10 Gentle Homemade Face Scrub Recipes You’ll Love

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Use one of these wonderful homemade face scrub recipes once or twice per week to get that lovely soft skin you deserve, they are truly amazing and very gentle. Small particles in the ingredients are mildly abrasive to help gently remove dry and flaky skin.

Once you’ve made this check back here as I’ll be posting how to make some of my best homemade facial cleanser recipes.

homemade face scrub for soft skin

Watch How To Make A Face Scrub

Why Make Your Own Face Scrubs

  • Exfoliating is your skins natural way to shed its dead skin cells. As your body makes new cells they get pushed forward eventually dislodging the old cells which fall off. Moisturising this flaky dead skin is a bit pointless as it won’t be absorbed.
  • By using DIY exfoliators you can remove all of the dead skin to reveal fresh new skin which you can happily cleanse and moisturise each day.
  • After using one of these you should notice a reduction in the size of your pores and your skin will also have a healthy glow!
  • A homemade face scrub recipe will allow you to create something that is natural and suitable for your skin type.
  • By saving money on store-bought scrubs you can apply the scrub liberally knowing that it cost you next to nothing to make!
  • The shelf life on my face scrub recipes is around 4 weeks, or 12 months if you are using the optional preservative, more info on shelf life.

The Soft Skin DIY Face Scrub – My Favorite!

homemade face scrub for soft skin
  • I’m showing you how to make a face scrub using one of my favorite homemade skin care recipes, it’s truly amazing and I call it The Soft Skin Face Scrub! Below this you will find some more recipes suitable for all skin types.
  • Most of my face scrubs are made using an oil and water emulsion where the emulsifying wax helps to combine oil and water which usually separates when mixing together.
  • If you have sensitive skin limit your use to once every two weeks, for dry and normal skin types use it once per week and for oily skin use it twice per week.
  • Your choice for a mild exfoliate is flexible here depending on what you enjoy, I used cranberry seeds but you can use other things like poppy seeds,  jojoba beads, crushed almond shells, bamboo powder, oatmeal, sugar etc. You also have the option of using more for harder scrub or less for a gentler scrub.
  • All of the face scrubs will keep for around 3 weeks or up to 12 months if using a preservative, more info on shelf life.


Ingredients for a homemade face scrub recipe


Step 1. Use your digital scales to weigh the oils and wax then put them into a heatproof bowl.

Weigh oils & wax for making a face scrub

Step 2. Weigh the water, glycerine and preservative (optional) and place in another heatproof bowl. If you are using a preservative you will need a small digital scale to accurately measure 1 gram.

Weigh water & glycerine for making a face scrub
seperate jugs making homemade face scrub

Step 3. Then stand both bowls in a pan of water, I didn’t want to place the bowls directly on my pan base so I used two small metal tart tins. With hindsight, one larger tin would probably be better (if you have the correct size), but either way be sure that your bowls are standing firmly and stable as the water simmers.

water for making homemade face scrub
stand both jugs in the water for making homemade face scrub

Step 4. Stir the oils & wax gently until it has all melted. If you are using a preservative make sure the water/glycerine/preservative mix temperature does not exceed the recommended level usually around 65C (check the product instructions).

Step 5. Remove both bowls from the heat and combine them by pouring the water/glycerine mixture into the oil/wax mixture.

combine the water & glycerine mixture into the oil mixture

Step 6. Stir for 4 minutes (more if required).

Step 7. Leave the mixture to stand for a minute then stir again, repeat this until it cools down. If you see any separation place it back on the heat and stir harder until it combines again.

stir water glycerine and oil mixture
stir water glycerine and oil mixture

Step 8. Once it cools to lukewarm & thickens add your essential oils and continue stirring for a few minutes more or until thoroughly combined.

Step 9. Allow to cool then add your exfoliating ingredients and stir.

Add exfoliating ingredients for homemade face scrub recipe

Step 10. Place in your jar or container but wait until completely cool before placing the lid onto avoid condensation.

homemade face scrub for soft skin

How To Use The Homemade Face Scrub

  1. The best way to use this is the same as using a face wash, apply it directly to the face. Gently massage in small circles paying attention to the sides of the nose, chin and forehead.
  2. Thoroughly rinse it off with water before using your homemade tonermoisturizer.
  3. As a general rule if you have oily skin use one of these scrubs twice per week, if you have dry skin use it once every two weeks.
  4. Shelf life for my face scrub recipes is around 4 weeks, or 12 months if you are using the preservative, more info on shelf life.

Cell Renewal Exfoliating Face Scrub


To make this scrub use the same method as sown in the The Soft Skin Face Scrub above.

Almond & Sunflower Face Scrub


To make this scrub use the same method as sown in the The Soft Skin Face Scrub above.

Kitchen Cupboard Face Scrub Recipes

If you are short on time here are some quick face scrub recipes that you can mix up in an instant!

Make A Gentle Strawberry Face Scrub

Here’s a nice and gentle homemade face exfoliator that will leave your skin hydrated and refreshed.


  • 2 mashed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
gentle homemade face scrub


  1. Mix ingredients through really well.
  2. This face scrub is a little thicker than the usual facial scrubs, although you can add a little more oil if you prefer.
  3. Massage your scrub into your face and neck using a gentle circular motion. Continue to massage gently for a couple of minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

A Herbal Face Scrub Recipe (all skin types)

This homemade face scrub is mild and gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.

Herbal Face Scrub


How to make the infusion:

  1. Make the herbal infusion by placing a couple of handfuls of flowers or herbs into a heat proof jug and pour over a pint of boiling water.
  2. Cover and leave to cool.
  3. Strain the mixture into a container or bottle and store in the refrigerator to use as and when needed.

If you can’t get your hands on the fresh flowers or herbs you need use dried or tea bags as a substitute.

Making & Using this diy face scrub:

  1. Mix the oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of the infusion and leave to soften for a few minutes.
  2. Massage into the face and leave for five minutes the rinse off and pat dry.

Oatmeal And Yoghurt Exfoliator (dry skin including acne)

The almond oil in this diy face scrub makes it excellent for dry skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Leaving out the almond oil will give you a gentle but deep cleaning facial scrub suitable for anyone suffering from acne.

Oatmeal And Yoghurt Face Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons fine oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoon plain yoghurt
  •  1 tablespoon (15g) Sweet Almond Oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and leave for 5 minutes allowing the oatmeal to soften.
  2. Lightly rub the mixture into your face avoiding the eye areas.
  3. Continue to massage into the face for about 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Nourishing Oils Face Exfoliator (dry skin)

Exfoliating Mask for Dry Skin


  • 3 tablespoons (45g)  Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Rose essential oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or kosher salt


  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Rub gently on dry skin, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Massage gently for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Rinse with very warm water (but not hot).

Cornmeal Face Scrub Recipe (oily skin)

This cornmeal face scrub is great for oily skin, and the lemon juice adds to the acid layer.

Cornmeal Face Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt or buttermilk


  1. Make a paste by mixing the cornmeal with the yoghurt and lemon juice.
  2. Then massage into the face for 5 minutes and rinse off with tepid water.

Almond And Honey Facial Scrub Recipe (all skin types)

Mild and gentle so it’s a good one to start with.


  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons butter milk or plain yogurt


  1. Mix the almonds, honey and butter milk together.
  2. Then massage into the face and neck avoiding the eye area.
  3. Leave for 2 minutes then rinse off and pat dry.
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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3 and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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