Coconut Oil & Pink Salt Scrub

Coconut Oil and Pink Salt Scrub Video Tutorial

I love the simplicity of this recipe, which made it perfect for a Soap Queen Short Video (What’s a Soap Queen Short? It’s a video that doesn’t have me talking and is only one camera view, instead of showing me talking and then doing close ups of the product demonstration. Some ideas just don’t need a lot of production!). Just combine Coconut Oil and Salt and the fragrance or essential oil of your choice and you have a luxurious scrub. You may find in the warmer months that it is very soft since the Coconut oil melts at such a low temperature. So be sure you store it in a container with a good seal like our Glass Bail Jar.

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108 Comments

  1. Lourdes says

    Hi Dear!
    Im about to make this scrub but I have no other preservative than vitamin E. Is it ok to use that and what amount do you recommend? Also, if decided to not use any preservatives, how long will it last?
    Thank you for your help! <3

  2. Kelly says

    I would like to make this scrub with grapefruit essential oil in place of the fragrance oil. Would that work? And how much should I put in? I’m thinking 8 ml because that’s how much fragrance oil was added, but essential oil may be different. Thanks!

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Kelly!

      You can definitely use essential oil instead of fragrance oil. For this recipe, you can add 8 mL Grapefruit Essential Oil.

      Other essential oils – like Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil – may irritate your skin if you use a lot of it. In that case, you can add a little less. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  3. torrie says

    Hello, I have made this scrub before and like the finished product , I have had several people who I have made it for ask me if I can make it lather? I was wodering If I replaced the fractionated coconut oil with liquid glycerin if that would poduce a lather? And if not, do you have any suggestions as to what would? Thanks so much…I love this website I have learned soo much here :)

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Torrie!

      If you want a more bubbly scrub, you may like one made with Potassium Cocoate. It behaves similarly to liquid soap. We have an awesome scrub recipe that uses Potassium Cocoate that I’ll paste here!

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Potassium Cocoate: http://www.brambleberry.com/Potassium-Cocoate-P5902.aspx

      Bridal Gift Scrub Recipe:
      • 12 oz. Sugar
      • 3 oz. Avocado Butter
      • 1 oz. Potassium Cocoate
      • 3 tbsp. Forest Green Jojoba Beads
      • 6 mL Optiphen ND
      • 3 mL Cucumber & Kiwi Fragrance Oil

      ONE: In a microwave-safe container, melt down the Avocado Butter on 30 second bursts. Once fully melted, add the Potassium Cocoate and stir.

      TWO: Add the sugar and stir to fully incorporate it with the liquid oils.

      THREE: Add the Cucumber & Kiwi Fragrance Oil and Optiphen ND and stir well.

      FOUR: Add the Forest Green Jojoba Beads and stir. Immediately scoop scrub into your packaging. Your sugar scrub is ready to use!

  4. Lauren Snyder says

    Hello I am extremely new to making my own scrub (as in I JUST now ordered everything to make this scrub as a Christmas gift for my sisters and mother this year). I read through all the comments here and I am a little confused on somethings. I read that this recipe will fill about 1 and a half of the little jars but the video shows it barely fills one jar. And also I have a question. How long will this scrub “keep”? I’m not sure how long it would take for my gift receivers to use the entire jar I give them and I dont want it to go bad. I also purchased the preservative from your company and I said in one of the comments that the measurement would be to use .5-1% or 3.7 grams of the preservative. Does that mean use 3.7 grams of the preservative for each batch like it is made in the video? Sorry for the long post and the many questions.

    • says

      Hi Lauren!

      Because this scrub does not contain water, technically you do not need to use a preservative. But, if this product is going to be stored in a place where it may come in contact with water (like the shower) many people like to add one to be safe. You may find these blog posts about how and when to use preservatives helpful :) When adding a preservative, you use them at a usage rate of .5-1% of your total recipe.

      Talk it Out Tuesday: Preservatives: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/lotion/talk-it-out-tuesday-preservatives/

      Perfectly Preserved: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/perfectly-preserved/

      If you purchase the kit, you will receive enough ingredients to actually make several jars! I believe the comment above, referring to it making 1 1/2 jars, may have been miscalculated a bit. While it does make 13 oz of scrub, that is the weight and not the volume. This recipe should make about 1 jar, maybe a little more. Of course you can always customize it a bit, which may result in a slightly different amount :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Kelly!

