DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs Recipes you can make at home
You would be amazed at what you can make with your kitchen ingredients to end up with DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs. If you are looking for simple body scrubs then this post if for you. These scrubs will leave your skin feeling awesome and won’t break the bank!
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DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs – Should you use Sugar or Salt Scrubs
I have included scrubs using both sugar and salt as ingredients for you to try.
These little jars of goodness can be given as gifts at any time of the year to friends and family.
If you love using handmade inexpensive natural products on your body then you will love these as much as me.
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Why use Sugar or Salt scrubs?
Firstly they exfoliate and nourish your skin getting rid of dead skin to leave lovely smooth clean skin.
Salt scrubs can be more irritant to sensitive skin so sugar scrubs are best used for this type of skin.
You should also do a patch test before you use any products you have made to make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients.
There are plenty of unique recipes for salt or sugar scrubs using easily obtained ingredients which can be made either scented or unscented. If you like natural products then essential oils are the best rather than synthetic scents.
Can you combine Sugar and Salt in DIY homemade sugar and salt Scrubs?
You can use a combination of sugar and salt and I have included a recipe below for this but you have to bear in mind salt can irritate sensitive skin and it would be best to do a patch test before you use it. If you are making it for a gift then I recommend making a sugar recipe.
What about using Epsom salts in DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs?
The answer is yes you can you use Epsom salts in Scrubs and I will include a fabulous recipe which has Epsom salts in it.
Looking for Epsom salts here are 5 Star reviews you can choose anything you like!
If you are looking for a particular brand then this one from Epsoak is an Amazon Editors choice
Sugar scrubs – What is the best sugar to use?
Sugar scrubs can hydrate your skin as the sugar will pull in moisture for the air and add it to your skin. Sugar contains natural glycolic acid which will increase new cell production and break down proteins allowing dead skin to be shed.
Most types of sugars can be used the larger grains will make rougher scrubs so finer sugar will be less exfoliating and gentler for the face.
So what type of sugar should you use for Sugar scrubs?
White sugar from your kitchen cupboards would be great to use for facial scrubs as it is finer. Reserve brown sugar for body and foot scrubs as it is courser.
Your skin will look fresher and younger-
Who wouldn’t want that from a packet of SUGAR!
If you are still not sure then here is a selection of
Salt Scrubs- What is the best Salt to use?
Salt scrubs can be made using good old table salt but the coarser the salt the more exfoliation you can achieve.
These can be made with Sea salts my favorite is Sea Salt.
If you are looking for Sea Salts then Himalayan Sea Salts are great I love using them for their color too.
available on Amazon just now.
It comes in a resealable bag and is fine grade food standard salt making it great for facial scrubs not too rough on your skin but rough enough to exfoliate.
If you aren’t sure then check out the reviews the majority of which are positive and will give you good bit of help if you aren’t sure.
The salts have antiseptic properties and can help to heal and clean your skin.
Improve circulation and encourage new cells to grow giving you a fresh younger complections.
How to make DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs at home
The basics of a Sugar or Salt scrub recipe:
- Sugar which you can buy here add about 1and half cups to achieve a sandy texture
- Similarly, with salt scrubs use one cup of salt to half a cup of oils.
- Carrier oils which you can buy from Planet therapy at a really reasonable price – I recommend you go with lighter oils for instance Apricot kernel Oil and if you need to make a few scrub this bottle is a great value. You should use about ¾ of a cup of oil in your scrubs.
- Essential oils or fragrance oils which again you can buy here from Planet therapy my personal favourite is floral scents especially for a scrub like Geranium which you can buy here.
Storing Your DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs
How long should you keep your scrubs really as short as possible timescale – if you add preservative this can help extend the life of the products and here are some suggestions from Soap queen.
You may be wondering why you would want to add a preservative – this is generally used when the product has water or may come into contact with water – now have a think for a sec if you are using salt or sugar scrubs even if they are made with 100% oils where are you applying them??
Yep- you guessed it in the shower or bath so you could introduce some water and put them at risk of going mouldy.
So be wary best to be safe, not sorry add a preservative
So if you are going to all the trouble of making your own scrub you should put it in a nice jar which is easy to open if you’re in the bathroom ready for one of your body or face scrubs! ie. potentially wet in the shower.
How long will my Scrub last for? If you use a nice tight fitting lid it can last anywhere from 2 to 6 months for sugars scrubs which could go mouldy more quickly compared to salt scrubs ( salt is a natural preservative)
Firstly what should you store your scrubs in well one of the nice things to add scrubs to a fancy jar what about trying so the options from Amazon.
There are some fantastic jars which would make great presents for facial scrubs this one below which is round rather than hexagon?
