Sugar Scrubs

Making Bath Salts

Making your own scented bath salts is easy! Bath salts are a wonderful way to combine the theraputic benefits of our all-natural bath salt with the relaxing, soothing effects of aromatherapy. Creating your own unique bath salt recipe can be as simple as adding essential oils to bath salts, but adding dried herbs, colorants or other natural ingredients make the possibilities endless.

Making these bath salts for yourself or for your business takes little time and is very rewarding. Try these free bath salt recipes below for making wonderful spa products like scented bath salts, salt glows, bath teas, bath bombs and salt crystal potpourri!

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Sea Salt Scrub

try varying the formulas above to create your own signature bath salt recipes!

Scenting Sea Salts

All of the bulk bath salts that SaltWorks offers are very easy to scent. The amount of essential or fragrance oils you will need will depend on the quality of oil and the variety used. For example, you would need more grapefruit oil in making your bath salts than peppermint oil as the mint family is much stronger than the citrus. The oils will travel easily through the salts. When making scented bath salts with essential oils, always store your scented salts in airtight glass or PET (type of plastic) containers.

Coloring Sea Salts

Be sure to use FD&C approved, or herbal, colorants for making bath salts. It is recommended to scent the salts before coloring. Once you mix in the color, let sit in a sealed container overnight. The color will disperse for more even coverage.

Sea Salt Cell

Some bath salt water therapies call for a Sea Salt Cell or Dead Sea Salt Cell. This is simply a single bath portion of bath sea salts mixed with therapeutic grade essential oils. A deep therapy cell recipe will call for 2 pounds of salt mixed with approximately 40 drops of your chosen essential oil blend.

Bath Salt Recipe Ingredient Glossary

Bath Salts

Sea salts and essential oils are a wonderfully synergistic combination. The relaxing properties of hot water compliment the effects of well chosen salts and essential oils. Aromatic baths can provide relief from stress and anxiety, assist with muscle and joint pains, and treat the symptoms of more severe skin conditions. Both men and women are enjoying aromatic baths in increasing numbers. The therapeutic benefits of sea salt baths are well known and often recommended by doctors for treating a wide range of medical conditions.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. As a holistic medicine, aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts distilled from a variety of plant material including leaves, flowers, needles, fruit peels, grasses, wood and roots. These oils, with the exception of Lavender and Tea Tree, should always be diluted in carrier oil before applying directly to the skin.

Dried Herbs

Many dried herbs possess the same scent and healing properties of their essential oil counterparts. Herbs are popular additions to bath salt recipes and bath tea recipes and look great in a finished product. One drawback is that they can be messy in the tub, so a good option is to include an organza bag with your bath salts to use as a tea bag. The bath salts melt, the herbs seep in the hot bath water and once the bag dries it is easy to empty out the herbs and re-use the bag.

Carrier Oils

Moisturizing vegetable oils are commonly used as a “carrier” for essential oils. Most essential oils are too strong to apply directly to the skin and should be diluted by the ratio of 12-30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil. Carrier oils can also be combined with sea salts to create exfoliant salt scrubs.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Adding hydrogen peroxide to bathwater increases the oxygen available to the body. Hydrogen peroxide baths leave the body feeling alert and revitalized, like just after a rain shower. This gentle bath is antibacterial, antiviral, and cleansing to the emotional and energetic bodies. Add six ounces of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Be careful in handling this concentrated solution of hydrogen peroxide as it can “burn” or irritate the skin. Diluted in the bathwater, it is fine for skin contact.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar baths can restore a natural pH level to the skin and hair, as well as rejuvenating and building up the body’s resistance. It helps restore acid mantle protection to the skin, which is lost from swimming and from routine use of soaps on the skin. It helps combat “unfriendly” bacteria, fungal overgrowth, and is helpful with vaginal and bladder infections. Apple cider vinegar baths are soothing to the skin, alleviating itchiness, poison ivy, and sunburn discomfort. As with all hot baths, it causes the pores to open and aids in general systemic detoxification. Make certain to use pure, unprocessed apply cider vinegar. Use 2-4 cups in a hot bath.

Sodium Bicarbonate

A hot bath with equal parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and sea salt assists in detoxification from exposure to heavy metals and radiation. It is also beneficial for cleansing the theauric field, and for soothing itchy skin. In combination, use 1-2 pounds of each. Bath sea salts are recommended, as opposed to rock salt or common table salt, which are depleted of nourishing minerals.

