Pass the natural face wash, please! Honey face wash to be specific. Because today that is what we are going to make. This homemade honey face wash couldn’t be any easier to make. It requires just 4 natural ingredients: castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing skin oil. We’ll talk about each ingredient today and then make this all-natural 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!

Why I created this natural face wash…

A few years ago, I decided to give oil cleansing a try. 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.

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!

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 natural ingredients which I already owned.

The best part about this natural face wash is I don’t have to worry about ingredients of known concern, which show up way too often in face washes (including “natural” face wash–a term that means nothing).

A few of the concerning ingredients found in face wash:

  • Fragrance: may contain up to 3,000 different chemicals to make a single fragrance, including phthalates to make the scent last longer, which producers don’t have to disclose due to trade secret laws.
  • Parabens: Used to extend the shelf-life of face wash, but with reproductive health concerns.
  • Sulfates: Used to create suds in face wash, but also strips the skin of beneficial oils, which could even cause the skin to overproduce oils and breakout.
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!

How to Make Homemade Honey Face Wash

Ingredients List

  • Soap Bottle Dispenser (like this)
  • Nourishing Skin Oil
  • Raw Honey
  • Distilled Water
  • Liquid Castile Soap

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. Learn more about the benefits of washing your face with honey.

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 foaming hand soap. I recommend using either the Baby Mild Castile Soap or Tea Tree Castile Soap for facial cleansing. A 32-ounce bottle of liquid castile soap costs about $17, and one bottle will make about 10 homemade face washes. Explore natural ways to use castile soap.

Nourishing Skin Oil

Since oil dissolves oil, it’s only natural to add a nourishing oil to a homemade face wash. Jojoba or sweet almond oil work well. 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 (castile soap needs to be diluted, ideally). This face soap will last a few weeks so I recommend using distilled or boiled water to prevent bacteria growth.

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!

How to Use Honey Face Wash

A face wash is the first step in a natural skincare routine (note: some people like to remove makeup with a makeup remover first, then cleanse). For most people, using a face wash in the evening is essential after a long day to remove dead skin cells and makeup, and keep pores clear. In the morning, I’ve found that just splashing my face with warm water is plenty, unless I just completed a sweaty walk or workout. Here’s how to use this honey face wash to cleanse your face:

  • Give the honey face wash a gentle shake to mix the ingredients (separation is normal for a natural face wash that you make at home).
  • Wet your hands with water.
  • Add a squirt of face wash to the palm of your hand.
  • Rub your hands together to create suds with the soap.
  • Use your palms to massage the soap on your face and down your neck. I usually spend about 30-60 seconds massaging my face with the cleanser. As you massage the skin, you’ll loosen dead skin cells, dirt, oils, and makeup.
  • Wet a clean washcloth with warm water.
  • Use the washcloth to rinse the face wash from the skin, rinsing the washcloth and repeating as needed. This will remove makeup, dead skin cells, etc. and should leave the skin with a glowing complexion.
  • After cleansing, facial skin is ready for a spritz of toner (I love rosewater), any serums you may use (I use this A+ serum for hormonal breakouts), and a moisturizer (explore the best 8 natural face moisturizers).
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!

Is this honey face wash safe for all skin types?

I have sensitive skin that is more on the oily side and acne-prone. I have had good success with this face wash, which is why I share the recipe. Since sharing this recipe, over 7 years ago, many people have made and used this natural face wash with great success.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different and finding what works for you, even if it works for someone else, takes patience and exploration. The great thing about this honey face wash is that it costs very little to make and you can use the ingredients (like castile soap and nourishing oil) to make other things if you find that you don’t love this face wash (like natural cleaners and moisturizer).

If you have dry skin, the castile soap in this honey face wash may be drying for your skin type, which could cause the skin to produce excess oils and breakout. In this case, I love this aloe vera and honey face cleanser, which is very gentle and soothing and doesn’t include castile soap. If you want suds, which you’ll only get from a soap, you could reduce the amount of castile soap in this recipe as well.

Essential oils may irritate sensitive skin, so I’ve skipped using essential oils in this natural face wash recipe. If you prefer a scented face cleanser, you can add an essential oil that is soothing and less likely to irritate the skin, like lavender, and only use a few drops.

