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Natural Lemongrass Exfoliating Foaming Facial Cleanser Recipe

Beauty and Natural Skin Care DIY - Natural Handmade Lemongrass Exfoliating Foaming Facial Scrub Cleanser Recipe

Since sampling the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Lemongrass Cleanser via Birchbox several months ago, I’ve been dying to make my own version. Not only is it a great product, but it’s a bestseller on Birchbox as well as one of their most pinned products. {Learn about Beauty Sampling Programs.}

Suki Face Exfoliate Foam Cleanser with Lemongrass Extract and Natural Sugar

Part of the natural Suki Skin Care beauty line, this natural exfoliating foaming cleanser cleanses skin with a natural vegetable liquid soap base combined with exfoliating sugar and alpha hydroxy acid which helps to even skin tone, brighten skin and fight blemishes.

As this product is comprised primarily of sugar, liquid soap and fruit and flower extracts, it was easy to come up with my own version. However, as everyone’s skin type is different you can easily craft different versions of this natural facial cleanser in order to customize your skin care routine.

Natural Handmade Exfoliating Sugar and Lemongrass Facial Scrub Recipe - Cleans and Brightens Skin, Helps Even Skin Tone, Remove Impurities and Fight Blemishes

Natural Lemongrass Exfoliating Foaming Facial Cleanser Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


7 oz. natural sugar
1 oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap
1/2 teaspoon calendula powder
1/2 teaspoon chamomile powder
1/2 teaspoon lavender powder
1/4 teaspoon orange peel powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon peel powder
12 drops ml lemongrass essential oil 

How to Make a Natural Homemade Exfoliating Facial Cleanser


To create your foaming facial scrub, you’ll start by using a digital kitchen scale to weigh out the sugar in a large pyrex measuring cup. Next measure out the dry ingredients – the fruit and botanical powders – and add to the sugar. Mix thoroughly with a fork.

Now weigh out the liquid soap and add to the sugar. Finally, using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, measure out the lemongrass essential oil and add to the sugar, soap and powders. Mix well with a fork until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, then spoon into the container(s) of your choice.

This recipe will yield four 2 oz. containers filled with a net weight of 2.1 oz. of product or two 4 oz. containers each filled with 4.2 oz. of product.

To use, simply scoop out a dime sized amount and scrub between your damp hands. Then massage onto your face in circular motion, rinse and pat dry. Follow with your favorite toner and/or facial moisturizer.

Natural Homemade Foaming Facial Cleasner Recipe with Lemongrass Essential Oil and Natural Sugar

This recipe creates a wonderful natural foaming scrub cleanser. However, if have sensitive skin, you may find that the fruit peel powders, much like an alpha hydroxy peel, can cause temporary skin redness or light burning. This is easily calmed by following up with a soothing natural facial moisturizer.

However, if your skin is overly sensitive, I recommend reducing the orange peel powder to 1/8 teaspoon, omitting the lemon peel powder, reducing the lemongrass essential oil to 3ml and adding 1/2 teaspoon of white rice flour.

Alternately, for highly acne prone skin, you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of activated charcoal. Feel free to mix and match ingredients to find your perfect combination or experiment with other ingredients such as cranberrygrapefruit or rosehips powders! You can even substitute out the lemongrass with lavender essential oil if it works better for you.

Like this skin care recipe? Then you may also like my recipes for a natural nourishing under eye cream and a handmade activated charcoal facial soap. Or simply follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for more great recipes from Soap Deli News and around the web!

(Soap Deli News is not affiliated or associated with Suki in any way.)


  • nicole alexander

    September 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I love your recipes and blog.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you!

  • Noelle

    October 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    This looks great! I have also tried the cleanser from Suki and fell in love with it, but the price is a little steap. I’m planning to follow your recipe and make my own! How do you think the homemade version compares? Basically the same product?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      It’s pretty similar although this specific recipe has more of facial peel action in addition to the cleansing and exfoliation. If you want it more similar to Suki I would use less of the orange and lemon peel powders. It lathers up and exfoliates the same way.

  • D.E.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is awesome!
    I just made my own DIY version of the S.W. Basics Cleanser & Toner and today, I just discovered the Sukiface Foaming Cleanser and thought it sounded great–except for the price tag!
    I looked at the product label and the ingredients and had to admit, I’d need to do a bit of research.
    Well, thank the heavens for Google because I plugged in the product name with DIY and up came your wonderful blog!
    And I appreciate you even posting the variations that can be done for those of us with sensitive skin.

  • Tatiana

    November 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I made this using rice powder and it turned out amazing!!! thank you!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Rice powder sounds like a really cool choice.

  • Catherine

    January 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    this was very useful… I just successfully made my first facial scrub! Thank you

  • Alma

    April 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This recipe looks positively amazing!! I don’t have liquid soap on hand. How can this be modified to be used with a solid bar soap? Any ideas?

  • Kay

    May 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    This sounds amazing. Do you know how long this keeps since it doesn’t use any preservations?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      May 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Typically it would have the shelf life of the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. I’d say anywhere from 6-12 months for this one.

  • Amy

    June 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

    When you say “natural” sugar, do you mean raw?

    Interestingly, Suki and I used to work together and we are still in touch occasionally. She lives 2 towns over from me. Back then, she was literally mixing this stuff up in her kitchen sink;) Needless to say, she has come a long way. I love her products, and particularly this cleanser, but I too have wondered how to make my own version. I am looking forward to giving it a try:)

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Natural sugar as in real sugar not a sugar substitute. I used regular white sugar.

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