Sea Salt Body Scrub

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Need a lovely new Sea Salt Body Scrub to add to your exfoliating routine? Or perhaps you need a unique gift for a friend. You will love this simple recipe!

Need a lovely new Sea Salt Body Scrub to add to your exfoliating routine? Or perhaps you need a unique gift for a friend. You will love this simple recipe!

Sea Salt Body Scrub

Sea salt body scrubs are a wonderful thing. They can help exfoliate, clean, and moisturize your body. There are endless ways to create sea salt body scrubs at home and you probably already have the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch!

A simple sea salt body scrub is made up of 2 basic ingredients: salt and a good moisturizer. If you want additional benefits, you can also add in essential oils for a wonderful aroma.

Selecting Salt for Your Scrub

You want to select a fine sea salt. Sea salt has a nice size and density for a body scrub and has gentle exfoliating properties. I don’t recommend regular table salt as it is too abrasive and may cause tiny cuts on your skin. You should be able to find fine sea salt in most grocery stores. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use sugar, which is more gentle on the skin.

Moisturizer Options for Body Scrubs

Most people already have olive oil on hand and it is a great staple for this and other DIY beauty recipes. You may also consider using coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil. Any good-quality light oil should suffice.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Body Scrubs

You can elevate your sea salt body scrub depending on which essential oils you add.

Lavender essential oil is a great option for its calming, stress-reducing properties.

Grapefruit essential oil is bright and uplifting and may help with cellulite reduction.  

Peppermint essential oil can help with pain and inflammation of the skin.

Frankincense essential oil is helpful with anti-aging.

How to Make A Salt Body Scrub

Mix together ingredients in a small bowl. Massage gently into skin, then rinse off with warm water.

Sea Salt Body Scrub

Extra Additions to the Sea Salt Body Scrub

If you want to take your body scrub to the next level, try these extra additions:

  • Add 1 tbsp of honey for additional moisturizing benefits
  • Add 1 tbsp dried lavender, rose petals, or other herbs (Where to Buy)
  • Add 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil to repair skin and help with fine lines and wrinkles
  • Add 1/2 tsp of lemon or orange peel zest for an invigorating scrub
  • Add 1/8 cup of dried orange peel for extra scrubbing power

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This blog post for Sea Salt Body Scrub was originally posted on Little House Living in February 2014. It has been updated as of August 2023.

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  1. I made this on the weekend using sea salt, lavendar essential oil, and pure olive oil. I’ve used it and it feels greats, but I was wondering what is a replacement for olive oil. I just don’t like the look of it.Is there something that is a bit clearer, not so yellow?

    1. coconut oil…it’s a great oil. My wife uses coconut oil as a makeup remover. She loves it. I use it in cooking to replace corn or soy based oils. That way I get rid of one more point of exposure to corn and soy.

  2. Love that this is an easy to make recipe! I’ll be trying it out for sure. Nothing like the feeling of a wonderful exfoliation, gives a beautiful glow!!

  3. I’m definitely going to make that scrub. I’ve experienced its benefits first hand but become a bit lazy lately 🙂

    1. I gave my kids’ teachers chocolate last Christmas but my dd remembered that 1 teacher was diabetic, so I made this scrub for her instead. She loved it & has asked for the recipe or if she returned the jar would we refill. We will be making her more this week! I love that I found a gift teachers appreciate

  4. Oh, my goodness this looks wonderful. Love how simple this body scrub is with only 3 ingredients which I happen to have. Love the explanations about making it more moisturizing as well!

  5. Wow it’s awesome, a simple and effective formula for body care. I just love it and keen to want this scrub.

  6. For sentive skin, can I replace the sea salt with sugar?
    And where exactly can I use the “paste” on my body?

  7. Hi – love your page! I want to make some of the scrubs, deodorants soaps and lotions as presents but not sure how long these will last – do they have a shelf life? I would suspect not but thought I’d ask! thanks

  8. This sounds so refreshing after the long, cold winter we just had…my skin will love it!! Pinning this to make and thanks for sharing!!

  9. I never knew how easy it was to make your own body scrub, I may give it a go. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  10. I made and used coconut oil and it was very solid and really greasy which I did not expect what else if anything do I need to use to have the mixture a little less solid. I have used this at different places in Florida and loved it and wanted to make my own. Did not want to use olive oil if possible.

  11. I love sea salt scrubs! I just pinned it since I have never made it before! Thanks for the recipe! Found your site through the linky party. 🙂

  12. I love making my own body scrubs! The only problem that I usually have is that the oil makes my bathtub greasy :/ does that happen to you too – and do your have a solution for that? Happy Friday!


    1. I’m late to the game but wanted to share that baking soda, vinegar, and hot water make a great drain declogger. I use a lot of oils in my beauty/skin care regiments and my son is addicted to bath bombs (especially the ones with toys in them) so our drain can get clogged quickly. I boil two large pots of water, I pour one down the drain in question, refill the pot and put it back on to boil, then I pack in 1/4c or so of baking soda, pour in my vinegar and cover. I repeat this until all the baking soda is dissolved and I have heard the drain moving clearly. I then pour both pots of boiling water down the drain. I do this 2-4 times a month. It has proved very effective

  13. This looks like such a great scrub. I will definitely have to make it and it will be a nice gift to give too.

  14. Thanks for sharing the information, I am indeed looking for this information. Looks like I found good information on this article. Nice website 🙂

  15. What brand if fine sea salt for scrubs do you recommend? I found s fine sea salt and it also listed unrefined. Is that the product I want?

  16. Nice article! This salt face scrub seem good to try out and it can be created with in a few minutes. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing.