How to Make a Homemade Shower Gel Salt Scrub
Sea Salt Scrubs
2 in 1
Adding salt to shower gel or making your own shower gel scrub from scratch is easily done at home. Shower gels are one of the most widely used cosmetic products today that the vast majority of us will buy rather than consider making ourselves.
Whether we use shower gels or soaps, we are continually adding them to our grocery list as essentials.The more family members, the greater the cost. Many commercial products contain chemicals that we don’t know enough about either, another great reason to go au natural as much as possible.
You are in control of the ingredients so you will know exactly what has gone into your new shower gel salt scrub recipe.
We tend to buy body scrubs separately, if ever. It's a product I find essential to have on hand and use regularly, so a shower gel scrub is the perfect solution, a 2-in-1 beauty product.
Scrubs do what they say on the tin, in a nutshell. Scrub tends to conjure up images of scrubbing the skin raw or excessively, which is totally wrong when talking in terms of face scrubs, lip scrubs or body scrubs. I prefer to use the term exfoliators as scrubs can seem a bit harsh.
Homemade Shower Gel
Salt Pans at Maras, Peru
Why Add Salt to Shower Gel?
- Salt, particularly sea salt, is being incorporated more and more in spa treatments due to its incredible skin benefits. Salts obtained from the Dead Sea (Dead Sea salt) are the best to use in body scrubs and shower gels as they have over 80 minerals that are beneficial to the skin and are 100% natural.
- Minerals in Dead Sea salts include potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium and bromine, which are absorbed through the skin in a scrub and help nourish the skin.
- Dead Sea salt helps in exfoliating the dead skin cell build up that is the upper layer of the skin.
- The dead skin cell layer thickens as we mature. Salt exfoliates this layer completely, revealing younger-looking rejuvenated skin.
- The scrubbing effect removes hard skin, which eliminates the dry and dull appearance of the skin.
- Salt scrubs improve circulation and thus increases blood flow which will regenerate skin cells giving a healthy glow to our skin. New cells will help tighten the skin and thereby make wrinkles less visible.
- Sea salt has antiseptic properties which will keep bacteria associated with skin infections away. Any inflammation or itching of the skin will be a distant memory.
- Scrubs will clean clogged pores that would have turned into spots or skin eruptions.
- Salt works wonders on acne prone skin in preventing acne forming and will help heal existing acne breakouts.
- Uneven skin tone and skin discoloration will be improved dramatically by using sea salt and it has been known to help treat psoriasis and eczema.
- When combined with oils in shower gels or scrubs, the abrasive action is minimized and gives a wonderful polished look and feel to the skin.
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Vanilla Berry Shower Gel Scrub
- ½ cup Pure Castile Liquid Soap
- ¼ cup Water
- 1-2 tsp Sea Salt
- 6 drops Raspberry Essential Oil
- 6 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
You Will Need:
- Glass Jar or Bottle with lid
- Mix the liquid soap and water together in the bowl until evenly combined.
- Add the salt and essential oils.
- Mix thoroughly to an even consistency.
- If you want to make a little coarser add a little more sea salt and mix through.
- Decant to your container and store in a dry place until needed.
- Use in place of your normal shower gel on the body (not on the face).
- Do a small patch test first on the skin to make sure it is compatible with your skin.
- You may experiment and replace the raspberry and vanilla to your own choice of fragrance combinations. Lavender, jasmine and sandalwood are all some of my favourites.
- Use within three days, you may get longer just keep trying the whiff test! If it smells fine it’s good to use and if not . . . don’t.
- Do you only have Castile soap? No problem, just grate it and melt it first in ½ cup water stirring until melted. Let cool and carry on.
- When using fragrance oils or essential oil, please make sure with the supplier or stockist it is safe to use on the skin as not all will be skin friendly and safe to use.
Scent of Orange
Important Essential Oil Info
- Citrus essential oils are photosensitive, which means if the skin is exposed to sunlight, it may burn easier. When the skin is covered they are fine to use.
- Essential oils may erode plastic in plastic containers over time, so caution should be taken if using them for this or any other homemade skin care product.
- Essential oils should never be applied to the skin directly so always be cautious when handling them.
Always check for contra-indications to any fragrance or essential oil before using (pregnancy, allergies, children etc . . .). Never use the oils if they are likely to affect anyone that is likely to be using the shower gel.
Mixed Citrus Fruits
Orange and Lemon Salt Scrub
If you prefer to make a sea salt scrub separately then this is the recipe for you. Four gorgeous ingredients that will make your skin glow, feel moisturized and will smell out of this world . . . . What more could you want?
- ½ cup Sea Salt
- ½ cup Olive Oil
- 2 slices Orange (seeds removed)
- 2 slices Lemon (seeds removed)
- Glass Jar (recycle old ones)
- Pour olive oil into your blender and add the sea salt.
- Add the slices of orange and lemon into the blender.
- Turn on and mix together to a nice medium consistency.
- Spoon scrub into glass jar and store until needed.
- Scrub will last for approximately 10 days.
- Do a patch test first on the skin to check for skin compatibility and avoid any irritation, inflammation or allergy arising.
- In the shower, apply in circular movements over the body paying particular attention to hard skin areas and dry skin.
- Massage in for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off and pat the skin dry rather than excessive drying as this will remove the olive oil goodness and drag the skin.
- Apply an additional body moisturizer if needed, to help lock in the moisture and keep the skin soft and smooth.
- If you have no blender just use a mixing bowl. Add the oil and salt to a bowl. Squeeze the fruit slices into the bowl to retain all the juice. Chop up the rest of the slices including pulp and peel really small and add to the bowl. Mix well and spoon into the jar.
- If you fancy a different combination of citrus try lemon and lime or grapefruit and orange.
- Fancy making a fragrance olive oil instead? Then why not try making lavender oil using fresh lavender!
- A larger quantity may be made easily by doubling up on the ingredients if you want enough for all the family.
- Don’t fancy a salt scrub then use granulated sugar instead.
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.