Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Face Wash

A few years ago I started making my own olive oil face wash/cleanser.  I’ve tweaked the original recipe a few times and now find it almost perfect.  :)

Here’s why I LOVE it:

1.  It’s very cheap frugal.  You most likely already have the ingredients on hand.  If not, it should cost less than $7.00 to make 6-9 months worth of cleanser. 

2.  It removes makeup.  The olive oil naturally removes makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, and you won’t have to buy expensive makeup remover anymore!

3.  It’s moisturizing.  Traditional cleansers and face washes are formulated to strip skin of its natural oils, leaving your face tight and dry (and requiring you to purchase ample amounts of their moisturizer products).

4.  Only 4 ingredients and it’s really easy to make!

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INGREDIENTS: 

1.  Olive oil.  I’ve been asked if you could use another oil or even coconut oil.  I have never tried anything other than olive oil, but if you’d like to experiment, other vegetable oils should work just fine.  Coconut oil would make more of a cleansing cream consistency.  

2.  Glycerin.  Glycerin is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin.  It is a natural by-product of the soap making process.  (Manufacturers actually remove the glycerin from their soaps, to be used in their more profitable lotions and creams).

3.  Liquid face soap.  Because I use it to remove eye makeup, I like to use a “tear-free” product such as baby body wash, but you can use any liquid soap that works for your skin. 

4.  Water. 

OLIVE OIL FACIAL CLEANSER

2 teaspoons liquid face soap or baby wash
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons glycerin
1/2 cup olive oil
Clean, empty pump bottle

Pour ingredients into a food processor or blender.  Mix until thickened, smooth and creamy. 

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Use a funnel to pour your face wash into a pump bottle.  Isn’t it creamy and rich?!

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I quadruple the recipe, to make enough to last at least 6 months.  Store any extra face wash in the empty olive oil bottle.  It keeps for up to a year. 

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TO USE:  Pump a quarter-size amount of cleanser into your hand.  Gently massage into your neck area, face, eyelids and eyelashes for about one minute.  Remove with a warm washcloth.  Rinse washcloth in warm water and gently remove any remaining dirt or makeup off your face. 

EnJoY your smooth and moisturized skin!

71 comments:

4you-withlove said...

LOVE this...I have to try this recipe out. I have sensitive skin so I love all the natural ingredients! I looked around your blog...some good ideas! I'm your newest follower!

Marilyn
4you-withlove.blogspot.com

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

going to have to try this! thanks for linking up...

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

This is an excellent idea! Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie www.bearrabbitbear.com

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Alright! I am totally making this! I would love it if you stopped by to share this at my linky party going on right now:)
http://too-much-time.com/2012/02/diy-craft-link-party.html

Kristy said...

Awesome!! I already spend too much $$ on an organic, all-natural cleanser... going to try this out!! Thanks for sharing :)

A Stone Gatherer said...

Hi. I am looking for a homemade facial moisturizer. Do you know if there are any out in internet land?

Green Willow Pond said...

I made a similar product I found on pinterest. I'm going to try yours next. I like the glycerine added. Have a great evening!

shax0r said...

hi, where does one get glycerin in stores? is it something whole foods would carry? thanks!

Shelley said...

shaxor-

I get the glycerin at Hobby Lobby. They have a little section of soap and lotion making supplies. Be sure to wait until it's on sale or use your coupon :)

We don't have a whole foods store, so I can't comment on that. If it's not available in a store near you, try Brambleberry or a similar online soapmaking supplier.

Hope you find some!

v said...

best face wash ever - will never go back to anything else! Thanks - one thing, you do have to shake the mixture once in awhile as it will begin to separate after a few weeks. But it still works great! Thanks...

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Thanks for the facial cleaner. I'm def. gonna try it.

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Smilie girl said...

thank you for a great idea. I made it and was pretty happy with the results for something that took no time to make.

Shelley said...

V and Smilie girl- so happy you tried it's working well for you too! :) Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

86c183e2-ab5f-11e0-b713-000f20980440 said...

Where can I find the bottle you used? I love it and it would look great on the counter.

