13 Exfoliating Facial 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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About once a week though, my skin needs a simple exfoliating face scrubs.  Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells and other remaining impurities. It also helps keep my complexion clear and my skin looking healthy.  

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 commercial products can do a lot of damage to the delicate facial skin.

The good news is that you can make your own simple exfoliating face scrubs at home, really easily!  They’re inexpensive and good for your skin.  If your skin has needed a pick-me-up, check out the simple exfoliating face scrubs below:


Simple Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar (or granulated sugar) 
  • 1 – 2 drops of water 
  • 1 – 2 drops orange, lemon, lavender or melaleuca essential oil (optional) 

How you do it: 

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, gently rub scrub into clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Remove by rinsing with cool water, and pat dry with a clean towel. Add on a layer of oil as a moisturizer, if necessary.


coconut oil and sugar face scrub

2 Ingredient Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp sugar

How you do it:

Combine coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl, and stir to combine.  Rub sugar face scrub into clean facial or neck skin, using gentle circular motions, for 60 seconds.  Rinse dry with warm water. 

This is an easy recipe to whip up when you don’t have a lot of time.  You can increase the ratios to make more of the mix, and store for up to 3 months.  If you live in a hotter climate, you may want to store this mixture in the fridge, as coconut oil has a relatively low melting point. 

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chocolate face scrub

Chocolate Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/8 cup olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 

How you do it:

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Lather generously onto clean face, rubbing gently into the skin for 60 seconds.  Allow to set on skin for 10 minutes, if desired, then rinse clean with warm water. 


blueberry scrub

Blueberry and Honey Scrub 

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp honey (raw and local is best) 
  • 1 – 2 tbsp sugar

How you do it:

Combine all ingredients in a small food processor, and blend until smooth.  Add a generous layer to clean face, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse clean with warm water. 

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sugar, honey, olive oil and lemon

Lemon and Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1/2 fresh lemon 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp organic honey 

Made from fresh lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey. This provides a simple exfoliating face scrubs recipe while moisturizing. The lemon juice may help brighten the skin. Find the instructions here



 Honey and Oatmeal Facial Scrub 

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked oats
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil 
  • 15 drops melaleuca essential oil 
  • 1 tsp dried lavender (optional)

Honey, Oatmeal, Nutmeg, Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils are joined together in this simple exfoliating face scrubs.  It may help to reduce breakouts, even skin tone, and moisturize. Find the recipe here



Facial Scrub for Dry Skin

  • 1/4 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/8 cup honey 
  • 1/8 cup olive oil

Oats, honey and olive oil make this a little different spin from the honey and oatmeal facial scrub. But it’s incredibly simple and great for skin that is aching for moisture.  Here is my recipe here

Here are some awesome simple exfoliating face scrubs from other bloggers!

Tomato Sugar Face Scrub: This scrub is made with lycopene-filled tomatoes (which may help protect against harmful UV Rays) and sugar.

Oatmeal-Lavender Face Scrub: Ground oatmeal, dried lavender flowers, powdered milk and cornmeal. This makes up this unique and wonderfully fragrant face scrub.

Coffee Face Scrub: Olive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds are mixed together to create this stimulating and energizing scrub.

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

Homemade Facial Masks: Once you’re done with your simple exfoliating face scrubs, try one of these 9 awesome homemade facial masks! All the recipes are listed in one place for ease of access! 😉 

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

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71 Responses to 13 simple exfoliating face scrubs

  1. April says:

    In a jar, about how long will these scrubs keep?

  2. Ryan J Rodriguez says:

    Wow. This is something I wish I’d found a long time ago, honestly. Thank you very much for publishing this.

    Out of curiosity, are there any other granular substances I could use to substitute sugar in the first recipe? Sugar’s adhesiveness and potential messiness- and, in our house, its value for culinary purposes- is such that I’d like to find a way around it if possible.

  3. bailey says:

    Does anyone know how often to use the chocolate exfoliating recipe?
    Because i don’t want to be using it to much that it could damage my skin as i have very sensitive skin 🙂
    That mask i would recommend for people that have sensitive skin because mine stays hydrated and clear 🙂

    • Lara says:

      As a person who also has super sensitive skin, I would recommend using once a week (if you notice any irritation though, don’t do it as frequently).
      Remember not to scrub too hard and follow up with a nourishing oil or moisturiser 😄
      Hope this helped!

  4. unknown says:

    these are great masks, they taste nice too and they don’t smell bad like some of the other bought ones 🙂

  5. Libby says:

    Hi, you all seem very helpful so I have my own situation…My skin has been relatively clear for the last 2 years except for about once a month, which makes sense for a lot of girls. Since summer has started I have been breaking out non stop. Little pimples on my forehead which is not common for me, and a lot big angry looking pimples on my chin which is where usually break out. I’ve tried everything and nothing gets rid of them. I use oxy pads most days which helps a little but doesn’t make a huge difference. I don’t wear makeup barely at all and I keep my bed sheets clean so it can’t be that. I have senior portraits coming up and I would really like my face to be clear. If you all have any recommendations I would greatly appreciate it ! Thank you!

    • Ashlea says:

      Girl.. i feel your pain! Ive tried countless methods and treatments for my acne prone skin over the years. 3 months ago i gave up on my doctor after he announced Roacutane to be the only treatment option left for me. I questioned thia and turned to natural remedies which i simply found online. And wow. My skin is absolutely transformed! Here is my new daily face routine which i highly recommend you try if you are still having skin troubles.
      After washing my face day & night I apply diluted organic apple cider vinegar (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water. This tightens pores & kills acne causing bacteria). Once dry i apply moisturiser (combination of coconut oil & sweet almond oil, sometimes with rosehip oil also). Any little spots that pop up i apply aloe vera gel straight from the leaf. Aloe gel also tightens skin and increases blood circulation- perfect for baggy eyes. There are many variatons to these diy remedies, just search on google.. or just remember that NATURE IS KEY. Nature heals 🙂 If it worked for me i am more than confident it will work for you, unless your condition is hormone related. I hope this has helped you. Happy natural skin journey 🙂

    • Kaylie Hart says:

      I quit sugar and my face cleared up instantly

  6. Sophie says:

    Is it possible to use coconut sugar for the simple scrub coconut oil + sugar ?

