As I mentioned yesterday, my husband (Andy) and I decided to do our best to go chemical-free after watching the documentary Chemerical. It opened our eyes to the number of crazy chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products… and upon doing further research via the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, we were determined to go a more natural route.
Now, Andy had been a long-time “apricot” face wash user and desperately wanted something that would still do the scrubbing duty of his favorite brand. Luckily, I was able to combine an amazing recipe I found at One Good Thing by Jillee (who had originally found it at Towards Sustainability)… and an idea that came to me after reading several body wash recipes that used cornmeal for grit.
We were skeptical to try it… but it ended up working perfectly! It’s soft, yet appropriately “scrubby,” and leaves our faces feeling great. We will never go back to store-bought tubes again!
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This recipe requires glycerin, which you may not just have lying around the house. If you’re hoping to replace a lot of your store-bought beauty products and cleaners with natural options, it’s well worth it to buy a bottle (I usually go for the 1-quart, food-grade bottle).
Liquid castile soap is another item you may or may not have. I tend to get mine at Trader Joe’s because it is by far the cheapest place to find it. They carry Dr. Bronner’s – and only in peppermint. If you don’t mind spending a little more, Dr. Bronner’s has many fragrances available online or at Whole Foods… and so you could make “honey lavender” face wash, “honey almond,” etc.
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 Tbsp liquid castile soap
1 tsp cornmeal
- Combine the honey, glycerin, and castile soap in a small jar (we used a little empty artichoke container). Put on the lid and shake vigorously.
- Add the cornmeal. Replace the lid and shake vigorously again. Voila!
- No need to refrigerate – and the honey keeps it fresh for a long time. Just give the jar a shake before each use. (A nickle- to quarter-sized amount works perfectly.)