Convenience. Natural. Homemade. Money-saving. Time-saving. This DIY homemade honey face wash is the real deal with real ingredients and antioxidants to leave the skin with a healthy, natural glow.

A super easy DIY homemade honey face wash that works to heal and cleanse skin. Only three ingredients!!
4.78 from 40 votes

DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash

This DIY homemade honey face wash is super easy to make and requires just 4 natural ingredients: castile soap, honey, water, and a nourishing skin oil.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course DIY
Cuisine Beauty, Body
Servings 8 ounces




  • 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.
  • Shake the soap dispenser every few days in between uses.



You can skip the water in this recipe, if desired. The soap may not pump so well (you’ll need to squirt it in your hands), but it will probably last longer than the water-based face wash. If you do this, the castile may feel too drying for you, so you may want to reduce the castile soap amount. 
When you introduce water into a product without a preservative you always run the risk of introducing bacteria, so use water-based products quickly. Using distilled water is always the safest option.
Reader 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.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

Natural Face Wash Q&A

What can I use to clean my face naturally?

This homemade honey face wash recipe (above) is just one option for a natural facial cleanser. Back when I originally shared this recipe (in 2015), there weren’t store-bought options made with nourishing, non-toxic ingredients. Today, there are great companies that have stepped up to make incredible non-toxic, natural, botanical skincare products. Check out my article, Best Natural Face Cleaners and Face Wash, for a round-up of the best homemade and store-bought face washes.

Which face wash is 100% natural?

The homemade honey face wash (recipe above) is about as 100% natural as you’ll find. Other DIY face wash options that are 100% natural: honey and aloe face wash (just honey and aloe), cleanse your face with honey alone, and basic face wash made with castile soap. A few of my favorite natural store-bought face washes: OSEA Ocean Cleanser (use code livesimply for $10 off any $90 order), True Botanicals, Evan Healy Milk Cleanser or Tea Tree Cleanser, One Love Organics, and Blissoma Rejuvenating Gel Cleanser. That said, I challenge you to focus on using safe and nourishing skincare products rather than focusing on 100% natural. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s the solution you’re looking for. Poison Ivy is 100% natural and none of us are spreading that stuff on our faces. Just food for thought. Synthetic ingredients aren’t bad, as long as they are proven to be safe.

How do you get a natural glowing face?

First, I’m not an esthetician (listen to my podcast with an esthetician about natural skincare), but I’ve taken a big interest in my skincare over the years. In my late 20’s, after my second child was born, I developed severe hormonal acne. I felt embarrassed, ashamed, and unprepared for how to nourish my skin. I figured the acne would go away, but after a couple of years I was desperate for help and turned to all the resources I could find: a functional medicine doctor, estheticians, books, etc. It’s taken me years to learn how to care for my skin and get a healthy glow (even family members today remark about how incredible my skin looks). Here’s what I’ve found has helped me get a natural glowing face and skin:

  • sleep (7+ hours, my skin starts looking tired and dull when I don’t prioritize sleep)
  • hydration (drinking half my bodyweight in water a day, another huge key to glowing skin)
  • using skincare products that nourish my skin
  • movement (sweating is one of the ways the body detoxes)
  • real food nutrition (including healthy fats and protein)
  • probiotic foods (not supplements, real probiotic foods, like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, etc.)
  • facials (I go for a facial every two months now, it’s become essential for keeping my pores clear)

What are the best DIY/natural face washes for acne?

This is a question asked often in the comments. Again, I’m not an esthetician (listen to my podcast with an esthetician about natural skincare), but I personally struggled with acne for a number of years as an adult. Today, my skin has cleared along with much of the scarring (peels, micro needling, a nourishing skincare routine, and patience helped with the scarring over the years). From my research, honey and aloe are some of the best DIY natural face wash ingredients for acne-prone skin. Honey is antibacterial and hydrating (learn more about using honey to cleanse the face), and both are gentle on the skin and soothing. Aloe and honey don’t strip the skin of natural and beneficial oils, which could cause breakouts and inflammation. I also love this Ocean Cleanser from OSEA for a store-bought option that exfoliates and cleanses the skin without stripping the skin of its natural and beneficial oils (use code livesimply for $10 off any $90 order).



