Homemade Cleanser inspired by LUSH Angels on Bare Skin

You only need 3 ingredients to make this All-natural cleanser. With honey, ground almonds and clay you gently exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse your face. Every morning and evening will feel like a trip to the spa!

The original product contains water and glycerin, but I’m using another one of nature’s magical ingredients: honey!

DUPE LUSH ANGELS ON BARE SKIN | A DIY by The Makeup Dummy

What I used:

  • 6 tablespoons of finely Ground almonds
  • 3 tablespoons of Kaolin clay
  • 1 tablespoon raw Honey

Optional:

  • dried lavender flower buds – because it looks very pretty

1. Measure your ground almonds and clay

Scoop the ground almonds and clay into a mixing bowl. Stir until the ingredients are mixed together.

I often read online that you can’t use metal bowls, spoons or other utensils when handling clays. Some say that when clay comes into contact with metal it makes the clay useless, others say it absorbs ‘dirt’ from the spoon.

As these sources seem to contradict each other, I tried to find a good scientific article that backs up these claims. But I couldn’t find one.

From what I understand, clay can only exchange ions with metals in water. And even when you’re mixing water and clay, the chance of ion transfer is very slim. Read more about this in my clay face mask article here.

So it seems like you can just use regular metal spoons when handling clay. Especially when you’re only using your tools to scoop the dry powder out of the container into the mixing bowl.

If this still worries you, I see no harm in opting for ceramic, plastic or glass tools instead. The only material I wouldn’t recommend is wood, as they are harder to clean and to keep hygienic.

2. Add your honey

Take half of your dry ingredients and add two heaping tablespoons of honey.

Start stirring it all together. You can get your (very clean!!) hands in there if you want. Actually it’s the absolute best method for this.

Keep adding more of your dry ingredients to the mixture and ‘knead’ it together until it starts to look like dough. After a while the mixture should no longer stick to your fingers.

3. Roll and serve

Now you can roll it out, if you so choose, on a (very clean!!) countertop. Sprinkle your dried lavender flowers all over the ‘dough’. Roll it up and sprinkle more lavender buds on top.

It’s ready for use!

DUPE Angels on Bare Skin from Lush - make it with 3 simple ingredients! including honey  The Makeup Dummy
A paste-swatch of my new homemade cleanser

Recently I rediscovered coconut oil as a makeup remover.

After I take all of my makeup off, I take a pinch of cleanser and add a little water in the palm of my hand.

I ‘knead’ it until it forms some sort of paste (see picture above). Keep the ‘almond milk’ that’s forming and rub it all together on your face.

Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

This cleanser doesn’t have a broad spectrum preservative added to it, so it will have a limited shelf life. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and use up right away. Make sure no water can come into the container. Use a clean spoon to scoop some of the product out. Keep a careful eye out for any signs of spoilage.

Enjoy your soft, angelic skin!

13 Comments

  1. Sivani 15 April 2016 at 14:12

    Hi I tried making this today and it smells and feels exactly like the original. thanks 🙂

    Reply
    1. The Makeup Dummy 15 April 2016 at 21:05

      I’m so happy you like it, Sivani!

      Reply
  2. Rain 22 October 2016 at 20:58

    Is the kaolin clay necessary or can it be substituted by another ingredient?

    Reply
    1. The Makeup Dummy 23 October 2016 at 14:36

      Yes, you can substitute it with finely ground oats.

      Reply
  3. Sally Farrington 2 November 2016 at 01:45

    if you were making these for gifts, do you have suggestions for packaging them?

    Reply
    1. The Makeup Dummy 2 November 2016 at 06:42

      Hmmm … I would say in small glass mason jars! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Michelle 7 November 2016 at 03:08

    Is there a certain “shelf life” you would recommend? Since there’s no water and vit. E it seems like it would last a while, but if I make it for a friend I wanted to give them a time frame! Also would you recommend refrigerating it or can it be left out?

    Reply
  5. sara 13 December 2016 at 12:34

    hey, where could i buy kaolin clay? is it cheap and easy to find?

    Reply
  6. Megan 5 January 2017 at 06:18

    Just made this today, and so far it seems amazing! I love the use of honey as a binder and moisturizer.

    Reply
  7. Bianca 28 July 2017 at 02:46

    Can I use bentonite clay as a substitute? I also have two jumbo bags of rolled oats sitting in my kitchen. Which one might be a better substitute for kaolin clay?

    Thanks for the recipe!!

    Reply
    1. The Makeup Dummy 31 July 2017 at 18:29

      They both sound like great substitutes to me! 🙂 I love oats as a cleanser/facial scrub, but I would blend them to a fine powder first. Oats can clog your drains quite easily.

      Reply
  8. Laura 9 January 2019 at 06:37

    Looks awesome! What is the approximate shelf life of this?

    Reply
  9. Harri 11 March 2019 at 14:48

    i can’t wait to try this but, can you suggest any substitution for the honey? Thank you

    Reply

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