How to Wash Your Face with Honey and Jojoba Oil

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In my last post, I talked about how I simplified the beauty products that I use after I realized how many chemical ingredients were in the ones that I used to use. Part of that simplifying involved trying to find something new to wash my face with that was more natural than what I had originally been using.

There are so many different face washes out there that claim to be natural, but as I was searching online to find a good one, I came across the idea of using honey.

It seemed kind of strange to me at first to think about smearing sticky honey all over my face, but once I actually tried it, I realized that it actually does make a really good face wash, and it’s about as natural as you can get. Just one ingredient instead of the twenty or more that are usually in store bought face washes. I also love the fact that it’s something that’s edible. It certainly fits the advice of “don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t want feel safe putting in your mouth.” 

The Best Type of Honey to Use

If you’re going to use honey to wash your face, you want to make sure it’s a natural, good-quality honey. This is one case, though, where good quality doesn’t necessarily mean certified organic. Unlike fruits and vegetables that grow in the same spot, bees often travel a pretty far distance in search of pollen, and it’s pretty hard to guarantee that every flower a bee might come in contact with is certified organic. So, the main thing to look for is a honey that is essentially organic and without any additives or chemicals used in processing even if it doesn’t have an actual certified organic label.

It’s also best to use honey that is raw because honey that has been heated and heavily processed has lost many of the beneficial enzymes and healing properties of raw honey. You want to look for a label that says “raw” and “unfiltered.” Raw, unfiltered honey often has more or a creamy and opaque texture to it because it still has bits of beeswax, pollen, and propolis in it.

The color and texture can vary depending on the type of honey, how recently it was harvested, and how much it was strained, so you can’t always go by texture, but what you want to avoid is the really heavily processed honey that’s been heated to high temperatures and ultra-filtered to the point that there’s no pollen left in it at all.

You can read more about finding good-quality honey in these articles:

Where to Find Good Quality Honey

If you’re looking for good quality honey that’s natural, raw, and unfiltered, your best bet is to stay away from the really cheap honey in the grocery store and get your honey from a local farmer or from a farmer’s market. Many health food stores also carry good quality, real honey (and some regular grocery stores do, too, if they have a “natural” section.) The main thing you want to avoid is the “fast food” version of honey.

If you don’t have any good sources of raw honey near where you live, you can also find good quality honey online. You can find some good options for raw, unfiltered honey online here.

Why Honey is a Better Option than Other Face Washes

The face wash I used to use was one of those foaming kinds that makes your face feel really, really clean. Too clean, actually. Even though the foaming wash was great at removing makeup, my skin always felt so tight and dry after using it that I couldn’t stand to go one minute without putting on moisturizer.

With the honey though, I don’t have that problem at all. The honey is so much more of a gentle cleanser, and since honey has healing qualities to it, it helps make your skin healthier rather than cleansing it harshly like a lot of drugstore cleansers do.

I still use natural oils (like jojoba oil or almond oil, or tamanu oil) as a moisturizer since my skin tends to get dry, especially in the winter time, But unlike my old foaming cleanser, the honey leaves my face feeling moisturized enough that I don’t feel like I absolutely need to put on moisturizer the moment I finish washing my face. And just a few drops of jojoba oil are enough. (You can find the jojoba oil I’ve been using here.)

I found out about the idea of combining the honey and jojoba oil after stumbling across this post from Tracy at I watched Tracy’s video about how she washes her face with the honey and the jojoba oil and decided to give it a try. I really liked her method, and I’ve been doing basically the same thing she does for the past few months now. This is what I’ve found to be a good routine:

A Simple Honey and Jojoba Oil Routine

1) The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your hair is pulled back completely away from your face (if you have long hair.) I’ve made the mistake of getting honey in my hair before, and it’s kind of a sticky mess.

2) Then you want to spread a thin layer of the honey over your face. I’ve found that it works best not to splash any water on your face before applying the honey because it seems to absorb better on dry skin.If your skin is wet, the honey seems to clump in spots and doesn’t go on as evenly.

3) Then, you can either wash the honey off right away, or, if you have time, you can leave it on for a little while like a mask to allow the beneficial properties in the honey to be better absorbed into your skin. Even if you only have a few minutes, you could put on the honey and then have breakfast or plan what you’re going to wear for the day and then wash it off.

