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DIY Natural Facial Cleanser

Jun 25, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

I had a special guest in the joyous HQ this week showing me how to make her natural facial cleanser, Seanna Cohen! She is a skin care expert, natural beauty blogger at and she writes a column on natural beauty.

It was so much fun chatting with her about beauty and the importance of clean, toxin-free personal care products. She used to suffer from acne-prone skin and improved her skin when she gave her beauty products a makeover.

If this idea of clean beauty is new to you, you might want to check out the "dirty cozen" chemicals in cosmetics and also 12 hormone disrupting chemicals that could be lurking in products you use every day. In this case, ignorance is definitely not bliss because you could be slathering body wash and cleansers on your body unknowingly exposing yourself to hormone-disrupting chemicals daily.

Many people ask me what cleansers I use and while I love to share brands that I personally use, the challenge with this is what works for me may not work for you and also, it may not be accessible to get the products I use in the city you live in. So on that note, I thought it would be a great idea to show you how to make your own toxin-free facial cleanser. It is both affordable and works for all skin types.

You must also check out a recent video I did with Graydon for aTurmeric Honey Paste -- an amazingly anti-inflammatory face mask.

Here is the video and the recipes for both cleansers are below.

When making your own beauty products, always be sure to buy the best quality ingredients. Usually this means shopping at a health food store.

If you're unsure, don't be afraid to contact the manufacturer and ask them questions to ensure your ingredients are as pure as possible. Be sure to get non-GMO products too and if they are certified organic, even better to avoid synthetic pesticides that you can absorb through your skin. Certified organic products will always be non-GMO.

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
  1. Combine all ingredients into a small jar and shake to emulsify. It is best to store the cleanser in a dark glass bottle and use with a dropper top (to dispense product easier). Can be stored for 2-3 weeks.
  2. To use: wet face and massage a small amount into skin, working in gentle circles for 30 seconds. Remove with warm wash cloth. Repeat if necessary.

  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 tbsp aloe vera juice
  1. In a small bowl, whisk raw honey with glycerin and aloe into a creamy consistency. Store in a glass bottle for 2-3 weeks.
  2. To use: wet face and massage a small amount into skin, working in gentle circles for 30 seconds. The cleanser can be left on the skin as a mask for 5-10 minutes, or remove immediately with a warm washcloth.

Let me know how you like this? Also, please post any of your favourite D-I-Y beauty recipes in the comment section below.

Wishing you joyous health!


Jun 25, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
Beth johnson   •   June 29, 2015

I love these natural beauty recipes! Thanks for sharing:) I love raw honey on my skin!


Joanne Goodman   •   July 1, 2015

What would you recommend for someone who's 50 something for natural skin care? Plz plz & Merci!!


Lyne   •   July 5, 2015

Do you have a substitute for rosewater? I don't really like the smell of roses.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   July 6, 2015

Hi Lyne, You could try orange flower water instead. Kate - Joyous Health Team

AshleyL   •   August 5, 2015

I thought sunflower oil was a no no. I have olive oil coconut oil or jojoba oil would any of those work?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 6, 2015

Jojoba oil should work! Kate - Joyous Health Team

Evie Sterne   •   August 12, 2015

Thanks for sharing such a nice blog, I really love the way you’re writing. I am using natural beauty products from the last couple of years. The best thing about the natural beauty products is that they are free from alcohol and chemicals. Also It never affect our natural beauty and their results are awesome.

Joy McCarthy   •   August 12, 2015

I agree with you 100%! Kinder to the planet as well. :)

Rebecca   •   September 8, 2015

Thank you for sharing these simple recipes. I'm home healing from 2 car accidents & several surgeries. My skin is reacting to everything I try to put on it. I have dry blistering skin around my lips & it is painful. I eat mostly raw & homemade foods that I cook gluten free, dairy free from scratch & have been looking for some simple recipes to try out that are gentle to my skin. I will look on your guests website for other recipes. Just wanted to say I love your color scheme & the bright informational videos you have. Plz keep it up as I wanted to write my own cookbook & start my own company to ship my dry recipes to help others in their healing & wellness. I'm taking a time out to get well again. I would love some advice on publishing a cookbook. Thank you :)


xhelaf   •   June 9, 2016

can I substitute the aloe with yoghurt ?

Heather Allen   •   June 9, 2016

Hey Xhelaf! You can definitely try it. Let us know how it turns out :) Heather- Joyous Health team

Nina   •   March 20, 2017

The video was great. Have one question regarding the rose water. Went to the health food store and found rose water essential oil and there was another product rose water (rose water mixed with water) in a spray bottle. What type of rose water should i be using for the cleanser.

Rachel Molenda   •   March 21, 2017

Hey Nina! Glad you enjoyed the video :) The Rose Water product (rose water mixed with water) is what you're looking for! Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Virginia Gomez   •   May 5, 2017

Can I add honey to the first recipe? (the rose water and aloe cleanser) and if so. how much.

Rachel Molenda   •   May 8, 2017

Hey Virginia! Sure! We haven't tried it ourselves, but 1-2 tbsp of raw honey won't hurt :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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