I have a few of these home made personal products up my sleeve, so I’m putting them here because they’re not going to find their way to anyone sitting in the journal I have hidden in my kitchen.
You can pretty much buy dirt cheap face wipes these days since supermarkets realised that we can make them for much less than they can sling them, but they can be a bit crap and dry up easily, and be shit to folks with really sensitive skin (like me for example).
When it comes to making wipes of any kind, I use Regina Blitz, mainly because the pieces are MASSIVE, and so you can cut them in half and they won’t be tiny. Whenever I see a vendor describing a packet of wipes as large, I often think “in what fucking universe is that even CLOSE to large!?”
Shit you will need:
- Strong kitchen roll – it doesn’t have to be the stuff I use, just make sure it’s a decent strong roll that doesn’t fall to bits when wet.
- A rectangular tub with a lid.
- Half a pint of water, warm but not boiled.
- One tablespoon of baby lotion, or baby oil.
- One tablespoon of baby wash, or baby shampoo.
- I use about half a roll of Regina Blitz whenever I am making wipes. Make a pile of them, and cut each piece in half. Dump the pieces into your plastic tub, it doesn’t matter if the pile looks too big, when you pour the solution on them it will shrink down.
- Before you add it to the water, combine the baby lotion/oil with the baby wash/shampoo. You can use other lotions and oils, it’s just if you’re using these to remove eye makeup, anything other than baby products is going to make you wish you don’t want your eyes anymore.
- Pour the water into that combination, stir well and pour over the pile of kitchen roll in your tub. Depending on the absorbency of your chosen paper, you may need to adjust the amount of water you use, but if they’re waterlogged you know you went too far, you utter muppet. The warmth of the water will help the ingredients melt nicely.
- Only make enough for a week as they don’t contain preservatives obviously.
- DO NOT FLUSH THEM DOWN THE LOO YOU ABSOLUTE TURNIP SHEPHERD. Do you not remember the great London fatberg that lurked in the sewers and threatened humanity as we know it?
- You can substitute baby oil or lotion for things like olive oil or aloe vera gel if you prefer it. Don’t use coconut oil however, as it will set things badly and nobody wants that. Be aware that if you add anything that might irritate your eyes, not to use the wipes to remove eye-makeup.
- You can store them inside a resealable plastic bag if you want to take them with you anywhere.
- You can experiment with essential oil combinations – mint and tea tree oils make refreshing face wipes for oily skin, but you HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. I would only ever use five drops of each of those oils maximum because you really don’t want skin burns. Once you add oils, the wipes have to be kept away from your eyes.
- If you stick to baby products, that means you’ve essentially got baby wipes for your little ones too.
- Avid recycling folks could replace the kitchen roll with muslin squares. This would make the wipes reusable as all you would have to do is wash them after. In fact any soft cotton material would work just as well if you want to produce less waste.
Here’s to clean faces and not feeling like a filthy bugger. 😎