Citric Acid

Citric Acid is a key ingredient, along with Sodium Bicarbonate, for bath bombs. It is also great for making fizzy bath salts. The combination creates an effervescent blend that helps release the aroma of your essential oils into the air, creating an uplifting aromatic bath.

Colorants

FD&C dyes dispersed in liquid or glycerin are popular for adding color to bath salts. Herbs can also be used to create beautiful natural colors for your salts. Powdered Mica added to any recipe will create beautiful pearl essence salt.

Salt Glow Recipe

Salt Glow Mix the bath salts together and set aside. Mix all of the oils together and pour the mixture into a glass or PET storage jar (container should have an airtight seal). Slowly pour in the bath salts and mix well.

Your salt glow should be stored in a cool dark place to maximize the shelf life. Adding a drop or two of Rosemary essential oil will help to preserve your scrubs.

Here are four of my favorite natural sugar scrub recipes. They make great gifts too!


1.Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

All of my sugar scrubs are based on this basic recipe. The key is to make the scrub in small batches and use it fairly quickly because it doesn’t have any preservatives in the mix.

Ingredients
An empty jar with a lid (a small jelly or condiment jar works great for this project)
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
Label (if desired)

Make it
1. Pour the granulated white sugar into the jar.
2. Pour the olive oil into sugar and mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended. (I prefer the screw on the lid and shake method to mix my ingredients.)
3. Label the jar as desired.

2. Variations for the Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

  • Oils: You can substitute sweet almond oil, jojoba or coconut oil (coconut oil may be already heavily scented and interfere with the addition of any extra essential oil or scent)
  • Extra moisturizer: 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • Natural preservative: 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • Scent your scrub using:
    – A few drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender, Jasmine, Sandalwood, etc.)
    – Vanilla (A wonderful scent but it will color your scrub brown)
    – Body splash or perfume (This is a great way to use up bottle of body splash or perfume that you usually don’t usually wear. However you may want to avoid this method if you don’t like items made with synthetic ingredients.)
  • Color and texture: A handful of dried herbs or flowers for color (lavender, rosemary, chamomile, thyme, mint etc.)

I usually use the things that I have in my pantry – olive oil and white granulated sugar (ironically organic sugar doesn’t work very well for this project) and my suger scrub works great. Even better, it’s less expensive than the body scrub I saw in Sephora that was $32 for a small jar of plain olive oil and sugar!

3. Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

This one is curtsey of Crunchy Chicken. I made her candy cane scrub and gave it to some ladies on my Christmas list last year. My mom loves it!! And she’s, shall we say, selective about things, mmmkay? So consider that a serious stamp of approval.

Ingredients
An empty jar with a lid
1 cup granulated white sugar
6 candy canes/peppermint candy (approx ¼ cup), finely crushed into a powder
1/2 cup olive oil (or any of the oils in the basic recipe)
6 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
Label (if desired)

Make it:
8241. Pour the granulated white sugar and crushed peppermint into the jar.
2. But the lid on the jar and shake it to mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients into sugar mix.
4. But the lid on the jar and shake it to mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended.
5. Label the jar as desired.

Notes:

  • If you can find it, a bag of precrushed peppermint candies for baking are excellent for this project!
  • Once the candies are broken into chunks, I use my blender or food processor to further pulverize the candy into a fine powder.
  • I didn’t use peppermint essential oil and my scrub still smelled very pepperminty. As always, your mileage may vary.
  • The courser grains of the broken candy could do damage to delicate facial skin. It may be best to use this scrub strictly as a body scrub and not as a facial scrub.

3. Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub aka Kahlua Sugar Scrub

After some experimenting I came up with this brown sugar scrub that smells just like Kahlua! Although I wouldn’t recommend drinking it unless you like the taste of olive oil.

Ingredients
An empty jar with a lid
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil (or any of the oils in the basic recipe)
6 drops of vanilla
Label (if desired)

Make it
1. Pour the granulated white sugar and brown sugar into a bowl and mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended.
2. Pour the sugar mixture into a jar.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients into sugar mix.
4. But the lid on the jar and shake it to mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended.
5. Label the jar as desired.

