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DIY Chamomile Bi-Phase Cleanser

Chamomile bi-phase cleanser

While some prefer to keep things simple, others like to get creative with their makeup. But at the end of the day, it has to come off. And what better way to do that than with a homemade chamomile bi-phase cleanser? It will remove makeup, dirt and grime, leaving your skin refreshed after a long day or a big night out. If you’ve ever wished to know how to make bi-phase makeup remover, you might want to read this post. 

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What is a Bi-phase cleanser?

A bi-phase cleanser is a blend of two-phase formulas, water-based and oil-based. It’s the best of both worlds – on the one hand, the oil phase efficiently cleanses away makeup and grime without stripping skin of its natural oils. On the other hand, the water phase removes any excess oil residue.

Why Should You Give a Bi-Phase Cleanser a Go?

As I have mentioned above, a bi-phase cleanser combines two phases in one product. The oil and water phase come together when you shake the product, creating an effective cleanser that effectively cleanses the face without irritating the skin. Gentle enough even for sensitive skin types, bi-phase cleansers soothe, calm and nourish the skin, leaving the complexion looking bright and soft.

How to Use It

Using a bi-phase cleanser is easy. Gently shake the bottle to combine the two phases together. Apply a small amount of the cleanser to a cotton pad, then gently wipe across your face removing any residual makeup and grime in one go. The oil will help lift the makeup and impurities off the skin while conditioning it simultaneously.

Key Ingredients

Water-phase ingredients

Chamomile hydrosol. Calming and anti-inflammatory chamomile hydrosol makes a lovely addition to this bi-phase cleanser. The soothing chamomile hydrosol is often used in skincare products and makes a wonderful addition to a natural makeup remover.  

Rosemary hydrosol is refreshing floral water that can improve your skin’s overall health by fighting inflammation, protecting skin from oxidative stress and slowing down ageing. 

Aloe Vera Juice holds an endless list of skincare benefits. It is an excellent addition to this chamomile bi-phase cleanser. Soothing and moisturising, aloe vera can help moisturise your skin, soothe irritated skin and improve the skin’s texture.

Glycerin is good for all skin types as it helps the skin retain moisture and prevents it from drying out throughout the day.

Oil-phase ingredients  

Chamomile-infused oil. If you have a chamomile plant at home, you can easily make chamomile-infused oil with dried flowers. Or you can purchase them. I’ll show you how here. I have infused chamomile in rice bran oil for this recipe, which is great for sensitive skin types. 

Buriti oil is a beautiful Amazonian emollient that will fill gaps between the skin cells with lipids, making your skin smoother, softer, and hydrated. 

How to Make DIY Chamomile Bi-Phase Cleanser

DIY Chamomile Bi-Phase Cleanser Recipe

Recipe by KayDifficulty: Beginner

Calming, DIY chamomile facial cleanser that will effectively cleanse the face without irritating the skin, leaving the complexion looking bright and soft.



  • Mix chamomile and rosemary hydrosol, along with aloe vera and glycerin, in a glass beaker. 
  • Using pH test strips, check the pH of the water phase. The ph should be about 5.5. If it’s over 6, you can decrease it by using a drop or two of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water). If the ph is too low (less than 5), you can increase it by adding a drop or two of sodium bicarbonate solution (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water). 
  • Weigh oils and vitamin E in another beaker. 
  • Add preservative to the water phase and adjust pH again if you need to.
  • Combine water phase and oil phase, bottle, cap and label. Before dispensing the cleanser into a cotton pad, shake well to combine the water and oil phase. 


  • If you plan to give this cleanser a try, always do a skin patch test first. Although ingredients included in the recipe are natural and safe to use on the skin, some people may be sensitive or allergic to some of them.

Shelf Life and Storage

You can store this bi-phase cleanser in a cool place for up to a year, as it includes a preservative ECO (a broad range preservative) that will prevent mould formation. Prepare a small batch and store it in a stained glass jar (like these from Aura Store) away from direct sunlight. If you notice any change in smell, colour, texture or mould, dispose of it and whip up a new batch.


Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes. 

Hydrosols: If you don’t have chamomile or rosemary hydrosol in hand, you can swap it for distilled water. However, chamomile in combination with rosemary water helps to tighten skin, and calm inflammation, blemishes, and bumps. 

Oils: I have picked buriti oil for its bright colour and array of benefits, but you won’t break the formula if you choose to omit it from the recipe. On the other hand, infused chamomile oil is crucial here, and I wouldn’t recommend replacing it. 

Vitamin E: You can replace vitamin E with rosemary extract. Just remember rosemary extract has a robust aroma, and it might overpower chamomile. 


My bi-phase cleanser is too oily.

The oil phase in the cleanser is essential for it to be effective, as the oil helps remove makeup. However, suppose you find this formula too oily. In that case, you can replace the part of the oil in the recipe with distilled water or hydrosols. In addition, you can substitute rice bran oil with a much lighter oil, like safflower oil. 


Do I need to use a preservative?

Water-based products are a perfect breeding ground for micro-organisms. No matter how clean is your worktop or equipment, those pesky little beasties will find their way in. To keep you safe and prevent micro-organisms from ruining the final product, I would highly recommend you to use a preservative. It will prevent the growth of fungi, yeast and bacteria on your cleanser. You can learn more about the importance of preservation here

Can I add essential oil to the recipe?

If you intend to use it just for your face, you can. Just be mindful, that essential oils are potent, and little goes a long way. However, if you’d like to use it to remove eye makeupstay away from essential oils as they tend to irritate the skin around the eyes. You can learn more about how to use essential oils safely at the Tisserand Institute

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate chamomile into your skincare? Check out the recipes below!

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