Your shower is about to get a whole lot awesomer once your learn this basic homemade Salt Scrub Recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, you can customize this blend to meet the needs of your body, mind, and spirit. It's almost too easy.
It's a new moon today, friends. When I first started researching modern witchcraft a couple of years ago, I was immediately drawn to the phases of the moon and how we could work with that energy. My mother named me well. Renee, taken from the same root as renaissance, means born again. I love the idea of starting fresh with the ability to transform into something new, something better. Every new moon gives us a fresh start to refocus on what we most desire.
I like to start each moon cycle with a bit of shower magic to symbolically cleanse away any negative energy I might be holding and give myself a fresh start in every way. As a witch without a bathtub, you have to get creative. What I like about shower magic is that I can actually see the water and salt running off my body and down the drain, carrying away all those bad vibes in real time. And bonus, my skin feels awesome afterwards.
Basic Salt Scrub Recipe
Now, you could buy salt scrub for anywhere from £10-80 pounds, but you know we're not about that. For less than £5, you can buy a big bag of bath salts from your supermarket. Dig around in your pantry, and you're likely to find a suitable carrier oil if you don't want to invest in something more expensive. And just one or two essential oils can elevate the whole experience. Since you're only using five drops at a time, it's practically nothing. So for the price of the cheapest small pot of salt scrub, you can make jar after jar, and customize it to your own needs every time.
Here's what you need
- ¼ cup bath salts
- 1 tablespoon carrier oil
- 5 drops essential oils, optional but really lovely
- a pinch of dried herbs if you want to get fancy but totally not necessary
And that's it. This amount is usually good for two showers for me. Obviously, you could make more, and in the photo, I've actually doubled this amount to fill the jar. All you've got to do is combine all those ingredients. The easiest way is to add them to a jar and give them a good shake. For this, you need to use a jar that you won't fill completely. You could also mix it in a bowl and transfer to another container later.
To use it, simply scoop some out and give yourself a good rub down in the shower. Be sure to keep it out of your eyes, etc. Also remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, and not all are safe for use on the skin, even diluted. Just do your research before adding an unknown ingredient to your salt scrub.
In addition to making this for yourself, I think it would make an absolutely lovely gift for any friend who needs a little self-care. Because you're making it yourself, you can customize the blend to suit their favorite scent, color, etc.
How to customize your salt scrub recipe
I've mentioned a few times that this is highly customizable. You might want to choose ingredients based on your skin's needs, your mood, your magical intention, or just your personal preferences.
I generally use Epsom Salt for a couple of reasons. It's cheap and easy to find. I have a big bag of it that I have yet to get through. And I don't have space for more than one big bag of salt in my bathroom. Epsom salt, which I discovered in my research isn't technically even salt, is highly purifying, great for flushing out toxins and releasing fluid retention.
Dead Sea Salt has been in use since the ancient Egyptian days. In addition to purification, it's high megnesium content can improve your mood and relieve stress.
Himilayan Salt is known for its distinctive pink color. The color itself is good for calling in self-love. It can reduce stress to promote better sleep and increase moisture retention.
Source: Dr. Salts
You can go simple or extravagant with your carrier oils. Use anything from simple olive oil to more expensive and harder to find carrier oils like sweet almond or jojoba. If you're looking to save money, here are some benefits of more common oils you can probably find at your grocery store.
Canola or rapeseed oil is cheap and easy to get. For use on your skin, I'd recommend organic if you can, but I also know full well that the price can become prohibitive. This oil is great for dry and sensitive skin and is highly moisturizing.
Coconut oil is pretty ubiquitous. The heat from your shower would be enough to melt it, but keep in mind that it will likely be solid at room temperature. It's great for dry skin and will add a lovely scent to your shower scrub recipe.
Olive oil is what I tend to use because I always have some in my kitchen. It also happens to be a fantastic moisturizer and has anti-aging properties.
Other oils that might work well and are likely to be in your kitchen include sunflower oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil.
I have a pretty decent collection of essential oils at this point, but here are some that are pretty easy to find and generally inexpensive. Keep in mind that you're only using five drops at a time, so one bottle will last a long time. I usually incorporate two or three different essential oils in my salt scrub recipe, but I still only use five drops total. The list of possible oils is huge, but these should get you started.
