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
- 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.
- In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the hydrosols and aloe vera gel until lukewarm.
- Slowly pour the water mixture into the oil mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
If you're struggling with dry or aging skin and you're looking for
products that are a little more sophisticated than homemade, I
definitely recommend Just Natural Organic Care.
All their products are organic - WAY better than most commercial
products because they only use the best ingredients - no harsh fillers
or chemicals to hurt your skin. Check these out! You should see their
post on Motor Oil and Your Face (on the make-up remover page - click the
Anti-Aging Makeup Remover
"This is the best eye make up remover I have ever used. I have very
sensitive skin and this remover is perfect! It removes my entire make up
and it doesn't irritate my skin or bother my eyes leaving any kind of
oily residue. I love it and the natural ingredients! It's worth the
price and it smells wonderful!" Lee M, Sacramento CA
"I've only been using the serum a couple of weeks and have already
noticed that the wrinkles on my forehead and between my eyebrows have
decreased substantially. Just use a little - it goes a long way. I'd
definitely recommend this product! I use it nightly and I love it - my
fine lines have disappeared. My skin stays moisturized." Holly H, Craig NE
Anti-Aging Facial Lotion
"Wow! This stuff rocks! My face really does look younger and more
luminous. What impresses me is that it really does help diminish age
spots and my skin's texture has
really improved! I'm 44, and my skin looks 10 years younger. Definitely
worth the price." Gwen D, Miami Beach FL
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