Homemade Facial Cleanser with Avocado Oil & Honey

Facial Cleanser

I’m really excited to share my homemade facial cleanser recipe with you. Like many, I have acne-prone skin (which fluctuates with hormones) and winter-eczema on my face. However, since using a combo my homemade facial cleanser with avocado oil & honey, and lavender face moisturizer, my hormonal pimples, and eczema have drastically diminished!

I’ve really had great results with this combo, and I sincerely hope someone else can benefit from this too. Using three simple ingredients, avocado oil, honey and castile soap, I’ve concocted a homemade, facial cleanser that has changed my life. 

Many people are going to think that I’m a total wacko for using the ingredients that I do, but trust me on this, there is a method to my madness. If you’ve heard of, or done research on, the oil cleansing method, then you may not think I’m crazy for washing my face with oil.

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores.”

I think the oil cleansing method is a fantastic concept; it has become very popular and is showing great results. However, although I like the idea of cleansing with oil, the official “oil cleansing method” itself is just not for me. I prefer the facial cleanser that I’ve concocted, which still cleanses with oil, but is simpler and quicker (I never leave myself much time in the day for personal grooming). I use avocado oil in this cleanser because of it’s external benefits.

Avocado Oil 

  • Facial CleanserAvocado oil penetrates the skin better than most plant oils. It penetrates through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin, leaving it hydrated and smooth.
  • Avocado oil is high in vitamins A, B, C, E and K, anti-oxidants, proteins and unsaturated fats, all of which are good for your skin.
  • “Acne patients have also been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids.” (1) Adding oils high linoleic acid to the skin balances the surface lipids and decreases the number of breakouts (2). Avocado oil does contain linoleic acid, however if you have more severe acne-prone skin, I would recommend using organic, grape seed oil which is much higher in linoleic acid.
  • Avocado oil contains monsaturated fats, providing an SPF between 4-15.
  • Avocado oil is high in sterolins (plant fat), which are extremely moisturizing, and known to reduce signs of aging, extreme dry skin, eczema, sun damage, and blemishes.

Castille Soap

Liquid castille soap from From Nature With Love, or Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap, is a concentrated, liquid soap, that’s eco-friendly, fair trade, non-GMO and incredibly versatile! It contains “no harsh chemicals, additives, colorants, sudsing agents or other ingredients, just pure derivatives from plant sources.

I use it in everything from household cleaners to shampoo. If you haven’t yet jumped on the castile soap train, well, jump on it!

I like organic, castille soap in this cleanser because it adds a light suds which I enjoy, and have grown accustomed to, in a face wash. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way!


And last, but definitely not least, honey! While researching honey as an ingredient for this cleanser, I learned some incredible things about it that I just can’t pass up noting:
  • Honey has been used to treat infected wounds and burns for thousands of years, dating back to Egyptian times (remember Cleopatra’s honey and milk bath…she was actaully on to something.)
  •  Honey has incredible antibacterial properties, and studies have shown that it is even capable of killing strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viruses!
  • Honey produces antimicrobial properties because most types of honey generate H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) when diluted (1).
  •  According to this article,”honey is hygroscopic, which means that it can draw moisture out of the environment and dehydrate bacteria, and its high sugar content and low level pH can also prevent the microbes from growth.”
  • Manuka honey contains the highest antibacterial properties, and is often sold as “medical grade.” {buy here}
So now you can see why I’m excited to use it in my facial cleanser–it contains natural antibacterial properties which are ideal for acne prone skin, and unlike most commercial facial cleansers and detergents, won’t strip away your natural oils.
It’s important to buy raw, unpasteurized honey, and preferably from a local source. Pasteurization kills beneficial bacteria and natural enzymes in order to prolong shelf life, and won’t have the same antibacterial properties as raw honey.
*Check out some Honey Face Mask recipes HERE.



  1. Whisk all ingredients together until they’re fully combined. This may take a couple minutes.
  2. Transfer to a small squeeze or pump bottle {buy here}.

How to Wash Your Face (as if you don’t already know)

  1. Hold a hot wash cloth over your face for a couple minutes to open up your pours.
  2. Pour a quarter size amount of the cleanser in your hands and massage thoroughly into your skin (about 1 min.)
  3. Rinse with warm water and gently pat your skin to dry.
  4. Apply homemade moisturizer  immediately.

**Note: I find it best to do this before bed in order to remove the impurities and make-up from the day. In the morning just wipe your face gently with a wet cloth. This works as a great make-up remover**


No worries, I’d love to make it for you! I sell a similar recipe in my Modern Hippie Shop!

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214 comments on “Homemade Facial Cleanser with Avocado Oil & Honey

  1. Carly!! I’m so excited to try this, thank you for sharing! I love using raw honey as a face mask, so I think I will really love this!


      1. Hi Carly 🙂
        Wow! I’ve been doing the Oil
        cleanse and alternating with my Grain & Petals Clensing grains, which I just LOVE! But! Once again Wow! I was missing a little bit if the sudsie feeling… What an amazing cleanser! I have what’s being called these days as, Mature skin sad but wow! What a turn around after I’ve gone totally organic! This Honey cleanser is just perfect! It’s customizable, awesome! I have loved Avacado Oil for a couple of years and ? Idk what happens to the oils but if you mix Avacado & Macadamia Nut oils together 1/2 1/2, it really supercharges BOTH! Very firming! Sooo, that’s what this lol mature Hippie Girl did! Added my blend of Rejuvinating essential oils, and again Wow! I felt incredible! NO tight feeling just soft firm and deffinatly not stripped by the detergent feeling that I don’t miss not one bit!!! So, this wonder cleanser has also become my Body Wash as well!!! I did add a bit of Geranium essential for my Body Wash as it’s very cleansing and increases circulation which gives my skin a nice glow! Soooo it’s for me, a Multi Purpose Cleanser! I thank you very much !!! A great idea!!! Way to PLAY Carly!!! Cheers for having all of our total body care being organic and not 300.00 a product ! YES! We are the smart girls , ALL here! Cheers to ALL!!! And yes p.s….. I was that girl who spent WAY too much in some kinda HOPE…. Well, I can honestly say, my skin looks much better NOW! My Grand Daughter , 12, thinks it’s totally cool that her little friends ask if I am her Mom! Yes! What a great feeling!!! So , RIGHT ON!!!
        Peace, Lesley

  2. Like my comment on Facebook, this is probably what I’ve been looking for, for the last 10-15 years. I have had horrible acne prone skin my entire adult life, and have only recently realized that its mainly hormonal. I can wash my face all I want and it still comes and goes in waves. I am looking forward to trying this out! If this helps as much as I hope it could – my parents will be so pissed about the thousands of dollars they’ve spent to try and help me out! :p Either way, thanks for the post Carly. You make everything seem so easy and like “duh!? why wouldnt I try this?!” I love it.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I have a soft spot for people who have suffered with acne because I come from a family who has struggled with it too. This has worked for me, but I can only speak from my own experience, so if you give this a try I would love to hear your thoughts and how it worked for you. Thanks again, Lindyn!

  3. Question for you… Why do you prefer (or recommend) avocado oil over say grapeseed? Just curious. I too have hormonal PAINFUL acne. I’m 32. It ain’t cool. 🙁

    1. Hi Lydia, thanks for your question. I completely understand where you’re coming from with the painful hormonal acne…and yes, painful being the key word here. I use the avocado oil for a few reasons, and not because I necessarily prefer it over grapeseed oil, if that’s what you have then you can use that. The main idea with the oil is using it to dissolve the oil in our skin.

