The Oil Cleansing Method and Homemade Face Wash

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A little over a year ago, I ditched premade facial care products for my homemade version. And I haven’t looked back! Not only is this method completely natural, but it’s super easy. And it leaves my skin radiant!

So what’s the secret ingredient? Oil! Now before you X out this post from your browser, read why one may want to choose the oil cleansing method over your typical store-bought face wash.

[Store bought cleansers] strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. (Source)

Your skin creates more oil when you use a face wash meant to strip it of oil! Instead work with your body’s natural oils, allowing the oil to do its job of keeping your skin tight and vibrant. The oil cleansing method allows you to do just that! There is so much more that could be explained here, but hopefully you get the point. This method is natural and it works!

To make your new face wash, you need a drying oil and a moisturizing oil. Castor oil is good for more than just inducing labor! It is also a great drying oil, often used to clean skin. I use it in combination with sunflower oil, my moisturizing oil. Olive oil is also a great one.

You will find different combinations out there on the web, but here are two that I see most often:

  • Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Oil; 3:1 Olive oil to Sunflower Oil.
  • Normal Skin: 20% Castor Oil to 80% SO 1:1 OO to SO.
  • Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil to 90% SO; 1:3 OO to SO.

As I write this, I am torn because I have always gone by the Olive Oil ratios using Sunflower Oil and Castor Oil and been fine, but for what it’s worth, I included both above because I found the two frequently while typing this post. (I have “normal” skin, so I’ve done half… a little less castor oil.)

What I love about this method is that it serves as a make up remover, face cleaner, and moisturizer all in one! Many people do this in the evenings, getting their face a bit wet, massage the oil in, then use a warm/hot wash cloth over your face to let the oil seep into the pores, before finally washing it off. This is a great method and it works! Personally, I find it easier to wash my face in the shower, so I do that and then just use a dab of Coconut Oil on my eyes at night to get makeup off. Fresh feeling either way!

I’ve never had terrible acne issues, though I have occasional break outs, still I can say that I have fewer break outs with this cleanser. Also my face is brighter, smoother, and better moisturized that it had been previously! Plus, I am not using toxins on my body. Only natural oils! I truly love the oil cleansing method and won’t be turning back!

Happy face washing!


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  1. Interesting!! I might try this soon, thanks for sharing!
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  2. Danielle K says:

    LOVE this face wash! It works so well at removing makeup and dirt. If your face is extra dirty, a little baking soda mixed in works as a great exfoliant.

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