Cheap, Organic Face Wash

My month long challenge of slowly ridding our house of nasty chemicals began several weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I shared my Recipe for Facial Moisturizer  and last week-my DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent.

I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.

But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.

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If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus week to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.

Without further ado: here is Phase 3 of ridding my house of chemicals-Cheap, Organic Face Wash made from nothing other than oatmeal.


First things first-this ‘recipe’ is simple-so simple in fact, that it shouldn’t be called a ‘recipe’. Oatmeal naturally exfoliates the skin, reduces redness, fades out sun spots and leaves the skin feeling supple.


Here’s all that you’ll need for your Cheap, Organic Face Wash:

Coffee grinder or blender
Old Fashioned Oats (not the quick oats)


Grind about 1-2 cups of oatmeal in the coffee grinder/blender until it has become very fine.


There will still be a few chunky oats here and there, but for the most part it should be almost flour-like.


Throw the oats in a jar and label it with a cute label.


To use the Face Wash, grab a handful of the ground oats while standing over a sink.


Add a bit of water to the oats, until it feels more like a dry dough.


Humble yourself and take pictures as you apply the mixture to a dry face.


Rinse off with warm water. Take more humbling pictures of your crazy hair, sans make-up self that you share with the world.


This face wash costs approximately $.01 or less per usage. And I’ve noticed my sun spots fading. That’s stinking awesome.


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60 Responses to "Cheap, Organic Face Wash"

  1. Donata from DK's Craft Cafe says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Rebekah!

  2. terry says:

    Your sun spots fading? I’m all over that. I will definitely be trying this. I would be thrilled if you shared this at our Link It Up Thursday party going on until Monday.

  3. Just Winging It says:

    Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

  4. Paula Parrish says:

    Hello Rebekah,
    Way to go, reducing the amount of chemicals in your home is so awesome. We have been chemical free for years and we love it. Thanks for sharing this oatmeal facial wash.
    Smiles, Paula

  5. Sarah says:

    I love this! I will take cheap organic body stuff anyday! I have a recipe for homemade lemon sugar scrub on my craft blog. I would love for you to check it out and follow me so that we can share ideas in the future! 🙂

    Sarah @

  6. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    I’ve used oatmeal on my face before, but I need to start doing it again 🙂

  7. Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z says:

    You had me with the sun spots! Great idea.. thanks

  8. Rachael says:

    Ha! Great post, I use ground oats, but I mix them with an egg white and put them on like a mask and let it dry. Works great too!

    • Rebekah says:

      I’m going to have to try this, Rachael. I use to “egg my face” when I was a little girl trying to be like my mommy. It works so well, I still do it today!

  9. Mrs. Delightful says:

    Great post! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  10. Rachelle says:

    I’m so glad you are doing this series! I want to be chemical-free, but hate how much it costs to do it the storebought way. Thank you for these recipes. And I think your face is beautiful without makeup!

  11. Stephanie L says:

    So…does this remove makeup and daily gunk from your face, too? Sounds like a great thing to try. I tried OCM and it didn’t work for me, so I would love to try this!

    • Rebekah says:

      This is a Face Wash-I use it every day to remove makeup, etc. It isn’t a mask, if that’s what you were wondering. But, as pointed out by Rachael from an earlier comment-you can add egg to this and make it into a mask, if you like! Hope that clears this up for you!

  12. Bren says:

    Loved it. I learned something new that I will remember and try. Bren

  13. Kadie says:

    How easy!! I am going to make some tonight. Pinning it too. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  14. Jill says:

    Ok – no excuse for not trying this one! Oats really are great for the skin – I remember having oatmeal baths when I had excema problems (oats were in a muslim bag in the bath so it wasn’t like a porridge bath!!)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. keri stevenson says:

    Hi there,
    This seems really wonderful for an exfoliant more than an actual cleanser…The concept is brilliant for sensitive/reactive skin for sure. Is there some kind of emulsion you could maybe ad to give it a little slip/creamier feel and something that feels a little more cleanser like? I love to use cream cleansers because they are usually lower in PH than most squeeky clean cleansers that dry your skin out….Maybe aloe? or maybe a grape seed oil,and honey? Oil helps to clean oil, and the honey is antibacterial as well as soothing. You could add as needed to the dry oatmeal…I am going to try this and I will let you know! Take care, Keri

    • Rebekah says:

      Let me know what you come up with! Oatmeal is a great all around skin cleanser, bruise and sun spot reducer, as well as helping to even out redness/puffiness. If you find something that gives it a more “slippier” feel and works great, I’d love to know! I was trying to find something very simple and cheap-I was tired of spending way too much to wash my face! This works great and is obviously cheap and very easy to make! Thanks for ideas!

  16. Becky says:

    This is great–I am going to try it==love that it is chemical free!

  17. Just Winging It says:

    Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop.

  18. Claire @ Polkadot~pretties says:

    Fabulous project!!!
    Thank you for linking up, hope you will stop by my blog today and link up another great project…
    Claire xox

  19. Jamie says:

    Ooh I can’t wait to try this! Thanks! 🙂

  20. Amy Bowman says:

    You will be featured on New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!!

  21. 'Becca says:

    I’ve heard of using oatmeal IN facial cleansers, but I didn’t know you could use it alone! My daily face wash is equally simple and organic: honey. Once in a while I use this two-ingredient exfoliating scrub that doubles as a household cleanser!

    Why do you need to start with old-fashioned instead of quick-cooking oats? I thought the quick ones were just cut smaller–which would mean less blender time to grind them. Is there something else different about them?

