Almond Pulp Body Scrub

July 6, 2011

This homemade almond body scrub contains wonderful oils that are great for your skin, and it is the easiest way to use the almond pulp from making almond milk.

Almond Pulp Body Scrub

This almond body scrub made with the leftover pulp from making almond milk is amazing! It is full of healthy oils from the almonds that are amazing for your skin.

I don’t put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t put in my mouth. I am a huge supporter of natural food grade skin care, but an even bigger fan of making my own homemade skin care with food grade products in my kitchen. This way, I know the exact source of the ingredients, how fresh they are, and in what ratios and quantities they have been mixed together. I can also muscle-test the ingredients and test them against my skin as I make up my potions to know if they are a good fit for my skin from week to week, and season to season. I also like to be in complete control of the essential oils I add to homemade lotions and potions in order to get my blend just right depending on my mood.

Homemade skin care products are super easy to make and so much fun! Those of you who have tried the moisturizer and were inspired to host your own homemade skin care making parties (I loved getting your emails) know how easy and economical it is to blend up your own skincare recipes with friends and family. Homemade skin care products save you money, are better for the environment, healthier for your body, and make fantastic gifts!

After being overwhelmed with email requests for more skin care recipes over the last couple of months, I realized that the skin care section of the site was embarrassingly sparse. I apologize for not sharing some of these quick easy natural skin care recipes sooner. To be honest, I make so many little concoctions every week that I just take them for granted.

This scrub literally takes seconds to make, and is gloriously decadent and effective. I almost skipped over this little gem because I make it so often! This almond scrub was born out of my obsession with waste, or more specifically, the desire to reduce waste. I make almond milk every few days; and after soaking, blending and straining the almonds, I am always left with a huge amount of delicious almond pulp that is just too good to waste. There are a ton of fantastic uses for almond pulp such as dehydrated cookies and crusts (I will share some of those recipes in the coming months) but my favorite use for almond pulp is this insanely easy body scrub which is fantastic for removing dead skin cells and gently adding moisture to your skin.

I like to use this almond body scrub in the bath and then just soak in the water and oil to give my skin a good almond infusion. My skin feels like silk when I hop out of the tub. I like to use lavender oil as it is so relaxing. But you can add any essential oils that tickle your fancy. Just remember that pure essential oils are extremely powerful, and a little goes a long way!

This almond body scrub is a winner. And, it’s the quickest, easiest way to use your almond milk pulp.

This homemade body scrub only keeps fresh in the fridge for a couple of days, so enjoy it immediately.

Other Skincare Recipes

Salt Scrub with Coconut and Mint
Natural Body Cream
Natural Shampoo
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Green Tea Face Mask

Let me know what you think of this almond body scrub in the comments!

Your feedback is important, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Almond Pulp Body Scrub

This homemade almond body scrub contains wonderful oils that are great for your skin, and it is the easiest way to use the almond pulp from making almond milk. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Tess Masters



  1. In a small bowl, stir the sweet almond oil into the almond pulp to you desired consistency. Stir in your essential oil. 
  2. Slather on your body in the shower or bath and get the almond glow! This mixture will keep for a couple of days in a glass jar in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 24

  1. I love this idea! I always feel like I’m wasting my almond pulp… now I know what to do with it!!

    P.S. I’m new to your blog, and I already love it.

    1. Aw, thankyou for your lovely words of encouargement.
      Welcome! It is great to have you here.
      Try making dehydrated almond cookies with your almond pulp. I never waste it. It is just too precious and delicious!

  2. I just found your blog while searching natural skin care stuff in Google and I have to say that you’ve got that excellent idea on almond scrubs! 🙂 I never thought about it before and I guess I’m gonna have a try on this tonight. Thanks 🙂

  3. I’ts too bad that I can’t use almond milk (dietary restriction). Otherwise, I can use this recipe. I would use it on my hands. My recipe for soft hands involves using an emolient, then spreading on a scrub, then rinsing it all off, then using lotion. Because I’m on hemodialysis, my skin gets dry, especially in winter because of fluid restriction, so I do this almost every day.

    1. Karen, thankyou for sharing your personal experience. Can you do seeds? You could also simulate this with seeds or with rice or oats.

  4. Great idea, love it! Is there any issue with drain clogging by using in the shower? If so, any tips to avoid this?

    1. This is a really great point Melanie. I use a drain filter/catcher and empty to avoid this. I live an old house built in the 30’s and my pipes are a bit sensitive.

  5. Can you use olive oil? I don’t have almond oil and just made almond milk and want to try this today 🙂

  6. How exactly do I need to use the scrub? I mean first the soap and rinse and then the scrub and rinse? Just found this blog and I’m willing to try your tips!

  7. Hello!
    I’m new to your blog and I’m loving all the recipes, details, and information! Extremely helpful!! Thank you soooo much!!
    I found you through Pinterest when searching for Almond Milk recipes. I’m also new to more plant based foods and homemade skin care solutions. I’m looking forward to trying your recipes.
    I’ve made homemade almond milk for the first time, prior to finding you. I have a couple of questions on which I’d really appreciate your opinion: (1) regarding the almond milk recipe, after I soak the organic raw almonds and before I blend them in filtered water, on the step in between – can I rinse them in tap water or should the rinse water also be filtered? (2) regarding the almond pulp, I had quite a bit left and did not know what to do with it, so I placed in small glass jars and put in the freezer. Any suggestions on what I can do with it at this point? TIA for your feedback.

    1. Great to be connected Joyce. Isn’t pinterest a great resource for finding awesome sites?! With regards to the almond milk – I always soak my almonds in filtered tap water, and then rinse them with filtered tap water until the water comes out clean. Then use clean filtered water to blend the milk for the healthiest and most flavorful results. With regards to the pulp, you do have a lot left. You can dehydrate the pulp by laying out on teflex sheets on dehydrator trays. You can make this scrub recipe, or you can dry and use in raw cookies and crusts. There are tons of recipes online for using almond mill pulp. I need to add some of my recipes on the site later this year.

  8. Hi, I just made your almond milk and it is awesome delicious and I’m in love! Thank you. I would like to make the almond scrub but will it work with coconut oil instead of almond oil?

  9. How long will they stay in the fridge and at room temperature the reason I asked about the room temperature is if I want to take it on vacation

    1. It really only stays nice for a few days. I have always kept it in the fridge. I think it will make friends with some mold very quickly at room temp. Sorry.

    1. It depends on how old your house and plumbing is. But, to be safe, I recommend keeping a drain guard to catch the pulp, and then emptying it in the trash. I live in an old house, and that’s what I do.

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