How To Make Your Own Frugal & Natural Facial Cleanser

June 27, 2014 by


I’ve been making my own skincare for years.

In the beginning, it was because I was sensitive or allergic to most of what was on the market. The cost of the natural stuff was just too much for me so I looked into making my own.

I found this excellent book by Janice Cox called Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipies for Body, Bath, and Hair. This book comes very high on my recommended book list. It has been worth every penny. If you are interested in making any of your own beauty products, I recommend you start here.

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My very favorite and most used recipe from the book is the Olive Oil Cleansing Lotion. Here is what the book has to say about this cleanser:

In ancient times, when water was scarce, olive oil was used to clean the body and protect the skin. It penetrates the skin very effectively to cleanse and moisturize. In the evening, after using this cleanser, I like to follow up with an application of more oil massaged into my skin.

Here is the recipe:

1 teaspoon liquid soap

2 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoons glycerine or honey 

1/2 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in a blender or by hand until smooth and creamy. Pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.

To use: Put a small amount in the palm of your hand and massage into your (dry) skin. Rinse well with tepid water and pat dry.

Yield: 6 ounces

A few notes:

For the liquid soap, I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. It is all natural and very gentle, even on my sensitive skin. Lavendar is my favorite, especially at bedtime.

If you prefer fragrance-free, you can use their unscented baby-mild. These bottles are large, and a little goes a long way, but there are about a zillion different ways to use this stuff. You may find it to be one of your favorite household products, as I have.

In the past, I have always used glycerine. However, I am running low at this time and I need to save it for my tooth soap recipe (post on that coming soon!). I had been reluctant to try honey as it seemed to me that it would be sticky. I tried it today and it is wonderful. I couldn’t tell the difference between the honey and the glycerine.

According to Livestrong.com, honey moisturizes skin, protects against damage, and promotes wound healing.

I use an Oster hand blender to mix my cleanser. It is one of my favorite kitchen tools, and one I highly recommend. I also use it for making salsa, pureeing soups right in the pot, chopping smaller veggies when I don’t feel like using my full-sized food processor, and for making spreadable butter. (Stay tuned for future posts where I plan on sharing all of this.)

You can find 8 oz plastic bottles with pumps & gift tags by clicking here. You can also check the travel section of your favorite drug store, or even dollar stores.

Like the author, I too, like to moisturize my skin with oil. Some of my favorites (in no particular order) are: Apricot, Vitamin E, Almond, Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, and Grapeseed Oils. A quick internet search will reveal the many benefits these oils provide for the skin. (Perhaps I need to write a separate post on this subject?)

This stainless-steel funnel set comes in handy for filling your bottles. I also find them quite handy for refilling spice and condiment containers.

You can purchase my favorite, ultra-soft washcloths here.

Have you tried making your own beauty products? Amazon has a great selection of supplies. 

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7 Responses to How To Make Your Own Frugal & Natural Facial Cleanser

    • Heather

      I forgot to mention in my article how incredible my skin feels after washing with this recipe. The olive oil leaves it feeling moisturized, not tight. I hope you try it and enjoy it.

        • Heather

          That could work, Maria. The reason I use olive oil rather than coconut is because olive oil remains a liquid while coconut oil turns to a solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. If you use coconut oil, just be sure to not to let your cleanser get cooler than 76 degrees or the coconut oil will solidify. If you are using a pump dispenser, it will not flow through the pump. If you put it in a container and scoop it out with your fingers, however, it might work just fine. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the question!

  1. Julie@Sweet and Spicy Monkey

    Wow, I’m glad I stopped by as just yesterday I was wondering about making my own facial cleansers after just whipping up baby lotion with coconut oil, which makes your skin so silky! What would you add for a scrub cleanser? And would the oil still be good for oily skin?

    • Heather

      I”m so glad you stopped by, Julie. Isn’t coconut oil just incredible for the skin? I will look into a scrub cleanser for you, although I love this one so much, I’m not sure I would want to change it. 🙂 Usually, I just use my washcloth to gently exfoliate. In the past, I have used a little bit of baking soda either alone or mixed with oil. I know you can use things like coffee grounds, sugar, and salt, but all very gently. Let me do some research and testing so I can write a post.

    • Heather

      I just realized that I didn’t answer your question about oily skin. According to my research, oily skin is caused by hormones and other factors, not oil. You can read this article, or do your own internet search. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/moisturizing/products/oil-based-moisturizer.htm As with most things, everyone’s skin is different so you just need to see what works for you. When I apply oil directly to my skin, it looks shiny for a little while, but my skin quickly absorbs it. Maybe I need to write a post about this, too!

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