DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash

Homemade Natural Clarifying Foaming Facewash recipe

This DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash cleanses and keeps skin clear using just a few simple, natural ingredients! Some — like honey and tea tree oil — are tried-and-true natural remedies for acne and blemishes, making this homemade facewash recipe the perfect addition to your anti-acne and all-natural skincare routine.

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I made a lot of mistakes in my teens and early twenties…

I ate a lot of heavily-processed “health” food, skipped quite a few classes while nursing hangovers (sorry, Mom and Dad!), and spent a small fortune on harsh, chemical-laden skincare products that only contributed to my breakouts and my body burden. Oh, regrets!

Luckily, now I’m (a little) older and (a lot) wiser.

After struggling with breakouts for years, I finally achieved clear skin after totally overhauling my beauty routine.

(Ok AND my diet — check out my new book all about leveraging nutrition for skin health and to remedy the internal imbalances that trigger common skin issues!)

By simplifying to a few natural and gentle skincare products, I was finally able to get clear skin.

This foaming facial cleanser is an important part of my super-simple all-natural skincare and beauty routine. It includes ingredients that help clarify and tone the skin, as well as ingredients that are extra-gentle and help maintain skin’s natural balance.

DIY Natural Toning and Clarifying Foaming Facewash


DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered or previously boiled (now room temp) water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap: an all-natural, extremely concentrated soap made from 100% plant oils.
  • 5 teaspoons jojoba oil or another facial oil of choice (check out The Best Face Oils By Skin Type for some alternatives)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey: a wonderful antibacterial that helps to gently eliminate breakout-causing bacterial, and also helps calm the skin. This gives the wash its honey color.
  • 1 teaspoon tea tree oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal that will not only keep acne-causing bacteria in check, but also help preserve the wash.
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil: great for all skin types, it helps calm inflammation and eliminate bacteria.
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial.

 

Note: this is the combination of ingredients that works well for my skin and the combination can be adjusted depending on your skin-type. For example, if you have drier skin, you may need less castile/more water and/or oil. Everybody is different and DIYs can sometimes be a game of trial and error. Luckily, once you have a base such as this one, you can easily add ingredients if necessary!

Directions

Add the ingredients in the order listed (if you add the soap before the water, it will become a sudsy explosion!). Stir the mixture gently, mixing everything together. The castile soap and honey will cause the mixture to look cloudy. Put the mixture into your foaming soap dispenser and your facewash is complete!

1 or 2 pumps is all you need as the castile soap is very concentrated. Use once or twice daily (I use it once a day at night). Discard the contents after a month or if you notice any unfavorable changes. The mixture will separate, so give it a little shake before each use!

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  1. Thanks, Danielle! I know what I’m giving out for the holidays this year… 🙂 Well, these and the dryer balls!

  2. Hi, Lacy. If coconut oil does not clog your pores, definitely! It clogs mine though which is why I use jojoba.

  3. Can this be used to clear up both face and body acne? If so, how long so do you think it will take to see good results?

  4. For those of us in sunny climates, I recommend skipping the citrus essential oils (lemon in this recipe) as they increase sun sensitivity.

  5. Oh, and you don’t need a tablespoon of any essential oil for this amount of face wash. I read it as a teaspoon the first time through and that is even more than you need! 🙂 Save your money and your skin/eyes. 😉

  6. Thanks for your input, Karin! Since you will likely only use one or two pumps, though, it is an extremely small amount in the end. But yes, depending on your preference, you can certainly cut back.

  7. I LOVE this idea! It might be just what I’ve been looking for. I’m pretty sure the oil cleansing method has made my face freak out–I’ve been at it for over a year, and my skin keeps getting worse. I think I need to switch back to a “soapy” cleanser, but have been unwilling to use a commercial product, and have been daunted by the sheer volume of natural products available. I’m pinning this to make soon…thanks so much!

  8. Im looking to change my facial skin care routine. Ive heard using soap on the face is drying and to look for soap free blends. Whats your thoughts on the castille soap for face.

  9. Castile must be very diluted, which is why I suggest just using a pump or two of this soap. I don’t find it too drying but I should say that I do exfoliate weekly and use jojoba oil nightly after I use the wash (which I use just once daily at night; I don’t use soap, just water, in the mornings).

  10. If the raw honey is hard, should I just heat the container in some hot water to liquefy? Never worked with raw honey before! Thanks!

  11. This sounds awesome! I’ll have to give it a try. Sometimes I use raw organic honey to wash my face, but your foaming soap sounds so luxurious. Mary, I don’t know about lavender, but the lemon is antibmicrobial and antibacterial.

  12. In this DIY Jojoba & Tea Tree oils are normal oils of essential oils. Since essential oils in this much quantity can be excessive. Please tell me & I’d definitely try it.

  13. Hi Mary,
    I would give the lavender eo a shot. It is antibacterial and soothe skin as well, I have heard though that it drys skin out if you use to much. I hope this helps!

  14. How much tea tree oil?? The top says 1 tablespoon but a comment said it was a typo. Is it by drops or is it really 1 tablespoon??

  15. Yes, I use a teaspoon. Since I only use a pump or two for each wash, it is very diluted. I do not consider this excessive, but if you do you can obviously adjust the quantities.

  16. Hi just wondering, if I use Dr Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil Soap as the liquid castile soap, is it necessary to put extra tea tree oil in. Just trying to find way to cut down in price. Thanks! Love the idea

  17. Will this take a week or so for your face to get used to? Will acne get worse before it gets better? I made this but used tea tree oil that was an essential oil will that hurt my skin?

  18. Great! However not everyone making natural skin products is using the highest quality ingredients. I believe its still important to read labels and question what is in your face-wash or soap. 🙂

  19. Aw man I almost added a 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil bc that’s what the directions said, but thought it was too much so I only did a 1/2 tablespoon. Do you think that is too much? Also does it matter if you use raw honey or regular? I only have some regular local honey I got at a farmers market.

