Gentle Homemade Face wash


One of my favorite homemade skincare recipes ever is baking soda face wash. Love, love, love it! But it’s not something I can use every day. Every week yes, every day, no.

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When I was a teenager, I use to wash my face with Dawn dish soap. I’m not kidding.

Obviously, I’ve learned the error of my way, and in fact, I’ve gone through periods of time where my skincare routine consisted of nothing more than splashing water on my face in the morning.

I guess I might be an extremist.

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I’ve learned the error of that too though. It just doesn’t work in the summer when you’re sweating a lot.

So I need something that will cleanse, but also, that is gentle enough that I can wash with it several times a day if I need to, and this gentle homemade face wash fits the bill.

As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of aloe vera gel, and use it in my homemade body products every chance I get. Aloe acts as a non-greasy moisturizer treating dry, flaky skin. It also helps treat acne, and fights aging. (source)

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That’s why this face wash uses aloe vera as half the ingredient volume. It’s good stuff!

The other half is made up of either liquid castile soap, or homemade liquid soap, which is super easy to make – I like to use homemade soap made with goat milk for even more skin-nourishing benefits.

Add a few essential oils that support skin health, and it’s basically superfood for your face!

And after you finish washing, you can follow up with more aloe vera-infused lotion via this homemade baby lotion – yes, baby lotion. It’s perfect!

Gentle Homemade Facewash


  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cups Homemade liquid soap, or liquid castille soap
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a tight-lidded 4 oz. container.
  2. To Use: Wet face, gently rub a nickel-sized amount of face wash into your skin.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

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  1. I’m 51 and I wash my face at the kitchen sink with Dawn sometimes,if it feels greasy. I have pretty good skin.

  2. I am 60 and have been using regular Dawn (not Ultra) for several things including as a pre-spot in laundry and as a household cleaner in the bathroom and the kitchen. I figure if it is mild enough for animal rescuers to use on the birds they save from oil spills, then it is mild enough and strong enough for the chef’s to use when cleaning their white uniforms, then it is good enough/strong enough for me!

  3. Is it possible to use different essential oils? I’m finding recipes with other oils and I’m not sure if certain oils are specifically for the face or if they are being used for the scent. Can you email me with the answer? Thank you, Kim

    1. yes, you can use whatever oil you want to. These oils are particularly good for skin, but for the most part, it’s personal preference.

    1. Mostly Desert Essence. The main thing I look for is pure aloe gel with no additives. It’s a little thinner than the shelf stable aloe vera gel you get at places like Walmart.

  4. I’m looking forward to making and using this recipe. One question – is it safe to store on the counter or should it be refrigerated between uses? My aloe gel (Lily of the Desert) says to refrigerate after opening.

  5. This is quite interesting. Is this hypoallergenic? My skin easily gets irritated with skin care products even if it’s organic and natural. I gues it must be the ingredients used in preparing the product.

    1. The essential oils fight bacteria, and you can also add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract, and store it in your refrigerator.

  6. What kind of aloe gel and liquid Castile soap do you purchase, and is it gentle? The skin on my face and neck is so sensitive and gets red patches very easily. I am really enjoying reading on your site. It has such great suggestions!

  7. I have been looking for this. I grow my own aloe. How do you process it to be smooth rather than globby?

  8. This is so lovely.
    I used pure aloe vera straight from my plant. Can you tell me please how do you preserve it as aloe vera will only last a week in the fridge, where I’m keeping my bottle of wash at the moment.

  9. I just made this and used it last night. It is really nice! It lathered up very easily because of the castile soap, and the scent was lovely!

    I used lavender scented Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, but still added 2-3 drops of the lavender essential oil.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  10. I just made this cleanser. The picture made me assume it would be creamy, but mine is very liquid. In fact, I can’t seem to get the Castille and Aloe to mix. Right now, I have globs of Aloe floating in Castille. Anyone else have this same issue?

  11. Are you still using this cleanser until now? Can you send me a link where I can buy all the ingredients?

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