A sweet homemade treat for you or someone you love! This is a recipe for an easy homemade sea salt body scrub made with moisturizing coconut. I added rose petals and lavender flowers to and scented with pure peppermint oil because I love peppermint anything. This is an invigorating scrub for your body but especially great on hands and feet. Use a small handful to scrub your hands at the sink; it really makes a difference on dry winter skin! They double as bath salts – scoop some into a running bath; the salt and oil will melt into the water and soften your skin.
A jar of homemade sea salt body scrub will make a wonderful gift. Put these in a pretty jar decorated with ribbon and give to someone special for Valentine’s Day. Bonus points: Did that special someone give you roses? Dry them and use them in this scrub! I used roses from a bouquet I was given which makes this extra special to me. You can customize with your favorite scents and have a romantic at-home spa night.
This is an in-the-kitchen DIY for an fun-to-customize sea salt body scrub with coconut oil. Most of these ingredients are ones you probably have on hand but if not they’re easy and cheap to find.
Start with your homemade sea salt body scrub, and your favorite scents, herbs and flowers.
- rose and vanilla bean (romantic)
crushed rose petals with seeds from a split vanilla pod, 3-5 drops rose oil
- peppermint and rosemary (invigorating)
crushed dried peppermint and rosemary leaves, 20 drops peppermint oil
- lavender and chamomile (relaxing)
dried lavender and chamomile flowers, 10 drops lavender oil/10 drops Roman chamomile oil
- citrus and mint (refreshing)
zest of lemon or lime with dried peppermint leaves, 10 drops lemon oil, 5 drops peppermint oil
- peppermint and vanilla bean (sweet)
dried peppermint leaves, seeds from a vanilla pod, 2-3 drops peppermint oil, 5-6 drops vanilla oil
Go the extra mile and use your own herbs and flowers. Here’s how to dry them.
For herbs, like rosemary, mint and lavender:
snip a handful from your garden and inspect for bugs, rinse gently if needed. Tie and hang upside down in a cool, dry place for 4-6 weeks, until dehydrated and ‘crisp’.
Roses and other delicate flowers:
Snip the flower bud from the stem and place in a wide, open-mouth bowl. Leave uncovered to dry in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks.
Homemade Sea Salt and Coconut Oil Body Scrub
with crushed rose petals, lavender and peppermint oil
1 cup course sea salt
1/2 cup fine sea salt
1 cup coconut oil
5-7 small rose buds, dried
3-5 sprigs of dried lavender
25 drops peppermint oil
1 clean glass jar, with lid.
Start by pulling the petals from your rose buds and crushing them, discarding the stems. In a large bowl add all of your ingredients, stirring and mixing as you go. All amounts can be adjusted to preference. The salt/oil ratio will yield a salt-heavy, thick scrub. Add more oil/less salt for something gentler and smoother.
Notes: I used kitchen grade organic coconut oil. I used doTerra brand oils because they are super concentrated (and that’s what I happened to have on hand), but you can find oils at health food stores and online. Use the oil measurements as a guide and adjust for strength. And this should go without saying, but avoid your face and neck. Your skin is too delicate in those areas for this scrub and some oils may irritate your skin, eyes and sinuses. And finally, you can use fresh herbs if you don’t have the time/patience to dry them. The salt should work to preserve them but they may be a little stronger and could change the color of your scrub. They do crumble and mix in better when dried.