WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS HOMEMADE FOAMING FACIAL CLEANSER
- It’s very quick and easy to use. A pump or two, rub it on my face for 30 seconds, then rinse.
- It takes make-up off with no problem.
- It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.
- It only takes me a few minutes to make it.
- It’s very frugal!
I also like that I was able to make it with ingredients that anyone can source out. In fact, I could get all of these ingredients from my regular grocery story if I wanted to (between the pharmacy, beauty and food sections). I usually source them out from my food co-op or natural food stores, because I can find higher quality ingredients, but these are readily available nonetheless.
A FEW SUBSTITUTIONS TO NOTE:
“Use what you have” is my mantra and this recipe is quite accommodating.
In place of:
- Dr. Bronner’s soap = use any liquid castile soap
- Almond oil = use jojoba oil, or even olive oil would work if that’s all you can find (but the other two are definitely preferable)
- Glycerin = if you can’t find food-grade glycerin at a local health or supplement store, try asking at a regular pharmacy. I found a small bottles of glycerin at my local pharmacy for just a couple dollars.
- Essential oils = if you don’t have them, or prefer not to use them, just leave them out. It works fine without.
- ¼ cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (mine was tea tree, but any is fine)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tsp. almond oil (jojoba oil would also work well)
- 2 tsp. aloe vera gel
- 2 tsp. glycerin
- 8-12 drops essential oils
- Blend all ingredients, EXCEPT for the soap, in a blender. Why not add the soap yet? Well, if you did that, you’d create a whole. bunch. of. foam. Ask me how I know. (Aren’t you glad you get to benefit from the finished method, instead of mucking around like I do?)
- Now smell it. See how you like it, if you want to add more essential oils, or different scents. Now is the time to do this, while you can still blend it up before adding in the soap.
- Lastly, add the soap and blend on low speed just long enough to mix everything together well.
- Carefully pour it in your bottle. If it still ended up a bit foamy, you might just want to let it settle before putting the lid on.
- Once the lid is on, pump it a few times to get the foam going. See how thick the foam is, try washing your face with it. At this point, you might be content with the foam texture, or you may want to thin it out slightly by adding a small bit of water. If you do add more water, don’t blend it up again. Just slowly add some water to the container, put the lid on and gently mix it around a little (don’t shake it!), then try pumping the foam again.
For essential oils, it’s important to remember that this is going on delicate skin, so go easy on the oils. I made mine with a blend called Liberty that includes grapefruit, bergamot, basil, and lemon. Grapefruit is astrigent, lemon helps to revitalize skin, and basil is useful for acne (which I struggle with only mildly). Bergamot had no particular use for my skin, but it’s safe to use. I also added rosemary, which is common in many skincare products, and is helpful for dry skin. Plus, it all smelled good!