DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!Pass the soap, please! No oil cleansing tonight.

Let me back up a bit, for the sake of all the readers out there with vivid pictures of motor oil being splashed all over my face.  Oil cleansing? 

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!Oil cleansing is a simple method for cleansing the skin with a nourishing oil or a combo of oils. The idea behind oil cleansing is that oil dissolves oil, so massaging a nourishing oil into the skin and then washing it off will dissolve dirt and oils, leaving the skin clean and naturally moisturized. Personally, I’ve witnessed numerous benefits to cleansing my face with oil–clearer skin and a significant monetary savings, just to name a couple.

While I love oil cleansing, there’s a big drawback, particularly at 11pm when all I want to do is remove my homemade foundation powder and crawl into my warm bed. So yes, call it lazy (or oil conservation), but there are many nights when I just want the ease and simplicity of soap and a two second lather over the sink. The work of massaging oil into my skin is just one extra step between the bed and my tired body.

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!

Six months ago I gave into my inner soap craving and bought a natural soap at Whole Foods. I’m not anti-store-bought products. I still purchase shampoo and dishwasher detergent from the store. To be honest, I can’t find a homemade version of either necessity that actually works without leaving my hair greasier than a potato fryer and the dishes looking like they haven’t been washed since the Y2K scare.

The idea of purchasing ready-to-go soap from the store didn’t trouble me, but my face sure did. Within a week of using the soap I noticed a big difference–pimples and dry skin became a quick issue.

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!

The Whole Foods soap made its way from the bathroom sink to the shower (my body was fine with the soap, but my face didn’t care for the product). To the recipe development book I turned. Within a couple of days I created a DIY homemade face wash using only four ingredients which I already owned.

Note to self: Next time you just randomly grab a $5 bar of soap at the store always ask, “Can I make a simple recipe at home and save money?”

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!

This DIY homemade honey face wash is super easy to make and has resulted in both happier skin and a solution to my lazy oil conserving 11pm need. Let’s take a look at the three main (yes, three–super simple!!) ingredients:

Raw Honey:  Raw honey is simply honey that hasn’t been pasteurized. Due to the lack of pasteurization (heating), raw honey is naturally rich in antibacterial and probiotic properties. Honey is also gentle for sensitive skin, but tough enough to remove dirt and other impurities.

Castile Soap:  One of my favorite multi-purpose DIY ingredients. Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients.  I use castile soap for everything from homemade laundry detergent to body wash and hand soap. I recommend using either the Baby Mild Castile Soap or Tea Tree Castile Soap for facial cleansing.

Nourishing Skin Oil:  Since oil dissolves oil, it’s only natural to add a nourishing oil to a homemade face wash.

The fourth ingredient is water, added to dilute the face wash and provide a bit of foaming action for your hands when mixed with the castile soap. This face soap will last several weeks to months so I recommend using distilled or boiled water to prevent bacteria from growing.

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!

Convenience. Natural. Cleansing. Homemade. Money-saving. Time-saving.

This DIY homemade honey face wash is the real deal.

DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash
  • ⅓ cup liquid castile soap, Baby Mild or Tea Tree (where to buy)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 3 TB distilled water (boiled water will also work)
  • 2 TB nourishing oil, I use jojoba (where to buy) Other options include: almond, avocado, olive, apricot, argan
  • 1 liquid soap dispenser (I found the dispenser pictured at Target)
  1. In a soap dispenser, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, honey, and oil. Shake the ingredients together until the honey is fully dissolved.
  2. Shake the soap dispenser every few days in between uses.
To Use: Wet your face with water. Massage a small amount of homemade honey face wash on your face. Rinse with water. Follow with a homemade astringent and/or homemade lotion or facial serum.
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. Find my favorite DIY ingredients and tools, here.

Ingredient Note/Feedback: A few readers have shared that this face wash has an interesting smell when the honey and castile soap are mixed together. A smell they don’t particularly enjoy. If this is the case with your face wash,  but you still want the skin benefits of honey, I recommend trying a simple honey and aloe cleanser. If you don’t want to use the honey, try a simple blend of castile soap and water. The scent some readers experience may be coming from the tea tree castile soap, so stick with an unscented version if this is a concern.

A DIY homemade honey face wash that's natural and effective for cleansing the skin. This easy face wash only requires four ingredients (and two seconds of time)--castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing oil!

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  • Geunita says:

    I also use the oil cleansing method, but some nights think longingly of my face wipes of I used to buy and use. Do you think this could be incorporated into diy face wipes? Maybe not even disposable ones, but a jar of clothes that I washed regularly. I have gone to bed in make-up a few nights because I was just too tired.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Genuita! You’re genius!! Yes, I think a homemade reusable cleansing wipe using this recipe would be amazing!!! Oh man, you have my DIY wheels turning…thank you. 🙂

      • Alana says:

        Hi there,

        I have read that honey can spoil quickly once mixed with water … Do you know anything about this or how long until this face wash would expire ?


        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Alana, The water will spoil before the honey. Using distilled (or boiled) water will help prolong the life of this face wash. Without distilled water I only keep this wash for 2 (or so) weeks. With distilled water I’ve kept this wash for about 6 weeks (using it everyday).

    • Jessica says:

      You’re awesome! I want to start an oil wash regime, but I am very worried I am going to slack off because there is no way I am going to keep up every single night! It is LABOR intensive… but I hear it works well.

      Anyway, so I went in search of this, and poof, here you are, saying exactly what I was thinking! Thank you! I’ll be trying this soon!

      Oh, and do you know of a diy moisturizer?

    • Mai says:

      Hi Kristin! Do you think I can use grapeseed oil in this recipe? 🙂 how are the long term effects of this? Plan to make it tomorrow! Thank you!!