Jessica A. said...

Can you use Dr. Bonner's for the liquid soap part of the recipe?

Lorna said...

Does anyone know how this works w/ acne prone skin?

Lorna said...

Sounds great! Has anyone w/ acne prone skin tried it??

Shelley said...

Jessica... Dr. Bronner's will work great. Any liquid soap will work, as long as you know your skin likes it :)

Lorna... My youngest daughter has eczema and is also acne prone. It works great for her! She uses a toner after using the olive oil cleanser. Maybe make a 1/2 recipe and try it :)

tongtiew said...

Good info of homemade face wash. I will try to make some myself following this information.

tongtiew said...

Good info of homemade face wash . I will try to make some myself following this information.

Jacob, Shawn, Joseph, and Shae said...

I just tried a variation on this:
1/2 c Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp witch hazel
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp glycerin
2 Tbsp baby soap
teeny tiny drop of essential oil (I used green tea and cucumber, but I might try tea tree oil in a larger batch - tea tree have a very strong smell)

I blended it in my mini food processor and the consistency was fine. I put it in a lotion bottle, but it would have been fine it a pump, too. My skin feels clean and a little tight (from the witch hazel).
I've been getting small bumps all over my face and I think it might be an allergic reaction to my normal face wash. I put the lemon juice in because that can help even my skin tone. The witch hazel is for my acne. I used coconut oil because I don't really like the smell of olive oil.
Thanks for the ideas!

724b4042-af8c-11e1-9a6e-000bcdca4d7a said...

I just tried making this and it was extremely runny. In the picture it looks viscous, how is it supposed to be? I didn't know how long to blend it, but other than that I followed the directions exactly.

Shelley said...

It turns out thicker for me. I think the food processor helps. I just run it until it thickens up. It will still work fine when it's runny. I've tried several other facewash recipes that use only olive oil and castor oil. They are very runny and still work great :)

Jessica A. said...

Just wanted to give an update! I have used my first batch and it works great for my skin! I use dr. Bonner's lavender soap in it and I added a couple drops of tea tree oil since u am acne prone! This works wonders and I can honestly say it is the best cleanser I have ever used :) thanks so much for posting!!!

Pepper said...

Do we have to cleanse with another cleanser again after using this? Like double cleanse.

Shelley said...

Pepper... no you don't have to cleanse again. Just use the cleanser and gently remove with a warm washcloth. Some have reported they use a toner after cleansing, but I have not found this to be necessary for me :)

Belen said...

This recipe looks great. Is the castile soap necessary? I am trying to figure out a cleansing recipe that is similar to one I bought at the farmers market. That cleanser only uses bees wax, honey, and glycerin (plus essential oils)- no soap.

Natalie said...

I love this idea. I have very oily skin and I'm a little concerned that the olive oil will make it worse. Does the oil moisturize more than it makes your skin oily? Thanks for the post!

Sandy Weesner said...

Sounds wonderful. Going to try it. Do you have a recipe for homemade toner?

Shelley said...

Sorry, Sandy... no recipe for toner. I have seen a few on Pinterest, but haven't made any of them yet. Please let us know how the cleanser works for you :)

Melissa Sprouse said...

I will be giving this recipe a try. Can't wait to go to the store tomorrow and get what I need. I noticed a few comments with questions on where to get the glycerin. You can find it at the band aids isle at your local store like Wal-Mart. I currently use a mixture of castor oil to wash my face. My face is very oily and I have no problem with washing my oily skin with oil, lol. After, I just use a witch hazel. However, this one looks way better. Thank you!!!!

Karyn said...

Thank you for the recipe. I am going to try it tomorrow. By the way, hands down, the best thing to use for toner is witch hazel. I was given that tip from a Holleywood skin care expert and found it to be completely true. Its all natural and extremely economical and works better than the store bought stuff.

jessica millard said...

What if you added something scrubby? Maybe almonds pulverized with the food processor. Wonder if that would clog up the pump?

jessica millard said...

What about adding something scrubby? Maybe almonds pulverized with the food processor? Wonder if that would clog the pump?

cquarles said...

