Trial and error.. mostly error

I am doing a lot of exploring and experimenting. My plan is to share my successes and failures, so here it goes.

So far I have made homemade facial wipes/cloths, kitchen spray (disinfectant) and shampoo.

Today I was running low on my facial cloths so I decided to try a new recipe.

I have gotten really used to the standard facial cloths now being sold in the stores.  They are very convenient.  Open the package, pull out a wipe, wash your face and BAM you are done! What can be easier than that?! Am I right?

I have never been very fond of wash cloths, I think that they are dirty and gross.  I really dislike washing my face with a cleanser and then trying to rinse my face without ending up with wet sleeves or water running down my arms.

The first recipe I used I didn’t like at all, I immediately threw out the cotton rounds, rinsed out my jar and started over again. The second one I used, I liked but it smelled… well, medicinal, and I broke out for the first time in years..

Facial Cleansing Rounds v.2
Facial Cleansing Rounds v.2

Actually it smelled a lot like the Burt’s Bees product that I tried last year and immediately threw away because it smelled like the all natural bug spray I used while hiking the Chilkoot Trail. The bug spray stunk to high heaven but it worked great.  Since we were stinky anyway we didn’t do anything about it but that is not what I want to smell like everyday, in the presence of others.

Burt's Bees - Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
Burt’s Bees – Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract

The following recipe I found on The Busy B Homemaker.

The Recipe:
1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 ½ teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil (or other oil of your choice)
1 teaspoon Guar Gum (optional)
10 drops Lavender EO
5 drops Frankinsense EO
5 drops Lemon EO
Directions: Mix all ingredients thoroughly. I used the blender, but a simple bowl and wire whisk will do just fine. If using the guar gum, keep in mind that the longer you blend/mix, the thicker your solution will be. Pour into a container for use. Note: This recipe makes approximately 12 ounces of facial cleanser; however, it needs to sit for a little while so that all of the bubbles release. I poured about half of my solution into an empty foaming hand soap bottle, which I keep in the shower, and saved the other half for the following…..

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Overall I like it. I didn’t use the Guar Gum and I mixed it all by hand. Other than that I followed the recipe.

It smells decent but I need some other folks to try it out.  In all fairness, I am not using it as directed on the site… remember, I don’t like wash cloths. I used the liquid and added it to my jar with my cotton rounds.

I am going to need to make some adjustments.

My baby "medicine" cabinet... growing daily...
My baby “medicine” cabinet… growing daily…

Issues: The liquid is a bit too thick for the cotton rounds and when I used them they created quite a bit of suds requiring me to rinse my face with water.  See the issue there?  Rinsing face with water… Ugh, hate that! And yes, my sleeves were soaked. I like having something that is light enough that I can wipe my face, know it is clean and not have to rinse it.

Initially my face felt good after use but now, a couple of hours later, my face feels dry and tight.

Trial and error: I will try using these for the next few days but if I get too annoyed by the whole rinsing my face with water issue these will most likely end up in the garbage too. :/

Request: I would love to hear what other people are doing. What recipes do you like.

My goal is to find a recipe that is light enough to soak cotton rounds in and be able to use those to cleanse my skin without requiring that I rinse my face after.

I am looking forward to your thoughts.

~ Molly