This DIY face wash is one of my absolute favorites, so I’m really excited to share it! It’s incredibly easy to make and store, and it’s really cost-effective, too. It uses Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap, Thayers brand witch hazel, water, tea tree oil, and a dash of olive oil.
A lot of DIY soaps and cleaning products use Dr. Bronner’s soaps as a base, and for good reason (read about what makes Dr. Bronner’s soaps different here). They are fantastic soaps that come in a variety of scents (including unscented and baby mild). Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap is a little bit different than the body wash or soap you might be used to. This soap is much more of a liquid, rather than a gel or creme. However, you only need to squirt the tiniest bit on your hands to get a good lather–just add some water. Since a little goes a long way, one bottle lasts a while.
Witch hazel is topical astringent derived from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel shrub. It is a natural astringent, meaning it’s great at removing excess oil from skin without being too drying. You can put it directly on your face or mix it with a wash. However, witch hazel has a very distinct scent that I happen to hate, so I haven’t used it a ton in the past (my husband uses witch hazel face wipes from Trader Joe’s, and I can’t stand then scent!). I only started using it when I discovered Thayers brand witch hazels, which come in a variety of alcohol-free scents. I was amazed to find that the rose-scented witch hazel didn’t have even a hint of that distinct witch hazel smell. Check out the variety of scents here.
Tea tree oil, which is derived from tea tree leaves, is a potent oil that’s great for acne-prone skin. However, it’s very concentrated, so unlike witch hazel, you don’t want to put a bunch of tea tree oil directly on your face (though some people do spot treat acne with tea tree oil). Adding the olive oil was a last-minute change I decided to make. It’s totally optional, but I wanted to add a bit of oil to ensure the mixture wasn’t too harsh on my skin.
To make this face wash, I just mixed the following ingredients together in a small bowl:
(Don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic to, and always spot test new ingredients to make sure you don’t have a reaction to them. Do not use any homemade products without consulting with an appropriate medical professional first. Read my full disclaimer here.)
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (I used peppermint because its what I had at the house)
- 1/8 cup witch hazel (I used Thayers brand in rose)
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/8 tsp tea tree oil
- Dash of olive oil
The mixture looks pretty water-y, but as you can see, it really foams up nicely! I used peppermint castile soap, so between that and the tea tree oil, it’s pretty tingly, which I really like.
Another great thing about this face wash is that it doubles as a makeup brush cleaner. I’d wanted to make a makeup brush cleaner for a while, but it seemed silly to make something for my face and something for my brushes. This mixture is the perfect solution because it is great for both. Here’s the wash in action on my foundation brush:
Cleaning makeup brushes is often an overlooked part of your personal grooming routine, but it’s super important. Especially if you use your brushes daily, they quickly accumulate old makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin, and bacteria. Now obviously these things aren’t going to kill you, but wouldn’t you prefer a clean brush? I usually give my brushes a good clean monthly.
Enjoy your DIY face wash and makeup brush cleaner!