It even says SALT on it if you were making salt scrubs
If you are looking for supplies and essential oils for these scrubs then I recommend trying
Using Essentials oils in your scrubs makes them smell gorgeous and you also know that they are natural products, not synthetic scents. Although the range of synthetic scents is available in a huge variety of smells I do still like using something that’s natural on my skin.
Let’s get down to business how about a lovely collection of only the best recipes for Sugar or Salt scrubs for you to try today if you are looking to make that last minute handmade gift.
Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub – DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs
This is a beautiful one from Onelittleproject she includes step by step instructions as well.
Make a 5-minute scrub today!
If you are looking for this gorgeous recipe then find the instructions here.
Luxury Sugar Scrub Recipe
This is fabulous because you only need THREE ingredients.
Sugar, Carrier Oil my preference is
Apricot Kernel it is absorbed and kinder for DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs
to the skin than coconut oil which can be a bit harsh.
You could try a combo of olive oil mixed with something more exotic like argan oil or avocado oil to help mature skins.
And also essential oils Rose is great for mature skins but is expensive you could compromise with rose geranium instead or how about something citrusy to give you that zing mixed with rosemary to help mature skin so orange and rosemary?
If you are looking to buy essential oils you can purchase for your DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs
and if you really want to push the boat out how about Rose Essential oil from Planet therapy.
SAGE AND BLACKBERRY SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
Sage and blackberry sugar scrub recipe sounds like a wonderful autumnal option to invigorate you when the weather turns chilly.
Sage has anti-aging benefits, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Blueberries contain the salt of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin and is anti-bacterial. It would be great to clear acne!
Vanilla Pumpkin Spice sugar scrub- DIY homemade sugar and salt scrubs
Another gorgeous Autumnal scrub reminding you of Thanksgiving great for gifts at this time of year!
Pumpkin pie scent yummy.
Do you have friends or family that love pumpkin and vanilla then this is the scrub for them!
Pina colada Sugar Scrub and mini soaps
How said the shower wasn’t exciting!
Two for one again scrub and soap yeh!
Makes me feel like holiday time again.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
Looking for a holiday gift what about this one – on trend for the holidays who wouldn’t love a gingerbread scented scrub!
It uses spices to make up the scent rather than oils if you want a ready-made scent of gingerbread then HERE is one you can purchase ready-made up Amazon USA and please note you will need to carefully dilute it in oil you are using for the scrub before adding to the sugar again patch test before use.
Also watch using spices on the skin as well as you can have reactions to some of the ones used in this recipe for instance cinnamon.
Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub
Another yummy Scrub!
Lemonade and its pink two all-time favourite combos for girlies.
Adding Vitamin E oil to the scrub is a great addition.
If you haven’t purchased the oil separately – note it doesn’t last long buying vitamin E capsules are just as good and all you do is pierce the capsule and unleash all that lovely vitamin E.
Obviously, don’t try it with tablets.
Homemade Body Scrub with Sugar & Sea Salt
This is an easy basic recipe for Sugar and Salt Scrub with Peppermint essential oil.
If you want to try something different how about this Sugar and salt scrub you get the advantage of both sugar and salt in your scrub.
If you are looking to purchase Peppermint essential oil Essential depot sell it at a great price.
DIY Coffee Scrub from Nourished life
What about Sugar Cube Scrubs from Hello Glow
Definitely not for your coffee or tea!
Wanting to find out how to make that recipe then check it out here.
Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub
DIY Orange Butter Body Scrub
DIY Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub
Here is another easy sugar scrub that’s good enough to eat – that’s if you love CHOCOLATE!
Adding cocoa powder to it will make it smell chocolately and you could enhance that
Or by just adding peppermint essential oil on its own for that mint choccy smell.
You can find the recipe for the delicious scrub by clicking on the link here.
Cucumber Melon Sea Salt Scrub DIY
One of my favourite resources for bath and body items is from soapqueen.com – Anna-Marie has fabulous recipes for all sorts of things and if you want to find out about soap making then check out my post.
What about a gorgeous melon and cucumber scented scrub it just screams soothing!
She makes her scrub with foaming bath butter which is gently whipped up to form the foam and dead sea salt added along with cucumber extract and melon scent what could be better after a long day than giving yourself a soothing scrub to wash away the impurities.
CALENDULA SUGAR SCRUB CUBE RECIPE
This recipe makes using sugar scrubs that much easier by making them into cubes using melt and pour soap.
Calendula flowers give a hint of colour to the soap along with sweet orange essential oils.
This is not a complicated recipe and you can use ice cube trays to make the cubes.
Any of these scrubs would be great for Christmas presents, mother’s day gifts or any other gift you which you can personalize for the person. Of course, they are so quick and easy to make you don’t even need to make them for gifts. You can treat yourself to gorgeous skin with lovely scents. Give any of the options above a try today.