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DIY Herbal Salt Scrub for Merry and Bright Skin

Glass jar filled with pink bath salts with words Merry and Bright Salt Scrub with homemade label
Midwinter holidays are my favorite time of the year. I adore having a reason to
craft gifts for my loved ones, and I find it so much more satisfying to dance and sing around my kitchen like a happy elf while I concoct individualized creations for everyone on my list, than to fight through traffic and crowds to purchase mass-produced goods.When hand making gifts, sometimes simple is bestthe holidays can be stressful, and there is no reason to add more stress to our lives! When we make gifts by hand, we can pour our love into our creations, and I find the results are often more appreciated than when I give gifts that I have purchased at a store.

What could be a better gift than an item that encourages someone to make time for self care, such as massage oil, facial cream, or herbal bath bombs? Some Yuletides ago, I created this simple yet elegant skin treat I like to call my “Merry and Bright Salt Scrub.”

Displayed colorful salts and essential oil bottles with holiday decor

For the scent of the scrub, I combined essential oils that are reminiscent of a forest in winter, along with spearmint for some festive pep. This scrub tends to be grounding, yet uplifting—a perfect combination for when we feel like celebrating, and also for those times when we're feeling a bit of the holiday blues.

Merry and Bright Homemade Exfoliating Salt Scrub

Makes enough finished salt scrub to fill 4 of our 4 oz. glass salve jars or white plastic jars.


Pouring oil into bowl of colorful salts with vials of essential oils displayed around bowl.


  1. Combine Epsom and red Alaea salts in a ceramic or glass bowl and mix well with a spoon.
  2. Pour in sunflower oil and mix until the scrub reaches your preferred consistency—I like mine to be slightly grainy. You can add a bit more oil if you prefer a more liquid consistency.
  3. Carefully drip essential oils into your salt/oil blend and mix again.
  4. Scoop salt scrub into your desired containers, label, and decorate with ribbon or any other trimmings you like.

Pro Tips

  • When making this as a last minute gift, you can substitute sea salt and organic sugar for the Epsom salt and red Alaea salt if you don’t have these on hand. Organic olive oil can be substituted for the organic sunflower oil.
  • If you don’t have all the listed essential oils, any festive essential oils can be substituted for the suggested blend—organic peppermint and organic sweet orange essential oils make a great combination! Or, use a single essential oil like lavender, frankincense, or spearmint.
  • You can reuse clean, wide mouth jam jars for packaging your scrub.
  • Recipe can be doubled if you want to make more gifts.
  • Make sure to save some salt scrub for yourself!

Looking for other ways to treat yourself?

Try This Warming Ayurvedic-Inspired Mustard Bath Soak! 

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Written by Miriam on November 28, 2018

Miriam Bohondoney, blog contributor and folk herbalist born and raised on the west coast, has been studying the art and science of herbalism since childhood. Primarily self taught from books and experience, she had the good fortune to attend a year long herbalism course taught by naturopathic doctor and herbalist Dr. Sharol Tilgner. In recent years she has had the opportunity to study at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and learn from acclaimed herbalist Howie Brounstein. In addition to writing for the Mountain Rose Herbs blog, Miriam is an avid student of aromatherapy and formulates her own natural perfume line using botanicals and pure essential oils. She is a trained pastry chef and baker. During her free time she enjoys dancing, singing, crafting alchemical potions, spending time with loved ones, and practicing Qigong.

Woman breathing in mindfully next to an essential oil diffuser.


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