Recipe for a Gentle Facial Cleanser based on Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’

Soap-less Facial Cleanser recipe (LUSH knock off)
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Copy-cat version of Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’

Angels on Bare Skin is a popular soap-less cleanser that uses the exfoliating power of ground almonds, the moisture of pure vegetable glycerine, and the deep cleansing power of natural clay powder, along with deeply scented and therapeutic essential oils.

At the prompting of one of my friends, I spent some time working on a recipe that I think is very close to the original and have even started using it myself on a regular basis! I think that you’ll find my version both easy and cost effective since you can make it at home in literally a few minutes and at a quarter of the price you’d pay for it at the shop.

Soap-less Facial Cleanser Recipe

(print this recipe) Makes 60g

25g Ground Almonds – the finer grade the better.
20g Kaolin Clay
13g Vegetable Glycerine
25 drops Rose Water
1/4 tsp Lavender Flowers
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Recipe for a gentle and natural soap-less facial cleanser based on Lush's popular 'Angels on Bare Skin' - it's easy to make and cleans your skin without overdrying! #beauty


Place all the ingredients, except 1/8 tsp of the lavender buds, in a bowl and mix. Next pour the the mixture onto a sheet of grease-proof paper and squish it into a ball. Using part of the paper between your hand and the ball, flatten the ball and then sprinkle on the remaining lavender buds.

Roll it up and store it a water-tight container with a fitted lid. There are no preservatives in this recipe but due to its low water content it will keep for up to three months.

How to use it

You use this gentle cleanser by taking a pinch in your hand and mixing it with a little water to release the ‘Almond milk’, according to Lush. In actuality this step helps to wet and disperse the ingredients and the milkiness comes from Kaolin Clay. Use the wet paste as a normal scrub all over your body but it’s especially great as a soap-free cleanser for your face. It’s gentle enough for most skin types and will leave your skin feeling bright and silky smooth.

Soap-less Facial Cleanser recipe (LUSH knock off)

61 Discussion to this post

  1. Tanya Walton says:

    Are you going to be selling this in your shop Tanya??

  2. Hi Tanya, This looks very good – I'd like to give it a try – but where is the Amazon link to the ingredients? Sorry if I'm being thick but I've been up down and round this post and over to your shop as well! And I'm not experienced enough on natural beauty ingredients to figure it out for myself! All help appreciated! Cx

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cant find the green module or Amazon link…

  4. Anonymous says:

    I see it

  5. Tanya @ Lovely Greens says:

    Hi Giuliana, Bentonite, and French Green, Yellow, Pink, and Red Clays would all work. Happy making 🙂

  6. Tammy says:

    Hi, I noticed you left out Chamomile Blue oil. Was that intentional? I know that Lush lists that as one of the featured ingredients. I noticed it's quite expensive…

  7. Anonymous says:

    You said to mix the cleanser with a little bit of water before rubbing in on your face, is there a reason you wouldn't just use more rose water to try to enhance the effects?

  8. Anonymous says:

    How did you measure the glycerin? I weighed out 13 grams and it wasn't nearly enough.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tanya!Is glyceine vital in this recipe? I would love to make the recipe now but I haven't got any glycerine, I have all the other ingredients at hand.Thank You.

    • Anonymous says:

      Glycerine IS vital, but cheap. You do need a LOT more than the recipe calls for. Like, double the amount.

      • Jessica says:

        I realize you wrote this comment a long time ago and probably don’t care anymore, but I used only 13 grams of glycerin and it didn’t seem like enough at first, but it’s similar to making a pie crust in that a little liquid goes a long way. You just have to stir long enough to work it through all of the dry ingredients.

    • I worked on the recipe for awhile and recommend to NOT double the glycerine amount. Any more than what is in the recipe and the result is too sticky. Add more rose water instead 🙂

    • Anonymous – you really need glycerine and will probably be able to find it at the chemist/pharmacy. It is inexpensive indeed 🙂

  10. Terri says:

    This costs $75to make according to your links!!! How long does it last? That's expensive facial wash!!!

  11. Kelly Marie says:

    Thanks a lot! I recently tried this recipe and love it.

  12. Thanks a lot …I tried this recipe and My friend she also tried and we love it, thank you in advance xxxx

  13. Anonymous says:

    What purpose do the lavender buds serve?

  14. Holy Mackerel! These ingredients cost a small fortune. I appreciate the post but wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy it already made from the store?

    • lovelygreens says:

      It’s an investment for some of the items but if you use this product regularly you’ll save HUGE. Keep in mind that a small (100ml) pot of Angels on Bare Skin from Lush costs £6.75 and the 250ml pot costs £16.75. In the USA, a pot sized 8.4oz costs $33.95.

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  16. Brittany says:

    I’m super excited to make this! However, do the lavender and rose geranium oils need to be diluted? Also, I have rose hip oil, can that be used in lieu of rose geranium? And would that need to be diluted? I have tee tree oil, can that be Added? Any thoughts/suggestions would be great!

