10 Simple Exfoliating Face Scrubs

10 Simple Exfoliating Face Scrubs

I have been using the Oil Cleansing Method to wash my face for almost a year now! My face feels moisturized, healthy and I am having fewer breakouts.  For my skin, this organic and homemade face wash works great for me.  

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I do admit though, about once a week, my skin needs to be exfoliated.  Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells and other remaining impurities, and helps keep complexion clear.

The beauty industry has a million products that will exfoliate your skin.  Products that contain plastics, irritating fragrances, glycerin, parabens, phthalates and other questionable ingredients.  These commercially-prepared exfoliating scrubs can do a lot of damage to the delicate facial skin.

The good news is that safe exfoliating scrubs are insanely easy to make from home, inexpensive, and good for your skin!

10 Simple Exfoliating Face Scrubs

Simple Sugar Face Scrub 


Simple Sugar Face Scrub


  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar
  • 1-2 drops of water
  • 1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender or melaleuca essential oil

How you do it:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.   Rub into clean face by using gentle circular motions, avoiding the eyes.  Rinse with water and pat dry.  If you need a moisturizer, rub in a light layer of olive oil. 

This sugar scrub gets rid of dead, dry skin, leaving you with a fresh and clean face.  Essential oils all add their own unique properties to the scrub, which you can learn about here.

Here are some wonderful simple exfoliating face scrub recipes from other bloggers!

Lemon and Sugar Face Scrub Made from fresh lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey, this provides exfoliating goodness while moisturizing and brightening the skin and tightening pores.

2 Ingredient Sugar Face ScrubOnly two ingredients: sugar and coconut.

Chocolate Sugar Face ScrubA yummy face mask utilizes cane sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa and almond oil.

Blueberry ScrubThis recipe has anti-oxidant-rich blueberries, brown sugar, and lemon juice.

Tomato Sugar Face ScrubThis scrub is made with tomatoes, filled with lycopene (which protects against harmful UV Rays) and sugar.

Oatmeal-Lavender Face ScrubGround oatmeal, dried lavender flowers, powdered milk and cornmeal make up this unique facial scrub.

Coffee Face ScrubOlive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds are mixed together to create this stimulating scrub.

Papaya Face Mask: Papayas, honey and sugar come together to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells and moisturize:

Honey and Oatmeal Facial ScrubHoney, Oatmeal, Nutmeg, Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils are joined together to reduce breakouts, even skin tone, and moisturize:

Not in the cooking/creating mood? There are some really fantastic organic facial scrubs that are available for purchase. These products are free from all of the nasty chemicals that dry out your skin and cause aging.  If you don’t want to make your own, these are the next best thing: 

 Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub: Made from natural ingredients like Organic Acai Berry, Blackberry and Rosehips, this facial scrub is for all skin types.  It removes impurities, stimulates new cell growth and brightens skin while exfoliating. 
 Lavender Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub Lavender Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub: Made with organic lavender, licorice root, white tea and arnica, this enzyme scrub gently exfoliates to smooth dulls surface cells and impurities.  It improves the texture and clarity of your skin, while stimulating healthy circulation for improved complexion.
 Pangea Organics Facial Scrub Pangea Organics Facial Scrub: I love this scrub for it’s simplicity.  The ingredients include adzuki seed powder, organic cranberry seed, evening primrose oil, and a fragrant blend of blood orange essential oil, and French rose flower extract.  The combination restores flaky, dehydrated sin, exfoliates, cleanses away dead, dull surface skin and moisturizes and hydrates your skin for a radiant glow.  It’s gentle enough for all skin types to enjoy daily or weekly.
 Honey Girl Organic Face Scrub Honey Girl Organics Facial Scrub: A simple blend of organic aloe gel, coconut butter, cane sugar, raw pupukea wildflower honey and pineapple and papaya enzymes helps to wash away dead skin cells, increase blood circulation, reduce fine lines and smooth skin.  Good for all skin types.

Which one of these 10 simple exfoliating face scrubs do you want to try? What is your favorite exfoliating facial scrub?

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30 Responses to 10 Simple Exfoliating Face Scrubs

  1. Tori says:

    Hi! I am 16 with somewhat oily skin. Usually my skin is near perfect, but recently (since about June) I’ve broken out really bad in my T zone. I’m not sure why. I’ve changed climates a couple of times, and that’s when it started to happen. I don’t use foundation or anything. I have these tiny bumps that are my skin shade and sometimes really red pimples. I’m just wondering the best thing to do?

  2. Dominique says:

    Can I use brown sugar instead?

