Coconut Oil Salt Scrub This homemade coconut oil salt scrub will leave your skin soft and smooth! 3 cups coconut oil salt essential oils

Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

This homemade coconut oil salt scrub will leave your skin soft and smooth!

Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

I love this body scrub recipe. It’s simply made with coconut oil and epsom salts. Essential oils can be added for fragrance but coconut oil and salt work great on its own.

To get started you’ll want to check your coconut oil to see if it’s soft (room temperature) or solid. If it’s solid you’ll need to gently warm it up on the stove top.

Next you’re going to mix two cups of soft coconut oil with 1 cup of salt. You can use any salt you like. I used epsom salts.

Add a few drops of essential oils to the mix if you like. I like to use lavender and geranium for my salt scrub.

Mix well then store in a container.

You can use this scrub as a full body scrub, hand scrub and foot scrub. The salt gently exfoliates the skin and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling baby soft.

If you have sensitive skin you may want to swap out the salt for sugar. Sugar scrubs are more gentle on the skin.


Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

Coconut Oil Salt Scrub Recipe

Yields 3 cups of coconut oil salt scrub.


  • 2 Cups coconut oil
  • 1 Cup Epsom salts
  • 8-10 Drops Essential Oils


  1. Mix coconut oil, epsom salts and essential oils together.
  2. Store in an air tight container until ready to use.

How To Use

Use as a body scrub, hand scrub or foot scrub.

Make sure to be careful if you use this in the shower! The coconut oil may leave your tub a little slippery.

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Coconut Oil Salt Scrub
  • 2 Cups coconut oil
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 8-10 Drops Essential Oils
  1. Mix coconut oil, epsom salts and essential oils together.
  2. Store in an air tight container until ready to use.


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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.

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  • Violet Hill September 10, 2016, 5:51 am

    Hi! This recipe is great! Have one question, i would love to add lavender essential oil to it, but im not sure how the the smell of lavender mixes with the smell of coconut? Have you tried doing something with just coconut and lavender?

  • Linda Hudson-Grandy June 26, 2016, 10:14 pm

    is coconut oil good for seizures

  • John Marris May 24, 2016, 11:00 pm

    It is natural oil which is suitable for every skin.I am using this oil for long time and it has also vast companies which sale COCONUT PRODUCTS’S also.

  • Barry Gnyp February 8, 2016, 4:39 pm


  • myzeedahmusa January 5, 2016, 6:16 am

    Hi, i heard coconut oil will make skin darker because it contain protein. Is it true based on your experience? Thank you.

  • Lori December 8, 2015, 12:23 pm

    All the other recipes I have found call for 2 to 1 ratio salt to oil. Why does this call for twice as much oil? Maybe equal parts would be good? I am worried giving to my mother because she is a fall risk, but I do want her to be able to use in the shower.

  • Liz November 6, 2015, 7:00 am

    This sounds wonderful, I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser anyway, but surely it will clog the drains as it hardens as it cools.

  • Madison September 26, 2015, 12:42 am

    I added a little glitter into and it turned out beautifully. Not like stripper glitter but like a sporadic hint of shine in the light.

  • Melissa White August 3, 2015, 3:43 pm

    I made this but didn’t measure, I used true coconut oil organic cold pressed and lavender Epsom salts. When I used it on my hands to try it out my hands became very red is it possible I’m just sensitive or could I just have added too much salt? I want to know before I try to add more coconut oil, we all know the stuff isn’t cheap and I don’t have any quinea pigs around.

  • Bonnie July 24, 2015, 4:54 pm

    I also discovered this product in a restroom at Branson MO a couple of days ago! I loved it! I didn’t want to pay the money for it either. The texture of the soap was kind of a crumbly texture which I loved. I don’t see any reason why one couldn’t use this on the face.

  • Paula July 24, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Most of the lady’s rooms in branson, missouri had the coconut sea salt scrub for our hands and it was wonderful. I wish I’d went ahead and bought it there. It sold for $25.00 a mason jar full. I can’t find any of it down here. It made our hands smell so good and moisturized them really well. I look forward to trying this recipe. Is the sea salt you use the same or different than the kind you use on food?

