DIY Face Wash Recipe: Homemade Peppermint-Honey Face Wash (Natural + Exfoliating!)

Peppermint Honey Face WashAs 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.)
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5 responses to “DIY Face Wash Recipe: Homemade Peppermint-Honey Face Wash (Natural + Exfoliating!)

  1. Thanks! This seems like a terrific idea–I may mix some up this weekend. I suspect you might not love using plastics, but since I’d put this in the shower, I’ll probably recycle some kind of plastic jar or tube for this.

    • Hi David – I’m really glad you’re going to try it! Any kind of container would be fine. I reuse plastic for my shampoo and conditioner… no harm in doing so at all! (I do lean glass for food… but for the shower, that can get really tricky/dangerous.) A tube would be great because it definitely would be “squeezable.” Hope you enjoy! it! 😉

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