Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DIY Gentle Face Wash

*EDITED Recipe on 1/20/2014*

My kids have reached the wonderful pre-teen/teenage years...which means they need to take more care with the skin on their faces if they want their skin to be blemish-free.

A while back, I made some homemade face wash for them to try. Surprisingly, Boo has remained zit-free since using it. Clone of Bob still breaks out some, but he doesn't use the wash as much as he's supposed to...

I ran out of my own face wash and decided to make some for myself to try. Here's how:

  • 1 oz. virgin coconut oil
  • 4 oz. mild baby wash (head-to-to, or just body)
  • 1 oz. witch hazel.
  • empty 6 oz. or bigger, pump bottle

I used Nutiva brand Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I ordered at 15 oz. bottle for around $7.16 on Amazon. I used a store brand witch hazel, and I want to say I paid no more than $1.50 for a 16 oz. bottle. I used a store brand baby body wash (from Food Lion) and I paid $2.19 for a 15 oz. bottle. So, guesstimating the price per 6 oz. bottle of homemade face wash:
  • Witch hazel: $0.09/ounce x 1 oz.= $0.09
  • Baby Wash: $0.14/ounce x 4 oz.= $0.56
  • Coconut oil: $0.48/ounce x 1 oz.= $0.48
  • Total: $1.13 per bottle.
I know the generic "Olay" face wash is around $4/bottle at Walmart. Don't even get me started on the name brand stuff.

Reasons for using what I used:

Baby wash is gentle and tear-free so it'll be nice to your skin.

Witch hazel is a natural astringent, so it will help clean out the pores.

Coconut oil is good for so many uses, I can't list them all. It's antibacterial, plus it moisturizes.

I will try this for the next couple of weeks on my own face, and report back on the results.


  1. OOOOH!! Great!!!! Definitely let us know how this works!!!

  2. I made one this morning with castille soap, honey and glycerine and hated it! Ugh, let us know how this one fairs.

  3. Ugh...this seems a little easier,lol! I've used it once already, and loved the feel of my skin afterwards. The true test will be a couple of weeks of use.