How to use honey as a cleanser

Honey is delicious on toast, in a cup of tea but did you know you can use it in your beauty routine too?

Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey, apparently.

I have often made honey face masks perhaps even adding in strawberries and such like but I had not, until recently, thought of cleansing my face with honey.

I read La Bella Figura Beauty’s honey cleansing post and tried using honey and a tiny bit of lemon myself. I found it is wonderfully nourishing and soothing.


Honey is rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper and zinc. [1]  Honey is also rich in alpha-hydroxy acids (which many expensive face creams contain) but honey is relatively inexpensive and thought to be nourishing for the skin.

Often I will use a teaspoon of honey and massage into my skin, leave it a few minutes and rinse with a basin of warm water and a flannel (wash cloth).


Or I get more creative with this recipe:


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Honey Cleanser Recipe



2 teaspoons of local, organic honey

Half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (I do not have sensitive skin so can tolerate lemon on the face, that is not the case with everyone, obviously, so a patch test is wise).


Mix together in a little pot.

Add more honey if you want a thicker mixture.

I find the mixture lasts a couple of days in the fridge.


You don’t need the lemon unless you want the effect of exfoliating the skin and sensitive skins are wise to skip it.  Some say that lemon lightens freckles but I have not tried it for that.  Less is more when it comes to skin care!



Further reading:


WATCH:  Watch how to make the strawberry face mask, as seen on breakfast television.


Skin care: Honey Girl Organics skin care made in Hawaii.




Perhaps you’d rather use the oil cleansing method.


Cleansing the skin with a Konjac sponge, learn more.


Learn how to make that in my recently published book The Radiant Woman’s Handbook available to buy here


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[1] Honey Nutrition Facts.

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