DIY Sugar and Salt Scrubs

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers or gifts for your teachers, friends and colleagues? Give the gift of clean beauty by making your own exfoliating sugar and salt scrubs. It’s easy. All you need are a few items and a few minutes. Check out our simple steps below or watch the tutorial from our latest WTNH-TV wellness segment on how to make a basic skincare scrub.

As you know, Pretty Wellness is all about making small changes for a healthier life including reducing your toxins to live better, prevent further disease, while also feeling (and looking) better. Many store-bought scrubs have chemicals including hormone disrupters that wreak havoc on our bodies. What you put on your body matters and creating your own products with natural, non-toxic and fewer ingredients is an effort to help take smalls steps toward better health. Using less chemical products or substituting them for all-natural, homemade ones can help reduce toxins in your body.


Sugar vs. Salt Scrub

Salt and sugar scrubs are easy to make and store. The benefits are dependent on the condition of your skin. Sugar scrubs are best for those with sensitive/delicate skin since the particles are smaller and dissolves quicker and good for face exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are less drying than many products that have chemicals in them. Salt scrubs are best for rough, dry area on elbows, knees, heels or callouses. They are great to help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.

DIY Salt and Sugar Scrubs

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DIY Sugar and Salt Scrubs
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Basic Salt or Sugar Scrubs
Recipe type: Basic Salt or Sugar Scrubs
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup Epson Salt
  • ¼ cup grapeseed (or your favorite carrier oil)
  • Organic essential oil bottle (5-15 drops) - citrus flavor for use with zest, lavender for use with dried lavender
  • Citrus zest - ½ lemon or lime or dried lavender
  • 1 cup organic, turbinado/raw sugar
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • Organic essential oil bottle (5-15 drops) - citrus flavor for use with zest, lavender for use with dried lavender
  • Citrus zest - ½ lemon or lime or lime or dried lavender
  • BOTH NEED PACKAGING ITEMS - Your choice of:
  • Ribbon, twine, labels, stickers
  1. Sterilize mason jar/airtight container (dishwasher or dunk in boiling water)
  2. Add salt and oil ingredients in large bowl and whisk to distribute evenly
  3. Add essential oils - 5-15 drops and whisk to distribute evenly
  4. Pack into jars / airtight containers
  5. Decorate with twine, ribbons or labels

For more holiday information check out our 2018 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide.

Be on the lookout for the 2nd annual Pretty Wellness Small Steps Challenge starting January 1, 2019. Follow @PrettyWellness on social media for more information.


  1. Thanks for the great recipe for the salt scrub.

  2. Antoinette M

    Thanks for the recipes for the scrubs. I need the salt scrub for dry elbows and heels this winter!

  3. Thanks for the Best Salt Recipe.

  4. Awesome recipe! Thank you!
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