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Homemade Skincare Recipes: Facial Cleanser

Let’s face it eco-crazy mamas, we all want to have beautiful skin, but certainly not at the expense of our health! Did you know putting chemicals on your skin is actually far worse than ingesting them? When you ingest something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down the material and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your blood stream without filtering of any kind, so there’s no protection against the toxins and other chemicals being absorbed!

The best way to ensure you know exactly what you are putting on your skin, and into your body, is to start making your own skincare products at home. I recently started experimenting with homemade skincare recipes, and the results have been amazing- It’s fun, rewarding, and my skin has never looked so vibrant!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favorite homemade  skincare recipes, so you too can reap the benefits of a natural homemade skincare regimen!

There will be five parts to this homemade skincare series

1. Homemade Facial Cleanser

2. Homemade Facial Toner

3. Homemade Facial Serum

4. Homemade Masks & Scrubs

5. Homemade Anti-Aging & Acne Skincare

Now let’s get started!

Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes

Homemade Facial Cleanser

Cornstarch & Glycerin Facial Cleanser Recipe

2 Tbs. cornstarch
2 Tbs. glycerin
1/2 c. water

Mix ingredients until smooth. Heat in a small double boiler pan  Heat until thick and clear; it will have the consistency of pudding. Do not boil. Cool completely, Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin. 
Cocoa Butter Facial Cleanser Recipe

6 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
2 1/2 tablespoons water
5 drops sandalwood essential oil

In a microwave, melt the cocoa butter then add in the water and grapeseed oil. Do not overheat. Whisk until room temp then add Eos. Store in a glass jar.
Gentle Oatmeal Face Cleanser Recipe

1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal
2 tbs of plain yogurt [Add enough yogurt to form a paste]

Mix ingredients, smooth over entire face avoiding eye area. Allow to sit for 10 min and rinse
Rose Face Cleanser Recipe

6 tablespoon of each: sweet almond,  jojoba oil, grapeseed.
9 drops bergamot essential oils
9 drops rose essential oils
6 drops lavender essential oils

Add carrier oils to a clean, dark glass bottle. Add essential oils. Gently shake to blend before each use. Store in a dark, glass bottle in a cool place. Apply a small amount to face and massage to cleanse. Rinse with warm water and a wash cloth. Skin will feel super smooth and silky!
Tips For Preserving Homemade Skincare Products
  • If working with food in your recipes, it’s best just to stick to one use batches. Don’t make anymore then what you can use at a single time. Or make just enough to last 1 week and store in the fridge.
  • Always keep water away from your jars! Even dipping a wet finger into a jar of your fresh lotion can contaminate it. Always make sure fingers are clean and dry or use an application to remove your lotion.
  • Store your products in dark containers or opaque packaging to keep them away from the harmful effects of sunlight
  • If going preservative-free…. It’s important to remember that your natural products will not stay fresh for as long as commercial products do. By making your products in small batches that you use up within a short period of time, your products will stay fresh and you eliminate the need to preserve your products with harsh chemical preservatives. 
Eco-Tip: Use empty skincare product containers to store & dispense your homemade skincare concoctions! Tubs with lids work great for creamy substances, and pump bottles are awesome for liquids!
What is your current skincare regimen? Have you ever tried homemade skincare products? Will you be trying them after reading this post? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!
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  1. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’m very much an organic skincare person and am constantly looking for easy and safe ways of taking care of my (and my family’s) skin. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series! Would you consider doing a hair care series?

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Have you seen my “No Poo” posts? What type of hair care recipes are you interested in? I’m always willing to accomodate the requests of my amazing readers!


  2. Hi Terri! I love that these recipes are so simple, especially since you have to mix them up frequently. Do you know if coconut oil can be substituted in any of these? I already have a big tub of it I just bought from a health store.

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  3. wynonaelliott  says:

    Thanks for sharing with us this beauty recipe, I will try to create this at home and experience the essential beauty it provides…
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  4. I definitely need to give the olive oil and brown sugar a try. Thanks!
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  5. The one I use for a sugar scrub is 1/2 cup sugar, 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 3tbsp of honey, and sometimes I put in a small drop of vanilla extract for a more delicious smell! I love the way my skin feels after using it, and I can use it on my face and all over my body.

    Sis (my 2nd daughter) has Keratosis Pilaris and since exfoliating helps with it, I make her her very own batches of sugar-scrub to use for her arms and legs (the places affected the most by her condition.)
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  6. Hi, Terry
    my beloved husband is coffee espresso addict, so i use the dregs of coffee to make facial scrub. 1 tbs dregs of coffee and 1 tbs honey for facial srub.

  7. Just wanted to share my favourite facial cleanser with you: honey. It’s anti-bacterial and a humectant. It works better than any store-bought cleanser I’ve ever tried. If I want it to have a more exfoliating effect, I add baking soda. It works well for my 14.5 year old’s skin as well as for my 40 y.o. skin.

    Your olive oil and dark brown sugar scrub looks very good. I’d like to give that a try. Do you think the brown sugar could be replaced by regular sugar or baking soda? I can’t get dark brown sugar where I live.

    • Tracey,

      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, I love that it’s anti-bacterial and great for all ages. I will definitely be giving it a try!


  8. Bergamot is phototoxic. I strongly recommend preservatives. Even if you don’t see it there can be bacteria or mold in your products. Do you really want to take the chance?

    The following ARE NOT PRESERVATIVES:
    Vitamin E-helps retard rancidity which isn’t the same as preserve
    Citric acid-changes the PH of the products
    Grapefruit seed extract
    Essential oils.

    There are several options including Optiphen which is not a formaldehyde releaser (no parabens).

  9. Hi :D Well, read my name, I’m a teen. I have really oily skin and the store bought things didn’t seem to be working at all but making it WORSE!!! Um, yeah anyways I’m kind of stupid, is regular brown sugar the same thing as dark brown sugar? I have brown sugar but it doesn’t say dark brown on there…….
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    • I’m sure regular brown sugar will work just fine! Don’t sell yourself short, if you’re smart enough to explore natural homemade skincare options, you’re a very intelligent teenager!


  10. Thank you so much! I have less then a week to plan this, and im running like a chicken with my head cut off! Until i found this website, Thank you a million times!!!!!!!!

  11. Hey, some great recipies on here. I”m curious about the cocoa butter one, do you have to have sandlewood? I know it’s good for your skin but I don’t care for it and don’t have any. What about Lavender or mint? I have all the other ingredients so I think I’m gonna try that one soon. Thanks again, can’t wait to see some of your other recipies.


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