4 super easy DIY face wash recipes – with essential oils

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

This article will teach you the process of blending your own natural face wash using essential oils. Make sure you check out these 4 super easy DIY face wash recipes with essential oils – and chose the one that’s right for you!

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The best essential oils for a face wash

What essential oils can be used in a homemade face wash? Well, pretty much any essential oils can be added, as they all come with their own benefits and wonderful aromas.

However the following are the vest essential oils to use to benefit specific skin types.

  • Tea tree – oily skin
  • Grapefruit – oily skin
  • Rose – mature skin
  • Geranium – dull, dry skin
  • Chamomile – sensitive skin
  • Lemon – oily and acne skin
  • Petitgrain – oily and acne skin

How do you make a homemade face wash?

Using just a few simple, natural ingredients, you can create your very own natural, homemade face wash with essential oils.

Very simply, you take some Castile soap, and add your essential oils – it is that simple!

For drier skin some Sweet Almond Oil can be added for extra hydration.

A lady splashing water on her face, using an essential oil face wash. 4 super easy DIY face wash recipes

Here are recipes for every skin type;

DIY tea tree face wash for oily or acne skin

DIY face wash for acne

Homemade essential oil face cleanser for dry & mature skin

Natural face cleanser for sensitive skin

Many shop bought cleansers do actually contain essential oils – which are a great benefit to the skin – but they also usually contain different additives and preservatives.

These will usually be added in order to keep the cleanser fresh for longer and prolong the shelf-life, but with very few, simple and natural ingredients we can create our very own facial cleanser home – we will just blend smaller amounts, so the ingredients still stay fresh!

We need our homemade face wash with essential oils to have one main purpose – to remove make-up effectively and clean the skin, however using essential oils and homemade ingredients we can ensure that our cleanser is delivering other benefits to the skin too.

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4 super easy DIY face wash recipes

DIY Tea Tree face wash

  • 30 ml Organic castile soap
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit oil

This is an ideal face wash/cleanser for oily skin.

A 2016 study showed that Tea Tree essential oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which will help with the reduction of acne and soothing the skin condition.

My main piece of advice for oily or acne skin is to treat it gently!  The tendency is to try to cleanse away all the excess oils on the surface.  BUT DON’T!! 

An oily skin does have excess surface oil, but if you strip it all away, the skin will compensate by making more and you could end up even more oily and enter a vicious circle. 

You need a cleanser that cleans the skin but that will also soothe and hydrate this skin type. A creamy facial wash with added ingredients to hydrate, like this DIY tea tree face wash is ideal. 

Castile soap is a very natural, fragrance free liquid cleanser, which itself has very few ingredients. (Plus is can be used for so many other recipes!).

When the essential oils are added to the soap, it becomes a much creamy substance, which is so pleasant to use on the skin – it feels very hydrating, while this blend of essential oils, helps to regulate the amount of oil being produced while also having an antibacterial effect on any spots or congestion.

Plus, it removes even the heaviest of make-up!

Organic castile soap, tea tree, grapefruit and petitgrain essential oils in front of a wall.  The best essential oils for a face wash.

DIY essential oil face wash for acne

  • 20 ml Castile soap
  • 10 ml Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 drops Petitgrain
  • 5 drops Lemon

This homemade face wash has the addition of jojoba oil, to hydrate the skin and to absorb the excess sebum being produced. Essential oils are ideal to soothe the skin and destroy the bacteria of acne.

DIY essential oil cleanser for dry & mature skin

  • 20 ml Castile soap
  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops rose
  • 10 drops geranium

Using a cleansing oil or balm is ideal, as at the end of the day when the moisture has been sucked out your skin, this feels so delicious on your skin! 

It also adds to the hydration of the skin, and leaves the skin, not only soft, but soft, calm and moisturised as well.

This cleanser contains the same Castile soap, as its lovely creamy formulation will suit dry skin well, however, in this cleanser we add a small amount of sweet almond oil, to add extra hydrating properties.

The result is clean, soft, smooth and hydrated skin.

It it important to use a toner after this cleanser, to ensure all traces of the oily residue is removed.

The addition of of rose and geranium essential oils, soothes and hydrates while encouraging the cell renewal of the skin, so adds protection against ageing too.

Natural DIY face cleanser for sensitive skin

  • 30 ml Castile soap
  • 8 drops Chamomile
  • 1 drop sandalwood
  • 2 drops bergamot

A light cleansing formulation will suit a more sensitive skin.  You need to protect and repair the surface of the skin, as well as removing make-up. 

These essential oils have cooling and soothing properties, along with the ability to reduce redness in the skin and repair any irritated skin conditions.

Why a homemade face wash?

  • It is much more natural than commercial cleansers, as you know exactly the ingredients, going in it
  • You can tailor make the face wash to your exact skin needs, by adding different essential oils
  • It is much cheaper than shop bought cleansers!
  • You can make the exact amount you need and you do not end up with product you do not need as your skin has changed

Why do we need to cleanse the skin?

It’s drilled into us from a young age to keep the skin ultra clean, morning and night, to avoid spots, dryness and ageing. 

 But why?  

And is it as necessary as we’re made to believe?  

Well, yes and no.  

Yes, at night it is.  During the night our cell turnover is increased, meaning that our skin is working to renew itself more at night than it is during the day. 

The cells from the lower layers of the skin are working harder to get themselves nearer to the surface, which will give us smoother, hydrated, more radiant skin. 

If the surface of the skin has residues of make-up or dirt and grime on, not only does this create a barrier, thus not allowing the fresh skin cells to appear on the surface, but it will also cause the pigments from the make-up or the dirt to get trapped below the dead cells on the surface and cause blocked pores, spots, and generally dull skin. 

However, be aware of over-cleansing!!  

Squeaky-clean skin – when it feels very tight and dry –  is not a good thing.  

This means you have stripped some of the essential acid mantle that protects us from bacteria, leaving you prone to spots, dryness, sensitivity, and dull lacklustre skin.  

Learn more about the importance of the ACID MANTLE here. 

I would avoid cleansing in the morning – it just isn’t necessary.  As long as you have removed make-up the night before, you don’t need to. And could strip those valuable oils away. 

A splash of water or going over the skin with some toner is sufficient to freshen up before your daily moisturizer.

Always follow cleansing with the use of a toner.  A  TONER is an essential product to use in your skincare routine!!  Find out WHY HERE. 

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.