4) When you’re ready to wash off the honey, all you need to do is to splash some warm water on your face and gently wash it away like you would with a regular face wash. You won’t feel the same soapy texture like with face wash, but you can tell when the honey is all rinsed off when you don’t feel any stickiness left on your skin.

5) Then pat your face dry with a towel and apply jojoba oil (or any other natural oil) for a moisturizer if desired. I usually just put a couple of drops of oil in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and then pat them over my face to distribute the oil evenly. I’ve found that doing it this way seems to give just the right amount of moisture. (And if you like, you can even add a few drops of essential oils that are good for the skin like lavender or tea tree to your bottle of jojoba oil.)

And that’s it for the morning. Then I apply my makeup if I’m planning to wear some or, if not, I’m ready to go about my day.

In the evening, I do basically the same thing except that I wash my face with both the honey and the jojoba oil together because the jojoba oil works as a great makeup remover.

I’m Never Going Back to Drugstore Products

I’ve been washing my face this way for a while now, and I really love it. It’s so much simpler than my old face-washing routine since the honey and jojoba oil work as a makeup-remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all in one. Rather than using three separate products (with dozens of different ingredients in each one), I love being able to just use the two ingredients of honey and jojoba oil.

I’ve found that the cost works out to be at least the same if not even cheaper than the other products I used to use. Even though the raw honey can be a bit pricey depending on which type you get, it still ends up being economical in the long run because you don’t have to buy a separate product for each step of your cleansing routine. (And since some store-bought face washes are pretty expensive, the honey might actually be even cheaper.)

And the jojoba oils is really cost-effective too. Since you only use a few drops at a time, a bottle of it lasts for literally months. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the bottle I’m using lasts me for half a year or more.

With my new honey and jojoba oil routine that’s completely natural, simple, and economical, I have no desire to ever go back to my old drugstore products!

How to wash your face with honey and jojoba oil |

Other DIY Natural Beauty Recipes to Try:

DIY Skin Cleanser for Sensitive Skin by Beauty and the Foodie

DIY Serum for Puffy Eyes by Oh Lardy

DIY Mirical Anti-Aging Skin Butter by Mary Vance, NC


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41 thoughts on “How to Wash Your Face with Honey and Jojoba Oil”

  1. Hi Lori!
    LOVE your site. Can you tell me if it would be okay to sub another oil for jojoba? I’m somewhat sensitive to it, and it makes me break out. Family tradition, lol. Currently I have Apricot Seed, Olive, Coconut, Argan, and Castor. Thanks!

    • Hi Erin,

      Sorry it took me a couple of days to get back to you! I was away on vacation. Yes, you could definitely substitute another oil for the jojoba. Any of the ones you mentioned would work just fine. Jojoba oil works best for my skin, but everyone is different, so use whatever works for you!


      • No worries. Hope you enjoyed it. I have been doing the makeup removed/honey wash with coconut oil, and it works great. Totally pulls all the ickies out of my skin, dries up any acne, and moisturizes. WOOT!

        I also made “honey water” for my body and hair, and it was PRETTY (3 syllables) darn awesome. I added warm water to a bottle with about 1 teaspoon of honey. It foamed, went on nicely, and rinsed clean. My hair is SO shiny… and the brown is now super intense. Didn’t realize how dry my hair had been, even with the whole “no poo” thing. Yay!

        Honey, who knew!

  2. all i use is jojoba oil, and that is all. it is my moisturizer and face cleanser. i had adult acne and it has helped SO much. it has improved my dry skin, that wasnt fixed no matter what expensive or natural moisturizer i used.
    ive used honey on acne and it does help to cure it faster. but nothing has worked quite like jojoba oil (KNOCK ON WOOD!).

  3. Sitting here with honey on my face. Slightly tempted to eat it, especially since I’ve been going “sugar free”. I have been dealing with cystic acne recently, no idea what brought it on but it’s horrible. I could be a before ad for that acne commercial. Really hoping it helps. I’ve been trying coconut oil, but that didn’t do anything. SO glad I found your blog (chocolate icing pin) love everything I’ve seen so far!!!

