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Homemade Face Wash


Homemade Face Wash - Dr.Axe

This homemade face wash recipe will leave your skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and clean. The essential oils and coconut oil work to kill any bacteria while providing nutrients and hydration to your skin to keep it looking and feeling young and vibrant! It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes!

Note: Citrus essentials oils are highly concentrated and are full of healthy acidic properties. Because of this, we recommend you use glass containers when storing them so they don’t eat away any of the plastic. Since lemon oil does contain compounds that contribute to photosensitivity, you should avoid sun for at least 12 hours after using to be safe. That doesn’t mean you can’t go outside, but rather, just use a sun hat or stick to shady spots. (1)

Homemade Face Wash

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 30


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • Glass Jar
  • (if acne prone, replace frankincense and lemon oils with 10 drops of tea tree essential oil)


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a pan over low heat
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Store in wash dispenser or air tight jar and keep it in a cool place

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  1. Felicia Arce on

    I just can’t get the layers of dirtyness off my face. My skin tone is very uneven and blotchy. Please help. I just bought cocoonut oil. Any suggestiobs?
    Thank you for your time.
    My skin is very dry too.

  2. Kerstin on

    what could i use instead of baking soda to mix things?
    I have to color hair and using baking soda on my face, sucks hair color out on hairline and brows even way faster..

    also any hair dye recommendations, or even better no more gray hair magic pill? lol

  3. tanya on

    This seems similar to oil cleansing method. With that, you must steam face for a minute or so before wiping off. Hoping that isn’t necessary here since not mentioned. Maybe adding the baking soda changes it all up? Thank you in advance!

  4. Ayu on

    Essential oils and baking soda are horrible for your skin. If this concoction can eat away plastic, imagine what it will do to your face.

    • Chris on

      Our face is not made of petrochemicals. These natural compounds are helpful to the skin, essential oils are very healing, helpful for reducing scarring, and soothing. Too much baking soda could be harsh. Mixed here, not an issue


    Plan on making this face wash recipe but I’m allergic to lavender oil. I have very dry skin…what should I use in place of lavender?

    Love your webpage…am learning so much. Have had serious depression for years. Am trying to get off of antidepressants and think I am B12 deficient…have all the symptoms of malabsorption. Hair loss, insomnia, very dry skin, lack of focus…the list is too long. I underwent surgery for hiatal hernia and am trying to bounce back. Doctors just prescribe proton pump inhibitors that I am trying to get off of as well.

    Let me know what you think and thank you for your website…I plan on sharing with my friends and frequenting it alot!


  6. Kristin on

    Should I have any concern about tea tree oil being suspect as a hormone disruptor? I hear a lot about that and I’m curious. Your thoughts?

  7. Jessica on

    I’m trying to wrap my head around this and am a bit confused:

    1) Do we rinse our faces after this is used? Or wipe it off?

    2) Does this also remove make-up residue?

    3) I absolutely LOVE my store bought facial cleanser as I have acne prone skin (esp to olive oil) but am interested in trying the natural method. Any way to test this before I risk a full face break out?

  8. Michelle on

    A big thank you Dr Axe from across the pond in the UK, Liverpool. Love all the advice you give us xx

  9. kanwal on

    Dr. Axe

    Hope you are fine. Dr. I see daily your post on Facebook really this post helpful for me.

    I want to know natural treatment for pigmentation if you suggest me, I am very thankful to you


  10. SHelums on

    My mixture didn’t solidify after mixing everything together. I made it last night and today it’s still liquid. Do you think I didn’t something wrong?

  11. Fofo on

    Hi Dr Axe ….. I did the face wash and I loved it but I’m not sure if I did it right because when it is done I can’t mix it it is hard and you said mix it after each use?

  12. Fofo on

    I made the face wash and I loved it but my question is when I put it on my face should I rinse my face with water after or should I leave it on ?

  13. Jenny on

    Hi DR Axe….I watched your video on hairloss. Im hypothyroid and want to know is it ok to use all the supplements you recommended for the hairloss?

    Thank you kindly

  14. Sandra on

    Thanks – I’ll try it – I have to wonder – does it feel like your face is actually washed afterward or does it feel oily from the coconut oil?

  15. Dawn on

    My daughters are 8 & 11. My 8 year old has had subsabacious acne for a couple years now. I don’t want to use the retin A the Dr. prescribed. My 11 year old is starting her puberty acne on her forehead. Do we have to remove the Lemon and Frank, can we just add the tee tree oil to the original recipe? Just curious as to why the substitution.

