Gentle Oatmeal Lavender Facial Scrub Recipe (DIY)

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I may not eat grains (that much), but they still have their uses. This oatmeal lavender facial scrub recipe helps to soothe and calm skin while gently helping to exfoliate it. It can be a good solution for those with sensitive skin, but it’s also useful for all skin types!

Facial Scrub Ingredients (And Why They’re Used)

These are the basic ingredients that I use in this scrub. If you aren’t into the DIY but want an amazing natural facial cleansing scrub, I love this handmade one from Crunchy Betty and use it when I don’t feel like making it myself.


While you won’t typically see a bowl of rolled oats at my breakfast table, oatmeal is a cheap and natural way to care for the skin. People have been using oats for skincare for about 4,000 years. When the oats are finely ground they form what’s called colloidal oatmeal.

The New Zealand Dermatological Society lists the many proven benefits of oatmeal for skin:

  • forms a barrier to protect skin against irritants and balance normal skin pH
  • moisturizes skin with water-binding polysaccharides, hydrocolloids, and fats
  • soothes itchy, dry skin with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • guards against photoaging (sun damage)
  • lowers prostaglandin production and arachidonic acid release

It’s no wonder colloidal oatmeal is in so many skin products!


Lavender is one of my absolute favorite herbs, and I’ve detailed more about it here. This facial scrub recipe uses both lavender flowers and lavender essential oil, which both help calm and heal the skin. The flowers add extra exfoliation while the lavender essential oil adds concentrated beneficial properties … not to mention both smell amazing!

Baking Soda and Sea Salt

Lavender and oatmeal are very gentle, but I’ve added a little baking soda and sea salt help to up the scrubbing power.

Baking soda is a very fine powder, so it acts like a microdermabrasion to gently exfoliate the skin. Sea salt is a little coarser but only a small amount is used overall so as not to overpower the other ingredients in this facial scrub recipe. Himalayan sea salt is my favorite to use as it nourishes the skin with a wide variety of minerals.

Gentle Oatmeal Lavender Facial Scrub Recipe

This is one of my new favorite beauty recipes, and I think you’re going to love it as well!



  1. Place the rolled oats, lavender essential oil, and lavender flowers into a coffee grinder and pulse until ground, about 45-60 seconds. A blender can also be used, but a coffee grinder is the preferred option here.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the baking soda and sea salt.
  3. Store the face scrub in a glass jar. To use, combine 2 teaspoons of the scrub with 1 ½ tsp water or milk, then gently scrub across the face with the fingers.

Tips for Using the Facial Scrub

  • The scrub can also be mixed with aloe vera or honey if preferred. Both of these soothe the skin and help to rejuvenate and calm.
  • This also works well as a mask. Simply mix the scrub with the desired liquid until it’s a thick paste, and smooth over the skin. After 10-20 minutes it can be rinsed off with warm water.

Ready for More? Try this Cumin Face Scrub Recipe with antioxidant benefits for face and body.

Have you ever used oatmeal on your skin before? What are your favorite skin-soothing ingredients?

This is one of our favorite homemade exfoliation facial scrub recipes!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


39 responses to “Gentle Oatmeal Lavender Facial Scrub Recipe (DIY)”

  1. Mary Avatar

    I love your recipes, and all of your advice–this facial scrub is excellent! Thank you for sharing so much wisdom with us. My question may seem silly, but here goes: I have mature, dry skin, and after using the lavender facial scrub I have been following it with another facial cleanser, to help wash off any debris from the oatmeal, etc. in the scrub. Is this too much for dry skin? (Yes, I do rinse thoroughly.) Should the scrub be enough on its own for cleansing?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Soap strips oils from the skin and can be too harsh for some people. You could try using a washcloth to gently remove the rest of the scrub if you notice your skin is dry from using the facial cleanser.

  2. Delsi Sabar Avatar
    Delsi Sabar

    Question: why not put everything in the grinder? What is the reason to leave out the salt (not too finely ground) & baking soda (I guess it’s already fine enough )?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Both ingredients are already ground so they don’t need to be broken down further. If your salt is really coarse I would put it in with the other ingredients though.

  3. Kristen Avatar

    Would I be able to make as a mask ahead of time and give as a gift by adding honey? I wouldn’t think it would spoil, but I’m not sure how the honey and oats would react together after a while. Any thoughts?

  4. Danielle Avatar

    Can’t wait to make this.
    Do you use regular rolled oats or instant?

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