DIY Salt Glow Scrub

With summer on the way, it's time to start paying attention to the largest organ of our body, the skin. Start polishing up now, ladies, so that you're prepared to bare all when the weather warms up and clothes start to shrink!

One of my favorite scrubs is the sugar scrub, which is basically a mixture of sugar, lemon, honey and olive oil. Unfortunately, we have been having a problem with ants so I am kind of banned from using it in the bathroom at the moment :( The salt glow scrub is just as good, though, and it will be my skin-smoothing alternative for now! :)

There are so many sites and blog posts about this scrub, it's so easy and so effective.

Anyway, here's how I make mine:

You will need:

I use an empty Cool Whip container to store my scrub because it's big and the lid is easy to remove and put back on. Plus, reduce, reuse, recycle! hehe

  • Salt
  • Olive oil - you can use any oil you like, eg coconut or grapeseed. I prefer to use olive oil because it's heavier and it's a nice, moisturizing treat for my skin.
  • Essential oils - again, this is based on your preference. Here's a quick list of various essential oils and their properties. (Sorry, I forgot to bring my essential oil downstairs so it's not in these pictures) 
  • A big container (I like to make as much scrub at one time as I can, because I sometimes get too lazy to make more! haha)


Measure out about a cup and a half to two cups of salt and pour it into your container.

Start adding your oil.

 I like to add in a teaspoon of olive oil at a time and then mix it. This makes it easier to control the amount of oil you use and the consistency of the scrub.

Keep mixing until your scrub becomes grainy and clumps together. You can add more oil if you like, it totally depends on your personal preference. I don't like too much oil in my scrubs so this is the perfect consistency for me!

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil. If you're using pure essential oils, be careful not to use too much as these are highly concentrated. I chose to use bergamot because it's uplifiting, but not too stimulating, in case I want to use the scrub before bed! I used about 7 drops of oil.

How to use the scrub:
1. Shower and lather up as usual.

2. Rinse off. Try not to be soaking wet because the water will dissolve the salt - but you do want to keep a little bit of moisture or the scrub might be a little too harsh.

3. Apply the scrub to your body in circular motions. I like to work from my feet upwards, to help with circulation and also to help work toxins towards the lymph nodes. Focus on rougher areas, like knees, elbows and backs of thighs, and try to avoid scrubbing too harshly on areas with thinner skin, like your breasts and neck. (I wouldn't recommend using this on your face)

4. Rinse off all of the salt, but try to leave as much of the oil on your skin as possible. The oil will soften and moisturize your skin.

5. Try not to rub yourself up against everyone because you want them to feel how soft your skin is! Yes, I have done this before. *hangs head in shame*

I recommend using this scrub before you shave your legs. You don't want to get any salt into any tiny post-shave nicks! Plus, the scrub will help get rid of any tiny ingrown hairs and leave you with an even closer shave (ie smoother legs!)

Note: Please don't use this scrub on any red, irritated areas (eg eczema, dermatitis or sunburn) or broken skin. The salt will sting! If your skin is a little sensitive, make sure you add extra oil to the scrub so it isn't as harsh.

I hope you guys enjoyed my tutorial and let me know if any of you try it out! :)


  1. I am going to try this scrub recipe~ My current one is too harsh =/

  2. Oh great!! If you have sensitive skin, try using a finer grained salt and adding extra oil to the scrub :) Let me know how it goes! :)

  3. Im totally going to try this . Its been a rough winter in boston been looking for a scrub . :) Thank you

  4. Oh you're welcome Tracey! Let me know what you think! :)

  5. I prefer to use sugar as salt tends to burn my dry patches of skin with eczema )=

  6. Aww :( That doesn't sound pleasant. I should probably write a note so that people don't try it on irritated areas.

  7. Ooh, thanks for posting! I'm definitely going to try this sometime soon :D xx

  8. This sounds great hun, but I think I may have to substitute the salt for sugar as well as I have eczema too xx

  9. I love doing a sugar scrub on my face but have yet to try a salt scrub. I think I will give this a try soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. You're welcome Joy!

    Aww Miss LV :( You know I might actually post my sugar scrub recipe. I honestly forgot that so many people can't use salt!

    You're welcome Alicia! :)

  11. I really like this idea & will definitely have to give it a go!

    I must admit though, as soon as I read the words Cool Whip, I couldn't stop thinking about this: LOL

  12. HAHAHAHA! OMG! I TOTALLY what clip that was going to be before I clicked on it!!! hahahahaha!!

    Let me know if it works for you :)

  13. Really cool idea! I used to do this before when I was a teenager. It really works!

  14. YAY! More DIY beauty tips. Love it. I have used this one many times but definitely like sugar instead of salt for my skin. Thanks for the tips!!!

  15. love it. i've done something like this before but with honey instead of olive oil

  16. You're welcome Christina! I like using sugar as well, but can't right now :(

    Ooh Jamie, I've never tried it with honey. I might add some in to my scrub to try it out! Thanks! :)

  17. Im totally going to try this . Its been a rough winter in boston been looking for a scrub . :) Thank you


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