The Crunchy Betty Honey Challenge continues!
We’re one week in (officially, though I know some of you just started), and as promised, I’m going to show you how to incorporate honey into removing your makeup.
Actually, I’m going to show you two ways.
And you oil-cleansing method gurus, you’re going to love the first way.
The rest of you, I think you’ll find the second way quick, easy, and oh-so effective.
Nary a moment to waste here. Let’s get started so you can go clean your face!
Honey and the Oil Cleansing Method
Add a few drops of honey to your oil when you clean your face.
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the oil cleansing method, here’s where you can become familiar with it. Many, many women swear by it (including, and newly, my mother … go mom!).
The addition of honey to your oil cleansing may also help those of you who still have breakouts with it (it will also add a little extra moisturizing boost). Try it out. See what you think!
Again, all you do is put a few drops of honey in with your oil before you rub it on your face and then finish as normal.
Moving on to the main attraction:
Instructions on How to Remove Your Makeup With Honey (and a few other things)
It stands to reason that the more stuff you put on your face, the more things you’re going to need to take it off. So taking your makeup off is a little more involved than just slathering honey on and rinsing.
But all of these ingredients are effective and good for your skin in different ways. And, really, what I’m giving you here is a full-treatment facial cleansing. All your makeup, coming off. Your skin will be clean and your pH will be balanced and healthy.
Hey! People who still have oily skin/breakouts with the straight honey wash. Do this instead for a while. See if it helps!
Here’s what you need for the whole shebang:
- Baking soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Olive oil (or another carrier oil like avocado, apricot kernel, or sweet almond oil)
- Washcloth, cotton rounds
And here’s what we’re going to do:
- Tone and rebalance
- Remove eye makeup
1. Remove Your Makeup with Honey and Baking Soda
Here is everything you need for the first phase of removing your makeup by washing your face with honey, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar (step 2).
Forget the apple cider vinegar (ACV) for now.
Phase 1 involves only removing your makeup and washing with the honey and baking soda.
I’ve prepared an easy 4-step graphic for your viewing pleasure. Please view it and be pleased.
Step by step:
First, wet a washcloth with water. Then, pour 1/2-ish tsp honey on the wet washcloth. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp baking soda on top of the honey. Splash a little water on your face, and then scrub everywhere very, very gently. The baking soda is slightly exfoliating, so we don’t need to scrub hard at all.
Then, just splash water on your face a time or two. Your makeup (other than the eye makeup) should be nearly (if not completely) removed.
2. Tone and Rebalance with Apple Cider Vinegar
In my humble opinion, this step is crucial, so don’t write it off.
With the baking soda, you’re throwing your skin’s pH balance out of whack just a little bit, leaving it vulnerable to dryness and/or potential pimples. The apple cider vinegar will help balance this out and put your skin back into a healthy state of being.
Plus, this is a perfect opportunity to make sure all traces of makeup are off your skin.
For this reason, I recommend (at least for the first few times you do it) using a cotton ball or cotton round. Only so you can see the results on the cotton. After that, you can use a crocheted pouf (like the one at the right of the picture below) or even just the edge of your washcloth.
How to tone with ACV:
Wet your cotton round, cotton ball, or washcloth with water. Place 2-4 drops of apple cider vinegar on your round. If you’re using ACV straight, you do not need more than this.
A tiny bit of apple cider vinegar goes a long, long, long way.
Swipe your face all over with the watered-down apple cider vinegar.
Check the cotton round to make sure there are no traces of makeup on it. If there are, use the back side of the round to remove the rest. This is not for your eyes, so avoid them.
Alternatively, you could fix up a batch of diluted apple cider vinegar. If you want to do that, I’d say about 3 tsp of ACV to 1/4 c. water is good. If you do this, though, you’ll want to store your toner in the refrigerator.
Or, add about 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to the premade ACV toner (to preserve it, and this will also add some extraordinary antibacterial power).
I like just using the dropper to put small amounts on a wet cloth, simply because it’s easier for me and I don’t have to worry about preservation. But you should do what makes you happy. 🙂
3. Remove Your Eye Makeup With Oil
This step is so easy. Even a cavewoman could do it. No! Even a socialite cavewoman could do it.
You’ll clean off all your eye makeup, and leave behind nourishing oils for the delicate skin around your eyes.
Simply pour a small amount of oil on the end of a clean washcloth or a soft cotton round, close your eyes, and swipe it around your ocular region a time or three.
Makeup is gone. Kaput. Period. That’s it.
Oils you can use for this: Extra-virgin olive oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil. Really, just about any nourishing oil that is cold pressed will do.
Are You Ready to Start Removing Your Makeup Naturally Now?
Really, it’s super easy, and it’s a regimen that’s easily incorporated into your routine – using things you probably already have in your cabinet.
I know a main question is going to be: What should I use to moisturize with?
I’m going to say again, even with this regimen, I don’t feel the need to moisturize at all right now. It may be the summer air (we’re having oddly high amounts of humidity), or it may be the newly incredible health of my skin. But my skin feels SO soft and supple, I don’t have any desire to add something else to it right now.
If you feel like you need to moisturize, my favorite, favorite thing in the world is just straight jojoba oil. Or, if you have oily or pimply skin, jojoba oil mixed with a little bit of neem oil or tamanu oil (all of which you can buy at Mountain Rose Herbs).
That said, I have a couple of questions for you guys:
- Have you felt the need to moisturize with your honey wash?
- If so, what have you been using?
- How much are you LOVING THIS? I cannot believe the awesome response you all have had – hundreds of fabulous results and only a few people with remaining issues (which hopefully will be helped with this post!)
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I love organic products and any antioxidant items and have tried all of them – but the Somaluxe Face Wash is the best. I used the Somaluxe Wash in the morning, and can still feel my skin zinging right into the evening. It is really important to me to find superior quality natural products and i enjoy the texture.
It is so wonderfully refreshing to look at the ingredients list and not squirm! I have not found other brands have achieved this – even products over $50 each! Save yourself from overspending on items that will not do the best for your skin, and stop battling with age.
I found on another website a recipe for a natural facial wash with honey that I love. It’s 1/4 cup raw honey, 1/4 cup oil (olive or coconut), and 1/4 cup castile soap. It works great. I am 42 years old and have been battling adult acne for a while now. This cleanser does not bother my skin. It will even clean the mascara and eye makeup off my eyes. Depending on the time of year, I may use a light moisturizer afterwards, but sometimes it’s not necessary.
