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Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It’s an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It's an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe

 

Skincare products containing clay are all the rage right now and for good reason!

 

Clay has the unique ability to naturally deep clean and unclog pores, giving you one of the best deep cleanings you can get.  Clay gently exfoliates and penetrates deep into the skin to act like a magnet for toxins and impurities (making it especially effective for acne prone skin!).  It also promotes circulation which helps with healthy cell turnover. After using this Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser recipe, you’ll discover a healthy, radiant glow….even after the very first use. Over time, you can expect healthy, glowing, blemish-free, balanced skin! 

 

I’ve been a fan of homemade clay masks for years, but never tried using clay as a daily cleanser until a few months ago. And now I can attest that it’s just as awesome as a cleanser and gentle exfoliator as it is a mask! My skin has been absolutely loving this recipe!

 

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It's an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

 

Daily Deep Facial Cleanser & Scrub using Clay

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser recipe is a clay cleanser PLUS a gentle daily exfoliator all in one.

 

I’m a big believer in gentle, daily exfoliation for glowing, healthy skin. One of the greatest benefits of gentle daily exfoliation is that doing so boosts collagen production. And that’s so important for great, youthful looking skin because collagen is what helps tighten and firm skin…as well as helping keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay! (It’s so important that I also supplement with collagen daily and have been doing so for the past few years…you can read more about why and how I do that HERE – it’s made one of the biggest differences in my skin!)

 

Gentle, daily exfoliation also removes the top layer of dead skin cells making skin brighter and also helping other beauty products like serums and moisturizers work much more effectively. 

 

Benefits of Clay mixed with Rosehip Oil

This DIY clay cleanser recipe is gentle enough to use daily. It’s powerful, yet it won’t strip or over dry the skin. In fact, this cleanser is quite moisturizing and nourishing, especially when mixed with the rosehip oil.  Rosehip oil is so good for the skin! It’s well tolerated by all skin types, even oily skin because it helps regulate natural sebum production.

 

Rosehip oil penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the skin where it regenerates cells and increases collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C and E, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and retinoic acid, which studies have shown to brighten and tighten skin! It also helps restore skin’s elasticity, fades age spots and dark circles, reduces broken capillaries, and balances oil glands. 

 

In other words, I think rosehip oil is the bomb and I can’t say enough great stuff about it for skin health. I’ve tried a few different rosehip oils over the years, but I keep going back to THIS one. It seems to be the freshest, best quality one I’ve tried so far.

 

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It's an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

 

Which type of clay is best for my skin?

For this Homemade Facial Clay Cleanser Recipe, I recommend choosing between 2 different clays depending on your skin type: Bentonite Clay (sometimes called Healing Clay) or Kaolin Clay.

 

Bentonite Clay / Healing Clay is the best choice for most skin types. It’s the most powerful, deep cleansing clay and is especially great for acne-prone, oily, combination or normal skin. I have normal skin and bentonite clay is the type of clay that I use.  THIS is the specific one I use.

 

However, for sensitive, dry or mature skin types you’ll definitely want to use Kaolin clay instead of Bentonite Clay. Kaolin clay is the gentlest clay. You can find it HERE.  

 

Side note: I didn’t always have normal, healthy skin! I used to have dry, flaky skin. I attribute my now very healthy, glowing skin to eating a whole foods diet, rich in fruits and veggies, supplementing with collagen and using all natural skin care and beauty products like this recipe. My skin honestly looks so much better now than it did when I was in my 20’s!  It’s amazing the difference! Plus I think DIY skincare products are so fun to make and use….and so much healthier for you and the planet 🙂

 

Which essential oils are best for my skin type?

Just like you can customize the type of clay to suit your skin type, you can do the same with essential oils. Feel free to leave out essential oils in this homemade clay facial cleanser recipe (using one is not necessary for this recipe to still be very effective!), but if you’d like the very best possible results, I suggest trying one that suits your particular skin type using the list below. In my opinion, using one is definitely worth it –  I don’t think you’ll be sorry if you do 🙂

 

I’ve been using essential oils in my skin care regimen and DIY skincare recipes for over 10 years and I swear by them. I have a few go-to essential oils for skin health that I like to rotate, but my absolute favorite for my skin is Frankincense essential oil – it’s done wonders for my skin!!! There are many great essential oil companies out there (and some not so great ones, too). I’m not affiliated with any of them, but for those wondering what I personally use….I use THIS one and I love it. 

