Kombucha Scoby Face Mask DIY

Each week when I make a new batch of kombucha (a delicious and effervescent fermented tea drink), I have yet another scoby baby that I don’t know what to do with. Typically I throw them in to be blended up with my morning smoothie. I’ve wondered what else they could be good for though, so I started looking through lists of what to do with kombucha scobys.


I kept coming across articles discussing scobys for skincare and even found commercial products where kombucha is an ingredient. We’ve discussed before the potential health benefits of kombucha as a drink, but is it possible that it’s also beneficial to apply topically? I decided to blend up a simple kombucha scoby face mask to see for myself. Here’s how you can try it at home too.

Homemade Kombucha Scoby Face Mask Recipe DIY

Kombucha Scoby Face Mask

1 scoby
1 tbsp kombucha
approx 1/8 c water


Combine ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Depending on the size of your scoby, add more or less water as necessary to make a thick paste.


To use, spread onto your face while avoiding your eyes. I found this easiest with my fingers.
Leave on for around 10 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.


Applying this kombucha scoby face mask felt pretty weird. It’s sort of got an applesauce consistency. After rinsing it off, my skin looked red and felt tight. I’m not sure if the redness was a sensitivity to the mask or just from the bit of scrubbing it took to rinse it off. Regardless, my face was incredibly soft! It makes sense to me that the acidity of the kombucha would act similarly to a chemical peel for my skin. The redness didn’t stick around for long, and even the following day when I woke up, I noticed again how smooth my face was. Overall I’d say it was a success!


What do you use extra baby scobys for? Have you ever tried putting them or kombucha on your skin?

On Wednesday Brad and I are leaving for Victoria. Unfortunately this is not a vacation trip, we’re actually going down for Brad to have a procedure done in their hospital (though we’re thankful that it’s getting done). For this reason, there won’t be a new post up on Thursday, but I intend to be back next Tuesday. Have a great week!

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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim Cunningham
    March 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Cool use for a scoby!

    1. Reply
      March 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Yeah! I’m interested to see what other things I can do with it too. Have you tried anything else?

  2. Reply
    March 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

    1. Reply
      March 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Reply
    December 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

    How long can you store the mask? I didnr use all of it at once

    1. Reply
      December 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      I have never tried to keep it for very long myself. A SCOBY can last about a month in the fridge, but with the addition of water that will shorten the lifespan. Do store it in the fridge, and I would guess you have about a week. Just be conscious of any different odors or colours from when you originally made it.

  4. Reply
    March 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Wow this is so interesting!! So glad I came across your site, I make kombucha to drink but never think about using it to wash my face or as a face Mask.

    Matter of fact I love fermented foods, so I’m learning how to make my own so far it going great. I will be trying out the mask. Thanks for sharing

    1. Reply
      March 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      You’re welcome! I love hearing from fellow kombucha brewers. 🙂 What other fermented foods do you make? I think I’d like to learn to make water kefir next.

  5. Reply
    October 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Do you know to do if you get some in your eyes?

    1. Reply
      October 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      I would just rinse my eye thoroughly and gently with water. Kombucha is somewhat sour, so it will likely sting your eyes. Try your best not to get it in them.

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