DIY Scalp Scrub with Essential Oils

Are you ready to take your self-care routine to the next level? Let’s talk scalps and dive into the world of scalp scrubs – the secret hair treatment for achieving healthy, vibrant locks, 100% naturally.

But first, what exactly is a scalp scrub? Think of it as a rejuvenating treatment for your scalp, just like exfoliating your skin. By gently sloughing away dead skin cells, product buildup, and excess oil, a scalp scrub promotes better circulation and encourages hair growth. Plus, it leaves your scalp feeling refreshed and invigorated – the perfect foundation for luscious locks.

So, why should you incorporate a scalp scrub into your routine? For starters, it helps maintain a healthy balance of oils on your scalp, preventing issues like dandruff and itchiness. Plus, it removes impurities that can weigh your hair down, resulting in bouncier, more voluminous strands. And let's not forget the relaxing sensation of massaging away tension and stress – talk about a spa-like experience right at home!

For optimal results, aim to use a scalp scrub 2 to 3 times a week.

Now, let's talk about ingredients! Opt for natural, plant-based ones like almond oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil as your carrier oil – they'll provide hydration without weighing your hair down.

For exfoliation, reach for our favorite exfoliator for the scalp: organic sugar. Next up, are the essential oils that will immediately increase the health benefits of treating your scalp. We love geranium, frankincense and orange specifically to help cleanse and soothe the scalp, so your hair can grow shinier and healthier.

With these few simple ingredients and a little TLC, you'll be well on your way to a healthier, happier scalp – and hair that shines from root to tip!

Essential Oils for Scalp

Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils for scalp to use in your DIY Scalp Scrub.

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata) is steam distilled from the resin of a craggy ancient tree found growing in India.  This species smells different from the Frankincense we may be more familiar with that is from Oman and Somalia, but it shares many similar healing benefits.  Calming to the nervous system, and soothing and reparative to our scalp, the essential oil calms away irritation, and encourages the flow of energy and circulation, plus tissue repair -  that can offer an experience of deep calm and relaxation while supporting both mental and physical rejuvenation.

Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this large herbaceous bush that is native to warmer climates. Its floral grass-like aroma relaxes the nervous system and helps re-balances our skin.  Loaded with molecules that are both calming and antimicrobial, Geranium essential oil has the unique ability to simultaneously draw out and let go of what our body no longer needs, and help it to recalibrate and restore itself.

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the sweet orange and its bright uplifting citrusy scent makes us feel refreshed and energized.  The molecules that make up this essential oil are deeply cleansing, stimulating and rejuvenating.  It encourages and promotes the circulation of bright awakening energy that makes us feel rejuvenated.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavender herbaceous bush.  There have been countless studies over many years showing how Lavender reduces stress levels, soothes muscle aches and pain, and offers the experience of deep relaxation.  But another unique therapeutic benefit is Lavender’s ability to cleanse and detox our body and our mind, by helping us let go of things that are no longer helping us while simultaneously supporting the scalp’s natural innate capacity to rejuvenate.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi) is cold pressed from the peel of Grapefruits and it has a light refresh and uplifting aroma that encourages movement, brightness and clarity.  It is a wonderful oil to use when we are looking to release and let go, start anew and regroup and refresh. It’s uplifting, revitalizing and clearing. The aroma leaves us feeling fully refreshed and rejuvenated.

DIY Scalp Scrub

Read below for How to Make DIY Scalp Scrub to Rejuvenate your scalp and hair:

Makes one 4 oz jar of scalp scrub.

What you’ll need:

  • Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
  • A small mixing bowl
  • Small metal spoon, or wooden popsicle stick for stirring
  • 1 empty glass 4 oz jar
  • Blank Labels
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper towel



  • Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter.  Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Set out all blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  • Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  • Using your measuring cups and spoons, measure out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or small bowl. Place the essential oils close by.
  • Pour your ½ cup of sugar into a small mixing bowl.
  • Next, measure out your Jojoba Carrier Oil
  • Next, add your essential oil drops (as listed above) into your Jojoba OIl and mix them together well.
  • Slowly pour your blended Jojoba Oil and essential oils into the bowl that has ½ cup of bath salts, and mix thoroughly.
  • Once everything is well combined, carefully spoon the mixture into your empty glass jar and cap tightly
  • Make up a name for your scalp scrub, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach to the jar.
  • Use half the jar per bath.

How to use your DIY Scalp Scrub for healthier hair

To harness the revitalizing benefits of a scalp sugar scrub, start by dampening your hair and scalp with warm water. Next, scoop a small amount of your DIY scrub into your palm. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp using circular motions, focusing on areas prone to build up or dryness. Allow the scrub to sit for a few minutes to let the ingredients work their magic. Then, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, ensuring all traces of the scrub are removed. Follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

Aim to use this scalp scrub 2 to 3 times a week for optimal results. Enjoy the invigorating sensation, the calming aromas of the essential oils and the nourishing benefit of jojoba oil.


In conclusion, incorporating a scalp scrub into your beauty routine offers a multitude of benefits that can transform the health and appearance of your hair:

  • Firstly, regular exfoliation promotes a balanced scalp environment, reducing issues like dandruff and excess oil production.
  • Secondly, it encourages blood circulation, stimulating hair follicles for improved growth and thickness.
  • Lastly, the removal of product buildup and dead skin cells leaves your hair feeling lighter, fresher, and more voluminous.

By prioritizing scalp health, you're laying the groundwork for stronger, more resilient hair that radiates vitality and shine. So, why wait? Treat yourself to the rejuvenating experience of a scalp scrub and unlock the full potential of your locks. Your hair will thank you!

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