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Argan Aloe Face Wash

by Andrea Butje on May 22, 2017

I love making my own soap with all natural ingredients . . . but I don’t always like to use soap on my face.

As nourishing as it is, it can still leave my face feeling a little too dried out. (And this doesn’t even touch on the way store-bought soaps can affect my skin! I avoid them altogether.) 

Instead, I like to wash my face with cleansing, nourishing aloe, carrier oils and essential oils. Argan oil and aloe vera gel are a combination I particularly love. Argan oil comes from Morocco, and has a very light silky feel. The aroma is gently nutty. I love the way it moisturizes my skin without making it feel greasy or oily.

I add a few drops of essential oil—a very few! I don’t like to use too much essential oil on my face. Here’s a recipe I put on YouTube for an Argan Aloe Face Wash where I add just two drops of essential oil total: one of Lavender, and one of Frankincense.

Argan Aloe Face Wash

Make your Argan Aloe Face Wash in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. I don’t measure this recipe perfectly. I just fill my bottle with…

  • ¾ Argan oil (Argania spinosa)
  • ¼ Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 1 drop Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

You can follow along with the YouTube video and make the face wash with me (it's a good way to see how much argan oil and aloe I’m actually adding).

You can use your Argan-Aloe Face Wash just like soap. Put a small amount in your palm, massage it gently into your skin, then rinse it off with warm water. I bet you won’t need moisturizer after washing your face anymore! I recommend making yourself a fresh bottle of this every few weeks.

I chose Lavender and Frankincense for this recipe because I love their aromas and they are gentle on the skin.

You can use different skin-sweet essential oils if you prefer. Here are a few ideas:

  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
  • Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: aloe vera, Argan oil, Recipes and Blends, face, soap-free

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