HOWEVER there are a few things you need to know when creating your custom sugar or salt scrub...
Salt vs Sugar
There are a couple of things to consider before you decide to make a sugar or salt scrub.
As a rule of thumb, your BODY can handle the salt better and your FACE will probably like the sugar. This is simply because of the difference in the sensitivity of the skin. This isn't always true and there are no rules on what you use where-- so you can experiment to see what your skin tells you it likes the most.
In my experience, women tend to like the more gentle products so sugar may be a good place to start if you're a lady (we are sweeter after all). Men seem to need more umph. Clint prefers salt scrubs for his entire body and he like the fine salt for his face and a mix of course salt and fine salt for his workshop hand scrub. So you can see-- we are all different and there is no wrong answer!
If you need something more gentle than a sugar scrub, then you may want to consider an oatmeal based scrub instead.
So which one do you use?
There are LOTS of carrier oils to choose from and you can't make a wrong choice. Some of my favorites are:
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Almond Oil
- Avocado Oil
I personally am obsessed with using avocado oil for my body scrubs because avocado oil is so great for dry skin. It's a bit thicker than jojoba or almond oil and it really just seems expensive to me, but since it's a dark colored carrier oil it will make your scrub have a yellow appearance. However, I feel like I just left a day spa after I use it!
To find out more about carrier oils and which ones are recommended for certain skin types read How to Use Carrier Oils.
What Ratios Do I Use?
People always hate it when I say this, but you can really do whatever you want. That's the beauty of DIYs-- you get to make it how you like it!
The first time I make a new salt or sugar scrub, I add about double the amount of sugar or salt than carrier oil then I mix it up to see if I think I could use more or less carrier oil or salt/sugar. I continue to add ingredients until I get the consistency that is perfect for me! This tends to be my perfect recipe base...
- ⅔ cup of Epsom Salt or Organic Sugar
- ⅓ cup of Carrier Oil
- 10-15 drops of Essential Oils for scent and beauty goals (see below for ideas)
Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Myrrh, Clary Sage, Elemi, Cedarwood, Lemon, Rose, Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Palmarosa.
Lavender, StressAway, Peace and Calming, Valor, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Relieve It, PanAway.
Cleaning away dirt, grime or grease
Lemon, Lemongrass, Citrus Fresh, Cypress, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Mountain Savory, Thieves, Melrose, Purification.
Purchase Essential Oils Here.
Remember, citrus oils can be photosensitive to skin. If you are planning on using them, make sure that you are indoors or that those areas of your body are covered when you're outside to reduce the risk of sun burns.
How Should I Use an Exfoliator?
You can use salt or sugar scrubs all over your body, but I'd avoid using it on the more gentle areas... if you know what I mean! OUCH! I especially like to use them on my elbows, knees, and heels or other places where the skin needs a little extra attention. When using a scrub on your face, please be sure to try to avoid your eyes and eyelids with the mixture.
Unless otherwise told by a doctor, most people find that exfoliating once every two weeks is sufficient. Remember that exfoliating too often can create irritation to the skin on some people.
I hope this gives you some great ideas on where to start to make your very own DIY Salt or Sugar Scrub! I would love to hear about which essential oils you used in your custom scrubs!