DIY Face Wash: Tea & Honey
This DIY face wash removes makeup like a champ and is easy on the skin!!! Plus, the fact that I could eat everything but the Castile soap is nice, in theory. :)
I have used regular soap or body wash on my face, but would always be reminded it was a mistake because my skin would end up feeling tight and looking dry after only a few days. Sigh. So, back to the store I would go, spending anywhere from $10-15 on gentle freaking face wash!!! After the last bottle of foaming face wash I bought, it was time to start experimenting. I finally created a concoction that I really like–and it only costs about $1 to make!!! SWEEEEET!!! It is thin enough to work in a foaming pump if you want to use it that way, but I am getting tired of replacing them when they eventually quit working, so I’m staying old school with this bottle. :)
For the tea part of this recipe, I used 2 tea bags–a pomegranate green tea and a lemon balm–because that’s what I had in the cabinet and I was apparently feeling colorful. In the first batch, I used just good old black oolong and standard issue green tea. Tea in general is high in antioxidants, so for this application, just pick whatever you like. The only major difference may be the color of the final product.
I have put a variety of essential oils in, just depending on my mood. I start with a couple drops of tea tree (antibacterial) and carrot seed oil (good for skin), then add lavender, rosemary, and mint (just because I like them) until I hit the 15-ish drop mark. You don’t want to go too crazy here, since you are washing your face and eye area with it–you want it to be gentle. And, in all reality, if you didn’t use any essential oils, it would still be a great face wash.
One side note is that I use this face wash on a nylon exfoliation washcloth every night so that the oldest skin cells don’t get a chance to just hang out for no reason. I even take the washcloth with me if we actually travel somewhere–it’s as important as my makeup bag. Wait……that is probably a little dramatic…..let’s call it a close second.
THE RECIPE: Tea and Honey Face Wash
Makes about 8 ounces
1/3 cup strongly brewed tea of your choice
4 Tbs almond oil (1/4 cup)
2 Tbs glycerin
1 Tbs honey
15 drops essential oils of choice
1/3 cup Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
1. Brew 1-2 tea bags in 1/3 cup water for at least 10 minutes. Add tea, oil, glycerin, honey, and essential oils into a bottle. Shake well.
2. After the tea mixture is combined, add the soap to the bottle, and give it a few good shakes. This contains oil and water, so it will separate back out. Initially, mine was a crazy green color from the teas I used–don’t let that freak you out (but it was weird). It did settle into something much more attractive after the first hour or so–just like the pretty post picture at the top of the page–so it changed quite a bit in appearance. I even made a 2nd batch (picture on the right) just to make sure and it did the same thing. :) Before use, give it another shake to combine. It will turn a honey color (or paler depending on the kind of tea you use) when combined and ready to use.
I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap–it comes in several scent varieties as well as unscented. Find it at Target here.