Over the past year I have been playing around with some DIY beauty products. These are some of the reasons I have been doing this.
- I am trying to reduce the number of chemicals I apply (and ingest) to my body
- Cost savings
- Creating an individualized solution for my body
- Using ingredients and supplies I already have in the house (no trips to the store)
- Plus, I just enjoy doing this
Over a year ago I created a “shampoo” and “conditioner” for my hair using what is referred to as a “no-poo” method but since then I have branched out even further.
Towards the end of last year I created my own face wash after checking out a bunch of options on Pinterest (coconut oil, honey and baking soda). I wanted something that was cleaning but also moisturizing as I have dry skin. The consistency wasn’t quite right and I was not completely happy with the results so once I finished that batch I went back to the drawing board (ie: Pinterest). I liked that my face wash used honey and coconut oil but knew it needed something else. I found another recipe on a blog and gave it a whirl. I decided to halve the recipe to make sure it worked for me and to fit in the jar I already had on hand. Here is the recipe:
DIY Face Wash for Dry Skin
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (antioxidants and moisturizing)
2 1/4 tsp. Liquid Castel Baby Soap (cleansing agent)
1 1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel (cleanser, acne treatment, moisturizing)
1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. Honey (moisturizing, anti-aging as well as antiseptic and antimicrobial properties)
1 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil (moisturizing, antibacterial properties that are good for acne)
1/2 tsp Baking soda (this was not a part of her recipe but I wanted to add a little as an exfoliating agent. I may increase this amount during the winter months)
Simply pour all ingredients together into a mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a plastic or glass container. I used an artichoke hearts glass jar that I already had lying around the house.
To Use: Using small circular motions, gently rub a small amount into your wet skin. Rinse with warm water and a wet cloth if necessary. You may feel that not all of the coconut oil rinsed off but this will soak in within a couple of minutes leaving you with nicely moisturized skin.
After a few days of use I was telling Mr. SFF how happy I was with the results and he asked if I could make some for him. His skin is oily so it was back to Pinterest to find a recipe that would work for him. After checking out a few sites I found one that had variations depending on if you had dry or oily skin. I made the oily skin version and here is the recipe.
DIY Face Wash for Oily Skin
- Combine the water and Castile soap in a mixing bowl.
- Add the witch hazel and combine.
- Add apple cider vinegar to the mixture. Stir well to combine.
- Stir in lavender essential oil. Transfer to storage bottle. (I had an old small Castile soap bottle to use).
Mr. SFF is also very happy with his face wash. I am psyched that I was able to figure out something that worked for each of us. Every individual is a little different so with some little tweaks to recipes I believe it is possible to find something that works for everyone. Now I don’t have to worry about hitting a store when my face wash runs out as I have the ingredients right on hand and I don’t have to pay obscene prices for some specialty skin care products.