5 Vegan Face Scrub Recipes to Make at Home

WORDS BY MARCELA DE VIVIO

Facial scrubs are an essential part of a beauty routine. Using a weekly scrub on your face and body is the perfect way to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is when you remove the old, dead skin from the surface of your skin, ensuring a healthy glow of fresh skin. If exfoliation is in your routine, your skin won’t become dry and cracked as you age. It has also been linked with stopping the development of wrinkles. Clearly, using a skin scrub is the key to beautiful healthy skin.

So, why then should you make your own natural vegan skin scrub? Well, if you are vegan it can be tough to buy products in the store that you know have all vegan ingredients. Making your own scrub is the best way to ensure that you can keep to your vegan lifestyle.

Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s great to know every ingredient going into your scrub. Oftentimes, products have confusing ingredients with words you’ve never seen before. When you make your own natural vegan scrub, you can guarantee that everything going into the product is good for you. Remember to test each product on your wrist before using it on your face, to make sure you aren’t allergic.

Here are five amazing natural vegan scrub recipes you can make using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
Mix ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar, 3 tbsp vanilla extract and ¼ cup almond oil. Mix until it has a paste-like texture. Gently rub the mixture on your skin in a circular motion. After five minutes, rinse thoroughly. This scrub will leave you will a saccharine scent throughout the day, making you smell as sweet as your personality.

Coffee Facial Scrub
This recipe comes straight from PETA, so you can be assured that it’s completely vegan. If you love the energizing aroma of coffee, you’ll love this coffee facial scrub. Just mix 6 tbsp coffee grounds with 4 tbsp olive oil until it makes a paste. Don’t leave the scrub on your skin for longer than five minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cornmeal Facial Scrub
Cornmeal has plenty of health benefits when added to your diet. Now it can also benefit your skin as a fine skin scrub that will leave your skin looking healthier than ever. Mix 1 ½ tsp of finely ground cornmeal with ½ teaspoon of water. You can also add a drop of your favorite aromatherapy scent if you desire.

Lavender Rosemary Salt Scrub
Some exfoliating scrubs actually have a dual purpose. This scrub in particular also works as the perfect de-stressor at the end of a long, tense day. The fragrance is designed to calm your nerves. Mix ½ cup kosher salt, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tbsp culinary grade lavender extract, and 1 tbsp chopped rosemary.

Oat Face Scrub
Take one cup of whole rolled oats, with ½ cup unsalted raw almonds. Then mix it with ¼ cup organic chamomile, for a relaxing scent.

No matter what scents and ingredients you prefer, there’s sure to be a natural vegan facial scrub that works for you. Look around your kitchen; you’ll probably find the supplies you need for healthier, more vibrant skin.

9 Comments on “5 Vegan Face Scrub Recipes to Make at Home

  1. If I want to make the Lavender Rosemary scrub as a gift, can it be jarred and keep for a while? Thanks!

  2. Hi Meghan, it depends what you mean when you say ‘for a while’ and where it is stored (e.g., in a warm or cool place). Best to keep it in the fridge before you give it to our friend, and for her to use within a few weeks. Alternatively you could use essential oils as opposed to fresh rosemary, which would help with it’s longevity. I hope that helps.

  3. Hi do you blend these up in a blender to make them small pieces or just mix them by hand?
    Also, do you use uncooked oats or cooked? I’m sure cooked oats would make it less time before it goes bad, but just wanted to check.

    What are your thoughts on using coconut oil with brown sugar? I use coconut oil as my cleanser n moisturizer but I’m not sure how it is mixed in other things; if it would break down. For example I used to use honey n brown sugar and the honey would break down the brown sugar.

  4. Hi Monique, I would personally recommend a blender, and choose only organic ingredients. Raw oats would be better.
    I love the combination of coconut oil and brown (raw) sugar as a body scrub. Best to again choose the organic, unrefined, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, and certainly organic raw sugar so as to avoid any pesticide residue etc. I hope that helps.

  5. Hi, Can I use lavender essencial oil to replace the culinary grade lavender extract for making the Lavender Rosemary scrub? Thanks!

  6. Hi Sharlene, yes certainly possible to replace with lavender essential oil. Remember to keep it to just 2% ratio for essential oils. That is, for every 100ml of base oil, 2ml of essential oil is ideal. xox

  7. Just a heads up that some vegans do not consider most white, refined cane sugars to be vegan as they are often processed with bone char. Other vegans define a product as “vegan” if there are no animal ingredients but many of us are concerned with the process as well. Beet sugar, unrefined, raw or certified organic sugars, on the other hand, are rarely/never (always look up each brand) processed with bone char. Other than that, thanks for the scrub tips as I’ve recently realized that my St. Ives that I have loved so much since I was a kid is no longer cruelty free. 🙁

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