  20. Hi Nadia! Recipe sounds ideal! Right now I’m using this for my facewash:

    1 c distilled water
    1/4 c liquid Castile Soap
    1/2 tsp coconut oil

    But would like to try your recipe, but I only have manuka honey at home. Can I use that in place of raw honey? Thanks!!! 🙂

  21. Hi, I just got the answer to my question in another feed. Gonna try this for a wash, the OCM doesn’t seem to cut it for me-I need suds! Lisa

  22. Thanks so much for the recipe! But mine won’t foam.. I am using an old foaming soap container. I made a half batch to start with, is that the problem? I really like your recipe, but as watery as it is right it’s a little hard to use!

  23. Hi, Ben! Yes, it is very watery which is why you want a foamer bottle. Did you use everything in the recipe?

  24. I used everything you have listed just made a half batch. My foamer bottle was working with regular soap just a couple days ago.. Any ideas??

  25. Rita, I had the same problem! I added a few more splashes of the Castille Soap until it foamed properly. It only took like a 1/2 tsp more for mine to foam; it might work for you!!

  26. I’m confused on the tea tree “oil”. This isn’t an essential oil – what is it? I’m a Young Living user and knowing what I know in regards to that, how could I substitute a YL tea tree for this tea tree oil you recommend? Should I match the 15 drops you recommend of the lemon eo? Thanks!

  27. Well the oils are meant to help preserve it but it can “go bad” in that bacteria may grow and you don’t want that.

  28. I’ve definitely been looking for a good DIY face wash that will help with skin problems and I struggle with acne. Does this remove makeup well?

  29. I usually just wear a light layer of mineral powder, and it removes this well. Not so much for eye makeup.

  30. so i just made a new batch of this moisturizer and used hemp seed oil this time, then totally forgot that hemp seed oil needs to be refrigerated. Did i ruin the wash or should i refrigerate it in between uses?

  31. Ohh I don’t know. I want to say yes, refrigerate to keep on the safe side (not sure if that will affect the foaming aspect or not).

  32. I’ve been using this for about a month now. I followed the recipe except I used hemp seed oil. I’ve never broken out so bad in my life. I generally have no skin issues but I wanted to go all nautural on my skin care. It started with 1-2 pimples and now I have about 10-15. I’m 31 years old and I think at most I’ve have 2-3 pimples/zits at a time.

  33. I’m sorry to hear that. Hemp seed oil goes badly very quickly – did you refrigerate it?

  34. Hi, this looks like a great face wash. I was debating on using the OCM but I love my suds to wash my face. Question can this be used on all skin types, African American/Mexican Mix here. I started using a natural face moisturizer of coconut and olive oil which I really like. Now I want to start using all natural everything on my body, face,toner, soap etc.

  35. Hi, Candi! I don’t see why not! A lot of people swear by OCM, but it’s just not for me – I need the feeling of suds and instead use oils to moisturize. But if the coconut oil/olive oil combo is working for you, you may really like OCM.

  36. Hello! I’m thinking of trying this but I have one concern. I have used coconut oil on my face with not so stellar results and learned after that it is very comidogenic. So how does the Dr Bronners Castile soap not cause breakouts? I’m desperately seeking a skincare routine that doesn’t have chemicals or preservatives but will also clear my acne. Even all the so called natural or organic lines have dimethicone or coco betaine (irritates my skin) so frustrating! Oh and what do you think about Argan oil?

  37. I LOVE THIS RECIPE!
    I’ve found what previous posts have mentioned to be true regarding how much oil to use – my skin is happier with a tad less than called for in the recipe AND I’m trying to be economical with the oils I bought – but other than that, the face wash has turned out fabulously and done WONDERS for my skin.
    I substituted rose and geranium oils for the jojoba and lemon, respectively, as I love the scent of rose oil and find that it tends to even out my skin tone. I made another batch with lavender for my husband because he walked into the kitchen, liked how good it smelled while I was making it and asked if he could use it too!

  38. I managed to gather all the ingredients, but there’s no where in my town that sells lemon essential oil. I would like to go ahead and make the wash now so is it possible to make it without the essential oil and it be effective?

  39. Paige, I’m sure you’ll be fine without the Lemon EO. The Tea tree is a great antifungal already. To be safe (and as with all homemade products) just make sure to check occasionally that it hasn’t gone bad (smell is a great indicator 🙂 ! ). I plan to make this tonight! Also, sanitizing your jar and pump prior to adding the wash should cut down on any growth as well.

    I believe the tea tree oil linked to is an essential oil, so I’ll use the tea tree EO I already have. Thanks for the recipe Nadia! I may use my lavender Dr Bronner’s. Love the smell!

  40. Can the 18-in-1 hemp tea tree pure-Castile liquid soap be used? If so, do you just not add the extra tea tree oil?
    Jenny-did you try that?

  41. Hi Devin, I am using the same soap. I just do not add the extra tea tree oil in the mixture. I have been using for about 2 months. I love this facewash. I have seen a noticeable difference in my face.

  42. Do you know of any alternatives to honey for skincare? I am allergic and super bummed I can’t take advantage of its awesome skin care qualities. Any alternatives that you know of? I have normal skin that is prone to breakouts and clogged pores. I’ve tried oil cleansing (not for very long) and just couldn’t get fully into it.

  43. I have been using this face wash for quite some time now and I LOVE IT! it is honeslty the best recipe I have ever found for home made face wash. CHEAP, easy, natural and stays good for weeks!! Great post 🙂

  44. This recipe looks amazing. However, I live in sunny California and I’m worried that the lemon EO might cause sun sensitivity. Can you recommend an EO to use in it’s place? Or is the lemon not really an issue because of how diluted it will be?

    Also, I was wondering if this recipe can be made without the water. I realize that it wouldn’t be foamy, but I thought perhaps it would last without the water…..what do you think?

  45. Will this wash work well by itself to clear up breakouts and acne? Or are other steps necessary throughout the day or before or after you use the wash?

  46. I am looking around online for the foaming hand pump. I found some but they all say “recommended for hand washing only”. Do I really need to find a foaming pump that is recommended for face washing?

  47. Ive been using the Somaluxe Face Wash (with organic ingredients) everyday. Works amazing, makes skin clear after the first use. It smells so fresh and makes your skin feel like it just left the spa. The ingredients are not harsh nor do they test on animals. Which is a big plus. It keeps pores perfect and makes my skin even.

