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Spa-At-Home: Facial Cleanser and Face Scrub Recipes


Nothing beats the tingle of freshly-washed skin. It somehow makes you more prepared to meet the day... or the blind date your co-worker coerced you into, as the case may be.

Try some of these easy-to-follow recipes for homemade cleansers and scrubs that provide amazing benefits, for a fraction of the cost of those expensive brand-name formulas at the drug store. Making your own facial cleansers and scrubs ensures that there are no additives or fillers, just good, healthy nutrition for your skin!


Sweet-and-Sour Cleanser

This unique combination of ingredients leaves your skin smooth and radiant.


  • 4 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice


Blend ingredients, adding cornstarch as a thickening agent if needed. Apply to face and massage 1-2 minutes. Rinse.


Sugar-And-Spice Scrub

This facial scrub really is as good as it smells -- good for your skin, that is!


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground oatmeal
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar for further use. Scrub face with mixture 2-3 minutes, rinse, and pat dry.


Thyme-to-Wash Cleanser

Reduces puffiness and irritation while gently toning skin.


  • 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


Stir together thyme and fennel seeds, cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice, let steep 15 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Use a cotton ball to dab onto face each morning, and rinse.


Oatmeal Exfoliating Scrub

A quick and easy exfoliator for beauty emergencies!


  • 2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Mix oatmeal and baking soda, add enough water to make a thick paste. Rub over face, rinse, pat dry.

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Honey Cleanser

Softens skin and seals in moisture.


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup glycerin
  • 1 Tbsp liquid soap


Combine until well blended, pour into small bottle for future use. Apply small amount to washcloth or face sponge, rub onto face, rinse with warm water. Pat dry.


Citrus Scrubbing Grains

Follow this invigorating scrub with a good moisturizer for optimum results.


  • 1/2 cup dried orange peel
  • 1/2 cup dried lemon peel
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 cup blanched almonds


Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl until reduced to fine powder. Store in an airtight container for future use. Moisten grains in the palm of your hand with a little water, scrub over face in circular motions, rinse with warmish water, pat face dry.


Coconut Cleanser

A moisture-rich and nutritious treat for your face


  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp glycerin
  • 2 tsp water


Melt ingredients together over very low heat. When liquid, remove from heat and beat as mixture cools. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator to maintain thick consistency. Massage over face, rinse, pat dry.


Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

An exfoliating scrub for dry skin.


  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 tsp mayonnaise


Grind almonds in a blender or food processor to create a fine meal-like consistency. Add mayonnaise, blend on low only until mixed. Rub paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes. Rinse.

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Jennifer from Canada on February 11, 2014:

nice hub! a lot of useful tips on how to make homemade skin care products! I am a skin therapist myself and I treat a lot of clients with various skin conditions. I have done a lot of research on skin care products. I have been using a great product for my clients that really do work. However in saying that, I am open to trying other skin recommendations for sure! Great ideas I have to say! I also personally like using two table spoons of baking soda and distilled water is a great way to get rid of acne and a safer method of Microdermabrasion! Also Coffee grinds are also an effective way to reduce cellulite and exfoliate the dead skin cells! :)

soner67 on November 27, 2013:

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soner67 on November 27, 2013:

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soner67 on November 27, 2013:

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ella on July 17, 2012:

hi would the cleansers work as a daily thing?

Sally Branche from Only In Texas! on May 17, 2012:

Great ideas and tips! I agree! Natural is the way to go! Voted up and beautiful! ;D

bella on May 12, 2012:

Hi Maddie,

could you combine a scrub and a cleanser? I was thinking of adding my weekly(honey-sugar-lime juice)facial scrub and your sweet and sour cleanser because i never have enough time to do both and i always want to. i would just have to add sugar right?


Bella on May 10, 2012:


could you combine a scrub and a cleanser? I was thinking of adding my weekly(honey-sugar-lime juice)facial scrub and your sweet and sour cleanser because i never have enough time to do both and i always want to. i would just have to add sugar right?


GRace on April 21, 2012:

how long does it keep fresh in the fridge?

meelyjorge05@hot on April 04, 2012:

what about good cleanup...i am designer and a beautician wanted to know about face clean up...and proper step to follow........

