Homemade Coconut Salt Scrub

My Dirty Little Secret . . . I Have Dry, Cracked, Nasty Old Hag Feet!
In my defense, I live in flip-flops 8 months out of the year and having sexy feet is not high on my priority list.I attempted to get a picture of my cracked heels to prove just how neglected my feet truly are.  But, do you know how impossible it is to take a picture of your own feet without looking like a hobbit?  It is probably just as well that I could not get a decent picture.  That is an image you do not want to see.
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Well, it is time to take care of my little problem.  I have noticed DIY Scrubs on Pinterest and just how simple they are to make.  It’s just a matter of deciding if you want a salt or sugar scrub and what type of oil and essential oil scent you prefer.
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I chose to make a Salt Scrub with Coconut Oil and Coconut Scent.  I also used Vitamin E Oil because I have a ton of it stockpiled from my pregnancy.  Apparently I thought that I would need to bathe in Vitamin E to prevent stretchmarks.
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Just mix your Course Sea Salt or Sugar with your Oils at a 2:1 ratio.  For example I mixed 1 cup Salt with 1/4 cup Coconut Oil and 1/4 cup Vitamin E Oil.  If you are only using one oil mix 1/2 cup Oil with 1 cup Salt.  Then add 3-4 drops of Essential Oil for fragrance and stir it up.
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Put your scrub into a container and you’re done.  I Know, Right? … Easy Peasy!
And it is perfect for a quick and cheap last minute gift.  Put it in a jar, tie a ribbon around it, attach a label and you have a fancy and luxurious gift.
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Store bought scrubs can cost ten to twenty dollars or more.  This comes out to about two or three bucks depending on the ingredients and that is including the cost of the jar.  Luckily none of my family and friends read my blog … because guess what they are getting for Christmas and Birthday presents this year!
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This also works great as a Shower Body Scrub too.  Just be sure to scrub the heck out of your bathtub afterwards so nobody slips and breaks a hip.
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So there you have it.
My once Hideous Hobbit Feet are now Sexy and Silky Smooth. OhLaLa. 
Hey! Check out this Homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub . . . 
How To Make Lavender Sugar Homemade Body Scrub Recipe wonkywonderful.com
Easy Homemade Body Scrub: Vanilla Coconut - Body Scrub is the perfect last minute homemade gift idea! wonkywonderful.com
Feel free to leave a comment or if you have any questions you can email me directly at wonkywonderful@gmail.com 


  1. Marcia says:

    Your “OhLaLa” convinced me to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sheila says:

    Thanks for sharing. I buy coconut oil by the vat. I use in place of butter in everything, even the dog gets a daily dose. Going to use Rosemary oil for the scent to promote focus and clear thinking.

  3. bonnie happell says:

    Hello..just discovered your website and its is so wonderful. I was wondering if you could tell me how to print out your recipes? There isn’t a print button. You have quite a comical attitude. Thanks for helping.

    • Nicole says:

      Hi Bonnie, thanks so much for the compliment. I am in the process of converting my recipes so that there is a printable option. Let me know which recipes you would like to print and I will bump those up to the top of my To Do List and have them converted for you within the next day or so. Thanks!

    • Bonnie Happell, you can always hit Ctrl P (control P) and that will print what ever page you are looking at. It helps to have a hubby that is a computer geek… lol

  4. Kayla K says:

    Hi I just thought this DIY Scrub was adorable, but I also wanted to know where you got the wooden spoon? Thanks

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Kayla, Thanks I’m glad you like the scrub. I bought those cute mini wooden spoons at World Market. It was over six months ago so I’m not sure if they still sell them. Have a great weekend!

  5. Jane says:

    Hi I also make my own and have made a gat coffee one! Just add oil of your choice and used coffee grinder beans , great for your morning shower!