      I use the avocado oil here because I’ve been on a huge avocado oil kick (I’m also obsessed with avocados) and have found a lot of research on the benefits of avocado oil for your skin: Avocado oil is easily absorbed into the skin, is high in antioxidants and vitamins A, D and E, which are good for particularly dry and aging skin. It also contains a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, both of which are strong skin agents. Also, I’ve read that avocado oil helps treat eczema, and because I have it on my hands and face, I wanted to see if it would help me–it seems to be, but I can’t attribute it entirely to avocado oil because I’ve started doing a few things differently with my skin. There seems to be a long list of benefits for avocado oil, for both cooking and using externally and I’ve also just bought a large bottle so I’m having fun experimenting with it 🙂

      I should note, that I’m only speaking from personal experience, so this is what I like and what’s worked for me. Grapeseed oil it great too, and has it’s own set of benefits. Let me know what oil you end up using! Thanks again for the question, I think I’ll explain why I prefer avocado oil in my post!

      1. Hi as soon as I finish my Synergie Cleanser I will definitely try your products that doesnt cost me a fortune.thanks.

    2. Hi Lydia, your comment earlier prompted me to re-read my finding on avocado oil and it’s effect on the skin, and add a paragraph to my post on its benefits. My readings this afternoon led me to some medical journal reviews which shared some pretty interesting findings on people with acne prone skin. People with acne prone skin have been found to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids. By adding oils high in linoleic acid directly to the skin, it can balance these surface lipids and decrease breakouts. Although avocado oil contains linoleic acid, grape seed oil is much higher in linoleic acid, which would urge me to suggest using grape seed oil in this cleanser for those who have more severe acne prone skin. Does that make sense? I hope you found this helpful.

  4. I’ve been using this cleanser for a month now, and I’ve got to thank you for saving my skin!! I have struggled forever trying to find a cleanser that doesn’t irritate my face and this is the winner. Ps I love your blog girl, so awesome

    1. That’s awesome, Britt! I’ve been hearing so much great feedback from people about this cleanser, and it makes me SO happy to hear! Thank you for your own feedback, and taking the time to comment!

  5. Very excited to try this! Just a few questions; does the cleanser need to be refrigerated at all or would I be able to keep it in my bathroom? Also, I have very oily skin and therefore I am prone to acne as well as clogged pores. I am a big fan of homemade stuff and normally use a homemade exfoliant I make myself. However, I have recently been finding that exfoliants aren’t great to use on your face everyday and was looking for another homemade cleanser to give my skin a break. Do you think this will be ok for oily skin?

    1. Hey Payton! No, this cleanser doesn’t need to be refrigerated, as none of the ingredients themselves “expire.” And yes, this cleanser is ideal for oily, acne-proned skin. Made sure to use unrefined grape-seed oil as your oil component if you are prone to acne. If you are exfoliating regularly, you should give backing soda a try–it’s a perfect coarseness, and isn’t sharp on your skin like sugar and salt. Thank you for your comment.


  6. I just have a quick question about the two types of honey you suggested we buy on Amazon. Basically, which one should I try? I am interested in making this for my pre-teen daughter who has very severe acne right now so I am going to try the grapeseed oil, but I am not sure if I should try the manuka honey or the Y.S. Eco Bee honey. Thanks!

    1. Hi there. Thank you for your question and comment. If you’re daughter has severe acne I would definitely recommend the manuka honey, as it is considered “medical grade” in terms of it’s anti-biotic-like, and antibacterial properties. My heart goes out to your daughter. My family suffers with severe acne too, and I know the torment that it can cause. Try pairing the cleanser with the lavender face moisturizer. Chin up!


  7. I’m so excited to make this part of my skin care routine! I’ve used it once so far and it is definitely a weird feeling washing my face with oil but my skin is soooo soft this morning! I have one question – how do you recommend washing your face after exercising when it’s sweaty?
    Keep up the blog!

    1. I happy you love it as much as I do! Wait until you start seeing the long-term results!

      In terms of washing your face after exercising… to be honest, I usually just hop in the shower, rinse off and wash my face in there (I have a face wash just for the shower.) Otherwise, just stick your head in the sink and splash some water in your face to rinse before cleansing. I’m not an esthetician, but that’s what I would do 🙂

  8. i am very excited to try your recipe but i only have one question: isn’t there a more natural way than the soap?

    1. Hi Justine. I’m excited you’re excited 🙂 To answer your question…there really isn’t a more “natural” soap then Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. It’s not a detergent, organic, eco-friendly….the list goes on (your can watch the Dr. Bronner’s movie on Netflix–he’s really an impressive guy who was ahead of his time). But if you want a soap-free, cleansing experience, try the oil-cleansing method that I mentioned in the post. Best of luck!

  9. Hi Carly, how often do you use the facial cleanser? Morning and night, or just at night time? I have acne-prone skin as well and am used to washing my face 2-3 times a day, but realize this may be too much. I went out yesterday to buy all the ingredients for the cleanser and moisturizer – excited to see how it turns out! Thanks.

    1. Hi Caitlin,

      I wash my face once a day, before bed, following the “how to wash your face” routine I wrote about in the post, then apply the moisturizer. In the morning, I gently wash my face with water and a cloth, then apply the moisturizer again. Washing your face too much removes your natural oils and I find can leave my skin dry. I sincerely hope that this works out for you! Keep me posted 🙂


  10. I just got the ingredients to make this and will be trying it out tonight! I just saw the recipe for the moisturizer, so I’ll have to try that out. I’m using grape seed oil as I have PCOS and break out easily mostly b/c of hormones. Looking forward to trying this out! Hoping for good results 🙂

  11. Hi… I just run into this recipe and honestly it is hard to believe that something so simple can be so miraculous.. From your post and comments I can see that it is working soI’ll simply have to give it a try 🙂 I am trying to make all cosmetic products on my own as commercial ones are simply horrible for my skin…

    Would you mind sharing how long this one can last without spoiling if I keep it in my bathroom?
    Much love <3

    1. Hey Leyla,

      I hope it works out for you, too! It’s definitely the best homemade cleanser that I’ve some across, and certainly much better for you and the environment, than store-bought brands.

      None of the ingredients really expire, so I’d imagine that you’re going to use-up the cleanser before it ever goes off. But if I had to say, maybe a year or two? Probably longer…

      Thanks for your comment.


  12. I have oily, severe acne. I am 21, and didnt have this problem until 19 and on, when I became a mom. My daughter is now 2, and I have tried EVERYTHING to rid my acne. I tried doing a honey wash in the mornings, and a grapeseed oil wash in the evenings. And I must say, my skin became the worst it ever had been, im talking CYSTIC painful large acne EVERYWHERE. I couldnt get rid of the cysts, either, until several months after stopping those methods. I read that grapeseed oil is NOT the best oil for acne, bc it has a pore clogging rating of 4. Do u have any advice/suggestions of what I was doing wrong or what I could use as an alternative? I also used witch hazel for a toner during that process. Currently still using the toner, its working better than anyhring to rid my acne, but im still broke out.

    1. Hi Lacey,

      I’m so sorry that you’re dealing with this, and I can sympathize with you. I know from experience, that having baby does crazy shit to your body. Personally, since having my daughter, I’ve developed allergies to random things, eczema, low estrogen, and acne too. The things we women go through…

      I really don’t think that you’re necessarily doing anything wrong! You’re not taking any worse care of your skin than anyone else…probably better actually, but unfortunately, acne is often hormonal and/or hereditary.

