Don’t ever go back to store-bought face washes again! Instead, your own pantry has all the answers to all your skin and acne woes.
Most of these recipes are fast and easy. But, we’ve also thrown in a very intricate, but so-worth-it face wash recipe for even the most professional and experienced DIYers of us all!
A whole lotta coconut oil, a dab of an essential oil, and a little bit of baking soda will all do the trick!
With a little experimentation and some pointing in the right direction, you’ll know how to wash your face with the best best coconut oil like an infatuated pro by the end of this post!
Our 6 Top Coconut Oil Face Wash Recipes
Just the Essentials Face Wash Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 5 drops Frankincense
- 5 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Lemon
- Melt down the Coconut Oil.
- Blend in the essential oils.
- Pour into a glass, air-tight jar.
- Store in a dark and cool place.
If you have acne-prone skin, for more non-acnegenic qualities, substitute Lemon and Frankincense oils with Tea Tree Oil instead (10 drops).
If, in the rare and unfortunate case, you can’t use Coconut Oil, you can substitute it for Olive Oil and Honey. 1 part Olive Oil to 3-4 parts Honey will be a good equation.
You can also add Witch Hazel to your facial wash for more astringent qualities.
If the oils are proving to be too greasy for you, add in more baking soda. Ensure you’re using warm water and only a very small amount.
Natural Sensitive Skin Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Tsp Honey
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- Use a hot or warmed tablespoon to scoop the Coconut Oil into a separate glass jar with a lid.
- Stir until creamy, not liquid. If you need more heat, warm the spoon by running under hot water again.
- Blend in the Honey.
- Mix in the Baking Soda and blend well.
Safe to use once to twice a day.
Must stir face wash before use every single time.
May substitute with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Oily and Acne-Prone Skin Recipe
Time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- Whip the Coconut Oil until fluffy with KitchenAid or hand mixer.
- When light and fluffy, add the Olive Oil to achieve a whipped consistency.
- Store in a glass jar with lid in refrigerator.
To whip the Coconut Oil, it should be in an already semi-solid, soft state.
Whip for 6-7 minutes.
Serving size is approximately 1/2 teaspoon.
You can add in your favorite essential oils.
Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe
Time: 5 minutes
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 6 Activated Charcoal Capsules
- 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 5 Drops Lavender Oil
- 5 Drops Rosemary Oil
- Preheat Coconut Oil in small bowl for liquid form.
- Break open capsules in a separate mixing bowl.
- Add the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda to the Charcoal powder.
- Blend well.
- Add in the essential oils and mix well.
- Store in a glass jar with lid.
You can buy Charcoal Capsules at pharmacies, health food stores, and online.
Charcoal has a reputation of purging skin impurities to clear up and prevent blemishes and breakouts.
For 96 servings, use 1/2 tsp – should be enough for one application. For a thicker application and 48 servings, use 1 tsp.
All-Natural Lotion Face Bar Recipe
Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 bars
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Beeswax
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Extra Items Needed:
- Silicone muffin molds
- Glass or heat-safe bowl
- Use the double-broiler method to melt down Coconut Oil and Beeswax.
- Remove from heat and add the Vanilla Extract.
- Blend well.
- Pour into silicone molds and let it cool.
Double broiler method: Use a heat-safe bowl that sits on top of a pot of simmering water. The steam and indirect heat causes the delicate ingredients to melt.
You can use Vanilla Bean Flakes instead of the extract.
Can add essential oils.
Charcoal, Clay, and Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe
Time: 60 minutes
Servings: Total of approximately 1.56 pounds.
- 6.08 Ounces Filtered Water
- 2.33 Ounces Lye
- 6.4 Ounces Coconut Oil
- 6.4 Ounces Olive Oil
- 3.2 Ounces Castor Oil
- 1 Tbsp Activated Charcoal Powder
- 1 Tbsp Bentonite Clay Powder
- 1 Ounce Essential Oil of choice
Extra Items Needed:
- Slow cooker
- Digital food scale
- Stick/Hand blender
- Metal spoon
- Wooden spoon
- Soap molds
- Protective eye-wear (Ex. sunglasses)
- Power the slow cooker to high heat.
- Pour the Coconut, Olive, and Castor Oils into the slow cooker to heat up and melt.
- Reduce the slow cooker to low heat.
- Add the Bentonite Clay and Charcoal to the slow cooker.
- Use the stick blender to fully incorporate all the ingredients.