 

Here are some of my go-to essential oil recommendations based on different skin types:

 

Essential Oils for Normal Skin

Lavender

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Geranium or Sandalwood

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Bergamot

Essential Oils for Sensitive Skin

Lavender

Essential Oils for Acne Prone Skin

Tea Tree 

Essential Oils for Mature Skin

Frankincense

Essential Oils for Damaged Skin

Frankincense 

 

This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It's an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe
 
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Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe for all skin types! Face cleanser and daily gentle exfoliator, all in one.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix clay and oil (using a non-metal utensil) in your glass jar until smooth. Stir in essential oil, if using.
  2. To use: apply a small amount to your fingers and rub in circular motions all over face. Avoid getting in eyes. Rinse off with water and pat dry.
Notes
*Use Bentonite Clay for acne-prone, oily, combination or normal skin.
Use Kaolin Clay for sensitive, dry or mature skin.


Essential Oil Recommendations based on skin type:
Normal Skin - Lavender
Dry Skin - Geranium or Sandalwood
Oily Skin - Bergamot
Sensitive Skin - Lavender
Mature Skin - Frankincense
Damaged Skin - Frankincense


I use THIS homemade coffee bean face oil as a moisturizer after cleansing - LOVE it!!!!
 

I hope your skin enjoys this recipe as much as mine! I can’t wait for you to experience the radiant glow and healthy, clear skin 🙂

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This Homemade Clay Facial Cleanser Recipe is a face scrub and cleanser all in one and great for all skin types. It's an easy DIY recipe that deep cleans, unclogs pores, gently exfoliates and calms acne, redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for daily use. Expect a healthy, radiant glow after the very first use!

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46 comments

  1. Awesome article! I’ve heard before that frankincense essential oil is great for the skin and was wondering if you think a specific variety is best, or do you think that any variety would work well? Thanks!

  2. Can Sonnes Bentonite Clay be used in this recipe?

  3. ok, this is going to sound really vain, but . . . will using this gentle exfoilation take away my tan? I spend quite a bit of time outdoors and like the “sunkissed” look that I have.

  4. Thank you for another beautiful recipe. Quick question. Are you supposed to put it on dry skin or moist?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Diana, thank you! I’ve done both and I personally prefer putting it on my dry skin – if I find the clay mixture is drying out too quickly on my face before I’m done cleansing/exfoliating, sometimes I’ll run my fingers under the water to add in a little water and that always does the trick. But I would suggest trying both dry or wet skin and see which one you prefer 🙂

  5. This sounds great! I love rosehip oil, and I always have bentonite clay on hand. Totally agree with you about gentle exfoliation making a difference in the quality of your skin. Can’t wait to try this Kelly….thanks!

  6. Amazon says the Kaolin Clay is unavailable. Do you recommend another brand or retailer? Thanks!

  7. Hi Kelly – I’m going to try this, but I’m wondering – do you use this only once a day, or twice? Morning, or evening? I’m guessing that we should avoid the sensitive eye area?

    By the way, I’ve been actively using your exercise routines for a few years now. Would love to see new ones!

  8. Cool recipe but I’m wondering will this clog my bathroom sink or shower drain? After all it is clay. My dads always told me not to use clay face masks or mud masks in the bathroom, do you take special sink precautions or have any tips?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      That is a really great question, Cammi (sorry it took me so long to respond – we were on vacation and I am just now getting all caught up on comments!). I can’t say for sure, other than my personal experience, and I definitely understand the concern. I’ve been using clay for toothpaste, face masks, body exfoliating, hair masks, foot masks for going on just about 10 years and I’ve never had a problem with the pipes so far. I don’t take any special precautions other than rinsing and washing it down with a lot of water. If anyone has any further insight on this, please let us all know!

  9. Hi Kelly, this looks great. I can’t wait to try it, but I was wondering if you can use any other oil except from Rose Hip? Thanks. Take care.