    • Cat says:

      I just made this. It’s AMAZING! I added a teaspoon of rose hip oil to the sweet almond oil I used and that was really nice too. I also used the hemp & almond flavor of the Dr. Bronner’s, because that’s just what I already had at home, and it smells so almondy-delisious. My skin feels super clean and so soft and hydrated (definitely not oily at all). Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Bethany says:

    I am so excited to try this. I feel the same way about oil cleansing. Thank you for including where you get your containers! I was just thinking that pump is just perfect for the purpose. I really appreciate that!

  • Eryn says:

    I use basically this same recipe as a body wash in the shower too, with the addition of some vitamin E oil and essential oils for fragrance. I’ve used coconut oil, jojoba, and hazelnut oil and jojoba is my favorite! Since I can customize each batch with different EOs it’s like having a new body wash each time!

  • claudia says:

    I love this recipe! Can this be used daily as your face wash/ make up remover?

  • Stacy says:

    Hi. You mentioned your oil face wash, can you provide the recipe please?

  • Phoebe says:

    Thank you so much for this ingeniously simple recipe! I just made a batch yesterday with Manuka honey, expensive but so worth it! After only two uses my skin feels so much smoother and more supple. I used sweet almond oil and lavender castile soap, since that is what I had on hand and the combination smells delightful. I did end up adding a little more distilled water to help dissolve the honey, because Manuka honey is so thick.
    Thanks again!
    This is the Manuka honey I used
    This is the container I put it in

  • Ann Yang says:

    Thank you. It was very easy to make and I’m loving the result. Smells good, feels clean, non drying and left my face so soft. After two days, I used it as a body wash and felt great. I am also using on my 3 yr old boy. Do you think this will work as shampoo?

  • Brianna says:

    i can’t wait to try this! I would like to try using plain Castile soap and adding in tea tree oil.. Do you have a recommendation for how much tea tree oil to add? Thanks!

  • mindy says:

    I prefer to use a glass container but I am curious if I could use this in one of those re-used foam hand soap containers. Would it clog up? Would it foam?

  • Katie says:

    I am so excited to try this, this will be my first all-natural DIY recipe! I have a question though. I have very sensitive skin as well that also seems to always get acne. Would this work, and would it be possible to add lemon essential oil? Would that do anything? I have blemishes that won’t go away, and I have heard that lemon helps to get rid of them. Thank you for your help!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Katie, I think you’ll love this DIY! My skin is also acne-prone, and very oily. The honey in this face wash is very soothing and works great at fighting the acne spots. Lemon essential oil is a great addition, but you’ll just need to use caution with getting too much sun exposure (citrus oils and sun exposure don’t mix very well). Other great acne options are: lavender and tea tree oil. Enjoy!!

    • Smiles says:

      Hi Katie, I’m new to Kristin’s lovely blog, but seeing that you are asking about blemishes, I can share what has worked wonders for me. In the shower and after washing my face (and giving it a few second to dry until just damp), I then use plain, dry baking soda to scrub my face. (Google “micro-derm abrasion” – but don’t buy their fancy expensive stuff, just use dry baking soda!). My face feels super smooth and clean and my blemishes started breaking and disappearing to the point where they are hardly noticeable. I also use the baking soda as a general body scrub, since I love the soft, clean feeling. And nothing works better on stinky feet, coarse heels and smelly armpits! Oh, and I have used this “scrub” on my face every other day, and daily on my full body. Sometimes I finish off with a light use of a bit of body wash or liquid soap, just to enjoy my soft and smooth skin. 😉 I always joke that the way my body feels after this baking soda scrub is addictive! 😉 Another thing – try different brands of baking soda, until you find one that you like – some are finer than others. (I like mine coarse for best results.) And for those days when I’m in too much of a hurry, I use the Scrubr (from here: – it also works great on all the same areas (blemishes, face, armpits, feet, silky smooth legs) and when travelling, but it is definitely second best after baking soda. Hope it helps!

  • Mercedes Stevens says:

    Would Coconut oil be okay with this? I don’t have the other stuff either. (btw thanks for the amazon links!) So I’ll be ordering from amazon but worried about my acne reacting badly. I have oily skin. Any input is appreciated! (;

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Mercedes, I have very oily, acne-prone skin and find the honey in this recipe is very soothing when mixed with the other ingredients. Coconut oil is great, but it can cause a reaction for some people with acne. If you’re currently using coconut oil with success then adding it to this recipe could be very beneficial. If not, I’d recommend going with something like jojoba oil.

      • Itzel Cavazos says:

        I’ve used coconut oil on my face to take off makeup & I haven’t had a reaction to it & I have acne prone skin as well, would the reaction be with the combination with the other ingredients or is the reaction just with coconut oil? If I’ve have not had a reaction with coconut oil before, would it be okay to add it in the wash?

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Itzel, Coconut oil is great product, but many people with acne-prone skin have strong reactions to it. Castile soap contains coconut oil, but it doesn’t seem to negatively have the same impact on acne-prone skin as pure coconut oil. Maybe you could try making a small amount of the face wash for a test run?

  • Rachel says:

    I really like the idea of this face wash but there something about the smell of it that turns me off. Any ideas on what it mighty be, or an EO that’s safe to add to improve the smell?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Rachel, I’m guessing it’s the castile soap? Do you have the tea tree castile? Lavender essential oil or even orange (just watch out for sun exposure and citrus oils) would be nice additions.

