Hey pass the honey please…Nope, not using to sweeten my tea, I’m over here washing my face with it. Sounds weird – right? A few months ago I posted a photo of my homemade honey face wash and got a lot of requests to share the recipe.

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.

Throughout my quest to eliminate toxic beauty products, I was searching for a face cleanser without the junk. There are a ton of great clean beauty brands on the market, but I wanted more control over what I was putting on my skin and to simplify my skincare routine.

Plus I was spending a ton of money testing new products that weren’t producing results. Between Chicago’s harsh water and crazy winters, my skin wasn’t as youthful. I was noticing the texture of my skin changing, more fine lines – all the things that come with being over 40.

Good times!

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.

One of my favorite natural bloggers, The Wellness Mama shared her experience with oil cleansing and liked the results. Who knew that oil dissolves oil and could be used to remove dirt and makeup from the skin?

Apparently oil cleansing, the method of using nourishing oils to cleanse the skin in place of traditional soap based cleansers, is all the rage. Kinda like coconut oil was a few years ago…

I tried oil cleansing for a few weeks testing olive oil, castor oil and a few others but could never get the right balance. I was kinda missing the lather and wasn’t convinced my skin was truly clean.

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.But I did notice a change in my skin with oil cleansing…It was much softer and the texture was smoother. I just needed to find something similar that cleaned a little deeper.

Homemade Honey Face Wash Ingredients

Homemade honey face wash seemed like a great alternative. I loved that it’s 100% natural and I already owned most of the ingredients. Into the beauty lab I went!

I realize it’s much faster to purchase face wash from the store, but if you can make it for pennies, why not try DIY? I’ve had really good luck making homemade hand sanitizer, household cleaners and using essential oils for healthy skin and sleep issues.

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.Raw Honey: It’s important to use raw and unfiltered honey as it has the most beneficial properties. Honey is antibacterial, great for acne, extremely moisturizing (hello glowing skin!)  full of antioxidants and used to slow down aging.

I’ve experimented with Manuka honey, but it’s solid and doesn’t apply as well to the skin.  It can be softened in the microwave before blending, but after testing a few batches, I prefer a more liquid raw honey.

Castile Soap: I use Castile soap in most of my homemade cleaners. It’s a versatile ingredient without the harsh chemicals. Adding to a face wash recipe provides the lather I was missing and doesn’t dry out my skin. For face wash, I recommend using the Baby Unscented Castile Soap.

Nourishing Oil: There are so many options like argan, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, castor, olive – the list is endless! I wanted an oil that was nourishing, lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin.

After a few test runs I found sweet almond oil worked the best with my skin type. For nut allergies try argan oil (dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin), jojoba oil (dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin), grapeseed oil (normal, oily, or acne-prone skin) or avocado oil (dry and aging skin).

Essential Oils: The practice of using essential oils to maintain health and treat skin ailments has been around for centuries. I’ve seen amazing results treating blemishes with tea tree oil. My favorite for anti-aging is Frankincense oil as it helps with pigmentation as well as tones and tightens skin.

Lemon oil and lavender essential oils are two other great options for homemade honey face wash. Play around with testing which essential oils work better with your skin type.

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.

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Homemade Honey Face Wash
  1. In a 2-3 oz clamp lid glass jar add honey, castile soap, almond oil and essential oils.
  2. Close jar and shake together.
  3. Shake before each use to be sure cleanser is mixed well.

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.

How to Use Honey Face Wash

Honey face wash can be used in place of traditional face cleanser. This recipe does lather and will remove makeup. The nourishing and essential oils keep the skin hydrated (be sure to include)!

  1. Wet face with warm water.
  2. Pour small amount of honey face wash to palm of hand or use a bamboo spoon like mine (here and similar).
  3. Apply in circular motion to face.
  4. I like to use a Konjah sponge (my fav here), organic washcloth or my new favorite antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing brush (under $100!)
  5. After skin is cleansed, I like to apply a few drops of facial oil (this is my current favorite and I’ve ordered twice) for dry and mature skin.  If you want to change your skin – start using facial oils!!

Homemade honey face wash combines antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural moisturizing power of honey with essential and nourishing oils.

My evening skincare routine is relatively simple and quick. I cleanse with the homemade honey face wash, remove eye makeup with witch hazel and grapeseed oil (yes I make that too), apply a few drops of Mad Hippie Skin Care Exfoliating Serum combined with pure powdered Vitamin -C, followed by a few drops of facial oil (all over face) + tightening eye gel.

Chic Tips:

  • Prepare homemade face wash in small batches. DIY skincare can attract bacteria as there are no preservatives. The bigger the batch, the longer it takes to use so why take the chance.
  • If it’s too thick, dilute with distilled or boiled water only to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Use a small (2-3 oz) clamp glass container like this (found mine at Home Goods).
  • Stay away from plastic containers and applicators when using essential oils. Essential oils will break down plastic, which can destroy the oil and potentially cause leaks.

