style & beauty

DIY: almost package-free face scrub

It’s officially winter! Over here on the west coast, winter seems to be delayed this year. But today in Vancouver, it is officially snowing for the first time this winter season – which is simultaneously when I realized I need to be taking extra care of my skin with the changing weather.

I’ve been looking for a natural – and effective – face scrub for some time, but I keep finding products that seem to fall short. Either they don’t have enough scrubbing power, or TOO much, or they contain too many ingredients I don’t know or want on my skin.

So, after some searching and experimentation, I made my own!

Check out the instructions and ingredients below. NOTE: I am not one to strictly follow recipes, so mix each ingredient in as you see fit to your skin and the texture you like most. Also, the ingredients DO NOT have to be the same brands I used. These are just the ones I already had around the house.


  • 1 tbsp rice flour (I purchased mine package-free at The Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples in Vancouver)
  • 1 tbsp oat flour (I blitzed large flake oats in a blender for a few seconds – left some unblended flakes in there too)
  • 1 tbsp bentonite/pink/blue/similar clay (I used Herbivore’s Blue Clay Detox Mask for this as I already owned it. Love this as a mask by itself – smells great and has excellent detoxifying properties!)
  • 1/2 tbsp dried lavender (even more relaxing, and good texture)
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil (great for calming and evening out skin tone – I used High-Grade Lavender Essential Oil from Saje)
  • 4 drops tea tree oil (great antibacterial properties and good for acne-prone skin – like mine in the winter! I used this one from Saje)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in an old jar or make-up container. I used an old lush face moisturizer jar. I put all ingredients in, closed the lid, and shook the container until it was all mixed well.
  2. Wet face with warm water, pour a small amount of scrub into your wet hands, and start scrubbing!

I am going to keep using this every 2-3 days for soft, happy and calm winter skin.

Happy scrubbing!

Did you try making this face scrub or something similar? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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