DIY Fabulous Face Scrub recipe for incredibly smooth skin!

Apr 24 2017
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So, a few years back, I was your average girl. I washed my face at least once a day (like everyone told me to) and I struggled with my share of acne and even used ProActive when I couldn’t stand it any more. I had a whole bunch of special products from face wash to moisturizer etc. I even visited and started purchasing the same ingredients for way less money on Amazon instead of dealing with the ProActive subscription headache. I still have those bottles and, on the rare instance when I do break out, use them maybe once or twice a year. So, what changed? Why do I no longer need my hard core acne cream, lotions and such?

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!

Well, I don’t break out any more and that may be due to just the simple fact that I’m getting older (and have a WAY better diet) but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I almost NEVER wear makeup anymore and, guess what? The only time I EVER wash my face now is to take said makeup off. After that my nightly routine is to brush my teeth, brush my hair and then go to bed, I simply don’t touch my face at all. I wash my hair about once a week and shower about twice a week but I absolutely do nothing specific to my face – no washing, no special moisturizers, no special soaps, none of the above. And about the only time I break out now is maybe once or twice a year! My skin has always been a bit on the greasy side and that certainly hasn’t changed at all however, the older I get, the more I wonder if I really SHOULD be doing something for my skin to help keep it not only healthy but also young looking.

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!

So, I did exactly what you would expect me to do in this situation: I searched the internet. Like with all of my recipes I would not be telling you about it here unless I had been trying it for at least a month and had only good things to report. This is SO simple! And you can really use any essential oils you want I’m just a lavender fanatic and, because I wash my face before I go to bed, the lavender helps me sleep.

1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
ten drops essential oil

Put it directly on your dry unwashed face and start scrubbing.

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!

I say “1 part” of each but really the mixing situation here is going to all depend on what temperature your coconut oil is at. It was really warm in my house when I mixed this recipe up so I didn’t have to warm my coconut oil to make it workable at all and that meant I used a little more baking soda then coconut oil. You may need to warm up your coconut oil a tad so you can actually mix it. (Coconut oil will melt at 76 degrees.) When this solution is below 76 degrees it will harden however, it will also melt on contact with your skin so just melt it between your fingers before applying it to your face.

There are several things that excite me about this recipe and the first one is: YOU DON’T NEED MUCH. Seriously, about a nickel sized dollop on the tips of your fingers is PLENTY. A little here goes a very long way, in fact, you’ll be using so little that you won’t see it on your face at all (except that it’s shiny). The baking soda feels like a really fine sand and definitely gives you the impression that you are truly scrubbing and cleaning your face really well. To wash off I use the hottest water my sink will run, soak a wash cloth and just wipe it off, then dry my face with a dry towel. (NOTE HERE: Make sure and run your hot water for a good thirty seconds after you’re done: Coconut oil will harden and give your drains a very bad day. You could always use a disposable towel instead and then throw it away but with the small amount I’m using I’m not worrying about it.)

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!

I’m using this to wash my face off about three times a week. This is a great wash and takes makeup off pretty good too but I need to stress here that I would definitely still call this a “scrub” so, if you have sensitive skin, make sure and go easy when you start using it. I had one little open sore (old zit that was taking its sweet time healing) and I could definitely feel the burn when I used this recipe!

The results: My face is so smooth and soft! The first time I used it I went to bed to read before going to sleep and I could barely leave my face alone, I just couldn’t believe how nice it felt. (I’m going ahead and using this down my throat too because, why not?) This hasn’t caused me any kind of dryness or caused me to break out at all – it is literally a moisturizer and wash all in one! The results on my old acne scars has been really amazing as well, they literally “shed” and even got kind of sore again and now many of them have all but disappeared including the big scar above my eye that I got during the house renovation – this alone has me wanting to shout this recipe to the roof tops! The skin on my face looks better now then it literally has in YEARS.

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!


  1. April 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I so have to try this! Sounds interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Awesome, thanks for coming by Jess!

  2. April 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Love this idea. I have tried many masks and they all give me a terrible headache. I can’t wait to try this.

    • April 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Lindsay, you could try it without the essential oils initially too, so it would be at its gentlest!

  3. April 25, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I love lavender! Ill give it a shot.

    • April 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Me too Kristin! Thanks for coming by!

  4. April 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I may try that! Dry skin here in boise is an issue…

    • April 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Nancy, it has really been wonderful for me so far, you can always make a tiny batch too just to see how it feels! Thanks for commenting!

