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DIY Day: Make Your Own Face Wash

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My DIY projects have been a little hit and miss lately (homemade Drano was a flop and the verdict's still out on the homemade shampoo and conditioner we've been using for the last week), but I loved this homemade face wash when I first made it a few weeks ago and still love it now. 

This super-simple face wash recipe comes from Live Simply and requires only four ingredients (one of these ingredients is water). I'm a person who has SENSITIVE skin , which I know because a.) I live with myself and b.) every doctor, dermatologist and esthetician I've ever worked with has said, "Oh, you really DO have sensitive skin" as if they're accustomed to hearing from patients who think they do but really don't. But me, yes: I really DO have sensitive skin. I also have skin that is dry in some areas and prone to hormonal breakouts in others. So when it comes to face wash, gentler is better for me. That's probably why I love this recipe so much: there are no harsh ingredients. 

Here's what you'll need:
1/3 cup liquid castile soap
1/3 cup raw honey
3 T distilled or boiled water
2 T nourishing oil like jojoba, almond, avocado, olive, apricot or argan

(By the way, this past week my poor husband discovered the perils of being married to a DIY-er.
Me: So what did you end up putting on your sandwich? 
Husband: That strawberry mixture from the fridge.
Me; Not my face mask, right?
Husband: Um ...
Luckily in that scenario, all the ingredients were 100% edible. I was told it made a delicious sandwich filling.)

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Back to the face wash, which couldn't be simpler. In a soap dispenser (I bought mine at Fred Meyer but I'm sure they're available at any Target / Walgreens  /WalMart-type store), add your water first. This prevents bubbles. 

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Add honey.  

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Add nourishing oil. (I used sweet almond.) 

Shake everything up and you're good to go.

A few things to note: like the hand wash I made a few weeks ago, the difference between typical store-bought face wash I'm used to and this one is the lack of suds. In fact, when I first started applying this face wash to my face, it felt like I wasn't putting anything on my face at all, except a little sticky honey. This face wash isn't foamy. It doesn't "soap up" the way most face washes do. It just subtly goes on my face. But I know it's doing its job because I've been using it for a few weeks and my skin looks clean and feels soft. I still had my same monthly hormonal breakout around my chin and forehead, but overall my skin has looked clear and bright . Plus there's something that just mentally feels better about putting fewer products/ ingredients on my skin. I have a difficult time justifying putting products on myself when I don't know what the heck is in them, even after reading the ingredient labels ( I mean, what IS all that stuff?). I'd so much rather just slather myself with honey and almond oil, which I know are beneficial ingredients. 

There are times when it seems like there must be a catch to doing things so simply. It can't be as easy as just eating real food, can it? It can't be possible to stop buying expensive face cleansers and make my own with a few easy ingredients, can it? But I'm discovering that sometimes it really is that simple. It really does only require a few basic ingredients. As long as the results are there, I'm going to continue with this simple DIY lifestyle. 

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DIY Day: Make Your Own Hand Soap

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An astute reader (hi, Mom!) pointed out that when it comes to my DIY projects, I don’t spend enough time talking about how well they worked. I give you the ingredients and directions, send you on your way, and then neglect to report on my observations about effectiveness. Whoops!

So let me start this hand soap tutorial with a mini review. This soap is more watery and less sudsy than the traditional soap I’m accustomed to. That said, I find it to be every bit as effective as regular soap and I love it for its simplicity. If you want a soap that’s super creamy or that smells incredibly fragrant or that suds up like bubble bath, look elsewhere. If you want a basic hand soap that calls for five natural ingredients, you’re in luck.  

I found this recipe on Live Simply. Here’s what you’ll need:

•1/2 cup castile soap
•1/2 cup water (distilled or boiled if you won’t use soap within a few weeks)
•1 T vitamin E oil
•1 T nourishing oil like sweet almond or jojoba oil
•Optional essential oils (original recipe calls for 15 drops tea tree and 5-10 drops lavender or peppermint)

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Add water to the container you're using. I started with a mason jar and later transferred to a soap dispenser.

Add liquid castile soap.  

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Add vitamin E oil. You may recall that in other recipes I've resisted buying things like essential oils, but I finally broke down and bought three basic things: vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil, and tea tree oil. 

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Add jojoba or sweet almond oil.  

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The mixture got pretty sudsy when I mixed o together, but the bubbles eventually died down.  

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I only added 10 drops of tea tree oil. I know the recipe calls for 15 drops of this and 10 drops of that, but I decided to keep things as simple as possible.  

That's all you need a do to make your own soap. I've been using mine for about a week now and I still like it. It's basic, it gets the job done, and I feel like I don't have to worry about toxins when I use it. Win/win/win. 

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