Oil Cleansing for Naturally Perfect Skin

Oil Cleansing- the most effective way to naturally cleanse and nourish skin

I’ve posted many natural living and natural beauty ideas before, and this is one of the most simple and effective natural beauty tips I’ve ever found.

I admit, I was skeptical before I first tried this, since my skin is naturally oily and I wasn’t sure it would work for me. I had also had very acne prone skin when I was younger, and was afraid that a method like this would bring back the acne… I was wrong!

What is Oil Cleansing?

Though it sounds somewhat crazy at first, the idea of using natural oils to cleanse the skin gently actually makes a lot of sense. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use natural oils in specific combination to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils. This produces much more nourished and moisturized skin that traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners. As the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains:

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”

Even Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing:

“Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”

But Does It Work?

This is the part I’m most excited to share! Even in third trimester of pregnancy, when my skin usually goes a little hormone-crazy, I have ZERO breakouts, red pots, or splotches! For the past two months, I’ve been using only oil cleansing (and occasionally, a plain antibacterial microfiber cloth to remove makeup if I don’t need to completely cleanse skin again).

When I first started using Oil Cleansing, I had an adjustment period where my skin got worse for about a week. Most resources I’ve seen suggest that this is a detox reaction as impurities are pulled from the skin, and this is definitely what it seemed to be for me. After that, my skin gradually improved and by 3-4 weeks of using only oil cleansing, I had no excess oil, no dry skin, and no blackheads…

I cringe when I think of the dozens of chemical laden products I used, especially in high school, to try to keep my acne under control! The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it seems that the best solution is one of the most simple, inexpensive, and easy!

I asked several friends and family members who now use the oil cleansing method how it has worked for them, and they seemed to have the same results. Some even noted that the combination of  oil cleansing and taking Gelatin daily has been the best anti-aging treatment they’ve discovered!

What You Need:

Want to try Oil Cleansing and see the results for yourself? All you need are a couple of natural oils and a clean wash cloth!

The most common oils used are Castor Oil and Olive Oil, though any natural oil can be used. Castor Oil is naturally astringent, so it helps pull impurities from the skin, making it ideal for oily or combination skin (and even dry skin in lesser amounts). Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin, and I always add at least twice the amount of other oil as Castor Oil when making an oil blend.

There is some controversy over the growing practices for Castor Oil (the harvesting and manufacturing exposes workers to a compound that can be toxic, but it is removed in processing), so many people choose to avoid this oil. The finished castor oil is not toxic, so there is no concern there, but for those who don’t want to use it due to its un-sustainable growing practices, hazelnut oil works wonderfully in its place.

My favorite other oil to use is Olive Oil, though sunflower, safflower, or even coconut oils work great.

I get all of the oils I use for oil cleansing from Mountain Rose Herbs, though many local stores might carry them as well. Just look for oils that are cold pressed, organic and pure.

What to Do:

If you are new to oil cleansing, it may take a couple of tries to figure out what blend of oils works best for you. Personally, I use a mix that is 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor or hazelnut oil and it is perfect for my skin. Other articles I’ve seen and friends who also use the method recommend these ratios:

To find out the best blend for you, I recommend starting with the suggested amounts above for your skin type and adjusting if needed. When I started, I mixed up very small batches (1 teaspoon castor oil to 2 teaspoons olive oil, etc) until I figured out the right blend for me.

I’ve also found that even pure coconut oil works great once skin has adjusted, though it can be drying on some skin types. One friend uses a half and half mix of coconut and olive oil that she blends in a blender to create a cream, and this works perfectly for you.

To Wash Face With Oil Cleansing:

  1. In the shower or at the bathroom sink, pour about a quarter size amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage into the skin on your face (don’t wet skin first). Use smooth circular strokes and let this also be a gentle facial massage. Massage for at least a minute (two minutes is better) or until you are sure that the oil has saturated your skin. This will also remove make-up very effectively, so there is no need to remove make-up first. You can even leave the oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes to really deep clean pores.
  2. Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap water (or shower water) until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Open it and place over your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the wash cloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat if needed with the other side of the washcloth and then use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
  3. Typically, no moisturizer is needed after the adjustment period, but if you still have dry skin, try reducing the amount of astringent oil and using a tiny bit of homemade organic lotion to moisturize skin.

Notes on Oil Cleansing:

  • It is normal for it to take a week or so for skin to adjust, and you may even see more oily skin or more breakouts during this time as impurities leave the skin. If you can, resist the urge to use harsh soaps or facial cleansers during this time, as it will make the adjustment period take longer.
  • You will likely have to experiment some to find your perfect ratio.
  • If you do this in the shower, make sure to clean your shower floor regularly so it doesn’t get slippery!

Have you ever tried oil cleansing? Did it work for you? What oils and ratios did you use? Share below!

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Reader Comments

    • Beverly Cole says

      I have been using this for the last few months and love the results.. i use olive oil only at night, although i am getting into the coconut oil now and may incorporate that into the mix..i also wash my face in raw honey in the morning. Between the two regimes my skin looks great. I am 63 yrs old and have been told i dont look it

  1. Kathleen Quiring says

    Yup: I’ve done this for almost two years now and will never go back. I’ve had acne-prone skin since I was 11, and nothing has been better. My skin still isn’t perfect — I don’t think it ever will be — but it sure beats all those smelly, bleaching, expensive creams that never did a darn thing!

        • Brenda says

          Hi, I found your blog a few days ago and I LOVE IT!!

          I have been using Clinique’s mild bar soap and Clinique’s moisturizers which work excellent on my skin, no breakouts or oily nose finally haha but I also started to make changes around the house trying to reduce chemicals by switching to natural homemade recipes I have found on your blog and other blogs. I had literally 45 tabs open on my phone and on the computer cause I have been finding all these articles really interesting and I also want to make a difference.

          My question is, if I oil cleanse my face at night and shower the next day, should I wash my face lightly with soap and moisturize as usual? Or skip the soap and just massage my skin with warm water. I am really confused about that. I have read several blogs on this topic but I haven’t found my answer.

          I like the idea of the oil cleanse A LOT but I am living the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of philosophy cause my skin is in a good place right now. So, I am not fully in that wagon yet. Yesterday I cleanse my face with coconut oil and this morning my face looks great, my nose is not oily and the skin looks very good.

          Thanks a lot for your blog, it has been really enlightening and I love all the DIY recipes. I will be making them little by little; this is a wagon I am not getting off of.



        • Josie says

          Hey Wellness Mama, quick question about the oil cleansing. ..Why do you recommend not to wet face first?

          • says

            It’s totally up to you what you use, but a soap, even made from oil (castille soap is a product of olive oil) is going to be very different from actual oil cleansing.

          • sara says

            why dont you try cleansers which are soap free, such as QV cleanser or Cetaphil or Sebamed? i recommend qv as its none drying.

        • Lindsay says

          Hi! When I first read about the ocm, I was really excited– I’ve been trying to rid my life of chemicals and filling it with cruelty-free products and so on. I’ve been experimenting with different oils, different ratios, etc, for months now (maybe 5?) and I just can’t get it right. It’s been really discouraging– reading how many of you out there have no problems whatsoever with your oil regime! I’m so jealous!
          I’ve tried half and half castor and jojoba, 1/3 castor to 2/3 jojoba, when my face was dry, castor and avocado, castor and coconut, jojoba and a bit of tea tree, and on and on! I just can’t seem to get past the crappy skin “phase”. I’d been using Dermalogica, but it makes my skin feel tight and a bit dry, but didn’t make me break out like my oil cleansing experiments have. I’ve given each mix several weeks, but I’m ready to give up and I SO don’t want to!
          Any maaagical tips?

          Desperate Lindsay :)

          • Diana says

            Hello Lindsey ~

            I have always had issues with my skin…mainly basil skin cell issues, redness on my face and lg pores…I always thought it was from the sun but found out it was from a few things like food allergies, I used to use scrubs on my skin which created senstivity & drying agents which most if not all store bought products contain. The expensive creams and cleansers from high end stores as well did nothing for me except steal money from my pocket & the promises they proclaimed died a quick death. I have been using the ocm for 8 mths now and will never ever go back to the crap that the media tries to sell you…usually if not always they pedal lies lies lies.
            Once I started the ocm it took me a few tries to get the right portions. I love what it has done for my skin (I am 55) and let me tell you I have tried everything under the sun. So here is my receipe by parts…1 pt casteroil (it is not only a cleansing agent but is also a drying agent…be careful on how much you use)…9 pts sunflower oil (this oil feels like velvet to the skin…very refreshing and moisturizing)…8~12 drops of rosemary essential oil (reo is antiviral, antimicrobial & is an antibiotic nartually)…you can read that profile of rosemary essential oil on wellness mama and you can go to rosemaryessentialoil.com and find a bunch of info. I swear by reo it has even cleard the redness on my cheeks. Good luck Lindsay and have a bright and beautiful day!

          • Lisa says

            Hi Lindsey, I tried using coconut oil and loved it at first! I used it in the am and pm. It cleared up my skin/acne and it was nice and smooth but then started to become irritated. I have sensitive/dry /40+yrold skin. so I now wash with raw honey in the am (I keep a small container in the bathroom, scoop a bit- 1/2 tsp in my palm, wet it and massage into my face gently, I leave it on while I brush my teeth, then rinse) then I oil clean at night with avocado oil and sometimes add the coconut too. It has helped keep my skin happy, clear, and smooth. Good luck….

          • Sarah says

            Hey! I tried ocm once and it didn’t work for me either. I think I was using the wrong oils. I am 22, have had acne since I was 12 and have very thin, somewhat dry and sensitive skin.

            I tried oil cleansing with hemp seed oil, as it supposedly is the closest to the skin’s sebum. I could litteraly feel the junk surfacing while cleansing. My detox phase seemed to keep lasting though: cystic acne and flaky skin. Not dry, felt moisturized, but flaky and after I had cleansed it would feel burning, especially if I would bend down and blood rushed to my head (odd, I know). I switched back to just washing with water.

            Now I’ve finally discovered an oil that seems to not break me out and evens out my skin tone. It also really quickly heals any small wounds. I’m talking about almond oil. I wash my face in the morning and at night with warm water, pat it dry and apply almond oil (I don’t even need a full drop). Still get pimples, but far less. I use coconut for my body which also works great, but don’t use it on your face if you are sensitive to comedogenic products like I am.

            Another thing to try is lessening dairy intake… I can’t give up my cheese, although in a two week no-dairy test period it did help my skin quite a bit :x

      • Kristin says

        If your son has acne prone skin, add a drop or two (seriously, that’s all you need) of tea tree oil in the cleansing oil mix. If he doesn’t take to this method, try a very mild natural soap, I had GREAT success with Dessert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash
        (dilute it by half for a while- its potent!) and if he moisturizes, just use coconut oil.

    • Celine says

      I would like to give it a try but products are so expensive here. Are you using oils of cosmetic quality or grocery store oils?

      • Jay says

        Whether they are for food or cosmetics doesnt matter, check they are virgin expeller pressed oils without hexanes and other chemicals, and havent been chemically refined. I also check they are non-GMO or organic. If olives are grown near you fresh olive oil should be available at the market, and online shops like vitacost and amazon have good deals on coconut oil.Also make sure its 100% and not a blend

    • Mapel says

      You don’t have to use the oily cleanse as your daily cleanser. I use it once a week for maintenance, and the other days of the week use my Juice Beauty cleanser. Your choice, but I prefer to use it once a week. (:

    • Jessica says

      it works awesome. i’ve tried a lot of natural beauty options like baking soda vinegar rinse for hair wash as well as other stuff and none of it worked for me. but this definitely did and i’ll never go back to regular face wash. i just use straight up cold processed coconut oil ever couple days with a wash cloth for maintenance between days.

      • Grimm says

        The “no-poo” method of hair cleaning requires a detox period too. Plus it works better to mix a tsp of the baking soda with a cup or more of warm water. Mix til dissolved then pour on your hair. Massage in. Repeat til you feel your styling products have rinsed away.

        I use the “no-poo” method when I can’t find any Liggett’s shampoo bars at the store. My hair has never been softer or curlier!

        • Brianna says

          I use baking the “no poo” method and I have been for months now and my hair hasn’t been better! I’m not sure if it only works for certain hair types however I am certain that there is a time period where your hair needs to adjust. wash your hair less often when you do this. (I now only wash my hair twice a week). I use baking soda(quiet a bit actually) as the shampoo make sure you massage all of your hair and that everything is covered-rinse off immediately it helps to massage while rinsing to ensure you wash all of it out. and for conditioner I use a mix of 2 cups of water and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. I pour it over my hair. most people wash it out but I leave it on my hair, the smell goes away as it dries but you can leave it in for 10 minutes and rinse it out too.

        • Sarah says

          I tried the “no poo” method for 2 months with baking soda watered and then cider vinegar for a rinse and I found my oily hair was weighed down and super stiff and basically unmanageable. I heard from lots of blogs that some people had miraculous results and others didn’t….. And then I switched to shampoo by morroco methods … And I found it truly amazing!!!! It’s a concentrated shampoo that doesn’t suds up and they have 5 different shampoos that you rotate … And my hair hasn’t felt better ever then it does now!!! I can’t stress how amazing it is!!! My hair grows now and is stronger which was ALWAYS. An issue for me!!!

          • JJ says

            I’ve gone no poo lately and had exactly the same experience with vinegar. I NEVER use it after the baking soda. when I swim in the pool I use it BEFORE to help get the chlorine out, but I do baking soda (1-2 tablespoons) in 3/4 to 1 cup of very hot water and massage it in and let it sit for a while (especially on the scalp, leaving the ends mostly alone) and then rinse very well. no conditioner to follow. my hair has been lovely. I wash once a week. maybe twice if I’ve been swimming because even with the vinegar rinse helping there is still chlorine build-up that makes me more greasy.

            so you’re definitely not alone in having the hair be greasy/stiff/(I’d say waxy?) using vinegar! I have no idea why, but it doesn’t work so well for me as a conditioner, either!

          • Caitlin says

            Maybe try using white vinegar? I haven’t tried no poo because I am still researching it (hate doing anything w/o a little research first lol).
            However, I found a few blogs that recommended using white vinegar instead of the acv for oily hair! Worth a shot! Good luck!

  2. says

    I have a question…For Christmas I received homemade ‘sugar scrub’ from my sister-in-law. I believe it was a mixture of just sugar and coconut oil. I used it in the shower, at first only on my face and feet, but as I keep doing it, it makes for an awesome shaving cream and even soap for my whole body. I was wondering if sugar had any negative effects on the skin? So far I see none…

    • says

      I’ve been using a sugar scrub and have been very happy with the results. My skin is very smooth and I rarely have breakouts. I use a sugar, olive oil and almond soap as a body scrub and face scrub. I use the scrub weekly for my face and for the body, daily. As for using sugar as a scrub, I think it’s wonderful because it will dissolve as you keep circulating and cleansing all the while there are no harsh chemicals or non-dissolving apricot bits or small stones as in other scrubs. I have been doing this for years now and only see the benefits of being able to have my own scrub by using ingredients from my kitchen! It exfoliates wonderfully and cleans your body and face really well.

      • lyss says

        Oh, thank you! I’ve been wondering the same thing since I’ve been using a white sugar/olive oil combo on my face. My skin is really weird…broken out all over, but dry and flakey. So lately I’ve taken to trying to scrub it all away…not sure what’s best, but peeling skin is not very pretty. I’ve been using the sugar scrub, plus scrubbing with a microfiber scrubber…and I still wake up with flaking skin. Any tips? Is using plain olive oil as a moisturizer a bad idea for acne? I’ve been trying that lately, as coconut oil seems to be too drying, which is what I had been using. I don’t want to clog up my pores, nor do I want to buy chemical laden lotions, but I’ve got to do something…

        • says

          I’d try the actual oil cleansing method and give it a couple weeks to see how you adjust. You may not need the extra moisturizer at all, but if you do, shea butter usually helps with flaking. Taking gelatin and coconut oil internally will also help repair skin from the inside out…

        • says

          I agree with Wellness Mama – try using the Oil Method few a few weeks. I also like using jojoba oil in the winter and it tends not to clog acne prone pores as much as some of the heavier butters. I also like to mix baking soda with my cleanser as a scrub every few weeks. I also have extremely odd combination skin and have a lot of trouble with acne.

          • Kelly Brown says

            What is your facial regimen? It sounds like we have similar skin and I am so frustrated right now. Thanks so much!

        • Tiffiny A Olivieri-Russell says

          I use a blend of sesame oil and lavender oil on my skin every day and it has really controlled my breakouts! I get organic cold pressed sesame oil from the health food store and lavender from doTERRA.

          • Emily Bergeron says

            I started this treatment just a few days ago and I already see the
            improvement. I use about a half and half blend of castor oil and olive oil. However, after I wash the oil off my face I apply a layer of
            avocado oil and it works wonders. The avocado oil acts as a moisturizer while adding important vitamins into the skin and replacing the bad oils
            with the good

        • Kari says

          You are over scrubbing and stimulating your skin too much, thus making breakout worse. If your skin is acneic, then you should scrub way less…like twice a week at most. Sounds like it’s dehydrated too. Drinking more water would probably help. Perhaps the oil method might work. Sesame oil makes a great moisturizer, and might be really good mixed with the castor oil. It’s very low in the comedogenic range, but make sure to get a good quality one made for your skin, not one you cook with. Hope this helps :)

        • Marina says

          I wouldn’t use sugar, since the granules are too rough for the skin (even though it does dissolve as you massage it with water). The skin may feel soft because it’s an abrasive scrub, but with a long-term use, you’ll likely to develop fine lines and may even develop a sensitive skin. Olive oil is also very cometogenic and not the best for the acne-prone skin. Sesame or jojoba oils would probably be better. I am a licensed esthetician, and I love natural products, but you really need to be careful with some of them.

