Facial Cleanser Recipes

Looking to make some sort of facial cleanser? I've got recipes for foaming cleansers, cleansing oils, cleansing balms, and more!

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Lime in the Coconut Facial Cleansing Oil

When was the last time you listened to the entirety of the Lime in the Coconut song? Technically it's "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson, first released in 1971, but to me it's just "the Lime in the Coconut" song. The song is definitely a bit ridiculous and the music video is...

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Green Tea and Roses Facial Cleanser

My green tea kick continues with this Green Tea and Roses Facial Cleanser, which pairs beautifully with my Green Tea Cleansing Oil and Green Tea Face Cream. This rose scented cleanser has a beautiful, creamy, low lather that won't leave your skin feeling dry or...

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Green Tea Cleansing Oil

I might as well own up to it and declare my solemn love for cleansing oils. We have moved past the crush stage and into a stable, long-term relationship. I love how gentle (yet effective!) they are—they leave my skin feeling delightfully clean without feeling hardcore...

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Cleansing Mud Mousse

Have you ever stumbled across a for-sale skin care project that was so simple, yet so expensive, that it made you downright mad? That was my initial reaction to the product that inspired this DIY. $70 for mostly clay, some salt, some inexpensive herbs, and some spices...

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Mint Julep Cleansing Oil

This creamy Mint Julep Cleansing Oil came about as a bit of an accident. I had "Julep oil cleanser" on my to-do list as a recipe request, and without referring back to the original request, I got all excited about an oil cleanser that smelled like a mint julep....

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Grapefruit Deep Cleansing Oil

I've lost track of the number of requests for a cleansing oil I've received over the last little while. Danielle, Christine, and Shelley all sent some in, and then there's been a bunch in the comments on various posts and videos, so I figured I should pull this one...

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Gentle Chamomile Facial Cleanser

I have fallen hard and fast for this Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser. So much so that I made a video of it because I was using it up so rapidly that I needed more, so I figured I might as well film the making of batch #2. If you make anywhere close to as many things as I...

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White Willow Micellar Water

I've been playing around with my skincare routine lately, and one of the things I'm toying with is the notion of gentler cleaners. I've been using African Black Soap a lot for the last three months (or so), and that was working brilliantly for a few months, but now...

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Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub

Today's rather fun Fizzy Foaming Face Scrub comes from a recipe request Kaylee sent in. She'd found a facial scrub that fizzed up like a bath bomb when it got wet, as well as lathered up into a lovely foaming scrub that left your skin feeling wonderfully clean and...

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Morning Glory Foaming Facial Cleanser

Getting out of bed at this time of year is hard. I have an amazing electric bed warmer (seriously, if you live somewhere cold, getting one is a must) that I use to pre-heat my bed before climbing between the sheets each night, and I run it on low all night so I'm...

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Orange Wax Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I'm pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit decieving—it isn't waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly...

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Cranberry Clay Facial Scrub

As the days get drier, I am loving this soft, silky cranberry clay facial scrub that's lightly studded with wee bits of bashed-up cranberry seeds for a touch of exfoliation. It has a low, creamy lather that leaves your skin glowing, gently buffing away any dead, dry...

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Brown Rice Cleansing Grains

After I shared my RODIN inspired Luxury Facial Serum back in June, I took a look at the rest of their product line, and their cleansing powder caught my eye. Their marketing brags about rice bran and "asea algae" (carrageenan), but the reviews mentioned lather, so...

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Meadowfoam Mango Creamy Facial Cleanser

Today's recipe is born from a request from Kimann, who loves a cleanser from a British skincare brand called Pai. I did some poking around, and it looks like a lovely brand that uses some great ingredients—but the price points! $50USD for 100mL/3.3fl oz of facial...

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Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub

This Twilight Foaming Clay Scrub looks a bit dark, and it gets darker when it gets wet... so dark that you might be wondering how it could actually make your face cleaner. So dark that you're probably thinking you should hide your white towels (you aren't wrong...

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Creamy Lavender Cardamom Cleansing Lotion

I am loving this gentle (yet super effective) creamy lavender cardamom cleansing lotion these days. It got its first hardcore test late one night (ok, early one morning) when I returned from a sparkle themed party with a good half of my face completely coated in neon...

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Creamy Clay Cleansing Balm

This rich, gentle creamy clay cleansing balm is a hybrid between a cleansing balm and a clay bar. It pairs the cleansing powers of emulsifying wax and clay with nourishing oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and lightly hydrated. It also smells a bit like a...

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Gentle Foaming Clay Scrub

This super gentle foaming clay scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin wonderfully soft. A base of gentle kaolin clay is spiked with a touch of exfoliating oatmeal and a bright, fresh blend of essential oils to give you a fantastic lathery face scrub in no time flat. A...

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Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm

This Black Soap and Citrus Cleansing Balm looks like a green smoothie, which is definitely a bit weird. I wasn't expecting that at all when I measured everything out and got it melting, and then voila—green smoothie cleansing balm! It even smells pretty appetizing,...

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Lavender Cleansing Milk

A while back Jane wrote to me to tell me about a cleansing milk/toner she'd been using. "It's basically a creamy citrus-scented toner that you can use as a single step instead of cleanser AND toner if you don't wear tons of makeup. I realized since it's such a basic...

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Cold Snap Cleansing Balm

I am utterly smitten with this Cold Snap Cleansing Balm. I've already emptied two tins of it. It's perfectly soft and smooth, and leaves my skin delightfully clean without drying it out. A wee bit of menthol gives it a perfect wee tingle that's perfect for first thing...

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Coconut Citrus Cleansing Balm

This creamy orange cleansing balm was born of a recipe request from Sonja. "What I am looking for is a recipe for a BALM that removes facial makeup (not eyes). Hope you can help. LOVE your website - a fab discovery for me. Thank you." A blend of oils is thickened with...

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Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

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Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm

After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic...

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