      Cystic acne runs in my family too. It’s not something that you can “cure” from the surface. I’ve heard first-hand, that going off gluten can help. Worth a try at this point, right? You could very well have sensitivities to it, or something else, that causes your skin to break out in this way.

      In terms of surface break-outs, I’d just suggest cleansing with this cleanser, and using a light, moisturizer, like my Lavender Face Moisturizer (try adding a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil which is anti-bacterial and also good for acne.) I’ve never heard of “high pore clogging oil,” and I’ve read quite the opposite about grape-seed oil, actually. But regardless, your using the oil to cleanse your skin, and oil dissolves oil…think about it, makes sense right? Try not to wash your face too much, just once a day, following the instructions in this post(preferably in the evenings)–you don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils either!

      I hope this helps a bit. I’ll continue to keep my eye out for ideas for you. Keep me posted.


      1. So washing once a day is better than twice? Thank you for replying.. Ive searched the internet for months now for answers..

        1. Yes. I was my wash with the cleanser just once, in the evenings. And then in the morning, I just gently, wipe my face with a wet cloth. You don’t want to strip away all of your natural oils. I’ve read that by doing so, your body may go into oil-overproduction mode.

  13. Hi Carly,
    Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful recipes! I cannot wait to try them all. One at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed. Can I use the facial cleanser twice a day? How long does it last? Have you tried making some homemade soap?
    Thank you Carly! I love your website!


    1. Hey Ranya,

      You’re very welcome! Definitely one at a time 🙂

      You can use it twice per day for sure, but I only use it in the evenings, and then just cold water in the morning. It lasts a long time, as the products have long shelf lives, and honey is antibacterial. I’d say a year if I had to put a time limit on it, but you’ll have made several batches by then! Best of luck!


  14. Hey girl, just came across your page online, love it! Question: I don’t know if my acne is due to hormone issues, or bad diet or even both, how do u even know? Tho I do eat pretty healthy! Is there any truth to dairy, sugar, caffeine, processed foods that contain white flour, cause acne to worsen? Should people go off these foods for awhile and detox to get all the cramp that build up inside them out? Do u have any easy diet plans to suggest? Plus some people have stated online that coconut oil has made their acne worse? Any advice on these issues u can help me with? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hey Amy! Thanks for finding my site 🙂 Good questions. I strongly believe in the old, saying “you are what you eat,” and from experience, certain things that I eat can cause me to break out. That being said, things that may make me break out may have no affect on someone else. We’re all different. If you’re concerned that something you’re eating may be causing your acne, then I’d suggest a sort of elimination diet, which, in a very quick summarization (they write books on the topic) involves cutting sugar, gluten, diary, eggs and nuts out of your diet for 3 weeks (the time it takes for all of those things to completely exit you system.) Then, after 3 weeks, introduce the foods back, one week at a time. One week dairy, next week gluten etc. If you notice a reaction to a food the you’ve re-introduced…well then you probably have a sensitivity to it. I have yet to try the elimination diet, but I really want to! I think I’ll wait for after the holidays 🙂

      Hope that answers you questions.


  15. thanks for your quick response! When making you own face wash, do u still add lavender oil, if so how much? Plus my skin is more dry at this time of the year, only slightly oily around the nose area, would this face wash still be ok for me as well as your moisturizer? and finally do u have the medical grade honey u recommend in your face wash sold on line?

    1. If I’m not using lavender-scented castile soap, then I add about 5-10 drops of essential oil. Yes, I absolutely still recommend using the cleanser/moisturizer this time of year–more not than ever, actually!

      And lastly, the medical grade, aka Manuka Honey, that I recommend, is this one http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000VK08OC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B000VK08OC&linkCode=as2&tag=modehipphous-20

      Have a great day, and thank you for your questions and comments 🙂

  16. Finally a face wash that WORKS! As an aesthetician, I have tried MANY, from expensive spa cleansers to inexpensive drug store brands. I have combination, dehydrated and mildly sensitive skin. I started using this almost 2 months ago and I am so happy with my skin. My skin feels super soft, “pump” my blackheads are minimal and no pimples (knock on wood) since I started with this cleanser. Thank you so much Carly for making this product and introducing it into my life. Makes me think “why didn’t I think of this” LOL. I one day hope to go back to work and makes me really think about the homemade possibilities of skin care.
    Keep up your amazing work!!! xo

  17. IMPORTANT to those who are on birth control pills. An update on myself: despite the questions I had asked, I never got the opportunity to try out the face wash, YET. BUT, I found the cause of my acne, and I plan on trying these safer face washes out in a bit. I recently was told to get off of the birth control pill, because they are wanting to test my horomones and my bladder for ulcers. Anyway, once I stopped taking the pill, my face got clearer BY THE DAY! APPARENTLY, BIRTH CONTROL CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ACNE IN SOME PEOPLE. It was the cause of my acne. No change in makeup or face routine, just stopped the pill. Also, a few days ago I went to the health food store and purchased NOW extra strength BIOTIN 10mg/10,000mcg, and both my hair AND skin are benefitting-both look even better, and my skin is healing the old stubborn blemishes from when i was on the pill faster than ever (the last four on my chin, keep in mind I had pimples that covered my face at all times beforehand). I can gladly say 90% of my face is clear, and my chin is almost clear (I broke out horribly along my chin and entire jawline before). I have not found ONE NEW pimple, and its been this way for about a week, which never happens for me-id get atleast 6 a DAY before! Something to look into before giving up, folks! Im excited, because I can try this face wash out to see if it will keep me clear the safer way, along with the biotin and my regular multivitamins daily. Ive been struggling for years, and I hope some of you who think birth control is HELPING, will also be aware that it may be CONTRIBUTING to the acne that you cant get rid of, so I hope this helps!

    1. Lacey that is GREAT news! I am so happy that you found the root of the problem. Birth control NEVER agreed with my body, and even when I was younger, I was always weary of the synthetic hormones that I was feeding my body. There are certainly more natural approaches to contraception. Again, that really wonderful to hear, you must feel like a new woman 🙂 Thank you for sharing your journey with your fellow modern hippies.

  18. Hello, would this work in a foaming facial pump do you think? As well, is jojoba oil a good substitute for avocado oil? Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hello! I’m really now sure how this would work in a foaming pump. If you try it let me know!

      I imagine jojoba oil would be a good substitute and have read that it is really great for your skin, but personally I would stick to avocado oil because it is a fraction of the cost! Keep your jojoba oil for homemade moisturizers etc., where they’ll go further.

        1. Thank you for the info. I can’t say that that was my intention, what I’ve absolutely noticed that the oil “dilutes” the effect of the castile soap, and absolutely does not leave your skin dry. I use it because it is a great emulsifier – without it, the oils and honey would never bind together – and because it allows the cleanser to have a light, suds, reminiscent of traditional cleanser.

  19. I have REALLY oily and acne-prone skin (like I cant wear makeup cause 2 hours after washing my face it is all oily again and my right cheek as a few scars from the last acne attack) and I want to try this sooooo bad but in Portugal we don’t have Castile Soap…
    I have a couple of bars that I got from ebay to make my body wash but they get really expensive with the shipping rates added, so I used a Dove soap bar for the body wash and kept the Dr. Bronner bars for a really special recipe lol So, do you think I could turn the bars into liquid soap with a bit of water?
    Or maybe it would work with liquid Marseille Soap aswell?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Because there’s no water added to the cleanser, and all of the ingredients have a long shelf life, the cleanser has a very long shelf life. If I had to say, I’d say several years. Regardless, you’ll have used up the cleanser long before it goes off.