  • Cindy July 8, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I plan to make this tonight and am getting jars to make as Christmas gifts this year! Thanks!

  • Jennifer May 7, 2015, 10:53 am

    Do you have to refrigerate it, once opened ? I don’t refrigerate my coconut oil once it’s opened and it’s fine.

  • Melissa May 6, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I also am making as a baby shower gift for my sisters “under the sea themed’ i used kosher salt, Organic cold pressed Coconut Oil (Dr. Browns) and a few drops of Vanilla essential oil….OMG!! :)) Smells so amazing …guest definitely in for a treat!!!

  • Truda May 2, 2015, 10:03 pm

    Can you use it on your face?

  • Danielle April 26, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Hi Laura, fractionated coconut oil is liquid. Virgin coconut oil is more solid (gets softer the warmer it gets and turns liquid when it’s very warm/hot), try the nature’s way brand. It’s best to use the solid kind for a scrub because the consistency is better, like a paste.

  • laura mccubbin March 30, 2015, 2:34 pm

    I’ve just started getting into homemade products. I bought a bottle of fractionated coconut oil, can I use this for the recipe? Wasn’t sure what the difference is between the different kinds of coconut oil. thanks Laura

  • Marcia Stein March 27, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I made a scrub this week using coconut oil and sea salt and after a few days of sitting on the counter it hardened. Is this usual?

  • katherine March 26, 2015, 8:34 pm

    we have made toothpaste as well ….coconut oil (solid) some peppermint oil and for mine i added a hint of honey …so far awesome and the dentist was happy as well :D… no measurements its all just to taste

  • Claudia March 16, 2015, 5:31 pm

    Coconut oil melts at about 77 degrees (Farenheit), so it should be a nice creamy consistency in a house that is around 72 degrees. when you put it in the refrigerator it will be very hard until it warms up and softens up (in several hours, I would think). I think you are doing a very nice thing by making 30+ gifts for a baby shower!

  • Anna March 16, 2015, 7:36 am

    This sounds great but I would worry about rinsing it off in tub/shower not just for the slipping factor but also the clogging of drains.

    • The Coconut Mama March 19, 2015, 10:14 am

      Be careful because tubs can be pretty slippery when using coconut oil. Since coconut oil melts at room temperature I just let hot water run down drains after I use coconut oil. I’ve never had a problem!

  • connie March 9, 2015, 7:24 am

    mama co upconut and all of her fans
    I am making 32 small jars of the coconut lavender hand scrub for a baby shower thank you gifts. the first batch I made I totally melted the coconut oil by sitting in warm water. it is very liquidy and does not want to Thicken. the second batch I just allow the coconut to soften enough to mix the Epsom salt and lavender essential oil this turned out much better. I read that this will last in the refrigerator up to 1 month once it is taken out of the refrigerator two weeks. Is this correct? I would hate to give gifts and have people open their jars with mold in them. my next question once I take them out of the refrigerator will they be hard and have to soften again or because the coconut oil has already been mixed in will they be the same consistency as when they were placed in the refrigerator. I have never made scrubs before and I know everyone is thinking I bit off more than I could chew by attempting to make 30+ thank you gifts for baby shower. any advice will help and be gratefully accepted

    • Renea April 22, 2015, 4:05 pm

      I make my own deodorant with coconut oil essential oils and baking soda … i have never had it mold! Ever…

    • Ann June 29, 2015, 9:52 am

      Use a few drops of Vitamin E as a preservative.

    • Toni Lewis August 8, 2016, 8:25 pm

      This shpuld not even have to be refrigerated. No need! Since it’s just the oil and salt, maybe E O’s…there’s no need for refrigeration at all.

  • Momma November 25, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I made a batch with Sugar and Lavender Dawn and then another with Epsom Salt/Sugar, Coconut Oil with a touch of Lavender Dawn. Took both to neighbors to try it out… They Love Them Both! So, do I…

  • laurel November 15, 2014, 5:43 am

    Would this be Good for stretch marks? I’m 18 weeks along and just discovered a few of them!

