DIY Healthy Skin Care Recipes

on March 23, 2013
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Well, I did it!  I made some DIY healthy skin care products. I made an exfoliator, facial cleanser, moisturizer, and shaving cream. I experimented a little, but that’s part of the fun! In this post, I’ll share the exfoliator and the facial cleanser. You’ll find the moisturizer and shaving cream in More DIY Healthy Skin Care Recipes.

I used the exfoliator yesterday and I really enjoyed the feel and results. You can alter this recipe to make as little or as much as you want. I think they make great gifts too. I use jelly jars to store my products in because I can get my short fingers to the bottom of the jar. This means I don’t waste any.

Exfoliator recipe:

1/2 cup organic coconut oil in its solid form
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
10 drops vanilla essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer or NO scent at all)

Put the coconut oil in your mixing bowl and whip it well for about 4 minutes. Then add the sugar and salt and whip it for another 4- 5 minutes. Finally, add the essential oil and whip for another couple of minutes. It’s ready to be put in the jar and enjoyed.

It is amazing how a little goes a long way. A small dab covered my face and neck.

How To Use The Exfoliator

Put it on your face and neck using circular motions, let it sit. While I let it sit, I shaved my legs with the shaving cream I had made. After a few minutes, wet a washcloth with water as hot as you can stand to ring out of the rag. Place the rag on your face and let it sit while it cools off. Rinse the rag and repeat.

After the rag has cooled a second time, use it to remove any remaining scrub. It smelled like cookies because of the vanilla oil in it. It was hard not to take a bite of it! As a body scrub, this works amazingly! 

I’m blonde haired and fair skinned which means sensitive skin. I had been ordering an organic facial cleanser but didn’t feel like the makeup and dirt were completely removed. I found a few basic DIY recipes online and after combining pieces and parts of them, I decided to make my own.

I’m pleased with the results. It drew out dirt and oils which had been in the pores for a while so the first few days my skin looked a little “rough.” Nothing bad, just dry in some areas, red in another, a couple of small blemishes popped up.  

I was expecting this so I continued using the cleanser. When all of the old build up was removed, my face cleared up.  My husband and I can tell the difference in my skin. It’s clearer, has a healthier glow, and isn’t as dry.

Facial Cleanser: 

Your cream will be 25% Castor Oil and 75% Coconut Oil

2 oz castor oil
6 oz coconut oil in its solid form
6-10 drops of essential oil (spearmint or peppermint if you want a tingly feel, lavender for a calming smell, rosemary and eucalyptus for an earthy smell – my favorite)

Put both oils in a glass jar and place it in a small pot of water on your stove. Heat on medium-low just until the coconut oil is melted.  

I get impatient so I swirl the jar around occasionally. I think it helps the coconut oil to dissolve faster. Once the coconut oil is melted, add the essential oil(s) and place the lid on the jar. Shake well to combine. Put the jar in the frig for an hour or so until it’s solidified. Now it’s ready for use.

How To Use The Facial Cleanser

Massage the cleanser onto your face and neck using circular motions. Wet a washcloth with water as hot as you can stand to ring out of the rag. Place the rag over your face and let it sit while it cools off.  Rinse the rag and repeat. After the rag has cooled a second time, rinse it and use it to remove any remaining cleanser. 

NOTE: So you won’t be surprised, these products will liquefy when you put them on your skin because coconut oil liquifies at 75 degrees F. If you keep your bathroom above 74 degrees, they may “melt.”  I keep a heater going in the bathroom during winter. This is how I discovered my products were “melting.” I put them in my bedroom which is always cool because we don’t heat it.

If yours do liquefy, shake them well and set them in a cool place to re-solidify and they’ll work fine.

Do you have DIY healthy skin recipes to share with us? We’d love to have you share your experience with us.

Safe and Happy Journey
Rhonda and The Pack




  • Michelle Hedgcock

    Do you have a recipe for a facial moisturizer? Seems like the older I get the drier my face gets. I don’t like it and really need to find a facial moisturizer that doesn’t cost a fortune.

    March 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      I do! It’s so simple. I mix equal parts mango butter (you can use what butter you like – a lot of people use shea), coconut oil(in it’s solid state) 4-8 oz each depending on how much you want to make, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix them until they’re creamy and well combined. Add essential oil of choice – I like rose or a lavender/rosemary mix 15-20 drops. Combine well and set in fridge to solidify. Takes an hour or two. Take them out and use a mixer – hand or electric – to whip them. I like to whip them because I like the texture of whipped. Put in a container with a lid and keep in a cool place. We like to keep our home on the cool side so mine does well at the bedside. I use it on my whole body, my face especially likes it. I have sensitive skin and have never had a problem with this recipe. Let me know if you like it!

      March 3, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply
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