  20. Hey!

    I bought some of your facial cleanser from Molly’s and love it! I was wondering if you have found a place to buy vanilla essential oils? I looked around on the Coast over the holidays but had no luck and am now back in Prince Rupert so I’m hoping there’s one online somewhere?


  21. Thanks so much for this Carly
    I’ve been suffering from eczema for the last couple months and have spent a lot of $$$$$ with no relief. Just wondering if I could add tea tree oil to the face wash to help with the eczema or do you think this would make it worse? If so how much would you suggest adding?
    Thanks for your time

    1. Hi Shannon,
      You are very welcome! My eczema has really flared up again too. Probably due to the cold weather and holiday-food I’ve been eating. Yes, I would definitely recommend adding about 5 drops of tea tree, and 5 drops of bergamot (which is also great for eczema) if you have it! Please follow up with me and let me know how it goes!


  22. I’ve literally read through almost all of these comments, just to see if there were any others who have found this to be successful for their skin. I have had pretty bad acne since I about 5th grade, and I’m now a junior in college. Like many I have used over the counter stuff and even products like proactiv and Mary Kay. I’m incredibly skeptical when it comes to cleansers for my face, because I’m scared of them causing painful under the surface bumps. So, my questions for you are:
    Would you recommend grape seed oil over avocado considering I have pretty bad acne?
    Is the moisturizer absolutely necessary to help clear the skin?
    Does the tea tree oil castile soap offer a little more clarifying power, do you think?
    Have you ever used this cleanser with a natural toner?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I have all the ingredients on hand except for the oil, and I’m seriously at a loss with my skin. The method I am using now just isn’t cutting it anymore.

    Thank you so much for your time and effort!

    1. Thank you for your comments and questions, they are always welcome! I understand you struggle with acne, and I take it very seriously.
      Here are my answers:

      – I would recommend unrefined grape seed oil over avocado oil because it is higher in linoleic acid (refer to the post.)
      – The moisturizer isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s a good idea to use some kind of moisturizer on the skin, and the recipe I share has done wonders for me.
      – You could certainly opt for the tea tree castile soap if you like. I wouldn’t say that it have more clarifying power necessarily, but tea tree does have antibacterial properties. I suggest adding a couple drops of tea tree essential oil instead. Maybe a couple drops of each tea tree and lavender?
      – I have used this cleanser with a toner. I really like Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner.

      I hope that helps! There was a comment that was left right after you from someone who has gone through a very similar struggle. Please check it out! I think that you may find it VERY helpful.

      All the best,


      1. Just wanted to clarify… you use the cleanser, then the toner (witch hazel), and then the moisturizer? I recently made a batch of this to try out, and it turned out very… dark, strangely enough. However, I don’t see how it could have gone wrong, so I’ll give it a shot! Do you have to mix yours up (shake the bottle, etc.) every time you use it?

        1. Hi Jen. Yes, cleanser, toner, moisturizer.

          I’m not sure why it’s dark. Did you use a greenish grapeseed oil?

          No, you shouldn’t have to just it. If it’s still separated, then you having mixed it long enough.

          1. Weird. It was completely mixed, and I looked in the container this morning, and the dark honey is just sitting on the bottom…. with the lighter colored up top. Like two separate layers. o_0

  23. This facial cleanser has truly changed my life. I have suffered from bad acne my entire life, and I feel like if I has this cleanser when I was a teenager it would have been a game changer. I have been using this for several months now and it has completely cleared up my skin. I wash my face with it every morning and night using my Clarisonic face brush. Sometimes I leave it on 15 minutes to use a facial mask. The grapeseed oil breaks down the blackheads on my nose and the honey works to reduce the redness in my face. Then I rinse clean with cold water. Now for the first time in my life I have clear skin with no more redness or breakouts!! Everyone with any sort of skin issues needs to try this product it is incredible!!!!! Trust me I have literally tried eevveeerrryyything else.

  24. Hi Carly,
    My fifteen year old son has pretty bad acne. I did not want him to try any toxic chemical cleansers so I made a batch of your facial cleanser for him along with your lavender moisturizer. He has been using both nightly for the past 5 days and his skin seems to have worsened. He has developed small pimples a few days after he began the routine. Is it typical for the skin to worsen before it gets better? I also didn’t realize until I read through your comments that a toner should be used as well. What toner do you use? Thankfully I don’t have any experience with acneso this is all new for me.

    1. Hi Olivia,

      In my experience with acne, yes, it is pretty common for the skin to worsen before it gets better. But if you’ve given it a fair test fun (a couple of weeks I’d say) then stop using it–although this cleanser has worked for even severe acne-prone skin, everyone reacts differently to certain products. Did you use grape seed or avocado oil?
      The toner is certainly not essential, however, I love the cooling effect of a toner, as well as it’s ability to reduce redness. I use Thayer’s Witch Hazel.

  25. Hey Carly,
    I was wondering if it had to be the light blue kind of Castile Soap from Dr. B’s? I bought a HUGE bottle of the tea tree one and I have been trying to find ways to use it up. I know from a little research that Tea Tree is supposed to be good for acne skin. Do you think it would be okay to use that in this recipe?

  26. Carly…Thank you again for this facial wash. My daughter and I both use. She has more acne prone skin so she is using it with the grape seed oil and avocado for me! My skin has never looked & felt better, now waiting to see results with my daughter’s skin as well (she just started using) Keep up the fabulous work. You are an inspiration!


  27. Is the cleanser supposed to make your face / hands feel slightly oily afterward? Or does that means there’s too much oil vs. soap ratio?

    1. No it shouldn’t feel oily. Is the oil still separate from the honey, or has it completely emulsified? Perhaps you need to whick it for longer – this step does take several minutes of vigorous whisking.

  28. Hi Carly… Just a note to all that have or are struggeling with acne…. I was once there too , adult acne and no kne at the time seemed to know we were over stimulating oil production, now if makes so much since to balance it all out. Finally, I’m happy to say, no more awful painful bumps in my chin!
    I have “Mature” Skjn and this honey cleanser makes my face feel fresh clean and not stripped of all oil. I love it! I use some Neroli essential oil in mine as it stimulates regeneration of Skjn cells, btw, the scent is amazing as well!!! Geranium essential oil just a couple drops stimulates circulation (It is said)… And I agree as since I’ve added it to the Neroli after rinsing I have an awesome glow! Which who doesn’t love a glow? I sure do! Love this cleanser!!! Thank you for sharing Carly!

  29. Hey! I have a question! I have honey, grapeseed, and aloe.. but no castille soap. Could I use aloe in the wash in place of the castille soap? I like how aloe heals.. Also, do you have any moisturizer recipes? Im allergic to coconut, jojoba, almond, and apricot oil.. ive tried aloe and shea butter, but im unsure if im allergic to shea butter. Ive had this itchiness on my neck and around my hairline since using face naturals purify line about 3 weeks ago, and im unsure whats still causing the itching, bc im starting to think it wasnt the face naturals after all! However, im also using tea tree oil, but I use it as a spot treatment so idk why Id just have the itchiness around my hairline and neck, but not my face.. any suggestions? Could it be aloe? Ive done patch tests with no results.. so im unsure what exactly has caused my itchiness.. nothing new with hair products, or body stuff, or detergent so im lost.

    1. Hi Lacey, no you have really replace it will aloe because the cleanser will never emulsify, and you’ll be left with a mixture that always separated. Definitely worth it to purchase some castile soap – it’s highly concentrated and lasts for a long time.

