Baking Soda Face Scrub: For Glowing Skin

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DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub is a simple, two-ingredient recipe that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. This easy, homemade face scrub for glowing skin takes two minutes to make.

To make this face scrub you will need: baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils (optional).

teal bowl of DIY face scrub with a wooden spoon and flowers all around.

Winter is definitely upon us. Although some days are like, 55 degrees here, my skin is getting really dry and flaky, even though I’m using tons of shea butter and aloe moisturizer and body butter.

It’s time to incorporate an exfoliator. If the dry air is doing to your face what it’s doing to mine, this face scrub will do wonders for your skin.

It will feel amazingly soft and supple! I am definitely adding it to my regular routine.

It’s super simple to make, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Like literally, I cook and bake with these two items, so we always have them. Ready for it? Baking soda and coconut oil.

With Christmas 2 days away, this would be a great time to take 30 minutes to yourself, relax, and have some at-home spa time!

Baking Soda as an Exfoliator

Baking soda is the main exfoliator in this DIY Face Scrub. It is a super fine exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells without being too abrasive to cause irritation.

It reminds me of a gentle microdermabrasion. Baking soda can also help with acne, and while it can be a great exfoliator, there is some caution with it.

According to some sites, baking soda can cause your skin to be to alkaline, and we want it to more acidic.

So if you are worried, don’t use this everyday. You shouldn’t be exfoliating everyday anyhow. See how often you should be exfoliating below.

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baking soda in a teal bowl with flowers around to make diy face scrub

Tips for Making and Using This DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub

  • Add your favorite blend of essential oils. I’ve listed some of the best essential oils for your face below.
  • If you don’t have coconut oil or it doesn’t react well with your skin, you can choose a different oil. It just may not make a paste.
  • Only use this 1-2 times per week to prevent over-exfoliation. See below on why.
  • Warm your face with warm water first before applying this face scrub to help open your pores.
  • If you want more information on essential oils and which ones are great for your skin, check out my Essential Oils Beginners Guide

How To Make A Baking Soda Face Scrub

Grab The Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking soda (you may adjust the amount to your liking)
  • 1/2-1 tbs coconut oil, or I prefer to use whipped coconut body butter (super moisturizing)
  • 3-4 drops essential oils: frankincense, lavender, geranium etc.

Mix

Mix the two ingredients together and add essential oils if desired.

wooden spoon with coconut oil to make DIY Face Scrub in teal bowl

How To Use This Baking Soda Face Scrub:

  1. Wet your face with warm water.
  2. Gently take a small amount of the baking soda scrub in your hands and rub in small circles all over your face.
  3. Rinse the scrub off with warm water, dry, and feel your amazingly soft skin.
  4. Apply regular facial moisturizer.

What Essential Oils Are Good For Your Face?

  • Frankincense – great for aging skin and can help tighten skin
  • Lavender – anti-inflammatory
  • Geranium – can help balance oily skin and decrease wrinkles.
  • Ylang Ylang – helps balance oily skin and increase cell turnover.
  • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory and great for dry, sensitive skin.
  • Clary Sage – can help reduce puffiness

How Often Should Exfoliate Your Face?

You should only exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Over exfoliation is not good for your skin, and can cause redness, irritation, and inflammation.

It can also cause you to get a rash and infection (source). So definitely don’t over exfoliate. It’s not good for anyone.

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baking soda in a teal bowl with flowers around to make diy face scrub

DIY Baking Soda Face Scrub

Simple, two ingredient DIY Face scrub to exfoliate and reveal smoother skin.
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • Measuring spoon
  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking soda you may adjust the amount to your liking
  • 1/2-1 tbs coconut oil or I prefer to use whipped coconut body butter (super moisturizing)
  • 3-4 drops essential oils frankincense, lavender, geranium etc.

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together.

To Use:

  • Wet your face with warm water. Gently take the scrub in your hands and rub in small circles all over your face. Rinse the scrub off with warm water, dry, and feel your amazingly soft skin.

Notes

  • If you don’t have coconut oil or it doesn’t react well with your skin, you can choose a different oil. It just may not make a paste.
  • Only use this 1-2 times per week to prevent over-exfoliation. See below on why.
  • Warm your face with warm water first before applying this face scrub to help open your pores.
  • If you want more information on essential oils and which ones are great for your skin, check out my Essential Oils Beginners Guide
Course: Skincare
Cuisine: none
Keyword: DIY Face Scrub, Homemade Face Scrub
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Other DIY Face Scrub Recipes

Coffee Face Scrub

Seriously, one of my favorite homemade face scrubs. The caffeine helps decrease inflammation.

Honey Sugar Scrub

  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2-1 tsp oil – avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil or apricot oil.

Directions: Mix together and apply to wet skin. Scrub gently in circular motion and rinse off.

It can’t get much simpler or more inexpensive than that. Being on such a tight budget, there is little room to squeeze in things that are not really necessities. 

Luckily, doing this fixes that. I don’t need to buy anything special since the ingredients are right in my kitchen, and you use such small amounts of the ingredients it only costs pennies!

Go ahead and try it. I bet you will be amazed by the results!

41 Comments

  1. This post made me smile. I told a good friend about something similar that I do and she laughed at me (in a nice way). I keep my homemade deodorant in the shower to keep it soft in the winter, and I also use it on my face to exfoliate. I thought I was the only one!

  2. How simple! I used to buy all the expensive face scrubs, creams, lotions etc. but haven`t in a very long time. This is such a wonderfully natural way to scrub all the dry skin away. Can`t wait to try it! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Hi! Love your website and all the fantastic recipes!
    Was wondering if you can make up a bigger batch of the face scrub, and keep it on hand for a bit?

    1. Thank you Lynda! I haven’t tried it but I bet you can! My deodorant is a very similar recipe and I can feel the baking soda in it. Don’t worry I don’t rub that on my face haha πŸ™‚

  4. Wow! So simple going to try this tonight..thank you for sharing. And so much the better because I just bought a huge tub (78oz.)of Nutiva coconut oil at Costco for $20!!

  5. Sounds pretty easy to me! Where did you hear about this combo? Also, if you are using coconut oil, how do you suggest to get the oil liquified enough to mix it with the baking soda?

    1. I use this for my face every morning. You don’t have to liquefy it. When you put a small amount of coconut oil in your hand, sprinkle the baking soda over it and work into a paste. Voila! Do not over rub or you will deposit excess oil. If that is the case, just use baking soda and water to make a paste that will pull the excess oil out at bedtime. The baking soda also tightens your skin and brightens it.

    1. Hey Thandi! I think those are the same thing. Baking soda is sodium Bicarbonate. If not you could always mix a little sugar with coconut oil to use as a face scrub.

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