        • Aileen says

          I’ve been to Murad Spa for facials in Los Angeles, and have talked to the clinicians there. You can over exfoliate your skin. Also, I learned from the spa, some people have higher cell turnover. Meaning they build up dead skin cells faster than other people which means that blockage can be an issue. You have to remember, your skin is the largest organ on your body. So just like any organ, it is composed of cells which need water to be plump. Dehydration i.e. lack of sufficient water intake, causes cells to deflate like a flat tire. It causes fatigue, hunger, headaches, and a multitude of other symptoms which are often mistaken for other illnesses. Eight to ten glasses of water each day is recommended, but you have to adjust this for any medication you might be taking (includes vitamins) and also don’t forget the water presence in your food. You might also want to examine your diet and see if there are any contributing factors. What you ingest ultimately comes out your pores and also is absorbed by the cells. Better diet = better skin. Putting topical creams, oils, and ointments may help briefly, or may cause problems also, but, the other half has to come from inside and genetics. You may want to check with a dermatologist and/or another doctor such as an allergist to make certain your flaking condition is not a symptom of something else i.e. allergies, medications, eczema, dermatitis, etc. Skin can do some funny things when it comes to stress also. I had a rash on my fingers that would not go away no matter what cream I used. Once I divorced my first spouse, magically, the rash went away and has not re-appeared since. I’m in my 40s, but I also still get hormonal flareups, especially on my chin. I’m using coconut oil cleansing, but also use a tea tree soap on my skin. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of processed foods out of my diet and eating a lot more raw fruits and vegetables. If I don’t eat them, I steam them, or I blend them into a juice. My skin has improved and the under eye wrinkles are diminished. I use Argan oil as a moisturizer. On the plus since I’ve been doing this, the yucky jowls that were forming on either side of my jaw area are going away (I guess that also helps that I dropped some pounds also due to the diet change). Best wishes to healthy skin!

          • Ans says

            Hi Aileen,
            I have read a lot of comments above and below and I am very keen to try out the OCM as a solution to my life less acne prone skin. I also have hormonal imbalance that shows up on my chin and upper arms.
            Hence, I am very keen to know what is your oil combination. Also, you mentioned that you also use a tea tree soap. Could you also share when do you cleanse and when do you use soap (in what order). I have been using tea tree facial wash from body shop for more than a year and it has seemed to have suited me so far.
            Am wondering if I feel like continuing it when and how I could it.
            Thank you!

          • Sarah says

            I have been using this ohm for a year now. I started with the recipe she lists then gradually made my own adjustments. I now use jojoba in the summer and grape seed or olive oil in the winter as they are heavier. I have had acne my entire life (now 36) and finally it’s gone. After the initial transition from 20+ years on the Clinic 3 step system, I only “wash” once a week or use oil to remove mascara (I don’t wear makeup). I do use a warm washcloth in the shower to wash my face daily, just like Mommy did when we were kids, remember? :) It took me about a month to transition and I washed everyday then gradually lessened the amount of washing based on how “oily” my skin felt. I’ve always been dryer on the tops of my cheeks and an oil well everywhere else. I have bangs and my forehead was a mess and it kept my bangs greasy. I no longer have that problem now. I just use a few drops of oil and massage well then jump in the shower.
            Hope this helps!

        • Sarah says

          I heard somewhere that you should not scrub the infected area (pimples) because then they will just get worse or spread ! I usually use a pimple extractor when they get really bad or just leave them alone and let them heal !

        • lisa says

          You may be overly drying your skin out with the sugar and exfoliating. Try just the oil? I know I spent years with acne and realized that I didn’t actually have oily skin, I have very sensitive skin and I was breaking out because I was drying it out.

          • Jamie says

            Lisa, that is what I am just realizing! I always thought my skin was oily and that is why I broke out – after trying the OCM I have realized my skin is actually super dry. I am not even sure castor oil is right for me at all. What do you use? Should I try just coconut oil or just avocado oil?

      • Kay says

        I use almond oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil in my sugar scrubs and my skin is loving it. I was only using coconut oil, but the almond oil is much more moisturizing and luxurious. I use the scrub after I shave my legs, too.

    • says

      I would think if sugar isn’t good to put in your body, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin either (they say you should only put things on your skin that are safe to eat since you absorb everything through your skin)… Also sugar feeds bacteria, candida, parasites… I use sea salt, or ground up seeds or adzuki beans since they have detoxing benefits & are high in antioxidents (only issue with sea salt is it burns). You can easily mix it up yourself.

        • Pepper Mohr says

          I’ve had sea salt burn also. Very sensitive skin here though. I used the sugar instead for a scrub and it worked great. I want to go with this oil cleansing on it’s own first and see how that works.
          I’ve made my own facial and body soap for years now and love them. I used to make my own lotion until I dropped and broke a bottle of the preservative on the kitchen floor. It took the finish off the floor. I rinsed out the mop in the bathroom sink and it removed the finish from the porcelain. That shocked me and I immediately stopped using any lotions on my face and went to oils alone. I would do a spritz of organic rose water then my own oil blend of argan and jojoba. I love the idea of adding wet heat to open up the pores.
          Thank you very much for the info :)

          • jessica a. watson says


          • Pepper Mohr says

            Jessica I used to use phenonip which is considered skin safe. I blend with jojoba to extend the life of my other oils but for a lotion you need to use a preservative unless you refrigerate (and throw away after a week or so) and even then you need to avoid the eye area. The addition of water to any recipe can cause bacteria to flourish.
            I also wanted to let you know that using all capital letters on the internet means you are yelling or shouting which I’m sure you don’t mean to be :)

          • Kim says

            Rosemary oil is a natural preservative. It is quite pungent but there are many natural preservatives. There is tons of info on the net. Thought you could add some to your fave homemade lotions etc. instead of any potentially dangerous preservative…

          • Elizabeth McIntyre says

            I want to let you know you are terribly misinformed and such posts help to spread this bad advice. Additives such as Rosemary Oleoresin, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Vitamin E are NOT preservatives. They are, at best, an antioxidant which should be added to your oils when you first open them to assist in keeping your oil(s) from going rancid more quickly. But they will NOT kill bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens that will cause your scrubs to grow molds and other nasty stuff. Preservatives get a bad rap and if you are going to mix something like a sugar scrub up and keep some on hand, you’d be wise to use a gentle preservative such as Optiphen or Phenonip. Especially if any water could possibly be introduced to the mixture.

      • jessica a. watson says


        • TabbyKay says

          “Table” salt is not good in several ways, but sea salt and epsom salts are very beneficial in many ways and our bodies need salt to function properly. Salt itself does not actually cause the bp issues, it’s the sand and glass particles that are in the iodized or “table” salt, along with lots of other things. Sea salt is a mineral that we can’t do without.

          • Jill says

            Sand and glass in table salt causing high blood pressure? That’s a new one! Where’s your data?

        • Merise says

          I use the left over ground coffee beans as a body scrub. I mix them with oil so they go on smoothly. Makes a mess in the shower, though! ;-)

        • Casey says

          This is all very interesting thanks for the info. And to Jennifer please stop using caps that is so rude if you can write comments like a normal person spare people the aggravation of having to scroll down to skip your comment. So inconsiderate! Great recipes on this site, thank you!

      • misskim92008 says

        Interesting theory. I tried malt-o-meal raw honey & a little coconut oil as a scrub. WOW! It was scrumptious and worked so good. My skin never felt so smooth. PS I am an Esthestician. I actually have no opinion on the sugar thing. I think different strokes for different folks. Salt could also be considered un healthy due to the high blood pressure aspect when taken internally, Ya know? Also if the sea salt is burning, perhaps you are scrubbing to hard. You could break the tiny capillaries in your skin on your face by scrubbing too hard causing permanent redness. (i’ve done it). anyway, great topic ladies…

      • nicole says

        Sugar is not good to eat because of the way it causes your blood sugar levels to spike. I don’t think it would react the same way being absorbed through your skin. Also, sugar doesn’t “feed” bacteria, it actually kills bacteria by causing water molecules to leave the cell and dehydrating them, similar to salt. One reason there is so much sugar in packaged foods is that its a preservative because of the way it inhibits cell growth.

        • Grimm says

          I agree that sugar does not feed bacteria. If it did then it would not have such a long shelf life lasting decades and still be 100% edible.

          • Tiffaney says

            I think that they mean that sugar in the gut can feed yeast, or candida. This is true…. But that is internally, not externally….

        • Joyce says

          Salt on the outside of the body can actually make you skin softer. Try soaking in a salt water spa or swimming in a salt water pool. You will be amazed!

      • Mint says

        Hello Emily,

        I would venture to say that you are incorrect in claiming that sugar is bad for topical use. Sugar is used a lot in skincare products because all forms of sugar are humectants, which means that they draw in moisture. This is great for your skin because you get natural and gentle moisturizing. Our skin absorbs substances differently than how substances are absorbed and processed through our digestive system. This is why using a sugar wax or sugar scrub is not going to make you gain weight. However, if one is prone to yeast infections, sugar should be avoided near the respective areas.

        Salt can be incredibly irritating and harsh to sensitive skin when used directly (sea salt to fresh wounds was a torture method, after all). You especially don’t want it touching the genitals, es that area is basically raw. Still, everyone is different and salt may work out for you wonderfully as a body scrub.

        If your skin is sensitive, don’t be afraid to try the sugar scrub as it is incorrect to assume that it will harm your skin. If you want to avoid processed sugar, feel free to use brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. Good luck you guys!

    • Emily says

      If you would rather not use sugar you could use Epsom salt which has wonderful health benefits. I am about to make the facial cleanser with the Olive Oil/Coconut Oil combo, Castor Oil, and Epsom Salt.

  3. Shannon says

    This sounds great. I have used honey/baking soda combo for a while but want to try.

    QUESTION: Is the castor oil/olive oil combo safe to rub on my eyes to remove mascara?

  4. jessica says

    Do you make a big batch and keep in bathroom? Just wondering how long it would last if stored that way. Sounds awesome!

    • says

      I’ve been washing my face with the oil cleansing method (OCM) for about 6 months or more now. I create a big batch (about a cup at a time) and it lasts until I finish it. I use a combination of Caster oil with Jojoba or Avocado oil.

  5. says

    I have been using Witch hazel to cleanse my face and olive oil as a moisturizer, so I plan to try this oil cleansing. I think I was drying my face out a little too much. I love the benefits of making a product to care for my skin, so I’m excited to try.

      • Margo says

        Jessica, I saw above that someone already warned you that using UPPER CASE LETTERS on the internet is like “YELLING” at someone. Please understand this to be true!


        Use lowercase letters except for the beginning of a sentence. It really is disturbing.

        Thank you.

        • Kelly says

          lol Every doesn’t have to type how you want them to. Maybe she doesn’t want to use lowercase letters. If you know she’s not yelling then why does it matter if they’re uppercase.

          • Anita McKinney says

            I have been reading the comments and I like all the information that everyone has put out there. I have one little issue though… Several people have been fussing at a particular person for using all caps. Some people have eye problems. As I am typing this in “normal type” I can barely see what I am typing. I want to know who says that using all caps means someone is “yelling”? Her posts are not offensive to me and it has been easier on my eyes to read her posts than all of the rest of them. I hate zooming on my computer screen because then I have to constantly move the screen around to be able to read everything. So please don’t be aggravated at someone for using all caps unless the words they are typing are actually offensive.

          • says

            Hi Anita, I understand where you are coming from, and I’m sorry that things can be hard to read. Have you ever increased the size of the text on your screen? If you are on a Mac, you could just hold down “Command” and + and if you are on a Windows computer, you can: Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
            Choose one of the following: Smaller – 100% (default). …
            Click Apply.”
            Here’s an article that explains how typing in all caps became “yelling” online: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117390/netiquette-capitalization-how-caps-became-code-yelling.
            Hope that helps some and thanks for reading.

          • Jeannette says

            It is very easy to enlarge or reduce the print on your screen on a pc by just simultaneously pressing ‘ctrl’ and ‘+’ or ‘-‘ as the case maybe.

          • Lillian K says

            These types of comments are not useful. I read this blog for information about the cleanser and other types of cleansers, NOT for this trivial minutia.

      • Waldo Pepper says

        Jessica… Plz switch off your “Caps Lock” key. Typing in all uppercase alpha-charactes is generally inconsiderate to others. Readability of text improves when ALL CAPS is avoided. A font with serifs, such as “Times New Roman” improves readability as well.

  6. says

    I’ve used this method for years on my extremely dry skin with one variation. I mix the olive oil with beeswax to thicken in a blender. I tried every expensive cream out there and nothing else works like this. I think I’ll start usinG coconut oil to thicken instead.

  7. says

    I love this idea! I have searched and searched for a good face cleanser and can’t find anything that doesn’t dry my skin out. I always get a few pimples right before That Time Of The Month, and the only things I’ve found so far that control it is either a cleanser with salycilic acid or tea tree oil, but both leave my skin super dry, at least until a few hours later when it over compensates and becomes crazy oily. I’m going to try this as soon as I get some castor oil!

  8. Mary Ann Scoville says

    My favorite oil to use is coconut with a drop of lavender essential oil mixed in (you can make a container full ahead of time). I rub magnesium oil on my face first, and then the coconut lavender concoction and my face feels amazing afterward.

  9. Christine says

    This makes me remember the smell of Pond’s Cold Cream in my grandmother’s bathroom. It’s such a nostalgic wonderful smell to me.
    But I remember always wondering how she could have such beautiful, flawless skin at her age using a “grease.”
    Now, I know. Thanks for this post! I will be breaking out the olive oil this morning!

    • says

      Either homemade coconut oil soap, or plain microfiber cloths or sometimes an olive oil and salt scrub depending on what my skin is doing. For the kids, I usually just use microfiber since they already have great natural oil balance in their skin and sometimes moisturize with homemade body butter…

      • Lily says

        I an looking for your homemade coconut oil soap bar recipe with
        No luck. Is this one you’ve shared? If so could you direct me?

  10. says

    I have combination sensitive skin, so I was planning on just trying the coconut oil/olive oil mixture you mentioned. I used to use castor oil on my scalp because it did wonders for my hair, but it dried my scalp out too badly (even in the teeny little dose I was using of it mixed with olive oil) and gave me flakes.

    So, using this mixture, you mention not to do it every day, which is fine, but how do you take off makeup day to day? I already use olive oil to take off my eye makeup, but what should I use to take off my face makeup if I switch to this. Right now I use a mix of aloe vera water and olive oil, and it works great, but if I shouldn’t do this deep cleaning daily, should I skip the oil on the day to day? I just don’t know what to use to remove my foundation daily with this cleansing system and I don’t want to taint my chances of it working by removing it incorrectly.

    • says

      You can use it daily, it just isn’t usually needed. I use a plain, damp microfiber cloth on days I don’t use it, and this also takes make up off easily… aloe and olive oil won’t mess up your natural oil balance, so they are a great solution on days you aren’t using oil cleansing….

  11. says

    Thank you for this. I just went out and bought some Castor and Olive Oil and will start my oil cleansing later today. How do you store your oil blends? I was looking for something in the health food store, but couldn’t find anything. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • says

      I store it in used hand soap bottles, but Mountain Rose Herbs sells plastic bottles you can put it in – I wasn’t able to find any the right size in local stores, so I just decided to reuse other containers.

      • Kiran says

        Hi, I was wondering how you use the product that you keep in a glass container. I just started ocm a few days ago and I combined my oil mixture in a small mason jar and have been putting my fingers in there to get the oil out. But it sounds like from reading the comments I may be contaminating it. Should I throw out what I’ve been using and make a new batch? How do you get it out of a mason jar without contaminating it, or should I just use a different bottle instead? Thanks in advance!

    • greyhoundgirl29 says

      I purchased amber glass dropper bottles from Mountain Rose or one of those places (I also buy soap-making supplies from another company) and they work perfectly. The dropper makes it very easy to get out the right amount of oil without contaminating the rest.

    • Anne-Laure says

      Recycle! Any face or hand or body container with a pump works. I rinse it thoroughly, then add a shot of 70°alcohol to kill germs, and mix straight in the container… I’m actually going to empty the small remaining amount of my manufactured oil cleanser, and replace it by pure oils ;-)

  12. says

    I saw this blog and deciced to give it a try. I use coconut oil, mostly because I am in love with it and all its benefits. I’ve been doing this for about a week now, and though i have a zit or two (which is normal for now-I’m 8 mths pregnant), I can tell a major difference in my skin. It glows more, and my skin is much more balanced when it comes to moisture. I definitely reccomend this method!!!

    • Taryn says

      You’re using straight coconut oil? Do you put it on your face for makeup remover and/or lotion? I’m concerned that using straight oil on my face for lotion would make me breakout.

