Margarita Epsom Salt Scrub

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:One 8 oz. Jar

Nothing beats relaxing on a hot sunny day with an ice cold beverage — especially if it’s a margarita! We took some inspiration from a classic summer drink for this festive and easy salt scrub.

The extra fine Epsom Salts are like sand, and make for a wonderfully gentle exfoliant. The combination of Deodorized Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil help suspend the granules and provide plenty of skin-loving goodness without melting too much — no messy pools of oils will form on top of this scrub! We experimented with Coconut Citrus Sorbet and Lime fragrance oils to get the perfect sweet scent, but you can certainly adjust it to suit your tastes. Scrub up!

What You’ll Need:

7 oz. Extra Fine Epsom Salt

1 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter

1 oz. Coconut Oil

.5 oz. Jojoba Oil

Fragrance blend of: 2 ml Coconut Citrus Sorbet Fragrance Oil & 7 ml Lime Fragrance Oil

6 mL Lime LabColor

4 mL Emerald LabColor

8 oz. Glass Bail Jar


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DILUTING LABCOLOR: You’ll need to premix your LabColors in order to use them in this project. We like diluting the small bottle of LabColor in 4 oz. of distilled water. For more on diluting LabColors, check out this blog post.

ONE: Melt down the Cocoa Butter on 30 second bursts. Be sure to melt it in a small glass container because too much head space can cause the container to explode — similar to what can happen with beeswax. Once melted, add the coconut oil, jojoba oil and fragrance oils. Mix well and then set aside until step 3.

TWO: In a second container, combine the Epsom salt and LabColors. It may be difficult to mix in the LabColor at first. We found the best strategy was to put gloves on and hand mix the colorant into the salts. It’s very important to mix the LabColor into the Epsom Salts first because the water-based LabColors will not mix into the oil-based scrub otherwise.

THREE: Once the color has been fully incorporated into the salts, add the oil mixture. Be sure the salts are completely enveloped in oil and no salt chunks are present.

FOUR: Pour into an 8 oz. Glass Bail Jar. Keep in mind a small amount of oil may pool on top of the salts, but the scrub should be liquid enough so that you can simply mix it back in with a spoon. Enjoy!

30 Responses to “Margarita Epsom Salt Scrub”

  1. Crystal says:

    Would micas work for this project?

  2. Ooh this looks yummy!! Does it smell like a margarita with this scent combo?
    May make this for my friends!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dawnia!

      I find this scent combo to be really “yummy” but to me, it definitely has more coconut scent than a traditional margarita does. If you’d like it to smell more like a margarita, I would use less or all Lime Fragrance Oil :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Karen Frazier says:

    I don’t have LabColors, but I do have LaBomb Key West Lime. Would this be an acceptable substitute?

  4. Lyssa says:

    I love scrubs, and the texture of this looks amazing. I will definitely have to give this a try – maybe a nice cucumber melon, though the margarita variety sounds awesome with the salt.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Lyssa!

      Cucumber Melon would be great as well! I absolutely love the Coconut Citrus Sorbet Fragrance Oil, it smells so fantastic! I bet it would smell great blended with Cucumber Melon as well :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Nancy says:

    I don’t have any cocoa butter on hand. could you substitute mango or avocado butter in this recipe?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Nancy!

      You could definitely use Mango or Avocado Butter, although it will probably change the consistency of the scrub just slightly, but I’m sure it would still be great! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. toni says:

    So you don’t need to use a preservative?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Toni!

      Because this scrub does not contain any water, you do not need to use a preservative. That being said, some people like to add them to their scrubs if they are going to stay in the shower and will come in contact with water. If you’d like to use a preservative, I would recommend using Optiphen at a 1% usage rate :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Robin says:

    How would sugar wor?. Probably need an emulsifier.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Robin!

      Sugar would work just fine! You would not need to use an emulsifier because this recipe does not contain any water :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  8. Molly says:

    I do not have any jojoba oil on hand, could this be done with sweet almond, avocado, hazelnut or hemp seed oils instead? Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Molly!

      You could certainly switch out the jojoba oil with another :). Any of these oils would be a good choice, but I would probably go with Avocado or Sweet Almond. Sweet Almond is great in salt and sugar scrubs, and Avocado Oil is extremely good for the skin! Both would work well :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  9. Dian says:

    I’m confused about this recipe – on the one hand you say you don’t need a preservative due to it not having any water in it, yet you have to dilute the lab colors with water and add them. Also, it doesn’t way how much lab color (diluted) to add. The whole 4 oz? I don’t think that would be right?

  10. Cindy says:

    Would you suggest using this a facial scrub? If not, any recommendations?

  11. Hi! How is the texture/consistency after a while? Does it stay pliable or does it solidify?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Summer!

      The scrub does harden up a little, but it does stay nice and soft! The top picture is the scrub once it has hardened, which gives you an idea of its texture; thick enough to form a pick, but soft enough to manipulate. I hope this helps :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  12. Barbara says:

    do you use preservatives in your sugar scrubs and if so what one is the best to use?

  13. Nancy says:

    Can green clay or spirolina be used as a colorant?

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Nancy!

      You can use either of those as colorants. :)

      Because they are powdered colorants, you may have some speckling.

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

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