    • Have you only been trying to cure your acne with natural products? have you looked into something like Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid? ( and Paula’s Choice respectively)

      I know that when I tried an entirely natural route to cure my acne (jojoba, almond oil, tea tree oil) I ended up messing up my skin to the point that I needed chemical peels to fix the scarring and discoloration.

      I now use a honey mask in the evening (30 min- 1 hour) , following with a light Bioderma moisturizer and a think layer of Benzoyl Peroxide. Skin is clear.

    • Hi Chris,

      Sometimes I do, depending on the time of year, whether I’m wearing makeup or not, etc. If I’m wearing makeup, I usually use rosewater as my toner and then use a couple of drops of oil as my moisturizer. In the summer time, I don’t always feel like I even need a moisturizer because washing my face with the oil leaves it feeling moisturized enough. In the wintertime when the air is a bit drier, though, I’ll usually moisturize afterwards. So, it really depends on how my skin feels on a particular day.


  4. Hello! 🙂 What a blessing your website has been to me, thank you! I have recently tried to wash my face with honey (for one week), but somehow, I think it gave me more blemishes than before. I have dry, acne-prone skin, and honey seemed to cleanse it very well, but my mom suggested that since honey is sugary, it might be the cause of my new breakouts. Do you think my not using raw honey caused this as well? We will try to go to our local farmer soon and buy fresh, raw honey. Instead, I have been using 100% Pure’s “Purity Facial Cleanser” and it seems to be working well- not for my wallet though! I’d love to go back to plain honey, if it was not for my new flare-ups.

    Thank you, and may Jesus bless you!

    • I’ve actually heard of several people having more breakouts after switching to honey for the first couple of weeks. I didn’t have this experience myself, but I’ve heard others say that it has made their blemishes worse before they got better because it takes the skin a couple of weeks to adjust. I do think that raw honey is probably the best to use, but it could also just be the fact that you skin hadn’t gotten used to the transition to a new way of washing yet. If you decide to try using the honey again, it might be a good idea to give it a couple of weeks this time to give your skin a chance to adjust to it. I hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Hello, I think your article about honey is great, I’ve been really researching about trying this cleansing method, I have acne that’s dry, after I wash my face with (alpha h balancing cleanser, have you heard of it?) but it really makes it tight and sometimes sore, but recently I tried coconut oil and after just one day my skin was incredibly flaky dry patches, but caused a breakout, my face is oily and very dry, do you think this could work for my skin type, I also have sensitive skin, and slight redness on my cheeks and red marks from recent spots, not many active acne any more 2 at the most, but I’m looking for something that will balance he oil, and extreme dryness, and help with the marks, do you think this is worth a try for me, or do think it might not be a good idea,
    Thank you so much for your time

    • Hello! Since the honey has a ph that is close to that of our skin, it can help with restoring balance, so it might be worth giving a try. A lot of times, having skin that is oily is because the skin is actually too dry and is trying to overcompensate by producing more oil. I’ve found that my own skin is less oily when I use gentle, natural products like honey rather than harsher face washes or toners. I haven’t heard of the alpha h balancing cleanser, but if it has a lot of ingredients (especially if you can’t pronounce all of them), it’s possible that some of the ingredients could be irritating your skin. If you decide to give the honey a try, I would recommend giving it a couple of weeks for your skin to adjust because sometimes it can take a little while for the skin to get used to the transition between one product and another. I hope that helps!

    • Dear Ness I have similar concerns and have been going natural for the last two years.It is the best that my skin has ever felt and looked.Nature knows best, and if you’re not sure, just do a little research beforehand, for instance honey is perfect because it’s naturally antibacterial and it soothes and calmes the skin as well as aids in healing. I find that coconut oil cloggs my pores, so if you have oily skin or sensitive skin it’s best to try other oils.Jojobo is great, and you can add a ew drops of rosehip oil as that helps with reducing marks and dry patches. It’s all about finding what works for you. These are all safe and gentle as opposed to all the BS harsh, chemical products out there, that we’ve all tried to no avail.Goodluck I hope this was helpful 🙂

  6. This is a really great idea using manuka honey and jojoba oil for a face wash. Manuka and Jojoba are both essential oils which have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic properties and when mixed together they have an even greater effect.
    Jojoba oil is similar to sebum (the oil that lubricates our skin) which is probably why it makes a great moisturizer. Even though it helps moisturize it actually regulates the amount of sebum production in our pores so it helps people with oily skin as well.