  13. Megan says

    I’ve been using oil cleansing for a year and a half now, and it totally eliminated my hormonal cystic acne on my chin, and blackheads on my nose. Really really happy and amazed by how well it worked. Now I do oil cleansing about 1x a week, and just wash my face with a mild cleanser the other days, and my skin looks GREAT. Two questions, though – how do you get your washcloths clean? Mine are permanently oil saturated, and, kinda gross. My washing machine doesn’t get all the oil out. Second – I worry about the effects of washing oil down the drain – does anyone know what this does to the city water purification system?

    • Michelle Riffer says

      @Megan curious what oil combination you use? Sounds like we have similar skin, and while I’ve had pretty good results I still need some tweaking… Would love to hear what you’re using and in what ratio?


    • AshnJared Martinez says

      I’d. Love to try this but I’m really acne prone and rely on face wash scrub toner and benzol peroxide to keep my face ?! This really won’t make my acne worse? And using it to remove makeup won’t jam it into my pores?

      • Anne-Laure says

        The face wash scrub you use has only temporary effects, you feel a clean face because it takes off any single nautral oil of your face. But this causes your face to react by producing more oil, and this is the phenomenon that clogs pores… If you stop face wash scrub, your face will scream REVENGE!!! As you have read it above, It takes a few days/weeks for skin to detox itself, so my advice is to begin using oil cleansing while on holiday, and hang on! Don’t let it down before skin gets ok.

  14. says

    I started using the oil cleansing method about a year and a half ago. I have never looked back – my skin looked so good I stopped wearing foundation and most makeup without people even realizing that I don’t wear it anymore. I had enough people ask about what I used to make my skin look so good that it turned into a business. I make natural oil cleansers and lotions – the business is growing and my clients are happier using my oils than their dermatologists products! I had one client get rid of persistent black heads in one use and will now not use anything else. I will never use anything but the oil cleansing method now!!

    • Jillian says

      I know this thread is kind of old, but which oil did you use that got rid of blackheads so easily???

    • Margo says


      I am 53 years old. I just recently started using the Oil method. I can honestly say it’s great! I don’t have the “Oil Slick” going on later in the afternoon anymore! I have weird skin, the T-zone is definitly my weak spot/area! I’m still experiencing the black heads on my nose. I am using Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Coconut Oil in the evening, and in the morning I use Honey and Coconut Oil and a little Lavender oil. Also, what do you or anybody recommend for aging skin? Particularly the eye area?

  15. Jennifer says

    I know that you buy your oils from Mountain Rose Herbs but what do you think about the organic NOW brands of oils? are they the same quality as what you buy at Mountain Rose Herbs?

  16. Rebecca C. says

    I did this method for about 2 weeks and ended up with a wicked heat rash all over my face. Has that happened to anyone else? Any thoughts?

    • Lisa jones says

      I also had this experience. I used 10% castor oil and 40/50 pct olive oil and almond oil. I used this one night and got a red rash covering 50% of my face. This is the third time I have tried OCM. I have scaled way back on the castor oil because I believed it was the culprit. My skin is extremely tender and dry in the areas of rash. I think I have had enough. The last time this happened it took me several weeks to get my face better. I am hoping it won’t take as long this time since I know not to stay the course.

      • Mandie says

        I wonder if your skin would be sensitive to almond oil? My skin burns a bit if I get baking soda on my face from washing my hair. If you’re up for trying it again, maybe try coconut oil instead? Honestly, I have no idea if that’s what the issue would be, but coconut oil has been so beneficial for me in every way and my friend who has a lot of skin and other sensitivities loves it too. Good luck!

  17. Jessica West says

    What do you think of argan oil? I just read about it recently and ordered some to try it out. Definitely more expensive than coconut oil, but otherwise do you have any thoughts on it?

  18. April Grow says

    I’m assuming you are washing your face at night like we all should. I confess I often go to bed with my make up on (bad, I know) so I wash my face in the morning. The times I’ve tried washing my face with coconut oil, even after it seems soaked in, when I put my makeup on, it disintegrates within a few hours. Especially my eye make up slides right off (and I use a primer under my eye shadow). But I also worry about staining my pillow case. How long does this need to soak in before you lie down/put on your makeup? I use mineral foundation and if the oil is not all soaked in, my makeup doesn’t go on well.

    Also, are all the olive oils on Mountain Rose the same? The descriptions all talk about how good they taste, not about putting it on your skin. I have two kinds of olive oil in my house: the very lightest kind that I use for all of my cooking, and a very expensive kind that is for eating fresh (on breads, salads, etc.).

    I grew up in the South and always had very oily skin. Two years ago we moved to the very dry West and I’ve had horribly dry skin since. I feel like I aged 10 years overnight. The skin on my neck right under my chin is very crepey and that is very aging. When we go home to visit, my youthful glow returns and my skin looks great! I tried every rich, expensive creme out there and finally found one that helps. At least my skin doesn’t hurt anymore and looks somewhat better. I’m hoping this works. I hate that my cream is full of chemicals (and the $80 price tag isn’t awesome either). But I also hate that my face always hurt and looked awful before I found it. I pulled out my expensive olive oil and have it on my face right now. I’m going for the 10 minute treatment of straight olive oil since my skin is so dry (and now I know why the coconut oil made my skin feel dry. Who knew an oil could be drying?). Fingers crossed.

    • says

      I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for more than 6 months now. And it has taken some getting used to but I love it overall.

      Coconut oil is very likely to clog pores. This chart shows the comedogenic ratings for oil and other skin care products: http://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html.

      If you can try a light oil like Jojoba oil with your caster oil and just decrease the amount of caster oil you use to 10% or thereabouts until your skin adjusts and becomes more moisturised.

      Like Wellness Mama suggests, pure shea oil is great for your skin, including your face (it’s low likeliness to clog your pores). It’s a little pricey but still should cost you much less than the commercial moisturiser you mentioned for $80.00. I paid about $25 for 80 grams this weekend. I mixed the shea oil with jojoba (carrier oil) because shea is very thick and difficult to spread without a carrier oil .

      If you’re looking for more info about OCM try visiting a blog by Crunchy Betty (I hope it’s okay to mention this Wellness Mama?). She has written extensively about this subject and it’s where I go for reference information about OCM.

      Best of luck!

      • Natalie Woociker says

        Thank you so much for posting that link for comedogenic ratings. I referred to it often when deciding which oils would best suit my skin and have so far experienced great results.

    • says

      I wash my face at night and by about 30 minutes later, any excess oil has absorbed… I’ve never had trouble with the pillowcase… My general rule is to not use something on skin unless it could also be non-toxic inside the body, which is one reason I prefer their oils, but any natural oils will work…

  19. Mobius says

    I just tried this today, and didn’t stop with my face, but did my neck area as well. It felt great! I used 3 parts coconut oil warmed and mixed with 1 part castor oil, plus 7 drops of lavender EO. About ten minutes after my shower, part of my neck started feeling itchy and bumpy…I put some calendula balm on it…and the itching disappeared quickly…I am sure my neck area needs the cleansing and is starting to detox!!! And i will continue with this regimen…

    • Robin Conkel-hannan says

      When I treat my face I always include my ears, neck down to and including my collar bones.. I am 69 and the older you get the more care your skin needs.. When I was young I didn’t know the value or benefits of caring for my skin so I’m paying for it now..

  20. Adria Cheney says

    I currently use a Clairsonic when washing my face. Do you see any problems with using my Clairsonic and this oil method of washing my face?

    • says

      I”m not familiar with that product but any conventional cleanser and the oil cleansing together might counteract each other or at least cause problems if your skin is trying to balance oil production…

    • dyani says

      The Clairsonic is simply a physical tool to wash your face with. It should be fine. It will probably enhance the benefits somewhat. Don’t forget to use the hot damp washcloth or some other steaming method though, as this is what opens the pores for maximum cleansing.

  21. says

    When I tried the oil cleansing method to remove my makeup at the end of a day when I ran out of make up removing cloths, I noticed that I woke up to much softer and healthier looking skin. After reading this post I am motivated to try sticking to the oil cleansing method and see how my skin clears up!

  22. Katie Flynn says

    i have been using just jojoba oil (because i already had it) as a cleanser and am very happy with it so far. takes of my makeup well and leaves my lips soft!

  23. Jessica says

    You mention that you don’t use this method every day, how many times a week is typical for you? Also do you use the microfiber cloth as your washcloth or is that only on the days you dont use this method? Thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

  24. says

    Ha, I like how there is always an adjustment period. I’m in hell already with my hormones this week anyway, so I figure it’s the perfect time to switch. I won’t notice “more’ breakouts. Thanks for the recipe. I have one that’s green tea, honey, baking soda, and lemon, and it is great for exfoliating, but too drying for everyday use.. This looks great– and since I am off to the market, will be tonight’s facial cleanser. =)

  25. Cathy says

    I’ve been oil cleansing for a year and a half now and my skin has never looked better! I started with the olive/castor combination but have tweaked it a bit over time. Currently I use plain organic olive oil with a few drops of frankincense and lavender added. Sometimes in winter I need to add a bit of avocado or jojoba oil for extra moisturizing.

    • Cathy says

      Oh, and I do this at night so it removes any makeup I have on. In the morning, I simply wash with a wet washcloth.

  26. MrsB @Mind over Matter says

    I’ve been trying this for about a week and like what I see. However – how do you keep a washcloth on your face for a minute? Do you lie down? If you’re bent over the sink then part of the cloth just hands and is not in contact with the face…

  27. says

    I started oil cleansing about a week ago. I have very oily skin. Using coconut oil only in the shower. I really think my skin is less oily. I love that I no longer have that tight, need lotion feeling.

  28. Katie Yoder says

    I’ve really enjoyed trying this for the past week or so. Thank you for the information! Do you have a facial scrub recipe you like to use? Sometimes I feel like I need a good scrub to give my skin a nice polish. Plus I love how nicely make up goes on over freshly exfoliated skin!

  29. Dawn says

    I made a mix of olive and castor oils and have been washing with it for 2 months now. My pores are clearer than they have ever been, the few brown spots I had are faded and my skin is soft and feels smooth not rough or dry. I have rosacea and it has really helped to ‘calm’ my skin.The mixture costs me about $1.50/month. I have thrown out my other cleaners and moisturizers. I don’t use make-up remover any more either!

    • says

      Oh, thank you so much! I also have rosacea and brown spots from pregnancy. I was hoping that someone like me would pipe up. I am going to try Castor & Avacado, I think. Avacado is supposed to be great for healing.

  30. Emily says

    I started oil cleansing to improve the dullness and increase hydration. I tend to get dehydrated easily with workouts and not drinking enough water – and my skin pays for it with dryness and bags under my eyes. Oil cleansing definitely resolved these two issues.

    In addition, I use Retin-A at night which can, on occasion, leave skin flaky. For years I’d been exfoliating or using expensive glycolic acid moisturizers to “slough off” the dead skin. Oil cleansing works better. The oil itself keeps skin moisturized and the little bit of exfoliation I might need is done gently with the wash cloth. Using harsh chemicals or exfoliating scrubs just did more harm than good, and likely contributed to the dullness I was experiencing.

    I use 20% Castor Oil and 80% Olive Oil. I used to think my skin was “combination” but since oil cleansing it’s become more “normal.” I also use a few drops of the oil mixture as a moisturizer if my face if feeling more dry.

    Also, I think cleansing technique can make a little bit of a difference. I spend a lot of time “steaming.” I don’t wring out the washcloth between steaming; instead I keep the water running fairly hot and sweep an opened washcloth back and forth under the water, then press the very wet washcloth to my face (while bent over the sink). (I also inhale the steam to clean the sinuses!). I don’t rub off the oil. And I blot to dry, rather than rub dry.

  31. Natalia says

    Hi ladies, for those of you who have tried this, how frequently should I do this? Every evening? Once a week? If I do the oil cleansing should I give up my other natural bar soap I typically use on my face?

    • says

      I just do it every time I shower (every other day) but it can be done daily. I’ve found it best just to do oil cleansing or to use a non-soap method like microfiber in between since it seems to confuse the skin to nourish it with oil one day and then strip the oils with soap the next day…

      • says

        I shower daily because I feel gross if I don’t, and I oil cleanse every day. I use a recycled glass bottle (leftover from some oyster sauce I used up just before I decided to clean up my diet) and put a mix of 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive oil in it. While the water is heating up for the shower, I pour a little oil into my hand and rub it all over my face before I hop in the shower while my face is dry, then lay the hot, wet washcloth over my face once I’m in the shower. I use the washcloth to lightly scrub my face to gently exfoliate. When I get out of the shower, I pat my face dry. I find that my skin is much less oily, I have fewer blemishes, and my skin is never tight or dry-feeling.

        • Margo says

          I pretty much do the same thing. I apply the mixture of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, all over my face and decollete’ area before I jump in the shower in the evening. Then, in the morning I use a mixture of the above, Castor Oil, Coco Oil and Olive Oil and Honey. I steam my face and wipe off any excess and apply my make up as usual. In the evening I will apply a little of the Coco Oil and Lavender and Olive, just for a little moisture. I’m very happy with this method.

          I would love to hear from Wellness Mama or anyone else about aging skin and anything that can be used for fine lines, especially around the eyes and what you recommend for the eyes. I’ve been using the same as described above, but think my eye area could use something for the fine lines and for moisture.

          Appreciate anyone’s input regarding aging skin and the method. Also what are you all using as a Sun Block?


  32. Aurelia says

    I struggle with blackheads and was so excited at the possibility of this destroying them that I went out and bought the castor oil and olive oil right away. I did an extended soak since it was my first time as a deep clean. I bought cold pressed pure oils but neither said unrefined. Does it say so on the bottle or how do you tell? Does it matter? Will this work the same?

  33. witeaya says

    i’ve been using this method on and off for about 3 months. i only use this when i need to remove my makeup and i dont always wear them.

    i always have bad breakouts and that didnt stop with OCM. but i am still staying strong with this method bc so many ppl swear by it. it moisturises my skin but didnt help any with my acne problem. i dont know why it didnt work for me.

  34. Guest says

    I used coconut oil when I first started cleansing with oil, but it was difficult to work with plain, as I had to warm it so it would be a liquid when I used it. I don’t use a microwave on things I plan on eating, so I would heat water in a tea kettle, pour it into a bowl, and sit the jar of coconut oil the bowl of hot water until it softened/liquified. It was time consuming. I heard someone say just to let the hot water/steam in the bathroom soften the oil, but it takes a long time and a lot of hot water down the drain, for that to work. So I switched to grapeseed oil, and I like it much better – not just for ease of use but because it moisturizes so well and absorbs for me better than the coconut oil. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge fan of coconut oil, but for cleansing, at least at this point, I like grapeseed oil best! (PS. So far I haven’t made any mixes. Maybe coconut and grapeseed is great? I don’t know. I’m more of a grab-it-and-go kinda gal, so I really like that I can just put a jar of grapeseed oil in the shower and use it right out of the jar!)

    • Marley says

      Just be careful with Grapeseed Oil because it can go rancid rather quickly. Its shelf life is only about 3 months once opened. You can extend the shelf life a little longer by adding some Vitamin E (tocopherol) to the bottle of Grapeseed Oil as soon as you open the bottle to avoid rancidity or to at least extend the shelf life of the Grapeseed Oil. Vit E is not a preservative but rather an antioxidant.

  35. says

    I started doing this a few days ago and so far am loving the results, mainly not having to douse my face in witch hazel and then slather on moisturizer because my usual cleanser left my skin tight and dry. I’m wondering though if the castor oil/olive oil blend is safe to use on eyelids to cleanse or remove makeup?

  36. says

    I tried this and loved the way it made my skin feel. But at about 2 weeks in I broke out with deep pimples that didn’t want to come to a head. I keep using the oil figuring my face just needed to adjust but the pimples kept getting worse so I finally stopped at about 4 weeks

  37. Georgia Nelson says

    Help!! so I started using oil for two months but the wrong way – I used coconut oil after a shower and just left it on. My face got better at first, then worse but I persevered. Now it’s been about 3 weeks doing it your way but I also mixed it with olive oil and a tiny bit of castor.. I thought it was getting better but I’ve had acne in the same spots for two weeks now and it’s starting to spread.. is it because I did it wrong for so long? Maybe because it’s cold pressed virgin olive oil that should be stored in the fridge instead of the bathroom, or maybe I’m just detoxing too much for my skin to handle right now? My diet is pretty good, I’ve been pretty much completely in the raw for almost 4 months now and also started with the E3 live every day over a week ago.. I’m going to stick with this oil cleansing method but it’s hard to feel pretty with angry red things all over my face

    • Daisy says

      Georgia, add 1-5 drops of tea tree oil to 1oz of oil(I use high grade olive oil).Tea tree oil is antibacterial and very good for all kind of acne,sore throat (to gargle ) and
      so on…. Google TEA TREE OIL

    • says

      It could still be a detox thing, but you might also try adding more castor oil. Everyone adjusts differently, I think. It took me a couple weeks to get past the detox/break out phase, but now my skin never breaks out…

    • cbr0422 says

      Coconut oil isn’t to be stored in the fridge. The term “cold pressed” refers to the way the oil was extracted, not storage.

  38. Tanya says

    Hi there! I am a huge fan of your blog and with your help have gone almost chemical free with my personal products and my home. I have been using the oil cleansing method for months now and really see the benefits for my sensitive acne prone skin. One question though, could you recommend something to help naturally fade red marks left on pale skin? Thank you!