      • Kaitlyn McGlade says:

        Hi Kristen,

        I just made the face wash last night and have used it twice thus far. I am seeing a lot of replies about using this on acne prone skin…I have combination skin that is very dry/sensitive but also prone to breakouts (due to the excessive dryness). I have been struggling to find a natural solution for years as I have found most store bought washes DO NOT react well with my skin type. SO I have 2 questions, do you think this is still okay for my skin type? Or might it be too drying?
        Second, I have also noticed a not so pleasant smell with the wash (I used the baby unscented castile). You mentioned adding in lavender essential oil (which I love the smell of), but how much would you add in?


  • candice says:

    I also love the idea of this wash but i have the same problem. I have the baby mild castile soap which smells fine on its own. I have liquid organic unpasteurized honey from costco. Added some almond oil and tea tree. It smells awful.. thought it mighy b. The honey but it smells good on its own as well
    It works well buti cant stand the smell. Im confused 🙁

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Candice, The face wash shouldn’t smell bad, at least not from my experiences. I’m guessing it may be the honey or the tea tree oil? Tea tree oil can have a very strong scent (and some don’t care for it in beauty products).

  • candice says:

    Im thinking its the honey when combined with everything. I dont mind the smell of tea tree.
    Am i looking for just strictly unpasteurized honey? Or should it say raw
    Thank you so much for getting back to me 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      You’re welcome, Candice. I personally really like Orange Blossom Honey (it’s lighter and has a sweet taste and scent). The local honey sold in your area will probably vary, but request something (like Orange Blossom) that’s sweet to taste. I bet that will help!

  • Amy says:

    I just made up a batch of this recipe. I did add four drops each of lavender and frankinscence essential oils. I have been using the OCM for about a month. At first it was great and then about a week ago I started getting acne and millia. My recipe for OCM is for combo skin but I believe it’s just too much oil for my skin to absorb.

    I hit Pinterest again and found your recipe. I can’t wait to wash my face tonight. I plan on using this am/pm every day and use the OCM three times a week in the evening. Hopefully this will balance out my 47 year old oily/combo skin.

    I’ll let you know how it goes after a few weeks! 🙂

  • Robyn says:


    Does this have a “shelf life”? Or does it need to be stirred if sitting for awhile?

  • Rita says:

    I love this bodywash. I use it as a shaving lotion and shampoo too. However I did leave out the water. I used raw eucalyptus honey, tea tree oil and lavender. You are amazing. Thx

  • Matt says:

    Can you use castor oil instead of castile soap? I accidentally bought the former ugh.

  • Shannyn says:


    My soap foamed a lot after I shook it for the first time (they take up most of the jar) and I have waited a day since then, but the bubbles have not gone away. Is this normal?


  • Jen says:

    Is this gentle enough for washing eye lids & lashes too?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jen, I use a homemade make-up remover on my eyelids and lashes (coconut oil and witch hazel); however, you don’t need to avoid your eyelids when using this Wash. Just don’t open your eyes with the soap on your face :).

  • Matt says:

    should you refrigerate this product or will it freeze the soap?

  • Caidy says:

    I love this recipe, will definitely have to give it a go! Can this be used as a daily facial cleanser? If not, do you have a recipe or any suggestions for a daily facial cleanser? Preferably something that isn’t pure oil. Thanks for all your great recipes! 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    The raw honey I found at the Publix is solid. Did your raw honey start off solid? I could try to melt it and mix it up, but I’m fearful it will creat a mixture that won’t go through the pump. Thanks for the help!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shannon, Raw honey can come in a solid state (I actually have some in my pantry for baking). For this recipe you’ll need liquid honey. I’m not sure if the solid honey will blend with the castile soap.

  • Jill says:

    I Really want to try this, but have a couple questions. I’ve read using honey on your face can lighten facial hair, and I really don’t want my eyebrows any lighter than they already are. I’m hoping with the mixture of ingredients, thats less likely, should I be concerned about this? Second, I have early 40’s, very oily and acne prone skin. What type of oil could I use to reduce the chance of breakouts? I haven’t yet tried the OCM due to that concern. This sounds like a better option. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jill, I haven’t experienced any issues with my eyebrows–I have blonde hair and light brown brows. This may be an issue if the honey is left on or near the brows for an extended period of time. I have very oily, acne-prone skin and like jojoba or argan oil best for both cleansing and moisturizing the skin.

  • Sarah Santoro says:

    I loved this DIY. Super easy, and my face really does feel so very clean afterwards. I put a few squirts on my wash cloth and use it to cleanse. My skin is acne prone, only as of just this past year. Switching to all-natural skin care (lotion, shampoo, etc) has NOT agreed with my skin unfortunately. They say there’s a transition period for just about everything, but when it comes to my face I’m not sure how long I can hold out! Do you think there is a transition period for this face wash? My breakouts have been way worse since I started using it. There is a new one every day!

    My skin and my body in general are not sensitive to anything.


  • Anisah Alyahya says:

    Dear Kristin,

    Thanks for posting this and am looking forward to trying it. I am from europe, and do not understand the abbreviations..does TB mean tablespoon?


  • Deina says:

    I just use honey on it’s own, and I wash my face every morning and night, but those honey work for those with oily skin and whiteheads? I’ve been washing my face with honey for a couple of weeks now, but haven’t noticed much difference, hmm.. maybe it just takes some time. Where can I find Raw Honey? The one I’m using is Organic Honey.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Deina, I’ve tried honey on its own but it never worked well for me (oily, acne-prone skin). Maybe try diluting the honey? Similar to this face wash. Raw honey is usually found locally from farmers, markets, and health food stores. It’s not pasteurized so it retains all the beneficial properties.

  • Megan says:

    I’m excited to try this thanks for sharing.

