Margarita Epsom Salt Scrub

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!

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  1. Mary G says

    I made a variant of this recipe last night with things I had on hand – grapeseed butter substituted for cocoa butter, almond oil instead of jojoba and raspberry lemonade scent. It turned out exactly like the photo above but I’m confused… when I used it in the shower this morning, I found it to be really oily. I realize that there is no soapy-component but how do others use this? I thought I could use it as a substitute for soap (or sugar scrub that I make using foaming bath whip) but after using it I felt wayyyy too oily. I tried to wash it off with soap which helped, but I feel like maybe I’m not using this right. Help please!

  2. Andreea says


    Can I use sugar instead of Salt? If yes i can use same amount? How many jars of 200ml will result?
    This is the first recipe i will try :-) for scrub.
    In Romania i can not find Phenonip or Optiphen but i can use Cosgard (benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerin, sorbic acid) which is both a preservative and an antibacterial solution. Do you think it is ok?

    Thank you,

  3. simone says

    My friend wants fresh lime&ginger in a scrub. Could i incorporate the juice of half a lime of just the zest/ ginger zest at the sugar and color stage seeing as this is water based too. Mix well let it dry out a bit then add oil? Could this work?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Simone!

      We didn’t try fresh lime and ginger in this recipe, but I believe that would work! I think adding it into the salt would be the best way to incorporate it. Also, keep in mind the shelf life of the scrub will be shorter because of the fresh ingredients. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • 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

  4. 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?

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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