This recipe is so easy. Honestly!
And it’s highly customizable – instead of Coconut oil you can use Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Almond oil or a combination of all of the above. That is a big part of the fun – testing and trying what you like best. Same goes for scent – you can use any essential oils that you have on hand – Lavender, Sage, Tee Tree, Peppermint, Bergamot etc.
As for colour – you can use any dried herbs, flowers, food colourings or you can use nothing at all – that’s the part where you can go crazy or go home (kidding!) OR go minimalist – the choice is yours!
The reason I like using Coconut oil in my scrubs is because of its texture when set – solid but still soft. Also, it has antiviral and antibacterial properties AND a long shelf life – at least 5 years. But trust me – your scrub won’t last that long – I bet you will finish that jar in a matter of weeks.
Today I’m using pink Himalayan salt in my scrub, but I’ve tried and tested different salt types over the years and I found that regular sea salt and pink salt work best for scrubs. Whereas Dead Sea and Epsom salts are just a bit too soft for scrubbing, however you are welcome to try it if you like your scrub to be more gentle on the skin.
Today I’m using a combination of Lime and Grapefruit essential oils for their uplifting properties with just a few drops of Eucalyptus Lemon for freshness. I find that it’s really good to use Eucalyptus (regular or Eucalyptus Lemon) in bath products as it makes the scent more long-lasting, and you only need a few little drops. Other great essential oils to use are Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lemon Balm, again only 3-5 drops is sufficient to add that extra bit of long-lasting “freshness” to your scent.
For colour I’m using pink clay, strawberry seeds and dried rose petals. I’ve also added a pinch of milled olive stones for a bit of extra “scrubbiness” (is that even a word?).
I like using Kilner jars for my scrubs, because they are reusable, easy to clean and airtight which is important if we want to keep our scrubs fresh for longer. Also, please remember to keep your scrub away from direct contact with water to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
COCONUT AND SALT SCRUB
- Pink Himalayan Salt – 525g
- Coconut Oil – 150g
- Grapefruit Essential Oil – 60 drops
- Lime Essential Oil – 90 drops
- Eucalyptus Lemon Essential Oil – 3 drops
- Melt the coconut oil, make sure not to overheat it.
- Pour melted oil into salts and stir. If you are using any other oils together with coconut oil, you can add them now.
- Add essential oils and stir.
- Lastly, add colour and dried ingredients.
- Transfer into an airtight container.
AND ENJOY! You can make these scrubs for yourself, for your friends and family or as Christmas presents. Also, it would make a great activity for your yoga retreat. Your participants will have so much fun making these and will have nice little souvenirs to take home after their retreat. Please send us pictures! Or tag us on Instagram @retreathub
Author: Olga Kidyuk