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I have been slowly but surely swapping out products in our home so we can be more chemical-free. Slowly but surely because I never realized how many products we have (that we use on a daily basis) that have unpronounceable chemicals in them. So I’m learning how to make my own skincare products and bathroom scrubbing products and so far, so good.
For someone who is extremely sensitive to the harsh smell of most cleaners, you’d think I would have made this switch many years ago. I’m the one who got headaches from cleaning the bathroom with pretty much every cleaning product on the market. But I held my breath and struggled through. Why oh why oh why?
My mindset completely changed after my daughter was born, however. Suddenly what was okay for me to struggle with, was not okay for her. So we began making changes.
I’ve always had extremely sensitive skin, so making a natural DIY face wash made me nervous. Messing up on a DIY counter cleaner is one thing, but my face? You probably feel the same, right? Besides, I had found a great face wash (albeit pretty pricey) that worked beautifully. Why mess with a good thing?
Originally, I made this homemade foaming face wash as a regular hand soap for our bathroom. For whatever reason, one night I splashed it on my face.
And my old face wash has never been used again.
This homemade face wash is the easiest thing in the world to make, but you absolutely must use organic essential oils from a trusted source. I have used all kinds of essential oils—same big “name brand” oils as well as small farms that I support. Just make sure it’s certified organic, okay?
I don’t want you to further damage your skin by using an oil that is a conglomerate of who knows what.
How to Make Homemade Face Wash
You will need:
One glass soap pump, tinted dark blue or amber if possible*
1 TBS Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Unscented Soap for Babies
1 cup distilled water
1-3 drops of pure Frankincense essential oil
Measure and pour the soap and water into the glass soap pump. If you want this to be a foaming face wash, make sure that you use a foaming pump. (You can likely rinse out and reuse one you have at home or use one of these.)
Add 1-3 drops of pure Frankincense essential oil, less if you are just starting to use pure essential oils as it is very strong. This also will allow you to get the most out of your oils as you’ll soon want to use them on everything. Or most everything. ;)
Close the lid on the pump and shake to blend. You will want to re-shake the bottle each time you use since oil and water don’t mix. Shaking them will mix them temporarily so you can use the wash.
This homemade face wash is very “watery” compared to other face washes but I like how fresh it feels. Wet your face, squirt some in your hand, and wash your face. Ah! It feels amazing! :)
*Essential oils are sensitive to light, so if you’re not going to use this face wash up within a couple of weeks, you’ll need to use a darker glass pump. I go through mine quickly as we also use it as a hand wash, so I don’t have a darker pump. Essential oils also can break down plastic, hence the need for glass. (PET plastic is usually fine.)
**As with all essential oils, be careful to keep this soap out of your eyes.
If your soap pump is smaller or larger, you can subtract or add water or soap. In fact, the more you make this soap, you’ll find yourself experimenting anyway. The soap itself is very gentle but it does need to be watered down for your face. Let me know what you think about this cleanser!
I hope you enjoy this wonderful face wash!