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Avocado Seed Exfoliant with Essential Oils - The Self Reliance Shepherd

Avocado Seed Exfoliant with Essential Oils

All natural avocado seed exfoliant with Essential Oils

I’m not going to go into a lecture on how bad or full of chemicals most skin products are. By now there are TONS of articles documenting that, it’s pretty well-known. Instead I’m going to cut to the chase and share an all natural, diy, avocado seed exfoliant recipe with you. Of course it has Essential Oils in it too…. duh!

When I googled to find a recipe, this is the one I chose to use and I watched this video too. But the original idea actually came from a physiotherapist I visited years ago. She mentioned using avocado seed as an exfoliator.

It has been on my “Must Try’ list since. Some ideas take a while to germinate, excuse the pun.

What you’ll need:

  • An Avocado for its seed
  • Knife
  • Something to grind the seed (food processor, spice grinder or amazing chopping skills)
  • Something to mix with the ground up seed (soap, cleanser, oil – coconut or olive or a banana apparently)

I’ve created a slide show to lay out the steps. It’s pretty easy really. Wash, dry, grind, add something for easy application and use.


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My first tip would be to grind the seed until it is fine. I found the bits I had were too big. Most times they nestled between my fingers and I was able to get a decent scrub on my arms and legs, especially the elbows and knees, but other areas like my abdomen, back and face didn’t enjoy as much coverage.

Secondly, the seed does oxidise, meaning it will go a cool orange colour once it’s exposed to oxygen. That’s why I’ve stored the other half and any leftover ground seeds in the fridge. The advice I got from this blog post was to make small batches, which I think is wise. A bit under half a seed was enough for my whole body.

Third the Essential Oils enhance the experience. Yes I know I’m biased, but they really do. It smelt divine and the oils I chose have anti bacterial as well as calming properties for the skin.

Lastly, things may get messy. Be prepared for bits of avocado seed everywhere. They easily drain away though, but it looked like an avocado massacre at one stage.


Did it make my skin feel any different?

I think so. It felt almost creamy to use and my skin did feel softer when I got out the shower. I didn’t use as much moisturiser on my face as I normally do either.

Would I do it again?

Absolutely! I’m going to attempt a finer consistency next time and experiment with using oil instead of castile soap. Also I have an idea of combining some bicarb or sugar for added umf… stay tuned.

Essential Oils to use:

Here is a quick list of Essential Oils that are beneficial for skin care and would suit the avocado exfoliant.

  • Lavender – reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Tea Tree – purifies and supports healthy complexion.
  • Frankincense – reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Cedar Wood – cleanses and clarifies the skin.
  • Geranium – beautifying and soothing to the skin.
  • Spikenard – promotes soft, smooth and healthy glowing skin.
  • Helichrysum – reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, improves the complexion.

I love this waste nothing approach and I especially love how cost-effective it is.

Take care


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