Feeling a little dry? Take care of yourself inside and out with an invigorating yet nourishing salt scrub. It’s great for the skin, blood circulation, helps stimulate collagen production, and it decreases bacteria that causes excess oily skin and acne.

TIME: 5 minutes
MAKES: 2 cups salt scrub

2 cups coarse sea salt
1 cup plant-based oil of your choice: olive, almond, and jojoba work well
10–20 drops essential oil: lemongrass, lavender, or mint

Airtight glass container

1. Mix oils together in a bowl.
2. Add oil mix to salt. Stir well.
3. You can always add more oil or salt to make the consistency to your liking. (It’s easier to stir if you do it in batches.)
4. Seal in an airtight glass container.
5. Package and give as a gift, or hoard for yourself.
6. The best way to use your scrub is to apply it before you turn the shower on. Gently rub it on and rinse off the salt with warm water, being careful not to slip on oil-slicked surfaces.


  • For a mellower scrub, use sugar instead of salt. Or replace some of your salt with other natural exfoliants like cornmeal or oatmeal. You can even throw in some citrus zest for a little more zing.
  • Dry lips, too? Dip an old toothbrush into the scrub mix and lightly brush the area around your pucker to exfoliate (this might be a tad more enjoyable with a sugar-based scrub).

Use the salt scrub 2-3 times per week for maximum benefits.

Finding salt in non-plastic tubes or boxes is pretty easy. If it comes in a shaker that’s made of unwaxed cardboard, be sure to separate the plastic, hole-covered top and lid when it’s time to recycle.