Homemade Face Cleansers

Making homemade face cleansers is a great way to avoid the toxins found in store bought cleansers. Plus, it's fun and often cheaper to make your own. And once you experiment a little with different recipes you can customize them with the ingredients that work best for your skin type. 

Many of the ones listed below are easy to make. Some require you to mix water-based ingredients (like aloe gel) with oils. This requires a little practice. I find a stick blender works great for this.

Remember though, when you add water to the mix, you reduce the shelf life of your concoctions so it's best to refrigerate them. Also, don't go overboard with essential oils. Although they are used in skincare recipes for their therapeutic benefit, use them sparingly.

Cleanser For Dry Skin

2 ounces Aloe Vera Gel

1 teaspoon Jojoba Oil

1 teaspoon Glycerin

1/2 teaspoon Grapefruit Seed extract  

8 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil    

4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil   

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar. Apply a dollop to your face and massage in, then rinse thoroughly. 


Castille Skin Cleanser

For normal and oily skin

16 oz bottle of Dr Bronner’s Fragrance Free Castille soap

5 drops - Tea Tree Oil

5 drops - Peppermint oil

5 drops - Chamomile essential oil

3 drops - Lemon Balm oil

1 teaspoon - Almond, Jojoba or Grapeseed oil

Add the essential oils and teaspoon of oil to the bottle of soap. Stir well. Use daily.


Aloe And Rose Water Cleansing Cream

Good for mature skin.

3/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

2 teaspoons Aloe Gel

3 tablespoons Almond Oil

1 tablespoon Anhydrous Lanolin

2 1/2 tablespoons Rose Water

Combine first four ingredients and heat and stir until blended (double boiler or microwave). Remove from heat and slowly add rose water, beating with a stick blender. Apply to face with fingers or cotton balls, massage in and rinse thoroughly.


Cold Cream

Good for dry skin

1/2 cup Almond Oil

5 tablespoons Rose Water

2 tablespoons Beeswax

1/4 teaspoon Borax (emulsifier for oil-water mixture)

Warm the beeswax with the oil until it melts.  Warm the borax and rose water until the borax dissolves. Slowly add water mixture to oil/beeswax mixture while stirring vigorously, using a stick blender or spoon, until creamy. Apply a dollop to your face and massage in, then rinse thoroughly. 


Gentle Facial Cleanser

1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap

1/2 cup Distilled water

1/2 cup Glycerine   

2 tablespoons Rose Water

2 tablespoons Aloe Gel

Combine all ingredients and warm until thoroughly blended.  Apply to face with cotton balls or fingertips.


Cleansing Oil

I find this to be a soothing cleanser during the winter months.

2 tablespoons EACH - Coconut Oil (melted), Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond and Virgin Olive Oil         

Vitamin E capsules (5,000 units)

5 drops of Carrot Seed or Rosemary Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate or use within 30 days. Shake well and use 1 teaspoon on an organic cotton ball


Exfoliating Facial Scrub

1/4 cup of Neem Bark powder

1/4 cup of Baking Soda 

1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Gel.

Mix all ingredients and store in a glass jar. Use a dollop once a week on wet skin to exfoliate and tone. 

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