These naturally scented lemon DIY solid salt scrub donuts are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin for summer! Plus they’re so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!
I used 5-fold lemon essential oil to give my DIY solid salt scrub donuts a strong lemon fragrance. Commonly used in skin care to help reduce pigmentation, dark spots, tanning or melasma, lemon essential oil is also great for things like, well body acne.
All of that aside, lemon just smells great! It’s fresh and invigorating! However, you don’t want to go out in the sun right after using this product. So remember to cover up and use SPF to protect your skin or try another essential oil. Lavender donuts, anyone?
Lemon Solid Salt Scrub Donuts Recipe
1.5 oz. babassu oil
3.5 oz. cocoa butter
.15 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.25 oz. emulsifying wax
.25 oz. 5-Fold Lemon essential oil
18.5 oz. fine sea salt
mica powder in colors of choice
colored jojoba spheres or candy sprinkles, optional
Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the babassu oil, cocoa butter, and emulsifying wax. Heat in a microwave at 40-50% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Weigh out the camellia oil and stir into the melted ingredients. Then weigh out and stir in the lemon essential oil. (You can learn more about babassu oil and camellia seed oil here.)
In a separate container, weigh out the sea salt.
Add about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon yellow mica powder of your choice and stir into the salt with a fork.
Now combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix well.
Allow the mixture to cool further. If oil settles on the top, mix it back into the salt scrub.
When oil is no longer settling on the top, but prior to the mixture hardening, fill a donut mold with the solid salt scrub mixture. It should fill all six cavities in one silicone donut mold.
Allow the salt scrub to harden fully. You can speed up this process by placing your mold in the refrigerator.
Once your solid salt scrub donuts have hardened, gently remove them from the mold and place onto a cutting board.
Allow the solid salt scrub donuts to reach room temperature.
Now melt a small amount of clear melt and pour soap base in the microwave. Mix in pink, or another color of your choice, mica powder to suit. (I specifically used Crafter’s Choice detergent free hemp melt and pour soap base for this step.)
Allow the soap to cool but not solidify. Then drizzle the soap across the solid salt scrub donuts as desired.
Mix a second color – I chose purple – of clear melt and pour soap base and mica powder. Drizzle it across the solid salt scrub donuts as desired. You can also add other elements to the soap before it hardens such as jojoba spheres or candy sprinkles.
Once the soap icing has cooled and fully solidified, use a sharp knife to gently remove the solid salt scrub donuts from the cutting board by running it under the donuts. Trim off any excess soap from the edges.
Now wrap your solid salt scrub donuts tightly in foodservice film and label as desired for gifting or personal use.
To use simply break a chunk off a donut and massage it onto wet skin in the shower or bath. Then rinse off and pat dry.
Please note that this recipe is very temperature sensitive and melts with body heat. Because of this, it should be kept in a climate controlled environment. In addition, be sure to keep your solid salt scrub donuts out of water and in a cool, dry location when not in use to extend their life.
If you like my solid salt scrub donuts recipe, then you may also like my DIY Donut Soaps! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, my DIY donut soaps are formulated to be high conditioning/low cleansing bars. They’re naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a “baked” pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin. You can find the recipe to make my donut soaps here.
If you are making my lemon scented solid salt scrub donuts to sell, then you’ll need be to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.
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