  7. Hello!
    Just found this post. Question. Do you have acne, or is your face acne prone? I’m really wanting to use something natural for my acne, but I’m not sure what. I’ve read about coconut oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil, coconut oil and castor oil, and I’m not sure what would be best. Do you have an suggestions or combinations that might work? I don’t have a ton of acne, but enough.


    • Hi Jessica,
      Yes, my skin is prone to acne. I haven’t had a problem with using either jojoba oil or coconut oil. I know that for some people, coconut oil can be pore-clogging, though, so it doesn’t always work for everyone. Jojoba oil is generally considered safe for acne-prone skin, so it might be better to start with that and then maybe try adding coconut oil later on if you find that the jojoba oil is ok for your skin. I’ve never tried castor oil myself, but I know that it’s best to use in combination with another oil because it can be too drying by itself. Tamanu oil is another one that I really like and that I’ve found works well to moisturize my skin. Tamanu oil can sometimes be a bit harder to find, though. I usually order mine online. Jojoba oil is usually pretty easy to find, though, at health food stores and possibly even at some regular grocery stores if they have a natural section.

  8. Hi Jessica–
    I commented on this back in 2013 and my skin has since gone through some physical changes. I still use coconut oil to remove my makeup, honey and coconut oil if I am having any acne. Jojoba oil used to make my entire family break out, but I have a feeling it wasn’t the oil, but the other products used in conjunction with the oil. So two weeks ago, I took a risk and bought some pure jojoba oil. It really is THE CLOSEST thing to your skins natural oil, it soaks in SO FAST, and it really isn’t greasy. And I am super acne prone, so a lot of honey makes me break out, or a lot of coconut oil mixed with castor….but the jojoba seems to balance any drying or sensitivity issues. Honey is awesome. But if you already have some oils, you can mix coconut with castor (95% coconut to 5% castor– eyeball it); you can use olive oil if you have really dry skin, but it smells like…olive oil….another thing is, if you need to balance your skin after cleansing with things like honey (which is a great antibacterial), diluted apple cider vinegar or witch hazel do an amazing job. Give your skin 20 minutes after toning to balance before applying moisturizer such as Jojoba oil. It really does work. But if you are purchasing items for the first time, get really small amounts to see what works before spending a lot. Over time, your skin with thank you and so will your wallet. And the drugstore beauty section will seem like a thing of the past. Good luck!

  9. So glad to find this post! I was trying to figure out how to wash and remove makeup in ONE step. It works like a charm! Skin felt incredibly soft and supple. It’s also surprising how little honey you really need to use. Left it on for 10 min. I’m excited to see how it does long term. My sister uses it with french green clay, and she loves it.

  10. Hi,

    First of all, I love your blog!

    Can you tell me if it’s ok to use a natural toner, like apple vinegar, after using the honey?

    • Hi Gabriela! Yes, I often use apple cider vinegar as a toner (I usually dilute it with some water, though.) And thank you! 🙂

  11. Your Article looking very nice. you described all the benefits about jojoba oil very well. i was finding this kind of blog as my some friends tell me about this but i did not properly.. So Thanks for sharing this blog..

  12. I use raw honey, too, and love it. Sometimes I mix it with jojoba and castor oil. I love knowing that whatever is absorbed into my bloodstream is safe and edible. Plus, it makes my skin feel fantastic.

    However, it’s important to realize that creamy honey isn’t necssarily raw, and clearer, thinner honey (runny honey to Brits) can be raw. Any pure honey can crystallize, which causes the creaminess. Before I knew better, I had Sue Bee honey crystallize, nd you know that stuff is pasteurized!

    You really can’t tell by looking – you have to know your source! I buy from local beekeepers. (My honey “habit” is so well-known that friends seek out beekeepers at farmers markets and festivals and buy it for me as gifts.)