I’ve been using the Honey/Baking Soda wash every evening to take off my makeup, and I love it! I find that eye makeup is more difficult to take off, so I use Neutrogena cleansing wipes, then use the wash. My face is usually dry after this, so I use the ACV to moisturize. It works amazing! My skin is so soft, and every day my acne gets better and better. I don’t even need a cleanser anymore! I’m very pleased with the results, and I’d recommend this to anyone, no matter your skin type.
I have very fair, sensitive, dry skin (and maybe the beginnings of rosacea). I started wearing less foundation and using the Somaluxe Face Cleanser to wash off my foundation. Its the only face cleanser I have found that really gets my foundation off – AND I starting getting compliments on my skin. This is what I do:
1. I take off my mascara with the Somaluxe Face Cleanser
2. Rinse face with warm water.
From other reviews, I then massage my face with the cleanser for 30-60 seconds. Skin feels nice not tight.I am 40+ and everyone says I look 30 !
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Of all things Ive tried to remove makeup and acne at the same time (naturally) this is the only time in my life im having almost perfect skin just in less than 2 weeks… i mix baking soda with honey in a microfiber towel, do the same as instructed, clean again with water and acv mixed, and use pumpkin seed oil to take out eye makeup and moisture and the end and acne is gone and even is clearing my face from blemishes… tried everything from oil cleansing with many many kinds of oil… had many many breakouts .. i thought i was never going to have acne free face… but thanks to this post, i think Ive found it. Thnks alot 🙂 super sincerely… me
Congrats on awesome results. I’m hoping I can curb my breakout prone, combo oily skin too. Im tired of dealing with new spots every morning. I tried a version of the honey and baking soda cleanse for the first time today. I’m going to add in the acv tomorrow. I’ve been using Grape seed oil vs coconut oil as a moisturizer for a week or so. (Tried coconut oil and struggled with breakouts from that.) Grape seed is going well so far. I’m curious KLH4ever…what was your experience with grapeseed oil? And do you use raw honey? Thanks and God Bless.
Instead of baking soda and honey, I read somewhere that cinnamon and honey will also wash your face and remove makeup but it won’t throw your PH off. I have been using this method for a while and I like it. I am just wondering if you had heard of this and if ACV is needed with cinnamon and honey.
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Ive been using the Somaluxe Face Wash (with organic ingredients) everyday. Works amazing, makes skin clear after the first use. It smells so fresh and makes your skin feel like it just left the spa. The ingredients are not harsh nor do they test on animals. Which is a big plus. It keeps pores perfect and makes my skin even.
Hi! I’ve been going back and forth on your site for hours now (I love it), and was just curious what order some of you use for face cleaning. Do you still exfoliate after the OCM? What do you use?
Hi there! I just came upon your website and I love it!! I do have a question abt the honey and baking soda wash. I thought exfoliating everyday harmed your skin, so would washing with the baking soda to remove my makeup, wouldn’t that freak out my skin? If you could help, I would so appreciate it. Cant wait to start the honey wash!:)
The raw honey is really drying out my face….. I need to apply a moisterizer after I wash….. Does the ACV serve as a moisterizer? Or do you have any recommendations for a natural moisterizer? Thank you:-)
I do not need to moisturize after washing with honey but in the morning I do need to have some SPF on my skin, so I put a light layer of my current daytime moisturizer (SPF 25) under my makeup and it seems to do the trick. I agree with you though! Feels fresh and moist!
What do u think about coconut oil? I have been putting on my face at night for awhile. Thanks!
What purpose does baking soda serve in this regimen? If it is for exfoliating could cinnamon or something else be used instead?
I bought raw honey with royal jelly in it. It’s rather granular and stays that way until you rinse it off. Ifound it excellent for exfoliating.
From what I hear baking soda works as a neutralizer for your PH level in your skin. I think it works the same for hair as well.
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Honey is one of the highly effective natural face wash for acne that can be used daily. It does an excellent job of cleaning the skin while also moisturizing it leaving the skin smooth and soft.
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I tried the Honey (and a few other things) for the first time last night. I was very impressed. The product I had been using said it was “non-drying”… that was not true. It was drying my face so much it started to peel. The Honey method was very easy. The only thing I didn’t like was smelling like the ACV. Can anyone suggest something that does the same thing as the ACV but smells better?
I gave been using the OCM for over a month now and I have seen great results. Just recently I started using raw honey on my dry face after a few minutes I cleanse with crunchy Betty’s oil cleansing face wash. After washing off with clean warm wash cloth I moisterize with CB lucid face oil. So far so good!
Do you do the honey/acv/oil method before after a shower…I shower at night.
My first honey wash, I just used straight honey. Then, due to dryness (but not as much as with soap!), after discovering oil-washing, I have since been spreading my face with grapeseed oil and washing it off with honey. But I still need moisture afterwards or my nose gets flaky. 🙁 So if I try the method of baking soda with honey (and I’m sure I shall, since I have very oily skin and LOTS of blackheads that thankfully are becoming less visible!) I will absolutely need a moisturizer to follow. Right now, not having decided upon a natural one yet, I just use as sparing an amount as possible of trader joes midsummer nights cream. before switching to honey/oil wash, I slathered my face in the stuff, but I’m trying to be conservative with it these days, not knowing much about it’s ingredients… This morning however, I touched up with some more grapeseed oil on my nose (extremely tiny amount so as not to grease myself back up again) and elsewhere, and have seemingly survived, so who knows? maybe the grapeseed oil will be my moisturizer of choice now? I’ll have to use it for a few days before making a final verdict. 🙂
i use vegetable glycerin diluted with distilled water in a spray bottle for moisturizer. After showers, face wash, etc. I just spray some on and leave it alone. It works awesome.
I just tried this…and it feels AMAZING! I happened to have some rosemary oil laying around, so added it to the apple cider vinegar – my face is in heaven! Why have women been spending so much money on lotions and potions?! Thank you Crunchy Betty 😀
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I am a oil cleansing n00b and I was wondering if this method is effective in removing waterproof makeup? I wear extremely waterproof mascara and its an absolute b**** to take off even with my strongest eye makeup remover, but I’m keen on using oil as an end all be all if it’s effective in removing ALL my makeup in one fell swoop [pesky mascara included]! If it doesn’t I’ll resign myself to just using it on my face.
