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In your daily skincare regime, cleansing is step one, toning is step two, and moisturizing & hydrating, step three. Facial cleansers are made to remove the daily grime that collects in pores, and to remove makeup and any oily build-up. Regardless of your skin type, the best cleansers are gentle, nourishing to the skin, and effective! This foaming facial cleanser recipe is all that! It’s also super easy to make and requires no special tools other than a foaming pump bottle.

This cleanser is also made with pure organic ingredients and can be customized to meet the needs of your skin.

Foaming Facial Cleanser

Liquid Castile Soap – I recommend using Castile soap made with organic oils. Castile soap is a gentle effective cleanser. It can also be used for a body wash or as a base for shampoo. It works well for my skin which is mature and normal to oily. However it can be too drying for dry or sensitive skin. If you have dry skin, but still want a foaming cleanser, cut the amount of Castile soap in this recipe in half and replace it with more Aloe Vera Juice, which is soothing and moisturizing.

Aloe Vera Juice – Aloe vera juice from the aloe vera leaf (Aloe spp.) is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, emollient, and even anti-bacterial. It is a good choice for all skin types and especially for oily or acne prone skin. Aloe vera juice can be found at most natural grocers.

Hydrosols - Sometimes called flower waters, true hydrosols are created during the steam distillation of essential oils. They possess many of the same qualities as the essential oil, but are much less concentrated, making them well suited for topical use. For this cleanser, I choose Lemon Verbena hydrosol because it is slightly astringent and revitalizing for all skin types. And, I love the fresh uplifting scent. Hydrosols also make great skin toners, used alone or in combination with other ingredients. Here’s a recipe using hydrosols in a toner for mature skin. Remember, toning is typically step two in a daily skincare regime.

Jojoba Oil - I include Jojoba Oil in most of my skincare products. It is very similar to the natural oil (sebum) in your skin and penetrates well without leaving an oily reside. It is an excellent choice for all skin types and also works well as a conditioner for hair, scalp, and nails. In this recipe it works with the Aloe Vera Juice to counter the drying tendency of the Castile soap.

Essential Oils - Every essential oil possesses unique properties. I like to use a citrus oils in cleansers because they tend to be astringent, antiseptic, and balancing to pH. Citrus essential oils are also a very good choice for oily or acne-prone skin. I also like the stimulating, uplifting fragrance in the morning to set the tone for my day. In this recipe I used Lemon essential oil and Rose Geranium essential oil. Rose Geranium is beneficial for all skin types, especially mature, sun damaged and combination skin, and it has the most beautiful, fresh floral scent. A word of caution–many citrus essential oils are photo-sensitizing, meaning you are more sensitive to the sun and more likely to sunburn is you apply them and then go outside. I have not experienced increased sensitivity using citrus essential oils in cleansers, but I do avoid using them in facial oils and moisturizers that remain on the skin all day.

Ingredients // Materials

  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/8 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/8 cup Lemon Verbena Hydrosol
  • 1/2 tsp. Jojoba Oil
  • 5 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Foaming Pump Bottle


It couldn’t be easier. Watch below for a quick tutorial on how to make your own Foaming Facial Cleanser!

I hope you have fun making your own organic skincare. I know your skin will be happy and your bank account, too. If you need help customizing your products, you are welcome to send me an email or leave a comment here.

wishing you health and happiness,

Suzanne Teachey
Herbalist & Proprietress


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