DIY Soothing Bath Salt and Sugar Scrubs

Hey everyone!!! I’ve got something a little different for you today. Since it’s been so cold, cold, cold and our heater has been running non-stop for months, the air in the house is so terribly dry! I don’t know about you but my skin needs a break!! I’m thinking of doing some therapy to get ready for Spring! Are you with me?

There are a couple of homemade remedies that can not only help with dry skin but also with relaxation. To make things easy, I’ll be using ingredients that most of you might already have in your kitchen. 


Exfoliation is key to removing dry skin. Sugar scrubs can be used to rub onto your hands, face, feet or body as a natural exfoliant and add oil to keep your skin silky smooth. Use as much as needed to moisturize several times a week.

A basic recipe to try:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, either white or brown, preferably organic.
  • ½ cup oil (olive oil and coconut oil work great)
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Mix sugar and oil in a bowl until fully combined. Add your favorite essential oil. Scoop the mixture into a wide mouth jar for storage. NOTE: Coconut oil can be heated in the microwave or stovetop until liquid for easier mixing.


Adding a salt mixture to your bath softens the water, soothes muscles, calms skin irritations and relieves stress. Add 1/2 cup to warm bath water. 

A simple recipe to follow:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt.
  • 1/2 cup coarse grain salt (sea salt or kosher salt work well)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda.
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Add dry ingredients together into a bowl, mix well. Add essential oil and scoop into a jar for storage.


Try using jars that are food safe as they will have a better seal to hold in oils. Refrigerate your mixtures and keep them for about a month. Make cute tags to decorate your finished jars and to identify the scents used for your Salts and Scrubs. 

I’ve created a printable PDF for you to use to create labels. You can download it HERE


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  1. This is perfectly awesome Shari! Thank you for the recipes. I have very dry skin & winter is so hard on it. Now if only someone could come up with a way to stop me getting & giving shocks in this cold dry weather. lol

  2. BEAUTIFULLY DONE, Shari! I LOVE to make scrubs like this, ANYTIME of the year! Lavender is one of my all time favorite scents too!!! A SUPER PROJECT for us!!! THANKS SHARI!!! ;)

  3. After a day of getting ink and glue all over
    my hands, it’s relaxing to use a scrub to
    take off the grim and dirt. thanks for
    the recipes. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. How wonderful of you, Shari! A delightful project for me and as a little gift for friends. Thanks for making it so easy!

  5. Shari, I am totally with you on this! I L♥VE these things to both make and use this time of year! Your labels are adorable too. Thanks so much for sharing this as it is fun to make our paper crafting work so decoratively with such great gift ideas or just for something for ourselves! A great post!

  6. Great idea and a fun project. Wonderful to give as gifts and also nice for yourself. Who doesn’t need a little pampering! Thank you for sharing.

  7. What a fun idea for those of us who live in cold weather climates. I’ve noticed the older I get the drier my skin gets. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow! This is a great idea. Nice to have something different for a change but we can still utilize our stamps and paper for interesting tags!

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