  1. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

      1. 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 ?


        1. 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).

          1. Also; if you substitute the oil you use with coconut oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil; it will preserve much longer. Both have natural predervatives in them and are great for the skin!

      2. Hi, was very excited to use this as I have psoriasis and find seaweed and honey great for my skin. I only had a pump so used 1/4 c unscented organic Castile soap and 1/2 Manuka honey mainly because of the smell. However it currently smells like battered fried fish! Any ideas to fix this? I used quite good ingredients so don’t really want my money to go to waste. Thanks!

    2. 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?

      1. Oops, I should clarify… And I realized I hit the wrong reply button…

        DIY face moisturizer that won’t clog pores? Everything I have found seems extremely heavy, especially for my face.


        1. Try Squalane oil, it is produced in our bodies naturally, but decrease as we age. It is also extracted from olives and shark livers. If you decide on it, I would use the ones made from olives as I try to avoid the shark liver version due to cruelty to animals.

    3. 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!!

    4. 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!

    5. Love this recipe. Is there anything I can add to this formula to make it more thick and luxurious. Even when removing the water it is still a little too thin for fussy teen. Perhaps vegetable glycine ?

      Thank you ❤️

      1. Hi Claire,

        You could just use honey by itself or honey with a bit of castile. I don’t think vegetable glycerin will thicken it.

        LS Team

      2. 4 stars
        This recipe is a very useful base but I had to tweak it a little to suit my needs. I tend to be on the drier side but I do enjoy a good foaming cleanser (bubbles equal clean to me, it’s mental I know, can’t help it) so I still use mostly castile soap but less honey. The smell of the honey was too strong and not pleasant mixed with the castile soap so I cut the amount of honey in half, added a tablespoon more of sweet almond oil and mixed xantham gum in with the oil to thicken thule recipe (it was really watery). I used baby unscented Dr. Brimmers, raw honey, water, and the carrier oil. Added the xantham gum with lavender and vanilla EO’s. Smells sweet and nice and creamy with a great lather. I sell some face cleanser as well so I add a small amount of optiphen plus to those so they last a lot longer.

  2. 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!

      1. This is my favorite cleanser ever! I left the water out in my newest batch and found I do not miss it. What are your thoughts? Thank you for sharing your ingenuity to better the lives of others.

        1. Hey Bethany, That’s so great to hear. Castile soap can feel a bit drying for some people, so that’s why I dilute this mixture with water. You can definitely leave out the water in this mixture. It will extend the shelf-life of the product.

    1. 5 stars
      I LOVE this face wash……I use it twice daily. It leaves a glow on my face, makes my cheeks rosy. It’s an excellent moisturizer also.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

      1. Hi Kristin, thank you so much for these amazing recipes! I would like to try the honey face wash but only have a castille soap bar here. Do you have a recommendation on how much of it I should use? I was thinking of milling it very fine and mixing with distilled water.
        Thanks a lot!

        1. Hi Myriam,

          Not sure about how much to use for a bar but it’s a good idea to grate it and use that. I would maybe try a tablespoon grated.

          LS Team.

  8. 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!

    1. 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!!

    2. 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!

    3. hi this so great, i tried it.. it helped in glowing my skin.. can you please tell me will this facewash treatt dry skin specially in winters? can we use it for acne? how can i increase the shelf life please tell me

  9. 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! (;

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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?

  10. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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?


  11. 5 stars
    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 🙁

    1. 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).

  12. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  13. 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! 🙂

    1. Hey Robyn, I would recommend only keeping this face wash for about 4-6 weeks (due to the water). I usually just shake bottle if the honey begins to separate.

  14. 5 stars
    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

  15. Hello,

    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?


    1. 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 :).

  16. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

  17. 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!

    1. 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.

  18. 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!

    1. 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.

  19. 5 stars
    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.


  20. 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?


  21. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 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

    1. 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.

  23. 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”?

  24. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  25. 5 stars
    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!!!

  26. 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!

    1. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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?


    1. 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.

  31. Hi,
    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

    1. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

    1. 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.

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

  37. 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! : )

    1. 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.

  38. 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 !

  39. 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!!