  • Hayley October 24, 2014, 8:48 am

    What size jar is this measured out for?

    • Sandy November 15, 2014, 9:21 am

      Hayley, I made half the recipie and it filled a 9 ounce jar to the top.

  • Candy October 20, 2014, 8:13 pm

    How much does the recipe make?

    • kristy March 27, 2015, 5:44 am

      3 cups like the recipes says.

  • ginette collin October 12, 2014, 7:45 am

    I think that the Epson Salt would be absorbed by the skin giving magnesium to bones and would releive cramps from the legs and feet… Same principle as taking an Epson salt bath!

  • Heather August 23, 2014, 8:11 am

    I have had problems with my body scrubs beginning to grow mold! Has anyone else had this problem and what have you done to alleviate this!?

    • kristy March 27, 2015, 5:43 am

      If you are have trouble with mold, it could be because you are sticking your wet or dirty fingers into the scrub. Try using a spatula or something to dip it out into your hand. When you add water to an oil scrub it has the tendency to grow mold.

  • Lor July 1, 2014, 8:07 am

    Can sea salt be used instead of epsom salt?

  • carmen June 30, 2014, 10:07 am

    Could you please explain to me if I should use liquid coconut oil or the hardened kind by melting it. I am confused.. Thx

    • tplaggerman April 9, 2015, 7:10 am

      Use organic cold-pressed (never microwave or heat above 110, it kills the natural enzymes). Coconut oil turns liquid around 76 degrees, as it warms, the different oils (fats) in it become liquid at different temps. At 80 it should be completely liquid, at 65, completely solid. To make liquid I place a container of it in another container of hot water and mix until melted. Remember to use organic or food grade essential oils too – your skin is your largest organ, it absorbs into your blood stream.

      • Leland Rogers April 23, 2015, 8:09 am

        The liquid oil (room temp) is called fractionated coconut oil and is a different animal when it comes to usage. It is mainly used in lotions and cosmetics but does not solidify at room temp.

        • Brittany December 16, 2015, 9:34 pm

          Can the liquid coconut oil be used, or does that make it too runny?

          • Nicole December 24, 2015, 3:35 pm

            I use the fractionated coconut oil in my scrubs and I like it better. Or I use half fractionated and half regular coconut oil. I just really cant stand the way coconut feels on my skin so its just personal preference for me.

  • Kathy Meroney April 21, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Is this ok to use on your face?

  • alexandra January 9, 2014, 9:11 am

    is the coconut oil the same we use for cooking? or is there one for body products?

    • The Coconut Mama January 9, 2014, 9:48 am

      Yes! I use the same coconut oil that I cook with.

  • Alex December 17, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Where can you find coconut essential oils?

    • kristy March 27, 2015, 5:44 am

      No such thing as coconut essential oil.

      • Patty-Ann April 2, 2015, 4:36 pm

        Very helpful. Thanks.

      • Leslie April 7, 2015, 4:30 pm

        We have coconut essential oil. I put it in my scrub and my goatsmilk soap.

  • Michelle December 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Where would I find coconut oil?

    • mrshawk December 20, 2013, 5:20 pm

      At Michaels or Hobby lobby

    • djr5 December 20, 2013, 7:52 pm

      Costco and Vitacost are about the same 20.99 for a 54 oz container of it. Vitacost you have to pay $4.95 shipping. I buy mine from Costco because it is more convenient.

    • Jaime L Peterson December 22, 2013, 3:39 pm

      Any grocery store is going to have coconut oil.. Baking section, usually top shelf.. near the olive oil. $7.99 – $12.99 average. Get the kind that has no scent or taste.. 😉 Unless you want coconut in everything you make. Try cooking with it!

    • Claudia March 16, 2015, 5:25 pm

      Costco now has coconut oil. They have it in a 2-pack (1-quart each, I think). It is organic, cold-pressed. It tastes good and is very nice to use.