  • Pat says:

    IN your recipe for honey facial wash, only 3TB of water is used, i don’t want to sound stupid but how do you get a full bottle

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Pat, The other ingredients make up the majority of the recipe: 1/3 cup castile soap (which is liquid like water) and 1/3 cup honey. The water just helps dilute the main ingredients.

  • Amy says:

    I was just going to make a small batch to try it out. Would it be ok to use regular “100% pure honey” (I assume it’s pasteurized) instead of raw honey, or does that essentially take out all the “good stuff”?

  • Erin says:

    Quick question – I made this using Dr Bonner “baby” Castile soap. I also boiled water & mixed everything up while the water was still warm, but not hot. My daughter (9yr) used this in the shower and said how bad it smelled. I washed my face with it, then, and definitely noticed a yucky smell. Is this normal? I’ve never used Castile soap before, is that the smell? Or was it the warm water? Can you suggest an E.O. that would be safe to add, to smell better but not irritate young skin/eyes?
    Thanks so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Erin, A bad odor isn’t good. I’m sorry you had to experience that. Another reader commented that her soap didn’t have a very pleasant smell either. Truthfully, I’m not really sure what the culprit may be…possibly the honey, since honey can vary in taste/smell/color. I would add lavender to the soap.

      • Erin says:

        ok, I’ll try the lavender. (I tasted the honey, and it’s definitely funny tasting – but I’m used to the regular honey, not raw. So maybe that actually is the reason for the smell…) Thank you!

  • Trisha says:

    Thank you for this!! I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill baking soda on my face for years..but I was always oily! Something had to change, so I googled for a diy facial cleanser for oily skin and your site popped up. I immediately made it using raw honey in its solid state (all I had, just combined it with the water and shook forever, 😉 til it dissolved) along with baby Castile soap and meadowfoam oil. I also added lavender, frankincense, myrhh, carrot and geranium essential oils, 2 drops each. All good for aging, oily skin! No, this does NOT smell pleasant, carrot and geranium eos stink lol! But…I am in love!! I have never, ever been able to go an entire day in hot, humid weather without having to wash several times a day due to the shine on my face! This is a keeper and I love being able to customize it with different essential oils. Thank you, thank you!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Kristin, I’m new here and am also very interested in natural home-made remedies (as I believe natural is always better and as a student, every buck saved from another expensive beauty product is always appreciated!).
    I’m definitely not meaning to come across as rude, but I am usually very cautious with things I put on my face. So was just wondering your past experiences in this beauty field, or if you have done any work in this line before…(just to qualm my doubts hehehe).

    Also, I was recommended by my beautician that my next concern should be combating dry skin. She says that there’s a difference between moisturising and hydrating and that I should be focusing on the latter. Would this honey facial cleanser be good for that?

    Sorry for the long post, and thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sarah, No worries. I completely understand the doubts–not rude at all :).

      I don’t have any cosmetic background as far as formal training, just years and years of frustration with store-bought products, professionals recommending products/expensive treatments, and troubled skin. After making the switch to homemade cleaners, I learned that we over-complicate products in the Western World, looking for chemical formulas made by companies to nourish our skin versus just basic naturally-derived ingredients generations past have used for thousands of years. So that’s my background. After getting rid of the fancy products and switching to a real food diet, the change was reflected in my skin’s appearance. There are many researched-based natural products. I use those ingredients when formulating a beauty product for my own use. And if it’s good and works for me, I share it on the blog. Hope that helps :).

      Honey has been used since ancient times to hydrate and moisturize the skin, as well as fight bacteria. Honey is also packed with vitamin C, which may help to relieve dry skin.

  • Mona says:

    Hi! Can I add aloe Vera to this face wash and to the milk&honey body wash?

  • Gunnhildur says:

    I made this with almond oil and Tea Tree castile soap. This lathers up so nicely and my skin feels amazing.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  • Cristina says:

    Dear Kristin,
    Thank you for all the information and sharing.
    I wonder if solid castile soap – grated – could be used. Should this be the case, which is quanty, and how much water is needed to dissolve it?
    Thank you once more!

  • Carolina says:

    Lovely! I’ve wanted to try making a face wash that is soft but that can also moisturize my skin (I have dry skin) and this seems like the perfect thing! Regretly in my country I can’t seem to find castile soap, so I was wondering if I could use vegetable glycerin instead? I already use it in my toothpaste and is wonderful and soft, but I don’t know how it would work with honey for a face wash.

    Thanks for the reply!
    Love your blog!

  • alex says:

    Can i substitute water for aloe vera juice? will it lather the same?

  • Annie says:

    Could glycerin be added to this? I am using this as both face wash and body wash. I am hoping that glycerin would make this lather better and go farther. Also, would more water be ok? Or do you think that would dilute it too much?

    Can vitamin E oil be used as a nourishing oil in place of argan or jojoba?


    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Annie, Glycerin can be added to this recipe–1-2 tablespoons will do the job. More water is definitely okay–you could probably add 1/4 cup more water without issue, although that will make it more watery with less suds.

      I don’t recommend substituting the nourishing oil with vitamin E, but it can be added.

  • karen says:

    I love your site!! I’m fairly new this. I was wondering instead of using distilled water or boiled water if you could use a hydrosol such as rose water instead. I’m not sure if those are considered distilled or not

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Karen, I’m so glad you’re enjoying Live Simply! While I haven’t tried adding a hydrosol to this recipe, I think it would be a great replacement to the distilled or boiled water! Great idea.

  • Jenetta says:

    Loving this site and can’t wait to try other DIYs here. The face wash was the first and I had to share it and your site with my friends and family.

