I’ll be honest, when I first decided that I wanted to try to use less chemical cleaners and cleansers in my home, I was extremely intimidated. I’m a girly girl, not a granola girl, and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. Replacing my store bought cleansers with natural, homemade ones was an appealing idea, but seemed daunting and too time consuming of a task to take on. Recently though, I’ve been doing some research (aka Pinterest) on how to go about this and give it a shot. There are SO many different recipes out there, but one similarity I kept finding was that the recipes were pretty simple to make! The ingredients that I chose to make my pure and simple facial cleansers are both really cleansing but also very nourishing and moisturizing for my combination skin!
The first thing I wanted to try and make was a face wash. I’m pretty picky with face washes because I like them really sudsy, but they also need to be gentle on my sensitive skin and effective enough to remove all of my makeup. After doing more “research”, I gathered ingredient ideas from a few recipes and then decided to make my own version that would fit my needs!
Face Wash Ingredients: I’ll link everything I used at the end of each recipe!
- Castile Scentless Liquid Soap – I linked an Unscented version at the bottom of this post for when I want to add essential oils to create my own scent and also a Rose scented Castile soap that I absolutely love as well!
- Jojoba Oil – Read why I love this specific brand of Jojoba oil and learn more about the benefits here!
- Aloe Vera – Has anti-aging benefits and has potent anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
- Glycerin – A natural humectant that adds moisture to your skin.
- Vitamin E – A natural preservative with skin soothing benefits.
- Distilled Water – This will help your face wash last longer since the water has been purified!
- Essential Oils
- Jojoba Beads (Optional) – These beads will act as a gentle exfoliator when you massage them into your skin. I’m hooked!
Yep, that’s it! I also found these pretty glass containers on Amazon that fulfilled my Southern need to have everything fit inside a mason jar.
Here’s The Recipe!
Add liquid Castile soap to fill the container about 2/3 of the way full. Add 1 teaspoon each of Jojoba oil, Glycerin, and Vitamin E and 3 teaspoons of Aloe Vera to the container. Fill the container the rest of the way with distilled water. All that’s left to add are the essential oils! I chose Geranium, Lavender, and Bergamot for mine. I used my Essential Oils Pocket Reference to read about the different benefits of each oil. (If you need a copy, we have a link in the Zeal and Grace Market for you!) I added 5-7 drops each of Geranium and Lavender and 10-12 drops of Bergamot. Then I put the top on, gave it a good shake, and it was ready!
The Result! Oh. My. Goodness. This face wash is wonderful! It’s suds beautifully and smells LOVELY. These ingredients will last me a while and should make endless batches of face wash! (Tip: I also use this as a body wash sometimes!) This cleanser leaves my skin feeling really clean but also moisturized. I love it!
Ingredients I Used:
by Dr. Bronner's [Dr. Bronner's]
by Dr. Bronner's [Dr Bronners]
Organic Golden Jojoba Oil from Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils, 100% Pure & Cold Pressed, Perfect Moisturizer for Face, Body, Nails, Beard, Hair, Responsibly Sourced, Certified Cruelty Free, 4 Ounce [120 ml]
by Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils [Kate & Michael Beauty Co.]
by Aubrey Organics [AUBREY]
by Aura Cacia [Aura Cacia]
- Witch Hazel – You can use any Witch Hazel you like! My favorites are the Rose scented and the Unscented version with Aloe!
- Distilled Water
- Essential Oils
Here’s The Recipe!
This recipe is crazy simple. I filled the glass jar ¾ of the way with Witch Hazel and then topped it off with a little distilled water to fill it up. Then add any essential oils you’d like to use! I chose Lemon, Tea Tree, and Lavender for my toner. All three of them are awesome for purifying the skin. I added 10 drops of each, put the top on, gave it a good shake, and it was ready to use!
Note: For summer, you may want to consider leaving out the Lemon if you know you’re going to be outside often! Many of the citrus essential oils have photosensitivity properties when you apply them to your skin. You can replace Lemon with Copaiba, Frankincense, or Lavender!
The Result: I pumped a little bit on a cotton pad and wiped my face with it after my skin had dried. I can’t tell you surprised I was by how much I loved it! It smells amazing (especially with the Rose scented Witch Hazel). It also gets rid of any traces of makeup that I may have missed while washing my face. It also leaves behind a little tingle which is lovely, too!
Go Organic: Since we’re using pure ingredients in our skincare recipes, we also need to make sure that the cotton pads we’re applying them with are safe and organic as well! These are the ones I have been using lately. Whole Foods also sells their own brand of organic cotton pads!
by Organyc [Corman U.S.A.]
Ingredients I Used:
by THAYERS [MIOLQ - pallet ordering]
This Was So Simple! Would you like to know how long both recipes took me to make? TEN MINUTES! This was way easier than driving to Target and feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices on the beauty product aisle. I really love that it’s all natural and has pure and simple ingredients. It couldn’t have been a simpler process and I’m so happy with the results!
Be sure to check out my other fun skincare recipes!