“A Basic Scrub” for most skin types and why you should use one

 I developed this recipe many years ago for my skin care line named “Flower of Flowers.”  I named my skin care line after my favorite essential oil, “Ylang Ylang”.

It always surprises me how many people have never used a scrub, or even a mask for that matter.  You won’t believe how beautiful your skin will appear after exfoliating.  Exfoliating is vital to the slowing of the skin’s aging process!


Young skin cells shed effortlessly, and as one ages, the process slows down.  New cells form in the Basel layer which is the deepest sub layer of the Epidermis.  As they form, they push the old cells to the surface.  That is what causes the dry patches of built up dead skin cells.  This will give the complexion a sallow, dull and lifeless appearance.  The build up of dead skin cells will limit how much of your moisturizer can penetrate the skin.


Exfoliating cleanses the skin by sloughing off the dead skin cells while stimulating new cell growth and circulation.  This gives your complexion a bright youthful glow and is very helpful in keeping the skin color balanced by unblocking the pores and reducing spots and blotchiness.  It also allows skin care products to penetrate better while delivering nutritious vitamins and minerals deep into the pores.


  • Almond Meal – All skin types.  Cleansing,  moisturizing, softening, smoothing, nourishing, lifts out impurities by unclogging pores, cleanses away dead skin cell and replenishes skin oils.
  • Oat Powder – All skin types.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, cleansing, softening, moisturizing, toning, protective to the skin, lifts away dead skin cells, helps fade age spots, smooths skin, protect the skin and helps minimize scars.
  • Flax Seed Meal – Dry, acne, mature. Helps improve eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.  Soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, softening, provides healthy cellular activity and skin regeneration.
  • French Pink Clay – A combination of red and white clay and it is one of the mildest clays.  Normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  Cleansing, detoxifing, remove dead skin cells, refreshes skin, absorbs dirt, oil and bacteria from pores.
  • Chamomile Flowers  Dry, oily, sensitive, acne, aging skin and eczema.  Soothes rashes, soothing, healing, strengthening to the skin tissue, reduce puffiness, cleansing to the pores.
  • Lavender Flowers  Normal, dry, combination, wrinkles, oily, acne, eczema and seborrhea.  Cleansing, balancing, itchy skin, sunburn, scars, inflammation, cell regenerator and stimulating to complexion.
  • Rose Petals – All skin, especially dry, sensitive and mature.  Cleansing, softening, toning, stimulating, soothing, hydrating to all skin types, retains moisture.


Recipe: 3 1/4 Cups

  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/4 Cup Lavender Flowers and/or Rose Petals and/or Chamomile Flowers (Optional)

For sensitive skin

  • 2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/2 Cup Rose Petals

Other ingredients you can add in place of water…

  • Aloe Vera is great for dry, mature or irritated skin. It draws and holds oxygen into the skin, which in turn holds in moisture.
  • Honey is great for all skin types and is added for extra moisture as well as it absorbs impurities from the pores.
  • Olive Oil can be added for dry skin, it penetrates deep into the skin & locks in natural moisture.

*Make sure everything is organic and non-GMO!  We don’t want to absorb pesticides or anything potentially toxic.

*As for the aloe gel, fresh is best, but bottled is ok. I recommend “Aubrey” Pure Aloe Gel


Grind the almonds in a food processor until finely granulated, then add the rest of the dry ingredients and turn on until it is a fairly fine powder.  You can also grind each ingredient separately in a coffee grinder, then mix all together and store in a jar.

Put a tablespoon of scrub in the palm of your hand and add just enough hydrosol, floral water, water or (aloe, honey or olive oil) to make a paste.

Gently make circular motions on your face, neck and chest.  Let the scrub do the work and do not apply pressure.

You can put it in a jar to use in your shower for your face and body but make sure you don’t get any water in it or it will get moldy.

* Because there is clay in the scrub you can leave it on your face for 10 minutes, this will act as a mask.  If the clay starts drying use a hydrosol or floral water to keep moist.  This will help draw out toxins and excess oils without over drying your skin and removing the much needed oils.

You can buy all the ingredients here at a very reasonable cost www.mountainroseherbs.com  Or check your local health food store.


* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.


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