    • Laura says

      Try Tamanu or Argan oils. I’ve been using them after cleansing with oil, and the red marks I had from acne have almost completely vanished. They’re more expensive than some of the other oils, but worth it IMO!

      • Tanya says

        Sorry for the delay, I wanted to try the argan oil before coming back with comments. So worth the money, it makes my hair and skin so soft and I do see a real difference in the fading of my red marks. Thanks so much for the advice!

  39. Heather Johnson says

    Hello Wellnessmama I was wondering what kind of Olive Oil do you use? Just trying to find something of good quality. I was also wondering if I could use the hazelnut/olive oil blend for oil pulling on my teeth too or should I definitely use the brushing blend?

  40. says

    Hello! I’m on day 9 of oil cleansing and my skin looks terrible :(
    Crazy break-outs, yet dry and flaky in several patches. I’m using the 1/4 castor – 3/4 olive oil mixture. I thought about using less castor and more olive and maybe adding a few drops of tea tree oil in there. I’ve been using a tea tree/water “toner” on my pimples that have come up to hopefully make them go away.
    Any suggestions or ideas? Maybe I should switch to different oils? I’m trying to hang in there and give it the “detoxing” phase, but it’s hard when I had issues with acne when I was in college and thought those days were long behind me!! THANK YOU!!

  41. Kween Briaunna says

    I am in LOVVE! With this site! To the creator; You are amazing! I first came across this site, looking for a natural lotion I can mix at home. The ingredients were exactly how I like things; Simple! I ventured off into the other areas of this site such as the natural face cleanser. Right now I’m trying to create my own perfume and I’m a little stuck. I know the recipe calls for a large amount, but how do I use to reduce the quantity? I want to test it out first, before I jump into the huge bottles, yakno? I wasted two of the essential oils I hand picked for the type of smell I’m wanting only because I don’t have the correct measurements. Trial and error. :) I need the smell to be breath taking, inviting and powerful! (Btw, the oils if anyone’s interested, are Egyptian Musk, African Musk and Obession. I got them from a local hair store and they are a must try! If your fascinated by scents such as I.) Thank you for creating this site! You are a beautiful and magnificent person! Truly. Thank you for sharing your findings w us! Take care!

  42. Sally says

    Hi :)

    I would just like to say that I LOVE your website. It’s so amazing. I’ve learned so much about how to be all natural. Just the idea of going back to my shower and using all those sulfate laden products makes me cringe now.

    I’d like to know about the oil cleansing method… I have semi dry skin and an oily T-panel . So I have these tiny pimples between my brows. At the moment I only have olive oil at hand and I don’t live very close to a shop where I can find all the other oils mentioned above. Will only olive oil work? And will it get rid of my oily T-panel?

    Thanks a million.

  43. Janna Sedgwick says

    I started doing OCM about 2 weeks ago and have had no problems whatsoever, I was wondering if anyone has used or thought about using Hemp oil. I use it to make salad dressing instead of EVOO.

    • Natalie Woociker says

      I use hemp oil on my face and have only seen great results after 2 weeks of consistent use. I have dry (yet still a bit acne-prone) skin and live in a cold climate so i mix in a bit of avocado oil, as well.

  44. Amy J. Cerra says

    Thanks so much for introducing me to oil cleansing! I am nearing 40 and have been searching for a better solution for my skin. Aging definitely takes a toll on the face and I will admit to getting a bit desperate to find a way to naturally minimize wrinkles and make my pores appear smaller. After spending way too much money on products that don’t work and are chemical-laden, I came across your article. I gave it a shot and have been oil cleansing for several months now. My husband was the first to comment on how much healthier, soft, and glowing my complexion became. I also have very few blackheads, and my fine lines around my mouth and eyes are much less noticeable.

    I pair the oil cleansing with a toner I make from mineral water, cider vinegar, and crushed asprin. I love how convenient the oil cleansing is – no makeup remover necessary, and I find it a relaxing way to end my day. (I cleanse at night before bed). My mother was so intriqued by my new beauty regime, that I made her a set to try (oil cleansing, toner, and Wellness Mama’s homemade lotion.) and now she is hooked too.

    I love all your recipes and want to thank Katie for sharing so many great ideas and recipes with us!

  45. Rachel Raburn says

    I have been oil cleansing for about 2 1/2 weeks and have had nothing but horrible breakouts. I am using a 1/3 Castor oil 2/3 olive oil mixture. What am I doing wrong?

    • says

      Are you using anything else on your skin? Even soap in the shower? Some people will have a longer detox reaction, but perhaps try adding more castor oil in the short term to balance the oils more…

      • Rachel Raburn says

        My skin was quite dry at first so I was using a simple Shea butter and olive oil cream to moisturize. But that was it. I will try adding more castor oil. Is the oil cleansing supposed to be done daily?

          • Kathryn Lambert says

            I’m using olive oil with just a tiny bit of castor oil, and it seems to be drying out my skin quite a bit. But I love how natural it is and generally my skin is looking better! I’ve been doing it for about a week now, daily. Perhaps I’m one of those people who only needs to do it every couple of days – but if that is the case, how would I get my makeup off so my pores don’t get clogged by it?

          • Ravenna Black says

            How can you tell how often you need to cleanse with oil? I had great skin for the first week but today I started getting these white head pustule things. I have been cleansing every day, but should I do it less often? I really haven’t had much acne until today!

  46. Jennifer says

    Thank you THANK YOU for posting this! I struggle horribly with acne (I am 28) and there is absolutely no room in the budget to try all the chemical laden stuff on the market that just dries out my skin anyway and ends up making it all look even worse…and painful. I used this this morning and loved it so much I ran to the store to get enough to make a big batch to last. Can I just say, my skin looks amazing! moisturized and smooth and feels very clean. I react to literally everything out there so I don’t use a moisturizer and my skin is calm and even toned. I can’t wait to see how much better it gets!
    Thanks again!

  47. April Tootle says

    I agree with you, detergents were so harsh on my skin. Since I started oil cleansing about six months ago I have noticed such a huge difference in my skin! I use jojoba with a little orange essential oil & it really seems to help balance my skin & heal any scarring I may have had from a blemish or two. Thanks for a great site!

  48. Philipa says

    This might be slightly redundant, but I’ve been wanting to try this SO bad, but also am a bit scared because of my bad cystic acne I’ve had for the last 9/10 years (I’m 30). It’s just that I’ve been seriously considering accutane (I know I know!), and would rather not. But what if while surviving the detox period (b/c I’m sure mine would be horrendous), you really need to use make up to conceal- will it be affected by the OCM? I mean, I think I read one of the comments about the makeup ‘sliding off’?? I already have enough trepidation of my bad acne getting worse- but if I couldn’t cover it? But it would be HEAVEN if I could treat/detox my acne with something natural.

    Also- for cystic acne- would you still recommend 1/3 castor oil + 2/3 olive oil? (and it would have to be daily, since I still need make up to conceal) Thanks!!

      • Philipa says

        Ok thanks! Also, is there anyway to break it in smoother? Like if I starting doing coconut oil mouth swishing(you know- you swish around in your mouth for 20 mins/day and it’s suppose to pull toxins?), for a week or two before, would that help detoxify a little so the breakouts wouldn’t be as bad? I hope that makes sense.

        Also- Is olive oil better to use than grapeseed oil? If I used your ratio of castor oil with grapeseed oil (instead of olive oil), would that have the same results? Just curious. I know there are more than one beneficial oil- but is there a site that breaks down which oil gives what results?

  49. Anna says

    This sounds so great. Have a question if anyone can help. I have the following oils: Olive, Coconut, Almond kernel, Sunflower and Flax seed. I believe all are organic and cold pressed. For combination skin, what combination would you use? I am trying to avoid buying anything else in case any of these will work :)
    Thank you

  50. Danielle says

    I am currently on my 5th week of the oil cleanse and I have acne prone skin and it does not seem to be improving.. I am also breaking out in my hair line around my face. I started out using EVOO but it seemed like my skin was always so dry afterwards. I would add a tiny bit of oil back onto my face but it didn’t help. I cam across an article that said that Sunflower oil was butter because it absorbed better into the skin. I started using that and my skin isnt so dry now but I am still breaking out like crazy!
    Should I just add tea tree oil to my routine? Should I change back to olive oil? I have been using different ratios like 1 part castor oil to 2-4 parts olive or sunflower.. Maybe I will try 3 parts castor to 1 part oil.
    Should I still add the tea tree oil? Will I still use the oil as my moisturizer until my skin evens itself out?

    • says

      I havIen’t tried this cleansing method yet, however I will be using Grapeseed oil. It is good for oily skin and also tones. I’ve used it alone as a moisturizer and as long as it’s still fresh, it should be a great option.

  51. Kimberly says

    After reading some of the comments, I thought I would chime in. I have acne prone skin, so I do not use olive oil on my face. I feel like it clogs. I use 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 Avacado oil, and 1/3 jojoba oil with a few drops of neem oil. If you feel like your skin is too oily or too dry after, adjust the amount of castor oil. It is drying, so increase for oily skin and decrease for dry skin. Also, waiting on a response to the question, how do you get your washcloths clean?? Mine are pretty nasty.

  52. says

    When should I do this in relation to my workout? Should I use this method in the shower after a workout? If so, should I then do nothing before bed? Or should I just wash with water in the shower after a workout and then do this before bed? I tried this last night before bed (the combination skin ratio) and then just washed with water after my run today and my face feels like it is peeling off it is so dry! Is the ratio wrong or my timing? Or both? And if I do have dry skin until I get the ratio right, what should I use to moisturize?

  53. angela says

    I saw this on 20somethingallergies and she made it seem very complicated so I passed it by. But after reading what you’ve posted, I tried it and I am very hooked! Thanks for not making it sound like a science experiment.

    I have a question about the way my eyes feel after. I use olive oil and jojoba oil. My vision is blurred/foggy and it feels like oil is still in my eye lids. And I used to use coconut oil to remove mascara, but my eyes weren’t seeing clear after, like there was still oil in my lashes. I am not sure if I am explaining this feeling…but do you know what I am talking about? And if your eyes feel foggy or like there is still oil caked in the eyeball, do you just put up with it?

  54. says

    I tried so many different oils to get this to work on my combination skin. Almost gave up as I had so many break outs from it. Finally, I found that hemp oil works really well for me, particularly if I follow it up with shea butter. I also take a teaspoon of hemp oil morning and night and haven’t had a break out since!

    • Natalie Woociker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience with hemp oil. After lots of research and consideration, I started using hemp oil on my face and am very pleased. I just didn’t have a good feeling about using olive oil.

  55. Karen says

    Is the transition period likely to be rougher if I had been using some pretty harsh stuff on my face previously? I have very dry cheeks but always broke out on my forehead so I had been use a strong benzoyl peroxide cream on my forehead only. At first my forehead was super dry when I switched to this method, but now it is breaking out like crazy. I’m about 2.5 or 3 weeks in. I’m adding more castor oil now, but my cheeks are so dry. Shea butter on the cheeks?

  56. says

    I am excited about trying the oil cleansing method!! I was wondering if Grapeseed oil could be used? If so how much and with what other oil? I have and oily TZone and the rest is fairly normal, I am prone to blackheads and the occasional breakout. Thanks for the information!!

  57. says

    Hi! I’ve been using the OCM for over a month now, but my skin is breaking out more and more! I use 1/3 Castor, 1/3 Olive and 1/3 Almond oil. Maybe its the Almond oil? I also thought you had to rub off all the oil with the towel and I’ve reused the same total for a few days, maybe those are problems? Also, my skin feels a lil tight after, so I have always moisturized with Coconut oil. Is this the problem? Help please! :)

  58. Heidi says

    I just started the oil cleansing method & I love it! My skin is combination oily/dry and have had problems with acne for as long as I can remember. I have been using 1 part castor oil and 2 parts almond oil. My skin feels so soft and, for the first time in my life, I wake up in the morning and don’t feel like I need to wash the oil off my face right away. I had no idea this was even an option with oily skin so THANK YOU wellness mama!

  59. Phoebe I says

    I started the oil cleansing method about 3 weeks ago and found it really was helping with my cystic acne, however my hairline and chin area began to break out extremely badly last week. I am using 1 part castor oil and 1 part grapeseed oil, and I do find my face feels a bit dry after using the cleanser so I will use a small amount (about 1/2 tsp) of jojoba oil. When using the jojoba oil I try not to put it on the areas that are more acne prone. I’m wondering if maybe the grapeseed oil is causing me to break out. What other oils would you recommend? Also should I try adding a bit of sugar to the mix to act as an exfoliant?

  60. says

    I recently found your WONDERFUL site. I am so grateful for all the information you so kindly share. Wanted to ask, would walnut oil be OK in the oil cleasing mix? Do you massage around the eyes also if you are not removing eye makeup? And the neck?

  61. Natalie Woociker says

    This thread of comments greatly helped me in my transition to using the OCM, so I wanted to briefly share my own experiences. I am 25 and live in Ireland, where my native-Floridian skin has become very dry. I am still prone to acne, so decided to use a 70/30 ratio of hemp oil to avocado oil. Many of the comments in this thread made me wary of using olive oil. It has been a few years since using harsh acne products, and so I didn’t see any sort of transition phase in my skin after switching to the OCM. After two weeks of consistent use, my skin never feels tight, it looks brighter and more even-toned, and if I do get a pimple, it subsides very quickly (but breakouts are more infrequent now). My pores are less noticeable, though I also attribute that to adopting a regular gelatin intake into my diet.
    Two links which I referred to obsessively while deciding which oils to try out on my skin:

  62. says

    I just started using the oil cleansing method. I have acne prone skin and it is combination. I moved from a humid climate to a very dry climate and my skin is adapting ok. I had a question on the regularity in which I should be cleansing my skin. Also, if I wear makeup regularly and don’t need to fully cleanse my skin , what do you suggest that I do for removing the makeup? Should I fully Oil cleanse or something else? I don’t want to over do it, but not really sure. I am in the adjustment stage and my skin has ben breaking out, but I am hopeful that it will get better. My body really responds to “All Natural”. Thanks for the help!

  63. says

    I just started using the oil cleansing method. I have acne prone skin and it is combination. I moved from a humid climate to a very dry climate and my skin is adapting ok. I had a question on the regularity in which I should be cleansing my skin. Also, if I wear makeup regularly and don’t need to fully cleanse my skin , what do you suggest that I do for removing the makeup? Should I fully Oil cleanse or something else? I don’t want to over do it, but not really sure. I am in the adjustment stage and my skin has ben breaking out, but I am hopeful that it will get better. My body really responds to “All Natural”. Thanks for the help!

  64. says

    After several searches, link clicking and lots of reading I have ended up here and very interested in Oil Cleansing. My search began trying to help out my 8 year old daughter who has just started to break out with pimples and blackheads on her t-zone. I want to try this on myself but do you think this is good for an 8 year old? The thought of using those harsh chemicals and anti-bacterials on her young skin doesn’t sit well with me. If I do use this on her face how often would you suggest I use it?

  65. Kelly Young says

    Loving it! First time I tried coconut oil alone, which was too drying, and it came along with the fun skin detox symptoms (acne!!).

    This time, I’m using equal parts olive and coconut oil, and it’s perfect! The skin detox wasn’t nearly as bad either, but I’ve been doing weekly (or twice monthly) bentonite facials… so maybe that’s why… My skin’s more translucent and glowing (hubbie’s word, not mine). I really noticed when I stopped for a week b/c my oil bottle shattered, cleansing the bathroom floor nicely. My bottle was just the above oils with a couple drops of vit E oil + tea tree and lavender. I like my small add-ins, but it’s hard to say how different the effect really is on my skin. The essential oils make the hot-towel part of the routine really refreshing and relaxing though :)

  66. Allissa Best says

    Just wondering how everyone is managing to get the oil out of their face clothes. I throw them through the wash, but they always seem to retain oil.

  67. says

    Would just olive oil work until I get others? It’s all I have in the house at the current moment. Also, I saw you said that you generally clean your kids with microfiber cloths because they have a good natural oil balance.. Do I not need to keep lotion on my 6 mo. old? I don’t very often because I hate the idea of putting the baby lotion we have (baby shower gifts) on her, but all these tv commercials tell me her skin dries out quicker than adults’ and it makes me feel guilty! I’m sure using no lotion is better than using J&J but do I need to make a chemical-free lotion or is baby skin fine without it?

  68. says

    wow, I’ve never heard of oil cleansing until this post. such an eye opening concept. Reading everyone’s comments, I can totally sense the excitements of how effective oil cleansing is. Thanks for the post. I will definitely give it a try.

  69. Susie Q says

    @Megan, SO glad to see someone else has hormonal cystic acne (I have PCOS, ugh!) and after trying oil cleansing I noticed a change the next morning. A red mark (light acne scar) was a little faded. After the 2nd morning, I noticed a couple more faded. (Note: just did it at night with olive oil. Mornings I use an oil free scrub in the shower.)
    I decided against coconut oil since I read it is comedogenic. I want to clear my 30 yr acne battle, not add to it! Tonight I plan on trying grape seed oil. I’m also debating adding a neutrogena retinol product…either their anti blemish/anti wrinkle cream, or, a serum. Anyone else try this at night, a retinol After oil cleansing for acne and have good results?

