Honey and Tea Tree Oil Face Peel

29 Jan

I am all about DIY beauty products because it is cheap and you know exactly what ingredients you are using. Did you know that your skin is the body’s largest organ? That means ANYTHING you put on your skin is absorbed into your system, so it is important you only use healthy products for your body. Right? Right! Which is why I am posting this Honey and Tea Tree Oil Face Peel. Ahh, it is so easy to make! AND it will make your skin feel ah-mazing, as in super soft, smooth and clear. I think it works really great on my skin, which is normal to dry. I don’t usually get pimples, but if I do, this mask helps clear it up – pronto!

  Assemble the ingredients you will need for this face peel:

  •  Unflavored gelatin (I used Knox brand) it comes in a box of four packets, which is perfect!)
  • Pure Australian tea tree oil (you can buy this at Whole Foods, I found mine at CVS for around $5)
  • Pure, raw honey (if you can find it! Otherwise, get Fancy Grade A honey from the grocery store)
  • Milk (any kind, I used an Organic brand)

If you can use organic ingredients, that is always best, but if not, don’t worry about it! This will still be healthier than the chemical-filled face lotions and masks you can buy commercially.

Let me explain why I chose these specific ingredients. Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic that is used to heal skin from a variety of ailments – including acne! It is strong though, so it should always be diluted when applied to the face. Honey is nature’s sweet nectar – and it is a wonderful humectant as it helps the skin stay moist and soft. Honey also has anti-microbial properties and is a known anti-oxidant, so it will keep your skin looking fresh, clean and youthful. Milk, our final ingredient, has been used since ancient times in beauty products because it is full of vitamins and fatty acids that do wonders for the body and face.

Now we are ready to get mixing!

Use a plastic container to mix the ingredients

Plastic mixing container

Plastic mixing container

  • Empty one packet of gelatin into the cup (one packet is around one big tablespoon of gelatin)
  • Add one tablespoon of honey


  • Add 5-8 drops of tea tree oil (depending on how strong you want the mask to be)
  •   Add one tablespoon of milk

     NOW MIX IT UP!! 🙂

          I use a fork to stir the mixture until it forms a chunky consistency.

It should look like this: 

  • Microwave the mixture (without the fork of course!) for 10 seconds (not any longer!) Heating the mixture up will soften it and make it more creamy, perfect to apply to the face.
  • Touch the mixture and make sure it isn’t too hot to the touch, because the face is sensitive to heat.
  • Quickly apply the cream ALL over your face – it begins to harden right away, so time is of the essence!

    This is fun! It gets sticky, so make sure you avoid your hairline and eyebrows. This peel will actually take off some of the peach fuzz on your face (which is a good thing!)

Now we wait!!

Let the peel dry for about 20 to 25 minutes. It will start to harden which makes it hard to laugh 🙂

While you are waiting for it to dry, I recommend listening to soothing music and closing your eyes. Create that “SPA” experience at home, meditate on something that makes you happy and relax.

Is it time yet?

Take off the mask when you feel like you did botox on your entire face (lol).


Wow! It comes off in one piece!

It can be a little painful to take the mask off, just to warn you, especially around the cheek area and nose. The mask sucks out everything from your pores and it also peels away some of that peach fuzz, which can sting just a little. I’m a big baby, so I go really really slow. You decide what you wanna do!

Once you peel off all of the mask, wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any leftover bits you missed.

Your skin will feel soft, smooth and rejuvenated!

I do this mask once a week, and anytime my nose has blackheads. It works wonders!

Keep searching for healthy ways to treat yourself, with the foods you eat and the creams and lotions you use on your skin.

And just know, you are beautiful when you treat yourself with love.

~ The Pretty Hippie

25 Responses to “Honey and Tea Tree Oil Face Peel”

  1. Edith Howell February 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

    wow, this face peel looks interesting. thanks

  2. KC November 11, 2012 at 4:07 AM #

    Hello! I tried this facial peel, and although I followed the directions exactly, the consistency didn’t turn out quite right… Now, the only difference I can think of is that the raw honey I used is very thick. I left it on my face for almost 30 minutes, but it never really hardened and it just wouldn’t peel off like it was supposed to, so I had to wash it off. Do you have any advice or know why this happened? Thank you!