      1. 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!

        1. Hey Celina, It sounds like the soap is causing the dry feeling. You could try diluting the already made soap with water. If you have any shea butter, you could also melt 1-2 TB and add the melted butter to the soap for moisture. If the soap continues to feel dry on your face, using it for a body wash and making something without a soap-based product might be the best option. Here’s a face cleanser you may like:

  40. 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!

    1. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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

    1. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

    1. Hey Heidi, I’m not really sure how to fix the issue. If you’re loving the benefits of honey (which is amazing for sensitive skin and breakouts), but don’t care for the scent of the castile and honey mixture, I recommend skipping the castile soap in the recipe. Another option is to use this facial cleanser: The castile soap may be used alone or diluted with water for a body wash.

  45. 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?

  46. 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!

    1. 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?

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

    1. 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.

  49. 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 !

  50. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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.

  51. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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).

  52. 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?

  53. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  54. 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.

    1. 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:

  55. 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.

  56. 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?

    1. 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.

  57. 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!

    1. 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 :).

  58. 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

      1. 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!

        1. 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!!

          1. 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.)

  59. 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!

    1. 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.

  60. 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,

  61. 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

    1. 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.


      1. 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….

  62. 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!

    1. 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.

  63. 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

    1. 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.

  64. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  65. 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! 🙂

  66. 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

  67. 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!

    1. 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!

  68. 5 stars
    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!

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

  70. 5 stars
    I have been using this face wash for nearly 7 months now and I love it! Thank you for the recipe!

  71. Sorry, not a fan of castile soap. There are so many reasons to never use soap on skin. I have no idea why so many “natural” sites love to take moisturizing oils and saponify them with an alkali like potassium hydroxide. Now the oils are a rather harsh and drying anionic surfactant, made worse by being the wrong pH for healthy skin. Somehow they think this is natural and therefore better for your skin. The added ingredients in your recipe help to ameliorate some of these problems, but it would be far better to not have soap in the recipe at all.
    I’ll stick with your honey & aloe cleanser recipe.

    1. Hey Stuart, Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the honey and aloe cleanser. If that’s working best for you, then definitely stick with that!

    1. Hey Cheryl, Yes, but you’ll want to make sure it’s fractionated coconut oil (which is refined and always remains in a liquid state). Or you can leave the oils out.

  72. 5 stars
    I use this as a body wash. Love it.

    Next batch I’m gonna replace the water with rose water and/or witch hazel.

  73. Hi Kristin!
    I’m going to be moving soon and am looking to transfer over to more natural products for health, beauty and cleaning. I stumbled across your website a few days ago and am totally hooked! I’d love to try out making this face wash since I just bought a whole bottle of castile soap. My question for you is, do you think the consistency of this soap is thin enough to be used in a foaming dispenser? Or does the honey make it too thick? Also, I noticed you said you’ve been using your aloe and honey face wash lately but was wondering if you ever used your clarisonic with this wash? I’m thinking about investing in a clarisonic but am not sure if it will work well with this face wash. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hey Kerry, Welcome to Live Simply! Hmmm, I’m not sure if this soap will work in a foaming soap dispenser. I think it’s worth a shot. Even with the honey, the face wash is a bit on the thin side. I haven’t tried using my clarisonic with this wash, but I think it would work great. You could also use the clarisonic after washing your face with just water–I’ve done that before many times.

  74. Hi! I made your face Wash and the honey smelled so I added lavendar essential oil. I have dry/sensitiva skin so is the lavendar okay for my skin?
    Thank you!

  75. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this WONDERFUL recipe!!
    It has made my skin soooo much softer, smoother, and clearer!!!
    I absolutely LOVE it! I followed this up with a moisturizer and it is PERFECT!!
    Thanks again!!!!!

  76. Hello just wondering if i could use aloe vera juice vs water in this recipe without making it spoil faster? Thank you and I love your website!

  77. 5 stars
    I tried reading through all the comments to see if my questions were answered, but there are way too many. Haha.

    I made this last year and loved it. Definitely didn’t need the shelf life warning and kept using it. Whoops.

