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DIY | 10 All-Natural Face Scrubs + info on ingredients + exfoliation!

posted in Skin & Body
08/19/2016
  • Let’s be real, here. Everyone’s favorite part about their skin regimen is exfoliating, right? It brings new life to your face by rubbing away dead skin + cleansing your pores. But those microbeads in many of the big name cleansers are no good for your skin or the environment. 
    Let’s be real, here. Everyone’s favorite part about their skin regimen is exfoliating, right? It brings new life to your face by rubbing away dead skin + cleansing your pores. But those microbeads in many of the big name cleansers are no good for your skin or the environment. 
  • Illinois even recently banned cosmetics using those little plastic beads because of the havoc they’re wreaking on the suffering ocean ecosystem.  The good news for you is that natural alternatives are simpler, cheaper, + healthier.  
    Illinois even recently banned cosmetics using those little plastic beads because of the havoc they’re wreaking on the suffering ocean ecosystem.  The good news for you is that natural alternatives are simpler, cheaper, + healthier.  
  • SUGAR LEMON FACE SCRUB |  The exfoliating part of this scrub comes from baking soda, which is great for acne. Paired with the antibiotic powers of coconut oil + lemon, this scrub brightens + cleanses with the best of ’em. 

(In order to use as a body scrub, replace sugar with sea or Epson salt.)
    SUGAR LEMON FACE SCRUB |  The exfoliating part of this scrub comes from baking soda, which is great for acne. Paired with the antibiotic powers of coconut oil + lemon, this scrub brightens + cleanses with the best of ’em. 

    (In order to use as a body scrub, replace sugar with sea or Epson salt.)
  • INGREDIENTS | 

+ 1 cup of sugar or baking soda 
+ 1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil
+ 1 teaspoon of lemon zest 
+ 1-2 drops of lemon extract (optional).

INSTRUCTIONS | Mix together. Place in an air tight glass container (use baking soda if you have sensitive or dry skin).  
    INGREDIENTS | 

    + 1 cup of sugar or baking soda 
    1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil
    + 1 teaspoon of lemon zest 
    1-2 drops of lemon extract (optional).

    INSTRUCTIONS | Mix together. Place in an air tight glass container (use baking soda if you have sensitive or dry skin).  
  • PINEAPPLE PAPAYA EXFOLIATING FACE MASK | This is a DIY hack based off of Kiehl's $28 version. Papaya is full of Vitamin A which helps to remove dead skin cells, while the bromelain in pineapple helps to reduce inflammation. Use this one for a cooling, tropical weekly face treat.
    PINEAPPLE PAPAYA EXFOLIATING FACE MASK | This is a DIY hack based off of Kiehl's $28 version. Papaya is full of Vitamin A which helps to remove dead skin cells, while the bromelain in pineapple helps to reduce inflammation. Use this one for a cooling, tropical weekly face treat.
  • INGREDIENTS | 
+ 1/4 cup of cubed fresh pineapple (the hard stems cut off) 
+ 1/4 cup of cubed fresh papaya 
+ 2 tbsp brown sugar 
+ 1 tbsp sweet almond oil 
+ 1 tbsp manuka honey (or honey if you don't have manuka)

INSTRUCTIONS | Mash fruit together until it's a pulp. Add other ingredients + mix w
    INGREDIENTS | 
    + 1/4 cup of cubed fresh pineapple (the hard stems cut off) 
    1/4 cup of cubed fresh papaya 
    2 tbsp brown sugar 
    1 tbsp sweet almond oil 
    + 1 tbsp manuka honey (or honey if you don't have manuka)

    INSTRUCTIONS | Mash fruit together until it's a pulp. Add other ingredients + mix well.


  • TO USE | Apply mixture to skin + leave on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water + press skin with a warm washcloth.

    TO USE | Apply mixture to skin + leave on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water + press skin with a warm washcloth.


