DIY Herbal Face Wash

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Although I usually use a cream or oil cleanser in the cooler months, my combination skin needs a little deeper cleansing during the sweaty, covered-in-outdoors time of year. This is my go-to face wash recipe for an effective cleanse that soothes and nourishes without stripping the skin. 

The aromatic plants - sage, yarrow and mint - work well for those with oily/combination or acne prone skin, while white clover is healing and anti-inflammatory for any skin type. Are you a more more normal, sensitive or dry type? Lovely plants to use in place of these for your soothing skin wash would be lavender, rose petal, chamomile and calendula. You can use fresh plants you may be growing in the garden or can find them in bulk online or at your local natural foods store.

The rose castille soap gives a luxurious scent and is used in only a small amount to make the end product a very gently foaming wash, as not to strip the precious protective oils from the skin. The addition of honey offers soothing and humectant, as well as natural antibacterial properties. Rose hydrosol provides a natural astringency and beautiful aroma. Aloe gel gives a cooling effect and helps to both heal and moisturize. Rich and earthy smelling tamanu oil brings healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. You could also substitute with olive oil, if you do not have tamanu.

You can, optionally, add essential oils to this wash. I like to add just a few drops of healing lavender and skin-balancing geranium oil.

The finished product is a liquid wash that turns slightly creamy when shaken before use. Since this face wash does contain water, I make it in small, approximately 2 ounce, batches and keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Please note that if you have allergies to ragweed or are pregnant, you may want to avoid using the yarrow in this wash. Also, if you have any irritation, please discontinue use. Different skins can sometimes resonate better with different plants.


1 cup distilled water

Sage leaf, yarrow flower, peppermint and white clover (enough of each to make a good handful)

2 teaspoons rose or unscented liquid castille soap (such as Dr. Bronners)

1 Tablespoon raw local honey

1 Tablespoon aloe gel

1 Tablespoon rosewater or rose hydrosol

1/2 teaspoon tamanu oil (or olive oil)

6 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

2 drops geranium essential oil (optional)

  1. Pour the water - hot, but not yet boiling - over the plants in a glass jar. Allow to steep while covered for 15-20 minutes to create a strong, aromatic infusion. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix 1 Tablespoons of the resulting infusion with the remaining ingredients and pour into a 2 ounce squeeze or pump bottle.
  3. Shake well before using. Apply a small amount to dry skin, massaging in well. The wash will be liquidy. Rinse well with lukewarm water or remove with a warm, damp cloth. You can perform a second cleanse for a deeper cleansing.
  4. Follow your cleanse with your favorite toner, serum/facial oil and protective moisturizer.

Now, touch your beautiful, soft, clean face. <3


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