Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes

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Making your own facial cleanser allows you to focus on your personal skin type and control the ingredients used. This page contains recipes for facial cleansers.


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September 17, 2009

Instead of spending money on high priced facial cleansers, I now use the Oil Cleansing Method. Take a clean bottle and fill it with 1/3 Castor oil and the remainder olive oil. Shake well to combine.

Cleanse face with a quarter size puddle massaging into face well for several minutes. Then, soak a washcloth in hot water and drape over face to let steam. Do this at least 3 times and after the final steaming, wipe face with the washcloth. Your face should feel soft and smooth and not oily at all.

This is a good remedy for people who suffer from oily skin, ironically. It replenishes your skin's natural oil and sebum production theoretically will slow down. If you suffer from acne, adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil will help clear up pimples. This is gentle enough to use daily.



By Leslie from Wisconsin

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April 20, 2004

This is a gentle cleanser for dry skin.



Peel cucumber and liquify it in a blender or food processor. Usesome cheese cloth to strain the seeds out of the cucumber. Then put the cucumber and milk into a bottle or jar. You will need to refrigerate this solution in between uses. It will keep for 5 to 7 days. Don't use it if it smells like it has turned and pretest it on your arm if you have not used this cleanser before.

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Here is a recipe for a face cleaner that will really leave your face feeling nice and smooth.



Mix it all together wet your face put it on your face and rinse in 3 min. after you apply.

By Amber from Savanna, IL

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Use as a cleanser on your face and neck. Guys, you can use this too!

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Does anyone have any advice or opinions about using baby lotion as a facial cleanser? My skin is dry and sensitive and baby lotion seems the best bet because where I live it is cheap compared to "sensitive skin" products. It is even half the price of Ponds cold cream!


At the same time, I don't want to save money at the expense of doing damage to my face. If it is ok to use it, can it be applied and rinsed off or do you put it on with cotton wool, or what? Can anyone help, please?


October 27, 20080 found this helpful

I wouldn't use it as a facial cleanser but I have heard baby oil is good to clean your skin, I've used it before for taking off makeup like eye makeup and such since its so gentle on the skin. Hope this helps any:-)

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

I use baby wipes. They are wonderful for removing mascara, eyeliner,makeup, etc., without drying out skin. They have a built in lubricant for delicate baby skin and do such a great job.


Very inexpensive also.They come in handy pop-up plastic containers also. I wouldn't be without them.

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

I had to use it during all my preg because my skin was so sensitive. It worked well.

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

Hey sharpy! What a great idea - BABY WIPES! Didn't occur to me. That's cheap and convenient. Thank you so much.

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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

I don't like to use petroleum products on my skin, such as the mineral oil in baby oil. I use baby wipes and I take scissors and cut them into 3" squares. They're great.

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March 15, 2010

I use Peter Thomas Roth chamomile wash and it works great. Does anyone have some Olive Oil suggestions to use to wash my face instead? I bet it would be cheaper then what I pay.


By louise from Tiverton, RI


March 15, 20100 found this helpful

I use DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil:


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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

I use only warm water with a wash cloth then apply Vaseline or baby oil. I've done this for many years, no wrinkles, good luck.

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

Years ago I read an article on using oil on ones face for a cleanser and I did it for a long time; olive oil was the recommended oil.

Fill the basin with fairly hot water. Use cotton ball to put very thin layer of olive oil on face [cover hair with towel or shower cap to avoid oiling the hair too]. Use mild facial soap of your choice to make slight lather in you hands.When you have enough lather to suit you, use it to wash your face using your hands. Then dip into that warm water and splash face at least 10 times until there is no sign of soap. Pat lightly. In a way, it's like using a superfatted soap to clean your skin.

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June 22, 2017

Vinegar is a light astringent that can be used to cleanse the face. This is a page about using vinegar as a face cleanser.

A smiling woman cleaning her face.

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March 18, 2018

Dried marigold flowers, almond oil, and a few drops of rose water are all you need to make a wonderful skin cleanser. This page contains a marigold cleanser recipe.

many Marigold flowers

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June 9, 2017

Cheerful yellow chamomile flowers are good for more than just a soothing tea, the can also be a good for cleaning your face. This is a page contains information on how to make a chamomile cleanser.

Chamomile Tea

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June 7, 2017

Cornmeal can be used for a variety of things outside the kitchen, even as a facial scrub. This is a page about cornmeal skin cleanser.

Cornmeal With scoop

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March 7, 2011

This low cost facial cleanser is so gentle you can use it every day. If you use it even a few times a week, your complexion will be radiant for the holidays. All you do is dampen a tablespoon of cornmeal with enough water to make a coarse paste. To this paste, add a few drops of liquid hand soap. Now gently massage the mixture all over your face, then rinse with warm water. You'll have the cleanest pores in town. Happy Holidays!

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL


Homemade Facial Cleanser

I prefer to use sugar instead of cornmeal. It does not leave a mess that can clog your drains, it just dissolves. (11/28/2006)

By Grandma Margie

Homemade Facial Cleanser

I will try this, thanks. Since I am pregnant, my skin has gone nuts. (10/01/2008)

By Bless

Homemade Facial Cleanser

I use witch a hazel after I have washed my face with either soap and water or a off brand facial cleanser. Witch a hazel is very cheap, affordable. I put it on a cotton ball and clean my face with it. It doesn't really dry out my face. (06/19/2010)

By Mary

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