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Simple Aloe Vera Face Wash for Acne

Take Control of Your Skin with a DIY Cleansing Aloe Vera Face Wash

Tackling the research and trial and error of replacing your skincare products is one the most rewarding things you can do for yourself!

If you’ve taken my Beginner Natural Bath and Body Course you know I suffered from a multitude of skin issues. I’ve learned that what we put on our skin matters.

This DIY aloe vera face wash was one of the first and biggest changes I made. With this simple aloe vera face wash, my hydrating facial toner, and aloe vera face cream – I have been able to take control of hormonal breakouts and you can too!

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Cleansing Aloe Vera Face Wash Ingredients:

DIY Aloe Vera Face Face Ingredients

Instructions to Make a Cleansing Aloe Vera Face Wash:

In a glass mixing bowl combine water and aloe vera gel. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.

Add liquid castile soap, jojoba oil, and honey. Whisk to combine and each drop of chamomile, lavender, and tea tree essential oils. Using a funnel pour into a bottle with a pump dispenser, (this is the amber glass bottle I use). Yields: 8 ounces. Use within two months.

How To Use:

Use Cleansing-Aloe Vera Face Wash twice daily. I love how this face wash starts with gentle almond liquid castile soap and ends with balancing jojoba oil. Apply to skin and lather. Wash with warm water.

I no longer feel the sting of drying chemicals when washing my face as I did with store bought cleaners. Instead, I actually look forward to my nightly skincare routine!

Replacing skincare products loaded with chemicals for natural ingredients has made a big impact on the health and appearance of my skin.

Take Control of Your Skin and Make Your Own Cleansing Aloe Vera Face Wash. Made in minutes with all natural, skin loving ingredients!

If you have acne prone or oily skin I highly recommend this homemade face wash. I rarely carry a sheen on my face anymore and my complexion is much clearer!  

Learn to customize this homemade aloe vera face wash recipe for your skin type using the Natural Carrier Oils by Skin Type Guide. Find more skin loving recipe in my Winter Skincare Survival Guidebook.

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  1. This sounds wonderful. I’ve been trying to find a good face wash recipe. How long will this face wash typically last before with goes bad?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      You’ll love this face wash recipe it’s so creamy and soothing. Up to 2 months so, make in a small batch.

  2. Jackie Bennett says:

    I so love your site, I am very interested in making many of your products, my question is I am allergic to almonds on the inside, so i am not sure if using almond oil on my skin will cause a reaction what oil can i use instead, this would be for mature skin. Thanks, Jackie

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Thank you Jackie, to be on the safe swap the almond castile soap for another option. Such as lavender. You can find an index of all the castile soaps available under the natural beauty supplies tab from the menu.

  3. Hello, stumble on your site through Pinterest and I can’t wait to try out this face wash, I just have one question. How do you store this face wash? In a cool dark cabinet or does it need to be refrigerated? Thank you!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Thank you Jasmin, in your beauty or bathroom cabinet is fine. If you put in an amber glass bottle you can leave it out on the countertop but away from direct sunlight.

  4. Does this recipe need any preservatives?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Teresa honey is a natural preservative and two of the essential oils are antibacterial. Nonetheless, I always recommend using up homemade skincare products in 2 months.

  5. Natalia Svalestad says:

    Is the raw honey essential? can i leave it out or is it better to substitute for something else?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Natalia, the honey feels so good on your skin and it packed for nutrients! It also works to help keep bacteria out of the face wash, extending the shelf life. You could substitute for another type of honey.

  6. Saicharanya says:

    Dosen’t aleovera go bad after a week when stored outside?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Aloe vera has quite a shelf life when stored in a dark bottle away from sunlight at room temperature

  7. Awesome recipe!! I did patchouli, lavender, and tea tree with the almond castile and it smells heavenly! Any way to thicken it up without it smelling too “detergenty”. I added 2 tablespoons of coca-betaine but that didn’t really help and don’t want it to alter the fragrance anymore. Or would this work in a foaming dispenser? Thanks!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      That blend sounds beautiful Mia! Yes, you can absolutely put it in a foaming soap dispenser. And if you don’t have oily or combination skin, you could add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin for a thicker consistency, I find the honey makes it think enough for me.

  8. Roman or German Chamomile.
    I only have unscented Castile.

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Debbie, unscented castile soap will work great. Both chamomile essential oils have benefits for the skin but the German has more.

  9. Does it have to be raw honey?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      I prefer raw, but you can use honey that isn’t raw.

  10. Can you use Manuka honey for the recipe?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Yes, it will work well!

  11. How can I leave out the aloe vera gel or do swaps with it? I can only get aloe vera juice here.

  12. And if glycerin would work can l do this swap in your face cream as wel了?

  13. can you use home grown aloe vera gel?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Someone else asked this before, I don’t see why not, other than it might be a little thicker. You can always swap the pump on the bottle for a dropper if it ends up being to thick to pump out.

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