      Keep in mind that you may be itchy, not necessarily from what you’re putting ON your skin, but it could be caused from something you’re eating. I know that eating certain foods make my eczema flare up, my brother can’t eat gluten without breaking out, and drinking wine and eating dairy gives my mom hives. So I would look at your diet closely. I highly doubt that aloe could be causing the itchiness.

      But, I’m not a doctor or anything. I’d highly suggest going to see a naturopath to narrow it down.


    1. High Calvin, I think that hemp oil and safflower oil would be great options for the cleaners. Both are high in linoleic acid and very low in the comedogenic rating.

  30. Hi Carly…. Just found your site and am loving it…. Chemicals freak me out so it is awesome to find someone so interested in doing things the natural way… I have acne prone/dry skin (just started getting these bastard break outs about a year ago) I am loving the idea of your cleanser. If I want to try your’s first rather than making my own, out of curiosity, how many ounces is it? Also, do you have any recommendations/advice that have worked for you/your family ehen it comes to break outs and riding acne marks?

    Thanks so much for your help and time! I look forward to learning/discovering more from you and your site!


    1. Hi Felecia! Glad you’ve found the site! The face cleanser I sell is 6 ounces. When it comes to break outs, this cleanser is the key. I love witch hazel for soothing red skin and diminishing the appearance of acne marks. Hope that Helps. Thank you for your comment 🙂


  31. I’m going to try this. I’ve struggled endlessly with acne for 18 years & I don’t even want to leave the house today I’m so depressed about it. I’ll make this cleanser instead. 🙂

    1. That’s a very productive alternative! And you’re not alone… we all have our “I’d rather die then leave the house today” days. Dramatic, I know, but so human 🙂

  32. Hey Carly! Do you also sell your moisturizer? I’m going to buy your face wash from you, but I don’t have access to a natural store to make the moisturizer and I really want to try it also! I need help with my face!

      1. Yay thank you so much!! I cannot wait to try both of these! I need them for sure! I’m loving your website too! I’ll keep checking etsy so I can buy both together at the same time! So excited!! Thanks again!

  33. I have mature skin, in my early 50s. would this be okay to use? I don’t have acne. Just want a nice cleanser that will help with aging

  34. Hi there. I was wondering if I can use the Dr bronners liquid castile soap, the EUCALYPTUS scented one? I have a bottle of that, and hope I can use this scented one in the recipe.

      1. Hi there. I have been using this cleanser for 4 nights now, and it is wonderful. I love the way that it lathers, not too much, just enough, and feels so good on my skin. My skin feels soft. I am so happy with the results, and it feels wonderful to make something. What an achievement. Thank you so much!!!!!

        1. I agree, this cleanser is amazing! You’ll be even more thrilled about the long-term results!

          Thank you for your comment.


  35. Is the avocado oil and honey suppose to stay mixed together? I made this tonight and was beyond excited to try it but my honey separated from the rest. Is this normal? I just mixed it again real good before applying the mixture to my face. I live in colorado and have crazy dry and itchy skin and was over the moon to find an avocado cleansing oil. I’ve wanted to try it for a very long time. Thank you for posting this recipe and I look forward to hearing back from you!

    1. Hi Summer, Yes, it is supposed to stay mixed! You haven’t whisked it long enough. You need to whisk vigorously for several minutes until fully emulsified. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to do this too. Just keep mixin’ 🙂


  36. What is the best brand of hemp seed oil to buy? I tried native american nutritionals but I cant find that one or rosehip on there..

  37. Also, honey is not removing all of my makeup, and my skin is starting to rebel again with flare ups and super dry skin.. I was avoiding oils bc ive tried so many with no success, but im thinking I need to try hemp or safflower or sunflower to combat some dryness.. do you think my face hasnt cleared up bc the honey alone isnt removing my makeup?

    1. So, you’re just washing your face with honey? And didn’t ass avocado or grape seed oil? Grape seed oil is a key ingredient in this cleanser and I would definitely not skip it. Hemp and safflower oil are great alternatives too.

  38. Hi Carly!
    I was looking for natural alternatives on how to take care of my prone to acne skin and I ended up on your blog! I just throw away my pills and doctor’s ordonnance for my ”new treatment”: Acutane… After knowing that I had to do regular blood tests to make sure my liver was going to hold on with the new treatment, I said NO! It’s enough! You gave me back hope! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been reading a lot of articles and websites but there’s something about your blog… It’s almost if you are directly speaking to us! I am definitely going to try your cleanser recipe and moisturizer! Of course it is not only about the outside but also about taking care of the inside… My journey has started :).
    I have a question on your masks: I’ve been doing the honey cinnamon mask, how many times a week can I do this?
    Thank you again for everything you write on!!

    1. Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I really brightens my day when I hear that someone has found value in something that I write about or a recipe that I share. Yes acutane is pretty harsh stuff…I remember when my brother was on it, he couldn’t trwist his body because his kidneys were so inflamed! yikes.

      I hope you love this cleanser and start to see results asap. I would only do a mask once per week and would recommend trying a bentonite clay mask too for it’s detoxifying properties.

      All the best on your journey! Thanks again!


  39. I love your recipe for face cleanser, I’m going to give this a try. Quick Question: If I add ground up oats to the cleanser when I am blending it all together, do you think the oats will cause the cleanser to spoil or go bad?


    1. Adding ground oats is a fantastic idea! I’m going to try that myself! No, it won’t cause the cleanser to spoil or go bad.

      Thanks for the great idea 🙂


  40. Just made my 1st batch of this face wash & the honey keeps settling to the bottom. I haven’t poured it into the bottle yet…but once I do, I know I’ll have to shake it pretty hard to mix it all back up. Is this normal?

  41. Do you have any recommendations on eyeliner? Plz reply.. thats the only thing I have left to convert to organic!

    1. Hi Lacey,

      No… I don’t have any recommendations. Make-up is still a grey area for me, and I just recently started experimenting with making it. I’ll let you know if I hear of anything.


    2. A powder eyeliner with a damp brush (slightly angled is best) always works for me. With a little practice you can do all kinds of fun stuff with it–from tightlining to cat eyes. Wetting the brush slightly increases precision and helps it stay better but if I really want it to stay I work in a tiny bit grapeseed oil. I personally use Bare Minerals because I love all their stuff but really any color and brand of loose powder could work.

  42. This is hands down the best face wash I’ve ever used. I too tried the oil cleansing method and I didn’t really like it–too much work and it always felt greasy. I tried organic products that worked for a little while then quit. This recipe (using the grapeseed oil) has helped me finally win an 8-year fight with acne; even my cystic acne has disappeared! It works great with my sensitive combination skin and I like to pair it with witch hazel as a toner/makeup remover and argan or almond oil as a moisturizer. I’ve been using it for about 6 months and because it still does an amazing job I know I will never need another face wash ever again. Thank you so much!!

  43. Hi Carly,
    I just bought a jar of Manuka honey on sale and really wanted to try making this (since my face cleanser is running out!). I have dry skin and not prone to breakouts. Please let me know if it’s suitable for me so I can have a bottle of Dr Bronner shipped to my country to complete the ingredients list?

  44. Hey! Its me again-but with an update! You were totally right on gluten-gluten REALLY made my acne worse! And ive ordered my hemp seed oil to try, so ill let you know how that goes. I did completely stop castille soap-its not for me. But I went back to using grapeseed/honey for my cleanser just until the hemp seed arrives. I do need a new eye makeup remover though-the grapeseed burns my eyes, and makes them reddish.. could be the NOW brand, but curious if you have any info on what I can do for an eye makeup remover?