  16. Catherine on

    Hi, am I correct in assuming this solidifies after cooling? Assume then when you say mix well re baking powder issue, you just churn up with a spoon? And to get on your face, you’re mixing with warm water? Thank you, looking forward to trying…

  17. Chasity on

    It solidifies, right? My is kind of bubbly but has solidified as today has gone on (made it last night).
    When you say to mix before each use, how much do you use? And do you just mix that small amount in your hand before each use? Or do you mean to stir the whole mix? :)

  18. Brandy Rager on

    My Mom and I made this recipe on Saturday and we are in love with it!!! We are on day 3 of using it and are completely addicted to the way it leaves our skin feeling. We will no longer be spending our money on expensive soaps and lotions! We love it so much that we made another batch for my Cousin, Aunt and Grandma. I’m sure they will love it too. Thank you Dr. Axe for sharing your knowledge with us!! You are awesome! :)

  19. Luis on

    Made a batch of this today and trust me this is way better than using those other face wash products which have a bunch of chemicals which can potentially harm you.

  20. Lillie on

    I’ve been using this recipe for about 2 months now and love it! I substituted the frankincense and lemon for the tea tree oil since i”m prone to acne. Is there a reason I couldn’t have all 3 essential oils together? I have scars and browns spots that I would like to get rid of and I know that frankincense would help with that, no?

  21. Sylvia on

    I would love to try this recipe, I have oily skin can I add tea tree oil? And my concern, is has anyone had drain issues with coconut oil? I do oil pulling but I spit it in trash because im not sure. Thank you

  22. Caryn on

    I have Rosacea on my cheeks, chin and upper neck. It can be just a small bit of redness OR much larger areas that get bright red and sensitive to touch. Will your homemade face wash be gentle and calming for my skin?

  23. Debi on

    I made this the day before yesterday for the 1st time and I love it! I put it in a recycled amber glass jar and I allowed it to set up and then used the handle of a tsp. to stir it all up so that the baking soda mixed throughout. After using it the 1st time I decided that I wanted a bit more baking soda in it so I added more and stirred it all up again until well blended. I love that after using it, it leaves a soft moisturized feeling on my face. Yesterday after working in the garden I decided this would be therapeutic for my hands. Wow! It was great, cleaned thoroughly and left my hands very soft. Next up on my list to make – shampoo, conditioner and household cleanser. I ordered some glass spray bottles yesterday. One more area of my life being detoxed! Thanx Dr. Axe :-)

      • Ruth on

        Agreed, this stuff is great on hands and I use it on my legs too for shaving. Feet…everything. Still working on getting it right for the face though. I think I need more baking soda and to use less.

        Would sugar be better or worse than the baking soda? I need a scrub. Thanks!

  24. Ruth on

    I’m having to use soap to get the oil off my face. Any suggestions? Wash cloth just smears it around:-) I’m really enjoying your home-made items. Thanks for all your hard work.

      • Ruth on

        I wanted to follow up with you about this. Once I got use to using the product, I love it! Just had to figure it out. I’m surprised but I still need some more moisture afterwards, I just use coconut oil and all is good. Thanks again. (Making my second batch.)

  25. Rachael on

    Is there a trick to getting the baking soda to blend with the oil! Or am I just being impatient and I need to keep stirring, and stirring, and stirring? Haha.

  26. Barbara Stone on

    Where do I get the coconut oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil, and lemon oils for the natural face wash? What do you use?

  27. Shirley Schultz on

    Hi Dr! I loved your recipe and thank you for printing it. I used Young Living Essential Oils to make this, I hope that was ok. If you don’t want this recipe made with these oils, I apologize to you. I just didn’t want to post this unless you thought it would be ok. Thank you so much for your posts and recipes. I really like them!

  28. Margaret on

    Will try this. Word of caution. Coconut oil will stain cotton washcloths and I haven’t found anything to remove the stains. You may want to get some that you use just for face washing so as not to ruin ALL your washcloths.

    • Roshini on

      Try soaking the washcloths in a hot water solution with Washing soda. They are great at removing oil stains of all kinds.

  29. patty on

    @ Dr. Axe What names of stores sells coconut oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, lemon essential oil and tea tree essential oil)

  30. Beulah on

    Sounds good! I’m keen to try it. Just want to know whether I need to avoid the sun after using this or is the lemon oil sufficiently diluted not to be phototoxic?

  31. Beulah on

    Sounds good! I’m keen to try it. Just want to know whether I need to avoid the sun after using this or is the lemon oil sufficiently diluted not to be photo toxic?

      • Leigha on

        What I understand is coconut oil has a natural SPF of 8. I would think that would dominate the lemon oil due to the much higher quantity of coconut oil.

  32. Kathyann Snavely on

    Do you know anything good for head cold. I’m stopped up on one side. Feel like I’m running fever.

  33. Almita on

    Coconut melt at body heat temp. If made in smaller quantity, can melting at low temp be bypassed, or does it adds a desired effect?

      • Sherrill on

        I think she was asking, can the action of melting it over heat on the stove be bypassed if you’re just making a small quantity?
        I was wondering the same thing.. I prefer to avoid applying high heat to precious things whenever possible

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