How to Make the Best Salt Scrub Bars

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DIY Salt Scrub Bars work extremely well for exfoliating rough patches of dry, dead skin. Learn how to make the best Lavender Salt Scrub Bars recipe for smooth skin! 

Three DIY lavender salt scrub bars on a blue placemat with a small glass jar of pink sea salt

I have loved exfoliating my skin ever since I was a teenager. Freshly exfoliated skin has always given me a sense of renewal, which is much needed – my skin isn’t quite as youthful these days!

While I’ve always been a huge fan of sugar scrub bars (which should be no secret – you can find recipes for peppermint, apricot seed and lavender petal on the blog now!), I’m an advocate for salt scrub bars too. They’re great on rough skin!

If you have sensitive skin, I recommend sticking with one of those sugar scrub bar recipes. However, if your skin isn’t sensitive and you have some skin that needs serious exfoliation (like the skin on my feet), then these salt scrub bars will be just what you need.

Do you have rough patches of skin that could use some extra love? These Lavender Salt Scrub Bars exfoliate dead skin away, leaving fresh new skin to moisturize!

Since salt is a bit rougher on the skin than sugar, I added lavender essential oil to these salt scrub bars to help soothe skin as it’s exfoliated. You can sub out other essential oils too – I teach you how in my free guide to choosing the right essential oils for your homemade beauty products.

Stack of 5 homemade salt scrub bars

The Best Lavender Salt Scrub Bars Recipe

Learn how to make easy salt scrub bars to exfoliate away dead skin. Lavender essential oil soothes freshly exfoliated skin.
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Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • ½ pound shea butter melt and pour soap
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2-3 drops soap colorant - pink or purple


  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Silicone mold
  • Double Boiler


  • Cut the soap base into squares and place into a double boiler or a glass bowl fitted into a pot of water. Heat over medium heat until the soap base is melted and clear.
    Chopped up shea butter melt and pour soap in a clear glass bowl
  • Once the soap is melted, add the sweet almond oil to the double boiler and stir to combine.
    Sweet almond oil being added to melted soap base
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly (but not harden), before adding the essentials oils.
    Adding lavender essential oil to bowl of melted soap base and almond oil
  • Stir to combine, then whisk in the food coloring.
    Adding soap colorant to soap and oil base in a bowl
  • Sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan salt into bottom of each cavity of your silicone mold.
    Sea salt being sprinkled into the bottom of a pink silicone mold
  • Gently pour the soap mixture from the double boiler into the mold, filling each cavity just to the top.
    Lavender salt scrub soap mixture being poured into the pink silicone mold
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of each salt scrub bar.
    Sea salt being sprinkled over the top of the soap mixture that was poured into a pink silicone mold for setting
  • Spray the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol to dissipate any bubbles.
    Spraying the salt scrub bars with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles
  • Allow your salt scrub bars to harden for at least one hour or until they are completely cooled. Once they’re cool, gently pop each salt scrub bar out and store in an airtight glass container (like a mason jar) until you’re ready to use them.
    Lavender salt scrub bars on a blue and white soap dish on a blue placemat with white flowers

4 thoughts on “How to Make the Best Salt Scrub Bars”

  1. Hello, I am new to soap making and I would like to know if I could mix the salt into the mixture instead of sprinkling on the top and bottom.
    Thank you,

    1. Since there are no water-based ingredients, they should usually last a couple of months if they’re kept in a cool, dry place and not exposed to moisture. I usually use the soonest expiration date on the ingredients you’re using and go with that. But if they ever look or smell funny, toss them. I also have a post on Natural Preservatives for Beauty Products you may be interested in.

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