Epsom salt is not from the sea, it is a pure mineral compound. It looks like salt (or sodium chloride) but is not- it’s magnesium sulfate. Himalayan salt is also not from the sea, rather it is mined from ancient seabeds that were pushed up into the mountain range and preserved by volcanic ash and is considered the finest of Earth’s salts.There’s a world of different salts to choose from, picking one over the other is like a box of chocolates, you just can’t go wrong, they are all yummy.
The type of salt you use for this is up to you. If you’d like to go to your kitchen, grab your kosher salt, and mix up a scrub now- go right ahead! If you’d like to create a more exotic scrub with the extra benefits of volcanic clay use a fine ground Hawaiian salt. We have a super soft, velvet-y textured Breton grey organic sea salt at our shop that is a perfect texture for scrubs. Any fine ground salt will do.
In a jar or container with a lid, combine 1 cup of your fine salt with 4 tablespoons of oil. Olive oil, grapeseed, sesame, any of your typical cooking oils are great for softening your skin. Grate some lemon zest into your salt and add a tablespoon of dried rosemary. Stir to combine. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to boost the anti-arthritic and astringent properties of your scrub.
Some salt scrubs are entirely saturated and dripping with oil, but we make ours with much less oil. It still leaves your skill feeling soft and refreshed! Simply get yourself wet in the shower or tub, and massage your salt scrub over desired areas either with your hand or a brush. Rinse and pat dry. Enjoy your rejuvenated skin. Moisturize! Store the excess for up to 6 months at room temperature.
Use this recipe to create a potpourri made of salt and essential oils that you can leave out to scent any room. You can leave your potpourri in a decorative open bowl and spritz with left over scent blend to refresh as needed or you can make your potpourri in a container with a lid that you can open from time to time when you wish to scent the area.
For this recipe you’ll need jumbo salt crystals. Try Himalayan for an interesting color. You might also choose a clear jumbo crystal that you can color with liquid dye, but why not let nature do the coloring?
First rinse your salt crystals quickly under water and lay them out to dry completely. This removes the powder from the outside of the rocks. In a spray bottle combine 1/2 ounce of vegetable glycerin with 1 and 1/2 ounces of your desired essential oil blend. Try eucalyptus and lavender to refresh your stuffy winter home or a citrus blend. Place your crystals in your desired container and spray with your scent mixture. Mix well. You’re done! The salt will absorb the scent blend into its pores. You can spray on more to refresh as needed.