Lavender & Honey Soapless Face Cleanser Recipe

Make this simple and natural soapless face cleanser recipe with almond meal, lavender, and honey. Based on the Angels on Bare Skin recipe from Lush.

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Skincare does not have to be expensive and this soapless facial cleanser recipe is a case in point. It’s gentle and cleansing, yet it doesn’t include soap or other harsh cleansers. Instead, you use the pulling powder of clay, the soft exfoliation of almond meal, and the hydrating action of honey. The addition of lavender makes it smell lovely and can also calm the skin.

Lavender & Honey Soap-less Face Cleanser Recipe. All natural and perfect for sensitive skin. Based on the Angels on Bare Skin recipe from Lush #skincare #diybeauty #greenbeauty

Other than the simple and all-natural ingredients, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. It literally will take you a few minutes, and in the end, you’ll have enough cleanser to last two weeks. When you need more, simply raid your kitchen cupboard and make another small batch. This soapless cleanser recipe is based on Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’ and costs a tiny fraction of what their product does.

Lavender & Honey Soap-less Face Cleanser Recipe. All natural and perfect for sensitive skin. Based on the Angels on Bare Skin recipe from Lush #skincare #diybeauty #greenbeauty
Mix the cleanser with water to create a creamy paste

Lavender & Honey Soapless Facial Cleaner

Creates a two-week supply. A DIY video showing how to make this recipe is just below the ingredients list.

¼ cup (25g) ground almonds
¼ cup (20g) White Kaolin clay
1 tsp (10.5g) Honey (optionally infused with lavender)
20 drops Rosewater (or homemade rose infusion)
¼ tsp dried Lavender flowers
20 drops Lavender essential oil

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Step 1: Create the Infused Honey

You can use ordinary raw honey for this soapless face cleanser recipe. Infusing the honey with skincare herbs like lavender takes it up a notch though. It’s commonly thought that the English word ‘Lavender’ derives from the French word lavandre and Latin word lavare – both meaning to wash. Just as in Roman times, we still use sweet lavender to scent our baths and toiletries. It has a pleasant scent but it also has properties that relax the mind and soothe the skin.

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Homemade infused-honey can be used in many skin care recipes so you should make more than you’ll need for just this recipe. Fill a pint-sized jar with ½ cup dried lavender flowers or lavender buds. Fill the rest of the jar with honey and set it in a warm place in the house. Give it a daily shake and after 7-10 days, strain out the plant material and re-bottle the honey. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and use it in both beauty recipes and the kitchen. The shelf-life of honey is indefinite but to stay on the safe side, use it within a year.

Infusing the honey for this recipe is optional, and feel free to use the raw honey that you have in your cupboard. To make this recipe vegan, you can use vegetable glycerin in place of the honey.

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The mixture should be relatively dry

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Lavender & Honey Soap-less Face Cleanser Recipe. All natural and perfect for sensitive skin. Based on the Angels on Bare Skin recipe from Lush #skincare #diybeauty #greenbeauty

Step 2: Make the facial cleanser recipe

Mix the lavender buds, clay, and almonds in a small bowl. Stir the essential oil into the honey and then spoon it onto the dry ingredients. Sprinkle on the rose water and then mash it together using a small fork. It’s a little like making pastry dough and you’ll need to work the small amount of wet ingredients into the dry until it’s a crumbly mixture. The honey should be incorporated fully and don’t be tempted to add more water – the mixture should be relatively dry.

Store the cleanser in a sealed glass or plastic container at room temperature and use it within two weeks. To use, place a pinch in the palm of your hand and mix it with a little water. Massage onto your face and rinse.

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10 Comments

  1. Can I ask how you would strain the lavender blossoms from the honey. Just seems the honey would be too thick for a regular strainer

    1. The lavender buds float to the top of the honey — you simply skim them off.

      1. Vanessa Porras says:

        Do you sell this??

          1. Vanessa Porras says:

            Is It supposed to be like/feel like an exfoliateor ?

            1. It’s not as abrasive as an exfoliation product but you can feel the texture as you use it. I’d classify it as a gentle exfoliation product.

      2. Laura McCrory says:

        I have a q and didn’t see where to put it. So does this mean we could infuse the honey with chamomile buds and just an array of different herbs/flowers? R there any no, no’s? I dont mean put a ton in but I was considering 2 or 3 diff types and this is something I never knew I could do before now!

        1. Yes! Though if you’re trying to make infused honey to eat, you should always use dried herbs when infusing into honey. With skincare, you can infuse fresh herbs.

  2. I made this and …wow! It smells amazing. It leaves skin sooooo soft. Thank you so much! And I’ve used the lavender honey to make soothing lip balm too. I used bentonite clay and love it:)

    1. The substitution of bentonite or other clays is totally fine for this recipe, it will mainly just change the colour of the cleanser. Thanks for the update on your DIY experience and the lavender honey lip balm sounds delicious!