DIY + Tutorial oatmeal face scrub

Published on January 23rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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How to: Make a DIY Oatmeal Face Scrub

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DIY oatmeal face scrubLast week, we made a DIY moisturizing hand scrub, but what about exfoliating your face this winter? Oatmeal face scrub to the rescue!

Store-bought face scrubs aren’t always the best for your body or the planet. Even if you spring for an organic scrub, chances are it comes in a disposable, single-use plastic bottle. Rather than shell out the big bucks for something that’s not totally in line with your feelgood beauty routine, why not whip up your very own homemade oatmeal face scrub instead? Here’s how.

  1. In a small Mason jar, combine 1/4 cup quick-cook oatmeal with 2 teaspoons of agave nectar or honey. Stir well to combine. If you don’t buy the quick cook kind of oats, you can run rolled oats through the food processor briefly to break them up a bit. You’re not going for a flour here – you want pretty big chunks of oats.
  2. Add 10 drops of your favorite antiseptic essential oils (like lavender, tea tree, oregano, or geranium). You can combine oils for custom scents or use 10 drops of one sort.
  3. Stir well to totally combine.

Next time you wash your face, massage a bit of the scrub gently onto your skin in a circular motion with a damp wash cloth. Rinse off well, and you’re good to go!

Do you guys make any of your own beauty products? I’d love to hear your recipes in the comments!


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I make something like this and use it on my face after I’m done shaving. It’s soft enough on my face and works great. Yes, I’m serious.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      That is smart! I’ve used this on my bikini line after shaving and it definitely helped with the razor rash. TMI?

      • http://gardenofbeauty.net Jean

        Not at all! That’s an awesome idea and now I wanna give it a shot. :)

  • http://thesummerofjune.blogspot.com/ Ana

    I had known about how good washing your face with just simple, soaked oatmeal can be, but I think that adding the benefits of honey and an essential oil to that will be far better. I definitely need to try it, my skin is already showing the effects of the harsh winter weather.

  • http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.com/ Swati

    Hi Becky…don’t you think 10 drops are way too much for that little because I read somewhere that 1% EO should be used for skin care!!! my face does burn a bit if I go aboard that.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      I’d definitely adjust it for your skin type. Maybe start with 5 drops and see how that works for you?

  • http://www.hairandlaserclinic.com/aesthetics.htm Aesthetic Clinic Singapore

    It seems like its easy to prepare and to do. Hmmp. i am trying honey and oatmeal home made facial scrub. no not mixing it together. For the two, i prefer the oatmeal facial scrub not too messy and too sweet LOL.

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