How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Cleanser

by Owner on September 30, 2010

Are you looking for a natural facial cleanser? You don’t need to spend a fortune for supposedly natural face masks and cleansers on the shelf, when it is possible to make them easily and with ingredients you probably have on your pantry shelves right now. Read on for some great recipes that are very easy to make.

If you’re looking to make your own cleanser, the place to start is to know your own skin type. Is it oily, dry or a combination? Different ingredients work better with certain skin types, as I detail below.

The other issue to consider is what you’re looking for in a cleanser. Do you seek to moisturize, or are you looking for an astringent? Maybe you’re looking to exfoliate. Your choice of ingredients will in part be dictated by what you wish to accomplish.

When you apply the various cleansers, please be careful with the temperature and avoid scalding yourself, if the recipe calls for heat. You should also avoid getting anything in your eyes.

Natural Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin

Oily, acne-prone skin can benefit from the exfoliating power of alphahydroxy acids (AHA’s), which peel away layers of dead skin cells. AHA products are available commercially, but can sometimes be too powerful. Fortunately, many home ingredients contain AHA’s that you can use for your benefit. They include milk, vinegar (especially apple cider vinegar), apple juice, lemon juice, oranges, pineapples, tomatoes and grapes. These gentle fruit acids can be harnessed to make a great natural facial cleanser that can help oily skin.

(Be aware that AHA’s can make skin more sensitive to the sun, so please take appropriate precautions against sunburn.)

Here are a few recipes for making natural facial cleansers and natural face masks for oily skin. Note that these recipes could dry your skin out since they’re very good at removing oil, so you should use your favorite moisturizer afterwards.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Cleanser


  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • lemon juice as needed, or water

If you’re looking to exfoliate and scrub your face, try combining baking soda and lemon juice. You only need a tablespoon or so of baking soda. Apply enough juice to make a paste–the mixture may fizz, and that’s ok. Apply to your skin for a couple of minutes, then rinse off. You’ll enjoy the combination of gentle fruit acids plus a good scrubbing agent. Source.

If baking soda is too harsh for you, then simply create a toner by mixing lemon juice and water in a 2:1 ratio, and apply with a cotton ball.

Egg White and Lemon Juice Natural Face Mask


  • One egg white
  • Few drops of lemon juice

Egg whites are oil free and contain lots of nutrients. They do a great job of stripping dirt and oil off your face, so don’t forget to use that moisturizer afterwards.

Simply take one egg white and beat in a bowl until it’s frothy. Add a few drops of lemon juice to get more AHA exfoliating power. Apply to your skin and leave on for ten minutes, then add a second layer. Wait fifteen minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and moisturize. Source.

Apple Cider Vinegar Natural Face Toner


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water

Apple cider vinegar has lots of great properties. In addition to being a gentle form of AHA, it also has antiseptic, oil-cleaning, and pH-balancing properties.

You can use it as a face toner. Simply mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water; if this is too strong, add additional water to suit you. Apply to your skin with a cotton ball. Allow to dry or rinse off, your choice.

Natural Face Cleaners for Dry or Sensitive Skin

Dry skin requires ingredients that soothe, heal, and moisturize. Aloe vera, milk, cream, honey, and green tea are all great possibilities.

Milk and Honey (Or yogurt and honey) cleanser


  • 1 tablespoon of whole milk or yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey for milk, 1 tablespoon for yogurt

Milk and honey have been used as a face cleanser for generations. Simply combine about a teaspoon of honey (preferably dark honey) with a tablespoon of whole milk. Put the mix in a small bottle and dip it in hot water until the mixture gets warm and the honey can thoroughly mix with the milk by shaking it. Make sure it’s comfortably warm but not scalding. Shake well and apply. Source.

Instead of milk, you can also use yogurt. Use a 1:1 ratio of each, apply and leave on for about ten minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Green Tea Toner


  • Green tea or green tea leaves as needed
  • Plain yogurt sufficient to cover skin

Green tea contains lots of polyphenols as antioxidants. It can help to rejuvenate and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also gentle on the skin.

You can use green tea directly as a toner by simply applying cold green tea (preferably that you have brewed yourself and refrigerated) to your face with a cotton ball. You can leave it on your skin if you like.

Or try this as a scrub or mask: Take crushed green tea leaves (or tea from inside a teabag) and combine with plain yogurt. Mix together. Apply to your face gently and leave on for a few minutes. Use the bits of green tea leaves for doing a bit of scrubbing if needed. Wash off with warm water. Source.

Aloe Vera and Cucumber Natural Face Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of aloe gel
  • 1/2 cucumber

Have an aloe vera plant handy? These wonderful plants contain a gel that is rich in moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, and their usefulness in treating minor burns and cuts is well known.

If you’re using your own aloe plant, simply cut a leaf stalk off with a knife near the base of the plant. Wash the stalk then cut it down the middle. Use a spoon  to scrape out the clear gel, avoiding any yellow material that may be found on the inside of the stalk. Strain the gel through some gauze to remove lumps. Source.

Do this until you have 2 tablespoons of aloe gel.

Then take ½ cucumber, wash and peel it, take out the seeds and cut it into pieces. Combine the cucumber bits with the aloe gel in a blender and create a smooth paste. Spread it gently and evenly on your face or skin. Leave the mask to dry for 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water and dry. Source.

