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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    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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!