Brighten your complexion and promote skin health with this Natural Calendula Face Scrub recipe!
Things like dry air, the elements (like the sun and wind), and age can stress your skin by causing dry patches, tightness, inflammation and irritation. Using a natural face scrub with ingredients like calming calendula, gentle red Rhassoul clay and moisturizing rosehip seed oil can help combat these issues. Your skin will feel smoother and look healthier with every use of this calendula face scrub.
Check out some more great homemade scrub recipes here: Homemade Hand Scrub, Foot Scrub Cubes, Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe, Coffee Body Scrub, Chocolate Mint Foaming Salt Scrub, Apple Pie Sugar Scrub, and Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe.
Why a Calendula Face Scrub?
Calendula has an extensive history of use in medicinal applications. Calendula is a flowering herb from the plant family Asteraceae, and it is often referred to as pot marigold. Calendula is related to other plants in this plant family including feverfew, chamomile, and Echinacea. The flowers of calendula are also edible and make a bright addition to salads. They also are often used as a tea, tincture, or an infused oil.
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of calendula also make it especially useful in topical home remedies. Because calendula both soothes skin and promotes healing, it is a common ingredient in natural products formulated to address things like: diaper rash, ulcers, wounds, and dermatitis. Internally, calendula can help ease a sore throat, calm muscle spasms, ease menstruation issues, and improve oral health.
While most adults and children are able to enjoy the health benefits of calendula, it’s important to note that anyone allergic to other plants in the plant family Asteraceae may experience an allergic reaction when using this herb. Additionally, anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid calendula all together.
Check out my other Calendula posts: How to Make Calendula Oil and Whipped Calendula Sugar Scrub Recipe.
For my calendula face scrub recipe, you will be using calendula powder. If you are unable to find a good source of calendula powder, you grow your own calendula flowers or order dried calendula flowers, and then you can grind the dried calendula flowers in a food processor or coffee grinder.
CALENDULA FACE SCRUB RECIPE
2 Tablespoons calendula powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul clay
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
6 drops manuka essential oil
Using measuring spoons, measure out the calendula powder, Rhassoul clay and sugar into a small glass bowl or measuring cup.
Mix the dry ingredients together until evenly combined.
In a separate container, measure out the rosehip seed oil. Then add the manuka essential oil. (Alternately you may also substitute the manuka essential oil with frankincense, carrot seed or turmeric essential oil.)
Now add the dry ingredients to the oil and mix until the dry ingredients in your calendula face scrub are evenly coated throughout.
Spoon your scrub into the container or containers of your choice. (I use two 2.3 oz. thick walled glass jars.)
To use your calendula face scrub, apply to damp skin as desired and massage in. Then rinse and pat dry.
Follow with your favorite toner and serum or facial moisturizer. (I’m partial to my rosehip face serum.)
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Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. Find more of her homemade skin care and soap recipes at her blog, Soap Deli News. You can subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here for updates on future DIY projects and skin care recipes.
Where can I get the ingredients?
Elizabeth W. says
There are links in the post that take you to Amazon and other online stores where these ingredients are available. They may also be at your local herb shop or health store.
Lisa Tollefson says
What specific benefits come from that particular clay and from the two oils? Would a different clay work as well?
Rebecca Dillon says
I chose to use Rhassoul clay as it’s the best fit for dry or maturing skin and the most “gentle.” It also has high percentages of silica and magnesium making it more effective for spa treatments than other clays. Rhassoul clay as it’s suitable for all skin types and is mineral rich, cleansing and detoxifying. Additionally it can help to rebalance dry flaky or mature skin, improve texture and elasticity and can help those suffering from eczema or psoriasis. Another good option would be French green clay.
Rosehip seed oil is a wonderful carrier oil for your face. It’s a dry oil so your skin won’t feel greasy and it also won’t clog pores. Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has the reputation for counteracting dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. Not only is rosehip seed oil moisturizing, but it can also help to reduce hyperpigmentation, fight aging and sun damage and help to improve skin’s texture.
Manuka essential oil is a non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil. It is generally safe for all ages to use and is commonly included in skin care applications for its beneficial antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, manuka essential oil is common in products that help to relieve itching skin and dandruff, rashes, common skin diseases and minor abrasions, as well as to ease pain in the muscles and joints. Hope this helps to answer your questions!
Can I substitute Manuka honey for the manuka oil?
Elizabeth W. says
You can, but changing the ingredients can change the consistency of the recipe.
How would I update the recipe if I don’t have calendula powder, but I do have calendula-infused olive oil instead?
Elizabeth W. says
That could work! It’s worth a try.