    • ThePrettyHippie November 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM #

      Hi KC, thanks for writing. After you wrote this, a friend of mine mentioned that each time she has made this recipe, it always turns out a little different. I recommend trying it again, maybe with a different honey. I used a cheap bottle of honey from CVS one time and it worked great.
      Also, make sure the layer of mixture you put on your face isn’t too thick, because that may prevent it from drying altogether, which would make it impossible to peel off. Just keep trying and tweaking the recipe with different brands of ingredients until it works. It DOES work, trust me, it will hurt like a mother when you can get it to dry and peel off 🙂 If it doesn’t work for you, just know that the ingredients are so good for your skin , and look at it is a nourishing mask instead. XOXO

  3. Jen June 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

    this is fantastic! I cannot wait to try it. Pleeaasee post more! I’m in heaven! 😀

  4. Tricia P. November 1, 2013 at 6:21 AM #

    Hi! This looks great! I am fairly new to the homemade beauty products trend (but I love them!) and I wanted to know if I can make a larger batch of this and store it in an airtight jar for additional uses? Thanks!

    • ThePrettyHippie December 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM #

      Hi sorry, it took me so long to reply, I missed it! I would say no, because of the milk, milk would probably sour in a container, even if it was refrigerated. I’ll be posting a recipe of a scrub that you can leave out that might be a better fit in a day or two. thanks!

  5. Savanna December 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM #

    What if you don’t have gelatin? Does it make a huge difference or does it work fine without it?

    • ThePrettyHippie December 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

      gelatin is what makes it thicken and harden, and eventually peel off. If you skip it, (which I have done), it will not harden and peel off, but it will still be a really nice mask for your face, making it soft and smooth. But you went get the “biore” effect where it will unclog pores and suck everything out.

  6. olivia July 15, 2014 at 8:07 PM #

    I started this treatment and my face looks different my mom said this was all naturals and its smoother but I use a moisturizer called grapefruit its helping wit dark spots and its a sin screen 🙂

    • ThePrettyHippie June 7, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

      I’m glad you found something that works for you Olivia. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  7. Anastasjia January 4, 2015 at 2:31 AM #

    You have beautifully shaped eyebrows!!
    Have you ever tried using raw milk in your recipes? I use it for skincare products and the raw cream which is very thick and a good moisturizer. Give it a try!

    • ThePrettyHippie June 7, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

      Thank you for the comment! I have never used raw milk but I know it has many benefits, maybe in my next post 🙂

  8. Natalia January 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM #

    I tried it for the first time and I absolutely loved it. I liked it so much that I’m doing it to my stepdaughter. I definitely recommend to apply it as thin as possible so it’s easier to peel off. It didn’t take all the blackheads, however I see a big difference and I think that after a few times it should take care of it. The smell reminded me of walking into to spa area of a cruise, very relaxing!

    • ThePrettyHippie June 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

      Wow! I love that description of the spa-like experience, it sounds lovely!

  9. Rose March 26, 2015 at 11:04 PM #

    I tried this and you’re right, it left my face feeling really soft afterwards. The consistency wasn’t exactly like yours, but it still did the trick. I found that with my face, I only needed it for my t-zone but I guess it’s different for everyone 🙂 As my first DIY scincare. it was really fun!

  10. existencesimplycomplex March 31, 2015 at 10:32 PM #

    Can I just say a giant thankyou! This is the best mask I’ve ever used! My skin feels amazing afterwards and it calmed all my inflamed pimples down!! ❤️

  11. Flavia April 18, 2015 at 3:11 AM #

    Hello! After this peeling is possible to do another purifying mask with argil? Thanks

    • ThePrettyHippie June 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM #

      I would recommend letting your skin rest after doing a peel 🙂

  12. jean April 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

    I appreciate this article. In fact, this post has a lot of great information about natural peeling. I used to have ugly marks on my belly after I have my children. Looking for an effective solution I found no acceptable medication to end this problem. After many years I found an organic DIY simple product, relatively easy to prepare that helped me get rid of this ugly marks. Glycolic Acid peeling. I created an website with this products that I can guarantee works! there are many website that you can find these products as well. Good look guys !


  13. Alicja May 22, 2015 at 5:29 AM #

    Hi, I have a problem, because I cannot get the nice consistency and I end up with lumps, which don’t go off even when I put them 2x in microwave. Could you tell me what might be the cause of it?
    Thank you 🙂

    • ThePrettyHippie June 7, 2015 at 12:54 PM #

      Hi I’m not sure what the problem is, mine was sometimes lumpy, I’d say, just play with the ingredients, adjust the formula and see what happens. It might still work nicely even with some lumps. Let me know how it works 🙂

  14. Pa May 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM #

    what do i do with the left overs????

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