  45. Hi carly!! Love this recipe for face wash! Ive been making my own for the last fee months and can’t wait to try this. I’ve always suffered from hormonal out breaks and since treatment from an eating disorder it’s been even worse as my body has a harder time regulating and my hormones are all over the place. I had a question about the essential oils. I have the tea tree castille soap and was going toa add some lavender and rosemary as I’ve read rosemary helps w acne and toning the skin. Would that be to busy of a mixture??

    1. I think that sounds like a lovely combo! Not a bust mixture at all… I think a few drops of each would be great! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  46. Hi Carly! I just received the face wash and moisturizer today 🙂 Just wondering if the face wash will remove waterproof eye makeup. Right now I use coconut oil before washing my face. Also, can the moisturizer be used on eyelids and under eyes? And I’m assuming only a little is needed for the whole face? Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      I’m not too sure how the cleanser works at removing waterproof makeup – I haven’t yet put it to the test. If you try it let me know. Yes, the moisturizer can be used around the eyes! A little goes a long way 😉


  47. I had a really bad case of seborrheic dermatitis in my t-zone and after using for two days it cleared right up! I chose grapeseed oil! LOVE IT!

  48. Hi Carly! I was so excited to stumble across your facial cleanser. I’ve been trying to find the perfect cleanser for years, and when I saw the ingredients in your products I was so happy, as I’m trying to go the natural route and eliminate chemicals, parabens, etc.
    So I made my cleanser, following your instructions, but I wanted to add an essential oil for a scent, and only had tea tree oil. I read that it was good for acne prone skin. I added about 10 drops.
    I’ve been washing my face at night only, and have been experiencing a burning/tingling sensation, and in the morning my skin feels dry and I have some dry patches. My questions are, 1. Do you think the burning is from too much tea tree oil? If so maybe I should eliminate it?
    2. Should I try just putting 1 tbs of Castille soap instead of 2? I used the unscented soap.
    Before I found your products, I’ve been washing my face with only manuka honey, but felt like I needed more of a cleanse, and have been interested in oil cleansing.
    I have combination skin and I’m prone to hormonal acne, it is not severe though. I used grape seed oil to make my cleanser. I’m only on day 4 of using it, and I’m experiencing break outs as well, is this normal at first?
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment. Would love any suggestions you can give me 🙂 I really want this to work for me as I love the ingredients you’ve put together, and hope I just have to make minor adjustments to work for me.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Frankie, thanks for your comment. I’m not a dermatologist, but it sounds like you have pretty sensitive skin. You could try omitting the tea tree, or just using a couple drops. If you decrease the castile soap it may my emulsify, but you could try. It’s also pretty common to experience a mild break-out before your skin gets better! Because every one’s skin is so different, it’s really just trial and error at this point, so find what works for you 🙂

    2. Frankie, your post sounds just like my skin, and my problems. I am still trying to find a oil that will work for my skin, if any will. Your skin is probably burning from too much tea tree oil, or a allergic reaction to it- try lessing or completely removing it to see how that works. Also, the castile soap I can ONLY use to wash my hands and body.. the soap has too many oils in it that my skin cannot handle on my face! Even the “unscented” one. My skin is alot better since following her method, I just had to tweak it bc my skin is super sensitive/prone to hormonal breakouts. Right now, manuka honey with lavendar for cleanser, followed by a dime size amount of shea butter (melted by rubbing in my palm) and adding a drop of tea tree oil or lavendar and PATTING that on my face is proving some great results! Be careful about too much shea, if you pat too much on in certain spots, dab the excess off with a tissue or clean towel! I find if I have too much moisturizer on my hormonal zit area, after awhile it wont soak in and will itch, so ik to dab anyway at those areas to keep some on, but remove the excess I may not see. I dont use toner, and I exfoliate twice a week with sugar, honey, and melted shea butter. Hope this helps you! I am waiting on her recommendation on an oil that may work for me bc id liks to have the benefits in my regimen, but ive tried almond, apricot, grapeseed (did ok but id get some cyst like spots..) and hemp seed oil with a 0 comedogenic rating (didnt work either, actually broke me out even though it claims to have a 0 chance at that, and I mean tons of new pimples for 2 months so I stopped using it and my skin got better). I just dont think my skin will handle any oil at this rate, esp if it didnt hemp seed. Good luck with everything, if you try my advice, let me know!

  49. I tried your recipe for the lavender moisturizer and facial cleanser & WOW! it left my face feeling SO smooth! I’ve always had an issue with very dry skin. Do you recommend using the facial cleanser with my clarisonic? Also, I noticed the face wash you make is sold as a lavender Facial cleanser. Do you add lavender oil to the honey, castile oil and avocado (or grape seed) oil blend? Just curious.

    1. Glad you’re enjoying the products! You could absolutely try using the cleanser with your clarisonic. And yes, I add lavender essential oil to the cleanser mixture 🙂

  50. Love this! And love your blog. I’ve recently begun my own hippie journey. Can I melt coconut oil and use that as a variation from avocado oil? Also, what do you use for shampoo! Thank you!

    1. Hi Corinne! Welcome to the hippie journey 🙂 No, I wouldn’t use coconut oil because it will just solidify again and make the cleanser clumpy. Try to stick with an already liquid carrier oil. I have a shampoo recipe coming out very soon 🙂


      1. I noticed you pictured the Chosen Food avocado oil, which I also have (because it is cheap at Costco!). However, this brand is “naturally refined”.. does this mean that we lose some of the benefits?

        1. Great question, Corinne. Ideally, you’ll want to use a cold-pressed or unrefined avocado oil for lotions and body products, and a naturally refined oil for cooking (because of it’s high smoke point), but this is what I most often have on hand because selection is low in our little community!

  51. Hello to all reading this! I have never been happier with a cleanser since I’ve been making my
    Own! This is absolutely awwwwmazing! In fact, I have one bottle for my fave with Lavender and Neroli Ess Oils and one larger bottle for Body Wash! OH yES! Nice lather but gentle!’for body l use some Geranium Patchouli Ess Oils, Geranium really gets your circulation going and it’s also cleansing , while Patchouli is great for skin in many levels! I just adore them!
    I’m going on them both for about 3 weeks with NO problems with them seeming to be getting ‘Stale’ or rancid or growing strange lol fuzzy gardens in my wash!
    Oh NO! Not atall! OH! I also include a drop or three of Rosemary EO to both, I’ve read that she will also help extend the life of Organics :)….
    Then I could speak of my spouse , a Zest and water guy for many years !
    I talked him into trying this out by offering a back scrub! Hahaa… It worked! Well! Now…. In the morning I hear… Bunny!!? Where’s that ”Stuff” you used on my back? Oh YES!!! Finally ! No bars of detergent in my shower! Yippee !!

  52. My hubby has always had cystic acne since he was 12. I’m going to make this for him. Is there a transition period where the skin gets worse before it gets better? He’s also been having reoccurring staph so I’m hoping the oils and honey will keep the bacteria at bay. Thanks so much. How long does this amount last?

    1. Hi Lacey, yes, generally there is a transition period. This cleanser has done wonders for people with cystic acne. I truly hope it helps him. This amount should last at least a couple months if you use it once per day.


  53. Q. – is whisking necessary? can you put in bottle and shake? if you whisk, will that keep ingredients from separating?


    1. Yes, whisking is very necessary! Whisk quickly for about 10 minutes, until the ingredients no longer separate when standing.

