DIY Facial Cleanser ~With Base Recipe & Variations~

I have tried a ton of DIY facial cleanser recipes and I have found that this variation is my favorite so far! It is light and has a sudsy feel to it. It always leaves my face feeling clean and moisturized. Give it a try!


-2 Tablespoons Oil (I prefer almond, but can do Grapeseed for oily skin or coconut/olive for nut free)

-1/4 tsp Xantham gum

Mix oil and Xantham gum until completely dissolved. This will give your cleanser a thicker texture.

Then add:
-1/4 Cup Aloe Juice or Aloe Gel
-2 Tablespoons Unscented Castile Soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s Unscented)
-2 Tablespoons Glycerine (I prefer Mountain Rose Herbs – Certified Organic)

Mix well. Store in a container with a pump or a container that is easy to dispense. Since this cleanser does not contain any preservatives, it is best to toss any unused product after a week or two.

Can use this recipe for a gentle, unscented facial cleanser. Or create a more advanced facial cleanser by adding your choice essential oils to make it your own. See below for a few variations suggestions.



1. Lavender Facial Cleanser:
10 Drops Lavender essential oil

2. Vitamin C Facial Cleanser:
10 Drops Orange Essential Oil
4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
1/2 tsp Liquid C (available at your local vitamin/health store)

3. Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser:
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1/2 tsp rosehip seed oil, Argan oil or pomegranate seed oil

One thing to remember is that making your own skin care products should be fun. Try different recipes and choose your favorite! For more tips and recipes, subscribe at