  10. I’ve been using the Glam Glow clay mask and I love it but it’s getting too expensive!! This is a great substitute, thanks!!

  11. Hi Kelly, I have always relied on store products, but this recipe has sparked my interest. I will definitely be trying it out as I am in deep need of a facial cleanser.
    Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely share this with the community of beauty lovers on an app called Veleza.

  12. Hey there I have been looking for a way to make a clay mask I can sell from my craft fair booth. Can’t seem to find a recipe that isn’t just clay and water which won’t keep for very long. I’m wondering could you potentially use this as a mask? Also do you have any idea how long your clay wash lasts when stored properly?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Melissa, Yes, you can for sure use it as a mask – I do! My only suggestion is to put a note on there to wet your face first and then apply – that way the clay will harden into a mask properly 🙂

      Also, the shelf life on this is really long – it’s as long as the expiration date on the oil that you use!

      Good luck at your craft fair!!

  13. Hi Kelly! Thank you for posting such great resources for natural skin care!!!! I wanted to make this and was wondering if you would need to use a washcloth to wipe your face afterwords like oil cleansing, or if just the water will rinse off the cleanser? Thank you for your time and all that you do 🙂

  14. Are you suppose to mix the clay with the correct water ratio then add the oil…or is it just the powdered clay and the oil? ‘Y consistency doesn’t seem right!

  15. Hi Kelly, thank you so much for this wonderful information!!! I love it!! Is it safe to mix a couple of oils together? I’ve got dry/oily skin. Like bergamot and sandalwood? Thank you. Sheri

  16. hmmm…..I made this and it seems that I did something wrong, but I followed the recipe exactly. As soon as I put this on my face, it clumped up and fell off. (I was a good consistency until I put it on.) I thought I’d try adding a bit of water, but that just made it worse. Any suggestions?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hmmm…I’m stumped, too, Sue! I’m so sorry it clumped on you. I wonder if there’s not enough oil for some reason or if it maybe wasn’t mixed well enough or maybe some water got into the mix? I’ve never had it do that to me before, so I’m a bit stumped. Anyone else have this experience?

    • I had that issue also. I now put it on before I jump in the shower (my face is dry) and it works great! Water and oil don’t mix well so maybe the issue is the amount of oil used? I’m not sure but was thankful to find a solution!!!

  17. Hi Ladies,

    I made this yesterday and I’m in love, I am wondering about the measurements though because mine is very runny and clay has collected at bottom the jar, should I have used a mixer? I just stirred it all together. I’ll use it regardless, just wondered if the oil should have read teaspoon not tablespoon?? Thanks a million.

    Best,
    ML

  18. Can you combine essential oils? Like geranium and frankic nose for my 60-so,thing skin??

  19. I love these recipe! Want to try it immediately 🙂 I know TheBeautyInsidersWebsite posts a lot of DIYs too and they are always good 🙂

  20. Hello Kelly, thank you for the recipe – do you think it is going to be okay if I add a tablespoon of glycerine in it as well just so that it has soapy enough and it probably will stick better on the face as well because of it?

  21. Hi! Tried this facial cleanser and its amazing,my acne marks are almost gone. Thank you for this recipe. Just wondering how long is the shelf life for this recipe?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Romariko, so good to hear of your success! Since we used no water or water based ingredients, the shelf life is as long as the expiration date on the oil you used – typically 1-2 years! Although, I’ve found that the consistency isn’t as smooth after about 4 months.

  22. I have been making a facial cleanser out of 1/2 cup powdered goat milk,1/2 cup chickpea flour and 2 ts turmeric.While this works good, I would like to make it bit more powerful by adding some bentonite clay.Do you think this could be added to my powdered cleanser and how much?I have about 1/2 cup left,and use 1/2 ts every time I wash my face,only at night time though,where I add a couple of drops of water and rub it onto my face.Thank you.

  23. Hi kelly
    Thx for sharing the recipe. I’m going to maka it for sure
    Can i substitute rosehip oil with some other oils? I dont have enough rosehip oil and it’s quite expensive in my country. Thx

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