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Homemade Beauty Products: Masks & Scrubs

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Easy To Make At Home

Herbal and natural beauty products are easy to make at home. Their cost, when compared to the commercial varieties are very inexpensive. Consider that a LUSH bath bomb runs about $5.00 plus shipping and you can make your own for less than $1.00.

They make great, frugal, and personal Christmas gifts when they are packaged creatively and added to a special basket. And, making natural cosmetics may turn into a work at home, money making opportunity for you as well. Hey, LUSH started somewhere, right?

Remember that these products are natural and most of them need to be stored in the refrigerator. With items like tea tree oil and lemon juice, test the product on a small area of your skin to make sure your skin is not sensitive to those products.

For a luxurious spa treatment warm the masks before using!

Sage is good for oily skin
Sage is good for oily skin

Natural Scrubs

Facial scrubs keep your skin looking radiant by sloughing off old, dead skin cells and keeping the pores clean. Since the skin on your face is delicate it is important that you keep harsh chemicals away from it and use products that are formulated to work with your type of skin.

Natural Scrub For Dry, Mature Skin:

1/2 c organic coconut oil

1 cup sugar

a drop of rose otto essential oil

You may want to let the coconut liquefy at room temperature for a while and then add the sugar. Allow to firm up. Use a tablespoon full and rub gently into your skin. Rinse with warm water.

Natural Scrub for Oily Skin

1/2 c almond oil

1/2 c sea salt

a squeeze of lemon juice

Mix until a paste forms. Rub gently on skin. Rinse well with warm water.

Body Scrub

1/4 C Brown Sugar

1 Tbs Dry Milk Powder

2 Tbs Oatmeal

1/2 tsp vanilla (just for scent)

1/4 c coconut oil

Mix into a paste. Use it to scrub your body to cookie scented smoothness.

Masks For Dry Skin

Masks are created to put on your face and then leave for a period of time. these are especially formulated to moisturize and protect dry skin.

Pumpkin Mask:

1/2 c pumpkin puree

1/4 c coconut oil, softened

2 Tbs honey

2 Tbs cream (optional)

Mix well. Spread on face and leave for 20 minutes. Wipe off with a warm, soft cloth.

Avocado Mask

warning: make this fresh each discolors.

2 Tbs avocado mashed

1 Tbs coconut oil

1 tsp cream

Leave on face for 20-30 minutes. Wipe off with a warm , soft cloth.

Banana Buttermilk Mask

This one also discolors:

2 Tbs mashed banana

1 tsp honey

1 Tbs whole buttermilk

1 Tbs softened coconut oil

Mix together and spread on face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Masks For Oily and Problem Skin

Strawberry Refreshing Mask

1/2 c strawberries mashed

1 tbs honey

1 -2 drops tea tree oil

Spread on face. After 20 minutes rinse with warm water.

Sage Rosemary Cleansing Mask

1 tsp dried sage crumbled

1 tsp dried rosemary crumbled

1/4 c french green clay powder

Mix together. When ready to use take a tablespoon or so of the powder and mix with enough water to make a thin paste and smooth over face. Let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry.


2 Tbs plain yogurt

1 tsp lemon juice

Spread on face. Let dry for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.


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    • camdjohnston12 profile image

      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      Great hub! Natural and homemade beauty treatments are more safe than the processed one.

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      boneca1111 8 years ago from NC

      Wow! This is great stuff to try. I will sure try them all. I am all for natural skin products. We have to go back to basics. Thank you for this.

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      Natalia 8 years ago

      Looks like something happened with my previous post... Sorry about that.

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      Adrianna B 9 years ago

      I'm suffering from pimple problem due to my oily skin. Hope your advice will help me to come out of this problem.

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      mt 9 years ago

      I'm so young and worry about my skin.I have very very oily skin

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub again Marye, I use Loofah sponge after my friend suggested it, it is very useful for. I will keep a copy of this hub, natural and safe techniques. The brands are making a profit doing the same thing.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Marye! As usual a great HUB!

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Karen Alexander 10 years ago

      This is so cool am only 19 and you believe how I worry about my skin. I'll definitley try this cause I try to save as much money as possible. By the way i have real oily skin. THANKS ALOT!!!

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      caspar 10 years ago from UK

      I don't know if I'd be able to resist eating some of them!

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      Aman deep Garg 10 years ago

      Its amazing,thanks a lot for this valuable information.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Thank you for that knowledge I have had my time mixing chemicals. Disastrous for me

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      Michele Engholm 10 years ago from Hutchinson

      At home masks are SO fun...and they leave you so silky....Great hub once again Marye!!

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      gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

      I will definitely try. Great idea

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      sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin

      Great Work Again

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