I love salt scrubs, especially this time of year when I want to slough off the dead skin from winter, and I equally love bath salts for the skin softening ingredients in them – but more often than not I find myself in the shower. These pouches are perfect for combining both bath salt and salt scrub into an exfoliating pouch I can bring into the shower, and they are simple to make.
You can go a few different routes when making these so play around with your recipes and find your favorite. I made these for my mom for Mother’s Day so I added a few things for specific reasons. I will list them to give you an idea of how you can customize these to suit your needs. In my moms pouches I included:
- 1 cup sea salt – Coarse because it holds up better in the water for exfoliating
- 1 cup Epsom salt – Anti-inflammatory, skin softener among other things
- 1 cup powdered milk – Skin conditioner, gentle exfoliate
- 1 cup baking soda – My mom has hard water, this will soften it
- 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil – She is up before dawn and needs a pick-me-up
A few different ideas for a mix:
- Oatmeal, lavender buds, and powdered milk with a little of your favorite essential oil
- Just sea salt and grapefruit or petitgrain essential oil for an invigorating scrub
- Salts, herbs, and essential oil
Diy Salt Pouches
Start with 6 cheap washcloths. I picked mine up at the dollar store. The cheaper the better, you want them a little rough!
Folded in half, cut them into thirds. Mine were 3½ inches each.
Still folded, sew along each side leaving the end open.
Fill each pouch half full with desired mix.
I just placed the pouches in a dish as I went along so they were upright.
With a needle and thread make a loose stitch across the top then pull to gather and secure with a knot. Or get some of those little clear elastics and tie around the top (this would make them great for re-use)
If you are only using sea salt and essential oil you might be able to sew the top with a sewing machine, just make sure no fine dust is getting into your machine. You are done!!
Now put them in a pretty airtight jar (a mason jar works great) until you are ready to use them!
You can use alone but there are a few different ways, for example:
- Form a little well in the pouch with your thumb and pour in a tablespoon of grapeseed oil or even olive oil for a more softening effect (tried that this morning…it was fabulous)
- Put a little of your body wash on it for a cleansing scrub
- Toss in the tub while it is filling for a salt bath
They make great gifts, just throw them in a pretty jar with a few instructions and you’re set!
For another great gift try some Diy Bath Tea, you can make different recipes with it too.
Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite recipe, I’m always on the lookout for a great concoction!