  • Jess Hodges says:

    Love this blog!!! I have been whipping up beauty and body care products for My Hubbie, My Kiddies, My Friends and Family. Everyone loves these products but the smell from the honey face wash is AWFUL!!!! I used baby castile soap, raw honey, distilled water… Everything just like the recipe said. Can you explain why it seems so Bad?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jess, I’m so glad you’re enjoying Live Simply. A few people have commented about the odor after making this face wash. My only thought is the smell may be coming from the honey? Honey can vary in every region and with the seasons. I consistently use Orange Blossom Honey–it’s a very light honey (in both color and taste), so I’m wondering if I haven’t had an issue for this reason. I’m currently working on a new face wash recipe without the honey, for people who prefer something without this ingredient.

  • Angela says:

    i love this just finished using a batch, i was just going to make another and the recipe shows a picture of a square instead of numbers for the honey and liquid castile soap, i don’t recall this last time, though i have a new computer and maybe that’s why. anyways how much do you use of both?

  • Wow! I LOVE this recipe so much. I agree that a several-step skincare routine late at night isn’t the most pleasant idea when sleep is calling you. But, this recipe is so fast, easy, simple, and affordable. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Ms. Monica J. says:

    I love, love, love this recipe but I think it is just a tad, and I mean literally a tad, bit strong due to the castile soap maybe. Was wondering if I could maybe add just a bit more honey or more carrier oil, maybe hemp seed or another carrier oil that would be effective for my acne prone, sensitive skin. If not, I believe I will just continue to use it as is because I absolutely love it just the way it is but think it would be a miracle cleanser if it was a teeny-tiny bit milder. Thank you.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Ms. Monica, It’s great to hear you love the face wash!

      Absolutely, the great thing about this recipe is you can really customize it to your skin. Decreasing the castile soap is a great option. You could also try adding more honey and carrier oil. Play around with the ratios until you find something that works well for your skin type. Let me know how it goes!

  • Jenni says:

    Dear Kristin,
    I have just started getting into homemade stuff, this actually my first diy recipe! I made this recipe using lavender Castile soap, raw honey, sweet almond oil, and boiled water. But when I shook it, and let the bubbles dissolve, the mixture was a dark brown color. Is this normal? I saw the picture and it looked light yellow so I’m a little concerned. I used the raw honey in it’s solid form so that might been why. Also I used a little bit on my hands to test it out. It lathered nicely but it felt a little stripping. Is this also normal? Haha, Sorry for all the questions just felt a little concerned. I love your website very much though, and am willing to give this recipe a try. Thank you for your help! : )

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jenni, Congrats on your first DIY project!! The color of this face wash will vary with the color of the honey. I used Orange Blossom Honey which is very light in color. Some honey varieties are very dark. The stripping may be coming from the castile soap. In the future, you can use less castile if your skin feels too clean.

  • patjnyb says:

    Hi I am going to make this tomorrow. I didn’t get through every comment but I feel distilled water is the way to go. It will help keep the honey from spoiling as it is 100% pure. Sounds relatively easy to make at home, just by using a glass bowl in a pot, not submerged,placing a lid on, so the steamed water will turn to condensate and drip into the bowl. I will be testing this out since its a small amount of water per recipe. Looking forward to it !

  • celina georgia says:

    Hi! I love this recipe. I have used vegetable glycerin in other face washes, can it be added to this recipe as well? I know it is very moisturizing which I have had success with. Thank you!!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Celina, Vegetable glycerin would be a great addition to this recipe!

      • Celina Georgia says:

        Hi again, So I’ve been using this for a few days now (I went and added the glycerine). I am have dry skin, with a little oiliness in the Tzone area. I have found that my skin feels really tight after using this wash. Do you have suggestions? I was thinking I could add more jojoba oil to make it more moisturizing. I have never used Castile soap before, I’m thinking that could be the cause to the dryness. I usually use jojoba and tea tree as a face moisturizing serum after washing and even so my face feels a little tight. I love this wash though, my face feels amazingly clean. Any help on tweaking the recipe would be great! Thank you!

  • Wendy says:

    I am excited to try your DIY products. I am 50 and hoping to wake up this old skin! My daughters do have a great amount of acne. One was on birth control and it worked so well but we have since took her off (I hate that in her body) and her face has flared up again. We are all going to try your products! I do have 2 questions: Do you oil cleanse some nights and do the fast face cleanser method other nights? Do you clean morning and night? Do you skip oil cleansing and just use face wash? Second question is do you think this same formula would work for both of our needs: waking up tired skin and acne? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Wendy, I’m so glad the DIY recipes have been helpful :).

      Currently, in the summer and hotter months I use the face wash recipe (shared in this post) since I sweat and need something to really scrub away dirt (Florida is hot and dirty ;)). During the winter and fall (cooler months), I use a facial cleanser (I’m sharing the recipe tomorrow!) made from aloe, honey, and a nourishing oil. The facial cleanser is my hybrid between a traditional soap-based cleanser and the oil cleansing method. I love the oil cleansing method, but right now I don’t have a ton of time at night to use this method.

      In the morning, I just splash water on my face (or shower) and moisturize. At night, I use a cleansing method (face wash or cleanser), then apple cider vinegar toner/astringent to balance pH:, and moisturize. If you’re using the oil cleansing method, I recommend using it at night to cleanse away dirt and moisturize the skin. I think any of the methods mentioned here would work for both skin types.

  • Gen says:

    I’ve been looking for an all natural facial wash, toner & moisturizer to replace my current (store bought) cleanser set. I have a combination (dry/oily) skin. I would love to try out your recipes. I have couple of questions though.

    About ACV toner:
    1. Will it be okay if I use avocado oil in acv toner too?
    2. Does the acv have to be organic?

