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Natural, Cheap, and Simple Face Wash

I have been using this recipe for almost 2 years now and I am loving it.  I have never had a face product work so well consistently with fighting acne as well as keeping my skin moist and young looking.

2 years ago at Christmas my husband got me Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hairand it has been one of the best/most used gifts he has given me (if you are married… you understand this :)).

I have tried out lots of the recipes and recommend the whole book, but I wanted to share with you the one that I use the most for face wash.

  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp glycerine or honey (I use honey)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Mix and use about 1-2 tsps as a face wash once a day.

What I didn’t realise and this book pointed out is that olive oil was used to clean and protect the skin long ago.  It is an oil that cleans!  This is super exciting to the skin on any face.

Using this mixture leaves the face feeling a bit oily at first but the oil helps moisturizer and soaks in quick.  It doesn’t lead to breakouts.

Depending on your skin type (mine is mostly dry) this book is full of lots more good, natural recipes for masks, scrubs, and toners.  It also has stuff for hair, nails and whole body.  A rough estimate would be over 300 recipes and they are all natural.

When we simplified and moved I got rid of most of my book collection, but this one made the cut.  I love it for everyday as well as special spa, pampering evenings on a budget.

Another fun, natural recipe I found lately but haven’t tried yet is natural deodorant at Passionate Homemaking.

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    • do, and let me know what you think. I was shocked that it was so mosturizing, but didn’t cause breakouts… cause I get breakouts easy.

  1. Is it really this simple? Wow! Thanks for sharing!

    • the hardest part for me was finding a small plastic container for the shower 🙂

  2. Allison Allison

    What is “liquid soap,” exactly? In the picture it looks like Method brand, but Method brand what? Hand wash, dish soap, bubble bath? I live in the UK (I haven’t seen Method products here) so will have to find an equivalent!

    • I just use hand soap. My bottle is Method, but I have refilled it with whatever was cheapest at the time. … I just like the Method bottle 🙂

  3. Mary Mary

    I don’t care for oil on my face so after cleansing I use only honey then rinse. I like to use the raw honey.

    • thanks for sharing. Honey is awesome. It is great for hair too if you have a lighter color hair (I have read it can lighten it a bit somehow)

  4. Oh, I will have to make this. We have made our own lotion (, but I have not tried face cleanser yet. And I would like to. I have tried several natural store-bought cleansers and bar soaps, but they leave my face feeling dry. I end up slathering so much lotion on afterwards to compensate. This might work for me. Thanks, Lorilee!

    • great! Let me know how it goes. I will have to come over and check out the lotion. I have tried a few recipe’s but nothing that i like that well yet. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Amy Amy

    I started making my own cloth wipes solution for my baby using water, olive oil, honey, and gentle soap and it has really helped her skin. Her bottom doesn’t get red anymore like it had been. Works for all parts of the body!

  6. Megan Taylor Megan Taylor

    I ordered the book and should get it on Wed. I am so excited to try all the different receipes. I was wondering if you have found a good book for making natural household cleaners. I have seen some on Amazon but wasn’t sure which one was the best.

    • Megan. This is the one I have that I really like: How the Queen Cleans Everything It is a combination of 3 of her books and covers everything house, laundry and more. Even one of her smaller books would be good. She is ‘The Queen’ when it comes to knowing what mix of vinegar, baking soda, salt… etc works for different things. She also recommends some other specific products that work good when the natural can’t do it. I love it because I dislike the idea of the expense as well as the chemicals being on all over my house as well as in the air.

  7. lillie lillie

    I use this fab exfolilating face mix:

    – mix plain yoghurt with cornmeal and scrub away being careful to not overdo the scrub part – yoghurt is very soothing.

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