Recipe - Gentle Facial Cleanser

glass bottle pumping homemade DIY cleanser in the shower

Inspired by everyone's favorite brand for sensitive skin, we've duplicated a famous non-foaming cleanser for your face! Featuring micellar technology for gentle cleansing and Organic Glycerin for the ultimate hydration. Your skin will say thank you to this gentle, creamy cleanser.

Want to Make it Yours? Add a splash of Hyaluronic Acid for even more hydration or a touch of your favorite extract.

Print the full recipe here.


  • Double boiler
  • Scale
  • Thermometer
  • Bottle with pump dispenser
  • Safety glasses, gloves, mask (for Creamy Coconut Surfactant)


Makes 200 grams or 8 ounces.

1 Distilled or Deionized Water 88.8%  177.60 g
2 Organic Glycerin 5.0% 10.0 g
3 Xanthan Gum* 0.2% 0.4 g
4 Creamy Coconut Surfactant 1.0% 2.0 g
5 Cetearyl Alcohol MB 4.0% 8.0 g
6 Preservative PE 1.0%  2.0 g
TOTAL 100%  200.0 g



Ingredients marked with an asterisk can be purchased from any supplier. Put on safety glasses and gloves.

Prepare a clean, sterilized double boiler with tap water in the bottom pan and add Deionized or Distilled Water (#1) to the top pan. Begin heating to 175ºF. While heating, premix Organic Glycerin and Xanthan Gum, gently stirring until homogenous. Add to main vessel. Use an immersion blender to disperse the premix.

At 175ºF, add Creamy Coconut Surfactant (#4). Use caution by wearing a mask, as Creamy Coconut Surfactant can be very dusty and the dust should not be breathed in. Continue to hold the temperature and gently stir to avoid aeration, until dissolved. Dissolving #4 may take minutes of slow stirring! Once #4 is dissolved, turn off heat and add Cetearyl Alcohol MB (#5). Gently stir until dissolved.

Once temperature has reached 110ºF during cool down, add Preservative PE (#6). Continue cooling. Fill into desired container.


Product Labeling

This product has a final pH of 5.5 - 6.5.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin



This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.

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