Buying Recipe Ingredients

Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite supplier.

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

Aloe vera

Vegetable glycerin

Lavender hydrosol

Lime hydrosol

Rose geranium hydrosol

Geranium essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil

Petitgrain essential oil

Ylang ylang essential oil

Chamomile flowers

Lavender flowers

Glass bottles

Skin Balancing Cleanser

One of the healthiest natural facial cleanser recipes for oily or combination skin

This skin balancing cleanser is one of my favorites. It's great for oily and combination skin because it cleanses, hydrates and balances your skin's oil production, while still being very gentle.

Natural facial cleanser recipes that contain aloe vera (like this one) are great because aloe is a powerful skin healer, balancer and cleanser.

Combined with lavender to heal, petitgrain to clear congested skin, and geranium and ylang ylang to stabilize oil production, this recipe is a fabulous everyday formulation. And you'll LOVE the scent!

Skin Balancing Cleanser Recipe


1/2 cup (125ml) Lavender Hydrosol OR Herbal Infusion (see below)

2 tablespoons (30ml) Vegetable Glycerin

2 tablespoons (30ml) Aloe Vera gel

4 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Petitgrain essential oil

2 drops Geranium essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

Recipes for Other Skin Types

Normal: Homemade Face Cleanser

Dry/Mature: Facial Cleanser Cream

Sensitive: Olive Oil Facial Cleanser

Acne: Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash


1. Pour everything into a 200ml (or larger) dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake well to mix. Wait 24 hours before using to let the skin balancing cleanser "cure".

2. To make a herbal infusion:

     Combine 1/2 cup (125ml) distilled water with 2 tablespoons each of lavender flowers, lemongrass and chamomile in a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove.

     Remove from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes to an hour.

     Strain out the herbs and use in the recipe above.

3. To use, dampen your skin with warm water, then gently massage the skin balancing cleanser into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, then apply toner and natural moisturizer.

Customizing your Skin Balancing Cleanser

I actually prefer Rose Geranium hydrosol to the lavender because it smells DIVINE, and it's great for balancing not only skin but mood and hormones as well.

Lime hydrosol is another great choice if you love citrus scents. It's especially good if your skin is very oily or you're coping with acne.

If you use lime hydrosol, consider switching the petitgrain essential oil with lemon or lime. Just remember not to use your skin balancing cleanser before going out in the sun if you use citrus oils.

Where to Buy Cleanser-Making Supplies

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are good, their service is great, and their quality is excellent. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this natural facial cleanser...

Where to Buy Natural Facial Cleanser

I found a nice company called Just Natural that makes a really good line of organic natural facial cleansers and acne-fighting soaps.

Adult Acne Facial Soap pH balanced to be sensitive and normalize your skin's oil production. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Anti-Aging Makeup Remover an extra-gentle, fragrance-free, multi-tasking natural facial cleanser that whisks away everyday impurities, removes makeup, and is safe to use on the eye area.

LaFemme Natural Soap with pure shea butter and avocado oil to gently cleanse without leaving a dry, tight feeling. Leaves skin silky soft and smooth.

What Next?

Complete your skincare routine with these other easy, natural, fun to make facial recipes.

Sugar Facial Scrub

Combination Skin Facial Mask

Natural Face Moisturizer

Facial Steam Recipes

Homemade Skin Toner Recipes

Homemade Facials

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