Chamomile Face Wash: An Easy Recipe You Can Make at Home

It's hard to find the right face wash for your skin.  You need something that gets your face clean but is gentle at the same time. 

You've bought a lot of different face washes, but you haven't found anything that you love.  It doesn't have to be this way.

What if I told you that you could make face wash at home and it would better than any you have purchased.  It will cost less and you will know that there aren't any harsh chemicals.

It's true.  You are going to love this Chamomile face wash recipe!

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What are the benefits of Chamomile for the skin?

When you are stressed, it's amazing what a warm cup of Chamomile tea can do. It's soothing and will help you relax, but what can it do for your skin? Adding chamomile to your facial wash can make quite a difference.

When you use chamomile topically on your skin it also has a soothing affect. Its anti-inflammatory attributes calm your skin and reduce redness and irritation quickly.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, it also has antiseptic properties. This helps lighten dark spots, eliminate acne scars, and protect against breakouts. It also aides in treating skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

Chamomile is packed with antioxidants to help boost your skin health. This helps protect the skin from free-radical damage, accelerate cell and tissue regeneration, tighten pores, and slow down the aging process.

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Is Chamomile safe for skin?

Most people use chamomile in skincare products without any issues, but there are circumstances where you need to be cautious.  If you have any doubts, it's best to speak with your doctor.

Those that are allegrice to pollens like ragweed may also be allegic to chamomile. Additionally, chamomile can also worsen those pollen allergies.

Chamomile also has the potential to cause adverse interactions or reduce the effectiveness of some herbal products and prescription drugs like:

  • Anticoagulant agents and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Sleep-enhancing herbal products and vitamins 
  • Aspirin or non-salicylate NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Hormonal birth control pills

If you are breastfeeding you should also avoid using chamomile as it is not known whether chamomile passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.   Roman chamomile also shouldn't be used if you are pregnant because it has been known to cause uterine contractions that may lead to miscarriage.

You should not use chamomile if you have had cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.

Read more about the risks here.

How Often Should You Use Chamomile Face Wash?

This facial wash is very gentle to your skin, so it can be used every day.  Periodically, it might be a good idea to also use an exfoliating cleanser instead.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Chamomile Face Wash

It's easy to make Chamomile face wash at home as it only requires five ingredients.  Well, some are optional.  Let's review the ingredients individually so that you understand what goes into this Chamomile face wash.

Chamomile

You can't make a Chamomile face wash without Chamomile! There are actually several varities of chamomile. German (also sometimes called Blue) and Roman are the most popular, but which one is best to use in a face wash?

Both types of chamomile are pain relieving, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and sedative.  They have similar applications including:

  • Soothing skin
  • Relieving inflammation
  • Calming the nervous and digestive systems
  • Flushing out toxins and allergens. 

We prefer German chamomile for this recipe.  It contains chamazulene, which gives the oil its deep blue color and makes it more effective in treating irritated or damaged skin.  If you have another type of Chamomile that will work too.

You don't want to have bits of Chamomile leaves in the soap so we use Chamomile tea.  That way you get the benefits of Chamomile and still have creamy and smooth soap. 

See Chamomile options here.

Castile Soap

We choose to use Castile soap for this recipe because it is both environmentally-friendly and effective.  It doesn't include any animal fats or synthetic materials.

You can actually make Castile soap at home yourself (recipe here), but to be honest I am not sure it is worth it.  It takes several hours!  High-quality organic Castile soap is not expensive.

See organic Castile soap options here.

Carrier Oil

Adding a little bit of carrier oil to the Chamomile face wash will make it more moisturing.  The question is which carrier oil to use.  It is a personal choice based on your needs and preferences.  Here are some of your options:

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil

See carrier oil options here.

Vitamin E Oil 

A little Vitamin E Oil makes the soap more moisturizing.  It also helps to fight the signs of aging.  Read more about potential benefits of Vitamin E oil here.

If you have any sensitivities to Vitamin E, it is fine to leave it out.

See Vitamin E oil options here.

Essential Oils 

You have a lot of options when it comes to what essential oils to put in your Chamomile Face Wash.  It is a personal preference, so until you find a combination that you like, feel free to experiment.  

You can use any essential oil you like, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • German Chamomile oil will intensify the Chamomile scent.  It has the same benefits of German Chamomile flowers.
  • Lavender essential oil is always a good choice.  The scent is floral and it is versatile.  It is known to help with depression, anxiety, and even pain.
  • Clary Sage essential oil has a refreshing scent and can help improve your mood and also relieve menopause symptons or mentral cramps.
  • Orange essential oil will help lift your mood.  It may also aid in pain relief.

If you use a scented Castile soap or don't want to add any fragrance to your face wash, you can leave the essential oils out.

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How to Make Chamomile Face Wash

Once you have gathered your ingredients it is pretty easy to make some Chamomile face wash.

First you will need to make the Chamomile tea by soaking the dried flowers in boiling water.  It's best to let it cool before mixing with the rest of the ingredients.

Next add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Then pour into a pump bottle to store.

Using Your Homemade Chamomile Face Wash

It is easy to incorporate the Chamomile face wash into any skincare routine.  Put about 1/2 a tablespoon of the diy facial wash onto damp hands or washcloth.  Rub to develop a little lather and then gently wash face being careful not to get any soap in your eyes. Be sure to rinse well. 

Then follow with your favorite toner and moisturizing routine.  It pairs well with this homemade Chamomile facial oil.

Storing Homemade Chamomile Face Wash

We like to keep the face wash in a pump bottle for ease of use.  It's best kept in the refrigerator or a dark cool place. The Chamomile face wash will last for about two months.  

RELATED: How to Store Essential Oils so They Last Longer

DIY Chamomile Face Wash Recipe

Yield: Approximately 1/2 cup of Face Wash

Chamomile Fash Wash Recipe

Chamomile Fash Wash Recipe

This face wash recipe features Chamomile because it is gentle and soothing toi the skin. It can be easily customized with essential oils.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Materials

  • ¼ cup organic liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons dried Chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grapeseed, sweet almond, hazelnut, avocado, or olive oil
  • 4 drops of Vitamin E oil
  • 8 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional)

Tools

  • Pot or kettle to boil water
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Measuring cups and spoon
  • Tea Cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Pump bottle

Instructions

  1. Boil some water.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of Chamomile leaves into a tea cup or bowl.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the boiling water over the leaves.
  4. Let the mixture steep and then cool (about 30 minutes)
  5. Strain out the leaves and put the remaining liquid in a mixing bowl.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients
  7. Mix well to combine
  8. Pour in a pump bottle to store

More Homemade Skincare Products to Try

If you enjoyed making your owan Chamomile facial wash, you might also enjoy making other skincare products at home.  Try these easy to make recipes:

I think you will enjoy the homemade products and just think of all the money you will save!  They could also make nice gifts.

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Jeanette Lynn
 

Jeanette has been a professional massage therapist since 1998. She devotes her life to helping those who suffer from musculoskeletal pain. She's also a Pilates instructor and has a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN).

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