Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

The beauty of making homemade products is found in the simplicity of the ingredients!

The simplest food ingredients usually create the most delicious meals. The same concept proves true when it comes to making homemade products. That’s why I often use the words five ingredients or easy to describe recipes posted on Live Simply. It’s not a Pinterest tactic; rather, a way to showcase how something that seems so complicated (like cooking a homemade dinner or making hand soap) is incredibly easy to take responsibility for at home.

As a society, we’ve become accustomed to life being too complicated, which has led to the mentality that we must rely on someone else (AKA: a big company) to make our dinners or nourish our skin. These are “products” our great-grandma knew how to make before commercials started telling her grandchildren that making anything at home is far too complicated and time-consuming for the average person.

Mr. Advertiser, we’re taking our cooking, hand soap, and facial cleanser back!



Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

Today’s DIY beauty product is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

As cooler weather approaches, not only do I start to think about a wardrobe change (I’m starting a capsule wardrobe this season, wish me luck!), but also about changes to my skincare routine. Just like our body needs different food nutrients depending on the season (heartier meals in the cooler months and lighter meals in the warmer months), I believe it’s important to change up our skincare food nutrients, too.

In the warmer months, when Florida becomes a free sauna (think: lots of sweat and dirt!), I use a product that will scrub away the gunk. This is when I turn to a soapy cleanser like my honey face wash. In the cooler months, when I don’t sweat nearly as much and the outside air is drier, I turn to a gentle method to cleanse my face,  like a honey and aloe cleanser. Since it’s officially fall (I’ve got my boots ready, come on Florida!!) , let’s turn our attention toward this gentle cleanser.

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

Before I share the recipe, let’s take a look at the simple ingredient list:

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera is a common ingredient used to treat sunburns due to its soothing and antioxidant properties. Since we know aloe is great for the skin, why not add it to a daily face cleanser? If you’re interested in some of the benefits of aloe vera, this article from Mind Body Green is very insightful.

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 on sensitive skin, but tough enough to remove dirt and other impurities. If you can’t find raw honey in your area (although many stores/markets now sell raw honey, so take a look before dismissing this ingredient), pasteurized honey may be used.

Nourishing Oil: Finally, what would a good face cleanser be without a nourishing oil? Since oil dissolves oil, it’s only natural to add a nourishing oil to a homemade facial cleanser.

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

And now that our skin is ready for the cool weather, maybe it’s time to bring back the Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Good idea, my friend, good idea!

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser
Serves: ½ cup
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel (where to buy)
  • ¼ cup honey (preferably raw)
  • 1 TB nourishing oil--I use a quality extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil. Any nourishing oil will work, other options include: almond, avocado, apricot, argan, coconut. If you plan to use coconut oil, make sure the oil is soft before adding it to the aloe and honey.
  1. Combine all the ingredients. That's it!
  2. Okay, a few more notes: This cleanser can be stored in a sealed jar (I use a Mason jar) or a soap dispenser. Either method works, it's completely up to you. If you're using a jar, I recommend using a spoon to scoop the cleanser into your hand to avoid introducing bacteria to the cleanser. Store the cleanser at room temperature for a couple of months. If you're using fresh aloe, store the cleanser in the fridge since the aloe may spoil quickly.
To Use: Shake the cleanser. Apply a small amount of cleanser to our hand, then massage the cleanser on your face. Allow the cleanser to sit for about a minute total, just to absorb the wonderful qualities of the ingredients. Using a damp wipe (I love these wipes for facial cleansing!! LOVE!), gently remove the cleanser, rinsing the wipe as needed.
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.

I follow this cleanser (as well as the Homemade Honey Face Wash) with apple cider vinegar astringent/toner and a moisturizer. I use a cleanser or face wash in the evening, and simply rinse my face with water in the morning.

Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser. This is super easy to make. So easy you’ll only need three ingredients, and zero fancy tools!

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  • Sandy says:

    I will be trying this very soon! I wonder which oil do you think would be best for acne prone skin?


  • Sarah says:

    Just to clarify, do u need to refrigerate it if u use the Aloe you recommend? That is real aloe, but not considered “fresh” aloe right? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Correct, Sarah. The aloe sold in health and “drug” stores, although it’s real, contains natural preservatives. Freshly-cut and squeezed aloe doesn’t contain any additional ingredients to keep it preserved.

  • Maria. says:

    Hello. I. Love. Homemade soap. I. Follow. The instructions. Feel like is a litte running how I get a litre more. Think. But. I. Love it. Thanks. I. Want to. Make. More. For. Christmas for gifts

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Maria, The consistency will depend on your honey. The cleanser should be thick, like a gel. There’s really nothing you can add to this cleanser to create a thicker consistency.