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Aloe Vera is a great moisturizer if people are asking for one. I rub the gel (that I make from a skinned aloe vera leaf in my blendtec) into my scalp and onto my face and neck before bed. I never feel greasy because it dries quickly.
Hello! I’ve been doing OCM for the past 2 weeks and I LOVE it! However, I am having trouble removing my mascara with oil. I do not use waterproof mascara and I have been using olive oil to remove it. I find that it really burns my eyes and my mascara isn’t budging at all. Any tips? Thanks!!
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Will this work with hard water?
Hey! Is it okay if I don’t use a washcloth and just use my hands? (for the honey, acv, and oil application?)
I’m wary of using baking soda on my face. Is there something you can replace the baking soda in this recipe with? If not, is it possible to skip it altogether? What else can remove makeup naturally?
I have very oily skin and find that after doing the honey and baking soda makeup removal that I then do an oil cleanse with just olive oil. After I do an oil cleanse I then cut some fresh aloe vera off my aloe plant and rub it on my face to sooth my acne when its sore and red. Ill continue to do this cleanse to see how fabulous my skin gets in hopefully a short amount of time. Lets hope my acne doesn’t return! Thankyou for your recepies! 🙂
I’m going to start using the OCM with sunflower oil, then cleansing with honey and baking soda and toning with ACV! Hope it works, i’ll try and update! Has anyone else tried this? Lemme know!
Hello! This question is a little late, but…. can one simply use the oil (like sweet almond) to wipe off the makeup? For the past few nights I have been putting almond oil on my face, rubbing it a bit, and then gently wiping it away with a warm, wet washcloth. Is this a bad method for makeup removal? Thank you!
I love, love, love this! My face is very acne prone since I moved to Hawaii. I just did the honey & baking soda face wash/make-up remover and then i mixed honey and baking soda to a paste and put it on my face for a facial for 15min! My face is so soft and clean!!!
I’ve been using olive oil to remove my make-up for a while now. I much prefer it to other make-up removal methods. I’ve never considered using honey, then again I’m finding olive oil works just fine, and my skin feels really nice and soft after.
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<3 When I lived up north my skin was perpetually in a dryness crisis… since I moved to Florida I rarely have that problem (I may hate heat and humidity, but darned if my skin doesn't love it!) though I've definitely gotten more break outs and need to be better about a cleansing routine (never really needed one before except for makeup removal). I've had a great time switching to a raw honey w baking soda scrub, then a diluted acv rinse on my face… (I usually do it in the shower when I do my baking soda then acv hair rinse) but the happiest my skin has been in ages is when I smeared a little olive oil lavender oil mix on my face then gently removed it with a hot wash cloth… my skin felt so delicious I didn't even know it could be like that. Not greasy at all. Just pure satin love. I also made a body scrub with raw sugar, olive oil, and lavender oil and keep this sweet sludge in a jar in the shower and I am really enjoying it. As a note though: baking soda & acv on hair and face were waaaaay too drying for me when I was in CT this winter. I don't know what I should have done for my hair but I think ocm would have been PERFECT for my face. (consuming 2TBSP MSM, and quality coconut oil every day has been amazing for my skin too!)
Would it be acceptable to replace the baking soda for granulated sugar? I feel this wouldn’t mess up the pH of your face but would work as an exfoliant… am I wrong?
OK, I never comment on blogs like this, because frankly…they never work for me (I get incredibly impatient if I don’t see results in like, 2.5 seconds – yes, I know that’s unreasonable) For whatever reason, I actually committed to this one! MY SKIN LOOKS INCREDIBLE. Let me just repeat for one second. INCREDIBLE. I’ve been plagued with lower jaw/upper neck (ew?) breakouts that, while never disfiguring, were just always….there. I’d always have one or two big pimples at any given time, and when the weather changed over to winter finally, the rest of my face got totally dry (due in part to my Retin-A Micro and overly drying face wash). So, I went all out. And things are looking amazing.
90% of the time, I’m oil cleansing + honey at night before bed to take my makeup off. Maybe once a week, I get lazy and fall asleep with makeup on (not ideal) but if that happens I just oil cleans + honey in the morning. Here’s my process:
1. Hair pulled back.
2. About a quarter size amount of castor oil poured in the palm of my hand.
3. Fill rest of palm with sunflower oil so it’s not running over (oddly enough, the bottle I’ve been using is technically expired…but I’m still seeing great results. Weird).
4. Mix by rubbing hands together and smooth over face. I take a good minute or two to massage everything into my cheeks (and spend time on my eyes and lips to pull the makeup off).
5. Wash oil off hands.
6. HONEY TIME (I haven’t removed the oil yet). The honey I have is from Whole Foods and is not at all transparent – totally raw. I take a fingerful (probably about a quarter size amount), warm it up between my fingers, and massage it into my face ON TOP OF THE OIL. I love this because it gets the honey moving around my face without feeling sticky.
7. Let everything sit for a few seconds.
8. Soak a washcloth with hot water (as hot as I can stand), wring it out, and drape it over my face. I usually hang out here until the washcloth cools just because it feels really good, especially if I’m a little congested. Then I wipe things off with the damp cloth, rinse it, soak it, wring it out and repeat for a few more seconds.
9. When I’m done, my face feels and looks clean and VERY smooth (even my pores look way smaller due to the steam). It feels very moisturized, not at all dry.
10. If it DOES feel try, I put some jojoba on before I go to bed.
Anyway, I know everyone’s method varies, but I’m so pleased with this I thought someone else might be interested in reading!
Hi Meg, thank you for your post! I can relate to your post in so many ways…1. I never comment on blogs, and 2. I have jawline/upper neck acne (however, I now have a lot of scarring that is zapping my confidence…to the point that I always wear my hair down…even on the hottest of days!). I turned 40 this summer, and finally broke down and went to a dermatologist last week (as my hopes of “outgrowing” this are diminishing). I explained that I wanted a more natural acne treatment, but he literally chuckled when I mentioned castor oil. He said that Acutane was the only thing that would work, and regarding my scars…I quote, “The damage is done and they will always be there!” I left there devastated…feeling like I would always have acne and scarring! I came home and researched Acutane and it didn’t take me long to affirm that I did not want to go that route! Now, a few days later, I am beginning to have hope again as I come across blogs like this one. However, I’m feeling completely overwhelmed with what oils to use, plain honey or with baking soda, tea tree or no tea tree, etc. For every successful post, there is someone else who’s acne became worse! The last thing I want is to cause my acne to become worse! Then I came across your post/comment, and it is very straight-forward and simple! However, I see that you posted this quite awhile ago, so I just wanted to check in with you to see if you are still having the same results and/or if you’ve changed anything!? I would be so grateful if you’d be willing to share your insight further. Thanking you in advance, ~Tracy 🙂
I have a question. Can I substitute/add in saltwater? I have very oily/breakout skin. I remember when I went to the ocean, my acne almost completely disappeared. Idea, anyone?