    I want to make this to give to people and am looking for a way to extend the shelf life. I’d like to add 2tb of glycerin, if you think that would be beneficial, and some vitamin e for preservation. Is there a water alternative you would recommend? Aloe juice (does that need to be refrigerated), or anything else that would do the job and foam, but not spoil in 6 weeks? Would the vitamin e alone extend the shelf life decently? I also use lavender EO in mine.

    1. Hey Summer,

      I think a hydrosol would work, like a rose hydrosol (water). There are a number of great hydrosols available, and it would add an amazing scent ( That’s the only thing I can think of besides using distilled water. From my research, Vitamin E alone will keep the oil from going rancid, but it won’t help preserve the soap in terms of keeping potential water-based bacteria away. You could try using Grapeseed Extract, or possibly Rosemary Oil Extract. This site provides a good breakdown on each preservative and how to use them:

      Hope that helps :). Let me know how it goes!

      PS: I personally keep some products with distilled water around for at least a couple of months, but I always want to be cautious since this is the world-wide web and water-based products have many variables.

  78. Hello! I am a graduate student and a definite beginner to living simply! I haven’t bought the ingredients for cleaning or natural care yet, but I definitely plan on because I want to switch myself and my mother to a healthier lifestyle and I want to start with the food we eat and the things we put on our bodies. I have downloaded your free crash courses for real food and natural cleaning and plan to buy the cleaning e-book! For this particular recipe, is it possible to leave out the water completely and add it to the wash after putting a bit of the wash on my Clarisonic? Instead of directly adding the water into the facial wash mixture?

    1. Hey Colette, That’s so great to hear! Yes, you can leave out the water in this recipe. You won’t be able to use a pump dispenser, but you’ll still get a great cleansing product!

  79. Hi there,
    was just wondering if u can just use unpasteurized honey. it’s orange blossom but its not raw?or is raw & unpasteurized better? think I’m goin to make your moisturizing lotion also. it go’s hand & hand i would think,lol goin to give it a try!

  80. Hi Kristin,

    Can coconut oil be used for the nourishing oil in this recipe?

    Thanks so much for sharing all these great recipes.

    1. Hey Ann,

      Yes, it can, but if you’re using virgin coconut oil (used in the kitchen for cooking and baking), it may solidify when the outside temperature is cooler. Extra virgin olive oil won’t have the same issue (unless it reaches a very cold temperature, similar to a refrigerator)–another option. Fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state at all times, so it would probably work better than virgin coconut oil in this particular recipe.

      Let me know how it goes!

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes :).

  81. Hi! I, have recently, made the change, to all natural, and, homemade skincare products. I, was, looking for a liquid face wash, to use, with my clarisonic mia. I had, all of the ingredients, on hand, to make, the “honey face wash”, so, I thought, I’d give that a try. It worked great! I, put, a small amount of the mixture, in my hands, rubbed between my hands,for a couple of seconds, then, smeared it, all over my face (as, the mixture, is, fairly runny, this kept it, from just running off of my hands, on the way, up, to my face)! I, then, used the clarisonic, for 1 minute. It kept, a nice lather, the entire minute. My skin, felt amazing! (I, did, do this, in the shower.) I, have, had breakouts, for so long, that, I don’t ever remember, having clear skin (I’m 50). I’ve tried everything, under the sun. I’ve been using castile soap, with tea trea oil, an apple cider vinegar toner, lavender essential oil (for, spot treatment), and, jojoba oil, for moisturizing. Since, eliminating, all of the chemical filled, store bought products, my skin, has, never looked better! I, did, have to “suffer”, through some purging, when I started the ACV, but, it has paid off! I’m feeling, much better, about my face, these days. I’m anxious, to try, some of the other recipies, you have, on your website, as well!

  82. 5 stars
    Hi Kristin! I wanted to let you know that your deodorant recipe is the only one I’ve tried that actually works! And your ultra moisturizing lotion is the only thing that has EVER kept my skin for getting extremely dry in the winter months. I just adore your recipes! I’m making the vitamin c serum this afternoon, and I wanted to make this face wash as well. I just realized I’m out of raw honey, but I have regular honey. Will that work, or provide any benefit? Thanks so much for your help, and all you do! Your blog is a favorite of mine!

