As an arborist, I get reeeeally dirty at work. Like, covered in dirt and wood shrapnel and leaves all ingrained into my skin. At the end of the day I come home looking a little bog-witchy. I need something that can clean my skin really well, but also won’t dry it out. This facial scrub is my solution, and the nice thing is that you can customize the herbs and essential oils and make your favorite blend. And, when I use witch hazel, an awesome, gentle astringent before i use this scrub, it helps stop breakouts and my skin always looks hydrated and clean. This scrub only takes about 15 minutes to throw together and you probably have all the stuff you need at home already.
White Kaolin Clay
Brown Sugar (I use Brown Coconut Sugar)
Vitamin E Oil
The oats and brown sugar are humectants, which moisturize, and also act as exfoliators, as do the almonds in this recipe. The sea salt helps exfoliate and drys up excess oil. Vitamin E helps to act as a preservative and restorative for the skin. The coconut oil cleans, conditions and soothes minor abrasions or blemishes. The shea and jojoba add moisture, and the Kaolin clay tones and purifies the skin. Adding herbs helps tone and sooth the skin – I usually use chamomile and calendula for their soothing, healing properties, but you can experiment with adding other herbs, such as comfrey or plantain leaf, that have additional skin healing and soothing qualities. You can also experiment adding Vitamin C powder to the mix, which can help preserve the face scrub and help tone redness in the skin.
1. Blend the oats and slivered almonds in a clean coffee grinder so that its a course to medium powder in about a 1:1 ratio. Pour it into the jar you intend to store your face scrub in.
2. Now blend the Chamomile and Calendula in the coffee grinder at about a 2:1:1 ratio. You can also add other herbs, such as lavender, rose, comfrey leaf, etc. Add this to the oat and almond mixture. The oats/almonds should be about 2:1 to the herbs.
3. Add about a tablespoon of brown sugar (or about 1/6 of your total volume).
4. Add the Kaolin clay to the jar and a pinch of sea salt. It should be a 1:1 ratio Shake the jar so that all the dry ingredients are mixed together.
5. Add coconut oil to the jar of almonds/oats/herbs in a 1:1 ratio. Then add roughly a teaspoon of jojoba oil and vitamin E oil, and a tiny amount of shea butter (peanut to almond sized chunk). If your skin is really dry, you can add more shea butter. If your skin is super oily, you can skip the shea butter all together.
6. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Place your jar in the pot and let the oils melt. Stir until the mixture is consistent. I usually use a chopstick to stir it around. You can also take the jar out of the pot to stir it so the steam doesn’t burn your hand.
7. When the mixture looks consistent, take it away from the heat, and mix in about 20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I usually do rosemary, sweet orange, and Texas cedarwood or lavender and Texas cedarwood.
8. Label your jar and take it into the shower with you! Don’t stress if you feel like your skin isn’t “squeaky clean” after you wash it off your face; After you towel dry your skin, you’ll feel refreshed and glowingly clean.