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I LOVE your blog! I recently started oil cleansing and just started washing with honey. At night I use a facial oil called Potenshaa that I love. I am Trying to phase out daytime face lotion, but I’m concerned about not having a SPF in it. I have mild break outs and scars so i want to protect my face from the sun. What do you suggest??
I started the OCM about a week ago (was very nervous) and have been very happy with the results so far 🙂 At the same time I checked back to print out the OCM info I came across this article about cleansing with honey. Because I put makeup and such on for the day I have been doing the OCM at night and then washing with straight honey in the morning. So far great! Love easy, homemade, good for you things!
So, I’ve jumped right in and tried the honey/baking soda/ACV wash… I love how my skin feels! Amazing and so much cheaper than the $35 cleanser I’ve been using! Thank you thank you! I can’t wait to try the other recipes you’ve got posted.
Does anyone have any idea how long the rosemary essential oil will preserve the avc toner? My bathroom is pretty far away from my fridge and I like to make bigger batches of the water/avc toner, but don’t want bacteria to grow!!
Is it a good idea to stick to the honey method or the oil method or can you combine them? Like use one in the morning and one in the evening? Then use tea tree to treat breakouts? Just trying to get a grasp and figure out what to buy.
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I love this so much! I used my vitamin E oil to remove my eye makeup and a quick swipe over my forehead (it tends to get dry), and my face feels amazing. Thanks for the great tip!
I have just discovered your site and I’m completely hooked! I have a questions for you about ACV. Would it be as effective to use Aloe Vera Juice to balance the PH after cleansing? Thanks for all you do!
I’ve been washing my face with marula and baobab oil for about two months. I simply apply a few drops to my hands, rub it all over my face (and it does remove make up too). I have a washcloth in the sink under hot running water, so when I’m done washing my face, I wring out the cloth, and set it onto my face until it cools. This helps to open the pores to allow the goodness of the oils to penetrate and remove all the yucky stuff from the pores. Then wipe off your face (it also helps exfoliate then too), rinse the cloth and rewipe and done.
Marula is similar to sweet almond oil and Baobab is similar to argan (but with a higher Vit E content).
I love washing my face using the honey, baking soda and ACV. I have oily skin and have seen much better results with this method than just honey. However, we are going camping for a week and I’m concerned this method may attract more bugs. Any suggestions for alternatives while camping?!
Instead of using the ACV Toner I made a homemade toner for oily skin which is made by combining 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. witch hazel, and 40 drops of lemon juice. It works quite well!
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This method of cleansing has really started to clear up my nasty acne, and it's only been a week! I'm sold. Thanks, Crunchy Betty!
I dont understand how this regimen with wth the OCM?? Is it to replace it?
I have been using the Oil Cleansing Method for about a year now and have had so many compliments on how my skin looks. I love it! I use honey as a toner after I cleanse, in the mornings only. I just put a drop on my finger, wet with water, rub my hands together and then over my face. It is a natural humectant, and an antioxident/anti-ager, drawing in and holding moisture. It is ideal to do right when you get out of the shower. Then I use a drop or two of olive oil as a moisturizer, or a homemade lotion. Honestly, my skin has never looked so fresh!
I’m intrigued and really want to try this whole oil and honey facewash. However, I only wear eye makeup, just mascara and eyeliner. Do I need to do the first two steps or can I just skip to the third step and finish off with your instructions for washing with honey?
I would still do the first 2 steps as there is a lot of invisible environmental pollution left on the face at the end of the day that ages the skin. Your face will look much more youthful by washing every night before bed !
After using the ACV for toning, do I need to wash it off before putting on my day time or night time moisturizer?
Nope! it will dry itself
I’m worried that if I use EVOO around my eyes as an eye makeup remover it will get absorbed & cause puffiness-since this is a delicate area. What do you think guys? Any experiences will be appreciated!
I’ve recently become a vegan and i’m looking for natural ways to care for my skin, but this means I can’t use honey, is there an alternative i could use?
I just tried the baking soda method, and it was actually really nice! I’ve always liked the texture of Mary Kay’s Microderm Scrub and haven’t been able to find a natural version that compares. This is so close! I have dry skin, so next time I will use more honey and less baking soda. Thanks for sharing!
difference between baking powder/baking soda?
YES! Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda. Baking powder is a combination of ingredients. Don’t confuse the two! http://chemistry.about.com/cs/foodchemistry/f/blbaking.htm
I put Bragg’s ACV in a mason jar and throw in some dried calendula, comfrey, chamomile, lavender, plantain, and arnica, to make a soothing and toning herbal vinegar extract. Set it in a dark place (cabinet) for 2 weeks and shake every day. Then strain out the herbs and pour into a narrow-mouth glass jar. I keep it in the fridge and use it after washing my face or to remove make up or oil during the day. It is also great on pimples and bug bites. It keeps for one year.
I do need to moisturize, and I spray a squirt or 2 of distilled water (the tap water where I live is gross) in my hand and then add 2 drops of jojoba or argan oil, rub my palms together, and rub my entire face. My T-zone is pretty oily, but these oils absorb very quickly and my face is LESS oily than usual hours later.
My skin was flaky and dry the minute I was done. I had to moisturize alot. maybe the baking soda isn’t the best for me?
I just discovered your website and I love it! I’m so going to try this but I think I will continue moisturizing because my skin is always dry. I LOVE to use coconut oil as a moisturizer. My mom and sisters use it too and it works great and is really good for you. =D
I’ve started using a mix of olive oil and castor oil, with a drop of Clary Sage EO in it to cleanse my face and remove make up in the eves, and honey to wash in the morning. Using up my commercial moisturizers I’ve got laying around, and then making the switch to jojoba oil for extra moisture; I’m 51 and am getting a wee bit dry and wrinkly – mostly due, I think, to heat and ac in the house.
Hi Crunchy Betty-
I’m 17 and have only just discovered homemade/natural skincare and remedies, and this blog of yours. If you could answer a couple questions (or anyone else who knows a lot about this stuff), it would help me greatly!!