  70. Jessica says

    I started washing my face with coconut oil, I think it’s been about 2 months now. I love it! I depended on store bought face washes for so long, because I started getting acne at around 13 and so up until now (I’m 24) I would never DREAM of going a day without washing my face with some face wash. My skin is oily as well and it just hasn’t been as oily since I started using coconut oil. I have no problem now only washing my face every other day with it.

  71. Ana says

    Should I do this treatment at night before going to bed and after having taken a hot shower or should I do it in the morning? Or should I do it before I take a shower? Thank you.

  72. Kim says

    I have been oil cleansing for about 3 and a half weeks now and my skin is the most broken out it has ever been! I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if I have a bad ratio of oils? My skin was super oily before and since it has been normal. I am using a ratio of 30% castor oil and 70% grapeseed oil with a few drops of calendula oil as well. I am beginning to become really discouraged after reading that most people are only breaking out for a week or two. I am Asian so not only am I broken out in every type of zit imaginable all over my whole t-zone, they are scarring as well. Please, if anybody has any advice or words of wisdom I am all ears!!

      • Kim says

        thanks! i changed my ratio to 70% castor oil and 30% EVOO. i think i might have been allergic to the grapeseed oil as it was giving me all these tiny bumps that i wasn’t sure were pimples around my chin area. i think this new combo is helping but it is so hard to tell – i am still a broken out mess. how often should i be washing my face? i wear makeup to work and work out afterwards – should oil cleanse to get the make up off and then rinse after my workout? i don’t want to “overwash” with the oil. what if i am not wearing any makeup, should i oil cleanse after a workout in general?

  73. says

    Hi, what kind of microfibre cloth is this you are referring to? I only know the kinds for cleaning around the house. Also what is the worry with using only castor oil? I have been doing the method with only castor oil. Sometimes I put sweet almond oil on after as a moisturizer.

  74. says

    Would be interested to try this with sesame & wheat germ oil… Not only are high in Vitamin E (which helps reduce scaring). but they also have antioxidants that regenerate cell growth.

  75. Clara says

    I would like to try the oil cleansing method. I couldn’t find hazelnut oil in stores. I was wondering if I could use Witch hazel instead? Thanks!

  76. JenS says

    I’m planning on giving OCM a go…but at the moment I wear a lot of foundation and concealer to hide my hideous skin. I suppose I’m finding the idea of putting oil on my face on top of layers of make up hard to grasp, do I really not need to remove it first?!

  77. Philipa says

    Sorry if this has already been covered (there are SO MANY comments! lol) but do you do anything special to wash the oil buildup out of your washclothes?

    Also- I’m am SOOO grateful that you introduced me to this. I’ve switched over to coconut oil (for the summer months, and b/c I am very much in love with all things coconut oil), and use a little jojoba under my eyes. In the 2 short months I’ve done this- my skin hasn’t completely cleared up, but the healing of past stuff has been amazing, as well as it working on wrinkles! It makes all the expensive anti-aging store-bought products look completely worthless! And for a couple bucks a month! :D

  78. Alette Pena says

    I use straight raw coconut oil mixed with a drop of purification essential oil (I only use essential oils that are edible.) – I don’t hardly use foundation on my face anymore, if I do I just use an all natural tinted moisturizer.My skin feels like butter. I also use this as my underarm deodorant and it totally works!

  79. Meg says

    I love this! I have been using it for about four days and my skin has improved greatly! I will never use anything else ever again! Thank you for this post! It saved my skin! :)

  80. Tiffany says

    Let me first say that I really want this to work. I was hesitant at first, because I’ve had issues with acne throughout the years. My skin has stayed fairly clear since having my daughter 9 mo ago. I started doing oil cleansing 4 weeks ago, following the steps above. I started with 2:1, olive oil to castor oil. I was cleaning morning and night, as that’s what I’ve always had to do, otherwise I breakout with whiteheads the following day. (I was using cetaphil. I liked that it didn’t suds up, and dry out my skin, but it has a lot of ingredients and petrol bi-products.) Anyway, I was very happy with the results in week one and two. My pores tightened up and looked smaller on my nose. I wasn’t shiny. My skin felt moisturized. My crows feet were less noticeable. I also love the fact that I can make this cleanser at home with food grade items in my kitchen, and that I could eliminate multiple poisonous cosmetic products, like cleanser, moisturizer, mattifier, eye make-up remover, and wrinkle cream. However, I could feel tiny bumps on my chin and around my lips, not pimples though. They were like plugs coming from my pores, but I couldn’t tell if they were impurities like mentioned or clogs from the oil. I tried to do a deeper clean by letting the oil sit longer on my skin, and I changed my oil back to 2:1. (I had changed to 3:1, thinking I might be between oily and combination skin.) Now in week 4, I would say that my skin is inflamed. I have lots of red pimples along my hairline and in my smile lines, small blackheads throughout my T-zone, and two small, painful cystic pimples. Could this be because I’ve been cleaning morning and night? Drying out my skin, and thus causing clogged pores? Is it that I need to exfoliate or use a toner? I am considering using vinegar/water toner in the AM and oil in the PM, or exfoliating with a salt scrub once a week.

    I just don’t know if I should stick it out any longer. Anyone have similar issues? Can the transition period last for weeks? How do I know when to stop?

    Thanks for your time and help. I greatly appreciate it.

    • says

      Personally, I”d try only once per day… It could be that you are drawing out chemicals from the skin from using other cleansers for so long and that doing it twice a day is causing this to happen too quickly. You could also try upping the castor oil even more (50/50 ratio) for a while to see if that helps…

      • Tiffany says

        Interesting. I forgot to mention that I have some dryness in spots. Would 50/50 make that worse? I was going to try 80 olive/20 castor for a while.

  81. Jessica says

    I’ve used nothing but coconut oil to wash my face for about 5 months now, it was THE first time I had ever gone more than a day without using a store bought face wash. From around age 12 on I always had problems with oily skin and acne and would wash EVERY day with harsh facial washes. Well since I started using coconut oil I only wash my face every TWO days, and even by the time I wash it on the second day my skin isn’t oily! I used to wake up the next morning after washing with oily skin, so going a whole extra day just never happened. My skin looks the clearest it probably ever has too. For 12 years of my life I was always switching between expensive face washes. Not anymore! I have my trusty coconut oil for face wash, moisturizer, body scrub, hair mask, (I keep it in a separate container for body use) and not to mention for all the things I use it to cook.

  82. Quinny says

    I have been using coconut oil for oil cleansing, I only do it at night. At first, I tried virgin coconut oil that I bought from health food store, the kind that can be used as food. It caused break out the next day. Then, I changed to using a essential oil blend that contains coconut oil, my skin were ok, no more break outs. However, I still found my skin dry in the morning. So, I wonder what can I do in the morning. People say that do not put oil on a face that is not cleaned, and they also say that if you do it in the morning, the sun will fry your skin. Is that true?

    Another thing is that my skin still show signs of dryness after oil cleansing, I was wondering if avocado oil is a better choice than coconut oil. I would appreciate your help. Thank you.

  83. vanessa wirth says

    i need help, i have been trying forever to figure out the right combo for my skin. i used castor oil, grapeseed oil,avocado oil and it seemed to dry my skin out. then used castor, almond , avocado oil and its too oily. too much coconut oil dries my skin as well. please help…….any advice, should i not use more than 2 oils?

  84. Jennifer says

    For the past month I have been using coconut oil to cleanse and moisturize my face in an attempt to clear up my acne but my face has stayed the same and not cleared up. I have read many reviews on the oil cleansing method using the castor and olive oil and am wondering in your opinion if I would have better luck with the castor and olive oil method?

  85. Jenny D says

    Thanks for the recipe, Wellness Mama!

    I’ve never had a problem with acne before (I’m 32) but I’ve started to use tinted moisturizer and some makeup recently and am getting pimples and red-tinged boils with white tips, presumably due to clogged pores. I also changed my regular face moisturizer (Avalon Lavendar) around the same time, so playing detective has been hard. Therefore I’ve been looking for natural makeup cleansers and was wondering if this can be used everyday to cleanse makeup? I don’t wear makeup everyday but I foresee that some weeks I might. Thanks in advance!

  86. Cara says

    I used this for about 3 weeks and supplemented with tea tree oil as a spot treatment for blemishes and then trader joes tea tree face wash on days I wasn’t doing the oil cleansing. I occasionally used apple cider vinger as toner like you suggested. After 3 weeks my forehead broke out, I don’t know if it’s a rash it looks like pimples but they are not. I’m not sure what to do but I’ve stopped using the oil cleanse for now. Help!

  87. Ashley Marie says

    I’ve been doing the OCM for a week and my skin is THE worst it’s EVER been!!! Honestly, I’ve just turned 30 (today!) and now have small red pimples and rough textured skin. I didn’t have skin this bad as a teenager.

    I really want this to work for me and need to know if I should quit and try to help my skin or keep going in case it’s doing this ‘purging’ I’ve read about on other sites. PLEASE HELP!! I’m using 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 sweet almond oil with about 10 drops of geranium essential oil.

    • says

      It is probably a detox of your skin if you’ve used chemical products in the past. i’d try half and half castor and olive oil and stick it out for a week or so…

  88. Traci Hess Miller says

    I have very oily skin and trouble with cyst like acne on my chin, jaw and neck. I was so excited to try this method. First time I did coconut oil (cold pressed organic, not fractionated) and my face felt good for the first week. After 2 weeks I not only had cysts but my cheeks, nose and forehead were covered in red pimples. After 2 weeks I gave up it was so bad! So then I thought maybe it was the oil I used. Next tried castor oil mixed with olive oil. Same thing. I did it longer this time thinking I just needed to detoxify. I was so miserable with my face, painful cysts still there plus the red pimples everywhere. I took a picture of my face and sent it to my sister and asked her if I should keep trying it or stop? She could not believe how bad my skin looked and told me to stop immediately! I really was hoping for the results I read in all the comments. I am trying to get rid of all chemicals and my face is the last thing that I just can’t seem to find anything that works. I tried neem oil mixed with an organic cleanser but the smell is so bad and results were not good either. Has anyone had this problem and do I just need to try longer? It’s so hard to keep using it when it looks so bad!

    • says

      I havne’t heard of a detox reaction lasting that long… I”ve heard of raw honey working for some people or a half and half mix of liquid castle soap and coconut milk…

  89. Hedvika says

    First let me tell you HOW very much I love all your tips and cant wait to try them all asap.
    For this Oil cleaning … Do you use it day/night every day??
    and no creams at all?? What about SPF especially during summer?
    Thank you

  90. Lindsey says

    I started the oil cleansing method about 3 months ago. I used a mix of castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil with a few drops of tea tree oil and vitamin E oil. I tried all different proportions of the oils over the course of 3 months, and I did noticed a marked difference in the oiliness of my skin. I would wake up in the morning and my skin would feel clean and perfect rather than oily and gross!

    However, it didn’t clear up my deep, hormonal acne and I began to notice fine lines developing around my eyes. I’m only 25 and have never had lines before! I thought maybe this method just required time, but after 3 months, I had to throw in the towel and move on. Perhaps trying other kinds of oil would have given better results, but I just didn’t have the money to sink into more oils to find the right alternative. Right now, I’m back to using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap and my skin is doing better. Good luck to all of you!

  91. Mapel says

    I do the OCM with 1/4 castor oil, 3/4 avocado oil, once a week, and I swear my skin has never been better.

  92. Mendi says

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful natural living info you share! I’ve been doing oil cleansing for a couple of weeks now and am loving it. I am wondering if anyone has experience with traveling with their oils, what containers they use, etc. Are the GoToobs relatively leak-proof? Have you used other containers that proved to be pretty reliable?

  93. Elizabeth Ann says

    I started oil cleansing about 4 months ago because my face and chest were breaking out consistently. I use Jojoba oil because read that it is good for skin prone to acne. I recently when off birth control and was really nervous I was going to have bad breakouts like I did a few years ago when I stopped it after college (it was so bad, I went back on BC just to control my acne). It’s been a month, and although my skin is not quite as clear as it was when I was oil cleansing AND on the pill, it is doing pretty good. Maybe I will try castor oil when I make my next purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs and give that a try! I have also found that mixing rosemary oil and the jojoba works great as a spot treatment!

  94. MarkB says

    I’ve been doing that for 2 years actually and my skin looks great. I used to have such a dry skin it always needed to buy very thick creams but now my skin is not really dry anymore. I also made some dietary changes like the ones seggested on this website :)

  95. Bee says

    Dear Wellness Mama,
    thank you for all your wonderful posts, they are absolutely fabulous! I have made the moisturising lotion and I love it!! Just one question: the cream is too rich for my skin. It does not absorb well (as opposed to store bought lotion). I leave it on for half an hour and still its sitting on my skin, so I pass a towel to take most of it off or else it will be in my clothes. is there a way to make a lotion that’s not so rich? im afraid my skin is not absorbing it and since i’m very prone to stretch marks, I really need a good moisturiser.
    thank you!!
    ps: i tried posting this on the page for lotion, but it won’t let me for some reason…

  96. Annie says

    Hi! =) I am on vaca @ Oregon Coast and all my goodies (ingredients for homemade things) were left at home. My skin was not looking so great (tired, lackluster, little breakouts popping up and uneven skin tone), so I went to the local health food store down here and intuitively grabbed some Baking Soda and Neem Leaf powder. I added it to my beloved raw honey (I used it on occasion to cleanse face, but it never takes all mineral powder makeup off) and also a squirt of my oil blend I used for cleansing my face (grapeseed oil, tamanu, hazelnut and some random essential oils). I mixed all that together and massaged face gently for a few minutes and O.M.G. my skin was glowing and more even and felt AH-MAZING! It looked even better this morning after I woke up! Face smooth, soft, clear, and fine lines WAY softer too! BONUS! =)

    You MUST try this! Your skin will L.O.V.E. you =) OH! I followed with my homemade toner made of 1/3 ACV + 2/3 green tea (used cotton pad to swipe face)


  97. Kerena Reinhold says

    I have used this method for about a year and love it! However, I have a hard time getting my washcloths clean, they are so heavy with oil and smell icky. How do you clean your washcloths?

  98. Claudeene says

    I was at my whits end, literally crying for days on straight last week and contemplating seeing a therapist for how badly this acne has ruined my life. I’m a 25 year old female who has what dermatologists keep calling “persistent acne.” I’ve had my hormones check, tried every product out in the market, tried every diet from juicing to ayurveda to acupuncture. Finally last week, I was reading these posts and noticed the castor oil and olive oil I had bought months back from whole foods and said to myself, “I’m already at my worst, I guess if i try this and it gets work, I go on accutane.” Just a quick background for the past couple months since January I’ve been seeing someone who has been extracting my pimples. Its all located along my chin, jawline and neck. Giving her credit, she has brought my acne down from cystic to pure tender whiteheads. But she was leaving me with nasty whiteheads and terrible hyper pigmentation marks that looked just as bad as having acne. I don’t even think its been a week since I threw castor oil and olive oil into a jar (didn’t even measure it and couldn’t tell you the ratio if you were to ask me right now) and I’ve been using it in the shower once every night. My super dry skin has gone to just fine skin, maybe a little dry on the pimples that have been popping, and my makeup has a great finish to it. I cant say this has made my acne disappear overnight, nor can I say its done anything for my scars, but it’s definitely changed the game as far as moisture goes and my skin is less oily throughout the day. Since it hasn’t harmed me yet, I figure why not continue and drop all the harsh, drying products I was using before. I hope to play with different oils down the line but since my face is extremely sensitive throughout the years of pain I’ve caused it, I’ve decided to take time weaning into it. I hope this helps others who have done as many research as I have just to read something on females without persistent acne at this age!

  99. Teri Lyn Powell says

    Great article! What are your thoughts on adding essential oils such as Lavender or Tea Tree to oil blend? Thanks.

  100. Sarah says

    I have very dry & sensitive skin. I’ve been using a 1-10 ratio of castor oil to sunflower seed oil for about 2 weeks & my skin looks worse! I am experiencing increasing red flakey itchy patches. I’ve decreased the castor oil ratio to 1/10 & am now thinking of dropping it entirely- what should I replace it with?

  101. Sally Bayse Holbein says

    How often should I oil cleanse? I am new to this and I want to implement it with my three daughters as well as myself.

      • Stephanie Goldston says

        I run and I go to the gym every morning. I also wear make-up to work daily. I have started the OCM at night to remove makeup/cleanse and let my skin heal while sleeping, but I’m torn as to what to do after the gym. I have been using less than a dime sized amount after the gym to get the salt and sweat off but I don’t want to overwork my skin. Any suggestions?

        • Abey says

          I’m wondering this exact same thing. I think I will try raw honey or a warm washcloth, which is what I plan to do in the morning. What did you end up doing?

  102. Kate says

    I’ve been using grapeseed oil with a few drops of tea tree oil as my daily moisturizer for nearly a year now. I was quite excited to try the OCM and used my existing mix and it felt amazing! However, shortly after I had the worst, most painful breakout in years and I sort of panicked. For all I know, if may have been a hormonal trigger due to my extreme stress these days.
    I’ve been honey cleansing since daily to attempt clearing it back to its previous, more manageable level. I suppose it’s time to get some castor oil and give it another try, hopefully the more astringent additive will help some. *fingers crossed*

  103. Allison says

    I just tried oil cleansing for the first time and darn-it-all if it didn’t work like a charm! I have VERY dry skin so I just used organic cold-pressed olive oil. My skin soaked it right up, and after the hot towel it feels fresh and clean! Thank you once again Wellness Mama!