  83. I just did the honey face wash and I love it. But last night I started thinking about the amount of liquid Castille soap in the recipe and I got scared … My laundry washing liquid recipe requires 1 cup of liquid castile soap per 7 liters of water… and now I am putting 1/3 in just about a total of 1 cup of total recipe… isn’t it a little too much ?

    1. Hey Martine, I’m glad you’re enjoying it. If you feel like the amount is too drying, you’re welcome to add just a couple of tablespoons next time, or dilute the current mixture. I use straight castile soap (no diluting) on my body, so it’s okay to use it without much dilution.

  84. I’ve always made my face/body wash using equal parts Castile soap, jojoba oil and raw honey but don’t add any water at all. It still works perectly without the addition of water.

  85. Hi! I stumbled across this recipe as I was looking on the effects of honey on acne prone skin. I’ve been cursed with adult hormonal acne that I can’t shake. I have made this recipe and have been using it for 2 weeks and following up with an acv toner but I still get breakouts. Can anyone tell me when I might start seeing better results? Also I used 100% organic raw honey that came in solid form but i microwaved it and liquified. Does this affect anything? Any suggestions on what honey I could use?

    1. Hey Kassidy,

      As long as it’s not making it worse, than hopefully it will help soon. The honey should be okay. Are you removing makeup before using this? That may help, based on my experience. And also using a clay mask has helped my skin.

      Also, based on my own experience with adult acne, I had to take care of some hormone balancing issues, and even make some dietary changes before my skin fully cleared up.

  86. Hi Kristin, came across your site and I absolutely love it. I have been wanting to create a DIY facewash for sometime now but haven’t got down to it. Got a small query, Dr Bronner’s is not available in India, actually I could order it from amazon but it is very expensive.

    Recently found someone who makes homemade castile soap with olive & coconut oil (without any preservatives) and I bought some from her. I was wondering if I could use that castile soap instead of Dr Bronner’s in this concoction?

    I am sure Dr Bronner’s contains some kind of preservative increasing its shelf life, preventing it from going bad when mixed with honey. The lady i bought it from advised me not to add honey and store it as it may go rancid, but to instead mix honey in a small amount every time i need to wash my face! A bit hectic for me to do that every single time.

    What do you think?

    1. Hey Tara, Yes, castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s brand) has a long shelf life, and I believe it contains citric acid (I don’t have a bottle in front of me, but if so that may be the preservative?). Honey also has a long shelf life. I would follow her instructions since she’s familiar with her soap product. I know it’s more work, but maybe you could just add a squirt of the castile soap and a squirt of honey each night to your hand, and then apply it your face.

  87. 5 stars
    Okay, I have not left a comment … probably because I’m in a hurry or lazy 🙂 But I started using this DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash about a year and a half ago because, lets face it, I’m getting old-er (75) and I need to help the eczema I now have after receiving radiation treatments for breast cancer (I’m 5 years out and am fine, stage 0). I love this cleanser. I have been blessed with a great complexion so have been lazy with it all my life. But life can catch up. I have even shared your site and this recipe with a gal at church that also has eczema and she too loves it. I usually come here for the DIY beauty / cleansing recipes that you have developed and so far have been very happy with them.

  88. 5 stars
    Hi! Where did you purchase this particular pump bottle shown above with the face wash in it? I love it! Thank you

  89. 5 stars
    First of all I’d like to say that I love your blog, especially now that I’m changing to more natural skin care products.
    I’ve mixed this honey face wash and used it a few times and I have a couple of questions –
    Whenever I wash my face with this cleanser, it feels like there is some kind of residue after I used it on my face. It does not feel oily in particular, just like there is something on my face I can’t really describe. Is it normal or did I do something wrong?
    And regarding the smell… I used the baby mild version, which one its own has a smell I don’t like. But to me it seems that the face wash smells exactly like the pure soap, so I plan to use lavender soap next time, but in the time I want to mask the smell with lavender EO. How much would you use? And can lavender and rosemary work together or would you recommend another blend?

    Sorry for all these questions and thank you for posting all these recipes 🙂

    1. Hey Maria, Castile soap can leave that soapy residue feel, so the soap is definitely the culprit. My suggestion is to reduce the amount of soap (next time), or add more distilled water to the current bottle to dilute it even more–you could try doubling the water amount. Another suggestion is to use a toner afterward, like apple cider vinegar and water, witch hazel, or rose water. Wipe the face with the toner after cleansing. I think diluting the soap more will help.