  48. I’m a 68 year old lady, who has a acne problems all my life. This foaming cleanser is the only one that has cleared my skin up. I wish I could have had this years ago. I have had blemishes dry up and disappear, that have been there for years. I’ve spent fortunes on products, just one product would cost more than all of these! I adjusted the oil amount to 3 teaspoons, because of my oily skin. Just wanted to thank you.

  49. Just wondering if it is ok that I mixed it after reading the tea tree oil amount. Will it be ok yo use with a tablespoon of tea tree instead of teaspoon?

  50. Hi! Nadia
    Can we replace Jojoba oil & Tea Tree oil with their essential oils? If yes then what ratio you suggest. Instead of 5 teaspoon, 5 drops will be ok? Or it may be too much for an essential oil!

  51. I stumbled upon your website and really want to give this a try! However, the supplies that you linked to add up to about $70 D:
    How long will this last? Hopefully a long time!

  52. Hi, Kelli! Yes, it does seem like a very expensive wash at first glance but you’re just using a very little bit of each ingredients for each batch. You can use the ingredients in a ton of other natural DIYs or individually.

    I suggest discarding any unused wash after a month since it does not include any heavy preservatives.

  53. Hi Nadia, I am excited to try some of these ideas for my teenage daughter who is constantly struggling with acne. there are allot of posts and I have read most of them but is it possible for you to add exactly what your steps are daily and weekly so I’m not so confused, I would really appreciate it.
    also what area should you try these oils on to see if there is a reaction before you use it.
    Thank you so much!

  54. I swapped the jojoba for almond oil since I didn’t have any jojoba, and I left out the honey because I didn’t think I could use it up fast enough for it not to get icky… and I have never broken out so bad since I was a teenager… it started slowly, a few spots here and there, until it was just constant, I always had several spots no matter how often I did an activated charcoal mask and no matter how careful I was to remove my makeup.. I used it for a few weeks because I wasn’t convinced it was the face wash, and it just got worse and worse 🙁 I am back to my old conventional facewash until I can figure out something else – and my skin is clear. BUMMER.

  55. Oh no!! That is a huge bummer… Almond oil is fairly comedogenic (clogs pores) and the honey is a natural antiseptic, so a pretty key ingredient in this recipe.

  56. Hmmm you’re right… well everyone’s skin is different so I guess it could have been anything! If you find something that does work for you, please update us and let us know!

  57. I went to get the ingredients for this wash and I noticed that the Castile soaps have coconut oil, oilve oil, hemp oil, etc in them and that made me nervous after reading that those oils, epseically coconut, oil can clog pores. Should I be worried? Thanks!

  58. This is something a lot of people seem to be worried about but I’m going to tell you a little secret… I’ve recently been too lazy to make a new batch of this wash 😉 and so have just been using straight-up castile (the tea tree one) and it is not making me break out. I think this is because the main purpose of the oils (according to the Dr. Bronner’s site https://www.drbronner.com/customer-service/ingredients/) are to react with the potassium hydroxide to actually create the soap – so maybe after the reaction, its properties are changed…? That’s my assumption!

    Everyone’s skin is different though…

  59. Hi Nadia I am so appreciative of your blog and the time you take to respond to the questions posed!
    I am just starting on this essential oil journey and have a question. I would like to start slow so that I am able to better identify what oil is causing what reaction rather than jump in with soap, moisturizer, and night treatment. I am a bit confused of where I should start, between a soap and moisturizer. The mix that seems to address my symptoms by its properties is (have not tried yet): (Night) Frankincense, Jojoba, and Rosehip Oil Tamanu (Day), but how would I wash my face of makeup and the daily grind? I will likely begin with only one of these whether day or night and modify based on my skins reaction… At the present my skin is damaged, acne riddled, and lifeless as its been through a lot of trial and error so I want to begin cautiously. Can you provide any insight on which to start with or even how to wash my face with oil?
    Cheers!

  60. Hey, Nadia! So, you’ve just been using the Dr Bronners tea tree Castile soap straight? It’s been working for you? I was thinking about doing that. Thanks!

  61. I noticed a bunch of people asking about removing Eye make-up. I have been using straight olive oil (literally from my kitchen orignially) to remove all eye make-up and I love it. All my eye make-up is gone and I feel like it is moisturizing, natural, and cheap (compared to the expensive make-up counter eye make-up remover I was buying from Clinique!). I just filled up an old bottle with EVO (extra virgin olive oil) and wipe everything off with a cotton ball.

  62. Oh I am so interested in this, but will wait to hear your reply from the question above, of if you are using straight Dr Bronners tea tree Castile soap. Thank you for this and your website!

  63. Hmmmm about what I use when I’m being too lazy to make the wash and just using castile? I’ve been using tea tree castile straight (just a little dollop lathered with water in my hands before applying to my face). But it’s getting to be too drying now with this cold winter air so I need to make a new batch of the full wash.

  64. Exactly what I needed to hear. Headed to my co-op now with the list of things to get in hand. Thank you again!

  65. Hi! I just made and started using this face wash 3 days ago. I love it. I can already see a difference. I use a jojoba/essential oil blend at night but I was wondering what you recommend for a morning moisturizer? I’m really new to making my own products but I’m hoping to have all natural face/body products soon. Amy suggestions are appreciated, thanks!

  66. Hello Nadia! I found this recipe on Pinterest and am dying to try it. I have a few questions though. I do not have any tea tree oil but o have tea tree essential oil and vitamin E oil. Can I substitute the tea tree oil with vitamin E oil and add some drops of the tea tree essential oil? If so, would you have any guesses on amounts? I am also going to use the sunflower oil 🙂 I’m very excited!!

  67. Definitely! Vitamin E oil is great for skin and can help extend the shelf life of DIYs. As for the tea tree EO, I’d start with about 20 drops and see how that works for you. I like to dilute EOs to a maximum of 5% so you can def add more if you want.

  68. Always looking for new recipes for my foaming soap pumps, and decided to try this. Since I wanted hand soap, I didn’t bother with the tea tree oil, but did the water + unscented castile soap + honey + castor oil + orange & clove EOs. Nice! I did another with lemon eucalyptus & clove EOs for the bathroom.

