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Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipe: 4 Simple Ingredients

Sometimes when making natural home remedies, the results can be subpar.

For example, I have had a few friends make their own mascara and let’s just say, they’re better off not wearing mascara at all if that’s what it’s going to look like.

Or sometimes it takes hours upon hours to create at home what would cost $1 in the store. What a waste of time!

This homemade facial cleanser recipe has only 4 ingredients and is amazing. You will never use store bought facial cleanser again!

But we keep making these natural, home remedies because they are a healthier and safer alternative to store bought products (my herbal remedy for pregnancy anemia, elderberry syrup and Aveda Tea are great examples!).

Store bought products need to have a shelf life and along with that comes additional chemicals and preservatives that I would like to avoid.

I know I can’t eliminate all of these things from my life, but if I can make something on my own that works well and doesn’t require too much of my time I am completely on board.

Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipe

After taking an online botanical facial care class with Vintage Remedies I have formulated an amazing exfoliating facial cleanser recipe that I am so excited to share with you. (Actually, I am very hesitant to share this recipe with you. I am feeling very protective of it as if it were an heirloom recipe from my grandmother!) Homemade Facial Cleanser

It’s Amazing

And when I say amazing, I literally mean amazing. This is the best exfoliating facial cleanser I have ever used. I refuse to buy store bought facial cleansers again because honestly, I prefer mine. I consider that a huge win.

It’s Fast

But that’s not all. This facial cleanser only takes just a few minutes to make. Your time will be spent measuring a few ingredients and them mixing them together with a spoon. It’s so easy.

It’s Simple

The best part of all this? All ingredients can be found at the grocery store or health food store. Even if you don’t have access to a nice grocery store you can absolutely get these things online. It’s that simple.

Give It To Me!

Description: This is a lipid based cleanser that is ideal for all skin types. It gently removes dirt, excess oil and makeup from the pores, preparing it for follow up with toners or serums.

Shelf Life: 24-30 months

apricot kernel oilIngredients

¼ cup apricot kernel oil

2 Tbs unscented castile soap

¼ cup organic sugar

¼ cup rice flour


1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients together until mixture is a thick, even consistency.

2. Place exfoliating facial cleanser in a small glass jar(s).

3. Dampen face and massage cleanser into skin. Dampen a washcloth and press into the skin and wipe away, ensuring the product has been completely removed.

4. Follow with toner and serum.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I will NEVER buy facial cleanser from the store again. My homemade facial cleanser is awesome!


Monday 15th of September 2014

Sounds awesome! I've tried some cleansers like that. If I still lived the hot humid sticky sweaty south, that would probably be great for me, but the only thing that my hyper sensitive skin can handle in this northern weather is straight sunflower oil. I rub it in and rub it off with a warm washcloth. Softening, moisturizing and exfoliating in one. Then if it's dry I use jojoba oil to moisturize. A few days a week I just use warm water to wash my face. When I started doing this my skin cleared up for the first time in my life. I don't use any soap on my face ever and my skin is so much healthier and less red and irritated. Isn't it wonderful to discover these natural things that help us instead of causing more problems? I may make this for stocking stuffer gifts for the other side!

Lindsey Morrow

Monday 15th of September 2014

Yeah I'm thinking you could easily swap ingredients in and out of this recipe.

I need to buy some jojoba oil ASAP for my face. I can't wait!

And YES! I feel so empowered making my own health and beauty products. ♥