Tea Tree Acne Facial Tabs {Lush copycat}

Even as an adult, I still get occasional acne flare ups.

Sometimes it’s little red bumps; other times, it’s full on pimples.

Hormones seem to be the main cause for my acne flare ups, but I have other acne triggers too like sleeping with my makeup on, stress, and eating certain foods.

Right now, I’m dealing with a double whammy of a hormonal chin breakout AND a few red bumps on my cheeks from the holiday junk food I ate the last couple of weeks.

 

Time to give my skin a little TLC.

 

So I whipped up a batch of these acne facial tabs.  It’s a copycat recipe I created based on Lush’s Tea Tree Tabs.  It combines the antibacterial and skin-soothing properties of tea tree essential oil with the deep cleansing ability of steam. 

All you do is drop 1-2 of these homemade tabs into a bowl of hot, steamy water, then lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to trap the steam.

It’s sooooooooo relaxing.

And it has so many great benefits for my skin:

  • reduces the appearance of pores
  • deep cleans skin
  • reduces inflammation
  • gentle soothes troubled skin
  • speeds healing of pimples

 

It’s an easy self-care routine to start the new year off right.

 

 

essential oil acne facial title card, with facial steamers in clear jar and essential oil bottle

 

 

What you’ll need

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1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

20 drops tea tree essential oil (melaleuca)

2-3 tablespoons witch hazel

mini spray bottle

mini silicone mold (2 Tbsp size is ideal)

bowl and spoon

jar or container to hold finished facial tabs

free printable label

 

 

essential oil facial steamer tea tree tabs ingredients in bowls, flower-shaped silicone mold, clear jar with tea tree tabs facial steamer label, essential oil bottle, squirt bottle

 

 

 

How to make acne facial tabs with tea tree essential oil

yield: 15-20 tea tree facial tabs (2 tablespoon size each)

 

step 1: add 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup citric acid to a bowl.  Mix well and use a spoon to break up any lumps.

 

baking soda and citric acid mixed together in glass bowl to make essential oil tea tree facial steamer tabs

 

 

step 2:  add 20 drops tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil, then mix well so that essential oil is completely blended with dry ingredients

 

adding drops tea tree essential oil from essential oil bottle to baking soda and citric acid in glass bowl for making essential oil facial steamer tabs

 

 

step 3:  add 2-3 Tbsp witch hazel

tip: start with 2 Tbsp, then see if you need more.  If mixture is too wet, you can add more baking soda and citric acid to dry it out.  If mixture is too dry, add a little more witch hazel until you get to the right consistency.  You want the mixture to resemble damp (but not wet) sand.  See the photo below.  The mixture should be able to form a ball, but when you drop the ball it should easily break apart.

tip: Just like with a bath bomb, water causes the combination of baking soda and citric acid to bubble up and fizz.  I want as much of this fizzing and bubbling to happen when I use the facial steamer as I can.  The more the mixture fizzes now, the less it will fizz later when I use the facial steamers.  So, to prevent too much bubbling from happening now, I use a spray bottle to add the witch hazel.

 

adding witch hazel from clear spray bottle to essential oil facial steamer tab mix of ingredients baking soda citric acid tea tree essential oil

adding witch hazel to essential oil facial steamer tab mix of ingredients baking soda citric acid tea tree essential oil

picking up part of facial steamer tea tree tab mixture with hand to show clumping together of witch hazel tea tree essential oil baking soda citric acid

 

 

step 4:  put the mixture into silicone molds

tip:  I love this flower-shaped mold, but you can use any silicone mold you want.  I find the ice cube size (about 2 Tbsp) works best.

tip: press down firmly with the back of a spoon or with your fingers.  Pressing firmly helps to make sure that the facial steamers will hold together when they are dry.  If the mixture is too loose in the molds, then it might crumble later when you remove them from the molds.

 

pressing mixture for tea tree essential oil facial steamer tabs into flower shaped silicone molds with wooden spoon

 

 

step 5:  Allow them to dry completely and then pop them out of the molds

tip: make sure they are completely dry before trying to remove them from molds.  Depending on the humidity in your home, this may take a few hours or it could take a few days.  If you have lots of humidity in your home (because it’s raining outside, you live in the tropics, or you’re making them near a humid area like a bathroom), then you may want to run a dehumidifier to help get all the extra moisture out of the steamer tabs before you try to unmold them.  Once they are completely dry, they will easily pop right out of the mold.

 

flower shaped tea tree essential oil facial steamer tabs in open glass jar with custom label

 

 

step 6 (optional): print out the free printable label and attach it to a pretty jar

get the free printable label here

 

homemade tea tree tabs facial steamer with essential oil in open glass jar with custom label next to essential oil bottle

 

 

pouring hot water into mug with flower shaped tea tree essential oil facial steamer tab to activate steamer

 

How to use acne facial tabs

  1. start with a clean face – use my homemade face wash (recipe here)
  2. place 1-2 acne facial tabs into a wooden, glass, or ceramic bowl
  3. pour hot, steamy water over the tabs
  4. close eyes (you don’t want steam or essential oils to get in your eyes)
  5. use a soft towel to make a tent over your head and the bowl to trap the steam
  6. keep your face over the steam for a couple of minutes to open and clean your pores (tip:  if you ever get too hot or uncomfortable, simply lift up the towel and turn your head away from the bowl to cool off and get fresh air.  When you’re ready, put your head back over the bowl.  Relax and enjoy.
  7. when you’re done, use a clean towel to dry your face
  8. use toner (find my recipe here)
  9. finish with a face serum to seal in moisture (find my recipe here)

 

 

Where to get supplies

baking soda

citric acid

tea tree essential oil (melaleuca)

witch hazel

mini spray bottle

mini silicone mold (2 Tbsp size is ideal)

free printable label

link to printable recipe and labels for tea tree essential oil facial steamer tabs

 

 

essential oil acne facial image collage with flower shaped tea tea tabs facial steamer in open glass jar, essential oil bottle, title card, ingredients and tools collection tea tree essential oil witch hazel baking soda citric acid

 

 

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Disclaimer: Please know that this website contains affiliate links. This means that should you click on certain links, and then subsequently purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. The price is exactly the same for you as it would be without the affiliate link.  

 

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Sarah Lewis

A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.