Homemade Face Scrub Recipe

This gentle homemade facial scrub soothes and rejuvenates. Great for dry, damaged and mature skin

This gentle homemade face scrub recipe is most suitable for dry, damaged and mature skin types.

Packed with healthy natural ingredients, this face scrub recipe nourishes as it scrubs away dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. Oats provide protein and soften and soothe skin by reducing inflammation. Milk contains lactic acid, a gentle exfoliant, plus vitamins and enzymes to feed your skin.

This essential oil blend creates an exotic, deeply sensuous scent while also rejuvenating skin, reducing wrinkles and helping reduce the appearance of imperfections.

Homemade Face Scrub Recipe


2 cups (200g) Rolled Oats

1/2 cup (75g) Almonds

1/2 cup (60g) powdered Milk

2 tablespoons dried Rose Petals (optional)

4 drops Frankincense essential oil

2 drops Patchouli essential oil

2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

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  1. In separate batches, grind the oats, almonds and rose petals to a very fine texture using a coffee grinder. (Make sure it's well cleaned first so your homemade face scrub doesn't end up smelling like coffee.) The oats and rose petals need to be ground very fine so they make a smooth paste when you add water. (Lumps are annoying.) The almonds make the scrubbing particles, so you need to grind them fine but not to powder. Stop grinding every few seconds and rub them between your fingers to test their texture.

  2. Using a metal spoon, stir together the oats, almonds, rose petals and milk powder in a glass or ceramic bowl (or just shake it all up in the jar - remember to use dark glass or PET plastic.)

  3. Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Stir (or shake) until thoroughly mixed. Store in a cool, dark place.

  4. To use, take a heaping tablespoon of the scrub from the jar and mix with enough lotion or oil to make a paste. You can use a little bowl and a spoon for this, or just pour a bit into your palm and use your finger to mix it (more my style!)

  5. Massage the homemade face scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Avoid your eyes and mouth.

  6. If you have time, let the scrub dry and tighten on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. This gives the oats and milk time to nourish and calm your skin and the essential oils to work their restoring magic.

  7. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, then apply toner and moisturizer

Customizing Your Homemade Face Scrub Recipe

If you don't like chamomile or have ragweed allergies, you can replace it with 1 drop of helichrysum.

To seriously power up the rejuvenating qualities of this homemade facial scrub, make up a blend of the following oils to mix with the dry ingredients: in a base of 1/2 cup of jojoba oil add a teaspoon each of kukui nut oil, avocado or borage oil. Other good choices are rosehip oil and sea buckthorn oil (also in small amounts.)

Where to Buy Homemade Face Scrub Ingredients

Rolled oats, almonds and powdered milk are available at your supermarket.

My favorite supplier for other aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their products are excellent. Click the links for...

Where to Buy Natural Facial Scrubs

Mountain Rose Herbs, my favorite supplier for recipes ingredients, also offers a couple of high quality facial scrubs at very reasonable prices.

Cleansing Grains is specially formulated to tighten the skin, remove dead cells, and unclog pores. White Kaolin clay, organic oat bran, organic almond meal, organic corn meal, powdered Rose petals, and a blend of pure steam distilled essential oils.

Facial Scrub is especially good for oily skin and acne. Can be used as a facial scrub or as a facial mask. French green clay, organic ground almonds, organic oat bran and a blend of skin toning essential oils.

What Next?

You may want to use more than one homemade facial scrub - I do. During PMS my skin gets oily, so I use an acne scrub. In the winter my skin gets quite dry, so I use a gentle, nourishing scrub geared towards thirsty skin.

One of the great things about making your own natural face scrubs is that the cost is low, and you can customize them for your skin's needs of the moment.

After you're done making your scrub, round out your skincare routine with some more yummy, healing homemade facial recipes...

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