Sometimes I forget that not everyone has been on my natural health beauty journey for the last 4 years.
Because how is it that I’ve gone 4 years without talking about the Oil Cleansing Method?
This little gem (and internet cult sensation) is the cornerstone of my natural beauty routine. But I’ve recently learned that not everyone knows what it is. And this cleanser is just too good to keep to myself!
I started oil cleansing in the very early days of my natural beauty detox, and have stuck with it since. Why? Because it just works.
Everytime I change up my cleanser, my skin starts to complain.
Who knew – my oily skin actually loves oil! What was I doing all those adolescent years stripping it away with grainy scrubs, foamy cleansers and harsh astringents?!
The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is hardly even a recipe. Just a few oils, blended for gentle or deep cleansing based on your skin type. So whether you have oily, dry, normal or sensitive skin, there’s likely a OCM combination that can work for you.
Keep reading for my own OCM recipe and a video tutorial showing you how to make and use your own oil cleanser!
How does the Oil Cleansing Method work?
Oils have been used for thousands of years for cleansing the skin. You’ve probably heard stories of the Ancient Greeks covering themselves in olive oil and scraping it off with metal utensils? Or more recently, you might remember your Granny using a thick oily cold cream to cleanse her face every night?
Facial oils work because like attracts like. Or in this case, like dissolves like. So if you have oil or oily grime and makeup on your face (which happens as soon as your nice oil-free makeup touches your skin oils anyway!), the oil cleanser will dissolve it all away – without stripping or drying your skin.
Vintage Amanda’s Oil Cleansing Method Tutorial
Oil Cleansing Method Ingredients
You can watch the video above for the full tutorial, but the basic ingredients in the Oil Cleansing Method are:
- Castor Oil - a thick, sticky oil that draws impurities out of your skin. This is the key to the OCM. Use more castor oil for deeper cleansing, or less castor oil for dry or sensitive skin.
- Almond Oil (or another oil – like grapeseed, olive etc.) - This is the majority of the OCM cleanser, and both cleanses and moisturizes your skin.
- Essential Oil (optional – I like rosemary or lavender) - Makes the product smell nicer, and adds skin boosting benefits. Rosemary is toning, cleansing and stimulating, so best for oily or acne prone skin. Lavender is gentle and relaxing, so would work on all skin types.
Oil Cleansing Method Recipe
In a 100ml or 4 ounce bottle…
- Oily Skin - approximately equal parts castor oil and your other oil
- Normal Skin – approximately 1/3 castor oil, and 2/3 other oil
- Dry Skin – approximately 1/4 castor oil and 3/4 other oil
If you want it more cleansing and drying, use a higher amount of castor oil. If you want it more gentle and less-drying, use less castor oil.
If you’re using Essential Oil, use a maximum of 30 drops for a 100ml or 4 ounce bottle. Never use more essential oil than indicated in your recipe, because essential oils are extremely concentrated!
Simply combine all of the oils in a bottle, cap and shake.
Shelf Life – 6 months or longer. If the smell of the oil cleanser changes, throw it out and make fresh (likely your oils have gone rancid!)
How to travel with the Oil Cleansing Method
If you travel a lot like me, taking a bottle of oil in your luggage can be risky!
Instead, turn your OCM blend into a solid cleansing balm by following my Hot Cloth Cleanser Recipe here.
Do you use the Oil Cleansing Method?
I’d love to hear from you and your experience, so please leave a comment below.
What is your favorite combination of oils?
Any tips and tricks about OCM you’d like to share?