Neem is a herb known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities that help treat and heal. Fun fact, the scientific name for Neem is “Azadirachta indica“?
If you live in an Indian household, ask your parents or grandparents about the benefits of Neem. Chances are, older generations will swear by the miraculous treatment of this herb.
However, some medical experts believe that using Neem in excess is dangerous despite containing therapeutic properties. On the other hand, short-term usage is more beneficial in the long run.
This step-by-step guide will teach you how to make a neem facewash by using commonly found ingredients at home. If you do not have all the ingredients at home, you need not worry as they are readily available off the shelf.
Here is a list of all the items you require to get started!
- Any mild soap (Johnson and Johnson baby soap, Pears, etc.)
- Neem leaves
- Katira Gond / Tragacanth Gum
- Glycerin (optional)
- Aloe Vera Gel (plant-based or ready-made gel available in the market)
- Almond Oil, Vitamin E capsules, or any essential oil (depending on the skin problems you want to combat)
Step-By-Step Procedure To Make Neem Face Wash At Home
Let’s look at the steps to create a homemade Neem face wash. Ensure you have read this procedure once or twice before attempting the process.
1. Choose an appropriate soap.
Take any mild soap and cut it into smaller pieces. You can also grate them using any food grater. The ideal requirement to make this facewash is 80-90 gms. Depending on the size of the soap, you can either use half or three-fourths of it.
2. Prepare the soap-liquid solution.
Transfer the soap into a container, and add lukewarm water to it. Using a spoon or a whisker, mix the two items properly. Avoid adding cold water as it will not mix with the soap.
Ensure that there are no chunks of soap remaining in this mixture. On completing, keep the container aside for 5-7 minutes.
3. Grab Neem Leaves
Take the neem leaves and wash them thoroughly. If required, you may clean it twice or thrice. On cleaning the leaves, segregate them from their stem.
If you have purchased dry neem leaves from a local grocery store, boil and strain the leaves before using them.
4. Create a paste using the Neem Leaves
Transfer the leaves into a mixer-grinder. Add a cup of room temperature water to the jar and create a paste. The consistency of this paste should resemble a chutney’s.
Use a strainer to pour the paste into the soap-water container and mix it. To get the most out of this paste, you can take a spoon and press it on the filter properly – as it will ensure less wastage of the product.
(Author’s Note: To avoid absolute wastage of the semi-solid paste, you can use it as a face or body scrub.)
5. Prepare Katira Gond
Take one tbsp of Katira Gond / Tragacanth gum and soak it in water. Once the gum rises and increases in quantity, create a paste using the same mixer-grinder. Ensure that the Katira Gond has a semi-solid, paste-like consistency.
Once the Tragacanth gum paste is ready, add it to the container and mix it. To get the best results, use a whisker to avoid lumps in this mixture.
Tragacanth gum is one of the essential ingredients of this face wash. It helps in fighting acne and is also responsible for making the skin radiant.
6. Add Glycerin to the solution.
This step is optional. However, we recommend adding this step to your DIY homemade neem face wash for effective results.
Add one tsp of Glycerin to the mixture and use a whisker to avoid concentration.
Glycerin is one of the best humectants, which means that it relieves the skin of dryness and helps the skin retain moisture. It also protects the skin from harmful micro-organisms.
7. Add Aloe Vera Gel
Add one tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel to the container and mix it.
Aloe Vera is a common yet integral component used in most skincare products. It is responsible for smoothening the skin while providing a cooling effect. Moreover, aloe vera helps in clearing blemishes.
For better results, we recommend using natural aloe vera gel. However, you can purchase a bottle of aloe vera gel off the shelf if the plant-based gel is not available.
8. Add your favorite essential oils.
Depending on what skin issues you want to combat, add four to five drops of any essential oil. You can add almond oil or vitamin E capsules for glowing skin.
Here’s a list of various essential oils that you can use to combat the skin issue that annoys you the most –
- Dry Skin: Lavender, Sandalwood, or Chamomile oil.
- Oily Skin: Rosemary, Jojoba, or Geranium oil.
- Acne-Prone Skin: Lemon, Lemongrass, or Tea-Tree oil.
9. Create the ultimate homemade Neem face wash
Mix all the components properly for roughly three to four minutes. Ensure that it has a thick-liquid-like consistency. It should not be too thick, nor should it be too watery.
Once thoroughly mixed, transfer this mixture into a bottle. Use a funnel while pouring it into the bottle to avoid spilling and wastage of the product.
If you have any additional product, you can store it in another bottle in a room temperature space.
This homemade face wash is mainly free of harmful chemicals and preservatives, making it non-reactive with the skin and providing more longevity.
So, there you have it – your homemade neem face wash!
Homemade products generally require time and patience. However, it is worth putting in that effort for various reasons.
Besides overall maintenance and sustainable living, these products are cost-efficient and suitable for all skin types! Moreover, the additional, ready-made products enhance the characteristics of the product.
Homemade, natural products provide a win-win situation for everyone, especially since you know each component’s measurement in the product.
We would love for you to try this DIY neem facewash tutorial and share your experience with us! If you have already created a homemade face wash, let us know if you enjoyed making and using this product in the comment box below.
Please feel free to suggest more homemade products that you would love to try (it could be skincare or haircare), and we will provide a step-by-step guide on our site!