A number of you over the past year have asked me to make a natural facial cleanser. Well, I hear you and I am finally able to respond! This is an herbal face wash. The reason being…if you’re going to use something on your skin, why waste the opportunity to add extra nutrients??!!
By now, if you’ve been following along you know that most bath and body products have a mysterious chemical brew with known questionable ingredients.
Synthetic fragrances are a big issue. They have been linked to reproductive issues, allergies, and other problems.1 There’s also DMDM hydantoin (also called glydant), a preservative because of how it releases formaldehyde. I could go on, but you get the picture.
And why not make your own? It’s:
- super frugal. After all, if you want good ingredients, you’re going to pay more to buy healthier products, but it is cheaper if you make those products at home.
- you can add what you want
- you’re more self sufficient
- and after all the nourishing ingredients you can focus on adding some essential oil scents (also good for you) to make it smell however you like!
A Total Win!
This is not a super sudsy recipe. After all, you do not need bubbles to cleanse your skin. That’s brought on by commercials more than anything. What you really need is proper ph to release dirt from your pores. So, don’t be afraid to give this a try. You can also buy some in my shop before you buy all of the individual ingredients if you’d like.
Herbal Facial Cleanser
You do not have to use all of these herbs, or only these herbs! You can choose just one and make your natural facial cleanser with it just fine.
- German Chamomile: This is very soothing to the skin; any irritations or acne can be soothed using chamomile.
- Echinacea: Echinacea is antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. There are also reports of it healing burns, eczema, inflammation, herpes simplex, and varicose veins.2 So, whatever extra you buy or harvest can definitely be used for medicinal purposes.
- Lavender: lavender is calming to the skin and your “go to” for any skin problems (making it great for acne, eczema, redness or other irritation).
You can choose which essential oils fit your needs.
- Normal to Oily: Rosemary, Lavender, carrot, orange, frankincense, juniper, lemon, geranium
- Normal to Dry: Chamomile, carrot, rose, palma rosa, benzoin, geranium, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, hyssop
- Severe Oily Skin: clary sage, thyme, parsley, juniper, grapefruit, tea tree (anti-bacterial for acne).
You can make liquid castile soap from scratch (use my recipe), using herb infused water instead of plain water. This will make your cleanser thicker because you will not be watering the soap down. If you already have liquid soap though, you can still heat it with the herb infused water and simmer to reduce and thicken.
How to Infuse the Herbs
This is basically like making tea! It’s that easy! Some herbs infuse water very quickly, while others take a little more time. To infuse the herbs above, simply place 3 Tablespoons worth of herbs (any combination you like) into a glass dish or large measuring dish. Pour 1 cup of very hot water over the herbs and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain herbs from liquid using a cheese cloth, coffee filter, or clean cloth and you’re ready to go!
Like I mentioned above, this can be added as the liquid when you are making your own liquid soap, or you can add it to liquid soap that is already made. If you’d like your mixture to be thicker, simply place it in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer on low until reduced or you can add a tbsp of vegetable glycerin and heat on low for 10 minutes (thickening will occur after it cools).
- You can make liquid castile soap from scratch (use my link above), using herb infused water instead of plain water or use the separate ingredients above (you can add a tsp of vegetable glycerin to thicken if desired).
- Combine liquid soap and herb infused water.
- Add essential oils and jojoba oil.
- Pour into a container with a pour lid or a pump top.
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If you have any questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!!!
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