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Homemade Aloe Vera Face Wash

Washing your face feels good!  It wakes you up, makes you feel fresh and ready to face the day (no pun intended).   If you're trying to avoid the chemicals, sodium laurel sulfate and fragrances found in many commercial face washes, we've got a fantastic DIY version using natural ingredients we think you'll love.

Ps.  Most of these ingredients can be found on the internet if you can't source them in shops.  You'll find you can make lots of cosmetics and personal care products using them.

Why Aloe Vera Gel?  Why not, should be the question!  It's a great go-to for anything skin related, helping to heal abrasions to soothing sunburns.  Aloe gel contains gylcoproteins and polysaccharides which are vital to skin growth and repair, as well as helping retain moisture.

Why Castile Soap?  Pure castile soap is vegetable based, as opposed to tallow (animal fat).  It's a gentle and efficient emulsifier which helps remove makeup, dirt, sweat and excess oils from the skin.

Why Jojoba Oil? Jojoba is an incredible skin care product, as its chemical structure resembles human sebum - the natural oil that coats our skin and keeps it supple.  It contains proteins, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen.

Why White Clay?   This cosmetic clay is mildly abrasive helping to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation, while not being drying.

Why Lavender?  Lavender is soothing, non-irritating and healing as well as making your face wash smell divine!

DIY Aloe Vera Face Wash

You will need:

* 4 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel
* 2 1/2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
* 2 1/2 teaspoons of liquid castile soap
* 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of white cosmetic clay
* A few drops (2-6) of Bosisto's Lavender Oil (adjust to your preference)
* A plastic bottle with or without a pump nozzle

Combine all your ingredients except the clay in the bottle, cap and shake well.  Add the clay, and shake well again.  For use, wet your face with water and pour a 10 cent piece sized amount of cleanser into your hands.  Use it like you would any other face wash - rub in gentle, circular motions for a bit then rinse clean.  Follow up with a gentle moisturiser.