This DIY all-skin-type facial cleanser recipe is an extra gentle cleanser that will whisk away everyday impurities without stripping your skin of essential moisture. The essential oils in it also work to sooth and soften your complexion. Healthy looking skin at a fraction of the cost your typical department store formulas.
Through my years in the chemical industry, I worked with various surfactants (soaps) so based on what I know and my experience I recommend liquid castile soap. To make sure it is right for your skin sensitivity, use unscented/baby formula. Castile soap is known for its gentle cleansing and emollient qualities. Most commercially available soaps, cosmetic and otherwise, are made with sulfates with the addition of alcohols or acids, which make them really efficient at eliminating dirt, but also at stripping away organic compounds, including the mantle on your face, which, if you’re like me, you intend to keep.
To complement the cleansing properties of castile soap, aromatherapist recommend combining therapeutic grade essential oils with your cleanser. For its soothing and cleansing properties I use lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil. If you have specific needs, you can consult with experts to target your condition.
I normally use about 8 ounces of soap in each recipe. This gives a nice full bottle of facial cleanser that will last several months. With each 8 ounce bottle, I add between 35-40 drops of essential oil. This is a less than 1% dilution.
In a 10 oz amber glass dropper bottle add
*As with any soap, you’ll want to avoid getting it in your eyes. Liquid castile soap can sting and burn if it does get in the eyes.