  • Sarah says:

    Hi there, i have been using this wash, and the toner recipe for 2 weeks. I am getting quite a lot of little whiteheads, and i was wondering if this is to be expected? Or maybe this isn’t right for me?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sarah, If you’re breaking out after using a new product, it’s best to discontinue use. Maybe try just using one product to determine if there’s a specific product/ingredient that’s disagreeing your skin–like an elimination diet but for the skin. Another aspect to think about is changes in diet. When I consume too much dairy, my face always breaks out really bad.

  • Tahira says:

    I was wondering would it make a difference if I were to use aloe vera juice instead or aloe vera gel?

  • Wendy says:

    This cleanser leaves my face feeling greasy. Would you recommend adding some Castile soap or would it not work as well if that is added? Thank you

  • Gina says:

    Thanks, Kristen, for this recipe! It saved my face. I used a couple anti-aging serums that ruined my moisture barrier and this repaired my dry, red face. Brilliant. I’m going to use for body wash next (sans castile). Thanks, again. 🙂

  • Megan says:

    What do you use for a moisturizer?

  • Sarah Patches says:

    I’ve been using this for 3 months and my face is sooo soft. I love this stuff and feel good about what I’m putting on and in my body! Thank you!

  • Sabrina says:

    I LOVE this recipe! I added a touch of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and use this as a mask every morning instead of washing my face. The dry mixture still leaves your face easily movable so you won’t have issues talking, smiling, or eating.

    Note: My skin is extremely dry due to being on Clavaris (Accutane) and with this amazing recipe I have zero flaking or dry patches. Thank you Kristin, you are amazing!

  • Tony says:

    G’day Kristin, thanks for the great recipes.

    Do you use this on wet skin?

    Is hemp oil a suitable oil for this face wash?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Tony, I’ve used this on wet and dry skin, but normally I wet my face and then apply the cleanser. I haven’t tried hemp oil, so I’m not sure how it will work on your skin or in this recipe.

  • Lacey says:

    Hi Kristin, I’ve been using your other honey face wash for a few months and I love it! I’m just about to run out of my current batch and I decided to try this one next. I was wondering if you think this recipe would work in a foaming dispenser? That’s what I’ve been using for the other face wash (and it’s been working wonderfully), but this seems like it would be thicker. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lacey, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the face wash! I think you could put this cleanser in a pump dispenser, but you’ll need to add water and Castile soap. So maybe use the honey face wash recipe and add aloe.

  • Paula says:

    Is this what you use your Clarasonic Mia with or the honey face wash?

  • Holly Burns says:

    I had a couple of questions for you. Does this cleanser feel sticky on your face? Does it take off eye makeup?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Holly, It will feel a bit sticky since there is honey in the mixture, but the aloe helps it glide on the skin and easily wash away. This won’t fully remove eye makeup like waterproof mascara, but it will help remove light eye makeup.

  • Kristy says:

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could add a few drops of essential oil to this cleanser?


  • Serendipity says:

    Does any one know where in the drugstore i could find this? (like which area/ department/ what is it next to?) I can only find After Sun lotion with aloe….


    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Serendipity, Aloe is usually available in the beauty department, I believe. It may also be found near the topical ointments and such. Avoid the aloe that’s green (it contains artificial dye). Amazon is another good source for aloe vera.

      • Serendipity says:

        I FOUND IT!!! 😀 it took ten different stores but i finally found pure aloe vera gel!!!

        Ive been loving this recipe for days when i don’t wear any makeup (or only the homemade powder on your site). On days where i wear foundation and heavier makeup, I use this and store bought cleanser to super clean my skin.

        This recipe feels like a shu uemura oil cleanser, but quite a bit less oily and lighter.

        Thanks for the great recipe Kristin!

  • Serendipity says:

    the tip beware green aloe was timely, as it totally didnt even cross my mind….

  • Stuart Pierce says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I’ve used honey on its own, and it’s so sticky, so I’d love to see how it is mixed 50/50 with aloe. I can’t use jojoba, but maybe hemp or pumpkin seed oil.

  • kemi says:

    I can’t wait to try it, but plz I don’t really understand d coconut aspect like, is it d water, or d squeeze one, or coconut oil plz help me out on it. Thanks

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kemi, Are you asking about which kind of coconut oil, if you’re using coconut oil? If so, you’ll want to use virgin coconut oil, and just whisk it together with the other ingredients.

  • Anabelle Dickerson says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe I absolutely love it!

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