  69. Hi Nadia, i was wondering if you use something to ph balance your skin after using this face wash since it has a ph balance of 9. I know you cannot change the ph because of the castile soap.

  70. Hi Nadia, is there something you can use to bring your ph balance back to normal after washing? I know using castile soap makes the face wash a ph of 9, which is high in alkaline and I’m not sure if my ph will balance out on its own or if I need to apply something after I wash. Thanks

  71. Ahhhh hmm I’ve honestly never considered this. ACV? (Diluted.) It makes for a great toner and helps balance pH so seems like it may be what you’re looking for!

  72. So if we find it a little drying should we add water or oil? I’m new to this! I really like the wash so far but find it just a little drying for my skin.

  73. Hi Nadia, I’m still confused about the Tea Tree Oil. The Amazon link you have is to a Tea Tree Oil… not a Tea Tree ESSENTIAL oil like Young Living. I’m assuming a Tea Tree Oil is less concentrated than a Tea Tree ESSENTIAL oil. Do you really mean 1 tablespoon of Tea Tree ESSENTIAL oil? Or should I use less? A teaspoon of Tea Tree ESSENTIAL oil is basically an entire bottle of YL EO.

  74. Uh… I don’t know I’ve never done it. If you want to try, no one’s holding you back! Let us know if it works.

  75. Thanks for the recipe, Nadia! I don’t use honey on ethical grounds; would you have a recommendation for a sub? Thanks!

  76. Oh, you’d said in one of the comments that it’s a key ingredient in the recipe because it’s a natural antiseptic.

    [EVOO} OCM –more the steaming washcloths, perhaps?– have given me pores I never had; which thereby result in pimples/whiteheads, which I’ve never suffered from before. So in persevering to find env-friendly cleansing/moisturizing options, I want to ensure I also don’t again give myself an acne problem that I’ve never had. So I was worried about the lack of the antiseptic ingredient. And/or wrecking PH of the solution. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

  77. I’m kind of confused by the question. I don’t do OCM (it doesn’t make me feel clean).

    This recipe works wonders for me and some others who have tried it – but the bottom line is that everyone’s skin is different, so what may work for one may not work for another.

  78. The OCM bit of the comment was just to give context as to why I was apprehensive about tweaking the recipe without subbing honey. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. Basically, you said this to another person who wanted to know if honey can be omitted: “honey is a natural antiseptic, so a pretty key ingredient in this recipe.”… so wanted to double-check.

  79. I have never used essential oils before, but I am interested in trying them. I really like the idea of this face wash and then using an essential oil as a moisturizer as you mentioned in another post. I am worried though that this is going to make my face break out worse. I currently only wash my face in the shower with my regular body wash because when I was using other face washes (even ones for sensitive skin) it wasn’t doing anything to clear my skin and they were drying out my face. Basically, because I am new to essential oils, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on something that is not going to work for me. Are there any substitutes I can use for some of these so that I only need to purchase one to start with? I was thinking about buying castile soap with tea tree oil in it and then buying jojoba essential oil and leaving out the lemon essential oil. Do you think that would work? Thank you!

  80. Followed exactly, used less tea tea as I read in remarks the receipe was off on that. Washed in am and use jojoba oil as moisturizer with my regular lotion with SPF. Amazing results. Took about 2 weeks, but just remarkable! I use tea tree oil as spot treatment as needed. My acne is truly under control and healing! I still get an occasional zit here and there but the wash and tea tree attack it before it becomes a blemish. Thank you so much for this site! I’m in my 30s, 3 kids with combo skin. Been fighting breakouts forever it seems. So so glad I gave this a real try!

  81. Hi Nadia, I have been using his recipe for about six months with AWESOME results. I use both the cleanser here and then your oil moisturizer recipe. Over the past month and a half or so, however, my breakouts are back like before I ever used essential oils, etc. Do you think my skin got used to the formula? Should I switch it up?? HELP!!

  82. Anyone have any experience with their face becoming problematic after stopping chemical face wash use? My face was always fine. I stopped with store bought stuff to get away from it… I’m almost three weeks in and my skin is the worst it has ever been. 🙁

  83. Oh no! Were you using an acne wash before? Maybe the castile soap in this recipe is too harsh/drying for your skin. But I wouldn’t give up on finding a natural solution that works for you and your skin needs.

  84. I am in my 40’s and have been suffering from mild to moderate acne on back, shoulders and chest. I have used proactiv for over 10 years with moderate success but not great. I am tired of all the chemicals, etc and just think there should be a better way. I read an article about goat milk soap with tea tree oil and I have tried that for 2 weeks but instantly it made me itchy and is driving me crazy, no matter how much i moisturize. What is your recommendation for a body wash for mild to moderate acne and moisturizers? I wondered about your DIY everyday face moisturizer for my body—by the way, the soap with tea tree seems to be working well except for the insane itching. Also, I have fair skin.

  85. Have you looked into a possible nutritional deficiency or allergy that could be causing this?

  86. yes, but I have resolved those issues….I read that the goats milk soap could be driving for some, I was wondering if your face wash is effective on your body as well

  87. I mean everyone’s skin is different so it can’t be guaranteed. And I’ve never personally used it on my body.

    I only asked about nutrition/allergies since a long-standing skin issue like that is typically a symptom of something internal.

  88. Is there a single go to brand for good quality therapeutic oils that you recommend. Have you ever used/purchase from Edens Garden? I would like to try to find a brand that is consistent across the board.

  89. Would the addition of A natural preservative help this last longer than a month? Something like vitamin e or grapefruit seed oil, which are both for skin on their own?

  90. Thank you for this recipe! I loved the first batch but made some changes because it was a little drying for my skin. I added half the amount of Castile Soap, so only 2 TBSP. I added the recommended 5 Tsp of Jajoba oil plus 2 Tsp of Rosehip oil. It’s so nourishing!

  91. In a previous comment you said that you only wash your face with this at night. I was just curious what you do in the mornings?