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on February 20, 2012:

Hi Sumi,

Try the almond-mayonnaise scrub. That should help exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

sumi on February 11, 2012:

My facial skin is so dry, but i don't have avocado. Can u tell me abt a simple mask

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on January 18, 2012:

Hi Sophia,

It's a common misconception that all oils are bad for your skin. Actually, it's just mineral oils you want to avoid, as they clog pores. Natural plant-based oils can actually help to balance your skin's oils, by inhibiting over-production.

Of course, skin care is very personal, so what works for one individual may not work for another. All you can do is try!

Sophia on January 17, 2012:

Hi! I tried the oatmeal facial, and it softened my skin, and my breakouts arent as bad. i think im gonna try the coconut one, but the coconut oil i have is a solid. It's like a... lightweight grease.. if that makes sense? im not sure if it will work though.. any thoughts?

sandi on January 16, 2012:

I absolutely love your recipes.I have really dry skin and mix 1 tbs of honey and an egg yolk for a facial mask for dry skin. For my friends oily skin I use 1 tsp of yeast and one egg white.Mix it together and apply. This might help some ppl looking for really simple! lol. Also the skin inside of egg I put on her zits for a couple of hours.Shrinks them right up. Thanks , sandi

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on January 09, 2012:

Hi Erin,

You can use any mild liquid soap, such as a facial or hand cleanser. Just be careful not to use something harsh like a strong antibacterial hand soap.

Erin on January 08, 2012:

For the honey one, does it matter which kind of liquid soap is used?

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on December 23, 2011:

Hi Missouri,

The citrus and thyme recipes would be best for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Missouri on December 22, 2011:


Does any of these recipes work for blackhead removal and oily skin and little acne spots?

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on December 15, 2011:

Hi Trinka,

In the citrus scrub, yes, the oatmeal should be cooked.


The citrus and oatmeal-baking-soda treatments are best for dark spots.

tamanna on December 10, 2011:

hi can u help me please.

i have dark spots/dots on my face which is kind of brown colore. please help me with this, i want to get rid of it. what should i do to get rid of it?

Trinka on December 08, 2011:

I'm wondering about the cooked oatmeal in the citrus scrub... is it really cooked?

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on December 05, 2011:

The oatmeal scrub should last pretty much indefinitely if stored in a water-tight container with no moisture.

Morgan on December 02, 2011:

Hello, I just think these are wonderful but for the oatmeal exfoliating scrub how long does it last in the ridge if I made more than I need at the moment? Thanks again.

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on December 01, 2011:

Hi Allie,

It sounds like you were using too much mayo. You only need a very small amount to bind the ground almonds together. I hope it works better for you next time.

allie on November 18, 2011:

i just tried the almond mayonnaise and it didn't work at all sorry but i put it in a blender and had it blended up pretty good. But the mayonnaise isn't making it sticks it needs more.I even had to try to put more mayonnaise put it still didn't work. I'm sorry but i'll try to do 1 more different cleanser. I may try to do another but i will or would definitively NOT recommend the almond-mayonnaise scrub to a friend, family member, or anyone else. I would rate this 0 stars. I AM SORRY I HAD TO WRITE THIS BUT IT IS COMPLETELY TRUE!

Charrie Parks on November 15, 2011:

I used to have splotchy, rough skin until I started using the Rooibos Tea Face Scrub along with the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum from the Made from Earth organic skincare collection. It's lightweight, non-greasy, and instantly quenches thirsty skin. I've been using it for two weeks now and I have a brighter, extremely softer and smoother, more even-toned complexion. A little goes a long way, about a pump and a half accomodates my entire face and neck. It's affordable and VERY effective.

D380R4 on November 11, 2011:

Hello Maddie,

Any recommendations on glycerin and liquid soap products (brand) that work best for the Honey Cleanser?

Thank you,

nick on November 02, 2011:

does anyone know if the honey, glycerin facial cleanser recipe has to be heated up when mixed?

fatima on October 24, 2011:

could u pls give a cleanser without dairy pls because i want to store it for a while or take it out on a short holiday.