I’m going to make a few of these sugar scrubs and give them out as Mother’s Day gifts. So Mom, if you’re reading this, act surprised when you open your gift, OK?

 

Homemade sugar scrub recipes {how to}

I haven’t gotten around to unpacking my craft room yet (how did that get so low on the priority list?), so I haven’t had any crafty things to show lately. Thanks to Jess for all the fun giveaways in the meantime! But I needed a quick and easy fall teacher gift this week, so I pulled out the ribbon box and an old favorite recipe: sugar hand and body scrub. One of my favorite sweet-but-not-to-eat-treats. That’s what our teachers are getting for Halloween this year.

I’ve tried a lot of homemade sugar scrub recipes and come up with a basic combination that can be used to make lots of yummy scents. Sugar scrubs are wonderful because they soften the skin by exfoliating (sugar) and moisturizing (oil). Just wet hands or body and massage a little sugar scrub onto the skin, then rinse well. I love to keep a jar of scrub by sink in my hall bathroom for guests, and it makes a really fun gift for teachers, friends, and hostesses. You could take one to your Thanksgiving dinner host–she’ll appreciate a sweet treat without the calories!

Sugar Scrub Basic Recipe
Ingredients & supplies

2 parts turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw–I found mine at Walmart) OR brown sugar (or half and half each)
1 part coconut oil OR cold-pressed oil like almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower, safflower oil, etc. (or half and half each)
Glass jars (canning jars work great–you just need something with a lid)
Essential oils for scents (optional)

To create your scrub, mix your sugars with your oils, store in an airtight jar near the sink or in the shower for about a month. I like using half coconut oil and half cold-pressed oil for a thinner mixture. Use all coconut oil for a thicker scrub, or all cold-pressed oil for an even thinner scrub. You can use all brown sugar, but I like using some turbinado sugar because the big crystals are better for exfoliation.

Now here are some of my favorite combinations for good-enough-to-eat sugar scrubs! Or stick with the basic recipe and add essential oils like lavendar for your own custom scents.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil (or other cold-pressed oil)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oils and mix until no lumps remain. Divide into glass jars with lids.

 

Apple Crisp Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil (or other cold-pressed oil)
1 tsp. apple pie spice

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oils and mix until no lumps remain. Divide into canning jars with lids.

Coconut Ginger Sugar Scrub Recipe

1 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil or other cold-pressed oil
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Heat coconut oil and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. This will allow the ginger to infuse into the oil. Allow to cool a few minutes. Strain through a mesh strainer or coffee filter to remove ginger. Discard ginger.

Mix warm coconut oil with cold-pressed oil. Add sugar and stir well. Spoon into glass jars and cover with a tight lid.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil or other cold-pressed oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Bring coconut oil to liquid form (room temp, or microwave 10-20 seconds). Mix with cold-pressed oil. Stir in sugars and vanilla. Spoon into glass jars and cover with a tight lid.
I love to tie up my jars with ribbon and add a tag. I also like including a cute spoon for extra cuteness.

 

Sugar scrubs make a great holiday gift, too! Just change up the ribbon and tag to Christmas colors.

Body Scrubs

How to use body scrubs:  Apply body scrubs to hands, feet or body massage into skin and rinse with warm water.  Body curbs are used to soften skin.

Pink Sugar Body Scrub 

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup honey, 1 teaspoon strawberry extract, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons baby oil, pink food coloring, 1 small jar or container with lid.

Step 1: In a mixing bowl add sugar, honey, baby oil, strawberry and vanilla extract mix together well until all ingredients are blended.

Step 2: Add a small amount of pink food coloring and stir.

Step 3: Add mixture to jar or container.  The body scrub will be ready to use for 1 week.

*Makes a great take home gift for girls a spa party

Brown Sugar Body Scrub 

Ingredients: 1 cup raw oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup olive oil, 1 small jar or container with lid

Step 1: In a mixing bowl combine raw oats, brown sugar and olive oil.  Make sure ingredients are mixed well.

Step 2: Pour mixture into jar or container until you are ready to use.

 

Orange and Honey Body Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, jar or container with lid

Step 1: In a mixing bowl combine sugar, honey and orange juice mix until all ingredients are well blended.

Step 2: Pour mixture into a jar or container until you are ready to use.

 

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