Homemade All-Natural Face Wash

This homemade face wash uses all-natural, food-grade ingredients. Very simple to make it is perfect for every skin type.

I get so many questions about what skincare routine and beauty products I use. Most if not all of them are homemade, including this face wash.

Every once in a while, I either get some samples or end up purchasing a commercial product when it is on sale (all natural of course!). But you know what?

Most of the time, I like my homemade products better! I can customize them in every which way I want. They work. And they are very inexpensive.

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Why you’ll love this homemade face wash

When you look at ads and commercials, you might think that it takes very special ingredients to make an effective face wash. However, I think that the opposite is true.

For me a face wash has to do this:

  • cleanse the skin of dirt, grime, and make-up
  • be gentle even for sensitive skin
  • and be good enough for daily use
  • be nourishing
  • AND contain natural ingredients that you could actually eat

What are the ingredients for this homemade face wash recipe

Here are the simple ingredients for this natural face wash recipe

bentonite clay exfoliant, homemade face wash, towel, and sponge

What are the health benefits of these natural ingredients

Let’s have a closer look at the ingredients and their health benefits:

  • Calendula: these yellow flowers are particularly good for sensitive skin due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Skin-soothing, it can reduce skin irritation and discomfort. Since calendula is rich in anti-oxidants, it reduces the signs and symptoms of any stressors (sun, free radicals, etc).
  • Lavender: Another soothing herb, lavender is also very healing and calming. Therefore, it is can help both sensitive and acne-prone skin.
  • Chamomile: Full of anti-oxidants, this popular herb can help cell and tissue renewal while reducing the appearance of fine lines. It works really well for dry and mature skin.
  • Rose petals: With its astringent properties, rose can help with acne, redness, and inflammation. It also has a delicate, lovely scent.
  • Liquid castile soap: we are adding this to help with removing excess oils. I use to recommend Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap but recently tried Quinn’s unscented castile soap (purified water, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, argan oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil, olive oil, vegetable glycerin) and really like it! It has a creamy luxurious feel to it.
  • Jojoba oil: Adding this lightweight oil to your homemade face helps make it calming both for dry skin as well as oily skin. Since it is technically a wax, it is very similar to human sebum (own skin oil) and therefore balancing for all skin types.
  • Essential oils: While not necessary, I like to make this cleanser even more powerful by adding essential oils. Lavender essential oil, geranium, frankincense, and carrot seed essential oils are my favorites for mature and dry skin. You can learn more about my favorite essential oils company right here.
ingredients for homemade face wash

Useful tools and equipment

Most likely you will have in your kitchen what you need to make this natural cleanser. Here’s what I recommend:

  • glass pyrex measuring cup
  • strainer
  • small funnel
  • bottle with pump top (I like to reuse on old one)
  • and if you’re making the bonus recipe:
  • blender

How to make your own face wash

  1. If you are not using distilled water, I recommend boiling filtered water for a few minutes.
  2. Place 2 teaspoons each of dried calendula flowers, dried chamomile flowers, dried lavender, and dried rose petals in a 16 oz mason jar or other heat-proof container.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the dried petals and steep for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Add ½ cup of liquid castile soap and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil to another mason jar.
  5. Pour the herbal liquid through a strainer into the jar with the castile soap. You can compost your spent flowers. Give this mixture a good stir.
  6. Using a funnel if necessary, pour this homemade face wash into a nice bottle, ideally with a pump top.
  7. I recommend splitting this recipe in half and storing the other half in the refrigerator.
  8. Since this recipe does not contain any synthetics or binders, it will separate. Simply shake it up before use.
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How to use this natural face cleanser

  • Moisten your face well with warm water.
  • Pump a small amount of your face wash into your hands and gently work it into a lather.
  • Using circular motions, massage this face cleanser into the skin. It is best to avoid the eyes.
  • Rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry.
  • Follow up with your favorite toner (or rose water or apple cider vinegar) and face serum.
herbal face wash with sponge, rose petals, and towel

Bonus recipe (natural exfoliant)

Since you might have some dried herbs left over, it is the perfect time to use them in this bonus recipe, an all-natural but gentle exfoliant.

