DIY Facewash

After trying Young Living’s ART Skin Care line, I decided that I would try a DIY facewash and see how it would do. 
Don’t get me wrong, I did like how well the Art Skin Care line worked, but I wanted to try something else.  I am glad that I did. I searched for DIY Young Living Face Wash and stumbled on a Dr. Axe post with a recipe for Face Wash.

Feel free to read the post linked above, Dr. Axe is one of my go to resources when I am researching essential oils. Before I start talking about this recipe, I’ll say that my skin is very sensitive; stress, regimine changes, and hormones can have an extreme effect on my face, I am prone to outbreaks. When I first started using this face wash, my face got worse for a little while. But my skin had turned dry all of a sudden also. The coconut oil seemed like a good match.

Now that I’ve started my second batch of this DIY face wash, my face has cleared up (save for a couple of places, which for me, happen from time to time). I couldn’t be happier with how my skin feels after using my new face wash for about a month.

So soft!

What is the recipe?

I’m glad you asked… keep reading.

  • 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 tbsp witch hazel***


  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


Apply a small about to your face, using upward and circular movements for about a minute.
I suggest rinsing with warm to hot water, whichever you prefer.
*something to note is this will leave a oily residue in your sink. While it’s nothing a paper towel won’t absorb, it’s definitely something you will want to clean up after each use.

***Remember I said that I am prone to breakouts? I did take out the Lemon and Frankincense, replacing them with 10 drops of Tea Tree oil. I also included a tablespoon of witch hazel for toning. Sometimes I will put some witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply it to my face that way, if I feel like I need some extra toning.

I used Biore’ baking soda, I was using it before I started using Young Living and have always liked the results. It dissolves with water so that you can’t over scrub your face with it.

Be aware that citrus oils, such as lemon, are photosensitive, and even though you will be rinsing this of your face that you should apply sunscreen before going outside or avoid the sun for 12 hours after applying.

Glass containers are necessary if you are using the lemon, because citrus oils can eat away at the petrochemicals used in plastics and dissolve the container. I am using pint size Mason Jars (this recipe will fill one and half pint jars).

About Lavender
Lavender is one of the most used essential oil, perhaps one of the reasons why it’s included in the Premium Starter Kit by Young Living.

It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, heal burns and cuts, alleviate headaches, balance blood sugar, provide antioxidant protection, and improve eczema and acne.

About Tea Tree Oil
There are over 300 scientific studies, about tea tree oil’s antimicrobial properties. A few of the uses for Tea Tree include healing: acne, bacterial infections, chicken pox, cold sores, congestion and respiratory infection, head lice, itchy insect bites, sores, sunburns and many more.

Please keep this disclaimer in mind.

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