  54. Help! Im still experimenting with this cleanser. A while back I asked you about hemp seed instead of grapeseed… well.. I thought it was working.. then the weather changed, and now my skin is more broke out than ever and dry. I was using hemp bc it has a 0 comedogenic rating, and I break out from EVERYTHING. Now that its not working, should I try another oil with a 0 comedogenic rating like sunflower oil, or should I try grapeseed or avacado even though those have a slight chance at clogging pores? Any suggestions? Trying to get this to work for me. I did stop using my kate somerville eradikate spot treatment, and im afraid that may have affected my skin too, if you know of any alternative spot treatments similar to the ingredients of kate somerville eradikate (sulfur, saylicylic acid, ect.) Please let me know..!

    1. Before you answer my above questions, I do want to let you know I completely stopped the hemp seed oil in the cleanser. I went back to plain manuka honey to cleanse, and shea butter with tea tree oil and lavendar to pat on my face afterwords. Not a single new pimple, and my scars are disappearing. But I would like to have one oil to include in my skin care regimen, but if grapeseed, almond, apricot, and hemp seed (0 comedogenic rating) all broke me out, do you think there will be no oil that my skin can handle?

      1. Hi Lacey, I’d love to say that I have a definitive answer for you, but because everyone’s skin type is different, I can only really say for sure what has worked for me – I’m not a dermatologist. It’s just trial and error in the beginning. You’ve tried the grape seed oil? Regardless of the comedogenic rating, it’s high in linoliec acid which may help your acne. Also, you’re skin will generally always get a little worse before it gets better, so whatever you try, try and give it a good shot.

    1. Hi May. Not all castile soap will have hemp in it. I would try looking for another brand that doesn’t contain it. Try amazon.com.

  55. Hello!! I’m in love with your blog! Seriously. Its’s been a while since I started to “try” going all natural and stuff, so I’m using pinterest app to try to find new ideas and I found your blog. It’s awesome! So I have a question. I am from a country called Chile, it’s located in latinoamerica, so we don’t have easy acces to “dr. boomers” or something, I did found castille soap, but it’s super expensive and it isn’t even organic, so that made me sad. Is there any chance that I can switch it for a, let’s say, drugstore liquid genlte facesoap? I’m so in love with the idea that I really want to try 🙁 thanks for your recipe!

    1. Hello and welcome! So happy you found my blog and are enjoying it! I wouldn’t recommend using anything except an organic, castile soap. Have you looked online? Maybe Amazon?

  56. Can I use this on my 2 yr old as a body wash? She has eczema and I”m hoping maybe this would work.

  57. Hi Carly-

    I am very excited to try this out. I made both the wash and the moisturizer last night. Quick question, I mixed everything really well last night, but when I woke up this morning the oil and honey has separated. Is this normal, or am I doing something wrong? I used it last night in my shower and it felt amazing! I just want to make sure that I’m doing it right. I suffer from hormonal acne as well as dry skin. I feel very moisturized this morning.

    1. if it’s still separating, you haven’t mixed it enough. Keep whisking until the consistency becomes thick and light in color, and doesn’t separate.

  58. I love this cleanser! I made in a ball jar and it broke on me:(! Do you have a suggestion for a metal bottle like the one you have on etsy? Thank you!

    1. I only suggest washing your face once per day to prevent removing your natural oils from your skin. I was my face with the cleanser in the evenings and then just with a wet cloth in the morning.

  59. So I whipped this together tonight and used it to wash my face. I used avacado oil and Manuka honey. I only made half the recipe for fear it wouldn’t work and I waste ingredients. I hand blended this for what seemed to me a long time, but soon after I used it there was already separation. I see in an earlier comment that another thought it felt greasy, I thought so too. I think I’m going to use hemp oil in my next batch, but in the meantime I was wondering if you ever used a high powered blender like a Blentec to blend this recipe together? I was thinking of trying that to see if it emulsifices (I’m guessing it would). So it being properly mixed together is what makes this wash not oily? I also see others asked about toner. You said you like Thayers Witch hazel. Which one of those do you prefer? The non-alcohol ones and which scent or unscented? I’ve tried that brand in the past and had mixed feelings about it. Thank you for sharing this recipe as I really hope it works for my skin.

    1. I had the exact same problem as you. Continuously separated, felt oily… I still use it, and it hasn’t had any negative side effects on my skin, but I’m looking for something that doesn’t have the greasy feel. (May have been my post that you’re referring to.)

      Just wanted to add that I do use the unscented Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner, and I absolutely love it. Just bought the cucumber one since I’m almost out, so I’m gonna try that next. 😛

      1. I can’t say it enough…if it separates, then you haven’t mixed it enough! Try leaving it for 10 minutes and coming back to whisk it again 🙂

  60. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! This stuff is the closest thing to magic I have ever seen. Maybe I’m exaggerating… 🙂

    I have been doing the oil cleansing method for 3 months now. I gave it my best shot, but it was just not working. I reached my limit last week when I had huge cystic pimples all over my face which I’ve never had before. They were so painful. I found your recipe and used it for the first time this past weekend. I woke up the very next morning and every pimple was gone. Gone. I still have the remaining discoloration, but the infection was completely cleared up. I am so thrilled. I’m still slightly skeptical to see if my pores start to clog after a few weeks of use, but I’m very hopeful!

    Thanks again!


  61. Hi! I”m really excited to try this face wash! I’ve been going natural on my skin and it’s been working great! Do you think I could use the tea tree version of the Castille soap? I know tea tree as antibacterial properties and was wondering if it may help control acne in this soap. I was also thinking about adding rosehip oil for an extra boost.. What do you think?

    1. I think that using the tea tree castile soap is a great idea, and adding a little rose hip oil can’t hurt either 🙂

  62. I just made this. I am so so excited. This is one of my first natural homemade products. I made myself and my sister a bottle. I just wished my husband was as excited about natural homemade products as I am! !

    1. Love your enthusiasm! And I get it – it takes a long time to get the hubby on board! But he’ll get there 🙂

  63. Hi Carly. I am planning on making this cleaner, and your shave cream, for my husband and I to use. Unfortunately he is allergic to raw honey and can’t ingest it. Do you think it would be safe to use externally? I could use pasteurized honey, but I don’t want to lose all the benifits from the raw honey, at lease in the face cleanser. Thank you!

    1. Hi Marianne. I really can’t say for sure whether it would be safe to use externally if he is allergic. I would try a small, skin test first. Try placing a dab of honey on his neck or wrist and leave it there for an hour or so. If he has no reaction, then you may be able to go ahead…but please proceed with caution. Obviously I’m not a dermatologist or doctor, and don’t know your husband’s situation, so I can say for certain. I would definitely stick to the raw honey for it’s antibacterial properties.

      Let me know if this works for you, and best of luck .

  64. I’m super excited! I bought everything, and tonight I am going to start using this routinely! I’ll check back in 2 weeks with results!!!

  65. Have you had aNy problem with bacteria growing in your cleanser? A bottle of cleanser lasts me soooo long. Also i have normal to dry (in the winter) skin. Have you had any feedback on users with this skin type?

    1. I have the same skin type as you and the cleanser is absolutely wonderful. I’ve never had a problem with it growing bacteria, and neither should you as long as water is not incorporated. Raw honey a antibacterial, and so is the lavender essential oil, so you’ll use it up loooong before it ever goes rancid 🙂

  66. I just ordered this from your etsy shop! Im dying to try find something to help my terrible hormonal acne, fingers crossed this is what ive been waiting for!!!!