  104. Valbona Sinanaj says

    hi @wellnesmama i gave up my cleaniser some months ago and i am using the OCM now. i have a very oily skin with acne since i was 12 years old and now i am 30. Ive tried jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil as carriers with some drops of lavander and clove oil. from a month or so ive introduced the castor oil to my skin but ive heard that it can make my facial hair grow quicker stronger and blacker then before… i am sceared now… is it true?

  105. Andromeda says

    I was wondering if I should incorporate a face scrub or mask with the oil cleansing method and would I just use the oil as a moisturiser afterwards?

  106. says

    Thank you so much for the formulas for skin types. I used to
    use Clarins and I can’t find their oils now. Then Burt’s Bees discontinued
    their formula. Now I use Boots Botanics. With this article I’ll just make my
    own from now on!

  107. Melania Bernarda says

    Going to a job fair next week, so I think I will try after, don’t want any breakouts when I’m there. Just one question: This is supposed to be done about once a week from the start? What do you do for moisturizing in between?

  108. D-I-M says


    I usually have normal to dry skin, but when I work a lot and I’m stressed, also in the cold-windy seasons, my skin becomes sensitive and dry. I’ve been using oil cleansing method with olive oil (2/3) and avocado oil (1/3) for a week every morning and evening but my skin becomes dryer and dryer + itchy. I did not use any other moisturizer after the oil and at some point I only used olive oil. Now I stopped using it (or anything else) for 2 days to try and get my natural oil back, but so far my skin is still very dry. On the internet I couldn’t find people saying that olive oil made their skin dry or itchy.

    Did I used it wrong (twice a day)? It made my skin very soft immediately after, but in a couple of hours my skin was dry again and itchy around my chin.

    I really want this method to work :/ Do I have to use something else after it, since it is a cleanser? A strong organic moisturizer would help?

  109. Katie Hunsberger says

    I just started doing the Oil Cleansing method about a week and a half ago. I’ve been using Sunflower Oil and a very tiny bit of Castor oil. My skin has always been dry, and had some acne. However, it has become even DRIER, even though the acne has cleared up. Maybe I could try using Olive Oil instead?

  110. Charity Frees says

    Hey! This sounds great! Does this work on tweens? I’m in that season where acne is at it’s worst and I have been looking for something to make it better.

  111. Rebecca Lewis says

    Hi! I’ve been using the OCM for about a month now and I’ve noticed my pores seem to be much larger on my cheeks than they were before. Should this go away? Would you recommend I try something different. I started with castor oil and olive oil (1 part castor and 2 parts olive) and then switched from olive oil to sunflower oil. I am sure to wipe the oil away after I’ve steamed my face with the hot washcloth. I find I still need to add more oil/natural moisturizer after that or my skin feels a bit tight. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! All the best.

  112. Rachel says

    Wondering if I should do a facial mask before or after this oil cleansing? I’m in love with the all=natural food masks but wondering if it will affect my cleansing. Thanks!

  113. Fawn says

    What about a no-soap cleansing option for the body? I have keratosis pyloris (rough, bumpy skin) which causes acne on my entire back, buttocks and legs. I am thinking about getting a filter for my shower, and of ditching all of the creams/lotions/ect I use on my skin to unsuccessfully control the symptoms.

  114. says

    I am actively doing oil-pulling, but I’m wondering about the frequency of this. Could I get away with doing it every night before bed as a going to sleep routine, along with Garsham massages?

  115. Charity Frees says

    I tried this today. When I finished, my face was red and puffy but that went away in a few minutes. My face feels really soft although of course it doesn’t look better yet.

    How often am I supposed to do this? Every day? Once a week? Thanks!

  116. Tamie Wolford says

    If you make this for your own use, how do you keep it from going bad? How long of a shelf life does it have? So eager to try it!

  117. Yema Paz says

    When doing the oil cleanse, can you combine, let’s say 3 other oils with the castor oil? Or is it just castor oil and one other oil? :)

  118. Bridget says

    I have really great skin as is, my only problem is blackheads around my nose. I also tend to have more oily skin. I was wondering if the adjustment period happened to all of you? I haven’t had a pimple in my life, and would hate to start now…

    • Hannah Stewart says

      I didn’t have any adjustment period. My skin is/was similar to yours. More on the oily side and lots of blackheads on my nose area. Started oil cleansing and my skin went from so so to great! I love it! The blackheads/clogged pores on my nose are soooo much better.

  119. Kim Martin says

    I’ve worked in skincare and cosmetics for 20 years and have access to the best of the best. I had a bio chemist that specializes in cosmetics recently tell me that the Origins brand cleansing oil was the best cleanser on the market for skin. Although I’m fifty, my skin is oily, large pores but I tried it anyway. I loved it but thought there still has to be something better. I came across your blog. Mixed my own oil and let me say I am sold! My skin is no longer oily, of course I still have pores, but they are near invisible, and I have never received so many compliments on my skin. Also, my 14 year old that has always had perfect skin recently started her period, and her entire forehead and chin broke out in severe cystic acne. Not mild, severe. Of course I turned to what I know. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc.. She is not typical and does not have oily skin but extremely dry skin. Nothing worked.. I then used DR. Bonner’s soap (all oils) and it completely cleared her up but she was super dry. After I started the cleansing oil, I decided to put her on it to see if it would keep the breakouts away and help the dryness. Her skin is back to perfect like it never happened. I never would have thought with everything I’ve learned over the years that something so simple could be so amazing. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! I’m learning all kinds of new things!

  120. Leah S says

    I have been using this oil cleanse for two weeks now and I love how it has balanced my skin. I’m no longer dry and oily, just even skin tone now. I was wondering though if you know of any natural option for pore reduction?

  121. Lizzie says

    I have been doing the oil cleansing method for about 3 months and I can’t believe I never tried it before! I mix one part castor oil and 2 parts of olive oil to which I add a few drops of Rose essential oil. My skin is amazingly clean. I use this method only once a day, and just rinse with water the rest of the time. My skin is supple, moisturized, and blemish free. I do not use any other moisturizing product on my face.

    • Kasey says

      I think that would be a good idea! Rose essential oil has TONS of vitamin C, which brightens the skin. Tea Tree oil is good at killing bacteria and can help reduce acne breakouts caused by bacteria.

  122. Kasey says

    I just bought almond oil at my whole foods, and mixed 1tsp with 2tsps of olive oil. So excited to see if this improves my skin!

  123. Virginie says

    “Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin” – can you explain? I had been using pure Castor oil on my dry hands. Or on my sons chest to increase blood circulation when they are congested.

    • Ravenna Black says

      This is what Katie told Tiffany (who was using it twice a day) in the comments above:
      “Personally, I”d try only once per day… It could be that you are drawing out chemicals from the skin from using other cleansers for so long and that doing it twice a day is causing this to happen too quickly. You could also try upping the castor oil even more (50/50 ratio) for a while to see if that helps…”

      So I think it would be best to do once a day.

  124. Yaya says

    I just hear about this method for the first time today and I am looking forward to giving it a try now that I am off from school. I do have one question though, how many times a day do you use the oil method? And if you are acne prone like me, do you still use spot treatments, or do you discontinue that as well?

  125. Stella says

    Wow! I just learned about OCM today and am so fascinated by it. Can’t wait to try it out! Question, what facial products do you use on days when you’re not doing OCM? E.g. makeup remover, moisturizer, and face wash. Thanks!

  126. vegan9834 says

    Unsustainable are 80% of the deforestation is caused by MEAT, DAIRY, EGG farms. If people were worried about it they’d go vegan.

  127. Ravenna Black says

    Today is my 8th day of doing the oil cleanse, and all week my skin has been very lovely and soft. However, today I have gotten several white head pustule like things, but I was thinking that I was already through the adjustment period. It seems rather late for it to be just starting. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve been doing it once a day (at night) with 3 parts olive oil to 1 part castor oil. The rest of my skin is silky soft and amazing, so I really want this to work! Also, I assume I shouldn’t pop the pustules right?

  128. Sarah Norman says

    Can you mix up a batch of this and keep it in a container to come back to? Or do you have to freshly mix it every day?

  129. Teresa says

    This is the worst advice ever. I followed this and ended up with severe cystic acne that I never even had as a teenager. I used olive oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil for the month of September. By October I began experiencing the worst breakout of my life. I have been trying to clear my acne since then. I had one cystic hot spot that lasted over two months. I have to cover my face with gauze at night because my acne will pop on my pillows. Sometimes, the acne popped just from me talking and moving my face during eating. Don’t try this at all. It has been over three months and I’m still experiencing breakouts. Before I started, I had clear skin. Now, I can barely look in the mirror. I have scars that cover the whole area of both cheeks. And random zits on my forehead, jawline, chin…as well as blackheads covering my whole face. Do not listen to this advice.

    • Steph Ford says

      I by no means am trying to dismiss any of your concerns, but tea tree oil does not work for everyone I myself found it to be irritating when I’ve tried to use it on my entire face in a cleanser. I can use it lightly in trouble spots, but that’s about it. I have combination skin. Maybe the tea tree oil is too harsh for your skin and not necessarily the oil method. She even states above that you have to find the balance for your own skin and maybe you just didn’t find yours. Again, I’m not trying to get you riled up, I’m just making a suggestion.

    • MeeeBee says

      I have read that olive oil is a problem for a lot of people. Many have experienced what you are with. However, I’ve had steady acne since I was 12 years old and nothing has helped me. Not proactiv, not benzoyl peroxide. Not clean eating. I’ve tried everything. I’ve been oil cleansing with olive oil for just over two weeks now and can really tell that it working. All the little bumps I could feel under my skin just waiting to erupt are gone. No more new white heads, which I would generally get every day, and my husband, without knowing my routine change, has been gushing about how clear and bright my skin looks. When he asked what I was doing, he said, “I think you’ve stumbled on a miracle,” and told me to keep doing it. It’s been a skin saver for me. I am very sorry this happened to you, but I don’t know what would possess you to use tea tree oil on your face like that, especially since you said you had clear skin before. Tea tree oil can be effective for acne, but it must be super diluted and I don’t think anyone would recommend using it for oil cleansing. It’s too risky. Like I said, I just use straight olive oil, then follow up with an acv toner. Best thing I’ve ever done for my horrible skin. It’s good advice, you just have to be carefully and not use the wrong oil. Tea tree oil is the wrong oil for this.

    • terry says

      So sorry this did not work for you. Tea tree oil is an irritant for some people, although it has wonderful results for others. I would definitely steer clear of it if you are having a reaction. Maybe just the other two oils would be best. Good luck. Finding the right combination of oils and amounts would definitely be worth it, though, because the chemical treatments for skin breakouts quite often also exaggerate the problem and keep skin irritated.

  130. Steph Ford says

    Day one of oil cleansing. Looking forward to seeing what kind of results I have. I started out simple with the 1 tsp. castor oil to 2 tsp. sunflower oil ratio. I have combination skin. Skin currently feels fabulous.

  131. Gabe says

    Question: I purchased some Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my hair: will this work as well, or will it have to be ‘regualr’ castor oil???
    I bought quite a bit for my hair, for growth and thickness and health, and would like another use as well….

    • Kari says

      Black castor oil is made black by roasting the castor beans and then boiling them and pressing the oils out…something I wouldn’t recommend putting on your skin, besides the scalp where it’s intended. Cold pressed oils are generally better and safer for the skin. Plus, since it’s meant for the hair, I would leave it in the hair category and not try to make it a skin product…like, I wouldn’t use conditioner on my skin because its very comedogenic. Even though some people swear by it for shaving, it breaks out my legs. Cold pressed castor oil is pale yellow and what should be used on the skin, IMO. The bottle i bought is 12oz or so, and i believe it was $7. it’s not expensive. I also mix it in with my shampoo to see if it helps with my flaky scalp. However, it’s your skin, so experiment if you want to. It might be magic on your skin, but if a client asked me if it was cool to use it, I’d tell them no. Hope this helps!

  132. Dorothy says

    Can you do the OCM without any castor oil? I’m using grape seed oil with tamanu oil right now but only for a couple days so im not sure yet how it will work out :)

  133. Susan Hoffmaster says

    I know this is an older post, but I just started oil cleansing a little over a week ago. I do love it, did find that I need less castor oil. I have a few questions though.

    How would avacado oil be as the base?
    What would be a good essential oil for sensitive skin, just to add a little scent?(if possible)
    Can I mix rosewater and lemon juice for a ‘toner’? Too drying?
    Any suggestions to lighten the dark spots left behind by the pimples over the years?

    I just found your site and absolutely LOVE it- Thanks for all the great info!

  134. Katie says

    So, I have been using this method on and off for about a month or so. I haven’t noticed any real changes yet, but I love how soft my skin feels in the morning! The only problem I have been experiencing is that I know there is still makeup on my face after I’m done laying the hot wash cloth on my face. Afterwards, I always have to go through and rub my foundation off. I really want to use this method, but the wash cloth is just too rough on my face. Any suggestions? I was thinking I might not be using a hot enough wet wash cloth…

  135. Sobela says

    Hi I was wondering is there any other oil I can use other than Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil?
    I don’t have those in the house but to try this with the oil’s I do have.
    Thank u. ^_^ <3

  136. Jenni says

    I’m looking for the best quality and pricing on where to get castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. Was going to order from mountain herb until I saw the price of jojoba :/

    • Jay says

      Castor Oil doesn’t exactly carry with it the same level of concern as far as quality as other oils. It is very inexpensive as is. Olive Oil does to some degree, but I can’t remember the specifics, but check out any quality food network’s website and they will be able to advise. For other oils, I prefer to use Young Living Essential Oils (and their website does include some other trusted brands, too), but they’re oils are very concentrated and (for my pocketbook) very expensive. If you see a sale, grab it! Those little bitty bottles last forever! But they are very specific on their oils, even down to the exact amount of time an oil cures in the sunlight. A few weeks back, I used Apricot Oil for my hair and Grape Seed Extract oil for my face with great results that I had picked up at the local Drug Emporium and it was super cheap there. I didn’t even know they sold oils until then. Do you have one of those where you live? If not, maybe call a Naturalist’s Office in your area and see if they know any place locally they trust so you can go in and and feel, see, and smell the items first.

  137. Sheena says

    It may of already been asked, but I did not read all the comments… what about using a herbal infused oil to do this? Get the benefits of the oil and herbs.

  138. Audree says

    Hi there! I’m so excited to try this out after I get my castor oil. However, I would like to ask some questions.

    1.) I always wash my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once before I go to bed. Since this oil cleansing is only used once a day, does this mean I should only wash my face once a day?

    2.) If I use the oil cleansing method on every other day, how should I cleanse my face on the days that I do not use the oil? Do I just wash it with plain water?

    3.) After doing the oil cleanse, should those oil that is left on my skin be completely remove? Or should I just leave it on my face?

    4.) How should I clean my wash cloth?

    5.) Finally, should I continue to use my skin care proucts such as toner, sun block and mosturizer when I used this method?

    I’m sorry for asking so many questions but please answer it as I would really like to try this out and I want to make sure what I do in the process is right.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  139. maria says


    I have horrible deep, red, swollen acne. The type that comes and stays for weeks and weeks. I take care of my skin and I use tea tree oil. My acne has phases, and have no idea what makes it worse or better…

    I was wondering, what face wash would you recommend me?

  140. says

    The mixing formula is not general for all and thats what some people misunderstand here.However if you find one that works for you,stick with it for better results

  141. says

    After reading this and the honey cleanser post I’m trying OCM at night and raw honey or a washcloth in the morning. When I workout during the day should I use one of those two methods and save the OCM for only 1x day, at night? Thank you!

  142. yvon says

    thanks so much for writing this article,. ive been using natural oil for makeup remover but never thought it could be for for facial cleansing too. its winter where i live, and my skin is flaky dry. i started the regimen just lastnight using only olive oil and i felt the different. i also have coconut, argan and candlenut/kukui oil at home,. would you please kindly recommend me the best ratio for dry skin? thanks very much katie! xoxo

  143. Hailey says

    I do this method with pure coconut oil and it works amazingggg for me, I’m obsessed. The pores in my nose have shrunk SO much as well. But I was wondering, is this something you are supposed to do everyday? How often should you do it?

  144. helen says

    Can you suggest me anything natural to get rid of dark circles under my eyes? I’ve tried various products but nothing works. No result at all.

  145. midivad says

    I have a very acne prone skin and after having acne under control for 13 years with Proactive I decided to give a try to the oil cleansing method. After 8 weeks on the method with progressively worst skin I had to go back to old method. Long story short 16 weeks later I am still dealing with the biggest breakout I ‘ve ever had and huge scars I never developed with previous breakouts. If you have acne prone skin and have it currently under control with other method proceed cautiously before implementing the oil cleansing method.

  146. Beverly says

    Hello. After reading all the comments about OCM I truly want to try it. For the last 2 years my skin has had more break outs than it did when I was a teenager so I am looking forward to finding an alternative to my everyday facial cleanser, which does not seem to be working. I am however needing some guidance. Wellness Mama suggests many different oils. Are these oils the same ones one can find in the cooking oil section at a local grocery store? The reason I ask is because when I went to the local health food store I could not find Hazelnut oil or Sunflower oil in the isle that has facial oil cleansers. I did however find the Hazelnut oil with the cooking oils, so can I use this one? Thanks to anyone who can help.

