I’ve been meaning to make some jars of herbal face scrub for so long and today I got the perfect opportunity to test out a template I’d been thinking about!
My friend Katie wanted to make some together so I thought it would be lots of fun to bring a whole bunch of different ingredients and lay everything out buffet style. We had a great time mixing and matching and getting creative with the template!
I like making guidelines for single jar experiments so we’re never limited by a recipe or ingredients. For some we used clay as the base so it was more like a mask, or we just didn’t put in any powder/clay. In another jar, I used less base and no powder so I could use way more flowers. It doesn’t matter! The measurements are just there so you know how much will fit in a 60 ml jar.
Herbal Face Scrub
Yield 1 jar
A template for a face scrub that you can use whatever you have on hand for!
- 1/4 cup base (rice, oats, sugar)
- 1 tbsp powder (clay or powder or salts)
- 1 tbsp herbs
- 60 ml (2 oz) jar
- Grind up anything that needs it in a food processor or high speed blender
- Mix together ingredients and pour into jar
- Make a note of what you used so you don't forget!
- I use a Vitamix with a dry jar to finely grind the ingredients
Using the Scrub
These jars are just dry ingredients so they’ll last longer than a scrub that already has wet ingredients added. When you go to use it, you can mix together a tbsp or two of the face scrub with wet ingredient(s) of your choice in the palm of your hand until it’s the consistency you prefer.
If it’s not sticking onto your face well, try adding more of the wet ingredient and letting it sit for a little bit in your palm before you put it on. I usually like to leave the scrub on my face for a few minutes if I have time. Warning: it’s probably going to be a bit messy!
The ingredients you choose will depend on what your face needs too. I work in a factory and my face gets gross so in a scrub, I like gentle exfoliants that I can regularly use with soothing herbs. I find sugar and coffee are a bit irritating to my skin in scrubs so I don’t use those often. Try to grind ingredients finely to avoid irritation as well.
Some good options for wet ingredients include:
- witch hazel
- hydrosols like rose water
- apple cider vinegar
- plain ol’ water
- honey (honey alone is also awesome)
Here’s a few examples of jars we made:
Oat Flower Power
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tbsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp rose petals
- 1 tsp calendula
- 1 tsp chamomile powder
- 1/4 cup brown rice
- 1 tbsp kelp powder
- 1 tbsp kelp granules
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 tbsp brown rice
- 1 tbsp rosemary powder
Face Scrub Buffet
For our herbal face scrub buffet we laid out:
- brown rice
- bentonite clay
- kelp powder and granules
- chamomile powder
- rose hip powder
- pink rose petals
- rosemary powder
I wish I could have found more of my clays for us to try out! As I type this, I have on my face the Rose Petal & Calendula Herbal Face Scrub mixed with rose water and it smells amaaaazing.
Let us know in the comments what combinations you discover and love!