The Basics of Natural Cleansers

How to Make and Buy Natural Face Wash

We all know how important a cleansing face wash is for maintaining a clear complexion throughout your life, but have you ever looked at the ingredient list? We highlight the key steps to homemade and bought natural cleansers so that you can go chemical free and feel great about it! 


Common chemicals in face wash

The list of scary chemicals that go into conventional facial cleansers might look long, but once you know how to recognize natural face washes and cleansers, you’ll have no problem making a healthier choice. But to start, check ingredient lists and avoid these (and if no ingredient list exists, put the bottle down!):

  • 1,4-dioxane
  • Alcohols
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Coal tar dyes
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Ethanolamine
  • Mineral oil
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)


Choosing organic face washes and homemade natural cleansers 

If you’d like to try to make your own face wash, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you want to try a milk face cleanser, a cucumber face wash, or find a way to make your own sensitive skin face wash, we’ve got some great homemade solutions for you.  In general, all DIY face washes will include basic components include the following:

  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs): These are natural compounds that exfoliate skin and loosen dead skin cells. You can find AHAs in all kinds of foods, such as milk, lemon juice, blackberries, tomatoes, grapes, vinegar, apple juice, and oranges. Experiment with these ingredients to find a cleansing combination that’s pleasing to your skin.
  • Natural moisturizers: You’ll want to mix a moisturizer into your face wash, such as grape seed oil (which also heals damage and fades stretch marks), avocado oil (improves collagen content), shea butter, olive oil, caster oil, and the like.
  • Antioxidants: These are powerful substances that reverse the signs of aging and the effects of free radicals that damage skin and help to improve skin’s overall look and feel, one of the most commonly used of which is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This category also includes vitamins A and E. You can find antioxidants in things like spinach, broccoli, peanuts, avocado, whole grains, and so forth. That said, most science seems to indicate that obtaining extra CoQ10 is most effective when taking orally in supplement form or through foods such as oily fish, liver, and whole grains.[1]

To learn more about facial cleanser recipes check out Homemade Facial and Homemade Face Wash


Purchasing natural face wash

If you’re not into mixing your own organic face wash, as mentioned above, try out some of these natural cleanser options:

As always, when looking for any personal care products and ingredients to make your own, be sure to keep the health of animals in mind by purchasing products made without animal products, byproducts, and free of animal testing. Spy the Leaping Bunny Logo or the Certified Vegan Logo to be sure that you’ve got a cruelty-free product.



1  Coenzyme Q10. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from University of Maryland Medical Center:

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