  • GRAPEFRUIT-AVOCADO OIL SUGAR SCRUB | Grapefruit brings its free-radical fighting powers to this scrub that helps equalize your skin tone + bust everything from blemishes to wrinkles. Mild avocado oil won’t block your pores. Also, the avocado has glutamine amino acids for extra cleansing power! 
    GRAPEFRUIT-AVOCADO OIL SUGAR SCRUB | Grapefruit brings its free-radical fighting powers to this scrub that helps equalize your skin tone + bust everything from blemishes to wrinkles. Mild avocado oil won’t block your pores. Also, the avocado has glutamine amino acids for extra cleansing power! 
  • INGREDIENTS | 
+ 1 cup sugar 
+ 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed 
+ 3 tablespoons avocado oil.

INSTRUCTIONS | Juice 1/2 a grapefruit into a bowl of sugar, pour in avocado oil + stir to combine. *The more you stir, the more the sugar will dissolve, so use more of a folding motion to keep the granules in tac
    INGREDIENTS | 
    + 1 cup sugar 
    + 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed 
    + 3 tablespoons avocado oil.

    INSTRUCTIONS | Juice 1/2 a grapefruit into a bowl of sugar, pour in avocado oil + stir to combine. *The more you stir, the more the sugar will dissolve, so use more of a folding motion to keep the granules in tact!
  • LEMON SCRUB | This one is a mix of four real power ingredients: Olive oil, honey, sugar + lemon juice. Together, pantry staples combine to help fight acne + aging all while leaving your skin feeling incredibly clean and smooth
    LEMON SCRUB | This one is a mix of four real power ingredients: Olive oil, honey, sugar + lemon juice. Together, pantry staples combine to help fight acne + aging all while leaving your skin feeling incredibly clean and smooth
  • 1️⃣ OLIVE OIL | Suitable for oily + dry skin. Olive oil has antioxidants + good fats which help get rid of the free radicals + also heal the skin. For stretch marks, it improves the elasticity of the skin + its regenerative properties will help heal the affected skin.
    1️⃣ OLIVE OIL | Suitable for oily + dry skin. Olive oil has antioxidants + good fats which help get rid of the free radicals + also heal the skin. For stretch marks, it improves the elasticity of the skin + its regenerative properties will help heal the affected skin.
  • 2️⃣ HONEY | Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment + prevention.  Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.  It is extremely moisturising + soothing, so it helps create a glow.  Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. 
    2️⃣ HONEY | Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment + prevention.  Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.  It is extremely moisturising + soothing, so it helps create a glow.  Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. 
  • 3️⃣ SUGAR | If you use a scrub of brown sugar + olive oil, it's very helpful in keeping the skin soft + supple. Brown sugar removes dirt + unclogs the pores. One of the major benefits of sugar for your skin is that it maintains the oil balance. Sugar scrubs cleanse your skin + dont allow toxins in. 
    3️⃣ SUGAR | If you use a scrub of brown sugar + olive oil, it's very helpful in keeping the skin soft + supple. Brown sugar removes dirt + unclogs the pores. One of the major benefits of sugar for your skin is that it maintains the oil balance. Sugar scrubs cleanse your skin + dont allow toxins in. 
  • 4️⃣ LEMON JUICE |  It reduces the frequency + severity of blackheads. The discoloration caused by scars + age spots can diminish by applying lemon juice to the area. Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties that make it a good choice to help cure acne + prevent further breakouts. 
    4️⃣ LEMON JUICE |  It reduces the frequency + severity of blackheads. The discoloration caused by scars + age spots can diminish by applying lemon juice to the area. Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties that make it a good choice to help cure acne + prevent further breakouts. 
  • LEMON SCRUB INGREDIENTS |
+ 1/2 lemon juice
+ 1/2 cup of sugar
+ 1 tablespoon olive oil
+ 1 tablespoon honey

INSTRUCTIONS | Whisk together liquid ingredients until mixture is thick. Add sugar + mix with a spoon. You can add more or less sugar according to how thick you want your scrub to be. 
    LEMON SCRUB INGREDIENTS |
    1/2 lemon juice
    + 1/2 cup of sugar
    + 1 tablespoon olive oil
    + 1 tablespoon honey