  6. Oh, I love it! I add 1 tablespoon of body wash to mine to scent it though. So you can stretch a little bottle of body wash a looooong way! =)

    • Nicole Harris says:

      What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by and sharing that tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. donna says:

    wonderful stuff! I whipped up a batch and now will never be without it for my psoriasis!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that, Donna! Have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. AmyLee Brooks says:

    Hi Nicole! Thank you for sharing this Wonderful “Scrub” recipe & gift idea with us! However, I am not sure if you & others are aware that TOO MUCH vitamin E can actually contribute to the development of cancer. Therefore I recommend that if you are using 100% pure vitamin E oil, you do NOT use 1/4 cup of vitamin E! Use only 1 Tbs. & then use another oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Both are wonderful for the skin, as is the coconut oil you suggested

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi AmyLee! Thanks so much for your comment. I would definitely want to revise a post if it is incorrect or harmful. I have been researching ‘vitamin e contributing to cancer’ and have been unable to find any articles about negative side effects. I have even searched through the American Cancer Society website for info. Do you happen to know of an article that states the cautionary information? I would appreciate the link if you do, that way I can revise the post and have a link to an informative article about the possible side effects of too much vitamin e oil. Thanks!

  9. Terri Cane says:

    Thanks for recipe. I used a coconut oil sea salt body polish that my sister had set out by the sink in her guest bathroom. I fell in love with it, but not the price, so I was looking to make my own. Do you know what could be added to this to make it anti bacterial?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Terri! From everything that I have read about coconut oil, it seems to be antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil is a miracle ingredient! Have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Travis Lewis says:

    Hey I was wondering if I am suppose to use unrefined coconut oil or refined coconut oil! I am not sure of the differance

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Travis! You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil. Unrefined is less processed and has a great natural coconut aroma. Refined oil will work just fine but will not add the coconut scent. I hope you enjoy!

  11. Alexis says:

    Hi Nicole! I am so excited to make this scrub! My coconut oil turns to a sold in the cabinet. Do I need to melt it before mixing the scrub? And will it stay a liquid once it’s mixed? Thanks!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Alexis! I would recommend melting the coconut oil just enough to make it liquid. That way it is easier to mix with the salt. It will become solid again and the scrub will become like a paste. You can either use it that way, place your jar into a bowl of warm water before use or substitute some of the coconut oil for a liquid oil such as olive or grapeseed. I hope you enjoy!

  12. Isn’t this recipe from pvsoap.com? I made it years ago and it’s great, very tropical.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I don’t know, I’ve never visited the pvsoap site. I’m sure there are similar recipes out there. I love the tropical smell too!

  13. hi,
    can you please tell me that i can use normal salt or not….which i usually use for making food..do tell me so that i can make salt scrub for me..And i can use olive oil or not..

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Megha! The great thing about homemade scrubs is that you can pretty much use what you have on hand. You can definitely use regular salt or even sugar. And olive oil works well too. Good Luck!

    • Can you use rock salt in the scrub?

      • Nicole Harris says:

        I’m sure rock salt would work too. The scrub will be much more coarse. Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Can you use vegetable oil and olive oil?

          • Can you replace essential oils to drops of perfume instead?

          • Nicole Harris says:

            Hmmm, I’ve never done it that way. But, since perfume is safe to spray on your skin I imagine it would be okay. I would start out with a very small amount to try it out.

          • Nicole Harris says:

            Hi Kyrah! Yeah, the great thing about homemade scrubs is that you can pretty much use whatever oil you like. Enjoy!

  14. should i use olive and coconut oil

  15. thanks for your reply

  16. I sell flip flops and interchangeable clips for them so I LIVE in my flips pretty much year round! I get a pedicure every 3 weeks but it just doesn’t make it the full 3 weeks. Since my feet are ALWAYS on display, I am CONSTANTLY looking for something to keep them in viewable condition. I love a good salt scrub and THIS IS IT!!! I made this about 2 weeks ago and my heels are more moisturized than ever before. I use it daily on my feet, legs and arms. No need for a slathering of lotion either!! Sooooo happy I found your blog!!!!
    Saying goodbye to snake skin legs was the BEST goodbye I ever said!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Dawn! I’m so happy that you like it! Gotta get rid of those snake skin legs ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. Hello. I love scrubs. This scrub sounds wonderful. I am looking forward to making it but I was wondering if there is something other then oil thag I could use.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Amber! You can use whichever oil that you prefer. Olive oil, sunflower oil or grapeseed oil will work great too. I like to choose oils with a mild scent for scrubs so that I don’t end up smelling like a salad ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. christy says:

    I am making the salt scrub. I plan on using the coconut oil and the corse salt. what essential oil should I use. and where do I buy these things in bulk?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Christy! You can really use any essential oil scent that you prefer. I used coconut essential oil that I purchased at a natural/health store in my area. You can search Amazon for essential oils. Just make sure thay are labeled as safe for use on skin. I use the coconut oil that has a coconut scent, so now I don’t even bother with the essential oils. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Jessica says:

    I am so excited to make this for my children’s teacher as a Christmas gift. Would this be ok to use on your hands?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Jessica. Yes, this absolutely can be used on hands. I have used it as a full body scrub. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Becky L says:

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m planning a spa party for my daughter’s birthday and I think this will make a perfect addition to the “menu”.

  21. sherry butcher says:

    Glad to find this the Homemade Coconut SALT scrub I can use this too. do you have any Bath Salts?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Sherry! I don’t have any bath salt recipes. Unfortunately I don’t have a large bath at my house {I Wish}. So, I’ve never had a reason to make any. But I know that you can find tons of tutorial/recipes if you search for bath salts on Pinterest!

  22. Chanay Huff says:

    I was wondering if you could use other course salts, like canning/pickling salt or ice cream salt

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Chanay! I have not used canning or ice cream salt in my scrubs. I imagine they would work. The canning salt is super fine and would gently exfoliate. While ice cream salt is huge and may be a little clunky when trying to use as a scrub.

  23. This looks/sounds wonderful. How long does a batch last on the shelf? Thank you for your help

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Val! I have been using the same batch for about 6 months now. It is still as good as the first day ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Cindy Smith says:

    Hi Nicole, Thank you so much for sharing…this sounds wonderful and your presentation is just too cute. I have found these little mini spoons at estate sales and now know just what to do with them. Where did you find the little jar with the salt scrub, its just the perfect size.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Cindy! I found my jars at my local Walmart in the canning section. Enjoy!

  25. Regina says:

    Hi Nicole, I came across your website while looking for salt scrub recipes to be used as party favors for a bridal shower. This is my first go at something like this so I have a few questions…. Do you recommend a certain type of sea salt and how long will the salt scrub keep sealed in jars?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Regina! For this coconut salt scrub, I used a course sea salt that I found in my grocery store. But, you can use a non course salt or even sugar if you prefer. As far as how long the scrub stays good … I have had scrubs for 6-12 months that are still the same as the day I made them. So, they last a long time! Enjoy!

  26. Kathy says:

    Hi Nicole! I love your recipes and I actually got on a site and ordered all my products except the vanilla pod. After looking at all the selections., nothing said “Pod” Can you please tell me where to get these? Thank you!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m sorry for the confusion, Kathy. Look for Vanilla Beans. I call them pods or vanilla bean pods. But they will be labeled as Vanilla Beans. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=724725011

      • Thanks so much Nicole! I was thinking that but wasn’t sure and wanted to ask you. Now I have a few more questions…Does one bean equal one pod? Does the Pod have a long shelf life if I buy in bulk? After looking at Amazon, there are several to choose from, could you tell me what Vanilla Bean you prefer to use when you make this scrub and last but not least, will Coconut oil 76 work fine with making this product? Thank you so much for all your expertise! Sincerely, Kathy

        • Nicole Harris says:

          Yes, one bean is one pod. There may be a way to store vanilla beans longer. I buy 1 or 2 at a time at Trader Joe’s so that they are super fresh. So, I don’t have experience storing the beans. And, the coconut oil 76 should work great. That will be better for the scrub consistency. Good Luck!