  92. Yes, good question – my face does best when I don’t wash it at all in the mornings! Washing it in the mornings dried it out and irritated it. I was worried at first because I used to think the key to clear skin was to keep it as clean and oil-free as possible, but I know better now!

  93. I just discovered your blog about 15 minutes ago and cannot WAIT to try some of these beautiful recipes for my own skin. Thank you for such simple and helpful information, Nadia!

  94. I was quite excited to try this and bought all the ingredients, added them one after the other as listed on the article, poured into the dispenser… and the result is just pure liquid. Not even foaming at all. Is my dispenser wrong? Did I miss a step? I am so confused, and now have one to one liter of the mix that I can’t even use 🙁

  95. I love his stuff! My face is nice and clean after I use it. I haven’t had any skin issues with it either, which is makes it perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  96. With the simpler facial cleanser that you sometimes use, with the Tea Tree Castile Soap and Manuka Honey, how do you mix those? Do you add any water or any other ingredients and put in a dispenser as you do the DIY clarifying and toning cleanser?

  97. Hi Nadia! Awesome recipe, I’ve just got all the ingredients for the moisturiser and I am just getting all the ingredients for this recipe 🙂 just a question though, could I use raw manuka honey? I would like to try the face mask as well as it can be quite expensive I thought I would ask!

  98. hi could i use apple cider vinegar instead of the water?! and whats the shelf life of this?! thanks:)

  99. Hi. I love, love love this face wash. I am transitioning to chemical free products and this was my first try. I am so glad I lucked out and found this one first. I have been using it for about two months. I usually breakout right before my cycle, but I have not since using this wash! Quick question though…is there a shelf life for this? I have noticed that in the past week my face has been breaking out a little. I am not sure if the wash has lost its effectiveness or my face is just acting weird! By the way, I added only a few drops of Tea Tree Oil because I really do not like the scent. I also just added 3 drops of Geranium oil to the batch I just made. I don’t particularly like that smell either, but the Citrus Blend oil I add covers it up, as well as the Tea Tree Oil smell. I also made two of your DIY mason jar foam dispensers. Love them! Did you know that craft stores like Michael’s have mason jar lids with circles cut out already? They come with normal soap dispensers though, instead of foaming ones. But, the pre cut tops may be worth the purchase! Thanks again!

  100. You can buy the mason jar tops at Walmart in the canning section. You can buy mason jar tops with pre cut holes for pumps at craft stores. We only have a Michaels near us, which has them, but other craft stores may have them, as well.

  101. My daughter gave me about 6 bottles of green tree & lemon home fragrance oils and I am not sure how to use it. Your help will be appreciated.

  102. Well there’s a HUGE difference between “fragrance oils” and essential oils. If they’re fragrance oils, I’d throw them in the trash. If they’re EOs, there’s an endless list of DIYs you can use them with.

  103. Hi Nadia,

    I tried making this using Manuka honey instead. The end product smelt really odd. Is it the smell of the honey? Would adding a few drops of lavender essential oil helps?

  104. Hey Nadia!
    So I’m a little confused because coconut oil is said to cause acne, and in the castile liquid soap coconut oil is listed as one of the ingredients, so wouldn’t this be bad to use in an acne face wash?

  105. Great question! I’ve never had any issues with it. And I think it’s there for saponification rather than anything else. According to the Dr. Bronner’s site: “Fair Trade & Organic Coconut Oil reacts with Potassium Hydroxide (for our liquid soaps) or Sodium Hydroxide (for our bar soaps) to create soap. Because it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, Fair Trade & Organic Coconut Oil gives our soaps lots of bubbles and foam.”

  106. Hi Nadia, like you..I also have a little obsession with oils.I use coconut oil +almond oil on my body.
    my skin is too dry and itchy..can you suggest me better option?
    As I am an Indian,here is variety in seasons and climate..after this face wash i need to apply something to moisturize my skin,what oil should I use whenever my skin feel dry and itchy.
    Thank you 🙂

  107. I love that you encourage people to make this face wash their own, as we all know that everyone’s face is different! I am trying to patiently wait for my foaming soap pump to arrive that I ordered so I can make this, but in the meantime I’ve switched out my chemical-laden face wash and have been washing with just honey and Castile soap with a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils! It’s only been two washes and it’s crazy the change I’ve noticed already! I used to wake up every morning with tiny whiteheads on my chin area! Now I wash my face in the evening with the honey/Castile soap wash and then lightly dab on some jojoba oil (I see why you love it so much!) and voila I’m finished and my face looks and feels a lot better! My pores appear smaller, my tone is smoother, and when I put makeup on it seems to stay put better and look better! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it and continue to see awesome results!

  108. Hi, Yamini! Have you tried shea or cocoa butter? Shea is my go-to in the winter months when my skin is more dry and needs some extra moisture.

  109. Hi,
    Would it be possible to skip the castille soap or replace it with something else? It drys out my face a little bit too much, but I would love to try out this recipe.

  110. Hi Nadia! I’m so excited to try out this face wash, I just made my first batch. I was wondering what you use to moisturize after or throughout the day?

  111. I just made this for the second time! I love this face wash – it is great for the winter for me because I have fairly oily skin, but it also gets very dry. This face wash lets me clean my face without drying it out & also helps keep my skin moisturized.
    I used sunflower oil and left out the lemon essential oil – I have heard that citrus essential oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Last time I added lavender essential oil, and this time, I added a blend.
    Thanks for posting!

  112. Thanks for sharing, Katherine! I love hearing about how others modify these recipes for their skin needs. So glad it’s working for you!

  113. Nadia,

    I am working on making this, but I know your link for the castile soap takes me to the baby soap, which is fine, but I wanted to make sure that I should purchase the baby soap and not the regular unscented? Thanks!

  114. Hey, Danielle. Either is fine! You can also purchase one with a scent (they use EOs). I just like the baby one and then use my own scent 🙂 Totally up to you.

  115. Thanks so much! I think I’ll do what’s most gentle as far as the soap. One more question! Does this recipe yield enough to fill up a whole pint mason jar!? I’m doing a couple different variations for myself and mom and sister so just wanted to see!