    • Patty-Ann April 2, 2015, 4:37 pm

      Trader Joe’s has it.

    • Jessica June 9, 2015, 4:56 pm

      You can find pint jars of coconut oil at food lion for around $5 a peice. And grab some epsom salt at dollar tree for a dollar a bag. I got one with a spearmint and one eucalyptus. Smells amazing. Great to slather down in this scrub before a bath. So relaxing.

  • cyn68 December 5, 2013, 9:04 am

    You can get different scents at Bath and Body and I even found some in the candle section at Wal-mart in the Home Decor dept.

    • Justamom December 7, 2013, 1:42 pm

      Be sure you’re purchasing essential oils for applications like this, not fragrance oils. Those are used for maybe making candles or to use to scent your environment and are generally not appropriate for putting on your body. Essential oils and fragrance oils are two different things.

  • Danna September 28, 2013, 10:12 am

    Should the coconut oil be melted before mixing it with the epsom salts?

    • Chelsi October 2, 2013, 7:21 pm

      Probably just a bit, enough for you to be able to mix it up. Not liquid, but not solid like it is at room temp either.

    • Jaime L Peterson December 22, 2013, 3:41 pm

      It depends on what you are making.. a loose dry sort of scrub might be easier with the oil in it’s solid state.. otherwise microwave it for 20 seconds.. stir remaining pieces of solidified oil around until it melts, rather than over heat the oil. Good luck..

  • Cathy September 28, 2013, 5:18 am

    How long does this keep?
    It sure sounds great. I am excited to make it. Which will be this am.

    • Jaime L Peterson December 22, 2013, 3:44 pm

      2 weeks sitting out.. about a month refrigerated.. Use grape seed oil (grocery store, next to the olive oil) as a natural preservative to ensure freshness.

      • Annie January 19, 2015, 5:57 am

        use a scoop or spoon to dip the scrub, there will be no need for preservatives…..just never put you hands directly into the jar….

  • sharon July 26, 2013, 6:14 pm

    can you give some ideas for different scents to make? I will be making it for several people . what are some favorites ?

    • Marita September 27, 2013, 7:33 pm

      Sweet orange oil, peppermint, lemongrass…just to name a few.

    • djr5 December 20, 2013, 7:54 pm

      Lavender is good for the skin, Geranium helps repair collagen

    • Jaime L Peterson December 22, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Chocolate & mint.. use coco powder and mint extract. Vanilla brown sugar, rosemary lemon. TIP, break open fresh tea bags, extract the herbs and tea.. mix it into your scrubs! I advise that you use organic & simple blends, so you know what is in it, plus you can research the properties of your teas to be safe.

  • Rebecca Hamilton July 24, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Just a tip….I found that a sugar scrub works great too! Its just a cup of sugar with just enough coconut oil (About 3/4 cup, maybe even 1/2 cup) to make it into a kinda paste. The sugar wipes away dead skin flakes, and the coconut oil adds missing oils in your skin to make your skin super soft. I love to use it on my hands, and it smells sooo sweet <3 I can't wait to try it with epsom salt, I heard that stuff is therapuetic!

    • laurel November 22, 2015, 11:09 am

      I’ve just started using coconut oil as a moisturizer and it’s working better on my rosecea than anything else! One thing to remember: when used as a scrub, toothpaste, for oil pulling, etc., do NOT let it go down your sink or tub/shower drains…it will clog. I use paper towels.

  • Tanna July 24, 2013, 3:20 pm

    I have the Epsom salts with Lavender already in it. I’l try when I take my shower later.

    • Patty-Ann April 2, 2015, 4:42 pm

      I am going to do the same. Use the lavender Epsom salts, add the coconut oil and some lemon and lavender essential oils for extra aromatherapy. Should be a perfect post winter body scrub.

  • kimpysmile July 21, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Did this With Sugar Instead of Epsom Salts And I Can’t Decide Which Works Best

  • Brit July 8, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Just tried this and loved it. I only made enough for 1 or 2 full- body uses, but I’ll make more soon. Seems like a great prep for self tanner!