Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY No-Rinse Facial Cleansing Cloths

If you have been following my blog for a little bit or know me personally you know how much I love using cloth wipes on my girls for diaper changes.  Every morning when I wipe a cold and wet disposable facial cleansing cloth across my face I think about those nice soft and warm wipes in my girls wipes warmers.  I have been telling myself for months that when my older daughter potty learns that I will take her wipes warmer and make my own wipes, but I just couldn't wait anymore!
A few weeks ago I purchased a travel size wipes warmer, borrowed some of the girls wipes and started experimenting with my own facial solution.  My goals were to keep it simple and to make a solution that I don't have to rinse off. 

The Ingredients
I did a lot of research about what ingredients I should put in my wipes solution including research on the Internet and also asked my local health food store.  I wanted something that was good for my combination (and acne prone) skin and something to moisturize so I included tea tree oil and coconut oil.  Tea tree oil has so many benefits including being antimicrobial and anti fungal and is a great treatment for acne.  Coconut oil is good for moisturizing your skin and can be used as a makeup remover.  Both of these are beneficial when left on the skin.  I decided to use distilled water as my base as using tap or filtered water will make the wipes smell musty.

Using My New Wipes
I "borrowed" some of my daughter's cloth wipes, mixed my solution, wet all my wipes and put them in my wipes warmer.  My small warmer only holds about 5-6 wipes so I just make enough solution for those wipes.  Since I only use one a day this lasts me about a week.  I like the cloth wipes that I make because I like to scrub my face a bit withe the terry cloth side and then wipe it down with the flannel side.  At first I tried to store extra solution in a plastic bottle, but the coconut oil separates from the water and hardens, so you have to rewarm it anyways when you want to use it.  If you don't want to use a wipes warmer you can probably just store your solution in a bottle and warm it in a sink of hot water, but I highly recommend the warmer. 
The Recipe
Over the past few weeks I experimented with a few different ratios in my recipe but this is what I have found to work the best.
1/2 cup distilled water
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
5 drops of tea tree oil
Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat until warm and coconut oil is melted, about 30 seconds.   Once it has cooled a bit I like to transfer mine to a squirt bottle and shake.  I then wet my wipes one by one by placing them in the warmer and squirting the solution on them until thoroughly wet.  The warmer will keep the coconut oil melted and feels so nice in the morning :).
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  1. Sounds awesome! Let me know how your skin responds.

    1. I've been using them for almost 3 weeks and like them a lot. Acne wise I don't see a big change but my skin is defiantly softer and more moisturized. I wouldn't recomend without trying it out first ;)

  2. Ooh, I'll have to try this. I won't have the coconut oil prob b/c we keep our house warmer & our coconut oil is pretty much always liquid except in the like 3 weeks of winter we have in Tampa!

  3. These look really cool! Is the tea tree oil very expensive?

    1. The tea tree oil was around $8, coconut oil was about $12 and it would be enough to probably last 6 months or more! The TTO will probably last years :)

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