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How to make exfoliating/moisturizing salt rub

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A couple of years ago, while walking through a local mall, I actually stopped when an employee at one of those kiosks asked me if they could demonstrate one of their products to (and on) me. I know, but I didn't have anything better to do right then.

They told me that their product was made from the natural salt of a Middle Eastern sea that will go nameless since it is the main part of the brand name of their product (but the name could be translated as "no-longer-living Inland Ocean".) It worked very well at taking the rough dead skin off of my hands and the oil in it moisturized them very well. I was impressed with the product, and daunted at the price (around $35 per ounce.) Good product, much too expensive.

But, I figured I could probably make something like it. As soon as I got home I started looking up recipes for it on the old interweb, and found one that I was able to modify to my liking. You can make it for as little as 10% of the cost of the name-brand! Read on for more!

Special thanks to my daughter, K.C., for taking some of the pictures for me.

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Ingredients

3/4 Cup Salt (I use Coarse Kosher or Fine Grind Pacific Sea Salt)
1/3 Cup Cooking Oil (I like Grape Seed, Sesame Seed, Olive, or Canola Oil)
Oil from 2-3 Vitamin E Capsules
Scented Oil, Optional (The kind used to scent soaps, citrus scents work well. I'm using Cucumber Mellon in this picture.)

The amounts listed above are approximate. The exact amount varies due to the grind of the salt.

You can get most of the above ingredients at the larger dollar stores, meaning this can cost you as little as $3 (for unscented). A savings of over 90% from what they want at the Mall Kiosks, and you get more for the bargain!
 
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LemonLily5 years ago
Can you use sugar too? Because my skin is rough but I have sensative skin.
DadlyEdly (author)  LemonLily5 years ago
I've never tried it myself. I'd love to know how it works for you. Please let us know!
I use olive oil with sugar (and vitamin E). That way it doesn't hurt if there are any cuts. I guess you could use turbinado sugar if you want something coarser, but that would drive the price up a little.