DIY: Natural Lavender Baking Soda Facial Scrub

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
My skin's been looking rather dull and flaky recently thanks to the wonders of central heating. I'm currently hunting for a good natural scrub when my friend Laura aka natural skincare guru suggested I give this a go. Cheap as chips, as the Brits would say but in this case, it's actually cheaper. I overdid it with the lavender drops with my baking soda scrub so go easy with the oil as the smell can be overpowering. I've tried it and my skin not only feels smoother, it glows. Here's Laura with the instructions.


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Hey everyone! I’ve been away for awhile but I’ve actually been testing out a new face wash that a little birdie told me about. When she described the method, I was skeptical but she convinced me to try it for one month. Holy Cheap-Amazingness - this works. Really well! And did I mention cheap? And totally clean, green and natural?! This is so easy it’s almost ridiculous. Especially when you consider the cost of some of the luxury or natural face washes and exfoliating products out there. Remember - more money for shoes!

Here’s what you need:

  1. A small jar with lid or sealed container of your choice
  2. Baking Soda (or bicarbonate of soda)
  3. Lavender essential oil (optional)*

Here’s what you do:

Dump baking soda into your jar. Add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil (depending on the size of your jar. For the size I have pictured, I used about 4 drops.) Twist on the lid and shake until the oil is infused into the baking soda.

Put a small amount into the palm of your hand- as much as you feel works for you and covers your face. Experiment with this.  Add a little splash of water into your palm and mix to make a paste. Apply and work gently onto your face and neck. Rinse with warm then cool water to close your pores. Follow up with your usual toner and or serum or moisturizer. 

I must admit, this feels weird as you’re applying it. It might tingle a bit and it’s not smooth like a bottled cleanser - more like a gentle exfoliant. But what it’s doing is worth the “weirdness!” The baking soda is adjusting the ph level of your face and making it more alkaline - more balanced. This really helps with hormonal ache, dry patches and blotchiness. It also clears up and prevents blackheads!

*The lavender oil is optional but it makes the soda smell nice and it’s amazing for your skin as a both and soothing AND antibacterial agent. 

I personally have suffered from annoying hormonal acne, despite my age and good results in all other skin concerns from my natural and homemade serum and toner. I’ve been using this baking soda rinse once a day, right out of the shower and before applying my toner, serum and makeup. I’m happy to report that I’ve had no hormonal breakouts and my skin is more even-toned than ever. My skin is super soft and smooth, with no red or dry patches, for the first winter in years. I’ve also noticed that my face just seems brighter! 
I don’t use this to take off makeup off at night, (I use a special makeup removing micro-fiber cloth that I’ll talk about next time) But I no longer use any soap or cleansers on my skin - natural or not! This is it!

Things to consider:

If your skin is extremely sensitive, just give this a whirl once a week and rub in the paste very gently. Apply moisturizer or my oil serum immediately. If you have good results, increase the frequency. My skin does fine with once a day, other people I know use it between 1-3 times a week.

It’s a myth that if you’re skin is very dry, this will make it more dry. On the contrary, It will balance out your skin over time. And the very fine particles will gently clear out those flaky patches!

If any of you try this, let me know how it works. If you have questions, I’ll try my best to answer them or to point you in the right direction!

Happy Skin!

19 comments:

  1. This is very interesting. Baking soda for the face.. hmm.. I might just give this a whirl since the harsh Tundra-like weather here is just great for one's skin! ;)

    Thanks for sharing this, Marlene! :)

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  2. Does it work without the lavender oil? I don't have any lavendar oil in the house but I do have baking soda and the lavender oil is the only thing preventing me from trying it. Alternatively, could you leave some sprigs of lavender in with the baking soda to infuse? You said to ask questions Laura :o))

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    1. Sorry - doh. You did say it was optional - I think I was just a bit excited by something I could actually make!

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    2. Oh! I never thought about a sprig of lavender - try it! The lavender oil is mostly for scent but it is a soothing agent. The Baking soda is tingly, so the lavender calms that down just a bit.

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  3. So if you don't add the lavender oil, which is listed as optional, then are you just rubbing baking soda on your face? I want to try this, but I'm kind of scared. My skin is relatively sensitive, so new things always freak me out. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Yes - try it once but rub very, very gently and for just a few seconds. If you have good results just do it once a week for awhile.

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  4. What! This is by far the simplest home facial I've come across to date. Everyone has baking soda in their cupboards and obviously everyone has access to water. Okay i'm trying this tonight.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

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  5. I think i experimented with this awhile back as i read somewhere that baking soda makes good gentle exfoliator for sensitive skin. I like how fine the texture is but it still is a bit too harsh for my skin type. However i may mix itand with plain yogurt next time.

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    1. YOu can also mix it into your regular cleanser. :)

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  6. I have also heard (ok, I've actually tried it!) that baking soda, mixed into a paste with water is a good deodorant and doesn't have all the nasty chemicals that most deodorants/anti perspirants do. It definitely works, but I don't think it would pass the 'it didn't leave a white stain on the armholes of my black dress' test!! And as someone who suffers from psoriasis, I can vouch that it didn't irritate my skin at all.

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    1. Yes - that works! You can also do that mixed with with Aloe Vera gel!

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  7. Love the sound of lavender scrub. Might have to try this soon.

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  8. I'm totally trying this! Even though we're experiencing quite the opposite in weather over here, I find the air conditioning dries my skin out too. I also highly recommend Arbonne as a a fantastic all-natural company!! http://www.arbonne.com/international.asp

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  9. Sounds fab - from the tweets I read this am, I thought this post was about cleaning kettles…lol lol. Off now to find my baking soda as I actually do have lavender oil. Thank you for such a lovely inexpensive skin treat xx

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    1. LOLOL! I think that's because Sue started the whole thing going about baking soda good for cleaning the kettle.

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  10. i love lavender! have a plant on my balcony i and should definitely cut some and mix it up with this scrub idea! also some honey is nice too.

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  11. This is SO GREAT!!!! Thanks for sharing Laura and Marlene!! Can't wait to try it!

    xo, sam

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  12. Love the natural skincare tips! Thanks Laura and Marlene! My dermatologist actually doesn't want me using scrubs, but this looks gentle enough.

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