Gentle Kelp & Oat Face Scrub

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There’s nothing like a good ol’ face scrub, but finding a good one sometimes can be hard. It’s challenging, to say the least, to find just the right mix of scrub ingredients. One that is not overly abrasive or one that is so soft you can barely feel the exfoliation. This is where creativity and the love of crafting meet. I often switch up my scrub depending on what I am looking for (different scent, different exfoliant, etc.), but I always come back to this gentle DIY face scrub that is soothing and effective.

Gentle Kelp & Oat Face Scrub Recipe

This gentle DIY face scrub recipe doubles as a face mask.  It’s the perfect blend of scrub and skin loving ingredients that will leave your skin velvety smooth. This recipe makes enough for three scrubs/masks.

gentle kelp and oatmeal scrub ingredients


For Mix:

2 Tbsp. powdered oatmeal

1 Tbsp. cornmeal

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp kelp powder

1 tsp powdered calendula

To Add Before Use:

1 Tbsp. water ( oily skin), milk (normal skin) or cream (dry skin)

2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

2 drops ylang ylang essential oil (optional)


Add powdered oatmeal, cornmeal, baking soda, kelp powder and powdered calendula to a small bowl and mix well with wire whisk or fork until combined. Place in tight fitting covered container, then store in a cool, dry place until ready for use.

blending gentle kelp and oat face scrub mix

To use:

Combine 1 Tbsp of mixture with 1 Tbsp of water, milk or cream and stir to combine. I like the “raw” smell of the oats and cornmeal, however, if desired add 3-4 drops of essential oil at this point and allow to sit for one minute to thicken. If too thick, add a few drops of liquid at a time to thin out. If too thin, sprinkle in a bit more powdered oatmeal.

gentle kelp and oatmeal face scrub mixed

Apply to face then gently rub in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well then remove any remaining residue with toner or witch hazel. Finish off with facial serum and/or moisturizer. To use as a mask, after face massage, leave on for 15-minutes. Repeat rinsing process as stated above.

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