    About facial wash in this post:
    1. I live in the Philippines (Asia), do you have any idea if the castile soap is available here?
    2. What would be the best other oil to combine with (planning to use it for both acv toner & face wash) avocado oil?
    3. Is store bought honey good to use? I’m not sure I will be able to find raw one (as in freshly squeezed one).

    Please answer so I can start looking the ingredients. Thank you so much!

  • Gen says:

    Hi Kristin!
    Since I will not be able to purchase anything from amazon. Can you please check out the links below and give me your thoughts of which is better to use for the recipe you’ve provided. So far this is only what I’ve found. He he

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Gen,

      Perfect, glad you found some products.

      1. I don’t recommend mixing avocado oil with the ACV toner. You could use the oil as a separate moisturizer or in the face wash.
      2. The ACV doesn’t need to be organic.

      Face wash:
      2. I think avocado oil alone in the face wash is just fine. Jojoba oil has always been a personal favorite of mine, but it’s not needed if avocado works well for your skin.

  • Liz says:

    Hi! I made this today and can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the recipe. I saw you said you make your own eye make up remover with coconut oil and witch hazel. Would you mind telling me the ratio you use? Thanks!

  • Heidi says:

    I am curious about this, on one hand I absolutely love it, my face is super sensitive and I breakout with blisters if my skin does not like something and with this I am doing great, but on the other hand as soon as I combine the honey and the castile soap it stinks, I keep adding essential oils but this does not seem to help. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong but I have tried several brands of raw honey and its the same for them all. I add essential oils but this does not really help. I don’t know what to do to correct this issue.

  • Heidi says:

    Hi, so I absolutely love how this makes my skin feel and my skin can tolerate it which is saying a lot. I have super sensitive skin and can not just have acne breakouts but blister based acne and cysts as well so I have difficulties finding products to use. My problem is once i combine the honey and castile soap it stinks. I have tried 5-6 different brands and types of honey but nothing works. I add the essential oils but can not seem to get rid of the smell to get a great smelling wash. Do you have any advice?

  • Mina says:

    Hello! I recently made this and love it but it has an odd smell. The thing that comes to mind is pre-popped bagged popcorn. Any idea why that may be? I only used high quality ingredients, boiled the water and sanitized a new container. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Mina, A couple of other readers have reported a different/off scent, too. I wish I knew what was causing this scent for some people, but I honestly don’t know. As long as the soap doesn’t smell rancid or contain mold, then the soap should be fine. Which castile soap are using: lavender, orange, baby mild, etc?

  • Pete@EC says:

    We too recommend this use of honey as it is simple. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Methods range from washing the face with raw honey only to using a blend of honey, coconut oil and essential oils. I like your use of jojoba oil and storing in a liquid dispenser. This is a neat little DIY project which is fun and beneficial. I might have to add that to our post and mention your article as we left that part out. We just provided some recipes. I left our name clickable should you want to check it out. Really great article Kristin.

  • Jeniel says:

    How many oz should the soap dispenser be? 8oz, 12oz, etc. Thanks!

  • Clare says:

    Hey, I absolutely love your website. I’m incredibly new to this kind of stuff but so far I am absolutely loving it. I’ve found that your site is really accessible to newbies like me!

    On my computer, the quantity for the castile soap and the raw honey is just coming up as a little square. Can you help me out on this pretty please? I have everything I need to make this face wash and I am ready and waiting!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Clare, Thank you so much! It’s so great to hear you’re enjoying Live Simply.

      I apologize for the inconvenience with ingredient numbers not showing up. The problem must occur on certain browsers and computers (a few other people have mentioned having the same issue). Here are the ingredients: ⅓ cup liquid castile soap, Baby Mild or Tea Tree and ⅓ cup raw honey.

  • marie 7 says:

    I’ve used both the face washes from Citrus Clear (the Control & Sensitive), but for me the Citrus Clear Sensitive works better because its a bit richer in feel and moisturizing capability. The fragrance is also AMAZING. After 1 day of using it, I have no more face shine !

  • Amar says:

    Thank you very much for posting this recipe. This was my first DIY facial recipe and it came out great. I noticed in your picture its one color and consistent. However mines came has two layers. The bottom is the honey and the top is a yellowish color… I have to stir a bit before applying. And then I get one consistent color. Is there something I should have done differently?

    Thank you for your time, awesome blog!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Amar, It’s great to hear you’re enjoying the face wash! I recommend gently shaking the bottle until the honey is dissolved. If the honey is hard to dissolve (some honey choices can be very thick!), then add 2 tablespoons of warm water to the jar, and shake. This should help loosen the honey so the mixture can be mixed. You will need to gently shake the bottle every few days.

  • Emily says:

    Hi Kristen I’ve been using this as a head to toe wash and I really love it. But do you have a DIY shampoo? Thanks!

  • Danielle St-Hilaire says:

    Can I change the castile soap by Marseille soap?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Danielle, I don’t have any experience with Marseille soap, but from my short readings online (just now ;)) it appears that Marseille is a vegetable oil soap so it should work just fine (similar to castile soap).

  • Angie says:

    I’m so glad I found your site. I’ve been pursuing it looking for everything I can replace for me & my family. I had cancer in my twenties, so keeping toxins out of my body & my family has become very important to me. Being blemish prone has always had me running for foundation to balance out my complexion. However, with your simple explanation of your skin absorbing whatever we put on it, I began to wonder if I’m just not giving my skin a chance to heal itself. So, I mixed up a batch of your powdered foundation & started using it. It’s a lighter coverage than I’m use to, but I’m getting use to my skin, not my skin from a bottle. I’ve been interested in your face wash, & since mine was out, I tried a batch. I was so impressed at how clean my face felt & how well my eye makeup came off. But what made me smile was the combination of the cocoa powder & honey on my face. The smell of sweet chocolate was divine! Thank you for keeping it simple & natural. I’ll be recommending your site to all my weird, granola friends ;-). Also, I noticed in your powder foundation tutorial that you applied something on your cheeks. Do you have other makeup recipes?