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear this separated for you! You can always pop it back into the microwave to remelt and oils, and then let it cool back down at room temperature. This scrub will not become completely solid due to the Fractionated Coconut Oil :)

      -Amanda

  5. Michelle Berkes says

    I guess I am confused…I bought this kit from brambleberry. I must be a recipe/measurement follower. How much of each thing do I put in the bowl? I watched the video but it does not give measurements. Thank you for your help. :)

    • says

      Hi Michelle!

      I’m sorry for the confusion! The video includes measurements during each step on the bottom. First melt down 6 oz. Coconut Oil, add 1 oz. Fractionated Coconut Oil, and 6 oz. Fine Himalayan Pink Salt. Add 4 mL of the Coconut Fragrance Oil and 4 mL of the Lime Fragrance Oil. Stir until the Coconut Oil begins to solidify, then pour into your jar :) The kit that you can purchase gives you enough of each to make a few batches. I hope this helps! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Michelle Berkes says

        You are the best. I think I watched it 4 times and never noticed it. We are making this as teacher valentines! We also bought stuff to make heart shaped bath fuzzies (used the star recipe that you offered-saw the recipe on that video! HaHa!). We put “You make me all fuzzy inside. Be my Valentine”.

        • Michelle Berkes says

          In my defense, I went back to watch for 5th time. Never noticed but I have a bar that appears on the bottom that perfectly covered the measurements, after looking closely I can now see them under the bar. I just need to figure out how to get rid of it (the bar). Thank you for the written recipe so I can start making it!!

          • says

            Hi Michelle!

            Oh I totally understand :). So glad you were able to see them, I’m excited for you to try this scrub out, it’s a favorite of mine!

            -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Georgia says

    Hiya, I was wondering, in this scrub (as well as any other homemade scrub or bath salts) is it possible to use a few drops/sprays of perfume to provide the scent?
    I am just wondering as I thin this would make it easier to have a larger variety of scents and you can personalise it to a favourite perfume, yet I’m not sure if it would actually be okay to use or if it would cause problems or anything.
    Thanks a lot! X

    • says

      Hi Georgia!
      We do not recommend using your perfume to fragrance your beauty products, including scrubs or bath salts. All commercially available “fragrances” are actually fragrance oils with fillers. Perfumes are made with a large amount of alcohol which may affect the product. Also, you will find the scent will not last in your product because perfumes are diluted with alcohol.

      I hope this helps Georgia!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. phoua yang says

    Hi, I was planning to make this as a diy Christmas gift but I was wondering what does it do? Is it an all over scrub or solely for the hands? Also does coconut oil have a strong smell of coconut? I wanted to switch out the scents with different fragrances but I don’t want a coconut smell to go along with the other scents. Also what are good combinations of fragrances that you would recommend? I was thinking of using the relaxing fragrance oil with the baby rose fragrance oil in the scrub but I’m not sure weather or not the smell will smell good. Lastly can I switch the coconut oil to a coconut butter or shea butter? Will there be a drastic difference? Sorry, this may seem like a lot but I would really appreciate a reply. Thank You.

    • says

      Good morning!

      This is a body scrub that will help exfoliate the skin on the hands and body leaving you with freshly scrubbed skin! The Coconut Oil scent isn’t actually that strong and can actually be covered up with whatever fragrance or essential oil that you chose to use. There are so many fragrance blends that you can go with and we suggest blending a small amount in a cup to see if you like how it turns out.

      For the switch, unfortunately, using anything other than Coconut Oil would make this a drastically different scrub. But, we highly encourage you to experiment and find something that works for you! I hope that this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. Patti Stewart-Garbrecht says

    I would like to make this scrub. I purchased everything that I need. I watched the tutorial. But I have no idea how much of all the different ingredients to use. Am I missing something? I am new to soap making (and scrub making). I am sure that there is a basic recipe out there, but I don’t know it:( Would you mind emailing me the exact amounts of everything in the scrub? Thank you.
    –Patti

  9. Stacy Donahue says

    Hi Becky,

    I tried to triple this recipe. I got it all right except for the fragrances. I miscalculated and put way too much in.
    I used 18 oz of the coconut oil, 3oz of the fractionated coconut oil, 18oz of the pink sea salt and 2oz each of the island coconut and lime fragrances.

