Wipe It Up

I don’t want to tote around a gym bag full of soaps, creams, and lotions (see my prior post about shoulder pain). I try to make everything effective as possible, meaning products have to pull double- or triple- duty in order to earn a spot in my toiletry bag. This is why face wipes are my post-workout skin saver - I can use them as a cleanser and toner all in one. Plus face wipes are great to have along in your desk drawer for a mid-day refresh, and they also work wonders on camping or car trips when access to a bathroom is limited. I am always on the lookout for ways to detox my beauty routine (see my previous posts HERE and HERE about dry shampoo and deodorant). Naturally, I had to figure out a way to make my own face wipes without all of the preservatives and chemicals found in commercially available products. Here I share with you my recipe for toxin-free face wipes that you can customize to your own skincare needs. 


  • 1 C Alcohol-free witch hazel (THIS ONE is my favorite)
  • 1/3 C Aloe vera gel (look for a pure + organic, such as THIS)
  • 3-5 drops Essential oils 
    • Normal/combination skin: rose absolute or lavender
    • Acne prone/oily skin: tea tree or sandalwood 
    • Dry or aging skin: carrot seed or geranium 
  • 30 cotton face pads (preferably organic, like THESE)
  • Jar with lid (any jar will work; THIS is a cute option)


  1. Combine witch hazel, aloe, and essential oils in a bowl
  2. Whisk until thoroughly combined
  3. Place cotton pads inside of jar
  4. Pour witch hazel/aloe/essential oil liquid over the cotton
  5. Close lid on jar
  6. Use as needed - face, neck, etc

As with any new skin product, ALWAYS always do a patch test inside your wrist on any to test allergic reaction: swab a small amount of product inside your wrist and wait for 24 hours to test for itching, redness, or allergy.