Sunday, 27 March 2016

Homemade Dead Sea Salt Scrub


  • Mortar and Pestle (You can use another type of salt, but I choose dead sea salt for more beneficial properties, and because they are coarse, there is extra step)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Jar with lid


  1. Dead sea salt x 1 cup - Use the mortar and pestle to grind the salt one tablespoon at a time to ensure consistency. Exercise your discretion in determining the fineness - personally, I like it a little grainy.
  2. Transfer the ground salt into mixing bowl
  3. Jojoba oil x ¼ cup - Add the jojoba oil (you can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil or any other carrier oil that has benefits for skin - I prefer jojoba oil) to the salt. You can add more or less oil at your discretion; it should be enough to ‘stick’ the salt together, but not too much that you see oil floating in the mix.
  4. Essential oils - Lavender is very calming, and the scent is going to last for a while after you leave the shower, so do choose scents that you like. Add about 6-8 drops of the primary scent, add 3-5 drops of other scents. 
  5. Mix well, and transfer to a jar - should last for up to 6 months.
I used tamanu and rose absolute as they are rich in anti-ageing properties. I am getting more sun after moving to Perth, and sun is the #1 age-inducer to skin. Anti-ageing doesn’t mean you have to be old to start using products for that purpose, it means the exposures you are getting that may determine your skin type. 


Use a spatula to scoop into a small bowl (very spa-like!) to control contamination to the whole jar of scrub. 

Using circular motion, rub sea salt to your skin, starting from feet and hands, legs and arms, and close in to the heart. Don’t exert too much pressure if you have sensitive skin. Also, keep in mind that it is sea salt, so if you have cuts, it is going to sting. 

Leave it for about 5 minutes - you can continue to massage if you like, I do, because I don’t know what else to do with the 5 minutes!

Rinse. It is more beneficial if you don’t use soap to wash the oil off. Jojoba oil is common used as body oil, it is a waste to wash it off! I tried coconut oil, it’s more oilier and also it leaves me walking around smelling very food-delicious as the coconut smell overpowers the essential oil. 

Pat dry, don’t rub the oil off. 

*The salt scrub contains oil, so your shower floor is going to be slippery, use the anti-slip mat or put an old towel to step on if you are accident-prone like me. 


Exfoliate and Rejuvenate 

Dead Sea Salt has many minerals that are great in stimulating circulation, and when used as scrub, it exfoliates effectively while allowing the oil to be better absorbed by the skin - that’s why I am choosing all things organic if I can help it (the rose absolute doesn’t come in organic version), because your skin is going to absorb all the stuffs you are slathering on it!

Cellulite and Water Retention 

Like I said, the dead sea salt aids in stimulating circulation and the rich minerals are known to help remove toxins. The salt scrub helps to reduce the appearance of the cellulite. Another problem many people face is water retention - me! - and can appear ‘bloated’. The salt scrub helps with the weight loss effort by flushing the toxins and improve water retention problem. 

Whether the health benefits are as true as they claim (there are scientific studies to back the dead sea salt benefits claim, by the way), I am definitely liking it because I really like body scrub and this recipe eliminates the after shower moisturising step, so it’s perfect! *I would definitely slather more oil/body lotion after shower during winter though!

I would use it twice a week, because it really smells great and leaving skin so smooth and bright. Self-care is a way to boost self-worth. ;) 

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