  3. Tracy says:

    Hello, I’m 33 with combination skin. We moved from a dry climate to a humid climate last summer. Before I would have a break out about once a month usually around my cycle but since we have moved I look like I’m a teenager going through puberty. It’s so embarrassing! What can you suggest? Prior to moving I used Proactive however it bleached my sheets which gave me an uneasy feeling about all the chemicals so I have been researching more natural ingredients which brought me to your page. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  4. dani says:

    can you recommend a scrub? I have been to numerous doctors , dermatologists, and gotten facials. Nothing helps. I have previously had beautiful skin. I use castor oil daily and have found coconut oil causes breakouts. my skin now has very flakey irritated spots, sometimes bumps that puss, mostly on one side, which doctors first diagnosed as shingles. It is not shingles. Now they claim Rosacea, but no treatments help. I am no stranger to the oil cleanse method, and it helps slightly. Now the rash has moved to my scalp and chest/shoulders. Nobody can diagnose. Is there something else you can rec? Please! My face is itchy and pussy, as well as dry and flakey. It doesn’t make sense.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Dani,

      I am sorry to hear that you’ve been going through all of that. It does sound like something more that a doctor needs to be treating, so I would recommend going to another doctor who can help. This sounds like something that is beyond the scope of something I would recommend treating at home.

      Now, I am certainly not qualified to give you advice, so I will just tell you what I would do if it were me. I would try aquaphor for the severely dry patches of skin, applying it every night, after washing the face. I don’t normally like to use commercial products, but I will use aquaphor for extremely bad cases of eczema on me and my daughter.

      Do you take a multivitamin? I started taking Garden of Life multivitamins and that has dramatically helped my skin clarity, along with drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Eating a healthy diet and exercise will help the skin as well.

      I hope that helps, and that you can figure out what is happening to your skin.

  5. Sam says:

    I have tiny tiny white bumpy spots I don’t know whether these are whiteheads or milia but I am very worried my skin was all clear and I suddenly got these spots on my cheeks and forehead what should I use to have clear skin I have normal skin and I am 18 years old please suggest what to do !

    • Sarah says:

      Did the spots show up over night? The same thing happened to me once. It may be an allergic reaction (dermatitis) to something you’re using. The bumps are typically very small and flesh colored/white, and may appear very oily or dry. It’s almost like little whiteheads are about to pop up every where! Best thing to do: Only use gentle cleansers (no fruit extracts!) for a while and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. See if it goes away in a few days. If so, it was probably an allergic reaction.(: At least from my experience. (Turns out I have a skin reaction to products with orange in them.)

      PS- The BEST stuff for pimples (and I’ve tried a lot of things)- Clean&Clear 10% benzoyl peroxide acne medication. It’s a little white tube with a purple cap- You can get it at target for literally $4 I believe. It’s as good as that overnight ProActive Stuff! Just if you wanted any suggestions, this stuff has saved my life. Just dab a little over a spot and the next day it’s dried up.

    • Sarah says:

      Oh- Also I’ve known people to have reactions to new laundry detergents! So that may be another thing(:

  6. Karen Sykora says:

    I’m a woman in mid fifties has uneven skin tone and dark spots.what should I use to take care of this problem.

  7. Case says:

    Love these recipes! Would it be a problem using organic Agave instead of honey? Would it have the same effect?

    Thank you!

    • Andrea says:

      I haven’t used agave much, so I am not sure. I know honey naturally has some wonderful properties that make it so beneficial to the skin, beyond moisturizing properties. If you try the agave, let me know how it goes!

  8. Sandra says:


    Which would you recommend for a woman over 50? I would say that my skin is neither oily or dry although it tends to be oilier (in the summer), in the winter more dry I would say. Like the other ladies here, exfoliating is a must but wish not to utilize products that tend to be harsh or packed with unnecessary chemicals. Just a clean, polished and healthy glow once done. Thank you! Sandra

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Sandra,

      If you don’t already use the Oil Cleansing Method for your face wash, I recommend that, to maintain a nice skin moisture. It won’t make your face oily, but it will prevent it from getting dry, especially during the winter.

      To reduce and reverse signs of aging, choose the exfoliates that include honey (great anti-aging properties), and the recipes that include citrus can help draw out toxins and impurities, keeping the skin healthy and vibrant.

  9. Al says:

    Hi, I have been using honey as my facial cleanser since about a month and follow it up with either clinique dramatically different moisturizer or a homemade moisturizer (honey, rose water and milk cream) at night. But no difference. I still have very dry cheeks. Have visible pores near my nose which often get shiny which means i have combination skin. Kindly suggest what to do to minimize pores and get soft skin at the same time. Thanks

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Al,

      You’re washing your face with straight honey? I haven’t done much research or tried that method, but I generally recommend using the Oil Cleansing Method as a facial cleanser, especially for dry skin. Also, be careful with commercial moisturizers — even the really expensive ones have a lot of water and chemicals that can dry out the skin. I also use homemade facial creams or the same oil cleansing mix as my moisturizer.