    After I realized that I’d really overdone the fragrances, I tried adding 16oz of mango butter that I had. It’s still not coming together right.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Stacy

    • says

      Hi Stacy!

      I am so sorry to hear that you are having some frustration with this recipe. Because of the addition of the Mango Butter, this recipe isn’t going to have the same final consistency and feel as it normally would. If you are finding that it isn’t thickening up for you, I would suggest popping it in the fridge for a couple of hours to see if that helps!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  10. ML says

    I made the scrub and had no problem getting it to set up. However I put it and another new scrub I made in the bathroom & forgot about them for a day or so. Last night I went to grab the pink salt scrub and it was liquid, the house is AC’d but humidity has been pretty bad the last week. So I was thinking what about some bees wax to try to make it more solid at room temperature? I made just the one batch according to your recipe, so would you give me a range of bees wax if you think that might help?
    Thank YOu

    • says

      Good morning, ML!

      If you are finding this scrub to melt too easily for your liking, I would suggest changing the ratios of your ingredients. We would suggest increasing the Coconut Oil up to 9 ounces to your 1 oz of Fractionated Coconut Oil. If you were to add Beeswax to this recipe, I would keep it at 1% or lower of the entire weight of the batch. I hope that this helps! Keep us updated on how your new batch turns out. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  11. Matthew says

    Hey Anne-Marie & Becky

    I tried a variation on your scrub and the ingredients for mine are as follows.

    2 oz fine sea salt
    2 oz coarse sea salt
    4 oz coconut oil (melted)
    0.5 oz neem oil
    2 ml peppermint EO
    2 ml spearmint EO
    .5 oz cocoa powder
    1 tbs cranberry seeds

    I call it my peppermint patty foot scrub :)

    I had all the same issues that everybody else had in regards to the separation so I (being the analytical mind that I am) mixed the salt, coconut, Essential Oils, powder and seeds together first. Put it in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes and when it was nearly hard I brought it out and started to stir and then slowly added the neem oil until it reached a consistency that I liked.(which equated to .5 oz of neem)

    I am sure this process would work with the frac coconut oil.

    Happy Soaping and Scrubbing

    Matthew

  12. Gloria says

    I wonder if an ice bath would help those who are having problems with the scrub thickening? Something like that goat’s milk project where Anne-Marie froze the milk and then placed the container in an icy bath to keep the temperature down when she mixed in the lye?

    I have yet to try this recipe, though I have everything needed.

  13. Susan says

    Hi Becky,

    Just received my order and my coconut oil was liquid when it arrived in the bag….I didn’t heat it just pour the correct amount of oil, fractioned oil, salt and fragrance….I stirred for two hours and it still has not solidified….HELP

    • says

      Hi Alexandra!

      If you are finding it to not thicken up, you can either pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to help it out, or adjust the Fractionated Coconut Oil amount. Try reducing it by .2 ounces and see if that helps your batch to solidify. Let us know if this helps you out! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Ginni says

    I made this scrub & had the same problem as Jeanne. I used all the same ingredients from brambleberry. One thing thou, my coconut oil was already in liquid form, so I didn’t melt it, would that make a difference?

    • says

      Good morning, Ginni!

      We are so excited that you tried this recipe out, it is actually one of my favorites! Do you live in a warmer area? We’ve found that it can be a little more tricky to get your recipe to harden up if that is the case, but it can be done. We would suggest lowering the amount of Fractionated Coconut Oil by about .2 – .3 ounces to see if that helps. You can also pop your scrub in the fridge once it has reached a slushy-type phase to help it start to solidify.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

        • says

          Hi Ginni!

          It sounds like it is probably the temperatures that are causing your scrub not to harden up, but you can still use it as is and it will be just fine! If you were to make another batch, I would suggest increasing the Coconut Oil up to 9 ounces to your 1 oz of Fractionated Coconut Oil. You can even put a fan on it while you are stirring it and use an ice bath to help bring the temperatures down. I hope this helps! =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

        • says

          Hi Ginni!

