Today, I am linking up with Katie from Bower Power and Young House Love for the Pinterest Challenge.  Their 2 additional hosts are:

You may remember I have linked up in the past, here were the projects:

Lego Table

Front Door Wreath

Fish Scale Wall Art

Striped Curtains

This time, I went a different route…beauty!

I have been seeing lots of pins with homemade beauty products.  I checked out the ingredient list of the current face wash I use and thought, “huh, that seems like a lot of strange chemicals to rubbing on my face all the time.”

I kept coming across the same homemade recipe over and over and figured I would give it a shot.  All the reviews were positive, and I knew I could find all the ingredients.  The two pins I referred to were at The Sensible Mom and Hand and Hand.

Here are the ingredients for homemade face wash:

1)Castor Oil

2)Sunflower Oil

3)Tea Tree Oil

Yup, that’s it…much better then all those chemicals!

I stopped by Walgreens and asked for Tea Tree Oil, they had it in the vitamin section, face washing section and skin care section (apparently it is more popular than I thought).  This is the ingredient that helps with acne.  Bonus, it makes the face wash smell like an aveda product.  Castor Oil can be found in the laxative section and I ran to the grocery store for the Sunflower Oil (it was in the health food section with the baking oils).  I also bought a small plastic bottle to mix it all in.  With everything, I spent about $15, but I will be able to refill the bottle numerous times (making it much cheaper than normal face wash).


I followed the directions on the website to get the right ratios:

For balanced skin, mix together 1 part castor oil and 4 parts sunflower/evo oil. Add a few drops of tea tree oil.

For oily skin, increase castor oil and decrease sunflower/evo oil.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil.

For dry skin, increase sunflower/evo oil and decrease castor oil.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Mixed it all in the bottle, and ended up with this:


At night, I massage it into my face.  Then I place a warm washcloth over my face to let the steam open up pores, and wipe it all off.

The pins warned that the first week or so, your face may look worse than normal as it pulls out all the gross stuff, but so far I haven’t experienced that.

I can tell that it really takes off all the make-up (no separate make-up remover is necessary, even on the eyes!) and leaves my skin feeling clean.  The oils are supposed to help make your face look radiant and youthful…I have only been using it for a few days, so I will keep you all posted!



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7 Thoughts on “Pinterest Challenge: Spring 2013

  1. This really is a great face wash. I’ve been using this for the past 7 months with great results. My mixture is 85% Sunflower Oil, 15% Castor Oil (I have somewhat dry skin). I use this at night only, and in the morning I just splash water on my face. I use 6 drops of the mixture in the morning for a moisturizer.

    Here’s the best part – I went on birth control two years ago to help control random acne I would get on my chin. Nothing would take it away and I’ve used everything from Proactive to Dermalogica. I went off birth control 3 months ago. I had a few spots show up but they cleared up within 2 days.

    I found your post through the Pinterest Challenge. Anyway, I hope you like it! I’d love to hear how it works out for you.


    • on May 9, 2013 at 8:19 am said:

      Great to know! Do you still use a toner at all? I have noticed that I don’t need it at night. I am still washing my face in the morning though, maybe I can work up to that! When you use it as a moisturizer, does it make your face look oily or shiny?
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Mary on May 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm said:

    I’m going to give this a shot. Keep us updated on your progress. I would be happy to know if you do eventually break out all over or if you stay acne free. When I tried Proactive, I broke out all over for 2 weeks, so I’m afraid of trying something new.

    • on May 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm said:

      I will definitely keep you posted on how it is working. Almost a week into it so far, and no break outs (woohoo).

  3. LOVE this! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

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