Anyone who knows me knows I do love a good scrub! It makes your face feel so fresh and invigorated; you can almost feel your skin glowing afterwards.

For me, it’s even better if the ingredients can be found sitting in your kitchen cupboard. I really like creating products for very little money that work just as well as much more expensive shop bought products.

Here are five different scrubs I regularly make at home from items in my cupboard.

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#1 – Minty Lemon Sugar Face Scrub

This is a great recipe for oily skin. The sugar helps to slough the dead skin cells; the mint oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent which leaves the skin feeling fresh and tingly. The lemon is a natural astringent to cut through the grease and help fight bacteria.

  • 2 tablespoons granulated (table) sugar

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 5-6 drops mint oil

Simply mix the ingredients well and store in a small airtight container. To use, wet the face using warm water. Shake the excess water from your hands, take roughly a teaspoon of the scrub and spread in around the main surfaces of your hands. Massage the face in small circles for five minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual.

#2 – Coffee Time Facial Scrub

This is definitely one for coffee lovers everywhere – and you definitely have all the ingredients ready to go! The benefits of coffee include containing antioxidants and natural, skin-nourishing oils. The cinnamon is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and the milk is soothing on the skin.

  • 1 dessertspoon of fresh ground coffee

  • 2 tablespoons of hot milk

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together well – until the milk has cooled. This scrub needs a fairly thick consistency to work, so add a little extra milk or a small amount of honey to mix it up into a thick paste. Store in a small airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Colloidal Oatmeal

#3 – Face Scrub Made of Simply Oats, Honey!

Oats are excellent for calming and clarifying the skin, and help to remove impurities, so this is a great scrub for blemishes, not least because it’s also nice and gentle on your skin. (Psst! Check out this post on colloidal oatmeal for healthier skin!)

  • 2 tablespoons porridge oats

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Milk to blend

Put the oats in a spice mill and blend to a rough powder. Empty them into a bowl. Put the honey in a cup with a very small amount of hot milk to dissolve the honey. Add the honey mixture to the oats. Add small amounts of milk until it forms a thick paste.

Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. You may have to add a little more liquid to soften for use.

#4 – Olive Salt Scrub for Your Face

This is a good scrub to use at the end of winter to get your skin ready for some spring and summer sunshine. Olive oil is excellent at soothing and moisturizing skin, while the salt gives all those old skin cells a good shake up. A minority of people find they can’t use olive oil on their face. In fact, any oil can be used in this recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt

Pour a small puddle of extra virgin olive oil into the palm of your hand. Add a little salt. Mix the two together to form a grainy paste. Apply to the face immediately.

This scrub will become too drying for most skin if left to mature, so only make up enough scrub for one treatment at a time. Remember to moisturize well afterwards.

#5 – Chocs Away Face Scrub

I just had to sneak my favourite antioxidant in here – packed with vitamins and minerals, this is a lovely invigorating scrub to use, and while it’s gentle enough for the face, it’s fun to use on the whole body.

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • Few drops vanilla extract

  • Olive oil to mix

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Add enough olive oil to create a creamy, gritty consistency. Apply a generous amount and rub in small circles for a few minutes. Leave the mixture on the skin for about ten minutes; it will semi-set into a gel. Rinse off with slightly warm water.

Oatmeal Face Mask

Find the Right Face Scrub for Your Skin Type and Season

These are just a few of my favorite ideas. A good homemade scrub simply needs some small, non-toxic particles which will rub gently against the skin, and an oil or creamy medium which will glide on the skin.

You can probably find even more ingredients in your kitchen which you can experiment with to make all kind of different scrubs and other beauty products. Just keep in mind that you’ll want to balance your skin in harmony with the environment around you… for example, nourishing with more oils during the dry, cold winter season.

This post was generously and expertly crafted by Helen Sanders, the chief editor at Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.


Naví is the founder of AffordablyNatural. She grew up in Northern Minnesota, where a love of nature and water is inevitable.

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