Handmade Honey Salt Scrub


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This easy-to-make honey salt scrub makes the perfect budget-friendly gift! It is the perfect solution to dry, flaky skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturized all day long. Better yet, it is way cheaper to make than all those expensive store-bought scrubs, and works just as well.

I first made this simple honey salt scrub about three years ago during our first ever 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  I loved it so much that I ended up making a huge bath and giving it away to all my friends and family that year.  They have been asking for more ever since!

But don’t let the simplicity fool you–this easy-to-make scrub packs a powerful punch!  It is the perfect solution to dry, flaky skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturized all day long.  Better yet, it is way cheaper to make than all those expensive store-bought scrubs, and works just as well!  You can use your favorite essential oil–I have tried it with bergamot, lavender, and ginger and they are all fabulous!  (For more information about essential oils and where to buy them, check out this post.)


All you need to make this luxurious DIY salt scrub is sea salt, olive oil, honey and essential oils.

Here is what you need:

1 cup salt
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil
5-6 drops essential oil 

Whisk together the honey and olive oil as you make your DIY salt scrub.

Step 1:  Whisk together honey & olive oil.

Slowly whisk in the salt to the scrub mixture.

Step 2:  Slowly mix in salt.

Essential oils add a beautiful scent to your DIY homemade honey salt scrub.

Step 3: Add essential oil and mix well.

Spoon the diy salt scrub into a cute wide-mouth jar or container.

Step 4: Spoon mixture into wide mouth mason jar or container.  Add a pretty tag to give as a gift.

This easy-to-make honey salt scrub makes the perfect budget-friendly gift! It is the perfect solution to dry, flaky skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturized all day long.  Better yet, it is way cheaper to make than all those expensive store-bought scrubs, and works just as well.

Easy Homemade Salt Scrub

This homemade salt scrub is the perfect gift for teachers, babysitters, neighbors, friends, mail carrier. Okay it's the perfect gift for everyone!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 jars


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 5-6 drops essential oil


  1. Whisk together honey & olive oil.

  2. Slowly mix in salt.

  3. Add essential oil and mix well.

  4. Spoon mixture into wide mouth mason jar or container. Add a pretty tag to give as a gift.

This easy-to-make honey salt scrub makes the perfect budget-friendly gift! It is the perfect solution to dry, flaky skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturized all day long. Better yet, it is way cheaper to make than all those expensive store-bought scrubs, and works just as well.


  1. Sylvia Pelekane
    November 25 at 08:51AM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I cannot wait to make this for myself AND my daughter! (plus friends).
    You have added much to my life in such a wonderful positive way!
    Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 26 at 08:07AM

      You’re welcome Sylvia! I hope you & your daughter love it as much as I do! xoxo

  2. November 25 at 10:26AM

    I LOVE making homemade scrubs. I have never tried a recipe like this so I am excited to try it. One year I gave these away as gifts and it was perfect. I love that you provided a gift tag to go along with it. That makes it even easier. Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 26 at 08:08AM

      You’re welcome Shambray! Let me know how it compares to your other favorite recipes!

  3. November 25 at 04:42PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the cute tags! I love making homemade scrubs too but have never tried one with honey. Will this one go bad after a certain amount of time? Thanks again–I will definitely keep this recipe in mind for gifts! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 26 at 08:10AM

      You’re welcome! It shouldn’t go bad if it is unused but an open or partially used container may spoil eventually (though I’ve never seen it happen.)

      • November 26 at 10:34AM

        Thanks! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂 We have electric heat here in the Pacific NW and it really dries out my poor skin. :/

  4. tristyna
    November 25 at 05:57PM

    hi this looks like a great reciepe for scrub.what can i use the scrub for being that i never used crub? i would like to make some for gifts to family friends and teachers at my kids school.also i think this would be a great item to do fundraiser for a few different chariets i help out in like type 1 diaberes,march of dimes,autism, cancer etc

  5. Annette M Vadnais
    November 28 at 08:45PM

    I made a triple batch of this using a Kitchenaid mixer. It seems really liquidy. I did the proper math to triple the batch. Would it make a difference if I did it by hand? It also seemed to need more essential oil than it called for. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks, Annette

    • Melanie D.
      December 8 at 03:51PM

      I had a similar issue making a double batch. The honey and the salt decided to be BFFs and shut out the oil entirely. I tried using it as is, on myself, but the solids just balled up. Definitely not suitable for gift-giving, which really disappoints me. I’m debating with myself whether to waste more ingredients trying a smaller batch, or just cut my losses. It’s left me pretty gun shy of trying the bath bomb recipe, which was on my agenda next.

      • Robin Pike
        December 16 at 11:13PM

        I had the exact same problem… I too doubled the recipe with the same results as you had Melanie. I am feeling the same way about debating on trying a smaller bath… 🙁 I planned on giving them as gives as well… I think I may try again and hope the results are different.

        • Cindy T
          April 3 at 09:50AM

          I had issue with it being too much liquid but balling up and hard to scrub. Ended up using it once and discarding.

  6. Brooke
    December 3 at 05:27AM

    I was curious… Where did you purchase your jars?
    Thank you for your time, Brooke

  7. December 6 at 05:05AM

    Where did you find the jars you used?

    • Robin Pike
      December 16 at 11:14PM

      I found the jars at Walmart

  8. Vickey
    December 6 at 11:44PM

    That’s an especially nice touch, adding the tags to the ones you give, and a printable here for us to use when we make this. Thanks!