    • Beverly says

      Sorry, I have one more question. As for the Olive oil, is regular Olive oil okay to use or should I use Extra-Virgin Olive oil, Virgin Olive oil or Pure Olive oil? Thanks.

  147. Wendy says

    Can you tell me what kind of olive oil to use for this? It seems like there are so many kinds and brands out there. Virgin, extra virgin, store brand, name brand…. Thank you!!

  148. Kristin Culver says

    I tried the oil cleansing method for the first time tonight. Here’s hoping! Quick question: how often should this cleansing method be done? Every night? Once a week? Once a month?

  149. apelila says

    I’m guessing you are not using this over the eye lid? If not, how do you cleanse and remove makeup from your eyelid and lashes/

  150. Eva says

    I was wondering what kinds of containers you all use to store the oil when you travel? Mine always leaks everywhere! I keep the container in a little plastic baggy so it’s not the end of the world – but I would rather not deal with all the mess and wastefulness. Thanks!

  151. Holly says

    I have been researching OCM for a while and finally going to give it a go. I was curious, what do you use to clean your cloths? Also, does it ever cause issues with the washer? I have read some people use baking soda and hand wash. I’m trying to look for an Eco option over the products salons and that use. Thank you!

  152. Hayley says

    I have been using the OCM for almost a week. I must be doing something wrong. I have to use a steam washcloth 5-6 times and still seem to have oil left on my face. My face also never feels clean. I started with 1/3 castor and 2/3 olive oil. I am now up to 2/3 castor and 1/3 olive oil. My skin is terribly oil and acne prone. Any suggestions?

    • Liz says

      I have terribly oily “T” zone and started this yesterday. I’ve found virgin coconut oil does wonders on my skin and had a jar still left from my mouth oil pulling.
      I combined 1/4 almond oil and 3/4 coconut oil in a small bottle. I warmed up some water and dipped half the bottle in it to help melt the coconut oils and shook it periodically every 30 seconds and added another dip until fully dissolved.
      Now it stays in liquid form and has been a great cleanser.

  153. Jennifer Cho says

    I’m kind of worried about not removing the make-up/dirt/oil that’s on the face before applying the cleansing oil. Even if a washcloth is used later to rid of excess oil, wouldn’t traces of the cleansing oil that has been mixed up with the make-up/dirt/oil remain on the skin and cause break outs?

  154. Jazmyne Ortiz says

    My partner and I have been using ocm for the last week and a half with incredible results. Both my and her complexion are better although we both still have pimples. She has dry fragile skin and I have oily skin. She uses a mixture of hemp and avocado oil and I use castor oil, coconut oil, hemp and jojoba oil. My skin has never felt so refreshed and moisturized I’m a baker so my skin really takes a beating every night, but this is really helping! I can not wait to try more recipes from your blog.

  155. Liz says

    I’ve been using virgin coconut oil pulling and so glad I came across this post. I had originally used just coconut oil to “apply” to my skin but it was to rough on it’s own and was brain storming on what to use it with that won’t irritate my sensitive skin.
    I just read this and pulled a small empty beauty bottle and did 1/4 natural almond oil and 3/4 virgin coconut oil. I shook it but coconut oil is difficult to blend and decided to warm some water in a tea pot then soaked my bottle in the water for a few minutes shaking it every time until fully dissolved. It is completely liquefied and did the circular motion application and now leaving it on for a good 10 minutes before I do the warm wash cloth removal.
    I also had my Son’s BDay party at a skating rink and the hand stamp they used wasn’t washing offing. I applied this solution to my hand and most of the ink came off with my rubbing for a bit. I applied a light layer of the solution and it’s practically disappeared. I’m sure it will come completely off when I use the warm wash cloth.
    Our lips are always thrown to the side even after we apply lipstick and tints… with this dry wind we’re experiencing my lips have been crying for help and so decided to apply this to them as well.
    I promise to do a follow up in a week or two on my results!
    Thank you for your dedication and inspiring me to use more natural products.

  156. Courtney says

    I tried the oil cleansing method for a few weeks and it seemed to be working great until about week 4 when I started breaking out like I have never broken out before. I was using a 1:3 ratio of castor oil to olive oil. I then switched out olive oil for jojoba oil because my skin seemed a little dry, but my skin is still awful. I ended up breaking down and buying some alba cleanser to try to get my skin under control, but I would really like to go back to the oil cleansing method once my skin clears up again. If anyone has any tips/tricks please let me know!

  157. Kacie says

    Thanks for this information! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. I’ve used coconut oil before as an eye makeup remover & it worked great! Any tips on usin the OCM while travelling?

  158. Chantel says

    I used the cream method; 2tbls olive oil, 2tbls coconut oil with 1tbls castor oil. The first week I broke out in hard white painful blemishes around my mouth. My patience wore thin after a week of these and I applied benzoyl peroxide which got rid of them. After a week of clear smooth skin, they are back, in the exact same place! My best guess is the coconut oil is too heavy for me. I will take that out of my routine and see how I do.

  159. Carina says

    Can I use Argan oil (I hear it has great properties on skin wrinkles/acne, etc) combined with olive oil, or is Castol oil the best choice for oily skin? Thank you!

      • Nicola says

        I’m interested in your reply as I have been using Argan oil as a nightly moisturiser for about a year with good results I normally react to everything. Just lately I have had a recurrence of Cystic Acne. I would like to try the OCM but really unsure what to use I don’t wear make up and normally wash my face in the morning with pure Olive oil soap.

        Really appreciate some advice

        • Kari says

          Cystic acne is generally hormonal and hereditary. You can’t “cure” it but when it does happen, you can take steps to minimize it. Stop using bar soap on your face. It can clog your pores even more. Use a salicylic or benzyl peroxide spot treatment. Or, if you only want to use oils, Tea tree is great for reducing bacteria and healing pimples, though it can be irritating, so only use as a spot treatment, and rosehip oil is amazing for scars and wrinkles. Hope this helps!

  160. Brittany says

    Hello! I’ve been oil cleansing for about a month and a half and it seems to have made my skin condition worse. :( I have combination skin that is very acne prone (cystic acne, mainly), and have used nearly every commercial product under the sun. I have been shifting towards a more natural lifestyle and really wanted OCM to work for me. I’ve started out using 70% EVOO with 30% castor oil for about 2 weeks which made my face break out in rash type acne. I then switched to 1 part jojoba, 1 part castor and 2 parts grapeseed oil for about 2 more weeks with no improvement, and it seemed to make my skin dry. I am now about a week and a half into using 1 part jojoba, 1 part castor, 1 part grapeseed and 1 part avocado. I followed all of the instructions for steaming and bought all of my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Just for backgroud info (and hopefully not TMI), I noticed a definite increase in my acne after stopping birth control and suspect that my acne’s main cause is hormonal.

    I’m hoping for any suggestions anyone can give me. I’d appreciate any feedback!

    • Kari says

      It seems your freaking out your skin with all the changes in oils. Skin needs time to adapt. The moderator of this site has suggested 50/50 castor and olive oil for cystic acne and that seems like a good place to start. Jojoba is less comedogenic than olive, so that’s a good option if your skin already freaked out with the olive oil. And unless you have an allergic reaction, then 4 weeks is the minimal amount of time to see any improvements, if any. Why the additions of the avocado and grapeseed? Sometimes, less is more. Good luck!

  161. Kelly says

    The OCM completely wrecked my blemish-prone, combination skin in just a matter of weeks. This method is not a good option for people who struggle with hormonal, cystic acne. I believe in living as naturally and green as possible, but in this case, the natural approach was tremendously detrimental. I think other people need to hear this and proceed with caution re. the OCM.

  162. Robyn says

    I have been slowly changing my previous skin care routines for the more natural alternatives I have seen on this site, the results seem a bit slower in some ways compared to the more conventional products that you buy, but I am hoping that with persistence I’ll get better results in the long term.

    It may take a little while to incorporate all of it into a daily habit, but I will get there.

    I’ve began using the avocado oil facial cleansing method a few days ago, followed by rose water rinse and Argan oil with a few essential oils as a moisturiser. My face feels softer, but not oily. I am hoping the other benefits start to show soon (less redness, lines and less age spots etc).

    One night I accidentally spilt some in the bath water and my skin felt amazing afterwards. I am now using this method for cleansing the body too, and the results have been dramatic. I had very dry skin (if I ran my nails on the skin it would leave white marks). Now, my skin is feeling much better, and no more white marks.

    Thank you Katie

  163. Ree says

    I am a bit confused, I have recently started using the oil cleansing method with good results, however, I have recently read your blog post about margarine and harmful plant oils. Have you done any research on the extraction process for the oils you put on your face? If these oils and harmful to ingest due to chemical refining, processing, and bleaching are they not also harmful to cleanse your skin with?

  164. Clara says

    I just wanted to share my experience with the OCM. So I’m 18 with acne-prone, sensitive skin. I’ve tried everything from blue light treatments at the dermatologist and proactive. I’ve recently been on a health kick so I wanted to try a natural way of taking care of my face and then I stumbled across the OCM. It’s been about a month and I’m very happy with the results. I won’t say it’s a miracle given I still have a few spots that haven’t (completely) cleared up, though the acne has diminished. I used to get a really bad, ugly pimple around my time of the month, but haven’t had that with the OCM. There was a transition period, but it only consisted of literally four small, red bumps which cleared up in three days. What I use is 25% Castor oil; 25% Jojoba oil; 50% Hemp oil. I also use organic, raw honey as a “face wash” in the mornings, followed by Bragg’s apple cider vinegar diluted with distilled water as a toner. I recently received Bee Yummy Face Food moisturizer and have been using it for a couple of days, but not totally sure how I feel about it yet.

    The OCM is definitely worth a try.

  165. Ely says


    I just have one question: I’ve read a lot about castor oil being wonderful for hair growth and how you should never apply it to areas where you don’t want more hair to grow. Won’t using it for cleansing your face everyday resulting in undesired facial hair growth?

  166. Amanda says

    Do you literally mean olive oil that you use to cook with? I have olive oil from Trader Joe’s; would that work?

  167. Kim says

    Besides the oil cleansing, is there anything else you do as far as skincare? Is there anything you would recommend for somebody that is starting to get wrinkles?

  168. margo says

    I am in my 50’s. I have been using this method for over a month now, and I like it. I’m wondering if Wellness Mama or anyone else out there knows of an oil that is good for maturing skin, fine lines and for the puffiness around the eyes. What oil is good for moisturizing the eye area.

    I use this method of cleansing every night, and use Honey w/ coconut and olive oil in the am before applying my make up. Along with my makeup I make sure to apply a good sun block. Very important to continue to use an SPF, since this method doesn’t protect your skin from sun. I get a little oily come the afternoon, so I blot and apply face powder. I’m finding there really isn’t a way to completely rid your skin of oilyness all day. But this is a better alternative to the drying and stripping of your skin using the over the counter products that are out there.

    Would love to hear about some oils that are good for aging skin, particularly the eye area.

  169. Aleks says

    can I try using just Olive Oil instead of using a mix of Olive Oil and Castor Oil?
    (I have acne since I was 16 and I can’t get rid of it, of course I’m not pro to medical stuffs or supplement)
    I have tried baking soda (it helps me with yellow pimples). I have tried honey (not raw one) but after a while it gets worst in my yellow primples. I have tried hydrogen peroxide but after a while everything comes back as the same and I dont really like it. I have tried banana ripes but after a while wasn’t helping me so much. I have read a lot about those stuffs and I’m really tired, but I will give it a try for sure. I have read that the problem that some people (which actually eat very bad and touch their skin with not cleaned hand) will have acne more than others because of a minor presence of Phage Bacteria in our skin. Which is a good bacteria to help fighiting the bad bacteria in the skin (one of the sources I ‘ve read is this: http://www.livescience.com/23425-zit-zapping-virus-acne-treatment.html). But I’m not finding the way to get rid of that pimples and that spot and this skin!
    Thank you for your post!

  170. Kristie says

    Thank you for your post! I’ve been doing the 1:3 castor/olive blend for 5 days and, although I immediately had a glow, I am now experiencing a stinging dryness, particularly around the eye area. Do you think this is part of the adjustment period, or should I cut the castor oil immediately and turn to a different combo?

      • Kristie says

        Well my dry skin turned out to be eczema (never had it before), complete with inflammation throughout the face and throat, and lots of fatigue on top of it! I now believe I am having a strange allergic reaction to magnesium supplements, which I also just started taking. So weird! I stopped taking magnesium and oil cleansing and will resume oil cleansing if all clears up. Any further advice or thoughts are appreciated though, since this is all self-diagnosed (based on my research). Cheers!

  171. Jessie says

    Please be very cautious when using the OCM. I too did hours and hours of research before starting this practice. I read every review, researched every oil, ect. I have had troubled skin, but nothing extreme.
    When you google “oil cleansing method” you can be overwhelmed with all the success stories of the OCM. I was eventually convinced, more like brainwashed, especially after purchasing Liz Wolfe’s “Skintervention” guide. Don’t get me wrong, I like all-natural and have some “hippie” blood flowing through my veins, but sometimes all-natural doesn’t work for everyone.
    The first week of the OCM was great. My skin was soft and blemish free. I thought “Holy moly, this is wonderful!” I then converted to PALEO and stated making my own mayo.
    But, the next week things started to go down hill. Breakouts like crazy. I stuck with it because almost every website says “Stick with it, you’re purging!!”. So, being vulnerable and brainwashed, I stuck with it. I was reading the “Skintervention” guide every night for reassurance that I was doing the right thing. About 5 weeks in, I developed a huge cystic pimple on my cheek. I actually had to go to the dermatologist to have him pop it. Even after that, I stuck with the OCM, hoping it would work for me. After 9 weeks I stopped. My skin was so congested, and I was depressed. I am now on antibiotics to clear up my skin.
    Moral of my story: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Also, the OCM doesn’t work for everyone. If the OCM isn’t working, stop.

  172. afaf says

    Dear Wellness Mama,

    I love your blog and I love that you explain things in a simple way. I need your advice but first let me give you a brief summery about my skin. I am 26 years old and I suffer from my acne since I was 13, I have an oily skin with lots of blackheads and crazy breakout, since a year and a half I adapted a new facial routine where I steam my face and apply the indian clay mask once or twice a week as well as using my clinique acne line, since then I did not noticed any breakout. However, I felt that I need to even tone my skin as well as give it a healthy radiant, for that reasons I decided to switch to all natural skin care products.
    Currently, I use OCM with a mix of castor, jojoba and grape seed oils twice a week , brown rice scrub 4 times a week, clay mask once a week and I made facial and under eye serums from lavender,lemon,carrot,rosemary essential oils and I apply them every night. I am doing this for almost one month now and I gladly didn’t breakout, However, my skin now is full of blackheads and white tiny pimples even around my eyes, I also feel like there is a lot of heavy layers under my skin, I also noticed that my chin become a little darker and greener now! and the stranger-weirder thing is that deeper lines under my eyes!!!
    I used to clean my blackheads while I am steaming my face and that worked great, but now no mater what I do my nose still have these dirty things.
    Wellness Mama, I am freaked out, I do not want to give up and go back to all that chemical things I used to use, but I feel like I will wake up one day with an ugly crazy breakout and a sun burns!

    Your advice is sooo much appreciated. and please keep up the good work.

    Thank you!

    • says

      It sounds like you might be doing too much to your skin. have you ever tried oil cleansing alone? Also, with a history of acne for that long, have you addressed diet? Often a gluten, dairy or egg intolerance can cause acne…

  173. Margo says

    Wellness Mama, I too would like to know what a woman with aging skin can do for fine lines, dryness around the eye lid and puffiness around the eyes. Currently I use Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Olive Oil in the eves, Honey and Olive Oil in the morning. I use eye cream (over the counter) but it just doesn’t seem to be doing anything for the eye lid dryness. I’ve tried apply olive oil and lavender oil, but haven’t noticed a difference. Would love to get some feed back on what to use for aging skin.

    • Kari says

      rosehip or tamanu oils! the good ones are expensive, but way worth it. I doubt it will help with the puffiness though. they are more for wrinkles and anti-aging. used Green tea bags (put in the fridge until cold) over they eyes can help minimize the puffiness, or perhaps a cotton ball soaked in coffee (though that one might stain your skin…it did to me). Caffeine helps shrink the blood vessels temporarily and can reduce some puffiness.

  174. sonya says

    I have been Oil Cleansing for 1.5 weeks now.. I have oily skin and I am African American and the thought to put oil on my face to cleanse was like OMG I am going to break out like crazy .. I have already seen GREAT results. I cleanse in the morn,…. I cleanse in the eve.. I have no oil shine on my face all day I wake up with very little shine on my face and I am not using any moisturizing products… My Oil l of choice is Almond oil… Who would of thought I am happy it is a great method I believe for any skin type

  175. Allison says

    I have been using the OCM for 3 weeks now and love it!! Only question I have is what about SPF? I feel like applying a water based product over the oil that’s already saturated your skin will be ineffective. What do you think?

    Thanks a ton! Love your blog.

      • Jennifer says

        Coconut Oil (pure unrefined expellar pressed organic) is a natural SPF, although I wouldn’t depend on only coconut oil as my daily SPF. For cleansing purposes, the SPF is mostly rinsed away, your really paying for ingredients that your skin isn’t absorbing enough of to warrant the extra cost of added SPF in your cleansing products. Most “foundation make-up”, BB creams & AM moisturizer contain SPF which is generally enough for day to day activity unless your working outdoors.

