Homemade salt and sugar body scrub recipe without using oil!

Dec 25 2017
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Hey guys, so I was racking my brain on some homemade gifts I could make for both the ladies and the guys in my life. You just saw my cinnamon hand balm here on the blog last week and the men’s hand scrub and gift basket too. But I wanted something geared for the gals and, seriously, who doesn’t love a good salt and sugar body scrub?! When I went looking online, however, I was really disappointed to find that many of the recipes called for coconut oil. Coconut oil and drain pipes just DO NOT mix so, unless its going to be used in tiny quantities, I needed to come up with another idea!

Homemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemade

Though it goes against my thinking of what a scrub should be to include oil, coconut oil especially, is very soothing and great for dry skin so in that way I understand why many scrubs include it. But I expected my salt and sugar body scrub to be used in the shower so it didn’t take me long to realize all I needed to do was replace the oil in the recipe with a good basic, organic, liquid soap.

Another ingredient I wanted to use was baking soda because I used it earlier this year in a face scrub/wash that turned out absolutely divine. So, I had my list: I wanted to include salt, sugar, baking soda and liquid soap after that it was just a case of figuring out the right ratios to make into a good thick SCRUB. And, of course, I also added essential oil to make it smell good 🙂

Instead of our pink Himalayan salt that we use for eating I decided to order some Epson salt just for this scrub and, goodness knows, any leftover I could use in my own bath tub for soaking later! So, this is the sweet, salty and incredibly glorious body scrub recipe I came up with and, of course, I had to try it first, right?! Yup, I spent way too much time in the shower lol, this stuff really is wonderful! I came out so soft and glowy I can’t wait to use it again.

1 cup liquid Castile soap (what I use)
1 cup basic white sugar (what I use)
1 cup Epson salt (what I use)
1 cup baking soda (what I use)
15 drops lavender essential oil (what I use)
15 drops orange essential oil (what I use)

Homemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemadeHomemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemadeHomemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemade

When I first developed this recipe and mixed it up I was just flabbergasted by the reaction I created. It went from sticky, wet, stir stir stir, suddenly became mashed potatoes! It was so strange! So, heads up, when you mix this up that is exactly what is supposed to happen! That happy little plastic container I found at the Dollar Store 🙂

Homemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemade

I decided on a combination of orange and lavender so this would have a really clean smelling kick but also be floral and girly all in one. (Lemon essential oil would be great here too!) This scrub really turned out and I’m totally urging you to make up a batch just for you! Use any type of essential oil you like or none at all, you could always use a scented liquid soap and that would also do the trick.

Homemade epson salt and sugar scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your whole body homemade

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14 Comments

  1. December 29, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I can imagine this being perfect as a lip scrub too! Thanks for sharing – this is lovely!

  2. December 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    That’s a lovely homemade gift idea, and the orange and lavender does sound like a wonderful combination. Thank you for sharing the tutorial at The Really Crafty Link Party this week, and happy 2018!

    • December 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Teresa, happy new year!

  3. Jann Olson
    December 31, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. Emma
    January 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Tarah,
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    I am in the Uk and I love following your blog and all your wonderful ideas..!!
    I have been searching high and low for a body/skin scrub that doesn’t use oils and this one fits the bill..and best of all I have most of the ingredients already..!! I cannot wait to try it out..!!
    Keep up with these wonderful ideas and have a truly wonderful 2018.
    Emma .x.x.x

    • January 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      That’s great news Emma! I gave this out to several ladies for xmas and all I’ve received back is really good reviews, everyone seems to really like it!

  5. January 2, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year.

  6. January 3, 2018 at 12:15 am

    I gotta give it a try! It sounds like the perfect solution for my dry skin right now. Thanks!

    • January 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for commenting Cristina, hope it works out for you!

  7. Sofia
    January 30, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I found that my skin felt very dry and almost powdery… did you get that when you first tried it? I might add jojoba oil to the mixture since it mimics the body’s natural oil composition. But I agree that coconut oil leaves a very sticky residue.

    • January 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Sofia! It is definitely a real scrub and not moisturizer, let me know how the jojoba oil works!

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