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Does acne prone skin have you down? 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.

DIY Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe

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!


  • tania

    July 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

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

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I’ve linked to places I’ve purchased from within the content of the recipe.

  • Toni Legates

    July 25, 2014 at 2:32 am

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

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      July 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      It did not stain my tub, however Dawn would also clean this up very easily.

  • Jess

    August 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

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

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      August 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

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

      1. Dani Levenson

        October 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        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

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          October 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

          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.

  • Danielle

    December 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    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?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      December 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

      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.

  • veronica

    December 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Nice label where did you find those?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      December 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I made them myself and printed them on brown Kraft sticker paper 🙂

  • Katrina

    February 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

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

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 12, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      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.

  • sara

    April 7, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Hai rebecca.how 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?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      You could apply as a mask, leave on for 5 minutes or so, then massage with water and rinse off for extra troubled skin.

  • leen

    May 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    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.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      May 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I’m sorry but I don’t stock any ingredients for sale or ship finished products outside of the US.

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