  5. April 27, 2017 at 1:33 am

    I might have to give this a try! Glad it has been working for you!

  6. April 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    This looks fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • April 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks for coming by Amy! Have a great weekend!

  7. April 28, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I have struggled with acne for years and have been looking for something to help get rid of it. I might have to try this! Thanks!

    • April 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Great Ariel, thanks for coming by!

  8. Jann Olson
    April 28, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Sounds like a wonderful face scrub! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • April 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Jann, have a great weekend!

  9. April 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I’m always looking for a good face scrub, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • April 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Leslie, let me know if it works out for you!

  10. JaneEllen
    April 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Will be trying this as soon as can get some coconut oil. Maybe try first without oil as can’t afford to buy any. Will share this with our 47 yr. old daughter who has oily skin and acne after I try it. So glad I clicked on your party post. I remember photo of your Grama’s house from your past posts.
    Sad to get all that wonderful vintage/antique furniture at such a high cost. Losing grand parents isn’t easy for anybody if you were close. Did you keep it all to furnish the house after redoing house?
    Glad to hear your scrub works so well for you. Our water/climate is very dry/hard here (Grand Junction, CO area, few miles west) so have dry skin even after slathering skin with lotion right after showering. We use moisturizing body wash.
    I’m not one to wear make up, little eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and blush, not foundation.
    Have wonderful weekend

    • May 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Hey JaneEllen, yeah I was gifted a whole bunch of furniture from both of my Grandmas when we lost them ๐Ÿ™ It was very sad but I was glad I was able to keep so much and reuse all of it – it felt like if I couldn’t have them here on earth with me anymore then having what they left me was the next best thing I could hope for.
      Let me know how the face scrub works for you! Thanks for coming by!

  11. April 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This is so simple! I love easy and natural recipes like that ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. April 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Hey Tarah, just thought I’d let you know that we tried your scrub this weekend and it works like a bomb. My daughter and I both love it!! Thanks a mil for the share

    • May 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Michelle that’s awesome! Thanks so much for letting me know! I can’t believe how soft my skin is now!

  13. April 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I wish I had this when I was younger – great post and thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  14. Thanks for the recipe for the DIY face scrub. We love to look after our skin but it can become so expensive. Thanks for linking up and sharing at #overthemoon. I’ve pinned and shared.

  15. May 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’m all about amazing beauty products that get the job done and save me money. Can’t wait to give this one a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. May 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    This is a great wash and I am going to try this out. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

    • May 2, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Vanessa for coming by!

  17. May 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Love the sound of this Tarah and would love to try it out. My daughter struggles with break-outs and this might really help her ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm–

    • May 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Let me know if you get the chance to try it Diana, I can’t get over how smooth my skin is now!

  18. May 7, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this great idea on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party last week!! You were featured this week – be sure to stop on over and get your “I was Featured” button!! And share some more of your great projects!

    • May 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Oh Helen that’s amazing! Thank you so much, have a great week!

  19. May 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  20. May 30, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I love this. How do you always have the best ideas???

    • May 31, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks April, I use this every day and can’t believe how smooth my face is!

  21. June 30, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I have everything to make this can’t wait to give it a try.

    • June 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Hey Candy, have a great weekend!

  22. July 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for such a lovely DIY Face scrub..Would be trying it soon as love homemade products something which is chemical free!

    • July 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks for coming by, hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

  23. July 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, I wish I could get away with not washing my face before bed. Coconut oil does seem to be a cure for all ailments these days, LOL. Thanks for the post!

  24. October 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    This sounds like a great scrub Tarah I must try it

    • October 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Wonderful! Thanks for coming by Amber!

  25. December 12, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This is an absolutely a natural way to get smooth skin. And it is the easiest way to make face scrubs at home. This is a nice share!

  26. Robyn
    May 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I made this and love it. It seriously has changed my skin!

    • May 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

      I hear ya Robyn, I still can’t believe how nourishing and smoothing this recipe is!

  27. Susan Van Natter
    April 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    hi,, love the idea solution, what do you mean 1part.. how much equivalent for tbsp. using, each part solution.. thanks. Sue

    • April 21, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda meaning: if you use 1 cup of one (or 1 tablespoon) then you would also use 1 cup of the other (or 1 tablespoon) Thanks!

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