  27. Kathy says:

    Hi Nicole:
    I was able to find everything to purchase for the scrubs but when I wrote in Vanilla Pod, I would get no match for that product. Can you explain where I can get a Vanilla Pod or what I could substitute that with? Thanks so much for your help!
    Kathy Adam

  28. JaneEllen says:

    From what I’ve read on all the comments, this stuff really works. We live in very dry climate so it’s hard to keep feet from getting ragged. I’d love some kind of combination I could make at home I could afford. Will be looking for coconut oil and whatever else I need at Sprouts which is next door to Hobby lobby, so convenient.
    Have some Vit. E oil used on my scars after my knee replacements, did help the scars to heal nicer and they are long scars. From the one comment I read it’s not good to use Vit E oil, how does it harm a person? By sinking into skin? I used it for several weeks on my scars after surgery both times. Won’t be using it for scrub. Will use the coconut oil for scent.
    Look forward to making this scrub. Happy Fall and days

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi JaneEllen! Thanks for your comments. I did quite a bit of research and was never able to find anything that cautions against using vitamin e oil. But, you can definitely make this scrub without the vit e oil. It will still work great!

  29. lohill says:

    would Epsom salts be effecticve in this recipe?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I have never used epsom salts so I cannot say for sure. I know that some people soak their feet in epsom salt but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a scrub with epsom salts.

  30. Melanie Lynch-Evans says:

    I made my own sea salt, lemon essential oil from doTerra coconut oil with baking soda and table salt scrub….I figured three different textures of salt would have a more consistent feel when rubbing into the skin. What no one mentions is how in warm climates like Southern Alabama your oil will melt in its container until the temp cools down. I see it solid and liquid all the time in the covered glass container I put it in. The problem I am sharing is that the oil is less dense than the salt so over time, all the oil rises to the top leaving the salt below. The shape of my glass container is round and the mouth of the container is slightly smaller than the body of the vase. I made a mess moment ago trying to mix it up with my fingers while washing my hands (which feel great right now). I wasted some of my oil as it came out and all around the mouth and neck of my container trying to mix without a spoon–we humans DO try things the short-cut way, don’t we? The reason I have taken the time to share this on your blog is two-fold. 1. Can anyone give me a recipe where this will not happen 2. If you make these as gifts, think about the temperature, the shape of the container, and maybe add a little wooden/plastic ice cream type spoon (the kind you eat icecream samples with). Definitely tell the gift receiver on a nice tag what to do when their coconut oil liquefies. It needs to be stirred often in warmer climates/seasons. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was important to me because eI used 15 drops of my lemon essential oil (expensive kind) and I hope most of it didn’t come out of the top. It had sat on the counter three weeks before I had even used it. I was a little disappointed the lemon smell was not like commercial bright crisp lemony…and the real rosemary herbs I put into the other one DID smell like Rosemary but the salt killed the herb clippings and turned them black. Just sharing my troubles….

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Melanie. Yes, the coconut oil does change from oil to solid depending on temperature. I have made other scrubs with a mixture of coconut oil and grapeseed oil or with just grapeseed oil. Those will not solidify. Or, when the coconut oil becomes solid I will run the jar under warm water, stir then use. Hope that helps! https://wonkywonderful.com/1/post/2013/11/lavender-sugar-homemade-body-scrub-recipe.html or https://wonkywonderful.com/1/post/2014/08/homemade-coffee-body-scrub.html

    • ChoChang says:

      In my bathroom, I have a big OPAQUE container of coconut oil. Storing it in an opaque container will prevent it from going rancid. I also have a small bag of Murray River pink sea salt flakes (I find salt flakes are more gentle, yet still lovely and abrasive). I take a pinch of the salt flakes and slightly rub them before I put them into my palm. I then add a generous dollop of coconut oil and slap a bit more oil on my decolletage and shoulders. I get into the shower and scrub my face (without adding water) and then move down to my neck, shoulders etc. I then wet a washcloth with hot water and pat and rub very lightly to remove the excess oil. It’s the most amazing makeup remover and a little goes a long way. Doing this has helped significantly reduce the wrinkles I had on my decolletage as well as my face. It’s so cheap too. I love it.