    INSTRUCTIONS | Whisk together liquid ingredients until mixture is thick. Add sugar + mix with a spoon. You can add more or less sugar according to how thick you want your scrub to be. 
  • SKIN BRIGHTENING FACE SCRUB | This looks like a delightful summer drink, but think again. Unlike many on the list, this scrub opts for salt as your exfoliant to clean out those pores. But our favorite part is the addition of strawberries because they’re a natural source of salicylic acid. 
    SKIN BRIGHTENING FACE SCRUB | This looks like a delightful summer drink, but think again. Unlike many on the list, this scrub opts for salt as your exfoliant to clean out those pores. But our favorite part is the addition of strawberries because they’re a natural source of salicylic acid. 
  • INGREDIENTS | 

INSTRUCTIONS | Add strawberries to blender + pulse.  (NOTE: You DON'T want them mushy). Stir in lime juice + almond oil. Mix in salt.


    INGREDIENTS | 

    INSTRUCTIONS | Add strawberries to blender + pulse.  (NOTE: You DON'T want them mushy). Stir in lime juice + almond oil. Mix in salt.


  • TO USE | Smooth over clean, damp skin + work in small circular motions. Leave mixture on for a few minutes (only if you have time!) Wash strawberry face scrub off + pat skin dry. 


*Can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 7-10 days. 

    TO USE | Smooth over clean, damp skin + work in small circular motions. Leave mixture on for a few minutes (only if you have time!) Wash strawberry face scrub off + pat skin dry. 


    *Can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 7-10 days. 

  • BAKING SODA + MINERAL WATER | Got sensitive skin? This scrub may be your new favorite face recipe. It’s just water + baking soda. So simple, yet so powerful. Mix it to a paste texture + scrub for a gentle way to balance your skin’s pH levels + treat acne. 
    BAKING SODA + MINERAL WATER | Got sensitive skin? This scrub may be your new favorite face recipe. It’s just water + baking soda. So simple, yet so powerful. Mix it to a paste texture + scrub for a gentle way to balance your skin’s pH levels + treat acne. 
  • INGREDIENTS | 
+ 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda 
+ mineral water 

INSTRUCTIONS | Get a consistency suitable for applying. Then massage gently on the skin + wash away with cold water.
    INGREDIENTS | 
    + 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda 
    + mineral water 

    INSTRUCTIONS | Get a consistency suitable for applying. Then massage gently on the skin + wash away with cold water.
  • PROTECT + CLARIFY KIWI SCRUB | Here’s another little concoction of our own! Mix together Safflower oil to calm irritated skin, kiwi to clarify + brighten + sugar for exfoliation. Voila! 
    PROTECT + CLARIFY KIWI SCRUB | Here’s another little concoction of our own! Mix together Safflower oil to calm irritated skin, kiwi to clarify + brighten + sugar for exfoliation. Voila! 
  • INGREDIENTS | 
+ sugar 
+ safflower oil
+ kiwi 

INSTRUCTIONS | Mix together the 3 ingredients: sugar, safflower oil, + kiwi to get this brightening scrub.

*Once again, scoop out the flesh of the kiwi. Avoid the core, if possible. 

Isn’t the color of this one beautiful?
    INGREDIENTS | 
    + sugar 
    + safflower oil
    + kiwi 

    INSTRUCTIONS | Mix together the 3 ingredients: sugar, safflower oil, + kiwi to get this brightening scrub.

    *Once again, scoop out the flesh of the kiwi. Avoid the core, if possible. 