    • Kari says

      I always use SPF after oil cleansing…especially if there does happen to some oil left on my face because some oils can increase sun penetration.


      That link tells you the difference between the ingredients so you can look for safer sunscreens and use one that suits your lifestyle. Physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been shown to be safer, but they are THICK and heavy to use on the face. I use them sometimes on my face if im going to be out in the sun a long time, and after it sets for 30 minutes, i will dab a paper blotter on my face ( actually use coffee filter-they work!), so I’m not so shiny. Always use spf 30 or higher. Hope this helps!

  176. Laura says

    I usually cleanse my skin in the morning and at night. Do you recommend doing this twice daily or should’ve stick yo once a day and wash with regular soap the other time?

  177. stephanie says

    Do you also use oil to remove mascara? What about a castor oil blend around the eyes, can it be too iritating?

  178. Jessica says

    I noticed on the hazelnut container it says to refrigerate when opened, but the olive oil does not need to be. Should the mixture be refrigerated or not?

  179. Kathy Morelli says

    Hi Katie! I thought the oil cleansing method would make me break out, but I tried it, using just avocado oil! It’s the best thing I ever did! Less blackheads, less breakouts and very soft skin! Love it! But do still sometimes use soap to get all make up off! Then follow up with an oil cleanse.. I just keep a bottle of avocado oil on my bathroom vanity! Also use it for my hands – they get so dry in the winter! thanks for this blog!

  180. Kait B says

    Hi Katie- Are you supposed to splash with cold water after the OCM like you are with other cleansing methods?

  181. Miss Amanda says

    I have been using OCM for about a week now, just straight unrefined, virgin coconut oil, and I am amazed with what I have seen so far! There has been an obvious decrease in the amount of blackheads around my nose, and on my chin, which I have tried to get rid of for years without any luck, until now. I have just recently noticed a bit of dryness, so I decided to use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil (50/50), for cleansing at night, and raw honey (which I am in love with) in the shower in the morning. I am beyond thrilled to toss all those chemical laden cleansers, scrubs, etc., and cannot wait to make a batch of your natural sunscreen for summer!

    Thank you Wellness Mama!!

  182. Rebecca says

    I just started on the OCM with 20% castor oil and 80% Kahina argan oil (an oil which I use for moisturizing with no issue). I was using Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk with RMS oil then switching to argan oil for a moisturizer. Since going off birth control a year ago, I was going through periods of horrible hormonal breakouts. After getting acupuncture and going on specific herbs, by breakouts are not as bad, but still a monthly occurrence. My diet has been clean for about 3 years. My skin is a combination of oily in the t-zone and dry and sometimes flaky even in the oily spots. Its not unusual to be oily and flaky in the same spot, so weird! Oil cleansing has been going great with no initial breakout so far. I’ve really noticed a balance in oil production as I only oil cleanse at night and wake up to no shine on my forehead and sides of my nose. My issue: Since this is the first time using castor oil, I’m afraid that it is drying out my lip area. I try and completely avoid getting the oil near my lips. For the past week I am feeling like I need to apply lip balm every hour! I avoid applying it too frequently because I don’t want to develop a dependance on it, but it is extremely bothersome. Have you had any issues with castor oil drying out your lips? I only use lip balms with natural oils, no preservatives and sometimes just use plain coconut oil. OCM is the only thing different that I’ve done, so it has to be something to do with that. I’ve read about people raving about castor oil for smooth lips and hair too, so I’m a little confused…and I’ve seen it as an ingredient in lip balms. I will try just one drop of castor oil for cleansing and see if that helps.

  183. Veronica says


    I’m on day two of oil cleansing. Is it ok to use SPF 30 face moisturizer after oil cleansing in the mornings?

  184. Margo says

    Wellness Mama,

    I’ve asked this question before, but have not received a response. Do you or anyone else have a recommendation for Aging Skin, Puffy and Dryness around the eyes, Fine Lines and Dark Skar Spots on the nose from black heads? I’m also experiencing oilyness around the T-Zone. I’m using Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Olive Oil in the Evening, and Honey and Olive Oil in the morning. I am in love with the OCM! What do you recommend for an SPF, particularly in the hot summers?!

    Thank you!

    • Kari says

      Tamanu and rosehip oil are great for those! Except puffy eyes. I like cold green tea bags on my eyes for puffiness. The cold and caffeine help minimize the puff, but does not get rid of it. Sleeping on a propped up pillow also helps by keeping the fluid moving downward instead of accumulating around your eyes. High sodium intake can cause puff too. Broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher is recommended at all times (cloudy and winter days included) if you go outside, to reduce your risk of skin cancer. I usually stick to 30 because the higher the SPF, usually means more chemicals in the product with not much more protection (i.e. broad spectrum SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVA and UVB rays, whereas SPF 50 blocks 98 percent). Almost every oil increases sun penetration, therefore increases the chance of skin cancer, photo-aging and wrinkles. I use rosehip oil as my moisturizer and spf 30 over that, waiting about 5-10 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting on sunscreen (it’s a dry oil, so it isn’t as greasy as say olive or coconut) It’s worked out great, however if i was spending a day in the sun, i would forgo the oil on my face and use only sunscreen. Hope this helps!

  185. Katie says

    I just started trying the oil cleansing method two days ago. I have no issues so far but I’m wondering if there is a way to make it smell better?? The olive oil smell to me is not so appealing. I have a few essential oils. Would this be ok to apply to the face?

      • Margoz says

        I personally do not mind the smell of the oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Castor Oil doesn’t really have a scent. You didn’t say what essential oils you have, but I use lavender essential oil and I love adding it to my OCM in the evening and also to my Honey for face washing in the morning. I use the OCM every night before I go to bed, and use Honey and Lavender essential oil in the morning. I sometimes will use a little of the Coconut oil with Honey in the morning if I’m feeling a little more oily. I really love the way Honey makes my face feel.

  186. Lindsay says


    I haven’t tried the oil cleansing method yet, but lately I’ve been using grape seed oil as a moisturizer. I just apply a bit to my face after a shower and then leave it on. Do I need to be removing it, or is it okay to use it that way?

  187. Lina says

    I’m really interested in trying this method. I have a dehydrated skin and due to this is get blemishes and a very oily t-zone. Would you recommend me trying oils for dry or oily skin? Also in the very beginning do you need to do it every daily so that the skin gets used to it? Last question is I normally clean my skin morning and evening. I would make this my new night routine but what do I do ind the morning? Just clean with my normal cleanser? (I use a non sulfat and paraben free one)

    Have a great weekend :)

  188. juliew says

    First of all, I want to say how much I enjoy your website! It is so interesting and informative. I started using the OCM about 2 weeks ago & absolutely love it! I’m using a combination of castor oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and a drop or two of essential oils. It has made my skin feel fantastic.

    I do have an issue that I’m curios about. I’ve got some Skinceuticals moisturizer that I wanted to use up (too expensive to throw out!), and I used some a couple of times after cleansing with oil. My face burned a little after applying it – it never used to. Is that normal? Has my skin become sensitive to the chemicals?

    Any insight on this would be appreciated.


  189. Sarah says

    Hey! So I’ve been trying this for over a month and a half now, and while it’s great that I can use cheaper products and things that I already have in the house, I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a difference :( I have SUCH weird skin though–like, it’s actually oily AND peely/dry at the same time in the exact same spots (not just like an oily t-zone and dry cheeks or something). I originally tried your recommended combo for combination skin (using olive oil and hazelnut oil) but after a couple weeks I added more hazelnut oil to try to curb some of the breakouts I was having. And it’s never been so successful to the point where I haven’t needed moisturizer (i’m going to buy some shea butter today, but before that I was trying jojoba oil, but alas, it didnt help much). So far its just the same troubling skin I’ve always had. I dont know what the deal is and maybe you can recommend something…? I’m a flight attendant and I think the super dry plane environments definitely arent helping (12% humidity! Drier than most deserts!)

    PLEASE, if you have ANY recommendations, please send them my way. I’m getting desperate here.

    • Jennifer says

      Oily skin will generally compensate for the lack of moisture by becoming overly oily; your skin is steadily trying to absorb moisture that it’s not getting so it’s trying to produce it. If you are not using a daily moisturizer on your face then the dry side of your skin is reacting to the lack of proper moisture as well. Fortunately the solution is simple, hydrate from the inside out drinking lots of water, use a moisturizer twice a day & regular exfoliation. If you are changing products frequently I might suggest you stop and maintain one product/regimen. Your skin accolades to any new regimen you introduce it to, that can take anywhere from one to six weeks. Part of that process is your skin pulling out toxins and impurities which can result in breakouts. You should treat the breakouts as you normally would. If you feel like you need a toner after cleansing, try witch hazel, natural “store brand” witch hazel, its dirt cheap & it truly is all you will need for toning purposes. Also be sure that the ingredients of your homemade OCM product are pure & natural. Double check the label, look for (a combination of) the labeling verbiage of pure, natural, unrefined, cold / expeller pressed, & organic. You want to be sure that the product is as close to its natural form as possible. Exfoliation is also needed in order to turn over new healthy cells in your skin. I prefer gentle exfoliation. Even something simple such as a facial puff or a manual facial brush can work to introduce your skin to regular exfoliation. A sugar scrub is an excellent way as well. Just be sure you are using gentle light scrubbing in small circular motions over one area at a time. And after exfoliation, always moisturize, always. Zinc & Honey are excellent natural treatments for breakouts, as is a sugar scrub (sugar contains natural salicylic acid). Aspirin also contains salicylic acid; crush it up, make a paste and spot treat or use as a mask. You can even prick open an Advil Liquid Gel and put it on a breakout do stop the swelling/inflammation. Be patient, consistent and persistent and you will have the best skin you’ve ever had in your life, trust me! Remember, allow up to six weeks of properly caring for your facial skin everyday twice a day without fail.

      • Kari says

        Glycolic acid (AHA) is made from sugarcane, and salicylic acid (BHA) is made from willow bark. There is no salicylic acid in sugar, that I have ever heard of. And the glycolic acid content in conventional sugar close to nil, though it does make an excellent scrub when used gently. I would refrain from popping any liquid pill to put on your face since the filler ingredients may not be good for your acne and can make it worse. If your face is inflamed and swollen from acne, then taking aspirin or ibuprofen orally could potentially help. I’ve never heard of ibuprofen helping acne when applied topically. Is this new? Hope this helps!

    • Margoz says

      You will almost always break out when you first start the OCM. I’ve been using this method for about 3-4 months now, and I broke out then (and I never use to have acne, just blackheads) and whenever I change an oil, I’ll have a breakout, nothing real bad, but a breakout nontheless. So I would just say, stick with one combination when first starting out, keeping in mind that you will more than likely break out whenever changing oil cleansing combinations (adding more Castor, or using more Coconut Oil etc.) and just try to hang in there. Be patient! Your skin is use the the other stuff and is detoxing, so give it a chance. I’ve found that any time I add an over-the-counter ingredient, be it moisturizer or whatever, other than my makeup, my face freaks out! I will get super oily, from my face over compensating. Then it’s like starting all over again. Hang in there!

  190. Jennifer says

    I’ve been doing this oil + steam method for a few years. I have extremely dry & sensitive skin with flakes & dry patches. If I miss a few days my skin lets me know. With regular use, my skin has a healthy natural glow & no flakes or dry patches. I almost exclusivley use pure unrefined expellar pressed organic coconut oil. I smear it on then steam my face three times with a muslin cloth (cheese cloth) then gently wipe away the residue, then soak the cloth in cold water & apply it to my face the same way to close the pores. You can google “lymphatic drainage facial massage” for a good step by step cleansing + massage method. Coconut oil itself is truly natures miracle, the benefits of it are endless, both externally and internally, I even feed it to my dogs & yes it’s safe for dogs & cats. There are several “commercial brands” that sell a cleasning oil + steam treatment, Eve Lom (uber expensive) Josie Maran, Aveda, Orgins (also expensive) & they all boast coming with a special cleansing cloth. However, the very best commerical product for your money, for those that do not want to mix a home version, Boots Botanics hot cloth cleansing balm, 97% organic, $8.49 at Target. It is olive oil based & it is amazing! Olive oil is extremely hydrating, I reserve it for deep hydration treatments. I use also use it as a hydrating mani/pedi treatment, it’s hands down 100% better than hot wax, you’ll feel the hydration on your skin, nails & cuticles for days!

  191. Elsy says


    I’ve been using 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 EVOO for almost 2 weeks and my skin felt great the first few days but since then my skin has broken out worse than it has ever had before. I’m almost embarrassed to show my face in public. I’ve always had really bad skin since middle school and I’ve been using proactiv solution for over a decade of my life because that was the only thing that somewhat worked. I felt really confident in OCM when I read about it but now I’m not so sure. Does anyone have any thoughts or words of encouragement?

  192. kamille says

    Hi! I’ve been doing this for a couple of days now and for those people who are quiet hesitant to try it because of the humid weather well, the method works perfectly to me. What I usually do is dry brushing my body first. For my skin type, I like combining oil (olive), milk, honey, and water in a basin (since my body is still getting used to OCM). I like it warm and I spread it in my entire body and face with a wash cloth massaging. Let it stand for a couple of minutes. Redo the steps of necessary. Finally rinsing with warm water. With a damp body and face I put a few drops of sunflower oil, massage, pat the skin dry or let it air dry.

  193. Annie says

    I would love to try this method because I have really oily skin and nasty breakouts! Currently I use a regular face cleanser every day and then use an Aveeno face lotion with SPF 15; I was wondering if this method will still protect my skin from the sun or if i should continue to use my face lotion?

  194. Suzanne says

    I haven’t tried the Olive oil, castor oil blend on my face yet. I put some on my poor dry legs. Wow!! I haven’t found any thing in the stores that made them feel this smooth. Should I use hot water to rinse my legs the same as your face? How long, and should I use the messaging procedure as on the face?

  195. Lauren says

    I just started using this method a couple days ago and even after two days, I’m impressed. Definitely want to continue. I have a question about sunscreen though. (Tried to look through the comments to see if anyone else already asked but there were too many responses to read all!)

    Anyway, I have pretty bad melasma from pregnancy and in order to keep it from getting darker, I try to use sunscreen on my face when I’m outside. I’ve used the SkinDeep website to choose a safer sunscreen but I’m wondering if there is a natural, non-pore clogging alternative that anyone has tried.

    Any thoughts?

  196. Amber says

    Please help!
    First let me say that I love your blog and have enjoyed several of your recipes/remedies. That being said, I have been trying the oil cleansing method for about a month and a half and and still having both break outs AND dry skin together on the same face! How frustrating. I typically have combination to oily skin. But now my face is so dry. YET I’m still having breakouts. I’m using 1/3 castor 2/3 avocado oil because I thought the castor was drying me out. Could it be possible that the breakouts are from the over production of oil because the skin is too dry? Or do you think I’m using too much oil. I really really want this to work so any advice would be helpful. Also, I saw your post about the sea salt toner. Do you think this could help here?

  197. Shannon says

    Hi! Thank you so much for your post on the oil cleansing method! I have just started this routine and it seems to be working great so far! I just have a question about how often to use the method…I’ve been cleansing only at night and just washing my face with water in the morning and that seems to work, but I workout in the afternoons and am not sure what the best cleansing option would be for my face post-workout? Should I use the oil method or do you have a recommendation for a face cleansing wipe? thank you!

  198. Laurie says

    Hi, I have been using OCM for about 4 mos now. My mix is 1/8 tsp castor and 1 tbsp jojoba. I recently added 2 drops of geranium to my mix as well. I have never had problems with breakouts until now. Needless to say I’m not happy. I’m getting small, flesh coloured bumps along my hairline. I think it could be caused by 1 of 2 things. The geranium oil. Considering I added it around the same time as the bumps appeared. My no poo method. I use equal parts skikakai..amla..ritha powders mixed into a yogurt consistency. I sometimes get it on my skin near my hairline, but I didn’t think you could break out from this stuff. I don’t know what to do about it. It sucks cause I had planned on beginning an oil moisturizer regime for the morning, but now I’ll have to wait till I figure this out :(
    Any thoughts??

  199. Kara says

    I have been using the oil method for a while now but am always confused in when I should do my clay face masks. Is it best before or after doing the oil method?

  200. Michelle says


    I’m just starting the OCM process this week. I’m not sure if I will have time to do this twice a day so I also bought a bottle of Burt’s Bee’s Radiance cleanser. I figured that I could use that in the morning and OCM at night since Burt’s Bee’s is supposed to be natural. I am just switching off of Proactiv so I assume that there will be a big adjustment!

    Any thoughts on using Burt’s Bees in the morning and OCM at night? Or will that delete any good results of the oils?


  201. Katia says

    i can’t find hazelnut oil anywhere!
    what oil should i use instead?
    i have a combination skin type.

  202. Annie says

    Hi Katie! I am really making an effort to gradually switch our family over to natural homemade products. I am using oil as a face wash and plain coconut oil as a moisturizer, and I feel happy with the results, but am wondering, is there anything more my face needs? Was there anything I was getting in my previous moisturizer that I should be replacing? I want to keep it simple but also want to make sure my skin is getting what it needs. Thanks!