  10. SonicPiano says:

    What I love about these facial scrubs is that they’re not only free of harmful chemicals, but they’re also gluten-free. For a celiac who has to avoid gluten, even in personal care products that can accidentally be ingested, this is huge.

    My favorite store-bought facial scrub is Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. It’s completely natural and organic (and quite tasty if accidentally eaten). But at nearly $30 for a jar it’s also a luxury I can occasionally afford. I’ll try your home-made recipes and put them to the test.

  11. iridessa says:

    i m 21 and i have oily skin with lot of pimples & facial hair due to hormonal imbalances.
    which is the mildest of these scrubs as i do not wish to break these pimples.

    also, i hv uneven skin tone and tan (asia, u c)… can u help reduce that??
    also, can i apply these oil based home made moisturizers/cleansers/scrubs on my skin??

    • Andrea says:

      Hi iridessa,

      For your skin type, I recommend trying the oil cleansing method with a mixture of olive oil and castor oil. I know it sounds counter-intuitive to put oil on oily skin, but it helps dissolve the bad oils and impurities in your skin, and improve the overall complexion. If you need a moisturizer, try putting a little of the same mix on, after you’ve washed your face.

      For the uneven skin tone, the lemon and sugar face scrub, or the oatmeal-lavender face scrub should be able to help you with that. Hope that helps!

  12. farn says:

    hi, i have large pores and my skin is normal in summer and very dry in winter. i also have blemishes on my skin. i want to know which exfoliator would be best for me? i want something that would reduce my pores and give me a blemish free bright skin like before :( and how often shoul i use this exfoliator? once in a week or everyday?
    thanks :)

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Farn,

      For your dry skin, I highly recommend washing your face with the oil cleansing method. I too, used to get dreadfully dry skin in the winter, and since I started using OCM, it is never an issue. It is so good and moisturizing for your skin, I think you will love it.

      AS far as pore reduction, I think you can use any of these exfoliators (although the ones with honey and oatmeal are going to be especially good for your dry skin), once a week. The recipes with citrus should aid in pore reduction, as well. Then follow your daily wash with a toner made from organic green tea. Just simply boil 1 cup of distilled or purified water and steep in 2 tbsp. of organic green tea for 4 minutes. Once it is cool, you can apply it with a cotton swab or washcloth. The tea toner should help tighten your skin, while helping reduce pore size.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, i have eczema and only a few pimples every so often, but i do have dark marks and because of my eczema i have dry facial skin too. In your opinion which exfoliator would be better to use, the tomato sugar scrub, or the sugar scrub which includes lemon, honey, and olive oil?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I would recommend the lemon and sugar face scrub. The lemon should help brighten your skin, and the olive oil and honey will be great for moisture. Do you wash your face using the Oil Cleansing Method? I have terribly dry skin as well, and the OCM has been sooo good for moisturizing my skin, and reducing break outs:


    • Hi Elizabeth,
      I have suffering the eczema problem since 5 years,before it was worst as i was high on medication but then my guru made me try it the natural way.You can apply coconut oil (If not allergic to coconut) to your eczema or you can apply aloevera gel.You can use lemon but it has citrus that burns your skin and cause more rashes to your face so be careful.Instead go for honey or tomato paste on your face, the one that works for me is the papaya facepack as it clears my marks as well as brightens the face.Suggesting you some natural tips that can help you with eczema(Can’t promise that it will vanish as eczema cannot be treated but promise you that it helps in controlling.) Do try and let me know http://www.sevenswag.com/3-homemade-exfoliating-scrubs-that-you-should-always-depend-on

  14. shyma says:

    pls tell me how to maintain fresh face at any time, give me a home madu results

  15. Freda says:

    Hi, I really love this article and have learnt about the importance of exfoliating. I have an oily face and was wondering if it would still be ok to use olive oil or any other oily ingredients? Also the scrubs available for purchase is quite difficult for me to get as I don’t have access to foreign products (live in africa)

    • Andrea says:

      hi Freda,

      Yes, absolutely try olive oil! I use it on my face daily. I know many people with oily skin use olive oil with great results, but you can also try a mix of olive oil and castor oil, if you have access to both. Let me know how it works for you!

  16. Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs says:

    Ok, is it bad that I want to EAT these scrubs instead of wearing them? Love them all!!

    • avaughan says:

      Haha! They do have some tasty ingredients! At least you know you’re safe if you accidentally (or intentionally) ingest them, unlike commercial cleaners ;)

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