How to make an oil-free facial cleanser at home

Elistatus presents another great skincare recipe on how to make an oil-free facial cleanser at home. This formula is beginner-friendly.

Using soap to wash your face most of the time can be quite harsh on the skin so it is best to use a mild daily facial cleanser.

The formula we share in this post is a mild, oil-free, and pH-balanced face cleanser.

This facial cleanser is silky smooth and luxurious foaming. It also makes use of kaolin clay and mild surfactants to gently clean the skin, and it is perfect for daily use.

Recipe for how to make an oil-free facial cleanser at home

This recipe can produce up to 200grams of face cleanser.

Phase A
  • 50g Decyl Glucoside
  • 2g (max) Essential Oils (optional)
Phase B
  • 133g Distilled Water
  • 4g Kaolin Clay
Phase C
  • 10g Glycerine
  • 2g Xanthan Gum
  • 2g Preservative Eco


Please ensure that you follow the step-by-step process on how to make an oil-free facial cleanser at home

  1. The first step is to measure out your 3 ingredients phases: Phase A (decyl glucoside, essential oils), Phase B (distilled water, kaolin clay), and Phase C (glycerine, xanthan gum).
  2. Mix them with the Xanthan gum & glycerine and set aside for 20 minutes
  3. Next, you add the clay to the water and mix thoroughly using an immersion blender.
  4. To add some fragrance to your face cleanser, add essential oils to surfactant the decyl glucoside
  5. Follow up by adding the surfactant mix to the water mixture, and mix together using a hand whisk so as not to cause the surfactant to foam
  6. Add the xanthan gum mixture to the surfactant & water mixture.
  7. Gently blend the ingredients until well incorporated using an immersion blender. Ensure that you use short bursts and continually check the cleanser to make sure it’s not over-mixed.
  8. Finally, make use of a food scale to add the preservative.

Your silky smooth, natural facial cleanser is ready. Store it in a container that gives you easy access to the cleanser.

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