Homemade Facewash — The Oil Cleansing Method

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2011

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to try homemade cleaning and beauty products.

I started small, by replacing a few of my cleaning products with vinegar {I’ll talk more about this later}. Then I started using vinegar and safety pins as an alternative to fabric softener.

However, the one homemade product I’m most excited about is my homemade face wash.

The Oil Cleansing Method

Yup, we’re washing our face with oil — which I know sounds absolutely ridiculous. But believe it or not, my skin has never looked better!

I did a bit of research and found that traditional cleansers strip skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight and dry {which is why I had to slather lotion on my face at least 4 times a day}.

However, the oil cleansing method uses caster oil to cleans the skin, and sunflower oil or olive oil to moisturize the skin; resulting in soft, glowing skin without the need for extra lotions or products. {I’m not a dermatologist, but if you’re interested, you can read all about the Oil Cleansing Method here.}

Don’t worry, it’s REALLY simple to make, and practically free!

Ingredients:.

1. Caster Oil — found in the laxative section of your grocery store

2. Sunflower Oil or Olive Oil – we’re using sunflower oil

3. A small plastic bottle with tight sealing cap – I found mine in the travel-size section for 89 cents

4. A soft washcloth


Making the Oil Cleansing Face Wash

Mix the two oils in a small, flip-top plastic bottle according to your skin type.

NORMAL SKIN: Mix one-part caster oil with one-part sunflower oil.

OILY SKIN: Mix two or three-parts caster oil with one-part sunflower oil.

DRY SKIN: Mix one-part caster oil with two or three-parts sunflower oil.

Using the Oil Cleansing Method

  • Pour a quarter-size amount of the oil mixture into your hand
  • Gently massage the oil into your skin for about one minute
  • Run a clean washcloth under very warm water
  • Lay washcloth over your face and let it sit for another minute – this is key to “steaming” the impurities out of your pores
  • Rinse washcloth and gently rub the remaining oil, dirt, make-up, and residue off your face
  • Repeat rinsing if necessary
  • Enjoy really smooth and moisturized skin with out the need for lotion!

Why I LOVE the Oil Cleansing Method

1. It’s really inexpensive. If you already have sunflower oil or olive oil in the house, your total expense will probably be less than $3.00. And you’ll be able to make enough face wash to last you for many months!

2. It removes make up. The oils naturally remove makeup, so you won’t need to buy pricey makeup removers anymore.

3. It’s SO moisturizing. Dave and I have been using this method for almost a month now and have only used face lotion a few times {compare to multiple times every day}.

4. I feel like I’m at the spa. When I have the hot washcloth on my face, steaming my pore, it feels like a mini facial.

5. I only have to wash my face once per day. I use the oil cleansing method at night, when I’m in the shower. Then in the morning, I simply splash warm water on my face.

6. It’s all natural. Even though I’m still not a hard-core “green” gal, I do think it’s important to reduce the amount of chemicals we put into our bodies and on our skin. So I love that I’m using a product that are safe to eat!

7. It makes my skin feel so soft. Like I said earlier, my skin has never looked better — and this is reason enough for me!!

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139 comments

  1. Megan

    03/23/2013

    I have been using this for awhile now and love it. I actually mixed 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil to 2 tablespoons of cator oil in a 4oz blue glass bottle with glass eye dropper. I found the eye dropper made it very easy to get the right amount of oil without getting oil over everything. I decided not to add tea tree oil in my mixture after duing research and I had been using an orgain soap made of goat milk with orange citrus and tea tree in it which caused my skin to become very dry in patchy spots on my face. However, with that said I have noticed a huge change with my skin. At first, I did break out some on my checks, but this is nothing I have not expericend my entire life. I also do wear make up everyday to work. The few break outs on my face I would use the oil mixture to wash my face. Then after I dried it well I would dap some of the oil on the spots. Then the next night I would watch my face with the oil, dry it and then put lavendar oil on the spots. I noticed that the lavendar oil really help to dry up the spots, however becare to keep it way for the eyes and don’t over use as it is relly drying. I would only the lavendar on the spots once a week if needed. Overall, I am very excited that I found out about this way of cleaning my face and can’t wait to try it with almond oil or grapeseed oil.

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    Megan Reply:

    Please delete this comment for me thanks reposted below.

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  2. Megan

    03/23/2013

    Please delete my first comment as I haved edited and added a few things, Thanks.

    I have been using this for awhile now and love it. I actually mixed 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil to 2 tablespoons of castor oil in a 4oz blue glass bottle with glass eye dropper. I found the eye dropper made it very easy to get the right amount of oil without getting oil over everything. I decided not to add tea tree oil in my mixture after doing research and I had been using an organic soap made of goat milk with orange citrus and tea tree in it which caused my skin to become extremely dry with patchy spots on my face. However, with that said I have noticed a huge change with my skin. At first, I did break out some on my checks, but this is nothing I have not experienced my entire life. I also do wear makeup everyday to work. How I took care of the breaks was I would wash my face with the oil mixture, dry my face well, and then dap some of the oil on the spots. The next night I would watch my face with the oil mixture, dry it, and put lavender oil on the spots. I noticed that the lavender oil helped to dry up the spots and to heal, however be careful to keep it way from your eyes and don’t over use it, as it is really drying to the face. I would only use the lavender oil on the spots once a week, maybe twice if needed but no more. If something doesn’t work try messing with your ratio and give it time. Overall, I am very excited that I found out about this way of cleaning my face and can’t wait to try it with almond oil or grapeseed oil.

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  3. Lisa

    04/02/2013

    I appreciated your sharing the oil cleanser. I have been using it now for several weeks and it works great for me. I have struggled with oily skin and acne for years. This is the first thing that has ever worked. My skin feels very soft and no longer hurts. My husband has definitely noticed the difference as well.

    Thanks again for sharing that information.

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  4. Yvette

    06/21/2013

    I have the most oily skin known to man kind. About a month ago I started using the oily skin recipe. My skin has NEVER been in better shape! I will never stop using oil as my face cleanser.

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  5. Ann

    06/24/2013

    Hello,

    You mentioned using this @ night in the shower. Would you mind elaborating on how? Do you put it on before or after? Thinking about starting this & trying to figure out how it works. Thanks!

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  6. victoria

    07/16/2013

    I was a little unsure of how much to use for the mix for oily skin

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    07/30/2013

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  8. Ariane Clay

    05/26/2014

    Hi, I’ve been trying the OCM since the beginning of the year and haven’t had much luck. I had previously used Proactiv, which had been working, but was starting to loose effect. I came across the OCM and it sounded really logical so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve really wanted this to work, which is why I’ve kept with it, but my acne’s gotten worse and I now have lots of comedones and just more acne in general :(. I’ve recently removed the castor oil from my mix because it’s apparently slightly comedomic. Any advice? :(

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Airane, I’m not a dermatologist so I don’t have any professional advice — but for oily or acne-prone skin, you actually want to INCREASE the amount of castor oil you use (not remove it).

    The castor oil is what pulls the impurities from your skin and then the sunflower oil is what prevents the castor oil from over-drying your skin. So again, I don’t have a professional opinion, but if it were me, I’d add extra castor oil and give that a try. Also, make sure your washcloths are very clean and limit the amount of facial moisturizer you use after washing your face.

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  10. Irise

    09/21/2014

    Ive been using the Somaluxe Face Wash (with organic ingredients) everyday. Works amazing, makes skin clear after the first use. It smells so fresh and makes your skin feel like it just left the spa. The ingredients are not harsh nor do they test on animals. Which is a big plus. It keeps pores perfect and makes my skin even.

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