Homemade face scrub for normal to oily skin

Written by on 07/02/2013 in Beauty, Beauty treatments, Craft - 23 Comments
Face scrub

by Cybele

On this beautiful Thursday, I’d love to tell you about my adoration of Dr Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream. However, one of our New Year’s resolutions is to install a kitchen, so I am trying to be sensible. The Dr H face scrub is $30 and all 1 ounce/30 grams of it lasts a month. That $360 for the year could buy me a kitchen cabinet.
Anyhoo, when I studied Beauty Therapy I developed a love of making up lovely potions and treatments, mainly because I used to have ridiculously sensitive skin, so it was better for me to know what was in all the beauty bits.

To make the face cleanser/scrub

I compared the cleansing cream ingredients to some of the cosmetic master lists I have and came up with my own interpretation. Just quietly, my skin is positively glowing (and no, I’m not pregnant.) It is ridiculously easy to make: buy ingredients, mix and use. Although, I do realise that Dr Hauschka treat their ingredients in lots of special ways – massaging them between the breasts of Atlantic virgins and the like ; ) –  and this might be challenging to do at home (or not, I would hate to make assumptions…)

 Homemade face cleanser/scrub

¼ cup almond meal
4 tablespoons wheatgerm
2 tablespoon dried and ground herbs. To decide between calendula, St John’s wort, peppermint &/OR camomile see the notes below (I bought all of these as tea bags from the health food store)
100 ml/3.4 oz  rose water and 100 ml/3.4 oz witch hazel (you can use water instead, but this mix is a lot nicer. I bought them both from the pharmacy.)

How to make the scrub

Put all the dry ingredients you choose to use in a bowl, mix together and store in an air tight container. Store the rose water and witch hazel in a separate bottle, ideally with spray nozzle.
To use: take a teaspoon of the dry mixture in your hand and spray with rose water-witch hazel (or water) and mix to make a paste. Gently rub and massage it onto damp skin in circular motions. Wash it off with warm water. I use this every morning.

Customise your scrub

Oily Skin: dried St Johns wort ground and /or dried peppermint ground and straight witch hazel in the spray bottle.
Combination Skin: dried camomile ground and/or dried lavender flower ground with the half-half blend of witch hazel and rose water in the spray bottle.
I would love to hear what your fave ingredients are.
Happy creating!
Cybele x

 

Homemade face scrub

 

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

23 Comments on "Homemade face scrub for normal to oily skin"

  1. Valerie 28/01/2013 at 1:38 am · Reply

    Thank you for the great scrub recipe . I am going to try this . I love when you wrote … I would hate to make assumptions … Very funny !

  2. barbaralsharpe 28/01/2013 at 8:55 am · Reply

    I use the Oil Cleansing Method every evening and then every other day or so, I use a scrub of baking soda and oil. It’s working pretty well, actually!

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      Blah Blah Magazine 28/01/2013 at 9:56 am · Reply

      I have been reading up on oil cleansing. It sounds really good, especially for removing make up at the end of the day. I think I need to give it a try x

  3. Naz (@CinnamonEats) 11/03/2013 at 9:15 pm · Reply

    Ok just found this after your comment on my blog :) Looks good! I just might have to give it a go :)

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      Blah Blah Magazine 11/03/2013 at 9:39 pm · Reply

      Actually, for the last week I have been mixing it with some coconut oil just as I apply it and it’s really nice x

  4. beauty treatment east kilbride 27/08/2013 at 4:23 am · Reply

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  5. Michelle 23/09/2013 at 2:59 am · Reply

    How much does this make? I’m considering making this for Christmas gifts this year.

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      Blah Blah Magazine 23/09/2013 at 3:22 pm · Reply

      It would make a beautiful Christmas gift. It makes about half a cup of dry mix and you can adjust the rosewater mix according to the bottles you find. When labeling with the instructions for use, I would also note on the dry mix to ‘avoid contaminating with moisture’, as the only thing that shortens the shelf life of this is if water ends up in with the dry ingredients.

  6. marie 31/12/2013 at 4:44 am · Reply

    Hi! I was wondering when this recipe expires, and how many uses it can take before it runs out!!

    Thank you,
    Marie

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      Blah Blah Magazine 31/12/2013 at 9:53 am · Reply

      How long it lasts is a tricky one, because it depends on how the scrub is stored. I keep the liquid and dry mix separate, because there are no preservatives and once mixed would only last a day or two out of the fridge and probably a week in the fridge. By keeping the dry mix and liquid separate and mixing together as needed means it can last six months so long as the dry mix is kept as dry. The other advantage of mixing as needed is that you’re maximising the benefits because the ingredients are more active – similar to the nutritional benefits of eating homemade cooking compared to packet food.
      I make enough to last six months, but keep most of the dry mix in a jar in the cupboard and keep a sugar dispenser in the shower with enough to last me a week or two (1/4 cup). The main thing is just keep an eye on the mix, if it gets wet then scoop out the damp part and if it solidifies and changes colour then I’d make a new one.
      For quantity, I try to use half a teaspoon of dry mix per wash, so technically a cup (twice the above recipe) of the dry mix should last 32 washes, but in reality I find it varies a lot.
      I have sensitive, oily skin and have now been using it every morning in the shower for two years and my skin is better than ever. I’ve been experimenting with different options for night time. I would start by trying it once a day for a week and see how your skin feels. If great, then you could up it to twice a day, if a bit tight, then I would recommend having a look at the dry skin routine (I sometimes use this in winter). I hope this helps and I would love to hear how you go x

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