7 Natural Face Cleanser Recipes to Check Out

In the past few years, more and more studies have shed light on the damaging effects of chemicals and other toxic ingredients found in commercial skincare products. Therefore, we are witnessing a clear trend moving towards more natural alternatives. Today we want to make your face feel better with a splendid string of natural face cleanser recipes.

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But staying on the safe side as you navigate the products available at the drug store is a difficult task. Many brands don’t have full disclosure policies for their ingredients, while a large number of items marketed as “natural” are anything but. Because this is stressful and discouraging, we hope to inspire you to make your own homemade products.

Don’t run away yet! Fortunately, cooking a batch of natural face cleanser recipes is way easier than it sounds. In fact, you’ll soon see our cleansers rarely involve mixing or measuring. Making your own facewashes will provide you with the opportunity of avoiding chemicals. Plus, it will save you tons of money.

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1. Coconut Oil Cleanser

Coconut oil doesn’t just eliminate the annoying shine you battle with at the end of each day. It does so without stripping your face of its natural oils. Due to its antimicrobial qualities, applying coconut oil to your skin prevents moisture loss, leaving the face smooth and healthy.

Try: Use a squirt of coconut oil (about the size of a quarter) to gently massage your face for approximately 30 seconds. Open up your pores by then applying a warm towel onto your face. Let it steam your pores for about 15-30 seconds and then remove oil residue by gently patting with a washcloth.

2. Aloe Vera Facewash

What about a soothing anti-inflammatory cleanser? Aloe vera has got your back. All the ingredients in the following recipe will help reduce redness and irritation, as well as soothe the sensitive, acne-prone skin.

  • Aloe Vera Gel – light moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, reduces redness, encourages growth of new cells, full of antioxidants, fights allergic reactions;
  • Soapwort Extract – rich in saponins, makes for a gentle anti-inflammatory cleanser;
  • Sweet Almond Oil – full of vitamins, reduces dark circles, calms irritation, anti-inflammatory, promotes a balanced pH of the skin;
  • Rosewater – rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, great for people with sensitive skin, natural antiseptic and astringent, removes excessive oil and dirt from pores;
  • Lavender Essential Oil – anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, soothing benefits.

You can mix the ingredients together or simply use them on their own. Each natural remedy can help in the combat against skin conditions (including acne, psoriasis, or eczema).

3. Honey Cleanser

There’s no need for messy mixing or measuring when it comes to using honey as a facial cleanser! Just keep honey at hand in the bathroom cabinet and you’re good to go. Honey does an excellent job as a daily facial cleanser because it is so extremely moisturizing. It makes the skin soft and smooth, no matter what type you are (dry, sensitive, oily, etc.).

Try: When applying on make-up free skin, simply squirt a teaspoon of honey into the palm of your hand. Even though it’s sticky, rub the honey between your palms. Massage it into your face for about a minute, then wash it off with pleasantly warm water. If you’re looking for make-up removal, pour the same small amount of honey onto a wet washcloth and add some baking soda. Clean your face with the washcloth and remove any residue with warm water.

Variations: Dry skin? Mix in a little milk or cream for extra moisture. Extremely oily skin? Simply add a little lemon juice to the honey.

4. Yogurt

It doesn’t get easier and simpler than using yogurt for your go-to natural face cleanser. It’s rich in lactic acid and protein, which work together to detoxify your skin. Lactic acid boosts the skin to eliminate dead cells through exfoliation, while protein hydrates, tightens pores, and reduces fine lines. Using your fingertips to gently massage a fine layer of plain yogurt into your face. This will help get rid of any dirt or residue make-up. Let yogurt sit for a couple of minutes, then use a towel and warm water to wash it off.

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5. Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser

Unlike commercial cleansers, incorporating essential oils into your cleansing routine nourishes and rejuvenates the skin. You only need four natural ingredients for this recipe, and then you’re set to reap all the healing and anti-inflammatory benefits.


  • 1/4 cup castor oil
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil

Add all ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk gently to mix. Store in a clean glass jar with a lid for future uses. Dip your fingertips in the oil and gently massage it into your skin for 1 minute. Do not scrub the oil into your skin! Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and place it over your face. Let your face steam as the cloth cools. Repeat if needed. Wipe the oil off of your face with the rinsed washcloth. Dry your face by patting with a clean towel.

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6. Apple Cider Vinegar Face Cleanser

Apple cider vinegar has several natural properties, including pH restoration, soothing breakouts, preventing clogged pores, and keeping skin from drying out or becoming too oily. Try: An easy recipe for a natural toner. Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water, shake well, and voila! You can apply the mixture on the clean face with a pad or a cotton ball. Don’t rinse! Once it dries out, moisturize as you would normally.

7. Cleansing Grains

You may be skeptical, but cleansing grains are amazing at exfoliating and cleaning the skin. Create your own batch by grinding oats or almonds into a fine powder and mixing them with a liquid base to form a thin paste. For the liquids, we recommend:

  • Milk, yogurt, or cream for dry skin
  • Water or lemon juice for oily skin
  • Honey, water, peppermint tea or glycerin for normal skin

When using your cleansing grain paste, gently massage it into skin, making sure you avoid the eyes. Clean with warm water. You can also use ground sunflower seeds, cornmeal, baking soda, and rice bran for creating a gentle exfoliating cleanser.

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