ed. note: This project is from Julia Watkin’s beautiful new book, Simply Living Well. For more about the book, and Julia’s instructions for how to wrap this up using her furoshiki wrapping technique, click here. And for instructions on making her relaxing herbal bath salts, head right over here. From Julia:

Homemade facial scrubs are a great place to start if you’re new to DIY skincare. Not only are they easy to whip up using familiar, simple, inexpensive ingredients, they’re also an important step in a healthy skincare routine.

Facial scrubs can slough off dead skin cells, soften skin, and reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Ideally, they should be used 1-3 times a week, after cleaning the face and before applying a toner or moisturizer.

Although scrubs can be made with a variety of exfoliants such as sugar, salt, and baking soda, I like to use a base of oatmeal, which has been used for thousands of years to gently cleanse, exfoliate, heal, and moisturize the skin. It’s safe for all skin types and is excellent at soothing sensitive skin. Makes ½ cup of powder for the scrub.

DIY Oatmeal Face Scrub


  • ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp dried chamomile or lavender buds (optional)
  • Jojoba or sweet almond
  • lavender essential oils


  • Grind the oats, almonds, and herbs in a food processor until finely ground. Sift through a mesh screen to remove large pieces and store the powder in a sealed glass jar until ready to use.

To Use

  • Combine 1 tbsp of oil and 1 drop of lavender essential oil in a bowl and mix well. Add 2 tbsp of the powder to the bowl and mix well to create a thick, spreadable paste. Massage the paste into face using gentle, circular motions, then rinse with lukewarm water.

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