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Buying Recipe Ingredients

Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite supplier.

Here's some quick links for buying this recipe's ingredients.

Emulsifying wax

Stearic acid

Avocado oil

Borage oil

Jojoba oil

Rosehip oil

Sea buckthorn oil

Vitamin E oil

Vegetable glycerin

Grapefruit seed extract

Rose hydrosol

Frankincense essential oil

Jasmine essential oil

Palmarosa essential oil

Patchouli essential oil

Rose essential oil

Rose geranium hydrosol

Sandalwood essential oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil

Glass jars

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Facial Cleanser Cream

A healthy natural facial cleanser recipe terrific for dry, mature or damaged skin

Based on a traditional cold cream recipe, this nourishing, all natural facial cleanser cream is customized to soothe, regenerate and hydrate dry, aging or devitalized skin.

One of my favorite things about this facial cleanser recipe is that it includes rose water, because it's a wonderful way to get rose's skin-healing benefits (not to mention its sweet, exotic scent) without the killer price.

It also includes aloe vera to heal, soothe and reduce redness, blotches and other blemishes. Plus, Palmarosa, Patchouli and Sandalwood essential oils help repair and moisturize skin, while Frankincense is famous for reducing wrinkles.

Facial Cleanser Cream Recipe


2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons (8-10g) vegetable-based Emulsifying Wax (more for thicker, less for thinner)

1/2 teaspoon (2g) Stearic Acid (stabilizer derived from plant oils)

1/3 cup (75ml) Jojoba or Grapeseed oil

1/3 cup (60ml) Rose Hydrosol (also called rose water)

1/3 cup (60ml) Rose Geranium Hydrosol

2 tablespoons (25ml) Vegetable Glycerin

2 tablespoons (25ml) Aloe Vera gel

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

6 drops Palmarosa essential oil

6 drops Frankincense essential oil

6 drops Patchouli or Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

1 drop Jasmine, Rose or Ylang Ylang essential oil


  1. Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.

  2. In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the hydrosols and aloe vera gel until lukewarm.

  3. Slowly pour the water mixture into the oil mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.

  4. Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract. Pour the facial cleanser cream into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic jar and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.

  5. Shake the jar occasionally as the mixture cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

To use, dampen your skin with warm water, then gently massage the facial cleanser cream into your skin. Rinse, pat dry and moisturize.

This recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) dry skin cleanser.

Customizing Your Natural Facial Cleanser Recipe

You can replace the hydrosols with plain distilled water, but the recipe will lose some of its skin-healing benefits and aroma. (I think buying hydrosols is a good investment because you can also use them as skin toners - just apply undiluted with a cosmetic pad. Wonderful!)

You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, though, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total recipe.

You can really get creative with your facial cleanser recipe by adding small amounts of Avocado, Borage, Rosehip or Sea Buckthorn oil. Check out the carrier oils page and see what would be best for your skin.

Play around with the recipe. Try it one way the first time, then try something else the next. (I definitely recommend taking notes - I always forget my changes by the time I'm ready to make more.)

Where to Buy Facial Cleanser Cream Ingredients

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality, prices and service are the best I've found. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this facial cleanser cream recipe...

Buying Natural Facial Cleanser

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What Next?

Create your own complete customized skincare product line with these other easy, healthy, fun to make facial recipes. Your skin will love them!