First, if you are using the Oil Control Method at night, would it make sense to use the honey wash in the morning? I want to start doing the OCM but I don’t feel comfortable not washing my face in the mornings.
Second, and this question doesn’t have much to do with the post, but I currently use my diluted homemade apple cider vinegar as a toner at night after washing my face with a Burt’s Bees cleanser, but if I used honey in the morning and OCM at night, would it still make sense to use the apple cider vinegar at some point? If you need to know my skin is very oily and acne prone.
I really wish I’d started paying more attention to my skin earlier, since now I have some irreversible acne pit scars and would really like to avoid getting more 🙁 Since 13 I used Proactiv and other harsh oil free products, but for less than a year I to another look at my skincare options. Thanks to anyone who can leave me a tip (:
Please tell me where you find to buy or a pattern to make the crocheted poufs! Those are so cute!
I have been washing my face with honey and baking soda Acv as toner and coconut oil to moisturize I’m breaking out now iv used coconut oil for months now so I don’t think it’s that but maybe my face is cleaning out from the inside out ? Is this normal ? Will this pass? ;(
Miss Amy N
Yikes, stop using coconut oil!! It’s a pore clogging oil… start using sweet almond oil or jojoba oil… they won’t clog your pores.
I’m 17 years old and this website is one of the best I’ve EVER come upon.
I plan on trying this honey face wash tonight. My skin’s pretty oily/acne-prone, even in the winter. Mehh. But then sometimes I get dry spots on my cheeks and it’s just a big mess.
I also saw your no-‘poo post, and it made me so happy! I never use shampoo (my hair is fine, big, and very, very curly) but I’ve always used Aussie 3 minute miracle, every single day, which worked great at first, but it’s effect has lessened now. And it’s all icky and chemically. Boo. Anyway, I tried the BS/ACV rinses this morning and I’m in love. I didn’t need any of my chemical-laden products after (mousse with propane in it? I’d rather not); just a wee bit of coconut oil. It’s so soft! I’m so happy! AND IT’S NOT FRIZZY! I NEVER thought I’d be able to say that, especially with no product in my hair. Even though it’s 15 degrees out!
THANK YOU Crunchy Betty. You are a lifesaver. I am officially a crunchy convert.
Arvella Elizabeth Rose
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I tried the honey face wash this morning and as soon as I wash it off, I got an itchy rash all over my face! I thought perhaps it was because I hadn’t used “raw” honey, only “pure” honey. I purchased some raw honey today and then tried the honey wash again tonight… same thing! I ended up with a big, itchy rash! What gives? I’d love for this to work, but so far, it doesn’t look promising for me.
you might be allergic. Perhaps when you consume it in small doses with other foods you might not recogize it or have the same type or reaction.
Dear Betty ~ Recently I had some kind of rash all over my face, my ears, arms, legs & chest. I switched to all hypoallergenic products, made sure that all soaps etc. that came in contact with my skin were all chem-free. Then! I found your lovely blog (via Pinterest btw) I switched to your honey face cleanse & presto! The rash is gone & my face has never been so smooth, soft & clear. I’ve been using honey on my ears, neck & chest too & the rash cleared up within two days. I don’t think I’ll ever switch back to regular face wash again. Thank you so much for sharing this.
So glad I found this! I’ve been trying it the past two days- OCM at night and honey cleansing before I shower (every other day) and I was wondering if you had any other sites to order the oils from. I used Mountain Rose once and between the SLOW shipping time and very expensive shipping cost it’s not worth it for me at all. And I haven’t found a place that carries all the oil and butters I want. (cocao, shea (mountain rose is out of shea anyway), tamanu, almond, and beeswax pellets.) Thanks!
I just came to all this but have been using aromatherapy and this place for years. Might not have everything you are looking for but she does respond to emails, questions, and can request samples when order. She also has great infor’ on her site. http://www.naturesgift.com
I use amazon, honestly.
I’ve used NaturesGift.com for years. She has specials each month on diff. items. And can get samples.
I found a link to this site on pinterest.. and O.M.G … I LOVE it. I’m excited to try everything! Funny thing is, I work at Whole Foods, in the Whole Body department (beauty products and vitamins) and I didn’t know most of this!
Could I use a witch hazel toner instead of the vinegar?
there are some great ideas here which i’m looking forward to trying!!
however, i’m a contact lenses wearer and find that removing my eye makeup with oil leaves a film on my eyes.
I wear contacts as well, and I haven’t noticed the issue. I would say you are most likely using too much, just use enough to get it damp rather than dripping with oil. Hope this isn’t too late to help!
what about spf? i ocm sometimes but when i do i always worry if is still need a moisturizer. specifically one w/ spf. any thoughts?
The Crunchy Marriage
I have heard that actually it is a pretty bad idea to use SPF on a daily basis, that you need the Vit D. My naturopath is really anti about SPF lotion, because a lot of the chemicals (even in natural lotions) are not good for you. As long as you are moisturized, you will not have skin damage.
Please do protect your skin from the sun – prolonged exposure can lead to skin cancer and early ageing no matter what other products you use. Remember that SPF doesn’t have to be provided by a product full of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – even natural oils have sun blocking qualities. Simple essential oils like raspberry and carrot seed oils, wheatgerm oil and even jojoba oil provide moderate to low spf protection.
Well, this advice is pretty late, but Queen Bee on Etsy makes a powdered sunscreen that you brush over your face just like mineral makeup.
YEAH! I’ve been using honey to wash my face for the past 3-5 weeks (I can’t remember exactly when I started) and I am so glad to find this. Even though I am still having some issues with blackheads on my nose, every where else on my face is improving. I’ve been using olive oil to remove all my make up but I never feel like I get all of it off so I am really excited to try this.
I just tried this & loved it so much more than the OCM; it felt easier to get this stuff on & the rinse off & more compatible w/ my combination/oily skin. I love honey & knew it was great for the skin but I was suprised by how scrubby the baking soda is. Seriously minimal pressure when scrubbing was more than enough.
I love make up & wear a full face (my other favorite site is makeupgeek.com, so you know I’m not going light on the eyeliner) but this gently & thoroughly removed everything – even my EL Double Wear foundation!
I’m so glad you posted this, I love your site and youtube videos! I wear a lot of make-up too and was wondering how well this wash removed it all, good to know it really works!
I am definitely trying this!!
