Honey, My New DIY Face Wash

I haven’t exactly hidden my love of honey—I pretty much mention its antibacterial wound-healing powers every chance I get. But, truth is, I only got turned onto its magic in earnest a few months ago…

See, back in May the lovely Simone invited me to join her at a natural beauty house party—yes, this is how we roll in Los Angeles—where guest speaker Dae Williams sat at the center of our cross-legged lady circle, expounded on the many benefits of natural ingredients, made us laugh, and made us blush. For real. Dae is what you’d call a character, and she takes her act on the road, peddling her lovely clean products and educating women about their bodies. A hippie after my own heart.

That’s where I first tried Dae’s honey face wash, which I immediately bought and fell in love with. Now that my bottle has run out though, I’ve been playing with my own version.

It sounds weird but you can essentially just wash with honey if you’re very sensitive and looking for a really gentle cleanse. Lately I’ve been adding a little baking soda to the mix for a subtle scrub—as in helps with circulation but doesn’t tear off your top layer of skin. This is what I do:

—One tablespoon raw organic honey

—Combine with one teaspoon baking soda in palm

—Rub together and then massage gently in circular motions on face

—Let sit for a minute (or don’t) then rinse thoroughly with warm or even cold water

If this is all sounding a little crunchy, consider this: Last week we were guests on Dr. Doris Day’s Sirius XM radio show, and even she—dermatologist to the stars (and Siobhan)—was going on about the benefits of using honey topically. It’s also popping up in some of our new favorite natural brands, but more on that another time…

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84 Responses to “Honey, My New DIY Face Wash”
  1. lil chef says:

    This wash seems to work really well for blackheads. I do it once a week and love it. I do recommend opening the pores first by using a washcloth and hot water.

  2. caitlin says:

    can you mix a larger amount to store for future use? does it stay well?

  3. Alexandra says:

    @caitlin I always just did it on the spot… I’m not sure if the honey and baking soda would sit well for any extended period.

  4. megrcl says:

    I found this recipe through pinterest and have recently been diagnosed with rosecea. I have been having problems with my face being dry and itchy for the last week and thought I would give this a try. Thankfully, today I have noticed a huge difference in my face. It doesn’t itch nearly as much and it’s not as dry…it did help a bit. Hopefully it works for the long haul. Thanks

  5. sarah says:

    just out of curiosity, do you HAVE to use organic, raw honey? or would any honey do?

  6. Thankums. I’m definetly going to try this home remedy even though there’s nothing wrong with my face. It could always do for a cleansing.

  7. Mary says:

    Can I use honey as a daily face wash? or this is a once a week thing?

  8. Natalie says:

    Does this do a good job of removing make-up?

  9. Such an interesting idea and it sounds so refreshing and moisturizing!

  10. shannaygrififn says:

    do I have to use baking soda or can I use bicarbonate soda

  11. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @shannaygrififn, they are the same thing – I believe the term differs regionally. Baking soda = bicarbonate of soda. But NOT the same as baking powder.

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