    • Rebekah says:

      I’ve learned from trial and error that the quick oats don’t make a decent paste and they also don’t exfoliate as they are cleaning. They are just too mushy and sloppy. I can’t wait to try your two ideas-the honey and the scrub/household cleanser. (I love things that are double duty!) Thanks for sharing-I’ll be right over to check out your sight!

  22. creative Mrs. Smith says:

    Love this & I will most certainly be giving this a try! Thank you so much!!! 🙂

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    This is brilliant. I’m following via bloglovin’ 🙂 xx

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  28. Cbm says:

    I think is great however, Quaker oats are NOT organic. As a matter of fact if you use this recipe you should buy GMO FREE ORGANIC oats. I would steer clear of quaker.

  29. CBM says:
    Quaker brand and parent company is on that list. If it has GMO there is NO possible way it is organic. I hope this does not come across in a mean way, I just want to make sure people are aware what Organic actually means.
    If you have a local co op you can buy Organic oats in bulk for way cheaper then at the grocery store.

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  32. Vickie Hall says:

    Great Girl!

    In cosmetology school a similar oatmeal concoction was presented. Later in a elementry school on career day, I let the girls try out the oatmeal facial. One little girl said Ewww, If I have to do this to become a woman forget it !!!!
    I laughed so hard, she had oatmeat spread in her hair down her chin and what a mess. However the oatmeal facial leaves the skin soft and clean.
    I was laughing throughout your presentation and loved every minute.


    • Rebekah says:

      That’s hilarious! I love the little girl’s response. Classic! I love my oatmeal face wash and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought again!

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  39. Laurel says:

    What cleans your face then if its just oatmeal?

    • Rebekah says:

      Great question! Oatmeal is nature’s cleanser: Oatmeal relieves itchiness, redness, dryness and minor irritations (hives, allergies, etc). It absorbs and removes dirt & impurities as it gently exfoliates the skin without all the harmful chemicals that are found in most skincare products. It also helps the skin to fight against free radicals because it’s so abundant in anti-oxidants. And the end result is smoother, clearer and brighter skin without all the dang money accompanied with beauty products.

  40. nikki says:

    i just tried this today, and so far it works pretty well :D. i was actually surprised at how well this removed my foundation. mind you, i use a LOT of liquid foundation. the only two complaints i have is that is a little messy , and grinding it up was a pain in the ass. i used a blender and it nearly took me about ten minutes to grind it up to the consistency that i liked. i used it in the shower, but i think i’ll use it at the sink next time.since dipping my slippery hands into a mason jar while showering is a bit of a hassle! thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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  42. moop says:


    This sounds great- never thought of such a simple approach. I’m going to try it, thanks!

    One thing- I don’t think Quaker Oats are organic, are they?

    • Rebekah says:

      No-Quaker Oaks aren’t necessarily organic. But it was all that I had on hand when I went to photograph the process. Sorry about any confusion!

  43. Rain says:

    Hi Rebekah,

    I tried washing my face with Quaker oatmeal, afterwards, my face reddens and shows a lot of red spots, almost like pimples that are suddenly shows up immediately after I wash my face.

    Is this some sign of allergy? I thought oatmeal is antiallergy itself by reducing redness but it didn’t appear so :/

    Do you have another solution for me, maybe? Thank you very much. I like your blog 🙂

  44. Renee says:

    Hi Rebekah, I love the idea but does it remove makeup??

  45. Tammy says:

    Why can’t you use quick cook oats?

  46. Barbara says:

    I am new to your site and I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was. I have been on a lot ot other sites recently that have homemade natural recipes for various household cleaners and I have noticed that some (not all) althought well meaning give off this insincere ingenuine attitude. One was wo bad I could not even read what it said because the background color was so dark and the print was so light! How inconsiderate of the vistiors/followers of that site. To me it just showed how they do not take it seriously, it is just something to do, a fad to them.

    I do however find your site the total opposite. You write how you probably talk in person. You project a very sincere genuine attitude. This is good if you really want people to keep coming back and to refer it to their friends. Some of the other sites have not figured this out yet.

    I myself, have been using vinegar in a bucket of hot water to give my floor a final rinse after mopping for an insect deterrent and to let the floor shine through. It worked beautifully. I have also used vinegar and wather to clean my windows drying them with old newspaper and that worked gread also. I have not made up any other homemade household cleaners until this last year. In December 2013 I moved into a new apartemtn building that was green and sustainable. The person that designed this building has won many awards for his work. The building management had some people come and discuss using green homemade cleaners instead of the harsh chemical cleaners available at the market to prevent damage to the appliances and surfaces of the unit. This was great! I had been using Borax for a while in my laundry by that time so incorperating it into other cleaning jobs I have on a daily basis was a no brainer.

    When I am out and about doing my shopping, I cannot believe that there are so many people out there that are doing the same thing and becoming more green with theri household cleaning products. I met a man at a large discount store that when i was telling him that recently I had a hard time finding vinegar because it was the canning season, he let me know that his wife uses the same products that I was needed or purchasing at the time in making her own shower cleaner. That was so funny, to hear a man discuss household cleaning prducts. I was impressed though because he knew what his wife was making her own and not buying it in the store, that he knew that she said it worked well on the hard water deposits in the shower. I was so glad I met him that day and I sure hope I run into him again because he was so great! To me he wasn’t only a great catch for a husband but also a great salesman for the company he worked for because he told me how much those things together worked so I if I did not purchase those products on a regular basis I would which would creadt a sale and a regualr customer because he said how good it works! I do buy all those products and will continue to purchase those products because I use them on a regualr basis anyway but will be using them now in making all my homemade household cleaners!

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep it simple and keep it natural just like you are doing now and you will go far with this site. Thanks for everything!


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