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



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


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.)


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.


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!)


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


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.


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.

I've recommended Mountain Rose as my favorite supplier since starting out on this journey. I always research suppliers for quality, ethics, price and selection, and they're great on all fronts. So I feel good about offering their products to you.

Having said that, I have to share another supplier for essential oils that I personally now use because I've found their quality to be the best. I switched to doTerra after buying a few oils like lavender and tea tree and comparing them in my recipes.

What I found was that they worked faster and more effectively than any other brand I've tried. So I want to offer their oils to you as well. It's always good to have options, don't you think?

Here's how I see it...

Buy from Mountain Rose when you're watching your budget. Also for base ingredients like rose petals and carrier oils.

Buy from doTerra when quality is your most important factor. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me to learn more about the perks of going wholesale.

Buy from Amazon if you love variety. You can always find deals, and you'll never run out of options.

Just remember that if you pay a low price you're going to get a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils. This is an area where you need to buy the best you can afford, trust me.

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.

Awapuhi Scrub Butter - A Hawaiian twist on the classic salt/sugar scrub - A scrub and body butter in one!

For use in the bath, shower, or for dry application. Can also be used to protect and nourish the skin before shaving.

Herbal Facial Kit - A pleasurable way to relax and refresh your skin, and a luxurious and fun gift idea!

This invigorating and all natural facial kit is created with quality herbs, pure essential oils, fine cosmetic clays, and pure rosewater.

Cleansing Grains is specially formulated to tighten the skin, remove dead cells, and unclog pores.

A part of the luxurious Herbal Facial Kit and a stand-alone item.

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. Check out the box below...

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