Best Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes – Telegraph

Step 1 In My Facial At Home Series

The first chapter in my natural facial at home series has always… and will always be daily cleansing! So one of the following homemade facial cleanser recipes ought to be the first step in your daily routine. It can easily remove any dirt, old makeup and sweat that may have accumulated on the skin throughout the course of an average day.

Homemade Cleanser Recipes

  • The best face cleansers should be gentle yet thorough, so making up a cleanser with a light and easy to smooth consistency is vital.
  • For a stimulating and therapeutic effect, always make sure you choose a cleanser to suit your skin type.
  • By saving money on store-bought cleansers you can apply these homemade facial cleansers liberally knowing that they cost you next to nothing to make!
  • The most effective way to use a cleanser is to place a small amount in the palm of your hand and allow it to warm before gently massaging it into your skin. Remove with a cotton wool or cosmetic tissue, being careful not to drag the skin.

My Best Cleanser Recipes:

Each cleanser method has been tried and tested by me personally and contains variations for each skin type. All of them work very well and are fun to make, so your choice of which method to use is just down to personal preference.

Other Recipes

Some Quick Herbal Facial Cleansers

You can make a great homemade facial cleanser from organic herbs. If the herb you need to use for your cleanser recipe is unavailable you can often find an equally good one, this also gives you the opportunity to transform your cleanser to suit your particular skin type.

  • All skin types – Chamomile, comfrey, elderflower, linden flower, nettle
  • Normal or dry – Calendula, Lady’s mantle, marshmallow
  • Normal to oily – Fennel, lemon balm, rosemary
  • Oily skin – Sage, mint, yarrow

You can find out more about these and many other herbs I use in my recipes here.


The herbs above are also excellent when used for steaming. For a deep clean pour boiling water into a bowl over the chopped herbs. Cover your head and bowl with a towel (keeping your head at least 1 foot above the water) for 10 to 15 minutes.

To keep your skin looking its best, don’t steam your face more than once a week.

Calendula Cleanser – (for dry skin)

This is a deep cleaning and natural homemade cleanser, It’s one of the best face cleansers and contains fresh calendula heads, which have very soothing and healing properties. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

What you will need:


  1. Place the calendula heads, cocoa butter and olive oil into a heavy-based saucepan.
  2. Allow the cocoa butter to melt into the olive oil over a low heat; this usually takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Once melted strain the mixture into a fresh bowl and beat until cool.
  4. Pour the mixture into a sterile container with a snug fitting lid.
  5. Using your finger tips apply a generous amount of cleanser onto your skin, massage into the skin paying particular attention to the cheek areas which tend to be prone to dryness.
  6. Lightly wipe off with a damp cotton ball or tissue.

Irish Moss Cleanser – (for oily skin)

Irish moss is not actually moss at all, in fact, it is seaweed that grows in rock pools bellow the tide.

Irish moss is normally always bought dried, and once it is mixed with water again it has a jelly like texture bursting with vitamins and minerals. So I guess it is no surprise that Irish moss is used as a base in many home remedies for clear skin.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) Borax (normally found in drug stores)
  • 2 1/2 fl oz (60ml) Hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Irish Moss
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Ground Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Sweet Almond Oil


  1. Add the borax to the hot water and stir until dissolved, add the Irish moss and leave to soak for about 3 hours, until the mixture becomes soft and jelly like.
  2. Combine the almonds and oil, and then briskly stir into the jelly mixture. Transfer to a sterile container and use within 2 weeks.
  3. With your finger tips massage the gel mix into skin, paying particular attention to the forehead, nose and chin which have a tendency to be a little oilier.
  4. Leave on for 2 or 3 minutes, and then remove with a damp cotton wool ball or a toner.

Witch Hazel Cleanser – (for all skin types)

This Witch Hazel cleanser is light and gentle, perfect for wiping away that daily grime, leaving your skin feeling soft and clean. It should be kept in the refrigerator and used within a week, so only make it in small amounts.

What you will need:


  1. Pop the elderflowers into a heat proof bowl, and pour boiling water over them, cover and then leave until cool.
  2. Once cool, strain and the transfer 4 tablespoons into a clean jar or bottle.
  3. Add the Witch Hazel and glycerine pop on the lid, and give it a good shake.
  4. This homemade cleanser will separate when left standing, so give it another good shake before each use.
  5. Massage a generous amount into your facial muscles getting the cleanser deep into the pores.
  6. Rinse off with warm water or gently wipe off with a damp cotton wool ball.

A Soapwort Cleanser

This is a great little homemade facial cleanser recipe for anyone who prefers to wash their face rather than using creams or oils.

It will lather up just like soap, but won’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry. And because it’s a very gentle and a natural cleaner it’s suitable for the whole family to use.

You can keep this cleanser in the bathroom and use it directly from the bottle just like you would any liquid soap.


Choose one of the following dried flowers or herbs to suit your skin type:

  • All skin types – chamomile-comfrey-elderflower-linden flower-nettle
  • Normal to dry – lady’s mantle-marshmallow
  • Normal to oily skin – fennel-lemon balm-rosemary
  • Oily skin – sage-mint-yarrow
  • 1 tablespoon Soapwort Root
  • 2 tablespoons dried (teabag can be used) or 6 tablespoons fresh chopped chosen herb
  • 2 1/2 pints (1.5 litres) mineral water


  1. Place the soapwort root and your chosen herb into a saucepan, add the mineral water, cover and gently bring to the boil.
  2. Let the soapwort mixture simmer for five minutes and then remove it from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Strain the liquid, pressing down well.
  4. Transfer to bottles and use this soapwort cleanser as you would any liquid soap.

My 3 Step Natural Facial At Home For Glowing Skin

Step1 – Cleanser

Step2 – Toner

Step3 – Moisturizer