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How to make a natural foaming face wash

on December 9, 2012

Ingredients
4 tablespoons apple juice
1 ounce natural olive oil soap or castile soap
1 ounce green clay (illite)
Optional: 10 drops chamomile, mandarin, lemon and/or carrot seed oil (if using all four, make sure you do not use more than 20 drops of essential oil for each ounce of soap
How to Make
Combine juice and soap; stir gently to avoid excessive bubbles from forming.
Gently fold in clay and stir well (use a stick blender if needed, but keep it below the mixture level to avoid getting tons of bubbles).
If using, add essential oil and stir.
How to Use
Every morning and evening, apply a hazelnut-sized amount to skin and lightly massage.
Avoid getting cleanser in eyes.
Rinse off with a face cloth and warm water.
Storage
Store for up to one month in a refrigerator or cool, clean place (not the shower!) with container tightly closed.
I just whipped up a batch of this for myself and I really like it. It was super easy to make – only took about 5-10 minutes. It provided a lot of lather but didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped.

I only had peppermint castile soap on hand, which contains peppermint essential oil. That gave the cleanser an extra refreshing feel (great for a morning pick-me-up!). If you do the same, just be sure to not get much of the cleanser around the eyes (eg., don’t rub it around the eyes or use it to remove eye makeup), because peppermint oil can be too strong around the eye area.

I also used orange, lemon and chamomile essential oils and doubled the recipe, which was more than enough to fill this 125ml bottle. That will probably be way more than I need to wash my face for a month so I’m going to try using it as a body cleanser as well.

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