DIY Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe

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DIY Natural Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe for Normal, Combination and Oily Complexions

If you’re looking for brighter, clearer skin, my DIY natural exfoliate and detox skin polish may just be the answer to your skin care woes. This dry face polish is crafted from all dry ingredients for a long shelf life and to enable you to customize it with every use. Sugar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut milk powder, and powdered botanicals gently exfoliate skin and help to draw out impurities.

Natural Beauty DIY - Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Face Polish Recipe for Normal, Combination and Oily Skin

Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


3 Tablespoons white sugar
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
1 Tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon lavender flower powder
1 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
1 teaspoon coconut milk powder
1/2 teaspoon carrot powder


Measure out all ingredients using spoon measurements.

Natural Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe Ingredients

Combine ingredients in a bowl or glass measuring cup and whisk with a fork until thoroughly incorporated. Pour mixture into a 4 oz. tin or other container of choice to store until use.

Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Polish Recipe for Clear Skin

To use, simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of this dry skin polish with 1/2 teaspoon of the liquid of your choice based on skin’s needs and gentle massage onto damp skin in a circular motion for about a minute, then rinse and follow with your favorite toner. You can mix this with milk, honey, water, rosewater or even your favorite carrier oil depending on your skin’s mood! (Personally I have very moody skin. Hormones tend to make it rather persnickety as does stress.)

If you like this natural beauty DIY then you may also like some of my other natural skin care recipes including my natural homemade rosewater tonerhandmilled rosehip facial soap recipenatural calendula healing balm recipe, and my natural activated charcoal 2-in-1 facial scrub and cleanser recipe. For more beauty and homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest!

About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. Hi, could you please tell me where to get activated charcoal, and betonite clay ? thanks

  2. Toni Legates says

    Does it make a huge black mess Rebecca? I’m curious as its hard for me to scrub my tub..

  3. Doesn’t metal deactivate clay? If so, would it be better to use a glass container?

    • I’ve never heard of this. I tried googling but wasn’t able to find any concrete science on this.

      • Dani Levenson says

        You should not use bentonite clay with any type of metal. i first saw this in recipies from bramble berry as well asthe book Natural Homemade Cosmetics Made Siple for Everyone by Vaness Smith and another DIY book by Bella Rose

        • Thanks for the sources. I mainly used this container for photography purposes and while maybe that wasn’t the best idea it has led to some new info I wasn’t aware of. When I made this in bulk to sell I did use plastic containers. Regardless I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  4. Caroline Hiron suggests that sugar is too. Course for the skin on your face. Would you have a kinder substitute or just omit the sugar?

    • I didn’t find the sugar coarse at all. In fact it’s the main ingredient also in a high end best selling product, Suki Exfoliate Foaming Lemongrass Cleanser. I have a spin off on that product here. I’m not sure who Caroline Hiron is.

  5. Nice label where did you find those?

  6. Could this be left on as a facial mask? Or would it be too harsh?

    • I have left this on as a facial mask in the shower and rinsed before I got it. It works just fine this way but I wouldn’t leave it on for more than 10 minutes or it could dry your skin out too much especially if you’re just mixing it with water. It was great for my hormone break out days when used this way.

  7. Hai long should I leave this on my face as a face mask and how long for a body mask?or it should be use as a scrub for the body and should be wash right after i done scrubbing?do I need to wait for a couple of minute before rinse it?

  8. Hi. Im planning to make a business based on natural beauty product. After reading this post I was interested to make this as my first product to be sold. I already contacting the webpage of the ingredients that you have linked in the post, sadly they didn’t make any shipping to my country which is Malaysia. So i was wondering whether you are interested to be my supplier for this product? It would be a great honor for me if you can help me make this product and become my first supplier for my business ideas.