  • says:

    Hello , today i try to make a recipes like that. Cant wait to try it in my home 🙂 . Many Thanks for share a great recipes 🙂

  • Harisa says:

    Hi I made the face wash to your recipe and it looks and feels great. I have added 10 drops of lavender oil and the smell is amazing. My problem is that my face feels so tight and kind of dried out after this, even though I have put in some jojoba and hemp oil and 10 drops of glycerine. I have read somewhere that adding citric acid may bring the ph levels to more gentle levels, but as soon as you add CA to this mix or castile soap it separates it into a waxy mass which can not be washed off.. Do you have any suggestions on how this soap can be made into more comfortable and not so drying… It is so drying for my combo skin, that even my lips suffer from dryness??? Thank you so much and I love your site and amazing photography all very tasteful and elegant.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Harisa, I’ve never tried adding citric acid to castile soap, so that’s very interesting to hear about the waxy result…good to know!

      I’m thinking you can reduce the castile soap amount since that’s probably what is causing the drying. Castile soap has a pH of 8.9 and neutral is considered 7, but it can still be very drying for some people. Another option is to add aloe vera gel to the recipe since it’s very soothing. And one last option is to make a super gentle aloe and honey cleanser:

  • Kathy says:

    I made this a couple days ago and I love it! It seems to separate so I just shake it a little every time I use it. I’m 52 but still get breakouts like a pubescent teenager so I’m pretty picky about my face wash. I don’t like the dry feeling after some products and this doesn’t feel that way at all.

    I’m slowly going the DIY route; so far laundry soap and face wash. Hand soap next as soon as my current bottle is empty.

  • Leah says:

    This recipe looks great! Would you say it would be a good pick for acne prone skin? I’ve been using a coconut oil and tea tree oil cleanser for a few months now. My skin clears up, and then breaks out over and over. I’m starting to wonder if it might be the coconut oil. Also, have you had any trouble with jojoba clogging your pores?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Leah, I have acne-prone skin. I used this recipe for about a year with very good success. Now I use a honey and aloe cleanser with a Clarisonic (really helps fight against clogged pores and acne!). I haven’t found jojoba oil to be an issue for me. I also really like olive oil in a cleaner/wash, so that’s another great option.

      My skin isn’t a big fan of 100% coconut oil these days. When it’s mixed with something like shea butter, my skin is okay with coconut oil.

  • MAI says:

    Hi kristin! its me again haha. Can i leave out the water so that the shelf life is longer? I’ll just mix a bit of water on my hand when i use it. 🙂 How long would the shelf life be then?

    also would it work if it was just:
    castile soap
    nourishing oil
    essential oils

    then water each time i use it 🙂

    Thank you so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Mai, Yes, you could try leaving out the water. I’ve washed my face with just castile soap many times (when I don’t have a product made). The only issue may be the dryness of castile soap, but as long as your skin feels good after the washing, go for it :).

  • Sabrina G. says:

    FYI for those whom noticed the smell is off, its the Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile soap, or that’s what I’ve seen in common between the posts and I noticed the same when I used mine. I think that’s just the smell of the soap, I would suggest using a scented version of it, for me I can’t as I am allergic to fragrance so I steer clear of anything scented.

    I am currently on Clavaris (generic form of Accutane) and my normally sensitive skin is excessively sensitive and very dry and flaking. I recommend making a trial batch first, I made the full batch and found that it burned my cheeks. I’m fairly confident the burn was from the soap. I’ll use it as a body wash and move on to the Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser, or omit the castile soap.

    Trial Version (15% of the original recipe)
    2 1/2 Teaspoons Liquid Castile Soap
    2 1/2 Teaspoons Raw Honey
    1 1/4 Teaspoons Water
    1 Teaspoons Nourishing Oil

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Sounds like a great plan, Sabrina! Thank you for sharing. Will you come back and share how your skin is doing in a few weeks?

      • Sabrina says:

        Update: Still burns in certain spots (smile lines) on my face, but its got to be the Accutane making my skin incredibly sensitive. I will continue to use this wonderful recipe in the future as I have almost no flaky skin on my face and that’s almost unheard of with between the medication and winter skin. Wahoo at no longer needing to buy an expensive face wash with lots of chemicals I cannot pronounce!!!

        Many thanks to you Kristin for a wonderful recipe!

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Sabrina, I’m so glad the face soap is working so well for you! Yes, the Accutane I believe has a way of making skin very sensitive–I hope that goes away soon!So excited for you!!

          • Sabrina says:

            Kristin this has healed my skin!! I no longer have any burning spots and my skin is nice and hydrated between both your honey face wash and honey and aloe face cleanser (I use it as a mask instead of a cleanser.)

          • Kristin Marr says:

            That’s sooooo awesome, Sabrina!!! I’m so incredibly happy for you!

  • Lacey says:

    Hi there, I made this face wash two weeks ago and my skin has been loving it! I put it in a foaming dispenser, which I think is helping it last longer. I also started oil cleansing about a week ago and I was pleasantly surprised when my face stopped getting oily halfway through the day! 🙂 I was wondering if you have any recommendations for spot treating acne? My skin is far better as a whole, but I’m still getting the occasional pimple. I wasn’t sure if there was something in particular that I could apply or if the best thing to do is just ignore them and keep on washing. Thanks so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lacey, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the face wash. For acne flareups, I’ve used tea tree or lavender essential oil (directly on the spot), and/or a bentonite clay mask over the area. Also, sometimes breakouts can be caused by a food (processed dairy is a big culprit). I’ve found it’s helpful to pay attention to what I did or ate before the breakouts occurred.