  13. Hi! I love reading your posts. I am just starting to get into trying to figure out my regimen for natural skin care. I would love your advice if you get a chance! After reading several of your posts and doing some research this is what I had planned but I wanted to see if you thought it would be a good mix:
    Morning- honey/joboja oil
    Evening- cleansing with coconut oil and toning with apple cider vinegar/ water mixture
    Would it be too much to use the 2 different oils? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Clare! (Sorry it took me a couple days to get back to reply!) Yes, I think it would probably be fine to use the two different oils, especially since the routine you described still only includes five ingredients (if you count the water.) That would definitely still be simple enough for a natural skin care routine. The one thing to watch out for, though, is that some people find that coconut oil can clog their pores. I haven’t personally ever had a problem with coconut oil, but I’ve heard of other people who had, so it’s just something to keep in mind. If you find that your skin does ok with the coconut oil, then I think that sounds like a great routine!

  14. Another person that uses Jojoba oil. How exciting. I have been using face washes for a while now and recently starting experimenting with variations of recipes online. The first was to use coconut oil followed by an Argon Oil face wash. Weird right. Then I decided to use Jojoba oil for a change. I am planning to start using essential oils and the obvious was lavender. That’s what we all run too initially, but I must say, I didn’t think of Bergamot which I seen on another post just before I found this one. Have you used this oil before?

    • Hi Kim, yes, I have used bergamot oil before. It’s a great oil, but it’s one that I would only use at night time because it’s a photosensitive oil, so it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun if you put on in the morning and then go outside. A couple of other essential oils that I really like (and that won’t make your skin sensitive to the sun) are frankicense and myrrh.

  15. Hi.
    Im 31 and Ive started using Manuka honey 30+ for 12 days now and its amazing! As of tomorrow im taking out my benzoyl peroxide 2.5% as I dont think I need it and after the evening cleansing my face seems a bit irritated. I want to go over with you what im thinking of trying to get your opinion.

    Morning -manuka honey which I leave on for anywhere from 2-3 hours
    – apple cider vinegar (50/50 with water, but am thinking of changing to 1 part acv and 2 parts water incase im irritating my skin without realizing it)
    – cetaphil moisturizer with spf 50+ (I live in Australia)
    Night – manuka honey, same as above
    – apple cider vinegar as above
    – jojoba oil as moisturiser.

    I have oily acne prone skin and the jojoba oil seems to not blend into my skin and leaves it looking oily. Im thinking this is just my skin adjusting as ive only been using it for 12 days. Or is this a sign its not right for my skin type? I was using benzoyl peroxide in the night but think its not needed. What do you think? I appreciate your time if you could help.

    • That’s great that the Manuka honey has been working for you and that you’re able to stop the benzoyl peroxide! I think the routine you mentioned sounds like it would be a good one. I think it’s probably a good idea to go with the 1 part acv to 2 parts water at least at the beginning because if your skin is easily irritated, then it might be better to start with a more diluted solution and then work up to a stronger one once your skin has a chance to get used to it. As far as a jojoba oil goes, it might take a bit longer for your skin to adjust to it and to regulate oil production. It’s possible that the oil not being absorbed and blending into the skin could be a sign that it’s not right for your skin type, but 12 days isn’t a very long period of time, so you might want to give it a few more weeks to see if your skin adjusts to it, especially since you’re making changes to your routine.

  16. Hi, love your post. I’ve just started using jojoba oil for cleaning for about a week now, but my cheek area has become quite flaky, is it because jojoba oil is not moisturising enough for me? I usually just use oil to clean, then steam after, then a few more drops of jojoba oil to moisturise again. I have dry, oily skin around T zone area, hyperpigmentation and acne prone skin. What would be your suggestion on the oil that I should be using? Do I need to change the face towel every night after oil cleaning? Thanks.

    • Hi Chantelle. Yes, it’s possible that the jojoba oil might not be moisturizing enough for you, especially if hadn’t noticed any dryness and flakiness like that until you started using the jojoba oil. One thing you could try would be to use the jojoba oil for cleansing and then when you use a few drops of oil afterwards as a moisturizer, you could try using a different oil or even just use a different oil for your cheeks since they were the part of your face that was getting drier. And then if you still keep having the extra dryness like that, you could try using a different oil than jojoba for both the cleansing and the moisturizing. This website has some helpful descriptions to help with figuring out which oils might be good ones to try: And as far as the towel goes, I would think that changing it every couple of days would be enough.


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