I am going to try this! Thanks Crunchy Betty.
I’m trying the OCM and Honey wash. Question: When do I use ACV as a toner??? Only when I want to remove make up? I am excited to rid my face of darn bumps and pimples as I am almost the ripe-old age of 30. I’d like to make sure I get all the lovely little ducks in a row….
I started using the OCM to cleanse my face at night back at the beginning of August and immediately loved it. I was only using warm water to rinse my face in the mornings but didn’t love not actually cleansing my face, so when I read about using honey I jumped right on board. Up until fairly recently I’ve been plagued by mild to moderate (but what felt like severe) acne in my t-zone. Since switching over to both of these methods I’ve had maybe 1 breakout at a time, and they go away within a day.
I use honey to wash my face whenever my face is free of makeup (usually just mornings but sometimes evenings as well) and try to let it sit on for 5 minutes or so. I brush my teeth for 2 minutes and make my bed, which means now my bed gets made most days. (SCORE!) Then at night I still use the OCM (combo 2 parts olive and 1 part castor oils mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil for my combination skin – a mix of 2 Tbsp, 1 Tbsp, 3 drops respectively have lasted me for more 3 weeks and I probably have another 2 weeks worth left).
I do still moisturize both day & night with coconut oil. I’m in Colorado Springs and if I don’t use some sort of moisturizer everywhere on my body I can feel it immediately.
My mom gave me a couple of these GoToobs for my birthday back in July and they’re PERFECT for the OCM and honey cleansing method: http://humangear.com/GoToob.html. I can store and dispense the liquids easily and have not had the first spill. Plus the 2 oz size will be travel friendly for the next time I fly. Saw them both at Whole Foods and Target and they’re MUCH cheaper at the latter.
Let me say, first and foremost, thank you for this blog. I love it. I have been reading it for a while, and finally decided to jump in, and now, I’m slowly but surely becoming crunchier every day. I started by just being cheap and replacing my dishwasher drying agent with vinegar. Then my hardwood floor cleaner (and so glad I did– my 8 month-old somehow got it off of the counter and I found him playing in a puddle of vinegar water. I can’t imagine what the outcome would have been if it’d been a bottle full of poisonous chemicals). Then I started exfoliating with baking soda (although I had no idea why I started breaking out more… apple cider vinegar to the rescue!), and now I’m making my own dishwashing detergent (can you say easy?) and washing my face with raw honey. And I couldn’t be happier. My skin feels soooo great. Soft and smooth and NOT OILY, which is a miracle. My skin is ALWAYS either stripped, dry, and shiny, or moisturized and oily. It has never been like this. Ever. I am going to have to invest in some pretty glass jars, though, as my husband is not particularly fond of the way I have covered the bathroom countertop with the contents of my kitchen cupboards.
Seriously awesome. My skin HATES a lot of chemical products so I’m always looking for natural alternatives. Plus, if you have to buy cleansers for 3 kids on top of it, it gets crazy expensive. Different face types and whatever. However, I always have some of the things you list in my cabinets. Granted, I can’t afford the best ACV but I try. Great website.
The Crunchy Marriage
Once you have ACV, you can use the bottle to produce more! Get a Braggs with a large accumulation of culture particles on the bottom. Then dump into a bottle of apple cider- farm fresh is best! In 6 weeks, you have a gallon for the price of one bottle.
I have had dry skin all of my life and have almost always needed a moisturizer, so I am utterly amazed that I haven’t felt the need to use it at all in the two weeks I’ve been washing my face with honey. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the honey and will definitely continue using it! Thank you! =)
I am new to the crunchy world as you know, so the honey method was my first attempt at a chemical free, natural face wash. I am VERY oily and VERY acne prone – and I have not had a single new blemish whatsoever AND the ones I did have are gone!! And I joined the challenge only a week ago today! The red marks and scars left from previous blemishes are quickly fading and my skin feels softer and cleaner than ever before. My partner has even said what a difference she sees in my skin! I am looking forward to losing my chemically enhanced night time wash that removes my makeup, and trying the oil cleansing method or even the baking soda and ACV method. Thank you so much for all your suggestions and knowledge and most importantly, for being a vessel in helping my self esteem, confidence, and all around crunchiness.
Heeeeey! We have the same ACV in our kitchens! I am pleased.
I’ve been washing with honey for a week and a bit now and my face is REALLY dry. It’s winter here and at first I thought it was just the cold but it’s definitely the honey. I also suspect it could be because I’m using manuka honey, which does have different properties to other honeys.
I’ve been pretty much scrambling to find something to moisturise with since I don’t usually moisturise at all. I’ve settled on a little olive oil before I go to bed and it’s helping a bit but it’s still super dry. I’d be really glad to get any suggestions for moisturisers that would work, but I’m thinking after the two weeks I might just go back to my old routine.
i love the vitamin e oil from JASON (a combo of oils like sunflower, sweet almond, and apricot). my skin just drinks it up, and it smells a lot nicer than olive oil. 🙂 i think the sweet almond scent is the dominant one.
I too am loving the honey face washing. My question on the ACV~can it be what is om my local food store shelf, or does it need to have the “mother” in it? We did a cleansing for our bodies using local honey and ACV~but it had to have the “mother” in it. Just wondering since I can not find that type of ACV locally. Thanks.
This is similar to my cleansing routine, actually. I remove my eye makeup with sweet almond or coconut oil and use very diluted ACV to remove my foundation (about 1 part ACV to 10 parts water), then gently pat honey onto my skin and let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing. This might work well for others prone to sensitivity or dryness, who may not be able to use baking soda on a regular basis. =)
A good thing to try is what i do. Try wetting your face, then add a little bit of honey and add like one drop of water and work it together and it’s not sticky at all and its very easy and liquid-like to work with. then rinse off. Or you could leave it on all night, it sometimes gets itchy but if you can ignore it your face will look soooo amazing in the morning 😀 it’s worth it 🙂
with love, Nona
I’ve been doing this for almost a week and loving it! I was surprised at how quickly my face adjusted – I thought it would protest at the sudden change. Instead, from the time I started I found that my skin was less oily but not dried out! I have problems with acne and while it isn’t cleared up yet, it seems to be doing better. The blemishes aren’t as deep and inflamed and the honey seems to be drawing out the impurities closer to the surface and healing the existing ones faster. 🙂 I haven’t felt the need to moisturize (and I’m in dry dry Utah) and the only time my skin has gotten over-oily is when I’ve worn make-up (I use a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation, so that might be why). In addition to using the honey I’m excited to try the oil cleansing method soon and hopefully my skin will continue to clear up enough that I feel confident to go out in public without make-up.