  • Brandon says:

    Hey Kristin,

    Can a castile bar be used in substitute for the liquid soap? If so, what is the recommended method of dissolving the soap into the solution?

    Thank you in advance,

  • Fitri says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I am really interesting to make my own facial cleanser. My sensitive and sometimes acne prone skin is not easy to handle.. i have several questions, I hope you don’t mind 🙂🙂🙂

    I would like to ask is it possible to add aloe Vera gel into the recipe? And if I use aloe Vera, does it still need water? I really love bubble, so when you introduce Castile soap as a soap base. I agree with you
    The other question, is it possible to combine more than two nourishing oil? And the amount still similar (2 tb nourishing oil) or different? such as lavender and grapeseed and also vitamin e as preservative.

    Thank you

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Fitri, Aloe vera gel will be a great replacement for the water, and a nice addition to this recipe. The soap may be a little too thick for a soap dispenser, so I recommend adding just a couple tablespoons of water, if needed. Yes, you may combine two nourishing oils in the recipe, the amount will be the same for the total amount of oil. Vitamin E will help keep the oils from going rancid, but I don’t believe it will help preserve the whole face wash. Honey is believed to be a good preservative, maybe not for other ingredients, but it does last a long time by itself. You could add the vitamin E for the skin benefits, same with grapeseed and lavender.


      • Fitri Novitasari says:

        Dear Kristin,

        Thank you for your thought,
        After I checked the availability of the ingredients in my country (by the way, I am living in Indonesia), I decide to follow your original recipes, and leaves the aloe vera gel in my first attempt, but I will still add lavender essential oil as nourishing oil along with jojoba oil. I hope it will be great for my sensitive and acne prone skin.
        One more thing, can you explain cups in making this cleanser, I don’t really understand, because usually the measurement is using milliliters or ounce.
        for instead, if I use cups (of 100 ml), so it means that I will have 100 ml of cleanser, with following the recipe?

        It will be my first experiment with DIY project, so wish me luck .. 🙂

        Thank you….

  • Amy says:

    Hi there! I do hope that I didn’t ruin this face wash by adding 30 drops of tea tree essential oil! I couldn’t help it though…….mine seems to smell like cooked mushrooms! I just bought all the ingredients and my raw honey is still fine. It has a date if 2017 on it and I had tasted it first as well. I like the feel of the wash, I just wish I could enjoy the smell!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Amy, I’m guessing the odor is coming from the tea tree oil, which has a very unique and strong scent. The face wash will be just fine, the odor may just be a bit unusual. You could try to mask it with a few drops of lavender.

  • Bianca says:

    Hi is it possible to add pure aloe Vera juice from a bottle instead of distilled water? If so how would it need to be stored? And what would be shelf date?

    Thank you

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Bianca, I think aloe vera juice would work nicely as a substitute. The only aloe juice options that I know about require refrigeration after opening, so that may be the one issue. You would probably need to store the wash in the fridge.

  • Bianca says:

    Thank you very much for your help! I will probably miss that out then!

  • Nicole Gabriel says:

    Kristin, I have to say I am super excited to to make this and try it! I got Dr. Bronner’s lavender Castile soap and the jojoba oil all I need to get is the raw honey. Is that something I can pick up at the grocery store and does it have to say “raw” on it or is all honey “raw”? Thank you again for posting all the these recipes I can’t wait to get started 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nicole, I’m excited for you! Raw honey is usually sold at health food stores. It will say “unpasteurized” or “raw.” Usually raw honey comes from local bee keepers, so a local address or source name is ideal, too. If you can’t find raw honey, “regular” honey will work, too. It just won’t have all the lovely benefits provided by raw honey.

  • Nicole Gabriel says:

    Hey Kristin I picked up some raw local honey from a farmers market down from my house today! Apparently there are a few bee farms in my area who knew! Lol oh well I can wait to try this mixing up a batch tonight along with the toothpaste and a honey clay mask! 🙂

  • Rashmi says:

    Hello! Well its a great diy.. i am very happy with it … but can you please tell me… can i use normal baby soap like Jonson rather then Castile.. ??😐 thanks

  • Hannah says:

    Hey! I really love this and I am going to buy everything today to try it! I have a couple active blemishes on my face and important events are coming up soon. I am really hoping this clears them up. I normally just wash with raw honey and that was working very well for awhile, but not so much by itself anymore. Does this recipe help with active acne? And does it help with healing? I also have pores that clog very easily so I am wondering if this will clog them up. I used Dr. Bronners tea tree oil soap on my face in the past but found it way too drying and noticed a couple small bumps here and there. I am thinking they were clogged pores but I have no idea! Any advice would help! 🙂 I absolutely love your website and I’m so excited to try this. Crossing my fingers it works!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Hannah, This should help with acne; however, everyone’s skin is different so I can’t say for sure. This shouldn’t clog your pores. You could also reduce the amount of soap called for in this recipe if it’s too drying.

      PS: I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  • Ashley says:

    How to make the bottle full? Do you fill the rest with distilled water?

  • Ashley says:

    Do you use distilled water to make the bottle full? Sorta confused on how to fill the bottle.

  • Ashlynne Janzen says:

    Do you have any tips on how to travel with homemade face wash? What kind of container do you take it in? Loved this post!

  • Amanda says:

    Hi I was wondering where you got the pump dispenser in this post? I would like to find something similar to it. Thanks!

  • Moriah Arrunategui says:

    Do we need to use water? So the honey doesn’t go bad.

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