DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash

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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.

Let’s take a closer look…

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


  • 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 anti-fungal 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!


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!

Follow with toner and a moisturizer, like Body Unburdened Beauty Blend No.2 for oily and acne-prone skin.

P.S Like my homemade mason jar foaming soap dispenser? Check out how easy it is to make your own!

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  1. Is this going to be the same without honey?

    I’m learning honey isn’t vegan and actually very sad…

  2. i’ve made this twice and i love it. i like the tea tree and add a bit more oil like you mention. it’s not too drying. i do moisturize well after. the foam is great. for travel i put some in a small bottle and still have great results putting some on a cotton pad. love it for camping too it’s not perfumy. thanks.

  3. Have you had trouble with your foaming pumps getting stuck? Everything was going great for a couple of weeks and then suddenly bam. My soap pump wouldn’t work any more. I’m thinking it might be the honey? I love this cleanser though! My face is looking so much better!

  4. is tea tree oil the same as tea tree essential oil? 1 teaspoon sounds like a lot for an essential oil

  5. This is my first time trying one of your recipes and I am really liking it! I wanted to wait a little bit before writing a review, cause to give it an honest one I felt like I should give it some time to see what would happen. My skin prior to using this was going through some crazy breakouts, which was unusual for my skin, and nothing would calm it but after using it for three weeks my skin is finally clearing up. This wash is super legit stuff and smells so good too. Thanks for sharing

  6. I love this. Used Argon oil instead and had to half the ingredients to fit into my container. It makes my face feel fantastic!

  7. Hi, Alexandra! Sorry for the belated response. Yes, it removed makeup quite well (if anything is left under my eyes, my oil takes perfect care of it). Yes, this recipe is meant to be anti-blemish so if you don’t struggle with breakouts you could leave that and the rosemary essential oil out.

  8. Hi Nadia, do you think you could answer my question from a couple of weeks ago anytime soon? You must be super-busy and I’m sorry to bother you with this but I’d really appreciate if you could get back to me, especially on the eye-area question. Thank you so much!

  9. Hi there, thanks a lot for sharing your recipe, it’s been a long time I was looking for a face wash. Two questions: Can I use it for my eyes as well as a makeup remover? As I’m a busy mom, a one-step evening routine would be best. Also, as my skin is rather mature (I just turned 50), I was thinking of reducing the tea tree oil or leaving it out completely. What do you recommend? Thanks in advance for your reply, I am an avid reader of your newsletter and have tried several of your recipes already. I love that you share your secrets. Cheers! Alexandra

  10. I just wanted to say thank you so very much for this recipe. I’ve been searching high and low for a face wash that is clean, affordable, and works for my skin — and here it is! On top of that, it feels so smooth and lovely, and smells so amazing , that I can’t wait to use it every day. I’ve just been in happy shock that my discouraging search ended in such a simple yet perfect place. Thank you.

  11. Hi Nadia, you are my go-to blog for skincare. I love your rose-witch hazel toner. I recently found your foaming face wash which is all I use now. I went through one batch and needed to make another. I tried the rose scented castile soap and what a mistake that was. It was very drying and burned my skin. I wanted to recommend to anyone trying this amazing recipe to only use unscented castile soap. I ended up dumping the entire bottle out and remaking with unscented. I love your blog!!!

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