      • Nicole Harris says:

        Oh, I love all of you tips! I need to take the time to do this more often ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Hi! I was planning on trying out your recipe and was curious in ur recipe if u r using more than one oil if u still have to add the essential oil for fragrance and if so what the kind of essential oil to buy?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Lani. The essential oil is not necessary if you can’t find it. You just want to make sure the oil is cosmetic grade. If you use unrefined coconut oil there will be a light coconut scent. Enjoy!

  32. Thanks for the recipe! I was looking for a recipe similar to the very pricey Isle of Luxe they sell down south, and came across your page! Great Christmas idea! Just curious, if I use coconut oil and coconut essential oil, will the smell of coconut come out to strong?

  33. Just a quick question I made some of the salt scrub for myself and loved it. So I picked up some Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (fine) at Ross (4.99 for a 2 pound package) and made some for presents for Christmas. The question is since I am using 8 oz ball canning jars can I / should I heat/pressure seal them to help prevent the oil from leaking and preserve it better till they are ready to use it?
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Jill! I think the scrub should be fine just sealed in a jar without heating. As long as it is clean. I have never tried heat sealing the jars. So I’m not sure if that would work or not. I have had scrubs for 6+ months without any issues. Enjoy!

  34. I was wondering if I could /should heat seal the jars. I am using 8 oz ball mason jars.

  35. How long can we keep the scrub without putting vitamin E?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Scrubs last quite a long time as long as they are kept sealed and clean. You can omit the vitamin e oil completely and replace it with another liquid oil such as grape seed oil. Enjoy!

  36. I just made my sea salt scrub and I love it. Thanks Nicole

  37. Cheryl Adam says:

    Nicole I am so thrilled I found your site today. I wish it had been Sat. LOL
    I took my hubby to Captain George’s Father’s Day for a treat.
    In the bathrooms, they have the salt scrub with almond oil I am guessing.
    I went nuts my hands were so soft. I then PAID $53.00 for 2 pint jars.
    I can hardle wait to make my own.
    One question, where do I go to buy the oils. I have never done anything like this
    but am so excited. Up a few years (71 in Dec.) and love trying new things for sure.
    You are awesome, thanks so much,
    God bless, hugs, Cheryl

  38. Kandi says:

    Hello, Can you tell me how many ounces/cups the recipe makes? If you mentioned the information, sorry, but I didn’t see that listed. Thank you

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Kandi! This recipe makes approximately one and a half cups. Feel free to use your favorite oils and you can also sub sugar for the salt.

  39. I just found this on pinterest, thanks so much for the recipe! I only wanted to do it on a use-by-use basis instead of making a jar worth. I did 2 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp vitamin E oil and it turned out great for a one time use. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Thanks.. I used orange oil for energy and peppermint oil drops for a good feeling on feet. Lavender was nice for body before bed. so so nice . I ran out of coconut oil so I used half coconut oil and half almond oil and.. I used another time Himalayan pink salt which I got from TJ Maxx. I ground that up in a coffee grinder with fresh lavender

  41. Do you melt the cocont oil to ix it? I did, because I thought I read that somewhere.

  42. Ashley Witcher says:

    I think it would work best with an exfoliating glove or sponge or something.. I feel like it could exfoliate better. Super nice and simple! Thanks! http://youscrub.com

  43. Ashley says:

    Hey, I have everything I need for my salt scrub but I want to incorporate jojoba oil. I got a 1 fluid ounce bottle in hopes that I will have enough and also hoping the coconut oil with the jojoba won’t make it too greasy feeling. Should I compensate some of the coconut with the jojoba?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Yes, just use jojoba oil in place of some of the coconut oil. That mixture should be very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

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