D.I.Y body treatments with Salt doesn’t get much notice considering its use in skincare dates back to thousands of years where even Cleopatra indulged in Salt beautifying treatments due to its healing properties.
Salt has detoxifying, cleansing and purifying properties which rejuvenate and stimulate the skin and vibes. It is full of minerals that helps reduce inflammation such as tired feet, flush out toxins by improving circulation and helps relax muscles.
Although I still like to dry brush before I shower to stimulate my senses, I like to go with with a sugar or salt scrub to get a deep cleanse which leaves my skin soft and glowing. I’ve had a recent obsession with Salt, like pink himalayan salt and my recent purchase of a rock salt lamp and tea light holder (yes! the salt obsession is real).
Grapefruit & Cocoa Vanilla Scrub
I find that the best salt that works for me are more granular & coarse like Kosher salt. Depending on your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin, you may be better off with less abrasive salts like pink salt or Epsom Salt to avoid scratches or irritation.
To make this body scrub, you will need the following:
- Mason Jar
- Salt of choice
- Essential Oils
- Cocoa Butter
I have a makeshift double boiler where I add about 2-3 table spoons of cocoa butter and let it melt down to pour and mix easily into 2 cups of salt. Mix lightly and add essential oils of choice. Here I was going for a soothing yet invigorating scent with vanilla & grapefruit oil and the cocoa butter’s natural chocolate scent balances it all out.
Grapefruit Essential Oil: Antioxidant, Astringent and exfoliating properties and ideal for oily or acne prone types (think backne!) Grapefruit essential oil helps boost energy and invigorate the senses.
Vanilla Essential Oil: Vanilla’s scent is very calming & soothing relieving anxiety and boost sexual libido. Vanilla oil also relieves inflammation and muscle cramps.
Cocoa Butter: A super moisturizer for my skin, cocoa butter is a little more heavier and luxurious than coconut oil. It’s very creamy when melted on to your skin while scrubbing. Cocoa Butter soothes dry skin, helps with scars and smells amazing.
There are plenty of D.I.Y body scrub treatments you can make yourself with the oils that best suits your needs and skin type. Since I have somewhat sensitive skin at times, especially with scents, I prefer simple ingredients. I recently purchased an essential oil kit from Plant Therapy and love how beautiful they all look together and the versatility of these oils for all types of D.I.Y.
Make sure to research essential oils as they can be concentrated and irritate sensitive skin types. Before trying out any ingredient for your skin make sure to do a patch test to be sure.
I normally don’t add preservatives to my body scrubs because they’re in my shower no more than 3 day at most and I make sure to avoid any water or moisture creeping in by sealing it tightly. If I do add any preservative I aim for tea tree oil or Vitamin E.