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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.
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.
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
Add the essential oils and teaspoon of oil to the bottle of soap. Stir well. Use daily.
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.
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.
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.
I find this to be a soothing cleanser during the winter months.
Vitamin E capsules (5,000 units)
Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate or use within 30 days. Shake well and use 1 teaspoon on an organic cotton ball.
Mix all ingredients and store in a glass jar. Use a dollop once a week on wet skin to exfoliate and tone.