My relationship to beauty products says so much about ourselves: do we spend a fortune on tubes smaller than our pinkies that promise to erase any proof that we once smiled? Have we been buying the same stuff, month in, month out, since age fifteen? Do we follow the (totally unbiased) magazine reviews and share in the enthusiasm for this or that new molecule? Do we lose sleep over sulphates, chlorides, glycerines, and nano-particles ?

Do we go full granola and… make our own?
If you’re in the latter camp, but feel intimidated by the long lists of exotic ingredients you would have to special order and then store in some cabinet until they rot or stale, this post is for you!
I’ve put together this list of quick recipes for homemade all-natural cosmetics, selecting ones that are very easy to follow. You can often make them your own by swapping ingredients for ones that will work best for your skin type, and the best thing is, they mostly use ingredients you already have at home!
No excuse not to give them a go, and any of these would make a lovely homemade gift this holiday season.

Homemade Face Scrubs for Every Skin Type

This recipe is a mix-and-match formula for face scrubs. So, no matter what your skin needs this recipe will accommodate. I tried the kiwi scrub, although my mix turned out to be more a face mask than a scrub, I really loved how my skin felt afterwards. Next time I will add more sugar.

I know there are a ton of face scrubs out there, but it’s hard to find exactly the right one to fit your skin type. Which means that making a custom one to fit your skin’s needs is the way to go. Plus, you’ll already have half of the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s a win-win situation!

I’ll walk you through the basic ingredients, and what they do. Then we’ve come up with five of our favorite versions that we’ll show you how to make step-by-step. Let’s get started!


First, you’ll need to choose your exfoliant. It comes down to sugar or salt, but as you know there are several varieties of each.

I recommend four different types:
plain white sugar
brown sugar
iodized table salt,
black lava sea salt.
Sugar is less abrasive than salt because it dissolves more easily.
Brown sugar is the best for sensitive skin, because it’s the softest. Salt exfoliates well and can help remove impurities and dead skin. And the black lava sea salt also removes dead skin along with helping increase cell activity.

The next ingredient you select is your oil. I chose five different oils that are great for your skin—olive oil, safflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin coconut oil (our favorite!).

To start off, all of these oils, except the avocado oil, are naturally antibacterial, which will help prevent any problems.

Olive oil is good for really dry skin, and it won’t clog your pores.

Safflower oil is a fatty oil that can help calm irritated skin and prevent clogged pores. Almond oil is fantastic because it can reduce the effects of UVB rays, and it can help improve skin tone.

Avocado oil is actually extracted from the pulp of the fruit—not the seed—so it’s incredibly rich and will help your skin retain moisture.

Finally, extra virgin coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and free radicals which help prevent aging. It’s one of our favorite multitaskers.


While you could make a scrub with just an exfoliant and an oil, I recommend adding in one of these five fruits and vegetables. They each have properties that will help your skin even more.

Be forewarned that adding in a fresh fruit will reduce the shelf life of your scrub, and you’ll want to keep it in the refrigerator—not your shower. Keep that in mind before whipping up a big batch.

Kiwis can help brighten your complexion, and the seeds in the fruit pulp can act as mini exfoliants on their own.

Strawberries are best for evening and brightening your skin tone, and they are packed with vitamin C. Pineapple is best for acne prone skin; it has an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells.

Tomato contains lycopene which can help protect skin from UV rays.

And finally cucumber can help reduce puffiness by reducing water retention.

To store your face scrub, either thoroughly clean out an old scrub container or buy a plastic container that has a lid insert like these. Believe us, it will help you keep your scrub fresh.


– sugar or salt of your choice
– oil of your choice
– fruit or vegetable of your choice
– muddler
– air-tight containers


1. Choose your container, and measure your exfoliant so that the container is 3/4 full.
2. Measure out your oil. You’ll want a 2-to-1 ratio. So, twice as much salt or sugar as oil.

Oatmeal Facial Mask
This recipe has only 3 ingredients, and most of them will already sit in your pantry waiting to be used for the relaxing facial treatment you deserve.
An oatmeal facial mask is an inexpensive way to pamper your skin at home. Oatmeal has soothing ingredients that will relieve irritated and itchy skin on your face, and leave you with smooth skin. To reap the benefits of oatmeal, do an oatmeal facial mask three times a week.
Grind 4 tbsp. of rolled oats to enhance the texture of the resulting mask. Pour the rolled oats into your blender or food processor, and grind the oats until they form a course powder. Pour the ground oats into the small bowl.
Measure 1 tbsp. of honey and pour over the oat powder in the small bowl. Mix the honey and oats thoroughly until they form a uniform mixture. Honey will improve the texture of the mask and acts as a humectant to help moisturize your skin; it also has antibacterial properties to help treat acne.
Crack an egg without breaking the yolk. Pour out and discard the egg white, and pour the yolk into the small bowl with the honey and oatmeal mixture. Use the spoon to break the yolk and mix with the honey and oats to form a paste. Egg yolks are rich in vitamin D, which is an antioxidant that delays the aging process.
Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to set for 15 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a towel.

Tip

If you have oily skin, include a splash of lemon juice to help clean away excess oil. 3. Combine oil and salt or sugar in a bowl, and stir until just combined.
4. Add in the fruit or vegetable chopped as finely as you can get it, and muddle the mixture together until just combined. You don’t want to mix it too much or the granules will start to dissolve.
5. Decant into your storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
This scrub combines salt, tomato, and olive oil, and will help retain your skin’s-elasticity. Mix together sugar, safflower oil, and 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?
Instead of slicing the tomatoes, we decided to scoop out the flesh and muddle it in. Also, it’s okay that this will separate a bit when you store it. Just give it a quick mix before you use it. And remember, keep it in the fridge!

Mix together sugar, safflower oil, and 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?

Almond oil, strawberries, and sugar make this one of the best versions for evening out your complexion.
The strawberries smash up quite well, and make another beautiful scrub. It also smelled so good i was tempted to taste it!
recommend this one, which combines brown sugar, avocado oil, and cucumber for sensitive skin. It’s incredibly restorative.
If your cucumber isn’t very ripe, you can also run it through your juicer and use the pulp in the scrub instead of mashing it into the brown sugar.

This scrub is the most serious of the bunch. The combination of the jagged black lava sea salt and the pineapple enzymes will really clarify your skin. Luckily the coconut oil is very soothing.


Because the pineapple is a tougher fruit, we muddled it first, and then added in the salt and coconut oil. It makes it easier to mix.


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