Homemade Citrus Salt Scrub

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diy citrus salt scrubThis year I wanted to make handmade gifts for Mother’s day. Since I had eight gifts to make they needed to be relatively simple and not too time consuming. Most importantly they had to be gifts that everyone would enjoy. So I thought who doesn’t like beauty products? I made a set of pampering goodies; homemade citrus salt scrub and honey scented homemade whipped body butter and wrapped them up in a cute little package.

It wasn’t easy but I was able to find a recipe for a simple citrus salt scrub that didn’t have a ton of ingredients or essential oils. Which I’ve read aren’t that safe, especially the citrus oils which can actually cause sunburns if you go out into the sun directly after applying them.


I found a great simple citrus salt scrub recipe on Paula Dean’s site, here, which I modified just a bit.


You can download the 3×5 recipe card here.


If you can’t find sweet almond oil don’t worry. I found some but it was really expensive so I used regular almond oil which worked just fine. They sell it on Amazon pretty cheap (which of course I didn’t have time to order from, since I started this project at the last-minute).

I bought all the ingredients at Whole Foods, I wanted to use organic citrus so the peel/zest wouldn’t have any pesticide residue. I was surprised by how inexpensive the 365 brand sea salt was (only $2.99 for a 26oz container). I’m using the leftovers to cook with.

I got my canning jars at Tarjay for a steal of a price. You can find them in the Kitchen section.

One last thing, don’t forget to make some for yourself.

I made labels in three different colors just for variety, even though they all have the same ingredients. You can download them here and print them out.

salt scub labelshomemade citrus salt scrub

I’ll be posting the whipped body butter recipe next week and show you the super simple yet cute packaging.

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Homemade Citrus Salt Scrub — 31 Comments

  1. OMG!!! That looks FABULOUS!!!! I will try this! Oh and I love that you offer the printable too! Super sweet!

    You better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Please!!

    • You can adjust the amount of oil too make it dryer or wetter it you like. Just add it in slowly until you reach the consistency you like.

    • It didn’t say in the original recipe, but I would try to use it within 3 months. If you keep it in the fridge it should last even longer. Salt and lemon are both natural preservatives (i looked it up here) so it should be ok. To keep bacteria from getting in the jar, use a spoon when taking it out.

  2. This is a great idea! I have a wonderful recipe for a lip scrub/moisturizer that would be nice with this as well. I am already thinking Christmas gifts. . . Thanks for the recipe and the printables!

  3. Jacky,

    I’ve made bath salts lots of times before, but always used epsom salt. This would be fun to try something different. And I love the way you’ve packaged your salts, so cute!

    I followed you over from Homemaker on a Dime. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

  4. I’ve always wanted to make bath salts, and now I know how. I close to a Whole foods so can pick everything up there. Thanks so much for sharing the “recipe” and for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

  5. How much does this recipe make? I am trying to determine how much sweet almond oil I will need. I am thinking of making this for Christmas gifts for family. 🙂

    • The recipe makes approximately 12oz of scrub, depending on if you add more or less oil to adjust the consistency to how you like it. I used the 8oz jars. So the recipe was enough to fill 1-1/2 jars. Hope that helps.

  6. Thank you soooooooo much i made a batch to try out before i make some for christmas gift and i got to tell you its magic in a jar i love it and more it sits the more the lime, lemon and orange smells better i love it so thank you

  7. Hi, Does it matter what oil is used? Sunflower maybe? Almond Oil is quite expensive down here in New Zealand.

  8. how did you do your labels? what software or anything? I really like them, and would like to make labels for other things like chapsticks, vanilla extracts, etc. Thanks for the information and I LOVE the scrub. Just made it. It is going to be mother’s day gifts.

    • Glad to hear you liked the scrub! I made the labels on a graphics program (Corel Draw). If your good at Word (which I’m not) you can probably use that. I’ve seen free printable labels on other blogs before, If you google ‘free printable labels’ or look on Pinterest you can probably find a ton. Hope that helps. 🙂

  9. I wonder if grapeseed oil would be a great substitute of the sweet almond oil?

  10. Glad I found this! In the organic beauty section at Wally World there is a scrub that is called mint lemonade, or something like that. Anyway, I LOVED, ADORED, DROOLED over the scent of it and would purposely open the jar just to catch a whiff of it. Now I can make my own using this recipe with the add in of mint. Thanks!