- Put on your protective gear and take the water and lye outside to a safe, kid-free, area.
- Measure out your lye and water into separate cups. The water cup should be made out of glass.
- Slowly add the lye to the water – never the water to the lye.
- Mix with the metal spoon and let sit for approximately 10 minutes for the mixture to cool.
- When the slow cooker ingredients have reached a temperature between 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit, add the lye/water mixture slowly to the slow cooker.
- Slowly blend ingredients with the metal spoon. Wash out the glass jar that had the lye/water mixture with water and then with white vinegar.
- Use the stick blender to incorporate all the ingredients further for 4-5 minutes until consistency is starting to thicken and becomes opaque.
- Cover and keep on low heat. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- Sides will bubble and boil first. Repeat checking-in every 15 minutes.
- Between a total of 35-55 minutes, the entire surface of the mixture should be bubbling. Power off the slow cooker.
- Add in Essential Oils.
- Pour into the molds and cover with parchment paper.
- Allow to cool for 24 hours.
Most popular Essential Oils used for this recipe is Lavender and Tea Tree oils.
If the lye mixture spills, use White Vinegar to neutralize its effects.
Because lye is being used, ensure that children are not helping with the recipe, and that your work station is clean and well-ventilated.
Lye and water mixture will be cloudy when first mixing together. You know it will be cool and ready to add to the slow cooker when it has a clear consistency.
The soap bars may leave a residue in the sink after using. A wipe down with a cloth after each use is sufficient to clean it.
The Charcoal and Clay also help to extend the life of the soap.
Who is Coconut Oil Good For?
The most versatile quality of coconut oil is its ability to cater to skin types of all kinds – dry, scaly, rashy, oily, acne-prone, and normal. And, for the longest time, many people have falsely believed the myth that all oils are bad for your skin – especially oily skin types.
Well, that myth is being busted thanks to natural ingredients like essential oils and Coconut Oil. If you have more of a dry skin type, you’re going to benefit from washing your face with coconut oil for the extremely moisturizing advantages!
But, if you’re on the other end of the skin spectrum, you’re going to see cleansing, soothing, and preventative advantages! That’s the beauty of coconut oil – every skin type absorbs oils differently, and it’s a natural ingredient that caters to your specific facial needs.
Who Might Have Problems With Coconut Oil?
If you tragically have an allergy to coconut oil, you can safely substitute with olive oil instead. But, for the most part, coconut oil is extremely safe to use, if you remember the Golden Rule…
Always buy the best, unrefined, and raw coconut oil you can afford. Virgin coconut oil is non comedogenic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant-rich, moisturizing, and it won’t change the pH level of your skin to cause further irritation and skin issues.
General Rules to Using Coconut Oil for Face Wash
Let all face washes sit on your face for anywhere between 30 seconds to a few minutes and then wash off.
- You can use a warm wash cloth to gently wipe off the coconut oil face wash. Never rub off!
- To avoid introducing bacteria and contaminating your face wash, only make a small batch of your favorite recipe. The batch should be enough to last you a few weeks.
- While Fractionated Coconut Oil can be convenient to use, it’s not always pure and chemical-free, and it makes managing the facial wash in a liquid state more difficult. Virgin coconut oil is the best kind to use for the recipes because a small amount will easily melt in the natural heat of your hands without dripping all over the place.
- While people absorb oils differently, you may want to moisturize after washing your face with coconut oil if your recipe calls for Witch Hazel and other astringent ingredients. However, most of the time, the coconut oil face wash is enough to skip the additional moisturizing routine.
Popular Ingredients for a Coconut Oil Face Wash Recipe
It gently exfoliates and draws out toxins.
Purges bacteria, and it has healing and soothing properties.
Cleansing, antiseptic, anti-aging, and they provide a natural scent.
Must be extra virgin for the best benefits. It’s antioxidant-rich, anti-aging, restores skin smoothness, and it offers UV light protection.
Cleansing the face correctly can be the hardest part of an entire beauty regimen because it sets the stage for everything else – moisturizers, makeup, sunscreen… the list goes on. But, washing your face with coconut oil takes all the chemicals, negative side effects, and second-guessing out of the equation – welcome to the easy, effective, and natural way of washing your face.
And, you don’t have to be a Naturopath or a scientist to figure out what the best blends will be for you. With coconut oil as your new go-to natural and homemade cleanser, you can’t go wrong.
Check out our easy coconut oil face scrub recipes HERE