Lemon-Rosemary Exfoliating Cleanser


Here’s a DIY skin cleanser that I made for myself a few months ago and I’ve really liked using it. This easy-to-make scrub is an inexpensive, natural way to exfoliate your skin on both face and body. Baking soda is the main ingredient and I like to add Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oils to give it a great scent. If you are on a tight budget or don’t have any essential oils on hand, you can just use the baking soda and water–it works just as well that way and some of you may even prefer it unscented. Use this 1 to 2 times a week to exfoliate (just once a week for sensitive skin)–your skin will feel so soft and smooth after using this! And exfoliating helps give your skin a healthy glow, so it’s worth it to take the time to do this.


Makes 1 cup (16 [1-Tablespoon] applications for face; 4 [1/4 cup] applications for body)

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • water, as directed

In a small bowl, blend baking soda with the Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oils. Place mixture in a glass or plastic jar or container with lid that you can keep near your sink or on a bathroom shelf. If you have an extra Tablespoon-size scoop, keep that in or near the jar–it comes in handy when using the scrub.

FOR FACE: When ready to use, first splash your clean face with warm water to dampen skin. Then scoop out 1 Tablespoon of the baking soda-essential oil mixture from your jar and put in a small container or in the palm of your hand (I just use the palm of my hand). Add about 1/2 Tablespoon water to the baking soda-essential oil mixture and blend with your finger to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste to your face gently and in a circular motion, avoiding eye area. Scrub gently for 2 to 5 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

FOR BODY: Use 1/4 cup baking soda-essential oil mixture for an exfoliating body scrub. Blend 1/4 cup (or 4 Tablespoons) baking soda mixture with 2 Tablespoons water in a small container to make a paste. In your shower, dampen skin, then turn off water in shower as you apply the paste to your body in circular motion and scrub gently for about 5 minutes. When finished, turn shower water on again and rinse paste off completely.

This is a nice way to pamper your skin and it feels so refreshing! Plus it’s so affordable to make! Do you make any of your own skin care products?

Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy and Show and Share at Coastal Charm.


19 thoughts on “Lemon-Rosemary Exfoliating Cleanser

    1. nancyc Post author

      Yes, I love the scent of the oils but it’s great that it works well without them, too! It’s nice that good skin care doesn’t have to be expensive! 🙂


  1. Marybeth

    I’ve never used baking soda this way before! Thanks for the post! It is wonderful! Another great use of the baking soda! Greets, Mottingham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.



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