A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #2: Make Your Own Face Scrub

It’s easy and cheap to make your own face scrubs!

The thing I like best about making my own face scrubs is… well, everything!

For one thing, it’s a lot cheaper than buying one. There is no reason to spend $5 or $35 on a face scrub, when most of what you’re paying for is advertising, packaging, and chemicals. It takes me about three minutes to gather a couple of ingredients and mix up a new scrub every couple of weeks.

Another benefit to making your own is customization. Don’t have jojoba oil? Use olive oil instead! Don’t like lavender? Omit it!

The following is my standard scrub for normal skin not prone to breakouts. If your skin is drier, you might try coconut oil; if it’s oilier, try almond oil.

Simple homemade face scrub

Stuff to Know:

  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • In general, each of the homemade products should be stored in a cool, dark, dry spot for 3-4 weeks.

For a container, I used a small plastic jar from my craft box. A used jam jar, plastic yogurt cup, or something similar would work just as well!

Simple Homemade Face Scrub


  • 1/8 cup very fine sea salt*
  • 2 tsp. jojoba oil**
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (optional)


  1. In a medium-size bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Transfer to your container.

To use:

  • Remove all makeup first.
  • Remove a small amount, the size of a couple of quarters, and spread between your hands.
  • Apply in small, circular movements to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin for one minute. Avoid the delicate eye area.
  • Rinse well with temperate water.
  • Pat your face dry. Do not rub. The jojoba oil will help to maintain and protect your skin!

* If you don’t have fine sea salt, you can use baking soda!

** If you don’t have jojoba oil, which can be found for $2 or so at health food markets, you can use any pure, organic vegetable oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil.

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Questions for readers:

Do you make your own beauty products?

If you were to create the “perfect” beauty product, what would it be?

8 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #2: Make Your Own Face Scrub

  1. The perfect beauty product would be a ‘Beauty Bed’ so I could wake up gorgeous without doing anything. Since that doesn’t exist yet, I’ll settle for Rose essential oil and Jojoba oil. But I’m glad I don’t have to choose one thing, having options is much more fun.

    1. Haha! What a great idea, I love it! 🙂 Rose essential oil, too ~ yes! So revitalizing and it does such lovely things for winter skin. I agree, options are fun. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Andrea! I have never made my own scrub but have been tempted at times with certain recipes in Whole Living Magazine. This one looks great. I think I have normal skin but I do get those occasional breakouts so would this be a good combination for me?

    The perfect beauty product for me would be a face cream that banishes wrinkles, sunspots and boosts up collagen all in one. I hit 41 this year and now am wishing I stayed out of the sun more when I was a teen!

    1. Well, I’m not an esthetician so take what I say with a grain of salt (haha), but in my experience jojoba oil works great for normal skin on a regular basis. It doesn’t leave a film and makes my skin very soft. If I get a zit or two, I usually treat it with tea tree oil (diluted) but apply the jojoba as usual everywhere else. Maybe you could try almond oil, instead ~ it’s the oil usually recommended for oilier skin, but I also find it works well on normal skin. Hope that helps!

      Whole Living has some GREAT ideas 🙂

      And I hear ya on the years of sunshine… the High School years were sun-drenched. If I knew then what I know now………..

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