I’m excited to finally share that at the end of this year, I’ll be releasing a new digital book. This time, all about natural body care.
As I worked on this book, I wanted to create something more than just a collection of recipes. I wanted to create a book that provided a simplified approach to natural body care–based on my research, experiences, and hearing from readers over the years.
This book focuses on how to make the switch from toxic products to natural products, along with simple recipes for what I consider to be body essentials (and a few special items, like masks and exfoliators), and brand/product recommendations. <–Because I know life is crazy and busy, and many times we have to prioritize between making a facial cream or dinner. To which I say, “Hello, (natural) store-bought facial cream! You’re looking might fine.”
In the book, I share three different recipes for making a facial exfoliator: an all-over sugar exfoliator (a reader favorite), a baking soda exfoliator, and an oat-based exfoliator. The goal is to provide you with three options, based on the ingredients you already own and your skin’s preferences.
The all-over sugar exfoliator may be used all over the body. Because it’s so coarse, folks with sensitive skin may have issues with this option. The next option, a baking soda exfoliator, is super easy to make and offers a gentle exfoliation experience. And finally, if you want another option that’s soothing, exfoliating, and gentle, there’s the oat exfoliator option.
I thought it would be fun today to share the oat exfoliator.
Are you in?
In the book, exfoliators are are found in the “Face Specials” section, along with face masks. These products are what I consider to be occasional treatments for my skin. Face masks and exfoliators are only meant to be used, based on my research and own experience, once or twice a week.
On my skin, I use an exfoliator once a week, usually in the morning during a shower. I use a face mask twice a week, usually at night before bed. I personally rotate between store-bought exfoliators and masks (I’m currently loving the Acure brand for masks and exfoliators, and,of course, Luminance Skincare for masks) and homemade recipes. It all depends on my mood and current season of life.
This almond and oat exfoliator features three ingredients, which were inspired by S.W. Basics: almonds, oats, and a tiny amount of salt. The oats are soothing and may help calm inflammation, the almonds contain a nice amount of vitamin E, and the salt helps (along with the other ingredients) to slough off dead skin cells. This exfoliator is easy to customize. If you want something super simple, just use oats. I you want a finer exfoliator, or don’t have a high-powered blender, and want to use almonds, go with blanched almond flour instead of grinding almonds. If you don’t want to use salt, skip it! Customize and tweak this recipe to your liking. This about you, girl!
The beauty of this recipe is that the ingredients are pulsed together to create a powder, which may be stored for a few months. When you’re ready to experience a special skin treatment, simply mix together a small amount of the powder with a liquid, and you’re ready to gently exfoliate your skin!
Gentle Oat Exfoliator Scrub Powder
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1 tsp salt a mineral-rich, fine salt
- storage jar
- Place the almonds and oats in a blender jar. Blend until the ingredients resemble a flour-like texture. Add the salt and pulse for just a couple of seconds to combine.
- Spoon the mixture into a storage jar with a lid. Seal the jar.
- Combine 1 tablespoon of powder with 1-2 teaspoons of liquid of choice-- water or oil (sweet almond, jojoba, or olive oil work well)--until you reach your desired consistency. Wet your hands. Gently massage the exfoliator on the face and/or body, using circular motions, for about 30 seconds. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth.
Hey there! Thanks for all of the amazing recipes 😍
Question: does the powder have to be refrigerated? I was wanting to make some and mail it to friends in little baskets with other items.
Hey Alley, No need for refrigeration 🙂
This looks great, thank you for all your tips. I love oats on my hyper-sensitive skin. If I add sweet almond oil to the powder and store it, what would the shelf life be and will it need to live in the fridge? Many thanks
Hey Jules, I would use it quickly–within a few days since the oats may spoil quickly when mixed with the oil.
I need to try this! I have sensitive skin that gets a little pissy sometimes, so this might be the gentleness that I need.
When do you plan on releasing your book? I have your Real Food Challenge one, and I just love it!
Hey Allyson, You’ll probably enjoy this exfoliator–it’s really gentle and soothing! And you could use blanched almond flour instead of grinding the almonds if you want something even softer. The book will be out in December. So glad you’re enjoying the Real Food Planning Challenge.