      You could definitely add some lavender EO. I personally would try 12 drops of lavender. I would try about 6 drops of rosemary. You could adjust these amounts slightly, too.

      Let me know how it goes!

      1. Oh, I forgot to mention that I didn’t add the water to keep it from getting bad too fast. Do you think adding more of the honey would work as well or should I add the distilled water?
        I will go buy the EO in the next few days and get back to you if it managed to mask the smell.

        Thanks for your help!

        1. Hey Maira, It might help, but diluting with water is probably the answer. You could place a small amount in a bowl before use and then dilute it with water. That way you’re only adding water with each use. It might be tricky to use, but it might work and help the issue.

          1. Okay thank you. But the residue doesn’t harm my skin right? I use a ACV toner afterwards.

  90. Hello Kristine, thank you for this face wash recipe. I been using it for 3 days know. I have a question. What is the shelf life if I didn’t add water to my face wash??? Thank you ?

      1. hi kristin. in your other blog u said boiled or distilled water makes the shelf life longer. can you please explain me? if i dont use water i it it makes my skin dry then what to add insted of water

        1. Both remove any impurities and bacteria and microorganisms in the water, which is going make it safer to use. Hope this helps!

          LS Team

  91. I’d love to try this. Did you use raw honey that was already liquefied or the waxy hardened kind that you melted down yourself for the recipe? In all the DIY Honey facewash recipes, no one ever mentions which they used. I’ve seen both types at the grocery.

    1. Yesss! Awesome question! I have always wondered this too! SO glad to know now! We just look for a liquid raw non-pasteurized honey

  92. hey! if i’ll use this cleanser every morning (about 2-3 plumps), for how much time do you think he’ll stay? and raw honey, it’s pure honey?

    1. Hey Marina, I’m not 100% sure, but probably a month or so. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been pasteurized, so it contains all the benefits of honey.

  93. Hello! I really love this recipe and i am definitely gonna use it. Could you please tell me how much face wash will i make when using the exact amount of products you’ve been using? Ps. Love your website 🙂

  94. I was so excited to try this DIY facial wash that I accidentally bought a wrong type of honey – a corn syrup flavored with honey 😀

  95. Hi Kristin, I’m pretty late to this conversation and didn’t read all of the comments (200 or so) but I was thinking, would witch hazel toner work as a good substitute for the water as it seems to have the same consistency? What’s your opinion on that? Thanks!

  96. Can’t wait to give this a try tomorrow! Just mixed up a batch substituting water with Witch Hazel; hopefully that’ll thin the mixture out without risking bacterial growth.

  97. 5 stars
    Hi Kristin, I made this face wash about a week ago and I’m loving it! It leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Do you recommend washing my face with it just once, or twice a day? I’m used to washing my face only at night, but I’ve always used drug store face washes that dried my skin out. Now that I’m using something moisturizing, maybe it’s better to wash my face twice a day to prevent excess oil? I have combination skin that gets very oily in the summer and very dry in the winter. I would love to hear your thoughts!

    1. Awesome, Akshay! It’s completely up to you and your skin. Sometimes I’ll use a soapy cleanser in the morning, if I feel like my skin needs some extra cleansing, and sometimes I’ll just rinse my face with water, then use a toner, and moisturizer.

  98. Hi Kristin,
    I love this recipe and all the other ones as well! Do you recommend this one or the honey + aloe one for acne and scars? Also what honey do you use specifically? Thanks for all the help 🙂

    1. Hey Su, Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. I like the aloe and honey for acne and scars–you could even add a bit of soap if desired. Aloe is soothing and honey is antibacterial. I use a local raw honey found in my area.

  99. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this for a couple years and love it. I’ve found that using it twice a day dries out my face too much so I use it only in the morning. The last time I made it I was out of the mild soap, had the peppermint and used that. It’s now my favorite, really wakes up the face in the morning! lol

    I also used it to shave my legs in a pinch one day and loved how it left my legs. I now make a big batch for dual use.

