Hey guys! Today we’re making a lovely foaming lavender DIY face wash. Now, I’m not sure we could call this the best face wash for combination skin. I certainly didn’t plan it when I started making it. But I do have combination skin and I love its cleansing properties. It can remove my makeup and it smells divine! If you’re a lavender fan, this one is for you!
Okay, I know you had to wait a bit long the recipe; longer than expected (but not as long as for the DIY dark circle serum) as I needed to test and experiment. There were a few tries that went severely wrong (see more below).
I whipped this one up as I wanted something foamy and lathery and would properly cleanse my face. And I have to say this is a lovely foaming facial cleanser that somewhat removes makeup (but not too thoroughly; I use it after I remove makeup completely). Above all, it’s full of lavender in scent and in appearance! It’s not that I’m a great lavender fan, but it surely complements this DIY face wash nicely!
Easy to make
WE'LL TALK ABOUT..
What is foaming facial cleanser?
A foaming cleanser is a type of cleanser that isn’t milky nor creamy. When you add water to it, it lathers and helps to remove impurities, dirt, and makeup.
It also removes excess oil and it doesn’t excessively dry out your skin.
How do you make foaming face cleanser?
You can see the recipe below on how to make it, but in general, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- A surfactant (coco glucoside, caprylyl/capryl glucoside…)
- A thickener (xanthan gum, guar gum, hydroxyethylcellulose)
- Distilled water or hydrosol
This is the base to build a foaming face wash on. You’ll need other ingredients as well (preservatives are non-negotiable), but if you already have knowledge in DIY skincare formations, you can easily come up with other ingredients yourself.
There are tons of other options to include into a cleanser as long as they’re water-soluble. Ideally, you’ll want to add something conditioning and moisturizing as well (think panthenol, allantoin, aloe vera, glycerin, and others)
Castile soap face wash: yes or no?
That all depends on who you ask. There are tons of bloggers and DIY skincare aficionados who are seriously in love with castile soap and list all the top 10 reasons and recipes to start using it immediately.
If you browse around you’ll find information that castile soap is made from safe plant oils and it’s appropriate for all skin types, even dry and sensitive.
Well, I have to say I disagree. I’ve made shampoo and I have struggled to make the best face wash for combination skin with castile soap.
The result? I’ve ended up pouring both down the drain. Castile soap (I’ve used this one and failed to read the ingredients) was ridiculously drying to my hands, my scalp, and my face. I’ve done thorough research afterward to find alternatives I could use in my skincare and I have to say that the results are impressively different from what I expected.
I’ve tossed castile soap out the door and I’m never using it again. I would be very happy if someone could actually confirm this so that I know I’m not alone in this (even though I’ve found answers on Quora and a few websites that support my findings).
I was happy to find that VermontSoap said:
Liquid castile soap is de-greasing by nature. That means it removes more oils than it puts back. Most facial skin types are too sensitive and not oily enough to use Castile liquids on a regular basis.