Azuki face scrub

Many years ago I had found this facial scrub at The Body Shop. I don’t exactly remember the name of it, but the thing I did remember was that the one and only ingredient was azuki beans (also sometimes called adzuki beans). A search of their site brings up this new version of the scrub that also contains Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate and a variety of other chemical ingredients and fragrances. It sells for $22 for a 4.4oz container.

Azuki Beans

I want to say, the much smaller container I had, was about $15.Ā  I loved this scrub. But one day it was gone from The Body Shop and then, next I knew, The Body Shop was gone from the malls. Ever since it has been brewing in my head that it should be easy enough to find some beans and grind them into a powder to have this scrub once again.

azuki beans in the grinder

I did some Google work and found that this is a popular scrub in Japan. Women have been using it for years. During a trip today to Chinatown I found a bag of organic azuki beans. For $2.29 I got a 15 oz jar that is half full. There’s nearly an entire bag of beans still in my pantry.

ground up azuki ready for the jar

To make the scrub all you do is take the beans and put them in either a blender, food processor or if you have an extra coffee grinder, you can use that. I just happened to have an extra coffee grinder that I haven’t used yet, it was sparkly clean. I ground the beans up about a 1/4 cup at a time until it was a powder. Kind of a corn meal consistency. I transferred the powder to glass jar.

To use the scrub just place about a dime size amount into the palm of your hand, add a bit of water until it becomes a paste and then scrub your face. If you buy organic beans you’ll be sure there are no added chemicals. I’m so excited to start using this scrub. I found some mentions that you can also use this as a mask, by adding a bit more water and letting it dry on your face before washing it off. I will have to try that.

Do you have any natural beauty products you make or like to use? Any suggestions for someone with very oily skin? I’d love to hear what you do.


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  1. Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:30 pm

    I made my own facial scrub out of azuki beans and blogged about it.

    • Melissa_Berda August 1, 2010 3:33 pm

      @Piratealice Have you tried it yet? Is it the same as you remember from The Body Shop?

      • Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:35 pm

        @Melissa_Berda yup, i’ve tried it and it is EXACTLY the same, aside from a few larger bean chunks. the earlier grind wasn’t as fine as later

        • Melissa_Berda August 1, 2010 3:38 pm

          @Piratealice That’s awesome and you know it’s 100% natural. Great idea!

          • Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:39 pm

            @Melissa_Berda I’ve got plenty of beans left! I can make some for you too!

            • Melissa_Berda August 1, 2010 3:40 pm

              @Piratealice That would be fantastic! I’d love that. šŸ˜€

        • Zesmerelda August 1, 2010 3:42 pm

          @Piratealice Why do they have to be those beans particularly? Have you tried it with any other dried beans?

          • Melissa_Berda August 1, 2010 3:43 pm

            @Zesmerelda That’s a good question. I wonder how soy beans would work.

            • Zesmerelda August 1, 2010 3:46 pm

              @Melissa_Berda Oooo, report back!

          • Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:43 pm

            @Zesmerelda I don’t know if it HAS to be those beans. The stuff I had was made from azuki. And Google says it’s long been azuki.

          • Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:44 pm

            @Zesmerelda since I don’t eat beans, I’ve never had others to try.

            • Zesmerelda August 1, 2010 3:46 pm

              @Piratealice Just wondering what the essence of success is here, is it the texture of the beans or some other quality that makes it work.

              • Piratealice August 1, 2010 3:47 pm

                @Zesmerelda dunno, and haven’t bothered to look into it.