5 Homemade Face Wash Recipes

Homemade Face Wash

Perhaps the most infamous of the homemade face washes, and the first one I was introduced to, is the Oil Cleansing Method.  This method consists of washing your face with oil (typically olive or castor) and sometimes a blend of essential oils.  It seems counter-intuitive (you want me to clean my skin with oil?!), but for many people, this face wash is simple and works wonderfully for their skin.

The oil cleansing method (OCM) has been wonderful for my skin type (dry), because it cleans and purifies my skin, without stripping my skin of its natural oils.  My skin, which was habitually dry, has never looked healthier than when I use the OCM as a homemade face wash.

But I know the OCM isn’t for everyone.  I have friends who have tried it, and it just didn’t work for their skin type.  But not to fear, you don’t have to revert back to the chemical-laden commercial washes if the OCM doesn’t work for you!  There are plenty of other homemade face wash recipes to pick from, which combine simple and natural ingredients to give your skin the best nutrients it needs to keep your face shining brightly.

Homemade Face Wash with Castile & Chamomile 

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup chamomile tea (brewed)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 5 – 10 drops of essential oils (optional)

Combine ingredients in a small bowl, and transfer into a small bottle.  Use as you would any facial wash.  Keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, then make a new batch.

Tea Tree Oil Homemade Face Wash

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil

Combine ingredients in a small bowl, and transfer into a pump bottle (may work best with a foaming bottle).

I use tea tree oil in almost all of my face washes, because it is an antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory (source).  This may be especially beneficial for skin types that are prone to acne, irritation and redness.  (Note: always dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil before applying directly to the skin).

Honey and Oatmeal Homemade Face Wash

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked oats
  • 2 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

In a food processor, process the oatmeal until almost a fine powder.  Combine with the rest of the ingredients, and keep in a clean container with a lid.  (This should stay good for about 2 weeks).  Rub gently into face, using circular motions, for 1 minute, then rinse clean.

If you need a little more grit and scrubbing power with your homemade face wash, this is a good recipe, because there is a slight abrasiveness with the oats.

Activated Charcoal Homemade Face Wash

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 – 2 tbsp activated charcoal (about 5 capsules worth)
  • 1 tbsp baking soda

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and store in a clean container with a lid (this should stay good for several months).  When ready to use, spoon out a quarter-sized glob, and rub into skin for 1 minute.  Rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

Coconut oil is amazing for the skin, and I have been a huge fan of activated charcoal for homemade teeth whitening.  Activated charcoal is also known for absorbing toxins and poisons, and carrying them out of the body, so it makes sense that it could absorb and remove unwanted toxins from the face.

Homemade Face Wash with Honey

  • 1/4 cup vegetable glycerine
  • 1 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)
  • 1 tbsp liquid castile soap

Combine ingredients together in a small bowl, and transfer to a small bottle.  Use as you would any other face wash.

This is a great face wash for cleansing and moisturizing for daily use.


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