  100. Does it matter what scent of castille soap you use? I have a peppermint one, and I frankly don’t want to be keeping numerous bottles of castille soap around the house just because of all the different scents.

  101. Hi Kristin, I noticed that some others do not like the smell of the cleanser when mixed…I used a plain castile soap and it ends up with a little bit of a fishy smell. My next batch, I reduced the castile a bit and used raw orange blossom honey…much better! Today, I will be trying it with a new raw blueberry blossom honey, which also has a very light scent.

  102. Hi there. Loving the idea of this recipe and the awesome feedback from your community of readers! Would this recipe work with omitting the water? Or would it alter the recipe entirely? I was just thinking without the water I could use in a standard soap pump? Also, In a comment you mentioned you were using a raw honey and aloe face wash. Is this DIY on your blog site as well? I love the idea of DIYing where I can in an effort to save a little $$ but I am concerned about the water breeding bacteria and then I am spreading that bacteria growth on my face and hands and on and on and on… I didn’t know if honey was aiding as the preservative or not.

  103. Hi! I’m loving the facewash so far! My only concern is that for myself, it may be too much Castile Soap. How would you alter the recipe to lessen the amount used? 🙂

  104. Sorry if this question has been asked in the above 250 comments (I could not scroll through them all) but I LOVE that quaint little pump bottle in the photos in this post. Where can I buy it please?!

  105. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I’ve made it twice now and I cut it in half because it lasts a while. I use lavender Dr Bronner’s Castile soap and avocado oil. Thank you!

  106. 5 stars
    Great recipe thanks. I put 1% essential oils; juniper berry and clary sage and then follow with oil cleansing with a mixture of oils and then a mixture of face oils after that, different night/day treatments, This has cleared my skin up no end and recently been told i look in my 20’s, coming up to 35 now. All in all, this has saved me a fortune on the rip off skincare products and i no longer have acne at all. Nathan

  107. Hello Kristin,
    I just found your recipe online and like it very much!
    I hope nobody did ask this before, but what do you think about using diluted ACV instead of the water? I’m using it as a toner in the evening, but sometimes I wish for a more intensive cleaning.
    Thanks alot!

    1. Hey Ulrike, You could try, but for a daily cleanser on top of using ACV as a toner, I would probably stick to something more gentle like water. For a more intensive cleaning, maybe try mixing together some water, ACV, and bentonite clay 1-2 times a week as a face mask.

      1. 5 stars
        Hello Kristin,
        thank you for your quick answer! I thought I might skip the AVC as a toner if I would replace the Water with ACV – like a shortcut 😉
        Thanks for the mask sugestion, I will try that!
        All the best!

  108. Hi Kristin!

    My wife and I really enjoy your website and this soap – we actually use it as a body wash and love it!

    Personally, my skin is extremely sensitive, and I’ve had acne and red spots on my face, chest, shoulders, upper back, etc. for a long time. As I am 23 now (and went on accutane when I was in high school), my face has gotten under control. However, the body wash my dermatologist has assigned has never made my below-the-face skin happy. This honey wash, while not clearing my body, does seem to calm my skin, which is amazing!

    However, we live in the midwest, and that means that our seasons are extreme. Summer is HUMID and hot, and winter is sooo dry and cold. My skin is so oily in the summer, and is so dry in the winter. Now that winter is here, what would you recommend to make this body wash a bit more moisturizing? Increase the amount of nourishing oil? (we use jojaba) We were thinking of maybe just using 4 TB of it in the winter and 2 TB of it in the summer? What are your thoughts for someone like me?

    Thanks so much for your time!!

    1. Hey Nathan and Krista, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the face wash and blog. I would maybe focus on a good lotion, or even using shea butter on your skin after cleansing your body during the winter. This will provide intense moisture. For the face, a good facial oil could be used for the hydration and moisture. It’s expensive but the True Botanicals Face Oil is AMAZING, particularly for sensitive and problematic skin. Or another great brand is Leahlani Skincare or Evanhealy (they also make an intense moisture cream with shea butter). For the soap, you could try adding more oil, or maybe just diluting it a bit more with distilled water or using less soap.

  109. Hi,
    I have everything except for the castile soap, so I was wondering if I can substitute it for anything else…?