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Pass the soap, please! No oil cleansing tonight.
Let me back up a bit, for the sake of all the readers out there with vivid pictures of motor oil being splashed all over my face. Oil cleansing?
Oil cleansing is a simple method for cleansing the skin with a nourishing oil or a combo of oils. The idea behind oil cleansing is that oil dissolves oil, so massaging a nourishing oil into the skin and then washing it off will dissolve dirt and oils, leaving the skin clean and naturally moisturized. Personally, I’ve witnessed numerous benefits to cleansing my face with oil–clearer skin and a significant monetary savings, just to name a couple.
While I love oil cleansing, there’s a big drawback, particularly at 11pm when all I want to do is remove my homemade foundation powder and crawl into my warm bed. So yes, call it lazy (or oil conservation), but there are many nights when I just want the ease and simplicity of soap and a two second lather over the sink. The work of massaging oil into my skin is just one extra step between the bed and my tired body.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to…
- be an informed consumer and read ingredient lists
- make your own body products using simple ingredients (i.e.cocoa powder, baking soda, oats, yogurt, honey)
- determine what to buy versus make
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.
The Whole Foods soap made its way from the bathroom sink to the shower (my body was fine with the soap, but my face didn’t care for the product). To the recipe development book I turned. Within a couple of days I created a DIY homemade face wash using only four ingredients which I already owned.
Note to self: Next time you just randomly grab a $5 bar of soap at the store always ask, “Can I make a simple recipe at home and save money?”
This DIY homemade honey face wash is super easy to make and has resulted in both happier skin and a solution to my
lazy oil conserving 11pm need. Let’s take a look at the three main (yes, three–super simple!!) ingredients:
Raw Honey: Raw honey is simply honey that hasn’t been pasteurized. Due to the lack of pasteurization (heating), raw honey is naturally rich in antibacterial and probiotic properties. Honey is also gentle for sensitive skin, but tough enough to remove dirt and other impurities.
Castile Soap: One of my favorite multi-purpose DIY ingredients. Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients. I use castile soap for everything from homemade laundry detergent to body wash and hand soap. I recommend using either the Baby Mild Castile Soap or Tea Tree Castile Soap for facial cleansing.
Nourishing Skin Oil: Since oil dissolves oil, it’s only natural to add a nourishing oil to a homemade face wash.
The fourth ingredient is water, added to dilute the face wash and provide a bit of foaming action for your hands when mixed with the castile soap. This face soap will last several weeks to months so I recommend using distilled or boiled water to prevent bacteria from growing.
Convenience. Natural. Cleansing. Homemade. Money-saving. Time-saving.
This DIY homemade honey face wash is the real deal.
DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash
- 1/3 cup castile soap Baby Mild or Tea Tree
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 TB distilled water boiled water will also work
- 2 TB skin-nourishing oil I use jojoba, Other options include: almond, avocado, olive, apricot, argan
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.
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.