Posted on Feb 11, 2015 in BEAUTY, CREATE

Since purchasing my own essential oils, I have absolutely been loving making my own beauty products. It’s like cooking, but for your skin.

One of my all time favorite products ever is Ultrabland from Lush. I started using it over a year ago, and my skin just keeps thanking me. This type of cleanser is a no soap balm, and the ingredients clean your face without stripping it of its natural oils. It helps with all skin types, so don’t be afraid. I have mentioned this cleanser several times in my blog, and I’ll love it forever, but I wanted to see if I could make my own.

IMG_0233After a little research and trial and error, I figured it out. I found this recipe to get me started, but I changed it a bit.

5 tbsp almond oil
5 tbsp rose water
2 tbsp aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerin
1 Tbsp beeswax
1 tsp honey
a few drops vitamin E oil (I used 5)
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil

I used rose water concentrate, which comes in an essential oil bottle. I combined 5 drops of this to 5 tablespoons of water to get my rose water, like the recipe calls for. I used vegetable glycerin instead of aloe vera gel, because that’s what I had on hand. I also added 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of tea tree essential oils. These are good for your skin, but also will help the cleanser have a longer shelf-life, as they naturally fight bacteria.

You can find all the steps on this post from The Makeup Dummy. She has tons of awesome beauty product recipes!

Using a hand mixer was also super helpful. You’re mixing oils with waters, so you really need to mix it up well to get it to set. I’m still getting the hang of working with beeswax, though, so let me know if you have any tips. I haven’t figured out the best way to melt it.

The result? The consistency of the homemade version is different than the original, but I might like it better, actually. I’ve used it several times so far, and it works just the same and leaves my face feels just as clean and soft. I love Ultrabland so much (and I’m not saying I’ll never purchase it again, because I probably will), but it is about $30 for a 3.5 ounce supply (which lasts about 6 months), and I made my version for about $2.50. I’m not good at math, so don’t quote me on that.

To use this product, you simply rub a small amount onto your face without water. Smear it around enough to break down the dirt and makeup on your face, and then wipe clean with a warm washcloth. It is super gentle and removes all the junk from your face.

The original definitely has super high quality ingredients, but it was fun to make my own and save some money!

I’d love to hear about your own homemade products! Have you ever made soap or anything like that? Leave me a comment below.


  1. Meg @ Adventures in Verdance
    February 13, 2015

    This looks awesome! I’ve made some sugar scrubs, but nothing past that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Michelle
    April 10, 2017

    Hope it’s not too late to ask but your site says 1t of wax and Makeup Dummy said 1T. Which should I use?

    • Kayla
      April 10, 2017

      Hi Michelle!

      You’re right! The Makeup Dummy does say tablespoon, so I would go with that. That’s what I originally based this DIY off of, and now I just sort of eyeball it, but I would go with more rather than less. You need the wax to make the balm hold together. Thanks for commenting! Hope that helps!

      • Michelle
        April 10, 2017

        Thanks for the lightening fast response! That’s what I was thinking. I’m adding a few other things to it so the extra beeswax will definitely help. 🙂

        • Kayla
          April 10, 2017

          Perfect! No problem at all! I’m actually just avoiding work for grad school. Ha! 😉 Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Ella Anne Smith
    November 11, 2018

    Do you know the shelf life?

    • Kayla
      November 12, 2018

      I would say about a month. Any longer than that, and the oils will start to go rancid, I’m afraid.


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