          Let us know how that works out for you. Even if it doesn’t keep solidified, you can still use it as a scrub! If you were to make another batch, I would try an ice bath or using a fan to help keep the temperatures down so it can start to solidify. =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. Deborah Simpson says

    Hi Becky,
    I made my first batch today and I too am having trouble getting the mixture to solidify. I mixed for about 1 1/2 hours and finally put it in the fridge for 4 minutes and kept stirring for another hour. Then I used the whip attachment to my stick blender to see is that would make any difference. It appeared to be solidifying then when I stopped mixing it turned a little clearer. I used Natures Oil Coconut Oil (76 degrees), the fractionated coconut oil, pink sea salt and the fragrances as suggested in the recipe. Any suggestions. Is there any way I can salvage it. Thanks for your help.

    • says

      Hi Deborah!

      Thanks for trying out this recipe, we are excited that you gave it a try. You could increase the regular Coconut Oil to help combat the liquid-state of the Fractionated Coconut Oil in your scrub. It sounds like you are working in an environment that is a bit warm (and won’t let your scrub solidify), so I would suggest letting it sit in a colder room (about 10 degree less than 76 degrees). I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Deborah says

        Thanks for the tip Becky,
        To put this scrub in a colder room would mean to put it in the fridge since I live in Nevada and it is over 100 degrees outside! lol No room is cold here! :) I will try adding more coconut oil as you suggested and I will try another batch using less of the fractionated coconut oil to see how that works. You’re great! Thanks!

        • Deborah says

          My batch is saved!
          Ok. Here is what I did. I melted 3 oz of coconut oil and reheated the original batch to just warm. I then added the 3 oz of coconut oil to the original batch. I put a fan on it and when it got down to about 80 degrees I placed it on an ice bath. That did the trick and it thickened it up. I still had to stir for almost an hour but now I have 1 1/2 jars of salt scrub. Yeah! I hope this tip will help some of you who are having trouble getting it to thicken.
          So I ended up with 9oz of coconut oil to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil.
          Be blessed everyone!:)

          • says

            Hi Deborah!

            Yay! We are so happy to hear that you’ve been able to save your batch. Thanks for the trick and we will definitely suggest it to others that are having the same issue. If you were able to take any pictures of your fun scrub, we’d love for you to share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. :)

            -Becky with Bramble Berry

            https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

        • says

          Hi Alexandra!

          I am so sorry to hear that you are having a bit of trouble with it solidifying. If you live in an area that is a bit warm, this recipe is going to be harder to make solidify. The best way we’ve found to help it out, is to get it in as slushy as a form you can and pop in the refrigerator for a few minutes if you are having problems with it not solidifying.

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • Cheryl says

            What does this mean? Coconut oil melting at 76 degrees … how do u get it to with out it going over and what is the safe way of doing it? I bought the Coconut Oil from yall and in the video it looks like cut up Shea Butter but mine is in a pouch bag. How do I get out the amount i need with out ruining the rest?

          • Kelsey says

            Hi Cheryl!

            To melt your coconut oil, all you have to do is pop that bag into the microwave and heat on 30-second bursts. When it is fully liquid, you can add it to your bowl.

            Also, you can remelt and cool that coconut oil as many times as you want, so you can keep it in the same plastic pouch. :)

            -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  16. Jeanne says

    I’ve made this twice now with the same problem. My coconut oil doesn’t seem to solidify and I’m left with salt on the bottom and a layer of liquid on top. A few questions:
    The recipe calls for ounces. This is a weight measurement, right?
    Can I add more salt? Should I add more coconut oil? What does the fractionated coconut oil do?

    I bought the supplies from Brambleberry.

    Thanks

    • says

      Good morning, Jeanne!

      I am sorry to hear that you are having a little frustration with this recipe. Could you tell me a bit more about the ingredients that you used? You will want to make sure you are using both the Coconut Oil and the Fractionated Coconut Oil in this recipe as the Coconut Oil will help it harden up. You will have to stir the mixture until it hardens, and turns thick and opaque. Otherwise the salt will sink to the bottom and the oils can seperate out.

