DIY Citrus Salt Scrub

DIY Citrus Salt Scrub - offbeat + inspired

I am obsessed with all things citrus. Whether it’s as simple as putting a slice of lime in my water or involves a decadent lemon-basil coffee cake (recipe for that coming soon!), I am officially smitten. My most recent citrus creation is this super easy sea salt scrub. Homemade scrubs take about 5 minutes to make (sometimes even less) and they’re not littered with harsh chemicals or additives found in many store-bought versions. They also make great gifts – although you may want to make two batches so you can keep one for yourself.

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For this recipe, I used grapeseed oil but you could use jojoba, sweet almond, coconut or a variety of other oils. Grapeseed oil doesn’t feel heavy and is easily absorbed into the skin. It’s also packed with antioxidants and tends to be good for those (like me) who may be more acne prone.

As far as the essential oils, you can really use what you prefer or have on hand. I recommend sticking to high quality, therapeutic grade oils (not all essential oils are created equal!). This scrub includes a citrus mix – lime, grapefruit, orange and lemon – that provides antioxidants as well as a refreshing, rejuvenating scent.

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Have you made homemade salt or sugar scrubs before? What do you think? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Citrus Salt Scrub
Yields 12 ounces

1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
15-20 drops of citrus essential oils like lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange (add more for a stronger scent)

1. In a bowl or jar, mix together the salt and grapeseed oil. Add in the essential oils and mix well. Transfer to a jar for storing or gifting.

2. As you use this scrub, the oil and salt may separate. Just give it a quick stir before using it and you’re good to go!

Please note: Citrus essential oils can cause possible skin sensitivity, especially to sunlight. Also, if you’re pregnant or taking prescription medications, please consult your physician before using essential oils.

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  1. This looks amazing! I definitely want to try it out. One question: where do you store it? Refrigerator? Cupboard? Thanks!


    • Glad you like it! :) I simply store mine in an airtight container at room temperature. It should last for several months (at least). I made a sugar scrub in November that is still perfectly fine. Some recipes for scrubs include ingredients like cucumber, zests or other food ingredients. For those, I’d store in the refrigerator and the shelf life may be slightly less. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi – I received the salt scrub recipe and just wanted to mention that citrus essential oils are photo toxic. Which means that if someone were to use this scrub and then go out into the sun they have an increased sensitivity to burning. As a certified Aromatherapist I thought it necessary to pass this info on to you. There are numerous sites that will provide the MSD profiles for each carrier or essential oil. Some oils are dangerous in certain citations such as during pregnancy, others are contraindicated two use with prescription drugs etc.
    I love your recipe but you should also provide the extra info for your followers who may not understand the power of the ingredients.

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