I can't wait to try this out! I am trying to go all natural and DIY with my health and beauty routines. I saw a few people wondering about where to find a good toner--I found this on Pinterest a few months ago and swear by it:
http://shwinandshwin.blogspot.com/2010/10/skin-brightening-toner.html

I had a few bed bug scars on my face (horrifying, I know) that seemed to be irritated by the heat and this homemade toner (lemon juice, witch hazel, and water) cleared it up and left my skin looking even better than before. I

@Melissa Sprouse, thanks for the tip as to where to get glycerin! That's the last ingredient I need for this. Can't wait to try it!

Gena Frye said...

Really liked the original recipe. I have been reading about the benefits of grape seed oil. I made a batch today but substituted grape seed oil for olive oil. I LOVE IT. It was a tad thinner but worked great. Added bonus grape seed oil is cheaper.

Shelley said...

Thanks Gena! Good to know. I'll definitely try grapeseed oil next time :)

kmcbride said...

Just tried this facewash and loved it! I have combination skin and it really evens that out.

J Egan said...

I LOVE this! I've been using it (made with grape seed oil) for just over a month and saw a difference within the first week - it is wonderful. With very sensitive skin, I now have no rash, fewer blemishes, softer skin, and I feel in control of what I am putting on my face. Thanks so much for posting this - you made a difference.

Ate said...

Many thanks for sharing this! I will prepare a batch over the weekend. Question: I read the mixture can be stored up to a year, does it need to be refrigerated?
chezkoni@sympatico.ca

Shelley said...

Ate - Mine sits on the bathroom counter all year. I've never had a problem with it "going bad" and have not refrigerated it :)

ashley summers said...

I'm super excited to make this! Does anyone know of an all natural alternative to the baby soap? Would this still remove make up with out that addition? Thanks!!

Shelley said...

Ashley - Any natural liquid soap from the natural food store would be fine. Several commenters have reported using Dr. Bronners and I've seen natural liquid baby wash at Whole Foods, too :) Good luck!

Sarah said...

Thank you for posting this. I just have one question before I try it. Can glycerin be replaced with raw honey? I am wondering what differences that it may bring.

Missrodeo Black said...

Do you use plain glycerin or soap based glycerin? I don't want to buy the wrong one!

mypoohkerbean said...

I have recently switched to more of a DIY approach to my skincare. I must admit, I previously really didnt do much for my face. I would occasionally wash it with plain water but thats about it. I have extremely sensitive, dry, acne prone skin so everything I used on it would cause breakouts, make my already dry skin flake more and often times, literally burn my skin. I decided to give this recipe a try in an attempt to make my skin better. I was rather apprehensive at first being that its comprised mainly of EVOO because I HATE my skin feeling greasy/oily. I was very pleasently surprised after my first time using this when I discovered that it all completely washed off and left my face feeling clean and refreashed. NO oily residue!! I doubled the recipe but used 2 tbs of water and 2 tbs of witch hazel. Its wonderful. I then follow up with a brightening toner made of water, witch hazel and lemon juice. At night I also use a thick lotion/cream. In just a couple of days my skin tone is much more even, my pores have shrunk drastically, about half of the terrible black heads on my nose are gone and my skin is soft and radiant. I keep getting compliments and its just wonderful. I cant thank you enough!!

saundra jacobs said...

I love this face wash. It feels so creamy on my face. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jeanne said...

I have been making this for a while now, in a high-speed blender using Dr. Bronner's. I now use it with my clarisonic in place of oil cleansing. I get the moisturizing, clean rinsing benefits of the cleanser with the deep cleaning/exfoliating benefits of the clarisonic. My skin look and feels ah-mazing. Almost zero monthly breakouts around "that time". It is much more portable for travel, as well. Thank you!

littlered786 said...

i do not have a food processor will a blender work?

Shelley said...

You sure can use a blender... it says food processor or blender in the instructions :)

Fox on the Run said...