Natural Facial Cleansers for All or Combination Skin Types

Here are some recipes any skin type can benefit from, especially for people with combination skin types.

Oatmeal Natural Face Mask


  • 3/4 cup of ground oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup of warm water

As users of certain moisturizing lotions know, oatmeal is great for skin. It is luxurious and silky smooth, yet great for exfoliating. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Try this simple recipe. It’s more of a natural face mask than a quick cleanser, but should do a great job anyway.

First, you need ground oatmeal. The best way is to buy rolled oats at the grocery store and then grind them with a blender or coffee grinder. If you don’t feel like doing that, then get some instant oatmeal without any sweeteners or additives and use it straight out of the box–but this approach probably won’t give you the best results.

Take 3/4 cup of oatmeal and mix it with about a 1/3 cup of warm water. Use more or less water to suit, but you should form a nice paste. Spread the paste onto your face or skin, then relax and allow it to dry. Rinse it off with warm water and you’re done. Source.

Here’s an alternative: use unflavored yogurt instead of water, in a 1:1 ratio with ground oatmeal (say, one tablespoon of each.) Add a touch of warm honey if you like (which you can do just by heating a spoon under hot water for a bit then adding the honey.) Mix everything together, apply for ten minutes, and then remove with warm water and a washcloth. Source.

Oil-based Natural Facial Cleansing

Did you know that washing your skin with oil is very good for it, even if you have oily skin? First, let’s clear up some misconceptions. People often think that oil causes acne, but this by itself is not true. Many other factors contribute at least as much–including age/adolescence, hormones, clogging of pores with trapped bacteria or dirt, and more.

Oil dissolves oil–a phenomenon readily seen in chemistry. The right combination of oils can clean, moisturize and protect your skin.

A well known combination of oils for cleansing purposes is castor oil plus extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil moisturizes, while the castor oil cleans.

Pick the ratio of oils that’s best for you. For people with normal skin, start off with equal parts castor and extra virgin olive oil, enough to clean your entire face or whatever you’re cleaning (you don’t need much). If you have oily skin, favor castor oil over olive oil, up to a 3:1 castor to olive oil ratio. If your skin is dry, go in the opposite direction, up to a 3:1 olive to castor oil ratio.

As an alternative to olive oil you can consider jojoba oil, known to be a great moisturizer, or grapeseed oil, which is used as an astringent. People concerned about acne sometimes use a drop or two of tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic.

Next, rub the mixture onto your palms and slowly massage your your skin with your fingers. Avoid water. Do this gently for one minute.

Then, take a washcloth and dip it in hot water–but take care not to make it so hot that you burn yourself. Comfortably hot is good enough. Apply the cloth to your face until it cools to room temperature. This opens your pores and let the cleaning/moisturizing oils do their job removing dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. Relax and enjoy a few minutes of quiet luxury while you do this.

Finally, rinse and wring out the washcloth, then use it to gently remove the remaining oil on your skin. Your skin ends up lustrous, moisturized, and clean without the use of abrasives or chemicals. Source.

Additional Options for Natural Face Cleansers and Masks

Here is a list of ingredients that are often used to create natural cleansers. Some have been covered above. For the others you should experiment and research yourself, the options are almost endless!

Apple cider vinegar
Apple juice
Baking soda
Cedarwood oil
Coconut oil
Egg white
Grapefruit oil
Green tea
Juniper berry oil
Mint, mint juice
Oats or Oatmeal
Peppermint oil
Rose oil
Sea salt

A natural facial cleanser is a great way to treat your face and your skin the right and eco friendly way. You’ll look good and feel good without resorting to chemicals, thus doing good for the environment as well as your health.

Disclaimer: Nothing here is intended to be medical advice; please do not take it as such. You should consult your physician or dermatologist for any questions or concerns about your skin or any other medical issue.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

khem June 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

i find this natural cleanse for face very helpful thanks for this info i hope other people find it helpful as well.
i have questions:
for the moisteriizer the milk , yogurt and honey is that three has to mix and then use as a moisterizer or individual. also i have some dark spot on bothside of lips any suggestion also wrinkle around my eyes and dark.



cocoandrico June 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Aloe is great for all skin types too. The gel (from the cut stem of the plant) has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes and moisturizes while helping to reduce the appearance of age spots and acne scars over time.


Jamie March 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks for the lovely homemade cleanser. I’ve been reading a lot of holistic blogs that recommend pricey organic cleansers that seem to contain the same ingredients that you list. I have oily skin.
On a lark, I thought I’d try the lemon and baking soda cleanser. I mixed a teaspoon of baking soda with a Tlbsp. of lemon juice. It was amazing. I had a smooth complexion.
Now on to the moisturizers.
I admit I’m a bit nervous about the oils, but, I’ll try some soon as I buy grapeseed oil :)


Aulora Richards August 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Did the Lemon Juice and Baking soda clear your face or just moisturize it??


Hadiza May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

Ur site is an educative and wonderful site to be in. I am yet to try some of the listed facial cleanser. Thanks for wanting to keep us glowing!


Sabz April 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I want a facial wash i can bottle snd take to gym, so when i shower after a workout, use it. Any suggestion? It must be natural


maanoj meuva June 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

Simply superb and wonderful


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