    • lovelygreens says:

      They do not need to be diluted Brittany…they dilute within the overall recipe. Rose hip oil would make a good addition as well, especially for dry and mature skin. It isn’t an essential oil though so won’t have a distinctive scent in the product.

      • Brittany says:

        Thank you so much!!! I just started creating my own beauty products, I’m a new stay at home mom and an AVID gardener and found your site! It’s awesome & full of fun/ inspiring ideas!!! I can’t wait to try this one!

  17. anonymous says:

    I also found 13 g of glycerine to be insufficient. Are you weighing the glycerine?

    • lovelygreens says:

      I use a digital scale to measure so yes, 13g is correct. You’re of course welcome to customise your own recipe but I’ve found that adding more glycerin (and I made many test batches) makes it too sticky.

  18. Ana says:

    What an amazingly simply recipe! I’m definitely going to try it. Will it work for acne-prone skin?

  19. Patricia says:

    I tried it and it is just like the real thing! The texture, color, smell, and feel is exactly the same. It left my skin feeling so nice.
    I did add two drops of German Chamomile blue oil as the real one does. It is pricey, but a little goes a long way.
    I also doubled the amount of lavender buds because the feel of them on my skin is so luxurious.
    I also mixed the lavender buds in at the beginning so they would be dispersed throughout the scrub. I will be making many batches with your recipe. I went ahead and bought a scale to ensure accuracy.
    All of the products put together are expensive, but the price per batch is tiny compared to what I would pay at the store. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. Do you have other Lush recipes?

    • lovelygreens says:

      Not at the moment since I tend to not use them personally. A friend brought me Angels on Bare Skin and asked me to create a recipe! I’ll probably look into more in the future though since they do seem so popular.

  20. Du Huynh says:

    Wow… I am looking for something like this. But how long it will last?

    • lovelygreens says:

      Lush keep theirs refrigerated and I believe they recommend that you use it within a month? In any case, it’s so easy to make up that I’d recommend making and using it up every week.

  21. Elissa says:

    Hi, Tanya.
    Thank you for this recipe. My daughter-in-law just bought a pot from Lush, so I searched Pinterest and low and behold you provide the recipe. I just made my first batch and it turned out sticky. Should I add more of something to dry it a bit? Or just use it and try to get it right in my next batch?

    Thank you again!

    • lovelygreens says:

      Sticky probably means you’ve put in too much Glycerin – try making it again but use less. The 13g in the recipe should give you a nice texture.

      • Priya says:

        Hi Tanya, I calculated the ingredients in percentage so that i can get it correct for a larger batch formulation. Ground Almonds – 41%, Kaolin Clay – 33%, V.Glycerine – 21%, Vitamin e oil 1%, EO as required. will this work. Pls help.

        Also for longer shelf life can i include a 1% of Optiphen in the final mix.

  22. Mary says:

    I have on hand French Green clay and bentonite clay, but no kaolin clay. Could either of these be used instead?

  23. Clare says:


    Total newbie, I stumbled upon your site as I have found a lot of tried and tested moisturisers and cleansers I used to use are now irritating my skin or just not doing anything for me- psoriasis is new so still trying to find a balance that works. You mentioned in another post (the rose and yoghurt face mask) that French Rose Clay is gentler than Kaolin – which would you advise for this recipe? Is there a difference in consistency? I’ve ordered your your Neem moisturiser so I can’t wait to try that 🙂

    • lovelygreens says:

      Hi Clare. You can use French Rose Clay for this recipe but Bentonite Clay is considered the best for Psoriasis.

      I have your order here – it should be with you soon! Tomorrow hopefully 🙂

  24. […] To make your mask, blend the clays with the yogurt and rose water then add the essential oils. Mix thoroughly and apply to your face and neck. Leave on for ten minute or until it’s dry and begins to crack then rinse it off with warm water and a gentle cleanser. If you’d like to use an extremely gentle cleanser, try my recipe for a copy-cat version of Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin. […]

  25. Maria says:

    Hi, I am so thrilled to have found your blog as I love this cleanser and will definately try making. Can you advise how much Chamomile Blue oil I could add as I was lucky enough to have received a bottle

  26. Tammi says:

    I can’t wait to make this. Is there a substitute for the Rose Water? Perhaps cooled boiled water so the product won spoil?

  27. Dita says:

    Hi Tanya, can I instead used ground rice (I feel it’s gentler) instead of almonds and substitute rose geranium essential oil with rose essential oil (been saving this up because it’s expensive)? I have all these ingredients in my cabinet except dried lavender flowers but I can easily order that from a local shop here in Malaysia. We don’t have Lush here, it sucks and I am literally rationing my Lush cleansers I bought in Japan and Europe until I can finally go back to Amsterdam again. It’d be great if I can make this myself.

    • lovelygreens says:

      Hi Dita, I’ve never used ground rice before but do try it out and let us know what you think? And you’re also more than welcome to substitute the essential oils too. Rose Otto is a beaut!

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