  116. This worked well for me! I love the lightness of it. But how long should this last? This recipe made a lot of face wash and I have only been using a few weeks but found it’s turning a weird color. Normal?

  117. Hi Nadia! I’m very new to essential oils and the DIY facial skin routine, but I’ve been using your DIY face wash and moisturizer for a couple weeks now. I haven’t noticed too much change, but there seem to be no ill effects. I was wondering if you could suggest anything to get rid of the dry, flaky areas. My chin is one, and no matter how much I moisturize the area looks very dry. Also, having only made the face wash approximately two weeks ago, it is now starting to look strange. When I shake it, the sudsy part leaves a residue on the sides, and the mixture is lighter than it was originally. I’m also noticing a few dark brown specks that have appeared in the bottom. I’m going to toss it and make a new batch, but could you offer some insight into why this has happened, since you said the mixture should last a month?

  118. Hi, you mentioned in another post that I read earlier that you stopped using lemon oil due to photo-sensitivity issues. Does this apply to the wash recipe?

  119. Hey, Tina. Great question and I should really update this post to address this issue. Honestly, it’s really up to you. Washing your face with a mix that includes lemon EO is very different than applying that EO to your face (diluted of course) so I do still use it in the wash. But I also practice safe sun exposure through diet and my day cream which has SPF, which I would advise if you use lemon EO.

  120. Hey, Breanna! Sorry for the belated reply — and I wonder if anything has changed since you first commented?

    Do you ever exfoliate? Some gentle exfoliation to clear the dead cells will help the oil penetrate more deeply. And if you’re using it to clear your skin, this can also help prevent breakouts since dead cells can clog pores. Also, I really love shea butter for extra dry skin — it’s noncomedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), super-moisturizing, and filled with skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants. I apply it to dry patches over my oil blend (I also have trouble with my chin!!). Just be sure to buy a quality, raw shea butter like this one.

  121. Oh and the face wash!! If you notice any changes, don’t chance it — throw it out. And maybe next time try making half the batch, and always be sure to sterilize your jar beforehand to prevent bacteria growth.

  122. Hey, Christie. Ugh I’m so sorry for my belated reply!!

    If you notice any changes, don’t chance it and dump it out. Next time, maybe make half the batch and be sure to sterilize your jar beforehand to prevent bacteria growth.

  123. Hello! I live in a very sunny place. If I use the wash only at night is it ok with the lemon oil? Should replace it with something similar that doesn’t react to the sun?

  124. Nadia, thanks for the recipe. I am going to try this on my sensitive skin. Just to clarify though… The tea tree oil used in this face wash is not an essential oil, right? I only have tea tree EO as of the moment, would 4 drops of it do the trick instead? Thanks.

  125. Hi, Jasmine! Great question. No, this is not an EO. I personally like a 5% dilution of EO (total), so it depends on how much final product you are making, but I think 4 drops seems a little low.

  126. Thanks for sharing, Nadia! I love hearing about how others modify these recipes for their skin needs. My question is what you use to moisturize after or throughout the day?

  127. can you use something other than the castile soap in this recipe? I think the coconut oil is making me break out???

  128. Hi Nadia,We don’t get liquid Castile soap in here,so can I use anygrated organic soap as a substitute for Castile soap?Anways Nadia I like this recipe for DIY face wash.

  129. Hello! I’m not sure since I haven’t tried the recipe with anything else, but I would think that would work just fine!

  130. Would love to follow you as I want to try and make cleaning products for home and also natural creams for body.

  131. Hey there, just a few questions:

    1) I know it says you use a foaming dispenser, but does that make a difference? I generally prefer using a regular soap dispenser, and rubbing in the solution into its foaming form. I wanted to know if that would make a difference.

    2) Also, I wanted to know if the container had to be glass, or could it be plastic. Along with the material. I know most websites recommend using Amber glass to protect and preserve the essential oils, but I wanted your opinion on he matter considering this is your formula, and it seems to be working for you. If you could please shoot me an e-mail with he answers it would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  132. Hey!

    1) If you don’t use a foamer pump, the mixture will be very thin and watery. If you don’t mind that then you don’t need a foamer. But it’s not thick like a regular face wash.

    2) I try to avoid plastic in all areas of my life and encourage others to do the same but ultimately that’s a personal choice.

  133. Hi! I’m new to all of this and very excited to try this face wash. I bought raw honey today and I see that it is pretty solid. Am I supposed to liquefy it somehow before I add it in?

  134. Hey, Amy! I would heat the water slightly and then add the honey. Do this first and shake your jar up or really stir the honey and water together well. That should work!

  135. Hello! I have ordered all the ingredients to make this face wash and can’t wait to give it a try! I know you used a glass jar to keep the face wash in and that essential oils are suppose to be stored in glass, but do you think a plastic foaming dispenser would be safe to use since it’s a small amount of oils that will be in the dispenser? Thanks!

  136. would it be possible for you to update or fix the amount of tea tree oil in the recipe? I keep sharing your recipe thru Pinterest but I’m afraid my friends won’t remember to only do 1 tsp even after I tell them. I’ve been using this about a year now and I almost messed up the last time I made it. It would just be very helpful and appreciated.

  137. Done! But tea tree oil can be applied to the skin neat (undiluted) so it is safe at 1 tablespoon as well – it will just be stronger.

  138. Wow sorry for the super belated reply – this somehow completely missed my radar! I mix them 1:1 and don’t add any water. I wet my hands and face before dispensing some in my hands, which helps dilute the soap further (since castile soap is very strong).

  139. hi, i want a good face wash daily please, my skin is combination skin mixte. its good if i do ur face wash. thank you.

  140. I made this for my 13 yr old step-daughter, and it made her face worse…her face got red and started to break out more. What can I do to neutralize her skin??
    Thank you..

  141. What would you recommend to substitute for lemon oil? I have great results for my oily skin, but summer is coming and I thought I should add something instead of the lemon. Thank you!

  142. I noticed the picture of this post has a mini sponge on it. Do you use this sponge to wash your face when using this foaming wash?

    If so, what is it called so I can search for and buy it.

    Thank you.