Lavender essential oil is probably the most widely-used and easiest to find. You can easily buy a bottle at the drug store. It's peaceful, calming properties are great for a relaxing shower. It can soften and heal skin and promotes relaxation and restful sleep. It's also one of the few essential oils that's safe to use directly on the skin.
Peppermint oil is especially awesome in a morning shower. It's safe to use on skin when dilluted, but be careful when working with it directly. It soothes skin and can also help open your airways and ease digestion. It's also used for a variety of magical purposes, including cleansing and prosperity.
Chamomile essential oil is also great for calming, peaceful vibes. It has anti-imflammatory properties which makes it great for sensitive or irritated skin. I love combining it with lavender for a pre-bedtime shower for total relaxation. Magically, chamomile is also great for releasing negative energy.
When I'm making my salt scrub recipe for a spell, I sometimes like to add something a little bit extra. I'll add in a pinch of herbs like dried lavender, rose petals, rosemary, or sage, depending on my intention. Again, check that these herbs are safe to use on your skin. I'll also sometimes pop a crystal in the jar or set one on top over night. Totally optional, but it can make things a little prettier and more fun.
Make it magical
I've hinted at this a bit, but here's how I take this salt scrub from skincare to witchcraft.
Set your intention
What do you want from this new moon cycle? What do you want to release from the previous cycle? Set your intention first, and create from there.
Do your research
Find the various herbs, crystals, and other materials that will call in the energy of your intention. You can usually find lists of herbs and their properties in most spell books, and there are tons of resources online. I have some details on my kitchen magick page to get you started. I usually select two to three essential oils, one or two herbs and a crystal to add to my basic recipe.
Gather and cleanse your materials
Get everything you need all in one place. I usually use a bell to cleanse my materials, but choose whatever method feels right to you. Focus on your materials, and ask that any negative, stagnant, or harmful energy be cleansed from them.
Mix your ingredients
Once your materials are cleansed, you can begin to mix your ingredients. As you add each item to the jar, be sure to say what you want it to do for you. I usually ask for the item's help or guidance with whatever energy I need from it. Infuse the salt scrub with your own energy. Give it a good shake to mix the ingredients and to wake up the energy of your materials. If you're using a crystal, you can add it to the jar after it's been shaken (so you don't break the glass), or place it on top of the jar or next to it during the next step.
Charge your salt scrub
I place the jar in my south-facing window at sunset. You can place yours outside if it's safe to do so, or use a window if you're an apartment dweller like me. I like to light a candle and stick it to the top of the jar with a bit of melted wax. I choose a candle color that aligns with my intention. Let the candle burn completely. Be sure there's nothing flammable nearby. Leave the jar in the window to soak up the moon's energy (or the lack of moon if it's a new moon). Collect before sunrise.
Use your salt scrub recipe
I like to play solfeggio frequencies or other meditative music and light a few candles to set the scene. As I shower, I ask the water and the salt to wash away any negativity so that I have space to receive whatever I am hoping to manifest for that cycle. Visualize any negativity being drawn from your body by the salt and flowing away down the drain.
Whether you're looking to cleanse your spirit, or you just want to pamper yourself, I hope this homemade salt scrub recipe makes you feel a little bit magical. You deserve to take care of yourself. Never forget how awesome you are.
Be sure to pin this recipe for the next new moon.Print
Salt Scrub Recipe
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 uses 1x
- Category: Skincare
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: None
- ¼ cup bath salts of your choice
- 1 tablespoon carrier oil of your choice
- 5 drops essential oils of your choice
- Pinch of dried herbs, optional
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine or add them to a jar and shake to combine. Put a lid on your container. If you just want awesome salt scrub without any witchy stuff, you're done.
- If you want to make it magical, you can also add crystals the the jar (after it's been shaken so you don't break the jar) or arrange the crystals outside or on top of the jar.
- Place the jar of salt scrub in a window after sunset.
- Light a candle on top that corresponds with your intention. Be safe with open flame.
- Leave the jar to sit in the window to absorb the moon's energy, then collect it before the sun rises to use in your morning shower.
Keywords: Salt Scrub
If you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment. I'd love to know how you plan to use your homemade salt scrub and what ingredients work perfectly for you.