DIY Facial Scrub for Sensitive Skin

Ever wonder how to achieve radiant and glowing skin - even if your skin is super sensitive? The answer might be simpler than you think: exfoliation. But what exactly is exfoliation, and how does it contribute to healthier, more beautiful skin?

Let's start with the basics. Our skin, the body's largest organ, consists of several layers: the outermost layer, known as the epidermis, and the deeper layer, called the dermis. The epidermis is where all the action happens when it comes to exfoliation. It's made up of multiple layers of cells, with new cells constantly forming at the bottom and gradually making their way to the surface.

Here's where exfoliation comes into play. Over time, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the epidermis, leading to a dull, lackluster complexion. Exfoliation is the process of removing these dead skin cells, allowing fresh, healthy skin to emerge.

But exfoliation isn't just about revealing brighter skin – it also promotes cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture. Additionally, by clearing away dead cells, exfoliation can enhance the effectiveness of other skincare products, allowing them to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Now, you might be thinking, "But what about sensitive skin?" It's true that some exfoliants can be harsh and irritating, especially for those with delicate or over-reactive skin. However, gentle exfoliation with plant-based and clean ingredients can be a game-changer for sensitive skin types. By choosing products specifically formulated to be gentle yet effective, even the most sensitive skin can experience the benefits of exfoliation without irritation.

Exfoliation is a simple yet powerful skincare step that can transform your complexion. Whether you're looking to brighten dull skin, smooth texture, or simply enhance your natural radiance, regular exfoliation with clean ingredients is the key to unlocking your skin's true potential.

Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils to use in your DIY Face Scrub for Sensitive Skin

Face Scrub

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata) is steam distilled from the resin of a craggy ancient tree found growing in India.  This species smells different from the Frankincense we may be more familiar with that is from Oman and Somalia, but it shares many similar healing benefits.  Calming to the nervous system, soothing to skin, inflammation, bathing in Frankincense can offer an experience of deep calm and relaxation while supporting the health and well being of the skin.

Geranium Essential Oil  (Pelargonium graveolens) is steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this large herbaceous bush that is native to warmer climates. Its floral grass-like aroma relaxes the nervous system and helps re-balances our skin.  Loaded with molecules that are both calming and antimicrobial, Geranium essential oil has the unique ability to simultaneously draw out and let go of what our body no longer needs, and help it to recalibrate and restore.

Orange Essential Oil  (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the sweet orange and its bright uplifting citrusy scent makes us feel refreshed and energized.  The molecules that make up this essential oil are deeply cleansing, stimulating and restorative.

Lavender Essential Oil  (Lavandula angustifolia) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavender herbaceous bush.  There have been countless studies over many years showing how Lavender reduces stress levels, soothes muscle aches and pain, and offers the experience of deep relaxation.  But another unique therapeutic benefit is Lavender’s ability to cleanse and detox our body and our mind, by helping us let go of things that are no longer helping us.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) - steam distilled from the large orchid-like flowers of this tropical tree.  The aroma from the Ylang Ylang flowers is rich and jasmine-like, and has been used for centuries for beautification.  It’s reparative, and regenerative and soothes skin irritation.

Here is a list of our top 5 base ingredients to use in your DIY face scrub recipe:

  • Chickpea Flour
    • Chickpea flour is ground from dried chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans. They have natural occurring properties that are cleansing and detoxifying for the skin, and promote and encourage circulation and cell regeneration.
  • Oat Flour
    • Oat Flour is ground from the dried oat grain and is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are especially soothing for sensitive skin.
  • Honey
    • Honey is a known antibacterial agent, soothing to the skin, while promoting healthy skin cell regeneration.
  • Turmeric
    • The ground powdered turmeric spice is anti-inflammatory while encouraging the skin to detox, reset and rebalance
  • Matcha Powder (green tea powder)
    • A powerful antioxidant, rich in minerals and constituents that protect and encourage tissue repair.

DIY Face Scrub

Read below for How to Make DIY Facial Scrub for Sensitive Skin:

Makes one 2 oz jar of DIY facial scrub, that is good for sensitive skin

What you’ll need:

  • Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
  • A small mixing bowl
  • Small metal spoon, or wooden popsicle stick for stirring
  • 1 empty glass 4 oz jar
  • Blank Labels
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper towel


  • 2 TBSP Oat Flour
  • 2 TBSP Chickpea Flour
  • 1 tsp Matcha Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 drops of Orange Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil


  • Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter.  Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Set out all blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  • Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  • Using your measuring cups and spoons, measure out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or small bowl. Place the essential oils close by.
  • Pour all of your dry powdered ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  • Next, carefully add your essential oil drops (as listed above) into the powder mixture, but make sure to drip the drops slowly and carefully mixing all the time so the powders don’t clump together.
  • Once everything is well combined, carefully spoon the dry powdered mixture into your empty glass jar and cap tightly
  • Make up a name for your facial scrub, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach to the jar.

How to use your DIY facial scrub for sensitive skin

To get the best results here is an easy way to use your powdered exfoliating facial scrub for sensitive skin.

  1. Measure out 2 tsp of your dry powdered scrub into the palm of your hand.
  2. Drizzle in about 1 tsp of warm water carefully mixing the powder until it becomes a paste.
  3. Apply the damp paste to your face and gently scrub your face in circular motions
  4. When done, use a warm wet washcloth to wipe the scrub off.
  5. Once scrub is totally removed, apply your favorite skin oil like Cliganics Rosehip Seed oil to lock in moisture.
  6. Recommended use is 2 - 3 times per week.  Making sure not to use the scrub when your skin is irritated or experiencing breakouts.


Incorporating a plant-based facial scrub into your skincare routine 2 to 3 times a week can work wonders for your complexion. With its gentle yet effective exfoliation, you'll reveal smoother, brighter skin while harnessing the power of nature for a healthier, more radiant glow.



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