All you need to add is some bentonite clay and oats. This recipe is very loosely based on Rosemary Gladstar’s Miracle Grains but I am omitting the ground almonds and ground corn or poppy seeds. Either way, it is perfect for sloughing off dead skin cells, absorbing excess oil, and leaving your skin with a healthy glow. It is the perfect natural alternative to harsh commercial cleansing grains.

Simply add 1 cup of bentonite clay, ½ cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of lavender, and 1 tablespoon of rose petals to a blender. Pulse until everything is finely ground. If you like, you can sift out any remaining bigger pieces or use them as is.

How to use the natural exfoliant

Moisten your face with warm water. Add a small amount of this homemade exfoliant to your hand. Mix it into a paste with water. It helps to work fast and break up any clumped pieces. However, don’t worry about this too much. With a circular motion, massage the skin of your face for any length of time. Rinse with plenty of warm water and follow up with a toner and your favorite face serum.

bentonite clay exfoliant with spoon, oats, sponge, and towel

Easy way to customize your own products

Here are just a few tips and ideas on how you can customize your homemade facewash to suit your skin type and concerns:

  • If you have very oily, acne-prone skin or other skin problems, you can add a drop or two of tea tree oil to this cleanser. You will love it for its antibacterial properties!
  • Other good choices for essential oils are clary sage, cypress, rosemary, and/or ylang-ylang
  • You can use other carrier oils instead of jojoba oil such as sweet almond oil, fractioned coconut oil, avocado oil, or even castor oil.
  • Instead of only using herbal water, you can decrease the amount of liquid and add some rose water or aloe vera to this recipe.
  • You can add green tea to the herbs before steeping.
  • Or you could add some dried rose hips. They are very high in vitamin C and other vitamins helping reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and even scars.
homemade face wash

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“Herbal Recipes” by Rosemary Gladstar


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Homemade Face Wash

This homemade face wash uses all-natural, food-grade ingredients. Very simple to make it is perfect for every skin type.
Prep Time 10 minutes
steeping time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 oz
Cost $5


  • 2 tsp dried calendula flowers
  • 2 tsp dried chamomile
  • 2 tsp dried lavender
  • 2 tsp dried rose petals
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap, unscented
  • 1 TBSP jojoba oil
  • 4 drops essential oils (lavender, geranium, frankincense, carrot seed)


  • If not using distilled water, boil filtered water for a few minutes.
  • To an 16 oz mason jar, add all the dried herbs and pour boiling water over the herbs. Let steep for 30-45 minutes.
  • To another 16 oz mason jar, add the castile soap, jojoba oil, and essential oils. Stir with a spoon.
  • Using a strainer, strain the herbal liquid right into the jar with the castile soap, oil, and essentials oils. Stir again.
  • Fill into a pretty bottle, ideally with pump top. Ideally, split this recipe in half and keep the other half in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • If this natural face wash separates, simply shake well before use.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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  1. Hello, I just made it and mine turned out really green, greener then the video. Im assuming it was because of the calendula flowers where whole. Should I have only used the petals?

  2. 4 stars
    Can I presume from the instructions that 16 ounces of water is used to steep the herbs and flowers? I don’t see the amount listed other than jar size. Am I missing something? Thank you! Can’t wait to try this cleanser!

  3. Hi, I just tried your receipe. Is it suppose to be thicker? my turned out quite watery, just wondering if I need to do something different or add something?

    Thank you!

    1. Since this makes a lot, I keep ½ of it in fridge but I haven’t had any issues with the other being out on the counter in my bathroom for some months ~ Anja

  4. 5 stars
    I just LOVE this idea! I grow a large garden every year, and I love the notion of saving calendula petals and rose petals toward making a batch of this in the coming months. THank you!!!!

  5. This sounds like it smells divine! And that bonus recipe is awesome, too! I need a few more of these dried flowers — or maybe I’ll grow them this summer and dry them myself so I can make bulk batches of this for Christmas for the ladies in my family. Thank you, Anja!

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