DIY Coconut Oil Face Wash with Essential Oils

During my teen years, my skin was perfect. I’m not even joking.I could probably count on one hand how many zits I had. That all changed once I started having kids. Since getting pregnant for the first time when I was 22 years old (I’m 33 now), my skin has broken out like crazy. I finally started seeing a dermatologist, but everything she wanted me to do was crazy to me. One of which was take a low dose antibiotic every day. Um…hello…crazy! Can you imagine the horrible yeast infection that would form from that? Sheesh! I respectfully declined. Little did I know, I had a solution sitting in my pantry…coconut oil!

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I’ve posted before about my love for essential oils and making better decisions for myself and my family to live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve read a lot about coconut oil and all the billions of uses for it from cooking to swishing with it in your mouth…I haven’t done that yet, I’m kind of scared! One of the things I read was that you could wash your face with coconut oil. So I did and I love it!

Why Does it Work?

Simply put, oil dissolves oil. When you wash your face with coconut oil you are, essentially removing all the gross, dirty oil and replacing it with pure, clean oil. Our skin needs oil.

DIY Coconut Oil Face Wash with Essential Oils Recipe


  • 2/3 cup Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • Young Living Lavender Essential Oil (I used 70 drops)


  1. Place the coconut oil and lavender essential oil in a mixing bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix the two together until you have a nice creamy mixture.
  3. Put the mixture into a small mason jar and secure the lid tightly.


coconut oil

To Use

This part is IMPORTANT!! You only need a little bit…maybe about a teaspoon or less. This is one of those things where less is definitely more! Massage the coconut oil into your face for about 30 seconds or so. Take a wash cloth and using hot water place the wash cloth on your face and then gently wipe off. Be careful not to get the coconut oil in your eyes…just trust me on this one!

You will not need to moisturize your face after. Your skin will feel and look AMAZING! And with the winter months quickly approaching, you will want to jump on this beauty routine. There is nothing worse than having dry, itchy skin in the winter!

You can add whatever essential oil you would like. I chose to go with Young Living Lavender oil because lavender oil is soothing to the skin, helps promote good sleep and it is relaxing to your mind and body. Who wouldn’t want to rub that all over their face at night before bed?!?

coconut oil

**Please note, for some people I’ve read that there could be a transition period. So you could potentially see your face get worse before it gets better. This doesn’t happen with everyone, and it hasn’t happened with me, but it could. Stick it out! I’m sure you will love the results, I know I am!**


  1. I might try this, but glad to know there is a “stick it out” phase or I would stop…lol. I never give things enough time to work.

  2. I’ll have to try this! I would probably choose the Lavender as well – it totally calms me. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Yes, I love coconut oil… I use it for everything, it works so good on dry skin as well.

  4. I’ve never thought about using coconut oil as face wash! That’s a great idea!

  5. Coconut oil and lavender together are like peas and carrots. Love me some lavender STRAIGHT UP usually, but together? Oh, mama.

  6. Interesting I would never have thought to use oil for a face mask. thanks for the recipe.

  7. Stephanie Keeping says:

    I love coconut oil. There is so much you can do with it.

  8. This is a great idea! I love homemade beauty items. Too bad I’m allergic to coconut oil on my skin.

    • If you are allergic to coconut oil on your skin would castor oil and sunflower seed oil work? This is what I use every night & I’ve been doing it for almost 3 years now. Love the texture & smoothness of my skin. Blackheads – gone. I had a nose full of blackheads that nothing could remove, after about 3 weeks they were all gone & have not returned.
      Use the same technique for washing recommended above.

  9. Mmmm, this just sounds heavenly! I love my lavender eo… one of my favorites! I haven’t tried CO on my face yet though – and I need to!

  10. Interesting…I need to try this. My skin as been so dry lately. I have both things already, too!

  11. Oh, thank you thank you! I have been feeling like my skin is falling off because it’s been so dry recently. This is exactly what I needed.

  12. I’ve used coconut oil for years as a moisturizers but not as a wash. And I am a firm believer in essential oils. This is fabulous and I am going to whip up a batch for myself and my girls. 🙂

  13. I love using coconut oil for body scrubs, but had never thought to use it on my face. What a great idea to create a really natural cleanser!

  14. I have really sensitive skin, but I would give this a try. I love that it is chemical free!

  15. I use Coconut Oil everyday and night love it! Great article :o)

  16. Mmmmm, I bet that smells incredible too. Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely give this a try.

  17. My skin history is the other way around, as I can count on one hand the times my skin has been PERFECT. I’ve been inflicted with what I call “teenage skin” since I was a pre-teen! My skin is horribly sensitive and barely can tolerate any skin care or make-up products. I’ve actually tried coconut oil as a cleanser before yet it only made my skin worse. Maybe I should have just stuck it a little longer.

    • Or you could try what I recommended for Kim in an earlier post. Castor oil & sunflower seed oil. Great results for me!

  18. I’ve heard about this before but I’ve never tried it before. This sounds like a good challenge for my teenager

  19. I get horrible zits from the coconut oil. It makes my face so oily and clogs my pores…even when using literally a smidge.

  20. Ohhh I want to try this! Thanks!

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