Homemade Face Wash with Castile Soap: 3 Easy Recipes

By Marsha Harrison

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homemade face wash with castile soap

From skin to laundry, Castile soap can clean most surfaces at home, making it the most versatile soap on the market! For me, I love using it as a facial wash.

Although there are hundreds of ways to create a homemade face wash with Castile soap, I’ve compiled three beginner-friendly recipes here. I guarantee you that the whole process will not take long hours unless, of course, you are making plenty of batches.


What You Need


The list of things I provided in this section is just an overview to give you an idea of what you need to prepare to make a castile soap face wash.

For specific ingredients and measurements, head over to the recipe section.

1. Castile soap


There are plenty of castile soap brands in the market but Dr. Bronner’s is the most popular. To bring out the essential oils’ rich aromas, we will use the unscented variant.

2. Essential oils


Depending on the kind of face wash you want to make, you will need to prepare lavender, tea tree oil, sandalwood, eucalyptus, spearmint, or geranium essential oils.

Note: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please choose a recipe that does not involve the use of geranium essential oil.

3. Nourishing oils


Examples of nourishing oils include sweet almonds, olive, and jojoba. Just choose one to make your DIY face wash. Castile soap can dry the skin but this will help moisturize it!

4. Vegetable glycerin


Apart from promoting healing and soothing irritation, vegetable glycerin can protect against infection. Plus, it prolongs the shelf life of any DIY face wash with castile soap.

5. Honey


Since it is gentle to the skin, many commercial soaps contain honey. Thankfully, this ingredient is widely available in grocery stores!

6. Pump bottle


As with any foaming face wash, you will need a pump bottle to be the container!

7. Funnel


When pouring the ingredients, a funnel will make things easier and prevent you from making a mess.

8. Eyedropper


Normally, essential oils come in bottles with droppers. If yours does not have one, use an eyedropper.

9. Measuring cups and spoons


They will be useful when you need to determine the proportions of the ingredients.

Face wash recipes

Recipe #1: Basic Castile face wash

Step 1: Prepare all the ingredients and items:

  • Pump bottle
  • Funnel
  • ¼ cup of liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons of distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of nourishing oil

Let me add that you can also use a spray bottle instead of a pump bottle. Rest assured, it will not be difficult for you to spray or pump the liquid soap.

Either way, the instructions for making this basic castile soap face wash will be the same.

Step 2: Remove the pump or spray lid and place the funnel onto the opening of the bottle. Then, pour all the ingredients inside and put the lid back.

Shake the bottle vigorously to mix the ingredients. Make sure that the lid is tightly closed to prevent spillage.

Patch test the mixture by applying it to a small hidden part of your face. To do this, massage it on your face in a circular motion then rinse it off with warm water.

Even though you have mixed the ingredients, you need to shake the bottle again before using it. Also, be sure to use the soap within 1 month.

Recipe #2: Castile soap with lavender and geranium essential oils

Combine 8 ounces or 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 15 drops of essential oil, and 25 drops of geranium into your pump bottle. Agitate the bottle to mix the ingredients.

As I know, lavender promotes skin cell growth. Apart from that, it has cooling and calming effects.

On the other hand, Geranium can help you with acne and dermatitis. Meanwhile, Castile soap uses face-friendly natural ingredients.

Again, remember to patch test the face wash when applying it on your skin the first time. Don’t forget to shake the bottle well before each use!

Recipe #3: Castile face wash with honey

Step 1: Gather all the ingredients for the tutorial:

  • Half a cup of honey
  • Half a cup of vegetable glycerin
  • Between 60 to 80 drops of any essential oil that you want to use. Examples include lavender, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, spearmint, and sandalwood.
  • Pump bottle
  • Funnel

These ingredients above are great for ensuring that the face is clean. Furthermore, it produces a foamy soap that feels gentle on your skin!

Step 2: Place the funnel on the opening of the bottle and pour all the ingredients inside.

To make the liquid face soap, you can shake the bottle vigorously with the lid on. Alternatively, stir it with a chopstick.

A quarter-sized of this honey castle facial wash is enough to clean your face. You can add a little bit of water and massage it on your face.

Use lukewarm water to rinse away the soap.

Frequently Asked Questions


How to dilute castile soap for face wash?

I suggest a few drops of castile soap if you are applying it on a wet face. Just rinse the soap with water afterward.

However, keep in mind that each brand may have different formulations. I strongly recommend reading the label before washing your face with castile soap.

Is castile soap good for face?

Yes, castile soap is safe for daily use whether as a facial or a body wash. After all, it is made of natural ingredients!


While using castile soap without additional ingredients to wash your face is sufficient, there is no harm in trying out new concoctions. Not only is it a great opportunity for you to learn a new skill, but it also lets you explore the cleanser that works best for your skin!

Besides, crafting your homemade face wash with Castile soap is not as hard as you think. In one or two steps, you can create a small bottle that lasts a couple of weeks. What’s more, the ingredients can be bought in most retail stores and groceries.

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