This homemade honey salt scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and silky feeling! It’s perfect for using on dry, rough, or winter-worn hands and feet.
Ingredients + Their Benefits
You’ll need just a few items, most of which can be found at local stores:
- Fine Sea Salt – a natural exfoliant that polishes away tough patches of dry and flaky skin, look for it in the spice or baking section of grocery stores. Salt can be too scratchy for sensitive skin and your face, so it’s recommended to save salt scrubs for hands and feet.
- Coconut Oil – moisturizes and protects most skin types, though some are sensitive and may find it more drying. If you can’t use coconut oil, try an equal amount of babassu oil instead, or add small amounts of a liquid oil (sunflower, sweet almond, rice bran, etc) at a time until a desired scrub consistency is reached.
- Liquid Castile Soap – this is a mild and gentle plant-based liquid soap – its purpose in the recipe is to help the scrub wash away more cleanly and feel nicer on your skin. I use Dr. Bronner’s (the almond scented is divine in this recipe), or the kind from Mountain Rose Herbs.
- Honey – a natural product from beehives, softens, repairs, and nourishes your skin
- Phytocide Elderberry OS – This is the only ingredient that will have to be ordered online. (Check LotionCrafter or Formulator Sample Shop). It’s a natural elderberry-derived preservative and prevents bacteria from growing in your scrubs. If you don’t want to use a preservative, store the scrub in the fridge and use it up within a few weeks. (I also have an article, 10 Natural Preservatives for Homemade Skin Care, that goes over some other organic-approved or nature-derived preservatives.)
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Honey Salt Scrub Recipe
This scrub is super easy and quick to make! It forms a dry crumbly texture that isn’t too oily. If you’d like the scrub to be less dry, add the higher amount of coconut oil. You could also add an additional tablespoon or so of a liquid oil (such as sunflower, rice bran, sweet almond oil, etc) if you’d like a less dry style of scrub.
- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Phytocide Elderberry OS (a natural preservative)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup fine sea salt
Mix together the coconut oil and elderberry preservative. If you’d like to add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil – such as lavender or peppermint – to this scrub, add it now.
Add the castile soap and honey; mix until well blended.
Add the salt and stir well.
Pack into a 4-ounce canning jar or other container for storage.
To use a salt scrub:
Scoop up a small amount, using a spoon instead of fingers (to keep the scrub fresh), and rub into your hands, over a sink. Rinse well with warm water.
Alternatively, use a foot bath, or sit at the edge of a bathtub, and massage the scrub into your feet, then rinse well with warm water.
A thin layer of coconut oil will remain on your skin. Resist the urge to rinse that off too; it will absorb within a few minutes, leaving your hands soft and moisturized.
If using in a bath tub or shower, note that it will leave a slight oily residue on the floor of the tub/shower which could be slippery. Be aware of this fact and take care exiting the tub or shower
Use this honey salt scrub once or twice per week, or as needed.
This scrub should stay fresh for two to three months, depending on how heavily you use it, though it will probably be used up before that time period.
If you don’t want to add the preservative, store the scrub in the fridge and use it up within a few weeks.
For other natural or organic-approved preservative ideas, check out my article: 10 Natural Preservatives for Homemade Skin Care.
Honey Salt Scrub [for hands + feet]
- measuring cups and spoons
- small glass or stainless steel mixing bowl or cup
- silicone spatula or fork, for mixing
- a small jar (abt 4 oz) with top, for storing the scrub
- 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tsp Phytocide Elderberry OS, a natural preservative
- 1 1/2 tbsp liquid castile soap, (Dr Bronner's Almond is nice in this recipe)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup fine sea salt
- Mix together the coconut oil and elderberry preservative.
- Add the castile soap and honey; mix until well blended.
- Add the salt and stir well.
- Pack into a 4-ounce canning jar or other container for storage.
Originally published October, 2014; updated for December, 2021. ❤
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