Homemade Facial Scrub

This homemade face scrub recipe makes a nourishing, all natural facial scrub for normal skin

This homemade facial scrub is most suitable for normal and combination 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 soothe skin by reducing inflammation. Milk contains lactic acid, a gentle exfoliant, plus vitamins and enzymes.

Clay draws toxins, excess oils and dirt up out of the skin, and this blend of essential oils is formulated to beautify by helping balance oil production and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells.

Homemade Facial Scrub Recipe


2 cups (200g) Rolled Oats

1/2 cup (75g) Almonds

1/2 cup (60g) Cosmetic Clay (see below for notes on how to choose clay)

1/2 cup (60g) powdered Milk

2 tablespoons dried Lavender Flowers (optional)

4 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Palmarosa OR Frankincense essential oil

2 drops Orange essential oil

1 drop Roman Chamomile OR Helichrysum essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil



In separate batches, grind the oats, almonds and lavender flowers to a very fine texture using a coffee grinder. (Make sure it's well cleaned first so your homemade facial scrub doesn't end up smelling like coffee.)

The oats and lavender flowers 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 grains, milk powder and clay 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.


To use, mix a heaping tablespoon of the scrub with enough warm water, lotion or oil to make a paste. You can use a little jar 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 facial scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Avoid getting it in 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 clay time to draw out the impurities and the oats time to nourish and calm your skin.


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

How to Choose Your Clay

Rhassoul Clay

(Moroccan Red Clay)

For very oily, acneic skin.

Powerful cleanser and detoxifier.

Boosts circulation.

Tightens pores.

Not for dry or sensitive skin.

Buy rhassoul clay.

French Green Clay

Good for oily skin.

Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.

Boosts circulation.

Tones skin.

Buy French green clay.

Fuller's Earth Clay

For oily, acne-prone skin.

Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.

Can lighten or "bleach" skin.

Buy fuller's earth clay.

Bentonite Clay

Good for oily skin.

Draws out and traps dirt and toxins.

Should be off-white in color (not pure white.)

Buy bentonite clay.

Kaolin Clay

(White cosmetic clay)

Best for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin.

Does not absorb excess oils.

White, pink or yellow in color (white is mildest.)

Buy kaolin clay.

Customizing Your Homemade Facial Scrub Recipe

Green clay is one of the most popular types of clay and is effective at drawing junk out of your skin without drying it out.

If your skin is sensitive or tends towards dryness, choose Kaolin clay, which is very gentle.

If you don't like chamomile (I can't stand it) you can replace it with 1 drop of ylang ylang, which gives it a sweeter scent and is a great skin balancer.

If your skin is prone to redness or irritation, you could replace 1 or 2 tablespoons of the lavender flowers with chamomile flowers. Grind them up the same way as the lavender.

You may find it's best for your skin to use more than one homemade facial scrub recipe - I know I do. During PMS, my skin gets oily and prone to breakouts, so I use an acne scrub that week. In the winter, my skin feels dry and fragile, so I use a really gentle, nourishing scrub geared towards dry, damaged skin.

Where to Buy Homemade Facial Scrub Ingredients

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

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like clays and organic ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this homemade facial scrub...

Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like cosmetic clays or carrier oils.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can get everything you need delivered right to your door - no trips to the supermarket, no shipping costs, just pure convenience! Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin.

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