Clean Living; DIY Face Wash & Cleanser

July 2, 2013

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My newest Clean Living product is my favorite one I've made so far. Not only does it smell so so wonderful, and works so well. I have always used Proactiv Face Cleanser (the one with Benzoyl Peroxide), but looking at the ingredients more than 7 landed on the cosmetics dirty dozen. So no thank you to that. After looking around for a facial cleanser that could lightly exfoliate, clean off makeup, sweat, dirt, prevent acne, maybe some anti aging benefits thrown in, etc. I finally found the perfect one at Kinsey's blog. This cleanser is really perfect because Oats and Cranberries and Coconut Oil and Orange Peel all have amazing skincare benefits. Here is how to make your own;

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1/2 cup of Oatmeal
1/3 cup of Cranberries (frozen or fresh)
Dried Orange Peel from 1/2 of an Organic Orange
2 tbsp Coconut Oil

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How To;
-Peel one organic orange, and scrape off most of the white pith on the peel. Cut your peel into strips. To dry, put in an oven or toaster oven at 150 for 20 minutes, or however long it takes for them to crisp. Your orange needs to be organic, because otherwise you will be rubbing your face with pesticides and chemicals (sort of would defeat the purpose of a clean living product..).
-This time of year, fresh cranberries are not readily available, but frozen ones are. Either way works! I used frozen, but come fall I will make the switch to fresh!
-Using a food processor (I'm sure a good blender would work as well!) blend all of your ingredients. You will want to do the orange peel first, as well as the cranberries if you are using frozen. This is because these are thicker substances.
-Once blended transfer the paste to a container with a lid. A jar with a large opening (so your hand fits) works best.
-To use this take a small bit and massage onto your skin as you would any other facial cleanser. Rinse with water.

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I have fairly normal skin, dry if I don't moisturize, not too oily, I hardly ever get acne spots (if I do it is only one spot at a time). I luckily have not had a single breakout this summer. Not one. This is much due to the fact that the air in the mountains of Maine is so clean (especially compared to Boston, where I spend the rest of my year), I have been fairly stress free, and because of this cleanser. It doesn't irritate and it leaves your skin looking healthy and glowing. I wash my face with this every morning and every night.

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Also, remember my Rose Water as Toner post? After using it for a week I loved it so much, so I made a few jars more to freeze and use later on. Rose water freezes wonderfully (to a beautiful pink color!), just make sure to freeze in a wide mouth jar to avoid the glass cracking. If you have any Clean Living recipes and tricks you use, I'd love to know them!

xo, Stay Infinite


  1. Thanks for sharing this tip with us.


  2. LOOOOVE this post. I'm gonna try it, of course!! Natural beauty goodies are ideal always. Love them!

  3. i love this! i am gradually making the shift over to natural beauty products and totally know what you mean about glancing at ingredients on things - yeesh! every time i run out of a product, i make sure to buy a natural replacement. when i run out of face wash, this will be on my to-try list! thank you!

  4. Love this, I'm definitely going to try make it :)
    Your blog is great too, going back to check out past posts now!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC or bloglovin'??


  5. I love making my own masks + beauty products and this cleanser looks incredible... I'm sure it must smell absolutely heavenly too. Can't wait to make it!! xo

  6. I love all your DIY beautiful products :) I definitely want to try this.

  7. I'll try this :D


  8. what a lovely blog! just want to say thank you for sharing and i take you to my blogroll. have a great week. it would be nice if you want to take a look too, i made my blog at least...

  9. wow..... that is amazing.. I wonder how it smells of course... Great post I normally just use honey and sugar... but I shall try this ingredient here

  10. I'll try this for sure!
    I really love your blog, it's lovely! ♥

  11. This sounds amazing! I love cleansers like this. I use a similar looking one from Lush, made from kaolin and seaweed and it's the most amazing thing! Can't believe you made this yourself, so cool!

  12. This is such a great idea! I am also looking for more natural helpies :)
    Best wishes from Germany :*

  13. Thank you for posting this. I am currently switching all products, and a home made options sounds right up my alley.

  14. Yumm, this looks so good! I've been looking for a more natural face cleanser to exfoliate my skin, since I try not to use skincare products with nasty stuff in, so this sounds perfect, thanks for sharing!

  15. Really helpful! I love DIY's and natural products so posts like this always passionate me

  16. Absolutely brilliant. Very helpful site indeed! When you have a sec, please click-over to peek at my blog and leave a comment or two... many thanks : )

  17. Thanks for sharing nice information.Your articles are always helpful.


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