  7. Harpreet says:

    I have oily skin….should I use these tips for my skin…
    Will it good for my skin….

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Alayna,

      Thanks! My family really enjoys these recipes. 🙂 You can find week 1 here, and I hope to have week 3 published by the end of the week!


  8. Nita says:

    Hi all

    Great ideas indeed,

    Well done , keep it coming

  9. Great Masks Thank You 🙂

  10. Marta says:

    How can I make olive oil smell different, like mint or berry?

  11. Justine Grace says:

    Hey,My face is sometimes and I have some blackheads on my nose.What should i do or do cause I really don’t know what to do..

  12. Roxe says:

    Thanx for the variations
    How long would these generally last if I made a large batch?

  13. Cynthia L says:

    I love to put honey on my face and pat it until it is really sticky. Then I wash it off and my skin is super soft. Love all of the other ideas you have too.

  14. This really makes me want to have a spa party and have everyone bring in a little sample for everyone to take home or maybe I could just have a table where everyone can make some to go home. Thanks for the great list.

  15. Corinne says:

    My teen daughter has a birthday coming up and I think setting up some of the ingredients in a “facial buffet” so they can each make their own would be a fun activity. Since all the ingredients are natural, I wouldn’t worry about them using any of them. I can print your recipes on recipe cards for the girls to use. Thanks for all the great variations!

  16. Susan says:

    What a great collection of exfoliating recipes. I can’t wait to share with my teen daughters and have a DIY spa weekend.

  17. Angel says:

    How often should you use a face scrub?

  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love brown sugar exfoliant because it is less harsh to the skin than other exfoliators in the market. More power on your blog!

  19. Sapphire says:

    Hey Andrea ! I’ve read all your home made face exfoliation methods ! They sound great ! But I just want to know which method is the fastest and most effective . I’m new to all this and I’m not sure what product to buy exactly from the Pharmacy because I don’t know which my skin may react to. So I figured I’d start off with natural remedies since it is less risky to contain side effects. My whole face like literally breaks out in pimples and whiteheads for a while now. I put oil on my face everyday before school . Would you mind recommending which is best for me? Thanks x

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Sapphire,

      It’s hard to recommend a “best” when I am not sure what your skin type is, and since everyone’s skin reacts differently to different ingredients (Even natural ingredients). What kind of oil are you putting on your face? Are you washing your face with olive oil, or using a different type of cleanser?

      If you have oily skin to begin with, you may not need to put oil on your face, without rinsing it off. I find that cleansing with the oil, and gently rubbing it off with a clean towel still provides enough moisture for my face (and I have dry skin).

      The one thing I did that improved my skin more than anything else, was to take a good multi-vitamin, drink lots of water every day, and eat healthy. The Garden of Life multivitamins worked really well for me, but you may check with a doctor, if you are under 18, about what would be ideal for your nutritional needs.

  20. Nikhila says:

    I have been using a home made exfoliating powder from rice grains and green gram.. I took an equal amount of both rice and green gram.. Add an extra amount of green gram coz it helps to make our skin fair and clear.. Make a power out of it.. It shouldn’t be too fine.. It’s fine if there are small granules left.. Infact its better.. It’ll smell a bit awful.. But works wonders.. You can add some essence to your powder while bathing.. Plz take the power in a seperate bowl.. Any water in the powder may lead to fungus..

  21. rebecca says:

    I went to a dermatologist about 2/3 years ago with my sister the lady was opening her own shop and had an evening event on to promote anyway my sister has always suffered from bad acne and dry skin on her face and back she has tried every product you could possibly think of to help get rid of it. When we went to the evening my sister explained her problem and told her the best thing to do it in the morning when you have your first wee of the day get some in a jug then dilute it with warm water 50/50 and wash your face and back in your wee. Now i know this sounds horrible but my sister actually tried it and within a week you could see the difference in her skin. She now does not suffer from acne or dry skin. Hope that can help some of you :).

  22. eva says:

    Hola !Son muy buenos !
    Podrías ayudarme con alguna receta para mi cabello seco, y también para las manchas de la piel en manos y cuello. Gracias

  23. Priti says:

    Hy i m female plz give me sme tips to reduce permanent unwanted hair

    • Adora says:


      The only way you can reduce / remove facial hair is by removing it using a facial hair removal tool or threading. Threading needs salon visits and can be expensive.
      You can buy facial hair removal tool on my website at a very reasonable price and is very easy to use. Hope this helps!

  24. 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?

  25. Dominique says:

    Can I use brown sugar instead?

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Dani –
      I don’t know if this is what you have but your description reminded me of Malassezia (it’s a fungus that’s on everything). I rescued a dog with horrible skin issues, had her allergy-tested and found out she’s highly allergic to Malassezia. Humans have problems with it too (and some people suffer terribly). So perhaps this is another avenue to explore? Best wishes for quick and permanent relief from whatever it is.

    • cj says:

      Do you drink soymilk or almond milk? When I first turned 39 I began breaking out horribly. Thought it was due to aging. It was soy n almond milk. Stopped drinking it and like magic my skin cleared. Examine your diet!!! You could be allergic to something.

  28. 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(:

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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??

  35. 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 🙂

  36. 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?

    • 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

  37. shyma says:

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

  38. 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!

  39. 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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