    Isn’t the color of this one beautiful?
  • 4 HERBAL HOMEMADE SOAP BARS | Your options for creating an exfoliant bar masterpiece are Chia Seed + Aloe, Cornmeal + Calendula, Oatmeal + Cinnamon or Coffee. These make beautifying gifts for your friends… or yourself.
    4 HERBAL HOMEMADE SOAP BARS | Your options for creating an exfoliant bar masterpiece are Chia Seed + Aloe, Cornmeal + Calendula, Oatmeal + Cinnamon or Coffee. These make beautifying gifts for your friends… or yourself.
  • SUPPLIES | 
+ 1/2 – 1 cup of clear glycerin soap base
+ 2 tablespoons water
+ 2 tablespoons oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, honey, etc)
+ Dry ingredients (chia seeds, cornmeal, oatmeal or coffee)
+ Soap mold container (I use glass storage containers)
    SUPPLIES | 
    + 1/2 – 1 cup of clear glycerin soap base
    + 2 tablespoons water
    + 2 tablespoons oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, honey, etc)
    + Dry ingredients (chia seeds, cornmeal, oatmeal or coffee)
    + Soap mold container (I use glass storage containers)

  • INSTRUCTIONS | First, cut glycerin into cubes + melt in microwave. Let the soap cool slightly then add the oil, water + dry ingredients. Stir or whisk everything together. Keep mixing for 1-3 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken. Then pour into your mold + let it cool + harden.
    INSTRUCTIONS | First, cut glycerin into cubes + melt in microwave. Let the soap cool slightly then add the oil, water + dry ingredients. Stir or whisk everything together. Keep mixing for 1-3 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken. Then pour into your mold + let it cool + harden.
  • BROWN SUGAR + HONEY FACE SCRUB | Turns out, nature’s sweeteners are perfect for your face. Just mix brown sugar + honey. Honey acts as an antibacterial agent, as well as an antiviral + anti-fungal.  Brown sugar not only exfoliates but it fights bacteria with glycolic acid. 
    BROWN SUGAR + HONEY FACE SCRUB | Turns out, nature’s sweeteners are perfect for your face. Just mix brown sugar + honey. Honey acts as an antibacterial agent, as well as an antiviral + anti-fungal.  Brown sugar not only exfoliates but it fights bacteria with glycolic acid. 


  • INSTRUCTIONS | Put  1 T brown sugar + 1 T honey in small bowl. Mix together well. Store in a jar with air tight lid. Keep at room temp.


TO USE | Wash face well. Apply a small amount of scrub (about ½ t.) to wet skin + massage gently in a circular motion. Avoid eye area. Rinse face well + pat dry.
    INSTRUCTIONS | Put  1 T brown sugar + 1 T honey in small bowl. Mix together well. Store in a jar with air tight lid. Keep at room temp.

    TO USE | Wash face well. Apply a small amount of scrub (about ½ t.) to wet skin + massage gently in a circular motion. Avoid eye area. Rinse face well + pat dry.
  • SEA SALT FACE SCRUB + COCONUT OIL MAKEUP REMOVER | By itself, you can use coconut oil as a daily makeup remover + with the addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this scrub rubs away dead skin cells + draws out toxins for a smooth complexion. 
    SEA SALT FACE SCRUB + COCONUT OIL MAKEUP REMOVER | By itself, you can use coconut oil as a daily makeup remover + with the addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this scrub rubs away dead skin cells + draws out toxins for a smooth complexion. 
  • INGREDIENTS + INSTRUCTIONS |

Coconut Oil Makeup Remover Just melt it + pour into a jar. 

Face Scrub Mix 1 part melted coconut oil to 2 parts sea salt + spoon into your jars. 

Very simple! 
    INGREDIENTS + INSTRUCTIONS |

    Coconut Oil Makeup Remover Just melt it + pour into a jar. 

    Face Scrub Mix 1 part melted coconut oil to 2 parts sea salt + spoon into your jars. 

    Very simple! 
  • TIPS FOR EXFOLIATING | 
+ Do not use body exfoliators on your face as these tend to be coarser + could damage the sensitve skin on your face
+ Do not apply makeup after exfoliating
+ Exfoliate your neck also
+ Always test on the back of your hand prior to applying on your face
+ Exfoliate at night. 
    TIPS FOR EXFOLIATING | 
    Do not use body exfoliators on your face as these tend to be coarser + could damage the sensitve skin on your face
    Do not apply makeup after exfoliating
    + Exfoliate your neck also
    Always test on the back of your hand prior to applying on your face
    + Exfoliate at night
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