  67. Hi Carly!

    I have been struggling since I can remember with acne, and have tried everything. I am so excited to try this! I do have a question….what is your opinion on jojoba oil? I bought a big bottle of it when I tried the oil cleansing method (no luck with that) and would love to use it up if you think it would work?

    Thank you so much,

    1. Hi Bradie!

      I’m excited that you found this recipe. Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil, it’s a liquid wax. I wouldn’t recommend it for acne prone skin because it’s low in linoleic acid. I’d stick to grape seed oil or safflower oil for the best results 🙂 Remember, acne prone skin tends get worse before it gets better when using something that works, so persevere with the cleanser!


    1. Hi Katie – I haven’t heard that complaint yet! It does the very opposite for my skin! What kind of oil are you using?

      I’d suggested pairing it a homemade moisturizer! The “the BEST Homemade Body Butter” recipe that I share under “health and beauty” is a great, multi-purpose face and body moisturizer.


  68. Do you use a toner with this recipe? Also my face is burning and tingly for a while now. Is this normal with first time use?

    1. Hi Felicia, I have to say that I haven’t heard anyone have that reaction before. Perhaps youre sensitive to the essential oils that you’re using? Did you use any?

  69. Just made a batch of your moisturizer and whipped it up a bit to blend the oils. Also added a little tea tree essential oil to it. Excited to try!
    Is it possible for the facial cleanser to use sweet almond oil since that is what I have on hand?

      1. Thank you so much. Have been using this for the past week and have been thrilled thus far. Any more recipes along these lines you want to share 🙂 Any recipes for whipped facial cream or hand cream?

        1. Glad you like it! I share many recipes including whipped body butter and face moisturiser – just look under the tab “health & Beauty” at the top of the page.

  70. This is the first post I have seen that recommends Organic Avocado Oil and I don’t know why others don’t. It is an amazing product that should be utilized more often; so I’m glad you are and I hope the word spreads. We have a few recipes on our site and don’t mention it, but that might change.

    You even supply your own. I might be buying a bottle of that soon.

  71. Love, love, love this facial cleanser! I can not get mine to combine! The last time I made it, it worked perfectly…but this time it is separating. Any suggestions?

    Thanks! 🙂

    1. All I can say is keep whisking! It will combine! Sometimes I find that letting it rest and then coming back to it a whisking again an hour later helps too!

  72. Hey Carly! I just found your site and made my first batch of this cleanser. I have a question though. I made this about a month ago with the ingredients you have listed, my honey is raw, unfiltered. But this morning I noticed some white blobs in the soap and some black specks. I was just wondering if this could be mold, or something not good? And wondering how this could happen? Have you seen this before? Could you tell me what that is? I just LOVE this facial cleanser! Thank you!

    1. Hi Cindi. I really can’t imagine what this could be – it would be surprising if it was mold because honey is so anti-bacterial. Perhaps the container you are using wasn’t cleaned out properly? I’m sorry I can’t be more help as I haven’t come across this before.

  73. Hi! I just love your job and the fact that you share your recipes with us! I would love to buy your work, but I’m brazilian, and so, the cost would be too much for me!

    But here it goes my question:

    Can I use this oil cleanser to remove make-up everyday?

    Thank you! And sorry if someone has already asked that, but it’s too many comments rs.


  74. I use just honey to cleanse my face, and sometimes hair. I make my own soap, even Castille, but, I don’t use it on my face. Honey cleans wonderfully by itself. It also seems to tighten my skin a bit 🙂 Since I am on a budget, I do not use the nonfiltered honey to clean with. I put that stuff is my tea 🙂

  75. I LOVE this facial cleanser! It works SO WELL! My face has never been so clear! I love the way it makes my skin feel! I never realized before, but my old face wash (big name brand full of toxins) made my skin irritated. It was all I ever used so I thought it was normal. Until I tried your face wash. My face feels SO clean and soft afterwards and my skin actually feels GOOD. I am thrilled about this face wash and I’ve been telling everyone about it! I use your moisturizer when I’m done and I love it. Thank you soooo much!
    p.s I use grape seed oil instead of avocado oil. 🙂

    1. Hi Chrissy! Thank you sooo much for your feedback. I couldn’t be happier that this worked for you. I love hearing success stories with this cleanser!

  76. I have a question about how long could this facial cleanser “last” could vitamin E be used to preserve it some? I love this so much! thank you

    1. This cleanser lasts a looonnnggg time. Honey is antibacterial, and will do a good job at preserving it on its own. But also, because there is non water in this recipe, bacteria has no place to grow. You will use the cleanser long before it goes rancid…I want to say it will stay “good” for years.

  77. Hi Carly 🙂 I have combination skin – i.e. either it’s super dry or super oily depending on various factors. I also suffer from horrendous hormonal acne, and random bouts of eczema. This cleanser would be ideal for those greasy skin periods, to calm down the over production of sebum…but I’m wondering if the avocado oil (or grapeseed oil) end up drying out my skin in the long term, as it could get accustomed to not making sebum? Thanks in advance if you can help 🙂

    1. That’s a great question. I can only speak from experience and the feedback I’ve received, and I haven’t heard anything about dry skin after prolonged use!

  78. I have combination skin- oily T-zone and dry everywhere else. What oil do you recommend for my Oil facial cleanser? Avocado Oil sounds great too but it can be quite expensive to where im from. I do have cold-pressed Sweet Almond Oil and VCO. Would they work? If i make this Homemade facial cleanser and i didnt like the smell, could i also add some essential oils in it? If so, what EO do you recommend as well? Thank you very much. AND GREAT POST!!!

      1. Oh my! Thank you so much for the link! This will really help me in choosing and buying my oils! Im new to natural living and i feel passionate about skin care. This is so great! Thank you again! <3 <3 <3

    1. It will last a LONG time! I’ve mentioned in many of the previous comments that because there is no water added, there is no breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Also, honey is very antibacterial and acts as a natural preservative. If I had to say, at LEAST a couple years if water doesn’t get in to it.

  79. Hi Carly, Can you tell me what the shelf life is on your Avocado Oil and Honey facial cleanser? I am wondering since it has honey in it. Thank you, Kate

  80. I ended up using safflower oil since it has an even higher percentage of linoleic acid than grape seed oil does. So far, so good. Love how it lathers and how it moisturizes. Thanks!

    1. I’ve been meaning to update this recipe because that’s what I use in mine now, too, including the Facial Cleansers that I sell in my Etsy Shop! Well, 50/50 grapeseed and safflower 🙂

  81. Just subscribed to your blog.. so glad I came across this! Wish me luck as I’m off to whip up a batch and start using it today! Had clear skin my whole life til I had my son, now at 30 (and 8yrs later) I still have trouble with acne and delicate skin.. really hoping this is my holy grail lol

  82. Hi
    I have made this face was and can’t wait to try it. I am going to half it and make one part into a scrub using ground almond shell.
    However it does smell like something I emptied out of my deep fat fryer!! It’s not a pleasant smell at all!! Have I don’t something wrong? I have even added a few drops of lavender essential oil and it hasn’t even touched it! ????
    Is there anything I can do?


    Mandy x

    1. Some oils, depending on if they’re refined or not, and many other factors, can effect the scent…Add more essential oils!

  83. I might try this 🙂

    Careful if chosing Grape Seed Oil, even if it is Organic, a lot of them uses the Chemical “Hexane” to extract it, not adviseable!

    Steam / Hot / Cold Water, is a Myth on Pores, that is NOT how Skin works, there is no muscles to control! Also, if it was that simple, Cold Water would instantly solve most peoples issues…

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