Yes! It ABSOLUTELY works on acne prone skin. I had adult onset acne and started using olive oil as cleanser and moisturizer and my skin not only cleared up, but It's beautiful.

Fox on the Run said...

It works awesome!

s w wong said...

I have made this recipe twice now. I absolutely love it. I was previously making my own make up remover oil with polysorbate 20 or 80. Now I don't even need an extra ingredient. Thanks so much for sharing. This is the best face wash I have ever used.

IrishMolly said...

Please be careful with this - when you add water to any oil you create a perfect environment for bacteria and other nastys Especially since this goes near your eyes. Looks like a beautiful facial clenser and much less harsh than the commercial cleansers out there :) if you want to learn more look up preseritives check out Soap Queen or swift craft monkeys blog.

Isela Muñoz said...

I used your recipe , used for several weeks and I can not be more happier!

It has made wonders to my skin.

Here is what I posted about it.

http://www.elpesonuestro.com/2013/05/08/mi-bano-dejo-de-ser-una-farmacia/

Thank you very much for sharing it.

Isela Muñoz said...

I followed your recipe and used the product for several weeks, and love it!

I loved it so much that I wrote a post about it.

http://www.elpesonuestro.com/2013/05/08/mi-bano-dejo-de-ser-una-farmacia/

Than you for sharing.

Brittanie Bautista said...

I blended this until my ninja was making wierd overused plastic smells with a not near as pretty or unseperating result. Are the ingredients supposed to be blended in some sort of order?

Shelley said...

Hi Brittanie -

I would go ahead and use it! It works just as well whether it's runny or thick!! There's no difference in performance. Several other face wash recipes on pinterest use only olive oil and castor oil. They are VERY runny and still work great :)

I'm not sure why it turns out thicker for me. There is no order of blending :) You could try using less water and/or glycerin and maybe that would help.

v said...

I have been using the original formula for well over a year & a 1/2 and still love it and will never go back to anything else. It is the best! I wonder if those who are finding it a little runny may just need to let the blender run a little longer?

Shelley said...

v - I have wondered the same. It may need to be blended longer. Regardless, though, it works fine no matter what consistency it is. So I would still use it, even if it was always runny :)

-m- said...

I just realized that the dr. Bonners I have is the peppermint one. Do you think that would be OK on faces?

Shelley said...

-m- As long as you've used it before and didn't have any problems, it will be fine :)

Shalisa Hofmister said...

I made this last night and was wondering how often do you cleanse? Daily? Twice daily? every so many days? I don't want to over do it. Also do you wet your face first or put it on dry? Thanks!

Shelley said...

Hi Shalisa - Go ahead and use it the same frequency as any other face wash you've used. I use it morning and evening on dry skin, then remove with a warm cloth. Hope this helps :)

Marie carpenter said...

Ok how often use with acne too. Im half way willing to try this, but afraid with dryness n oily. N yes its so cheap. Thats A MAJOR PLUS where do I order gele

madelyn wray said...

Hello!
Just wanted to know if this formula lathers or foams up...also, why the need for a wash cloth to remove product? Will it rinse completely with just plain water? I'm looking forward to making this!

Thank you,
Madelyn

mdlynwray@google.com

Raylynn Cruz said...

I love this face wash made it twice and works great runny or creamy....im curious though my husband works outside with all the natural elements that the outdoors has to offer would it work on his skin just the same ? Has any ones husband use this?

Raylynn Cruz said...

I love this face wash made it twice and works great runny or creamy....im curious though my husband works outside with all the natural elements that the outdoors has to offer would it work on his skin just the same ? Has any ones husband use this?

Marie carpenter said...

Ok I just made very small batch n my skin didn't feel ugly it was smooth n soft no oily film n I so appreciate glycerin tip at Wal-Mart near bandaids thanks goin to give it a small batch trial  

Marie carpenter said...

After my trial run if love it going to make another batch for my daughter also tip I use hand soap pump bottle no problems after rinsed soap out :) carpenter.chasity2@gmail.com any tips Id appreciate

Marie carpenter said...

Tip I do after warm washcloth rinse I do same thing with cold water to close my pores

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