Homemade Face Wash

I’ve written before about trying to get rid of chemicals in my home. In our modern world, it’s almost impossible to get rid of everything, but you can greatly diminish your exposure to chemicals and protect your family by making your own personal care products. Have you read the ingredients in your over-the-counter products? Can you even pronounce them?

Today let’s talk about a natural approach to face cleansers and make-up removers.  I don’t really wear make-up everyday like I did years ago.  That doesn’t mean I don’t need a good face cleanser. If you do wear makeup, I’m hoping you’ve investigated the ingredients in your products and are avoiding the toxic pit of loads of different commercial products.

There are lots of natural recipes out there on the internet.  I don’t believe that one recipe can fit all women.  Let’s face it we have different types of complexions. I’ve had oily skin since the age of 12. It’s less oily now than 20 years ago, but it’s still oily and I break out if I use oil. Many recipes include various oils. I know without trying they won’t work for me.


My mother had incredible dry skin. She faithfully cleaned her face daily with cold cream and removed it with a dry wash cloth. It was hard work trying to get the oil out of her face wash cloths.   She then applied a good face cream and was set for the day. When she died at 72, her ivory complexion was still beautiful.  Her skin loved oils.


Do you swear by coconut oil?


Let’s let at some of the natural recipes I’ve found and look at what skin type would benefit from it.  Know your skin. If you are unsure of your skin type, check out WedMD’s What’s Your Skin Type?.  If you don’t think a recipe will work for you, don’t use it. Never use ingredients you’re allergic to.  A doctor told me some years ago to NEVER PUT ANYTHING ON MY FACE I CAN’T EAT.  I have lots of food allergies and that meant I had fewer choices for ingredients.  Let’s find the perfect solution for you. Experiment and modify to meet your needs. I always try the simplest solutions first.

  1.  First is an oil cleansing. Use oils like sunflower, safflower, avocado, almond, and coconut. Some ladies swear by coconut oil for cleaning and moisturizing their faces. Again it’s an oil and works with dry skin.  Does your skin love coconut oil?  Do you feel like you have too much left around your eyes after you remove the makeup?  Some people believe it works for all skin types, but I am the exception to the rule.  You may find a mix of oils works best for you. Experiment with a mix in a small glass bottle.  Use quarter-sized dot of oil and massage into your skin. Place hot, damp washcloth over your face for a minute. Use clean side of cloth to wipe your face.
  2. Next is a simple recipe of milk and sweet almond oil.  This sounds good for dry and normal skin.  Mix a tablespoon of oil with a few drops of milk. Dab on face with cotton ball.  Remove with plenty of water.  I have not tried this one as I would surely break out.   Just be sure to remove it all as milk can be a medium for bacterial growth.
  3. Mix 1/4 cup witch hazel (alcohol-free) with 1/4 cup jojoba oil, almond oil or olive oil. Several recipes used a combination of oils in this recipe such as 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Witch hazel is an herbal extract and has been used for centuries in skin care.  Be careful around your eyes – it could sting. It works with many skin types. (Ok not mine.)
  4. Use witch hazel alone or diluted 1:1 with water on a cotton ball to remove make-up. Works with normal and oily skin.  I personally like Humphrey’s Homeopathic Remedy Witch Hazel Astringent  and often dab some on my face in the afternoon when I’m feeling oily and sticky.  It helps cut the grease while being gentle and soothing. It’s made from 100% natural extracts that can work with even sensitive skin. Don’t be fooled by many commercial witch hazel brands which may have chemicals added.  Read the label. Another brand I want to try is Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with organic witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and rose-water. They also have versions with lavender or cucumber.
  5. Honey cleaning is another option. Apply local natural honey to your  face in circular motion. (Some national brands in the supermarket are “fake honey”. They contain some honey with other sweeteners like corn syrup. Don’t be fooled!) Let sit for 4 to 5 minutes and then remove with a warm cloth.
  6. Mix aloe vera gel and honey.  This lovely blend can actually moisturize my oily skin without oil!   Yeah! It works with all skin types. Blend together and apply in circular motions to your face.  Let it sit for about 4 to 5 minutes and then remove with a warm cloth. You’ve just given yourself a facial!
  7. Rose Water Wash from the Wellness Mama. The link gives you directions on making your own rose-water which is legendary in skin care.  Mix 1 cup rose-water, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 2 teaspoons glycerine, & 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Use a quarter-size drop on your hands or wet washcloth and apply in circular motion over your face. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  I believe this one would work for all skin types.



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If you find making these too much trouble and prefer to buy a facial cleanser, look for more organic and natural ingredients in your skin care products.  I buy from Vitacost once a month for healthy products and low-cost. Their prices beat all my local stores. Each item gives ingredients used.  No, this isn’t a sponsored post but I’m sharing a good source of personal care and also organic food with a shelf life.  Since I buy over $49, I get free shipping. You really can’t beat that. Below are some examples of the skin care available.



Coconut Cleansing Face WashAlaffia Face Wash

Ingredients: Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf* aqueous extract, carica papaya (papaya) leaf aqueous extrac, decyl glucoside, saponified cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, glycerin, aromatic cocos nucifera (coconut) extract, lavandula hubrida (lavender) oil*. *Certified Fair Trade by IMO.


Rose Hip Facial Cleanser
Rosehip Facial Cleanser

Ingredients: Purified water, olive oil castile, vegetable glycerin, rose hip seed oil, oil of kumquat and seaweed extracts.


What is your favorite facial cleanser?   Here’s to your healthy skin!




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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “Homemade Face Wash”

  1. I love making my own facial care recipes. Going through stages of doing it, admittedly. My mother has always used rose water and glycerine and her skin, in her 80s, is amazing. Love the idea of adding aloe vera to it. We grow lots of it, so it would be an easy addition. No allergies here, but I still think your doctor’s advice is spot on.

  2. Oil is a good cleanser, but I have dry skin and prefer to use naturally-pressed oils as moisturizers instead. At the moment, I’m using a very gentle Weleda face wash.

  3. I must get some witch hazel and try this. I’m only just getting into using natural products. So much nicer than the chemical stuff in all the big brands. I already use aloe on my skin and argan oil on my hair, but haven’t yet taken the plunge to try making my own cleanser….but I’m going to give this a go, thank you 🙂

  4. Hi Carol, for a a couple of years I used olive oil and a hot face cloth to cleanse my skin, but foundolive oil too heavy. Then for a fair few years used coconut oil, until my skin started to feel as if it needed more. At the moment I am using a pretty natural cleanser and moisturiser, which leave my skin feeling good, but I would prefer a more natural approach…. I do love honey as a facemask, it leaves my skin feeling nice and soft.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


  5. What a great selection of ideas and all natural – drives me mad when I see those awful adverts on TV telling everyone what they should buy to look radiant (or what-ever the current buzzword is) when in fact nature has all that you need in her plastic and chemical free larder. An ideal post to add to #GoingGrreen – thank you.

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