  9. nanci
    December 9 at 09:06AM

    It’s nice that you’re doing this site. You have come up with many neat ideas. This is easy enough that kids can help make it for the teachers or aunts, or for themselves. A good way for them to see that they don’t need all those nasty chemicals. I have been using raw honey as a facial while cleaning or sitting on the computer. Just because this scrub has few ingredients doesn’t mean its “less” of a product. Less money, Less toxic, fun to customize . I found your site by chance, months back. The other day I was on pinterest and opened a pin and it led me to your site!! What a wonderful place to be. You’re full of ideas and that’s what makes your site so fun.

  10. Alicia
    December 16 at 05:47PM

    I also made this and followed the directions exactly. The honey and salt are stuck together solid and the oil is completely unabsorbed. Not sure why or if there is anything I can do to fix it before throwing it out? Thanks!

    • Robin Pike
      December 16 at 11:17PM

      Although I am sad that it didn’t work out for me, I am feeling much better to read that I am not the only one that it didn’t turn out correctly for… I thought it was me doing something wrong. I too am hoping it is salvageable at this point… I hope the author of this blog sees our “cry for help”… I did email her the other day and she said to just add more salt but that did not do any good.

    • Babs
      May 16 at 12:07PM

      I haven’t made this yet, but try putting the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds and the mix again.

  11. sally
    December 20 at 11:29PM

    Hi, I had the same results as above – honey seems to stick to salt and be more solid than i thought, and the olive oil is separate… am I missing something? is there a way to fix it? I love love love the sound of it so i hope it can be fixed!

    thanks in advance,

  12. December 23 at 09:23PM

    Looks like this is worth giving a try! Will make one. 🙂

  13. January 13 at 04:38PM

    Aaah what a wonderful recipe, thanks so much Ruth:) After reading the comments here, I made sure that I whisked the honey and oil together really well, before adding salt slowly, that way it didn’t separate as some other people’s experience. I also made a batch with sugar, which was really nice as the salt one can really hurt when there are cuts or razor burn on the skin…ouch

  14. Anonymous
    August 18 at 09:52PM

    I just made this and had the same problem as several others with the salt and honey clumping and oil separating. Not being willing to call it a loss, I started heating the mixture 30 sec at a time in the microwave and whisking in between heating. I bet you could use a double boiler if you don’t like microwaves. After about 1.5 min total heating time, with vigorous whisking in between, I had a lovely mixture. Poured it into jars and see no separation after about an hour. Tried some of what was left in the bowl on my hands and it works great! With just a little tweaking, this seems like a great recipe!

  15. Sherlyn
    December 30 at 12:53PM

    Is this for the face ?

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 30 at 08:57PM

      You can use it on your face as long as your skin isn’t too sensitive. I have used it on my hands and feet to make them feel silky smooth! 🙂

  16. Chuong Nguyen
    January 18 at 05:08AM

    This amazing recipe has an expired day? or it could be use forever? I’m very happy if you could answer my question.

  17. Victoria
    January 23 at 10:04PM

    Just a question, but can you use canola oil instead of olive oil? Or even baby oil?

  18. Terri
    December 17 at 12:54PM

    I just made the honey & salt scrub, it’s wonderful! I think the key is to whisk the honey and oil really well then SLOWLY add the salt. Mine turned out great! I made one batch af a time. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. February 2 at 01:30PM

    Please tell me what the texture of the honey scrub should feel like. Mine is like you feel the pieces of salt, is this correct or am I not mixing it long enough? I will wait for reply before making another recipe. Thank you.

  20. Hilary
    April 6 at 12:27PM

    how many ounces does this recipe make?

  21. April
    November 26 at 03:30PM

    Can I substitute epsom salt for the sea salt?

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 26 at 09:02PM

      You would get a different consistency but you could make it a sugar scrub. Just substitute sugar for the sea salt. 🙂

  22. Macey E.
    January 29 at 06:20AM

    This sounds like something I really need for my face. Thank you so much.

  23. March 2 at 02:48AM

    Can we use Himalayan pink salt for this scrub? Because I have Himalayan salt, so I want to know if I can use it instead of sea salt. I have read so much about the benefits of Himalayan salt and even purchased a Himalayan salt lamp form ittefaqco recently.

  24. April 16 at 02:18AM

    This recipe sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing it. I use Himalayan salt for cooking so I am definitely going to try this scrub but with this salt. I have heard so much good about Himalayan salt, even I have purchased Himalayan salt lamp as well. You can visit the given website to know more about different types of salt products.

  25. Remi
    July 14 at 09:35PM

    It didn’t mix for me either unfortunately. I tried the tip to heat it up, mix it again, heat it up, mix it again. But the oil(s) still won’t go into the salt+honey mixture. Actually, by mixing it for that long (10min), the only thing that happened is the honey going into the oil and out of the salt for a bit.

    I’m using it by just mixing it a bit by hand before applying, and it works so that’s nice!

  26. Nikki
    November 24 at 07:44PM

    I make a similar scrub with coconut oil. I love it.

  27. Hayley
    December 9 at 01:49AM

    This scrub works amazingly well. But I find that the oil always separates to the top, which is kind of annoying (though not a deal-breaker). Any tips to keep this from happening? Thanks!

  28. Aldhissla
    December 15 at 01:17PM

    Maybe this is terrible late but for all the people struggling with the honey and salt marriage problem: add about a tablespoon of castile soap to your mix and everything emulsifies nicely 😉

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