A Soothing Homemade Face Scrub For Every Skin Type

Customize this simple homemade face scrub powder by mixing in the wet ingredients that work best for your skin type or skin condition.

Homemade Face Scrub for Every Skin Type

What comes to mind when you think of your skin care routine? 1.) It’s the most important part of my day. 2.) I do the basics but not much else. 3.) What skin care routine?

Whether you have a drawer full of natural and organic skin care products like me or you just stick to a few tried and true favorites, a face scrub is a good thing to have in your arsenal.

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Why Exfoliate Your Face?

The main benefit of a face scrub is to exfoliate your skin, which means removing dry or dead skin cells. But wait – exfoliation does much more than that! Using a facial scrub will also help with:

  • increased blood circulation
  • removing toxins from the skin
  • growth of new skin cells
  • minimizing pores
  • reduced breakouts
  • absorption of nourishing ingredients

Bottom line – a face scrub can lead to smoother, brighter looking skin (which helps with anti-aging goals). So let’s get exfoliating!

Homemade Face Scrub Powder

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When I set about creating this face scrub, I had two goals in mind. First, to make a scrub that can be customized to any skin type or skin condition. To do that, I needed the basic ingredients to be simple, soothing and non-irritating. My second goal was to make a scrub that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or used up within a week like most homemade beauty products without preservatives. To accomplish that, I went with a scrub powder. The powder is mixed with wet ingredients only when you are about to use it.

Here are the ingredients in the face scrub powder:

Rolled Oats – known for soothing itchy, dry skin

Almonds or Almond Meal – contains nourishing oils to help soften skin

Lavender Buds – naturally soothing to skin (you can buy lavender buds online if you can’t find them at a local store)

Keep reading to find out how to make the basic scrub powder and to learn about the mix-in options to make the best homemade face scrub for every skin type!

Related: Homemade Lavender Calendula Balm

Homemade Face Scrub Powder

Customizable Homemade Face Scrub Recipe

Have I told you how simple this scrub is to make? Super duper simple!

You will need either a blender, a food processor or a repurposed coffee grinder. A Vitamix blender rocks for this job, but you don’t necessarily need anything that fancy.

Place 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup almonds and 1 tablespoon lavender buds in the blender and PULVERIZE! You want the powder to be very fine since it is used on your face. If you use almond meal in place of whole almonds, you can blend the oats and lavender first and then mix in the almond meal later.

Homemade Face Scrub

At this point, feel free to add in 8 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. This will give the scrub an extra burst of calming lavender that smells fantastic!

Homemade Face Scrub

When you are ready to use the scrub, mix it with the liquid that works best for your skin type or skin condition. For one application I recommend up to 1 tablespoon of scrub powder and a little less than that amount of wet ingredients. The “recipe” is not set in stone – you’ll figure out the consistency that works best for you.

Customizable scrub mix-ins:

Oily skin – water

Dry skin – oil (I prefer a lightweight oil like apricot kernal, grapeseed or sweet almond)

Dull skin – plain yogurt

Acne – honey

Other possible scrub mix-ins include aloe vera gel, floral hydrosol, herbal tea or apple cider vinegar.

Homemade Face Scrub

Experiment and see what works best for you!

Homemade Face Scrub
Homemade Face Scrub mixed with oil.

My dry skin loves the oil version – especially in the winter!

Homemade Face Scrub
Homemade Face Scrub mixed with yogurt.

When I make the scrub with yogurt, I leave it on my skin for about 5 minutes as a face mask to let the lactic acid do its magic. Lactic acid helps break down dead skin cells, leaving skin brighter looking.

Once the facial scrub has been rinsed off, follow with a spritz of toner and an organic moisturizer or facial oil to seal in the moisture. 

Homemade Face Scrub

One final bonus about this homemade facial scrub powder is that it makes a fantastic gift! Find a cute bottle, add a ribbon and include instructions for mixing. Great for friends, sisters, teachers – anyone!

Custom Homemade Face Scrub

Homemade Face Scrub for Every Skin Type

A simple homemade face scrub powder that can be customized to your skin type with mix-in ingredients.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almonds (or almond meal)
  • 1 tablespoon lavender buds
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (optional)


  • Blender or food processor.


  1. Mix oats, almonds and lavender buds in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until very fine.
  3. Add lavender essential oil if using and mix well.
  4. For scrub application, mix 1 tablespoon dry powder with 2 teaspoons liquid of choice (water, oil, yogurt or honey).
  5. Apply to face, scrub lightly and rinse off with warm water.


Mix in the following ingredients, depending on your skin type.

Oily skin – water

Dry skin – oil (apricot kernal, grapeseedor sweet almond)

Dull skin – plain yogurt

Acne – honey


Are you ready to add a face scrub to your skin care routine? What would you mix it with?

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P.S. Find all my DIY beauty product recipes here!


  1. This post comes at the perfect time! Among the many flights I’ve been on recently, along with big temperature changes, my face is dry and needs a mask scrub RN! This is perfect. I think I’ll invite the girls over for an evening holiday movie night and face scrub!

    1. Awwwww….love the idea of doing scrubs at a girls night! Everyone can do their own mix-ins – maybe a bit messy but so much fun!

    1. Thanks Christina! Hope you have a chance to make it sometime!

  2. Sounds like a great gift idea. I’m a soap and water girl myself (and sometimes only water), but I’m pretty sure I know a ton of people that would love this.

    1. Yes, this scrub can fit into even the simplest of skin care routines!

  3. This is amazing and oh so simple. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Love, Love, Love THIS! I have dry sensitive skin and it’s so hard to find products that actually work. I’ll have to experiment with making some. They products I like from Whole Foods or the Co-op are super expensive.

    1. I hope you can try this Holly! I think with dry, sensitive skin either the oil or the yogurt version would work well for you! And yes you can’t beat the price!

  5. If I mix the dry good with honey or water, do you know how long it will last before it expires?

    1. What I recommend is to mix only the amount of scrub you are using at that time. I usually do it in the palm of my hand – but you could use a bowl. Once you add water, the product will only be good for about a week. With honey, it might be longer because honey is shelf stable and does not attract bacteria the way water does – although I don’t know for sure. And if you mix with yogurt, you’ll definitely want to use it up the same day! Hope that helps!

  6. Kari-Ann Dunkley says:

    Do the lavender buds have a strong lavender scent? I know I won’t be able to add the lavender oil. It irritates my eyes, so putting it in a scrub would probably be a bad idea.

    Do you have any recommendations for what I can substitute for the lavender?

    1. Everyone is so different when it comes to sensitivities so I don’t have a suggestion for a substitute that would work for sure – maybe rose? Lavender buds are pretty subtle – not as strong as the oil. Hope that works for you!

  7. For how much time can store this scrub powder?

  8. I am definitely trying this !!! So excited I found you! Thank you!

  9. Neeta Baley says:

    What brand of rolled oats and almonds do you uses for do you have a link for purchasing those on Amazon for me soyouget credit

    Appreciate it

  10. This looks so good! What a great gift to make for friends or to enjoy yourself!

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