salt.
Step 2 Wet your hair thoroughly. Add a quarter-size dose of your Epsom salt-infused shampoo to your palms and rub them together to start lathering the mixture.
Step 3 Massage the shampoo into your hair. Focus on massaging the mixture into your hair’s roots and your scalp to treat the oiliest areas.
Step 4 Rinse well and repeat the process. The first shampooing removes a lot of the dead skin cells and oil from your scalp. Shampooing the second time lets the magnesium sulfate in the Epsom salt to penetrate your scalp, leaving it cleaner and fresher than if you only washed it once.
Step 5 Wash your hair with Epsom salt and shampoo every other time that you shampoo to avoid over-drying your hair and scalp.
Step 1 Begin by crushing your herbs (lavender flowers, rose petals, chamomile flowers, etc.) using a mortar and pestle to obtain 1 tbsp.
Step 2 Now in a glass bowl, add ½ cup Epsom salt followed by 2 tbsp jojoba oil. Pierce one Vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the oil into the bowl.
Step 3 Add your crushed herbs and mix them in evenly throughout the salt mixture.
Step 4 Finally, if you’re using it, add 7 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir everything again (geranium essential oil, lavender essential oil, etc.)
Step 5 Transfer the mixture into an airtight container in a cool dry place. Do not get water or any other contaminants in it.
To use as a face scrub, gently apply 1/2 or 1 tsp of it all over your face then rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
To use as a body scrub, take 1-2 tbsp of your scrub in a bowl to the shower with you. Gently scrub it on your wet skin in the shower, rinse it off then lather up with soap as usual. You can use this every other day on your body. For your face, 1-2 times a week is enough.
Basic Salt Scrub
- 1 cup (300 g) salt
- ½ cup (118 ml) oil
- 5 – 15 drops essential oils (optional)
Citrus Salt Scrub
- ½ cup (118 g) fine sea salt
- ½ cup (118 ml) oil
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) citrus zest
Coconut Salt Scrub
- 2 cups (400 g) coconut oil
- 1 cup (240 g) Epsom salts
- 8-10 drops essential oils
Degreasing Salt Scrub
- ½ cup (144 g) kosher salt
- ¾ cup (176 ml) grapeseed oil
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) liquid castile soap
- 12 drops essential oils
Coffee Salt Scrub
- 2 cups (472 g) fine sea salt
- ½ cup (27 g) instant coffee
- ½ cup (100 g) coconut oil
Peppermint Salt Scrub
- 1 cup (240 g) Epsom salts
- 1 cup (191 g) coarse sea salt
- ⅓ cup (78 ml) grapeseed oil
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops red food coloring
Creating a Basic 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 specialty 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:
- Grape seed 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 very strong, sweet aroma
- Peanut, walnut, and hazelnut oils are thin to medium and have nutty aromas
- Castor oil is thick and difficult to wash off
Customize the scrub with fragrances. A salt scrub doesn’t need anything other than salt and an oil, but you can add fragrances and 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, orange, and grapefruit are fresh, energizing, and great for spring- and summer-themed scrubs.
- Flower oils like ylang-ylang, rose, and geranium are sweet and summery.
- Peppermint and cinnamon are invigorating oils that are also great for Christmas and winter scrubs.
- Lavender, vanilla, chamomile, and frankincense can be very calming fragrances.
- 4Combine 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 fragrances until you achieve an aroma and strength you like. Stir the mixture well before using.
Store leftover salt scrub. When you’ve finished with your salt scrub, put on the airtight lid. Store the scrub in a cool, dry location, such as a bathroom cupboard. Because salt is a preservative, the scrub could last anywhere from one to two years without going rancid.
- Sugar is also a preservative, but a sugar-based scrub will only last for a few months.
Making Salt Scrub Recipes
Try a zesty citrus scrub. Citrus scrubs are great for the morning because they’re fresh and invigorating. They’re also nice for after a workout or nap. To make a citrus scrub, combine in a glass jar:
- The fine sea salt
- Sweet almond or jojoba oil
- Zest from an orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit, or a combination
Whip up a luxurious coconut oil salt scrub. Coconut oil is cooling and moisturizing for the skin, so it makes a nourishing oil to use in salt scrubs. Combine the coconut oil, Epsom salts, and 8 to 10 drops of essential oils in a glass jar and stir until you achieve a smooth consistency. Good essential oil pairings for this include:
Make a degreasing salt scrub. A degreasing salt scrub is great for washing your hands after cooking, working in the yard, or doing maintenance in the garage. The liquid castile soap in the recipe eliminates the need to use soap, and the salt works to scrub away dirt and grime.
- Combine the salt, grapeseed oil, and soap in a glass jar. Add 12 drops of essential oils. Stir to combine, and store the degreasing salt scrub at kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and utility room sinks.
Wake up with a coffee salt scrub. A coffee salt scrub is another great way to start your morning, and is an alternative to the citrus scrubs that people often use. To make this scrub:
- Mix together the salt and coffee.
- Add in room temperature coconut oil (it will be soft and easy to stir)
- Stir to combine.
Create a festive candy cane peppermint scrub. This multicolored salt scrub is great for the holidays, and makes an excellent gift. To make this scrub, combine the salts, oil, and six drops of peppermint oil in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, and then divide the mixture in half, pouring one half into a second mixing bowl.
- Use the red food coloring to color one batch red. Stir to distribute the coloring evenly throughout the mixture.
- Use a spoon to add a layer of the red scrub to the bottom of a glass jar. Pack the layer down. Spoon a layer of white over top of the red. Continue alternating like this until the jar is full or you run out of salt scrub.
- Other colorants you can use to dye salt scrubs include FD&C water-based liquid dyes for vibrant colors, or pearlescent mica powders for shimmery and pale colors.5
Using Salt Scrubs
Wet your skin. Draw a bath or run a shower. Hop in for a few minutes and get your skin nice and wet. This will make it easier to spread the salt scrub over your skin.
- To scrub just your feet or hands, fill a bucket or bowl with water and soak your feet or hands for a few minutes.
- You can also use a salt scrub on your face, but be very gentle, and avoid your eyes. Fill a sink with some water and use your hands or a face cloth to wet your face.
Rub the salt scrub into your skin. Open the jar of salt scrub and use a spoon to stir the mixture. Spoon out a tablespoon (15 g) of salt scrub and place it in your palm. Gently rub the salt scrub into dry or rough areas of skin, such as your hands, feet, and elbows. Rub in a circular motion for one to two minutes to exfoliate and remove dead skin.
- If you use a salt scrub on your face, be very gentle when rubbing your skin. Do not get the salt scrub in your eyes.
- It’s important to use a spoon for the scrub, otherwise bacteria, soap, and water from your hands may contaminate the mixture.
Rinse the scrub. After gently rubbing the scrub into your skin, rinse the salt scrub off under running water. If you’re in the bath, dip the scrubbed area under the water and rinse the salt away.
- For normal skin types, don’t use a salt scrub or exfoliate your skin more than twice per week. Over-exfoliating can lead to dry, red, itchy, and sensitive skin.
- For oily skin, use a salt scrub two or three times per week.
- For dry skin, only use a salt scrub once weekly, or as needed to remove dry skin.