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27 Comments on Why I Wash My Face with Honey

  1. robin rue
    October 23, 2017 at 11:02 am (3 months ago)

    I have heard of the benefits of honey, but had no idea it could be used a facial wash. You learn something new every day 🙂

  2. Jessica Joachim
    October 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm (3 months ago)

    This seems really great! I like the idea of making my own face wash out of natural ingredients. I also love that it can be used with a brush because I love my clarisonic

  3. Melissa Chapman
    October 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm (3 months ago)

    I am always looking for the optimal way to cleanse my face. I have face wash that I use constantly and it works well but this DIY is something I need to try.

  4. Beth Davidson
    October 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm (3 months ago)

    I am glad you acknowledged the weirdness, because I literally made a face at the screen when I read the title. Lol. This is so interesting! I can always use a good face wash.

  5. Cassie
    October 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve never heard of washing your face with honey before but I always love any DIY natural beauty trick I can try so will have to give this a go

  6. Katrina
    October 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm (3 months ago)

    I had no idea there were so many benefits of using honey in a face wash, I guess I’ll have to give it a go for myself to see the results!

  7. Karen Morse
    October 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm (3 months ago)

    I prefer natural skin care products over the ones that we’re used to. I think it’s awesome to make your own facial wash! I like the idea of using oil to moisturize as well.

  8. Terri Steffes
    October 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm (3 months ago)

    I just made a mask with honey so I am sure this would work, too. Thanks for the information!

  9. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    October 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm (3 months ago)

    I used to work with a lady who swore that washing with honey was the key to perfect skin. I had never heard of such. Sounds like she was on to something.

  10. AnnMarie John
    October 23, 2017 at 10:35 pm (3 months ago)

    I love naturally made skin care products because you know there aren’t any chemicals involved. This recipe is something that I would love to try.

  11. Kim Six
    October 24, 2017 at 4:18 am (3 months ago)

    I had no idea that there were this many benefits to honey. I need to try it!

  12. Ana De- Jesus
    October 24, 2017 at 6:09 am (3 months ago)

    Oh this is fabulous! I am cruelty free and I always try and use non toxic products when I can! I like the idea of oil cleansing and a homemade honey face wash too.

  13. Lindsey Mozgai
    October 24, 2017 at 9:13 am (3 months ago)

    This is so unique! I really love using honey to treat acne, but I’ve never used it as a face wash.

  14. Carolyn
    October 24, 2017 at 9:56 am (3 months ago)

    Honey seems so soothing. I need to try a new cleanser so an all natural one may be the way to go. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    October 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm (3 months ago)

    Ha, ha so weird but it works better than store brands and without the junk!

  16. reesa
    October 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm (3 months ago)

    Wow this must be lovely on your face! I would love to give this a try on my own skin!

  17. Tara
    October 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve heard of this! Oh thanks for all the great info!! This is so cool.

  18. Krystel | Disney on a Budget
    October 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm (3 months ago)

    What kind of skin do you have? Wondering if this works for all skin types

  19. Nicole
    October 24, 2017 at 11:45 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m currently looking for more natural skincare options! I’ll have to try this diy face wash out! I would have never thought of using honey.

  20. Jeanine
    October 25, 2017 at 10:41 am (3 months ago)

    I’d like to try and make this sometime! I bet it smells amazing and makes the skin glow.

  21. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com
    October 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm (3 months ago)

    I had no idea that you could wash your face with honey! This is such a great idea…I’m going to give it a try 🙂

  22. Heather
    October 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm (3 months ago)

    This sounds interesting and definitely something I want to try. I’d love to do this with my daughter this week.

  23. Blythe Alpern
    October 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve heard great things about using honey on your skin. It has so many beneficial antioxidant and antibacterial properties. I’ve tried a few products with it and noticed a difference, but really like the idea of creating a cleanser myself so i know exactly what is in it.

  24. Kaity | With Kids and Coffee
    October 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve tried so many DIY face washes, but never a honey one! I love using honey on my lips during fall and winter months when they’re dry—I may have to try out using honey as a face wash with this recipe. 🙂

  25. Shannon Gurnee
    October 26, 2017 at 11:58 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve never even tried washing my face with honey. I honestly don’t know if I could get past the stickiness of honey. But this is some great information.

  26. Chelsea
    October 27, 2017 at 12:20 am (3 months ago)

    Love that this is natural! Lots of cleansers leave my skin way too dry or don’t really take off my makeup. It’s great to find one that will do both!

  27. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    October 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm (3 months ago)

    Sometimes dry but can be oily too. I think it can work for all skin types!

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