Calming Lavender-Magnesium Scrub

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Calming Lavender-Magnesium Scrub

I love this homemade body scrub for personal use and gifting. It’s so relaxing because it contains epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) which help with detoxification, muscle soreness and insomnia, and lavender, my favorite essential oil for relaxation. The jojoba oil is also wonderful for your skin. I use it on my heels and it leaves them so smooth!

It’s also incredibly simple to make. Just stir the ingredients together! This recipe fills one 4oz canning jar, but it is very simple to double or triple for gifts!


  •  1/2 Cup Epsom salts (buy here)
  •  1/3 Cup carrier oil (I use jojoba)
  •  4 drops essential oil (I used lavender, but chamomile would be wonderful too)


Stir ingredients together in a non-reactive bowl. Spoon into glass jar.

You may also be interested in this body butter recipe!

Calming Lavender-Magnesium Scrub



About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.


  1. Mmm that sounds wonderful!! Pinning this!

  2. Christine says:

    I have a question for you. Every scrub I’ve used, while cleansing and soothing, tends to clog the drain. What can I do to keep that from happening?

    • I would just flush your drains with boiling water weekly and vinegar and baking soda monthly. A salt or sugar scrub made with a carrier oil can coat drains somewhat I suppose, but with minimal precautions shouldn’t be a problem!

  3. What is a carrier oil?
    Can I use coconut oil or olive oil?

  4. Your photos share lavenders nibs (buds ?) on top of the mixture but does not mention it in the instructions. Can we put them in? Do we just lay it on top or mix it in?

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. :)

    • I only used those to attempt some photographic artistry ;) I eventually mixed some in and used the scrub that way.

  5. The lid is so pretty! And great recipe, too. :)

  6. I use coconut oil for one of my scrubs (vanilla coconut sugar scrub) and it works perfect and most of the time the heat from it being in the warm shower makes it liquid again but it is very creamy when solid and giving it a quick stir works like a charm! I like to use it with really fine granules too and then it makes a perfect lip scrub!

    • That sounds amazing! I haven’t ventured into sugar scrubs yet, but a vanilla coconut sugar scrub sounds good enough to eat!

  7. Love this! I never make scrubs, but this one sounds amazing – I love using epsom salts.

  8. Hi could you use pink Himalayan salt?

    • I think you could! I’d probably choose one that was coarser though. And I don’t think you’d get the benefits of the magnesium, but it would still be a nice scrub!

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