      All of the recipes on Soap Queen (including this one) are by weight unless otherwise specified. The Fractionated Coconut Oil actually helps to keep this scrub in more of a in-between state (not liquid, not hard). Without it, your Coconut Oil would harden up and you would have to remelt it every time you would want to use it.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Jeanne says

        Hi Becky,
        I am using the supplies listed on Bramble Berry to make the scrub. Is it possible I overheated the coconut oil? I’m fine stirring it before using. That’s no problem. I just wanted to double check before giving it to friends and family as gifts.

        Thanks for your help.

        • says

          Hi Jeanne!

          How long did you stir it for? You will want to make sure that you stir until the mixture actually starts to thicken up and turns an opaque color. If you don’t do that, the salt can actually sink to the bottom and the oils can separate.

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • Cheryl says

            im sorry for asking so many questions but u said (You will want to make sure you are using both the Coconut Oil and the Fractionated Coconut Oil in this recipe as the Coconut Oil will help it harden up.) So my question is will those other oils work exactly as well? im new to alot of this Bath & Body making. I was way better at making my candles but I am coming out of my comfort zone so to speak to give my customers more. Are yall going to be getting more Fractionated Coconut Oil? If I order the Fractionated Coconut Oil from another supplier will it work? I didnt know if there is different kinds or not b/c I also watched a M&P video that Anne Marie did and she was saying that some soaps could have different ingredients and I didnt know if that is also the case with ordering oils from other suppliers? Sorry I am not meaning to jump all over but Im not there to take 1 of the classes that yall offer …

  17. Jaclyn says

    Thank you Becky! I did add some more salt to salvage my product and it seemed to work. I think next time I make, I will do exactly as you suggest.

    Anita… I used 2lbs of salt and all other ingredients accordingly adjusted and made x8 4oz. jars. I overfilled with salt cause I had a separation problem.

    Again thank you Becky and Brambleberry/soap queen for all the recipes.

    XOXOXO

    • says

      Hello Anita!

      This recipe is super scrubby and will actually make 13 ounces of scrub and would fill about 1 1/2, 8 ounce bail jars. But, if you buy the full kit, you will actually have enough ingredients to make several scrubs. I hope this helps! Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  18. Jaclyn says

    Thank you Becky for answering! If I went over the preservative and used 4 grams (I rounded up since my gram scale does not have decimal point option) is that bad? I used all your products to make the scrub. Im wondering if I add more salt would it be more evenly distributed? Has anyone experienced this? I did do one thing different as I think about it… my oils took forever to solidify so I placed in freezer for 4 minutes ( I live in South Florida and its always so humid and hot even in air). Could that be the culprit? As soon as I took it out it melted down again.. any thoughts are very appreciated!

    • says

      Good morning, Jaclyn!

      The extra .3 grams shouldn’t affect your scrub, and I would actually suggest using some of our droppers for any of your recipes that require grams, they work really well for small amounts.

      Droppers: http://www.brambleberry.com/Droppers-With-Suction-Bulb-P3802.aspx

      It does sound like sticking your scrub in the freezer is actually what caused your coconut oil to separate. With this scrub, you won’t want to stick it in the freezer, just keep stirring until the Coconut Oil starts to solidify, I would suggest working in the coolest and dry room you have possible and storing the scrub in the same way!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  19. Jaclyn says

    I made this delightful scrub and I have a couple of questions. My coconut oil has floated to the top and has hardened. Is there a way to avoid this? I followed the measurements exactly.

    My next question. I am new to soap making and decided to use the preservative Phenonip. I added 4 grams to the concoction. Would you tell me if I measured this correctly?

    Thank you so much soapers!

    Jaclyn

    • says

      Good morning, Jaclyn!

      Could you tell me a bit more about your process when you made this scrub? I’d love to hear it so I can help you troubleshoot what happened to your scrub. In this particular recipe, we did use our own Coconut Oil which has a melt point of 72 degrees, are you using a different type of Coconut Oil?

      With preservatives, you will always want to follow the suggested usage rate for the preservative you are using. Phenonip is 5 -1.0% of the total weight of your product. Going with the higher percentage (1%), that would be 3.7 grams of Phenonip in your scrub!

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions about the scrub. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      Phenonip: http://www.brambleberry.com/Phenonip-P4038.aspx

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