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. 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??

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!!! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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?

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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??

  12. 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!

  13. 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.