This eucalyptus salt scrub DIY incorporates lavender, as well as a few other ingredients. It’s super easy to make your own salt scrubs, and a little bit goes a long way!
How to make a eucalyptus salt scrub with lavender
I’ve been on a sugar scrub kick for the past few months (see my peppermint, vanilla, and shea butter sugar scrub DIY), but a few weeks ago, I decided to switch it up for a bit with a DIY salt scrub. Why? We had a bunch of extra sea salt from my stock of baked bath salts ingredients.
Making salt scrub is just as easy as making sugar scrub, and it involves many of the same ingredients. If you’d like to learn how I make a eucalyptus salt scrub with lavender, read on!
- 1 cup sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp sweet almond oil (you can also use jojoba oil)
- Essential oils (I used lavender and eucalyptus)
- Mixing bowl and spoon to mix
And here how to make a DIY eucalyptus salt scrub!
Step 1: Measure salt and dump in a bowl
Gather ingredients and measuring cups/spoons and measure the salt to get started. For this recipe, I am using 1 cup of salt to start with (but keep the salt handy—more on that in the next step).
What salt is best for salt scrubs?
Most people just use a regular sea salt—you know, the kind you can get at the grocery store. Others mix in epsom salt, but I generally save those for my bath salt mixes since epsom salts are a bit more coarse. I like regular sea salt or, to be honest, just plain old table salt.
I generally like salt scrubs for the exfoliation they provide, and you can get that using just regular table salt. It also has a nice consistency and is very fine. I wouldn’t drop major money on “fancy” salts like the Himalayan pink salts. If you want your scrub to be pink, just add a few drops of food coloring 🙂
Step 2: Add sweet almond oil and coconut oil
Next add in the sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Sometimes I use another carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, in place of the sweet almond oil. However, I do suggest keeping the coconut oil in this recipe; coconut oil solidifies below 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so it will give the scrub a good consistency.
I pop the coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so to liquefy it. Coconut oil has a very low melting oil; it will even melt on your finger tips. Liquefying the coconut oil first makes it much easier to mix and work with. Don’t worry, it will solidify again as it cools to room temperature.
This makes it a great ingredient for a DIY eucalyptus salt scrub because it helps give the mixture some structure so you can easily scoop it up to use.
Step 3: Add eucalyptus and lavender essential oils
Next add the essentials oils to the bowl. I used 5 drops eucalyptus and a few drops of lavender. The eucalyptus can be pretty strong, so definitely err on the side of caution. Remember that you can always add more, but you don’t want it to be too strong. You also want it to be sufficiently diluted for skin application.
Step 4: Mix eucalyptus salt scrub thoroughly and add more salt if necessary
Finally, mix very well to ensure the oil is sufficiently distributed throughout the salt. If you think the salt is too oily for your liking, you can add more salt. (Also, you can just put less oil in to begin with.) I like my scrubs to be a bit oilier in the winter when the air is so dry.
Once you’re happy with the consistency of your salt scrub, store it in an air-tight container. Mason jars are great for this, but if you don’t want to have glass in the shower, you can reuse an old plastic container. Or even old containers from store-bought salt scrubs…because sometimes I am lazy and buy a jar 🙂