  143. Hi Nadia. Thank you for moderating comments. I know that’s a lot of work. I see from the other comments your answer regarding Teatree oil versus essentialoil, but all I have is EO. How many drops would you use with your current measurements noted above? Thank you.

  144. I’ve seen that preservatives should be used when using ingredients such as honey, and essential oils shelf life is lessened by oxidation? How long would you suggest keeping this face wash? Under what conditions?

  145. Hi Nadia!

    I’m just wondering what scent of castile soap to use. Do I get the scent free? or can I use a scent such as eucalyptus ?

    Thanks!

  146. Hi, Gillian! You can really do any scent you’d like – I typically choose unscented, lavender, or tea tree but eucalyptus sounds great too since it naturally helps right bacteria!

  147. So I bought everything on this list for your Clarifying & Toning Foaming Face Wash, I also purchased the oils on your Top Ten Essential Oils for Skincare (all undiluted). I am 52 years old and noticing a huge change in my skin. Can I substitute the jojoba,tea tree and the rosemary oils with everything on your top ten list except of course the tea tree oil? If so, how much of each? Thanks,Sheri

  148. So things happens for a reason, thank goodness. I had two lists of your top ten oils, in which the second one was undiluted. Using my cell phone to order I accidentally ordered my first list. Good thing, been doing a lot of reading today and found out that undiluted is not recommended for the skin. I’m still hoping to receive advice on my prior post. Thanks, Sheri

  149. I just made your face wash using 3 TBSP coconut oil and 2 TBSP Argon oil. Super easy to make. We shall see what the results are over time.

  150. Nadia, I have been following your skin care advice for about 7 months. Making my own face wash, toner and moisturizer using your recipes and then detoxing the rest of my beauty regimine, including hair care, after seeing such good results on my face. Well, after 7 months I finally have become “that girl who only gets zits during her period”. Although I have a long way to go to rid my skin of acne scarring, I must thank you for the work you do. I received a compliment I have never received the other day when my sister, who hasn’t seen me in months, told me my skin looks matted as if I had make up on. Nadia, this compliment came on a day we were moving furniture and cleaning on a sweltering July day in Florida! Normally I would be a greasy, shiny lightbulb!
    You have been a wonderful guide. Thank you!

  151. Do you remember where the foam soap dispenser pump that you used in the above pictures came from?
    I saw your directions, but I was interested in the pump you used. Its very wide and very nice.
    Thanks

  152. Hello Nadia!

    I’m new to all of this and very excited to try this face wash. I bought all the ingredients, but regarding the raw honey, I bought Raw Manuka Honey instead. Do you think it still ok? Looking forward to hearing from you…

  153. This is an odd question but where did you get the foaming stainless steel pump that is in the picture? I have looked all over for true foaming pumps for my mason jars. I love making my own soaps but sadly have only found plastic. Thanks for your great post!

  154. I have had acne prone skin for years. And I have tried everything. Who knew that making my own facial cleanser would be the answer. I love the way my skin feels now. It is healing. It doesn’t itch or sting anymore. I used the above recipe as a base and then tweaked it for my own skin type and I am beyond pleased with how well my skin is doing. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  155. Hi Nadia I am trying to make something gentle to help my teenage daughter’s acne prone skin. Will this stop the itching, which in turn is making her scratch her skin, and making it worse. Do you think this will help?

  156. Hi Nadia!

    Thanks for the recipe!! I will try it!!!
    Can you please share where you buy the mini sponges that are in the picture. I am assuming you don’t use your hands to wash your face.

    Thanks,

  157. Hi, Selidji! You’re very welcome 🙂 I actually do just use my hands or my Clarisonic brush – not sure where I got these little pads, probably from the drugstore.

  158. Hey Nadia,

    Thanks so much for this amazing looking concoction! I am definitely making the switch to natural products soon and I am in awe of how simple it really is! Could you let me know where you got those sponge like rounds which you put the cleanser on? A post on making the transition to natural products would be awesome! Thanks!

  159. Just made this self. I didn’t have any of the natural honey and Jojoba is just too expensive so I instead used grapeseed and hemp oil as this were good for oily skin.

    Just washed and face feels clean with no residue, feeling a little tight (I suspect from the castile soap) so will need a moisturizer.

    Overall great recipe!

  160. I have been using this face wash (with slight modifications listed above) twice daily for almost a month now. I have not had any pimples in all that time, even during my period which I always have some break outs. This facewash has evened my skin tone, by forehead gets red sometimes and this smooths it very well. One warning: after a little less than a month the wash started to smell a little funky so had to throw out almost half. I have made a second batch but halved the recipe so that I won’t have to waste this time. Overall Highly Highly recommend this! Thanks for the base recipe Nadia!

  161. So happy to hear it, Courtney! Halving the recipe is a good idea (and remember to sterilize your jar and tools too!).

  162. I think if you could change the honey to molasses. Then the recipe would be to totally animal friendly.

  163. I don’t think molasses has the same benefits as honey for the skin. Probably best just to use a different recipe.

  164. Hi Nadia- I used the exact measurements, exception being adding more water as I have dry skin and 1 tsp of castor oil a sI am prone to fungal infection on face. However, the solution was too strong and i felt uncomfortable in my nose and eyes and the smell was too strong too. i guys sit was tree tea which I was using for the first time. Is it normal? I would also like to mention I used a normal bottle instead of foam dispenser and took a dollar size quantity.

    Can you help with my query?

    Thanks!

  165. Hi! First of all, LOVE this. I’ve been using it for two months now with NO breakouts, which is crazy for me. The only thing is I can’t get it to foam either, even though I’m re-using a dispenser that was for foaming hand soap. I’m also using manuka honey, not just plain raw honey… could that be the reason? Otherwise, everything is the same in my recipe (except no rosemary oil, but I don’t see that making a difference). Thanks!

  166. Weird! So it just comes out liquidy? Does it foam when you rub it between your hands? I want to blame the pump 😉 because castile soap is VERY sudsy and the veggie glycerine adds to the foaming action.

  167. Well the foamer pump would dispense less of the soap, so maybe try using a little less. And if you need to – adjust the ratios so they work for your skin! Everyone’s skin is unique. Best of luck!