I am loving the honey challenge – my skin is softer. Some red blotches from old acne are lightening up.
I’ve been using the honey twice a day with the mornings me slathering some on my neck and letting it sit before I hop in the shower.
Now I’m going to give this a try because – still, at nearly 46 years of age – I still get oily skin/breakouts *sighs*
hello there lovely lady!
i have been doing the challenge…and loving it!
one quick question though:
i am using retin-a right now (i know, not so crunchy but my acne has been AWFUL) and i am worried about the baking soda being too rough of an exfoliant on my face.
what do you think? is there something else i should use or do you think it is ok?
thanks for your advice,
Has the retin-a been helping? I ask because I was on that and it made my skin something aweful – I went to a different dermatologist who said my skin was too sensitive.
After that I have used stuff for sensitive skin with good results but now – with the honey and other things – I get a pimple now and then but nothing like it was before.
it is working okay, although i am also using a benzoyl peroxide product as well so it might be the combination. retin-a is not something i would recommend to anyone except for people like me who have had TONS of acne problems for years 🙁
I have had acne problems for years as well – I break out all over my body. Nothing prescribed to me ever worked – not until I stopped trying to get rid of the acne but rather started taking care of my skin and keeping in mind that it is very senstive.
Acne isn’t fun at all, Aisha, not one bit and I hope this works for you. you may want to try dropping the Benzoyl Peroxide product and see if that helps or maybe only doing it 1x a day or every other?
Just suggestions – just pay attention to your skin
I had HORRIBLE acne till I was in my late 20’s- I started using tea tree and seaweed face wash- from my local organic store and began mixing my own moisturizer. I didn’t moisturizer before cause I though it would break me out more. I used aloe Vera cream, tea tree oil, lavender oil, and aloe Vera gel. Since using this, zit free, just small ones time to time but very, very rare. It was so bad I would to wake up before my boyfriend to put on gobs of concealer so he wouldn’t notice.
Just like everyone else here… I am just about addicted to the honeywash! Not only its so chemical-free, I love the fact its 2-in-1 being a moisturizing wash. less stuff and less cost, yet more effecttive 😀 what more can anyone ask? ;p
And the baking soda and honey cleanser- woohooo, did I say how absolutely delighted I am? OCM is fine but its nice to have easier alternatives…. now if only i can get an effective solution for my dark eyes? ;o
I have still been moisturizing. I’ve been using straight sweet almond oil. I also had a breakout after about 4 days of washing with the just the honey. I’ve been using witch hazel as a toner and it seemed to be better in just two days! Perhaps I’ll try the ACV. I am wondering if the honey is drawing out toxins because before I found your blog I was one of the LEAST crunchy people you would care to meet! I really enjoy your blog and your tips. I will definatly ease into more.
Jen @ Lita's world
I seriously think I’m on my way to my best skin EVER!! I love the way the cleansing with honey makes my face feel – soft, supple and yes, I definitely have that luscious glowy look. Best part – it’s not from the gallons of OIL my skin seems to produce each day!! The jar of honey has a permanent home in my bathroom now – right next to the bottle of ACV that lives there now!! Thanks for the fabulous tips!
I do find that I still need to moisturize just a tad after cleaning my face. I’m finishing up the last of my “mainstream” moisturizer, then I’ll be switching to jojoba oil.
Truth be told, while I really like the honey cleanse, I’m missing the OCM. Will try it with honey added this evening like you suggested.
What I really like about the honey cleanse is how unbelievably simple it is and how I’ll never have to worry about forgetting my face cleanser when I visit family out of town… I’ll just ask them where the kitchen is! 🙂
I’m like you, Stephanie, I miss the OCM. I’m wondering how many of the people that are having amazing glowiness are coming from OCM or regular evil cleansers? I’m hoping my lack of revelation to the honey is just because I’m already onto a good thing with the OCM.
Good point Kylieonwheels… it’s entirely possible that prior cleansing method used could affect the level of amazing glow achieved with the honey. Or… it could be that our skin responds more to the OCM than the honey. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens after the challenge and we try the OCM again, huh.
Yeah I agree. People who are going from cleanser to honey might be seeing the benefits of not using cleanser, over the other benefits of using honey. Anyhoo, I’m not here to rain on the parade! If there is glow, and it’s not chemically induced, it’s good!
I was doing research on the OCM and wanted to try that as well. (I have not tried either it or the honey face-wash yet.) I thought about maybe doing the honey face-wash as my daily cleanser and substituting in the OCM for the face-wash a couple times a week. Do you ladies think that would be a successful way of using both since the two of you have used both products? Also my skin is extremely acne prone so is there one method over the other that you would suggest works better for skin like mine?
Yay! I already know I’m going to love the honey in my oil at night!
please go easy and use an old baby powder container for your baking soda. Works wonderful to use in the bathroom. It squirts out a fine mist of baking soda and no clumps. Also go squirt your potty while you are at it and swish it to clean.
With such oily skin, I HAVE actually felt the the need to moisturize on occassion. However I do it at night before I go to bed. I have a homemade face cream that is full of natural oils (Grapeseed, Apricot, cocoa butter (Very little), coconut oil, & beeswax) and then pumped full of Elemi, Frankincense, & Lavender Therapuetic grade essential oils…All great for the skin. My face has never felt better…I’m loving the honey wash!
Robin @ Toxic Beauty Blog
Wow! Great post, Betty. I didn’t participate in the honey challenge but I think I may be a late entry! I adore using honey as a mask, but never thought of using it as a cleanser. For a while now I’ve been using the oil cleansing method especially after those long nights when I simply don’t feel like washing my face. My oil of choice has been coconut oil. I recently wrote about using avocados on your face and discovered avocado oil. I can’t wait to try that! I will definitely use your tips…and I especially love the one about using ACV as a toner. I’ve heard about that but never tried it and think it’s time to do it. I also must compliment you on the pictures. They look amazing and explain what to do step by step. Kudos to you, lady!
