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Easy DIY Ultrabland LUSH inspired Cleanser

Easy DIY Ultrabland LUSH inspired Cleanser

It might feel a bit strange to wash your face with a thick goop-y cleansing balm. But once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to use another type of cleanser again! This DIY Ultrabland inspired recipe might seem plain and simple, but it’s far from boring!

Massage your face with your fingertips (this part alone makes it worth your while), and watch the makeup and dirt glide right off your skin.

I’ve changed the recipe for this DIY Ultrabland inspired cleanser a few times over the years. It went from containing water, to using less water to this completely oil based recipe. Common knowledge about making your own skin care products has changed a lot over the years that I’ve been blogging. Bloggers who had a much bigger following than me way back then where sharing these water and oil mixtures and boosting its great results. I considered them experts and didn’t question them for a second.

It took me a while to realize that people started looking at me for expert advice, and not just as a girl who shares the beauty recipes she made for herself at home. This encouraged me to take another look at my recipes, and that’s why I’ve changed this recipe to an oil based version. I will never consider myself an expert. As research is always evolving, I don’t think you can ever be one. But I sure want to learn.

This cleansing balm uses 2 key ingredients from the Ultrabland cleanser: beeswax and almond oil.

I added another skin loving ingredient of my own: Shea butter. This makes the balm softer and smoother and gives it extra moisturizing powers.

What I used:

• 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax
• 1 tablespoon of Shea butter
• 8 tablespoons of almond oil

• 1 drop of vitamin E oil
• 3 drops of essential oil – I used rose geranium, but if you can/want to splurge, use rose absolute!

This recipe make 2.5 oz of cleansing balm.

1. Melt your beeswax and Shea butter

Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of Shea butter in a double boiler and wait for it to completely melt.

2. Add your almond oil

Take your double boiler off the heat and stir in about 8 tablespoons of almond oil. Keep stirring until the oil has completely dissolved into the mixture.

3. Optional: add essential oil and vitamin E

You can add a few drops of essential oil to this mixture to enhance your recipe.

I used rose geranium essential oil. And not just for its amazing scent. It’s also considered to have a balancing effect on the skin, making it a great choice for oily skin types. It’s also said to help with acne and eczema.

If you want to use this cleansing balm for your eyes and eye area, I recommend leaving the essential oil out of this product. If you do want to use essential oils and are looking for an alternative to remove stubborn waterproof eye makeup, try my easy coconut oil makeup remover pads instead!

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I also added one drop of vitamin E oil to my DIY Ultrabland inspired cleanser. Vitamin E is considered an anti-oxidant and can help keep the oil from going rancid. As little as 1 % is enough to help prolong the shelf life. Vitamin E is not a preservative, so you still have to follow the general guidelines for safe use of oil based beauty products.

Keep all water out of your container. Use clean, dry hands or a clean spoon or spatula to scoop some of the product out of the container.

Store your container in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight. If kept with care this DIY cleansing balm can keep up to 6 months.

How to use your DIY Ultrabland inspired cleanser?

This is an amazing make up remover. It removes foundation and other face makeup without as much as a sweat.
First, splash lukewarm water all over your face. Take a small (like, pea size) amount of cleanser out of the jar. I like to rub it between my hands first.

Now gently massage your face with the mixture. Feels good, right?

Take a wash cloth with lukewarm water and clean your face. You’ll be amazed how easily everything comes off. Now cleanse your face and continue your night time skin care routine.

Enjoy your homemade face cleanser!


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Saturday 13th of July 2019

Thank you so much for posting this in a pure and simple way to reach out and share. I thought your generosity in sharing your own experimenting was so kind. My daughter and I love it, she feels really positive about her skin. We feel blessed you shared. Thank you Ina from our hearts to yours. What an inspiration :) xx

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Saturday 13th of July 2019

How sweet, thanks Jo! I'm so glad you both love it!


Monday 12th of November 2018

Whats the shelf life of this?


Tuesday 11th of April 2017

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Monday 30th of May 2016


I'm from South Africa and I can't find vitamin E oil anywhere, is there a substitute that is available?


Thursday 14th of April 2016

I worry that you are not using any form of preservative system in your recipe's. Especially with products like Aloe Vera & Oats. Essential oils, vitamin E, Benzoin & others are not preservatives. You are looking at getting mould & bacteria growing in your products. I'm no fan of lush but they actually use preservatives in their products, they just hide them most times in the fragrance oils or use parabens.


Friday 20th of January 2017

I agree about the lack of preservative. You MUST use a broad spectrum preservative when there are any water based ingredients. I usually use Liquid Germall Plus which is a great, broad spectrum preservative, paraben free and very easy to use. You literally use .5% (point 5 percent) of the total recipe. It's a very tiny amount and yet very effective. I'm not afraid of preservatives OR parabens but some people are so I try not to use anything with parabens. Benzoin is NOT a "natural preservative". Vitamin E is NOT a preservative, although uneducated people often try to claim that it is. There is NO essential oil that is an effective preservative. Grapefruit Seed Oil is also NOT a preservative. I see that one a lot too. Anyway, I'm much more afraid of bacteria, mold and fungus that begins growing within literally a day or two...long before you can see or smell that there is anything wrong. Very, very dangerous.

To the writer, I'm sorry. I don't like picking people's recipes apart but when I see dangerous information being given I feel a responsibility to speak up when I know better. If you would like to discuss with me further, you can email me at [email protected] I make all kinds of skin care products and have been studying this stuff for almost 3 years. It's a lot of fun. :) Other than the lack of preservative, I bet it's a great recipe! :)


Sunday 6th of November 2016

My thoughts excactly. I just stumbled upon this blog, and I truly love the recipes, but the lack of preservatives (or the lack of knowledge about water, preservatives and shelf life) is alarming. This product will probably last 3 - 4 days, because the glycerine contains water. You can't depend on smell and sight when it comes to bacteria. Leave out the glycerine, or add a preservative, and the recipe is perfect :)

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