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How to Make an Avocado Scrub

How to Make an Avocado Scrub
July 22, 2017

This DIY avocado scrub will gently smooth and soothe your skin using mild and natural ingredients that will leave you glowing.


The following recipe is easy to make, won’t break the bank, and — best of all — can likely be made using ingredients already in your pantry!

Why Avocados Belong in Your Skin Care Routine

Avocados contain skin-loving vitamins, too, and when it comes to your skin health, specifically, several nutrients are considered powerhouses — including vitamins C and E and niacin. Per 50 gram serving, avocados provide 4% of the daily value for vitamin C and 6% of the daily value for vitamin E and niacin.


Is Your Avocado Spa-Treatment Ready?

If you’re shopping for avocados the same day you plan to make your scrub, you’ll want to make sure they are ripe. A dark green, almost black, avocado that yields to gentle pressure is ready to be mashed into a luxurious, creamy scrub. If you find that they need a little help, simply ripen avocados quicker by placing them in a paper bag with a banana. Check the next morning to see if they’re ready.

Is your avocado ripening a little too quickly before your home spa day? You can slow down ripening, too. Allow your avocado to chillax in the fridge for two to three days before you need it.

Avocado Scrub Recipe

This recipe makes a small jar of exfoliating avocado scrub, which you can use all at once for a full-body cleanse or as a gentle morning and evening face scrub. So, grab your avocados and get ready for some serious TLC.


  • 1 whole avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 c. avocado oil
  • 1 c. cane sugar or sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. of honey, for clarifying (optional)
  • 1/4 c. aloe vera juice, for soothing irritated skin (optional)
  • Up to 10 drops of a mild essential oil (optional; lavender, chamomile, and rose are all great)


Directions: Scoop out avocado flesh and blend or whip it with avocado oil until smooth. Mix in the sugar or salt to form a thick paste. Optional: Add honey, aloe vera juice, and/or essential oil drops for clarifying, soothing, and aromatherapy power.


How to Use: Wet your skin with warm water, then use your fingers to apply scrub in gentle circles. Leave on for a minute to allow the moisture to soak in, and don’t wash with soap immediately after you rinse. Remember, if you’re bringing this oil-based scrub into the shower with you, be careful — that tub is going to get slippery!


How to Keep Avocado Scrub from Turning Brown

When the flesh of avocado touches the air, it eventually oxidizes and turns brown. To keep your mixture a brilliant green just a little longer, fill a jar or tub all the way up to the top with the scrub and cover with cling wrap. Press down lightly to smooth out any air bubbles and screw or snap the top on tight. Use your scrub as soon as possible, ideally within the first 24 hours. Making a big batch? Share the love by inviting your friends over for a spa day. Pampered by avocado!

Avocados Make Life Beautiful

There are many ways to addvocados to your beauty routine, from cooling avocado eye masks and revitalizing avocado moisturizers to nourishing avocado hair masks and avocado oil nail care for silky-soft hands and feet. From your head to your toes, avocado’s super-moisturizing capabilities can keep you hydrated, soft, and feeling fabulous.


Discover more good ways to pamper yourself with avocado in our extensive avocado beauty care archive.


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