Today I want to introduce you to some simple DIY cleanser and toner recipes. You all know how much I love S.W. Basics skin care products. Their overall philosophy is about simplifying what we put on our skin and choosing natural, good-for-you ingredients. After reading Skin Cleanse earlier this year, I’ve become a total Adina Grigore fangirl. She is all about the DIY method in skincare: really learning about our skin and what ingredients are best for it, and then making it yourself. In fact, S.W. Basics has an entire DIY line. Brilliant.
I was a bit hesitant to try out DIY products. Part of it was pure laziness; I’d rather just buy something and have it work. But most of the time, even the fanciest products left me feeling disappointed. After an all-natural face scrub left me with red, bumpy skin, I decided to overhaul my routine and simplify even more. While I love S.W. Basics, I found that their cleanser (mentioned here) just wasn’t doing it for me. Recently, though, after the brand read one of my tweets, they kindly sent me a free Makeup Remover, which I hadn’t tried yet, and another bottle of my beloved Oil Serum. So, I was lacking a cleanser and toner, and found myself searching the web for some recipes. Of course, I landed on an interview with Adina herself, with some of her simple 3-ingredient skincare recipes. They looked simple enough, and I decided to give them a try. You can see the full article here with a few other recipes of hers, if you’re interested in trying it out! Here’s how to make the DIY cleanser and toner!
You’ll need: Unscented liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners), jojoba oil, and tea tree oil.
How to make it: Mix up 1/2 cup castile soap, two tablespoons of jojoba oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Pour into a pump bottle, or whatever bottle you have. After a couple uses, I’ve learned a little goes a long way – with the pump bottle I used, half a pump works just fine. I just wet my face, apply and scrub around, and rinse.
You’ll need: Organic apple cider vinegar, water, lavender essential oil.
How to make it: Mix up 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Pour into a container (I just used my old S.W. Basics Cleanser bottle!) Apply with cotton, or use in a spray bottle for a facial mist. The ACV scent is strong but the lavender oil really helps tame the smell.
I’ve only used these a couple of times, so I’ll have to report back on how they work out for me long term. Already, I’ve noticed the cleanser is really moisturizing because of the jojoba oil, and really gets my skin clean. On heavier makeup days, I’ll use my makeup remover first, and this is sure to get the rest off. The toner is really gentle as well, and I’ve liked using ACV in the past as a toner, but the smell put me off. The lavender balances it perfectly. The best part? Making up these products is cheap. While the upfront cost is a bit more, the essential oils, ACV, jojoba oil and castile soap will last me a while, so I’ll be able to make multiple batches while using these products in other capacities too. I’d love to hear if you’ve DIY’d any products and what you recommend!
These recipes are from Adina Grigore for Refinery 29 and are not my own.