Health & Beauty Recipes > Making Your Own Skin Cleansers


Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Making Your Own Skin Cleansers:

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Depending on the skin type you have in mind some form of oil, solid or liquid, is needed as a base when making natural skin cleansers. Having decided which oil to use it is then a matter of selecting the herb which is most likely to have the desired effect on the skin and then making an infusion from the leaves or flowers. The infusion is then mixed with the oil to create a tailor made beauty product.

Lanolin, a fat present in sheep's wool is a commonly used substance in cosmetics. Providing there is no allergy to it lanolin makes an excellent base for a cleanser. It is solid at room temperature yet soft and not at all stiff. Margarine or butter can be used as solid fat bases but they melt very quickly in the heat of the hands. Cocoa butter and coconut oil are two solid oils which can be used to make good cleansers. Coconut oil is quite hard at room temperature but it goes almost liquid when exposed to body heat. Cocoa butter remains smooth and soft even when cold and does not become over-soft when warm.

Liquid oils such as almond, sunflower seed, olive and wheatgerm are very good as bases for dry skin cleansers. Dairy products like milk, cream and yogurt are excellent ingredients for cleansing lotions and are ideal for greasy skins.

Violet Cleansing Cream

Here is a recipe for a lovely, creamy cleanser using three different oils.


1oz lanolin
1oz cocoa butter
4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
4 tablespoons of strong infusion of violet flowers and leaves


- Put the lanolin,cocoa butter and almond oil in a heatproof basin.
- Put the basin into a saucepan of simmering water.
- Allow the ingredients to melt together.
- Stir now and again.
- Add the violet infusion.
- Remove from the heat.
- Whisk with an electric whisk.
- Store in jars in the fridge.
- Shake before use.

Buttermilk Cleansing Lotion

A silky-smooth cleansing lotion said to help refine large pores.


1/4 pint buttermilk
1/4 pint cooled strong infusion of Lady's Mantle


- Mix the buttermilk and the infusion together.
- Bottle and keep in the fridge.

Fennel and Yogurt Cleansing Lotion

A cool and refreshing yogurt-based cleansing lotion which is renown for its wrinkle-preventing qualities.


5oz plain, live yogurt
1/4 pint strong infusion of Fennel leaves strained and cooled.


- Mix the yogurt with the infusion.
- Keep in the fridge.

N.B. An infusion is 1/4 pint of boiling water poured over about 3 tablespoons of chopped herbs (leaves, flowers or roots). The mixture is left to stand until cold and is then strained.

Different herbal infusions can be added to the various oils or mixes of oils as desired.

A few possible cosmetic benefits of herbs:
- Lime flowers are said to improve the circulation.
- Yarrow is said to be good for an oily skin.
- Marigold is said to refine large pores and help cure spots.
- Sage is said to help dry out an oily skin.