How to Make Lavender Salt Scrub with Coconut Oil

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If you have been wondering how to make a lavender salt scrub, then this post is for you. We share the ingredients and steps needed.

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This is the time of year when all the flowers, herbs and plants in my garden are at their best. There is so much satisfaction and joy in cutting the flowers and using the herbs. Especially since I know that in a few months, a frost will have arrived and we will be preparing for winter again.

So, I try to make the most of this time of year by harvesting and using as much as I can from the garden. If you live in the Northeast, no doubt, you can relate.

Additionally, this time of year, I am usually working with my hands either in the garden or on furniture. When I am digging in the soil my hands can get particularly dirty. The kind of dirt that doesn’t come off with the use of soap and water. If I am using an oil based paint or primer on a piece of furniture, my hands can get temporarily stained.

After doing some research, I found that salt scrubs are recommended for removing tough stains on your hands, including those from soil, primer or paint. So today, I want to share my own recipe for a lavender salt scrub with coconut oil. These salt scrubs are also a fabulous way to exfoliate the skin on your elbows, calves and feet.

Last year, I decided to dry lavender blossoms by hanging a few bunches upside down in the basement. This project is a perfect opportunity to use some dried lavender. I have tried a variety of salt scrub recipes over the years, and this one seems to work best for me.

I always keep a small container of the salt scrub by the kitchen sink so its easily accessible. (No digging around under the kitchen sink trying to find the container) It’s easy to make, easy to use, is all natural and smells heavenly.

Lavender Salt Scrub

In addition to having lavender salt scrub around for your own use, it also makes a great gift. Especially if you have friends who work with their hands. An added bonus of adding the liquid coconut oil is that it moisturizes your skin. Let’s get started with the directions on how to make your own lavender salt scrub with coconut oil.


Below are the ingredients needed to make the salt scrub. I have linked online sources where possible. Having said that, you can get almost all of these supplies from your local big box store.

Lavender salt scrub ingredients

Quantities Needed

You can make as much or as little of the salt scrub as you need. Here are the ratios and quantities in which I use the above ingredients.

  • 1 cup of epsom salts
  • 1/4 cup of liquid coconut oil
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender blossoms
  • 1 drop of blue food coloring and a smidge of red food coloring.

Making the Lavender Salt Scrub

In a generous size bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; epsom salts and lavender blossoms.

Combing all the dry ingredients

Then add in the wet ingredients; coconut oil, essential oil and food coloring. Adding food coloring is not required, it just gives the salt scrub a hint of color. Be aware that a little bit of food coloring goes a looong way. I added 1 drop of blue food coloring and barely a smidge of red food coloring.

Adding the wet ingredients for the salt scrub

Once all the ingredients are combined, spoon the mixture into air tight jars and let them rest for a week or two. This will ensure the salt becomes infused with the essential oils.

Lavender Salt Scrub Gifts

I decided to make a few extra jars of the salt scrub to give as gifts. In addition to using this salt scrub for your hands, you can add a tablespoon to a bath.

Feel free to pin the images below for future reference.

Lavender Salt Scrub


Lavender Salt scrub

See that brown transferware platter in the image above? It was a recent find and it has the most beautiful back stamp. It was made in England in the late 1800s.

Lavender Salt Scrub

To finish off these little jars, I tied some jute twine on the top and tucked in some dried lavender blossoms.

You can also create several variations for this salt scrub. For example, if you have roses in your garden, you could add dried rose petals and use rose essential oil. Another option is to add dried lemon thyme and use lemon essential oil. As another example, dried rosemary and rosemary essential oil could be used in a salt scrub. Really the options are only limited by your imagination.


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  1. Hi Anna! Salt scrubs work wonders on my hands! I have never made it before, but you made it look so easy! I want to try it sometime! And you are right, that would make a wonderful gift! I love how you added the dried lavender to the jars, so pretty!

    1. Hi Donna! As a fellow furniture-fixer-upper-painter – I knew you would understand! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. OH! I love this Anna. I always want new projects to use my lavender. I have pinned this so I can make it myself and love your suggestions for other scents too. Thanks so much for the inspiration and I love how you packaged them. Super thoughtful gift. XO- MaryJo

  3. This looks like such a fun gift idea and I know it smells amazing too, Anna. I love anything with lavender so I’m super excited to try your recipe. I’m always shocked at how dirty my hands get after a day spent picking weeds or transitioning our container gardens. Hugs, CoCo

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