foampumpI am eliminating more and more “purchased” products to ones that I can make at home with simple, natural ingredients. I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap for my hand soap and spray cleaner so it was a natural base for gentle, homemade, vegan face soap. I love this formula; it leaves my skin feeling clean, but not dry, and I apply my face moisturizer after washing for great healthy skin!

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s baby mild liquid soap
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
  • 12 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of tea tree essential oil

Put all of the ingredients in a foaming hand soap container and shake. For the first week, I shake this before using it, but then it stays mixed.

You can adjust the formula to meet your skin needs. Increase the soap for oily skin. Increase the glycerin for dry skin and/or add a few drops of jojoba oil.

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All summer I used straight aloe vera gel as my face moisturizer. It is fabulous stuff. Aloe is so light and breathable, yet moisturizing at the same time. And the aloe faded a sun/age spot that I had near my eye.

With the arrival of some fall feeling weather in Pennsylvania, I needed a more intense moisturizer. Based on a recipe from Better Basics for the Home, that called for 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and 1/8 cup glycerin, I did a little experimenting. I came up with the perfect formula for my skin and for the current weather. One great thing about making your own products is that you can adjust them as needed. Another thing is this recipe is so cheap. People spend gobs of money on facial moisturizers.

Facial Moisturizer

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (drinkable kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 3 drops jojoba oil
  • 6 drops lavender oil

Place all ingredients in a small glass jar. Shake before each use. After washing your face while it is still damp, apply with your fingers. It will feel wet at first, but as it dries and absorbs, you will be left with silky soft skin.

You can adjust this formula to meet your skin needs. Use less glycerin if it makes your skin feel sticky. Use more glycerin to increase the moisturizing ability. You can eliminate or increase the jojoba oil or try a different oil (I like jojoba oil because it never goes rancid). You can also eliminate/change the lavender oil (I like lavender because it is antiseptic and antibacterial and it smells great).

Better Basics for the Home describes a similar recipe for homemade baby lotion. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup aloe vera gel and 1/2 tablespoon glycerin. So if you invest in buying aloe and glycerin – they have multiple uses.

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