  168. Hi Nadia,

    I emailed you this on the 21st of February and I sent a direct message on instagram a few days before then. Please assist me:

    I’ve been using the face cleanser for almost three weeks now. I changed the mixture from jojoba to grapeseed oil, as I react to jojoba. I however wanted to ask for advise.

    I cleanse only in the evenings but the cleanser does not work if I oil cleanse first (I use coconut, lavender and tea tree) and if I cleanse before the oil cleanse, I don’t get all the makeup off either because I check with a cotton bud. I’m not sure why the cleanser isn’t working. Please help me.

    I also couldn’t get it to foam…

    Since the beginning of March, I started using “Black Castile Soap” by Pure Simple and it works as a cleanse post the oil cleanse. I only cleanse in the evenings to remove the makeup the oil cleanse would have lifted. In the mornings, I oil cleanse.

    Note: I just read a comment from Todd Basom on your “8 Simple Daily detox habits post” that coconut oil is highly comodogenic, which you support – please advise which other oil besides jojoba, which I react to, can I use for my oil cleanse.

  169. Can sweet almond oil be used instead and some other essential oils like manuka,helichrysum,elemi and myrrh?Also,for people who don’t wanna use cold pressed lemon essential oil ,steam distilled can be used instead.Can’t wait to try it.Thank uou.

  170. Really you can do whatever you want! That’s the beauty of DIYs. You just always need to be sure that your essential oils are properly diluted.

  171. hi, do you think that i can use raw honey instead of manuka honey? i mean, when you wrote that you cleanse your face sometimes with manuka honey, so it’s really important that it’ll be manuka honey?

  172. I ended up making this wash with half jojoba and half sweet almond oil.I cut the castile soap in half and added more oil and distilled water. After only 2 nights my face became raw meat.It looks like I had a bad sunburn. It is extremely red,it burns and stings and is painful.I would like to add that my face was not so sensitive,so I don’t know what happened. Hopefully it will heal soon.

  173. Sorry if this has already been asked but I was wondering if you know what the self life is on this cleanser. Thanks ahead of time for any help, love the recipe!!!

  174. Hi Nadia,
    I came across your site a couple months ago as I started my DIY natural products journey. I have used this foaming face wash and I absolutely love it! This was is amazing. I have always had acne prone skin, though with birth control and getting older they have dramatically lessened, I still had oily/dry skin. This wash has been great at thoroughly cleansing without drying out! I have even received compliments on how “glowy and fresh” my skin looks! Thank you for the great posts and I look forward to more!

  175. Hi, Mia! Oh I’m so happy to hear it! Thank you for letting me know – totally made my day 🙂

  176. I’ve been using a face wash with salicylic acid in it, but wanted to make my own face wash for acne-prone skin where I know each ingredient and its purpose. Can I still add salicylic acid to this face wash recipe, or is there a better alternative?

  177. Hello! I have a quick question for you, and I would love your wisdom and tips! I typically clean my face with a mixture of 2/3 jojoba oil and 1/3 rosehip essential oil, but I am wondering if that is okay for my skin. I think I need to try a new mixture, maybe more of a “wash” kind instead of that mixture, which I just put on my face before bed after simply washing with warm water. I don’t have acne prone skin, but I do occasionally get a few big painful ones on my cheeks. I also think I have pretty big pores, and can tend to get clogged around my cheeks and lips. Do you (or anyone else reading this) have a recommendation on the kind of face wash I should make? I also just moved to Australia so I don’t have my old ingredients handy with me, like the rosehip and the jojoba.
    Thank you in advance!!

  178. I purchased all the ingredients from whole foods about 4 weeks ago and followed the recipe except added 2 drops of orange essential oil as the aroma was not very pleasing to my nose initially. I am breaking out worse than I ever have, not sure what to do next or how to adjust… a little disappointed at the natural experience …

  179. Hi, Renee! I’m so sorry to hear that!! Two things: 1) is there bacteria growth? Did you sterilize your bottle beforehand? If you see any change in smell, texture, or color, throw it away immediately. 2) Everyone’s skin is different and what works for some people won’t work for others! You shouldn’t feel discouraged – there’s a great natural product out there just for you! And if this DIY doesn’t work for you, you can use all of the ingredients you purchased on your body, which is always less likely to react than your face.

    Check out my Natural Beauty Master List – maybe you’ll find something there that works for you!

  180. Hi. Question: Can this be used as an all-in-one face and body wash? If not, do you have any suggestions on modifying the recipe so that it will work on both face and body?

  181. Hello Sis!

    I think I would like to make this recipe. But how long should I’ll be using the finished product? Days, weeks or months?

    Thank you!

  182. hi! could you tell us about the cleansing pads seen in the photos you’ve shown here? where do you get them/are they reusable?

  183. Super excited to try out this face wash after reading the commments. I just tried my first batch and it came out foamy and looked great but I felt like it sank straight in to my skin so I couldn’t wash my face with it if that makes sense? I’m wondering if anyone has had this before and if so what I need to add more of? Thanks so much

  184. I just made this face wash, cannot wait to try it out tonight. Just a little bit worried about mold and bacteria growing there since there is no preservative? Do you think I could add some? It feels like a waste throwing so many wonderful ingredients away after a month… Do you have any tips for that? Have you tried making it last longer? Or maybe making smaller batches that last exactly a month? Thanks for any tips on that 🙂

  185. My tips would be to make sure everything is very sterile beforehand; to discard as soon as you notice a change in odor, color, or consistency; and yes, to make a smaller batch!!

    If you have a natural preservative on hand and know the appropriate ratio, by all means use it!

  186. Hi Nadia!

    Do you have recipes for a non-foaming face wash (more than castile soap and water) and a non-foaming body wash?

    I looked throughout your website the best I could and through your responses on this post, but I didn’t find either of those 2 things/recipes.

  187. Hi Nadia!

    love your recipe and can’t wait to try it. Can you recommend another antibacterial oil instead of rosemary? Will Rosehip do?

    Thanks!

  188. Hi, can you include a bit of peppermint in this recipe? I couldn’t find anything but peppermint castile soap at the any of my grocery stores.