DIY Cypress and Juniper Berry Foaming Face Wash

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DIY Foaming Face Wash

This DIY Foaming Face Wash is an easy way to make a homemade cleanser.  I formulated it for my daughter but have also been using it myself for a light cleanse in the morning. Making a foaming facial cleanser couldn’t be easier so I decided it was just the product to make for my 10 year old going on 18-lol, not really.  This DIY is light, gentle and smells so fresh!  It literally takes minutes to make!  Let’s get into it!

The 2 ingredients a foaming wash requires is water and soap.  And BTW-it’s an excellent way to extend the life of your hand soap and save a ton of money!  It’s also a great way to dilute harmful fragrances that are in almost all “natural” hand soaps. Go HERE for my foaming hand soap recipe. 

I purposely added very little soap in order to keep this cleanser from being harsh.  Therefore, it’s not too efficient when it comes to taking off makeup.  If you’d like it to be more “soapy”, I will advise you on how to do that at the end of this post.  

My daughter is exhibiting the early warning signs that a tweenager is about to emerge.  She’s counting the days to be able to wear lip gloss to school, starting to care about fixing her hair and now picks out her own clothes.  With all this growing up she’s insistent upon, I figure it’s time to start teaching her how to take care of her skin now before the hormones start taking their toll!  

With my daughter in mind, I also created THESE toning wipes which I continue to remake over and over and THESE cleansing wipes.  I haven’t remade the cleansing wipes because after using one, I feel like I need to rinse which defeats the purpose.  However, if you don’t mind that they are a very easy way to cleanse the skin.  Plus, they smell amazing!

DIY Foaming Face Wash

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

15 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Cypress Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1 tbsp Castile Soap (find it HERE)

1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin (find it HERE)

Top off with any hydrosol of you choice!  I love helichrysum or lavendin

I have and recommend THIS foaming soap dispenser.  In case you already have your own foaming bottle and need to know proportions, my bottle is 10 ounces.

Castile soap is affordable and easy to find.  Dr. Bronner’s is a great brand that I’ve seen at Walmart even!  They have a gentle formula which is great for sensitive skin but my favorite is their Lavender soap.  Mountain Rose Herbs castile soap is very affordable as well.  

I use a hydrosol instead of water mainly because of bacteria.  Hydrosols are already preserved.  However, this product should be used in a month at the most.  Plus, hydrosol can deliver extra nourishment to the skin!

I chose the blend of lavender, cypress and juniper berry because they smell good together and I’ve been wanting to use more juniper berry because of it’s skin benefits!  Cypress is great for tightening the skin so if making this for a teen, you could omit it if you wanted.  

Juniper Berry essential oil is great for acne prone skin and can help accelerate healing.  It is a strong anti inflammatory which can relieve puffiness.  It is also full of antioxidant power!

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DIY Foaming Face Wash

DIY Foaming Face Wash

If you’d like to make this face wash a bit stronger, feel free to slowly add extra tablespoons.  Keep in mind, castile soap will sting your eyes and dry out your skin.  To be honest, I much prefer using oil to thoroughly cleanse my skin.  You can get an easy eye makeup remover recipe HERE.  Also, if you’re interested in oil cleansing, read THIS and THIS article.  

As I mentioned above, I do like this cleanser in the morning when I’ve already removed my makeup the night before.  I feel like this cleanser is such a great refresher and prepares the skin for toner, a moisturizer, then makeup!  

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

5 thoughts on “DIY Cypress and Juniper Berry Foaming Face Wash”

  1. Hi Jenni. I’m a big fan of your recipes and have been using your vitamin C serum for a very long time. I recently made your wrinkle defence recipe and am not sure where to use it in combination with the vitamin C and a facial serum (oil). I use the oil serum morning and night and I’m not sure if the wrinkle defence would work best before or after. Thanks for your always geat advice! xo karen

  2. This looks wonderful. I’ve been using a foaming hand wash that’s actually quite drying so I always had to use a moisturizer right after. Is this recipe also good to be used as a hand wash?

    1. Viva Glow-It’s too weak for a hand wash. If you add some extra castile soap (like 2 more tbsp.) it could work! I made it super weak so it wouldn’t irritate or dry out the skin.

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