Jun 14, 2012

DIY Diary: Fragrant Salt Rub

Whenever we visit London, we make sure to spend some time at Covent Garden (yes, of Elizabeth Doolittle fame). I love the old structure where the vendors gather, and while I know it's changed a great deal since its original days, I always enjoy strolling around the shops and cafes soaking up the energy.

One shop that Miranda and I always go into is LUSH, which you can now find in NYC and other large cities.  As soon as you walk in, you're bathed in fragrances from all the wonderful lotions, bath bombs, and salt rubs.  We've splurged on occasion, but I was recently inspired to make my own salt rub which is super easy to do. Here's a simple recipe that you can customize.


You need sea salt, grapeseed oil, and essential oil.  Yup, that's it!  Combine 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil with 1 cup of fine sea salt. Some folks like a brown sugar scrub, but I prefer salt as I find that it's a more effective exfoliant. Mix these two ingredients until blended. 

Add 10 drops of high-quality essential oil.  I love lavendar for relaxation but lemongrass is great if you want a rub that is refreshing.

There you have it:  a great exfoliant for hands and feet that will leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling delightful.

Keep your salt rub in a well-sealed container and avoid using it on your face -- the salt will sting and I don't want to make you cry!  Which fragrance will you use?  Enjoy.


  1. Mmmm! Yummy! I've done this before with olive oil, but it's a little more . . . fragrant . . . that way!

    For face I like to make a scrub of fine cornmeal + honey, in equal proportions. Leaves skin dewy and soft!

  2. What a great idea, I love lush, we have one about thirty miles away, but I've still not been, on a couple of lovely occasions, my hubby has ordered some stuff mail order for my b'day, now can you figure out how to make their massage bars?

  3. Cool idea - I haven't tried making anything cosmetic-y since I was a teenager - We have some Lemon Verbena in our garden, I wonder if we could use this somehow?

  4. Ooh, thanks for the recipe! A friend gave me a white sugar scrub which uses the same ingredients, more or less. It was so nice to use in the shower.

  5. That sounds like an excellent idea. My hands are dry and papery from the cold, and they could do with a good exfoliation! Thanks for the inspiration! I might add mandarin to the lavender - the oils are good for skin repair too.

  6. Only three ingredients and they are all natural, I'm sold! I think that I would be more likely to use sugar though. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Wow, neat! Who knew such products could be so simple?