All Natural Aromatic Facial Cleansing Wipes (DIY)

Make your own DIY Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes with lavender rose rosemary tea tree oil frankincense essential oils - natural


These aromatic natural facial cleansing wipes have made my life more beautiful and less stressful.

There are four females in my home who wear makeup, especially mascara, most of the time. We go through a lot of cotton balls and Q-tips. And wash cloths. The wash cloths were driving me crazy. Gradually I realized that every one of our wash cloths and several towels had black stains from mascara. Although this was frustrating, I understood how it happened. I  mean, you can wipe off makeup with a cotton ball, but you still need to wash your face with something, and there always seems to be just a bit of mascara left on your eyes which ends up on the wash cloths. Am I the only one with this problem???

I know you can buy disposable cleansing wipes which theoretically might solve the problem, but we have some sensitive skin in my house – so sensitive that mysterious ingredients in “natural” makeup remover have landed us in the doctor’s office for a hideous and uncomfortable rash! Plus there’s the fact that anything you put on your skin ends up being absorbed into your body so you want to make absolutely sure it’s all good stuff.

Anyway, all this led me to doing research on options to figure out what other people do, and I came across people who make their own reusable wipes! What an awesome idea. The formula that is the closest to mine is from the Busy B Homemaker, I’ve combined aspects from several  other recipes and tweaked the ingredients to suit us. If you prefer to use other essential oils, either for the scent or for the benefits, you can use others. Just make sure they are not ones that would irritate your skin. If you leave out the tea tree oil, you might have problems with spoilage, but using GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) would be a good substitute for that.

These flannel wipes cleanse your skin gently with jojoba and coconut oils, Castile soap, and witch hazel with aloe and rose while simultaneously moisturizing it. The aromatic scents of rose, lavender, frankincense, and rosemary will please your senses, making you feel pampered and relaxed, but they also have healing properties for your skin. Roses have a tremendous impact on our mood and have been used in beauty treatments for thousands of years. Besides smelling fabulous, lavender has a plethora of healing properties. It is antibiotic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. Frankincense is a powerful astringent. It protects cells and fights signs of aging. Rosemary is an astringent and is known to increase circulation on the skin, strengthen capillaries, and fight free radicals. Tea tree oil is also an astringent with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the wonderful properties of these natural ingredients. There is also the mysterious way that natural ingredients synergistically work together to become even more powerful than when they are isolated. 

For the cloths, I enlisted the help of one of my daughters to cut up an old flannel sheet into 7 x 7 inch squares. These probably could have been a little bigger, but that’s what we did. We used pinking shears to reduce fraying on the edges because I’m lazy and would have thrown in the metaphorical towel on the whole project if I had to hem all of cloths. There’s a little fraying, but honestly I don’t care.  If sewing is your thing, and you feel these need to be hemmed, go for it! We ended up with about 75 cloths.


Facial Cleansing Wipes



  • 1 cup Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe (you can substitute plain witch hazel)
  • 2 cups pure water, boiled then cooled
  • 4 T coconut oil, melted
  • 4 T Castile soap (I’ve used unscented, baby mild, or lavender)
  • 2 T jojoba oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • small cloths for cleansing (You can cut up flannel like I did or use baby wash cloths or cut up towels. The number you will need depends on the size and thickness of the cloth and could range anywhere from 30 to 70. My cloths are 7 x 7 inches thin flannel and I generally find this makes enough cleanser to saturate 60 -70 cloths.)



Blend all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a whisk until combined. It will be frothy. You can either proceed through the froth or let it settle down a bit.

Lay some of your cloths in a large bowl or baking dish.

Pour some of the cleansing mixture over the cloths.

With clean hands squeeze the cloths to ensure all of them are saturated. They just need to be damp, not drippy so squeeze out the extra and use if for the next batch of cloths. Repeat until all the cloths and/or cleanser are used up. If you have any extra cleanser you can keep it in a separate container.

Put the moistened cloths into the container of your choice. In one of the recipes she folded them in half and put them in an old baby wipe container. That’s a great idea, but since I don’t have any baby wipe containers around anymore, and I wanted to keep this on my counter, I decided on a glass jar.

For some reason these little cloths just screamed, “Roll me up!” I folded each cloth in half and then rolled it up and put it in the jar. You could just fold them and put them in your container or just stuff them in without folding at all. It’s up to you. I worked in a bar in Japan for a while in my college days where we folded and rolled hot, damp cloths and kept them in a steamer for customers. When they came in we’d shout in our singsong voices, “Irasshaimase!” (just like this) and gracefully hand them one of the warm, rolled up towels to wipe their hands and face. It was always so refreshing and welcoming, and seemed like a lovely custom.

To use these wipes, just wipe your face gently. Since they are flannel they are just a tad bit abrasive and will gently exfoliate if you don’t scrub too hard. Rinse out the cloth with warm water and wipe again gently if needed. Repeat as many times as necessary. Rinse your face well, and pat it dry.

We now have a little container under the sink where we throw all the cloths into until I’m ready to wash a load. For a while we had little blue cloths ALL OVER the place until I figured out this critical step because they were too small to stay hanging up on the towel racks.

I hope you enjoy these wonderfully fragrant cloths and how your face feels after using them. Let me know if you try them and how you change them up.



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