DIY Beauty Face Washes

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)

2016-03-05 14.40.21 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

1/2 C liquid Castile soap2015-12-10 20.05.04 copy
1/4 C distilled or spring water
1/4 C witch hazel
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil

  • 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).

2015-12-10 20.08.14 copyMr. 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.


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