Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Wash

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Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Wash- A gentle, all-natural face wash you can make at home with just a few easy-to-find ingredients!

I never thought I’d be making homemade face wash

I’ve made my own lotion a few times and I make all our hand soaps and Avery’s bath soap, but those seem so easy. The soap only has three ingredients and I use foaming bottles so it is pretty dang hard to mess it up. Face wash just seemed really…difficult. Most of the face wash I’ve bought at the store had a lot of ingredients, even the more natural options, so I had no idea what I needed or in what amounts.

I recently spent over $25 on an all-natural face wash and, while I loved it, that was a pretty hefty price to pay for 2 ounces of face wash. I loved that it had minimal ingredients, but I didn’t love the price tag. I decided to purchase similar ingredients and play around with the recipe until I settled on something I liked.

Let me tell you, though, it took quite a few tries before I got this right. This face wash also has some moisturizing oils in it, so the first batch left my face feeling too greasy. Not really how I want to feel right after washing my face. I’ve been making this purifying face wash for a while now and I finally concocted the perfect recipe! I’m basically a mad (natural) scientist.


This homemade face wash is gentle, purifying & moisturizing

This face wash is full of beneficial, all-natural ingredients. Let’s take a look:

Baby Unscented Castile Soap

It has a ton of uses (I also use it in our hand soap and some cleaning products) and it is super-gentle. It contains no synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives and it is safe and effective for most any skin type. I prefer Dr. Bronner’s brand, which is available on Amazon.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is highly moisturizing and non-irritating for most skin types. It closesly resembles the oil that is naturally produced by our own skin and it even has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Pure Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is naturally soothing and hydrating. It is very gentle, making it another great ingredient for all skin types.

Bentonite Clay

I’ve never used a clay face wash before, but I have used a lot of clay masks. I did a little research and learned that clay helps to draw impurities out of the skin, reducing redness and blemishes.


All of the products you need to make 10 to 15 refills of this face wash are available on Amazon.



Essential Oils

Essential oils have a wide range of healing properties and you can play around with different combinations in your face wash. When using essential oils, always do a small patch test first on the back of your hand to test for possible sensitivity. These are my three favorites for skincare:


Frankincense essential oil is my favorite essential oil to support healthy, younger looking skin. It naturally keeps skin looking young with its smoothing and healing properties.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Melaleuca is wonderful for keeping skin clear by soothing redness and cleansing away the everyday dirt and grime that builds up on skin.


Lavender is calming and relaxing to skin. It also provides a lovely smell for this face wash.

Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Wash- A gentle, all-natural face wash you can make at home with just a few easy-to-find ingredients!

You could use one of these essential oils, or any combination of the three depending on your needs. I prefer a mix of 10 drops of melaleuca and 10 drops of lavender.


Do you make any of your own beauty products? I’d love to hear about it!

Purifying Bentonite Clay Face Wash



  1. Stir or whisk jojoba oil, castile soap, clay and aloe juice in a small bowl until smooth with no clumps.
  2. Carefully pour into a glass dropper bottle.
  3. Add essential oils and shake well to combine.


Shake well before each use to mix ingredients. Only one dropper-full is needed per wash.

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9 Responses

  1. Samantha Constantine

    Hi there, does the clay separate from the castile soap? or is it just the aloe that separates ?

    • Tarah

      It seems to only be the clay that separates a bit. It all mixes back in pretty easily, though.

  2. Soap maker

    Hi – I’d just like to know if mixing oils and soap limit the clays ability to absorb impurities? Does clay have to be left on the skin for a certain amount of time in order for it to be effective (ie draw out the impurities)? Any advice would be great

    • Tarah

      Since bentonite clay works by absorbing toxins, I like to rub it on when I get in the shower and let it sit on my face (avoiding my eyes, of course) while I wash up. I’ve never seen any research that makes me think the other ingredients limit the clay’s ability to do its job and, for me, the results speak for themselves! 🙂

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