After purchasing an expensive Dead Sea salt scrub and loving the results, I set out to make a more economical homemade version.
My eyes have only recently been opened to the benefit of exfoliating with Dead Sea salt shower scrubs, and I am in love!
On a recent trip to a mall, I was apprehended by one of those kiosk salesmen and could not get away. In my mind, I had set a time limit of five minutes to waste here and a total budget of zero dollars to spend on these products before gracefully declining this amazing opportunity for self-improvement I was being offered. However, I wound up buying a jar of Dead Sea salt scrub from him at a substantial cost to my meager budget ($69.95 for 11 oz.); but I must admit that my skin will never be the same.
It was like heaven had opened its gates to me, and from that day forward, my life and skin would never be the same. I knew that I could never afford to purchase this kind of product for myself on a regular basis, but I set out on a mission to make it myself—and I'm quite happy with the results.
I will always have Dead Sea salt scrub to enhance the appearance of my skin and also enhance my overall well-being—mind, body, and spirit—and that's what it's all about.
Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub Ingredients
- 1 cup Dead Sea salt
- 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (according to your tastes) oil, such as sweet almond, coconut, avocado, apricot kernel, grapeseed, or hemp seed oil, etc.
- 12 drops of essential oils of your choice (good choices include patchouli, sandalwood, and lavender) or fragrance oil of your preference
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
How to Make It
- Measure your Dead Sea salt into a metal or glass bowl.
- Start adding your oil mix slowly, and stir until you get the consistency you like. Use a metal spoon to stir your salts. Wooden or plastic spoons will absorb the smells of your oils.
- Now add your essential oil or fragrance oil and Vitamin E oil, and stir well. The Vitamin E oil will act as a preservative, and I have never had an issue with bacterial growth in any of my products.
- Once stirred well, spoon into a container of your choice. I like to use plastic PET containers, which are made to hold scented cosmetics. I don't want glass slipping out of my hand in the shower and breaking. I don't like to clean up those kinds of messes or actually any kind of unnecessary messes.
How to Use It
- To use this wonderful concoction you have just created, get in the shower and get wet, then turn the water off.
- Take a spoonful of your salts and start at your feet, working in circular motions upwards toward your chest. (Get another spoonful of salt as needed, and don't get water in your container. Water causes bacterial growth.) Don't forget your underarms, and please, please, please don't shave until after your have used your shower scrub. That is a stinging sensation you will not appreciate.
- Once you have massaged the salt onto your skin, just breathe in the intoxicating essence of what you have created and relax for a few minutes, giving the Dead Sea salt and oil time to work their magic.
- Finally, turn the shower back on and rinse off. Now you can shave your legs if you wish, and you won't be sorry that you waited.
Enjoy the clean, moisturized skin that comes from what you have created all by yourself. Revel in the fact that your skin will not be absorbing any chemicals from this home spa treatment.
Try Different Oils
There are a variety of sites that have valuable information on this process, so surf the web to your heart's content. Assemble your ingredients and be creative! Generally speaking, you will use 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of oil as salt. You can mix several oils or use only one; the greatest rewards are it is all up to you and your preferences with no chemicals involved—and of course, heavenly, smooth, exfoliated skin.
I have very dry skin and have always fought allergic reactions and breakouts, so I use only high-quality oils and salts, and I have not had an allergic reaction since I began making my own stuff. My sincerest thanks go out to that kiosk salesman and my newfound appreciation for the benefits of chemical-free skin.
Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils
One last note about the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils: Essential oils are beneficial for your skin (you can research this online), while fragrance oils only carry the desired fragrance with no benefits to your skin. My choice is always essential oils and helping heal and/or relieve problems; however, some people just prefer a specific scent, and the therapeutic benefits are not their priority. Choose for yourself which path you want to take.
Dead Sea Salt Scrub
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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Questions & Answers
Question: I have moderate psoriasis and was wondering if this would be enough for a whole body scrub? Can you make a large amount?
Answer: You can make a significant amount but I believe the recipe doubled would more than suffice for your entire body. The Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative and does not get water in your mixture.
John on February 09, 2020:
Thanks for the recipe. I just wanted to mention that if you're worried about bacteria, you can rest easy! No the salt content alone is enough to make sure nothing can live in that jar, pretty much no mater how much water or anything else falls in there, you'll still be bacteria free!
Natural World (author) from Oklahoma 2012 on May 30, 2018:
I think coconut oil would work great if you just liquify it before adding it. Your scrub would be a little more "stiff" but still work well. Lemongrass EO would be GREAT (IMO) for both scent and benefits. "The health benefits of lemongrass essential oil can be attributed to its beneficial properties as an analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative, and a tonic substance.". Have a great day.
Claudia on November 22, 2016:
If I use coconut oil is there a liquid version? I'm assuming it needs to be liquid?
Would lemongrass essential oil be good for the scent but beneficial to?
Natural World (author) from Oklahoma 2012 on March 20, 2014:
I get my dead sea salt from here:
I get my oils from here:
sally21 on March 20, 2014:
I found the salt and the essential oil but I can not find the other oil. The one where you need 1/3 to 1/2 cup of, please advise me
sally21 on March 20, 2014:
Where do you buy the sea salt
Natural World (author) from Oklahoma 2012 on July 30, 2012:
Deborah, thanks for stopping by and reading the hub and the welcome. Hope to have more up soon.
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 30, 2012:
I've never tried this product but it sounds great. Thanks for sharing the recipe and welcome to Hubpages.
Natural World (author) from Oklahoma 2012 on July 29, 2012:
Saloca the benefits of this Dead Sea salt scrub are amazing. I purchased a shower head with a detachable hose for my shower and now any that gets dropped on the shower floor just rinses down the drain. I will say, I try not to drop much because I love this scrub so much. Thanks for stopping by.
Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on July 29, 2012:
LOVE sea salt scrubs! They can get a little messy sometimes but my skin feels so amazing afterwards!
JenniferShawne on July 28, 2012:
I would just like to add; don't be worried about being oily. If you are like me, I hate to feel oily, this mixture will absorb into your body by the time you are done drying off :) Add your own choice of essential scent(s) made by you and smell great too!!!