How to Make a Perfect Juniper-Rosemary Salt or Sugar Scrub (And What is the Best Scrub? Sugar or Salt?)
If you're anything like me, you tend to procrastinate until the last minute when it comes to making or buying gifts. I do have a couple of friends---I'm sure you know the type: They get all their shopping out of the way like last June! Well, although I wish I were that person...I'm just not. So.
Here is a great recipe that is easy to make and customize that you can whip up quickly to gift to a special person: Juniper-Rosemary-Pine Salt Skin Scrub. It smells fresh, clean, and best of all, it's GREAT for your skin! And even if you ARE that kind of early bird, super organized holiday shopper, you might just want to whip up a few of these just in case you have unexpected guests or last minute folks to buy for!
I recently wrote an article about using salt vs. sugar in homemade exfoliating skin scrubs because I always wondered what the difference was. Salt and sugar scrubs using herbs and natural ingredients are wonderful and much appreciated gifts, but the question arises, which is best to use? Sugar or salt? The link above explains the differences between sugar and salt in a scrub, so if you decide you'd rather use sugar in this recipe than the salt, it will work great either way!
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How to Make Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub
Ingredients You'll Need:
1 cup finely ground sea salt or Himalayan salt. The more finely ground, the better.
1/2 tablespoon ground Rosemary powder (Starwest Botanicals link)
1/2 tablespoon ground Juniper powder (optional)
30 drops Juniper essential oil (Amazon link)
20 drops Grapefruit essential oil (doTerra link)
10 to 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
(About the essential oils: I've included links to three different places to purchase essential oils that I feel good about recommending. You can choose based on your preferences and convenience.)
Directions for Making Your Salt Scrub:
Step 1) Grind your herbs, unless they are already powdered.
I like to buy mine from Starwest Botanicals because you can often find them whole, cut or powdered there, and they are fresh and high quality.
Step 2) Add your powdered herbs to the salt.
Step 3) Now add your essential oils
I get my essential oils for skin care products (except soap making) from doTerra. In full disclosure, I am a distributor, but not for business reasons. I simply know they are the best, and for your skin, that's what you want. Also, I enjoy the amazing discounts, as you can too!
Step 4) Mix well with a fork until the essential oils are completely stirred in
Step 5) Pour into your chosen container.
I love using simple Mason wide mouth "squatty" 8 ounce jelly jars for my scrubs because you can be creative with fancying them up, or leave them just plain. Either way, they look great, are reusable, and pretty.
***Step 6) Mix in your oil.
This last step is purely optional. It has to do with the oil. I personally don't like using oil in my shower or tub, as luxurious as it is. It's just hard to clean, and I'm a bit lazy. So, I choose to leave it out, and just scrub my skin with the mixture as is.
However, many people have grown used to having the oil in their scrubs, and that's great! you'll want to use about half the oil as salt if you want to add it. You can play around with adding less or more, as you like.
Adding the oil will create a wonderful spa experience, leaving your skin feeling smooth and moist at the same time. Lovely! Just know you'll be cleaning oil out of your bathing area.
If you are gifting this scrub, you might want to just add a bit of oil. Or, you could leave it out and gift it along with a pretty bottle of carrier oil for your friend to use as they desire. Or, just add in the whole bit! You choose!
Final Thoughts on Making Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub
Frankly, I love this stuff! After I made it, I had the container sitting on our wood stove for about a week, and it scented the room beautifully! Fresh, clean, and uplifting. I know you'll love this combination!
And guess what? If you are running late on getting your gifts ready for giving or doing some last minute shopping, making an exfoliating skin scrub out of 100% natural ingredients is always a hit!
Have you made salt scrubs before? Do you have a favorite scent? Also, I'm curious---do you have a preference between salt or sugar? Leave a comment in the comments section! I love to hear your thoughts!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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