Robin @ toxicbeautyblog.com
I have to say that I am LOVING this honey face washing (even if my husband calls me a “tree-hugging” hippie which I have no problems with especially since he WILL come around). I do not have any need for moisturizer after using honey, however in St. Louis it constantly feels like you’re in a sauna all summer long. I have only used it for 3 days now and my face feels a little greasy at the end of the day but I think its just adjusting! I do have a few new blemishes (again adjustment period) probably due to wonderful mother nature but my strange patch of dry/flaky/oily skin on my chin is starting to clear! I am excited to use the OCM + honey method too because I do like to do an OCM wash 2 nights a week. Thanks for all the Crunching tips!
Haha, this is so close to what I’ve been doing the few times I’ve worn makeup this week. Instead of baking soda I’ve been using finely ground oats, and instead of straight ACV I’ve been using a mixed one that includes ACV. Go me 😀
Yes, I still moisturize simply b/c I’ve always done it and I feel like I’m doing my face good when I do……..and I use Vit E. oil……. I had done a lot of reading b4 I found your blog and was convinced Vit E oil was good for my face but I am most interested in what you think about it….or whether I could do just as good with OO for a fraction of the price.
I’m not sure where my head was yesterday…..but I don’t moisturize with “Vit E oil”….. I meant ARGAN oil!
I do put Vit E on my face (around my eyes) sometimes, but it’s ARGAN oil that I read was so good for your face and that I use as a moisturizer!
Thanks, Betty, in advance, for your input!
I love the honey wash. Today was day 5 and I didn’t even hesitate. I’m excited about trying the makeup removal method, and since I have everything I can start tonight.
I have NOT felt the need to moisturize since I started using the honey to wash. OF course, I’m in high humidity Florida. Also, I use tinted moisturizer as my base makeup so I technically get moisture from that anyway.
I did find a surprising added benefit to washing with honey, which *I* will be blogging about sometime this week. Stay tuned…
would which hazel work instead of acv?
I have same thought… I find the smell of ACV very strong (even it leaves my hair super shiny smooth and soft) may just stick to witch hazel with some EOs ;))
Witch hazel won’t balance your pH after using the baking soda, so it’s not going to serve the exact same purpose. However, it will tone your face – and it may be enough to “swipe” away the baking soda so it doesn’t leave your skin dry.
I’ve really been enjoying the honey wash, just spending the time has been valuable I think. I’ve found it a little difficult, as I just had surgery on the front of my mouth and it made my face swell up and bruise really badly, so it was hard to rub the honey on as I was rather tender. Also, because my skin was so taut from swelling, it felt a bit dry afterwards – although a different kind of dry compared to the dryness that I’ve always found followed chemicals. So I’ve been sing a dab of sweet almond oil just to moisturise afterwards, and combining that with a steamy flannel has helped! I’m looking forward to this week more as my face has gone down a lot and my bruises are starting to fade to a banana yellow, so hopefully it’ll be more clear how using honey affects my skin normally.
I do moisturize, but mainly because I use the ACV toner after I wash my face. It has a tendency to leave my face a little dry, so I moisturize with my homemade whipped shea butter. Not a ton or anything…a teensy bit of that goes a long way. I’m still trying to find raw honey; my trip to the farmer’s market this weekend yielded no results, so I’m going to try my luck at the grocery store. Either way, I’m loving the honey wash so far!
I can’t wait to try this to remove the slight makeup I wear on occasion. I’ve been using coconut oil to remove eye makeup and that has just been alright. I’m going to try the olive oil and see if that works better.
I do moisturize after the honey wash and I also use a toner. The toner and AM face lotion I use are store bought that I’ve been using for a while. I’m slowly trying to find alternatives. The PM lotion I use is from Lush and I have a love hate relationship with it. It’s nice, clean, and smells awesome. However I feel it’s a bit heavy for my skin. I want something lighter that will be absorbed easily.
I will say that using the honey has cleaned my face really well and my face is more accepting of lotions. They blend in easily and effortlessly.
Love, Love, Love!!! I seriously need to buy a little bottle for my honey, because getting it straight out of the jar is getting messier by the day. 😛
I have felt the need to moisturizer, but that’s because I got a little too much sun on my face yesterday. /: However, I’m so new to this crunch business that I don’t really have the supplies, or even the know-how to make my own moisturizer. I’m gonna look into OCM today though.
Any recommendations on essential supplies in a crunchy household (I’ve already got baking soda and ACV :D)?
Hey, Nina! I’m not Betty, but I noticed your question and thought of this PDF that she put together a while ago that answers your question:
Good luck and happy crunching, sister!
Oh yea! I completely forgot about that list. I ran into it a couple weeks back, thanks so much Kesha!
I have not felt the need to moisturize and I have noticed that most of my dry patches are gone. However, my face still has breakouts. I had a super stressful week last week though, so I would guess it wouldn’t have mattered what I used. This week will be the real test.
Let’s answer those questions one by one (yes, I’m a teacher… teehee)…
*Have you felt the need to moisturize with your honey wash? Actually, I’ve seen a touch of dry skin on the tip of my nose, but that’s IT
*If so, what have you been using? I use a dab of olive oil, which I rub in and then pat around my eyes to add a touch of extra moisture there.
*How much are you LOVING THIS? Um, only a TON. Here’s my most recent blog post: http://decadentphilistines.blogspot.com/2011/07/challenge-accepted-enjoyed-and-embraced.html, which I posted this morning. I am sitting here with honey on my face right. now. Super in love. Many, many thanks for my gorgeous face (and some extra confidence, which helps me feel even more gorgeous). Much love!
Sometimes I have felt the need to spritz my face with my summertime toner (1/2 rosewater + 1/2 mix of 3 hydrosols) and then moisturize with a teeny bit of aloe life skin gel + one drop of my homemade face serum (mix of carrier oils + EOs). Otherwise, I have mostly just used one drop of my usual homemade eye oil (mix of carrier oils, no EOs) around my eye area only. The rest of my face feels good most of the time. I live in San Diego and while it is pleasantly warm, the humidity is typically much lower than the rest of the U.S. in the summer.
I am very definitely LOVING the honey wash!!!!! I have been looking for a homemade way to wash my face for when my face wash is gone (I’ve already ditched the other items) and now I know what it will be. Honey wash most of the time! 🙂 I do like the OCM for makeup days, which are few and far between. Adding a few drops of honey will be a fun new experiment next time I wear makeup… 😉
Thank you sooo much for the challenge!!!!! Who knows when I would have gotten around to trying honey if not for the challenge…. 😉
Yes! I’m loving it! No need at all to moisturize at this point. Thanks for the tips.