Amy on October 22, 2011:

I have oily acne prone skin and hyer pigmentation marks I don't know which facial would help or work the best, suggestions please? I just want flawless smooth radiant skin.

nick on October 15, 2011:

when you say glycerin do you mean vegetable glycerin? also for the coconut cleanser -- how long will it last shelf life wise? i am hoping to try and make one that i can leave in the shower.. it looks like the honey, glycerin and liquid soap wash i could leave in the shower. is there a special liquid soap you recommend? are you talking about a castile liquid soap? thanks so much and cant wait to try it

AHLAM on September 28, 2011:

HI,my name is ahlam,and my face is oily and ruff,do u have any face mask recipes that can help me make my face softer and less oilear,

can u please help.

Bianca on September 14, 2011:

Hi madie im 12 is it advisable for me to use the oatmeal exfloiating scrub?

And for the oatmeal would it be ok to use the aveeno baby soothing baby bath treatment with natural collodial oatmeal?

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on September 09, 2011:

Hi Kate,

The oatmeal will still be good for exfoliating, but the baking soda really helps draw the moisture out of any pimples you might have.

Kate on September 08, 2011:

Hi! I want to try the oatmeal scrub to get rid of my blackheads and pimples, but I don't have any baking soda... Would the remedy still work without baking soda? Thank you(:

Maddie Ruud (author) from Oakland, CA on September 08, 2011:

Hi Kim,

That cleanser should last 1-2 weeks in the fridge, if you keep it in an airtight container. Just make sure you stir it up before each use.

Kim on September 07, 2011:

Hi, I've just made some of the Sweet-and-Sour Cleanser but have made more than I need for one use, how long will it last for if I keep it in a pot in the fridge?


Maddy on July 26, 2011:

Good facials they work good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 31, 2011:

Hi, I found your hub so informative. It´s interesting to know that most of the ingredients we need are just inside the kitchen cupboard waiting to be use.

Melissa on February 01, 2011:

Just wondering if I make a batch of one of these and store it to use daily, how do I need to store it and how long will it last? They're natural ingredients so I figure they only last a day or two and I'll have to make a new batch when I need it, right? They sound wonderful though. Thanks!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on December 21, 2010:

Maddie I am so grateful I found some great Christmas gifts on your hubs of love. I look forward to whipping up and sharing the love. Thank You in a big way. This is perfect, if you only knew my time and budget. God is good. HUGS maddie and Merry Christmas to you and yours sister.

guy1973 on December 20, 2010:

i want to use the exfloliating scrubs do they work?

marc gabriel from Victoria on December 19, 2010:

nice hub, so many natural methods

TiffanyLatte from USA on December 11, 2010:

I really like the citrus facials. Great hub.

Tia on December 06, 2010:

I'm looking into making several of these for christmas gifts. I have a question though, how important is the sweet almond oil for the sugar and spice scrub? I'm pricing it at several places on-line and it seems to be $3-7 for 4 oz. or less. This becomes very expensive when making it for 6 people. Can it be substituted for something else.

Dakotah on December 03, 2010:

Hey, thanks so much for these! I'm running a girls Bible study for middle schoolers, and the activity for this week was spa/facials, but I didn't know how to find some way to do it at a low cost and still have fun. This totally saved the night! I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Emily on November 23, 2010:

I am so excited to try these recipes, they have a lot of great feedback so far, not to mention it won't cost me a thing to whip them up, but I have a question about one of the recipes, and if anyone can help me, it would be much appreciated... For the Citrus Scrubbing Grains, it calls for 1 cup cooked oatmeal, but then it says later on in the recipe to reduce all ingredients to a fine powder. Cooked oatmeal is wet, so how do you reduce it to a powder for the scrub? Please explain, somebody!!! Thanx!!

Erica on November 02, 2010:


Peroxide can help on pimples. The cause of pimples is the blockage of your pores and build up of natural bacteria deep in the skin. You would think scrubbing more would help but it doesn't break down what is blocking it and can make it worse if you scrub too hard. A cleanser with salicylic acid is good. A minor scrub is ok along with the peroxide and a mild cleanser.

Lian on November 02, 2010:

what's the treatment for pimples?

kazeemjames01 on August 19, 2010:

Highly researched. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

ashley on August 10, 2010:

thanks so much!!!