It takes a little bit of research to go from commercial face wash to homemade. You’ve got to evaluate your skin tone (which hopefully you know already since you would take this into account when purchasing face wash), decide which type of face wash you like and want (i.e., creamy, foaming, scrubbing…), compare ingredients (price, ease of acquisition, etc.), and finally determine how much effort you are willing to put in.
A lot of the research I did led me to the oil cleansing method, which is quite popular in the natural cosmetics sphere. Because I have naturally oily skin, cleaning my skin with more oil simply does not sound appealing. I cannot vouch for this method either way since I have never tried it. Have you? I’d love to know what you think.
Alternatively, I landed on a concoction that lathers and is made with components known for healing properties such as green tea and tea tree oil. It also includes another oil component to balance the skin and keep it from drying out; I used sweet almond.
The recipe I sourced mine from via DIY Natural calls for chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, but I didn’t have chamomile tea on hand. Instead I used the organic green tea I typically keep in stock, which bodes well since green tea is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. I chose tea tree oil as my essential oil since it is supposed to help with acne (which I have unfortunately struggled with this past year) because of its anti-septic and anti-fungal properties.
GREEN TEA FACE WASH
Makes: approx. 4 ozDr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – Almond*) 1/4 cup green tea 3/4 tsp sweet almond oil*, coconut oil, vitamin e oil, or olive oil
8-10 drops essential oils (I used tea tree, try eucalyptus or peppermint)Preparation
Brew a cup of strong green tea and allow 1/4 cup to cool. In the meantime, combine all other ingredients and add green tea once completely cool. Pour into a squirt or pump bottle and shake slightly to combine before each use as it may separate.
I happen to love this recipe as the cleanser lathers nicely, takes off all of my makeup, and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, without drying it out. I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, or have any others you love!
P.S. In case you missed it, check out my recent post for a homemade shampoo and conditioner!
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