Ever tried oil cleansing as a face wash?

I know this might sound crazy, but a few months ago I decided to try washing my face with oil instead of the Mary Kay face wash and moisturizer that I had been using for the last 12 years +. Over the years my face would feel dry after moisturizing and I would then apply a heavier moisturizer. I was a little fed up with the hole process to be honest.

I began to research homemade products just out of curiosity and came across an article from Crunchy Betty. I was intrigue with what I found. Could you really wash your face with oils, and I do not mean only a mixture of essential oils (which might be what your would first assume). I was amazed with the results. I’ve been washing my face each evening with the following oils since August:

  • Castor Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil (Can be omitted)

So now you might be asking yourself how it could possibly work? I’ll tell you. The castor oil works to take off all of the dirty oil from your face while the other two oils replenish your skin with clean nourishing oils. Now I have normal to dry skin depending on the season so the above mixture works great for me, but if you are do not have the same skin type or if you would love to read in more detail about cleaning your face with oils then I would encourage you to read the article on Crunchy Betty. She is very informative.

Okay so I told you what I use, but now I’ll tell you how much I used.

  • 1/3 Cup Castor Oil
  • 2/3 Sunflower Oil
  • 1/3 Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Can be omitted)

Now this mixture will last you for months as a little bit of oil will go a long way. I washed out a soap dispenser and put the oil mixture in that and then squirt a little bit into my hand and rub it all over my face and gently rub it on my eye lids massaging my eye lashes as well. Then when I am ready I get a warm wash cloth and gently rub the oils off of my face rinsing it out with warm water as needed. And yes it does get rid of my eye make-up and mascara as well.

My face feels great and I love that I am using natural product on my face. Okay so if you are game, try it out for yourself and tell me your results! I can’t wait to hear how it went.


  • Cindy

    Reply Reply November 1, 2013

    The use of oil for cleansing has been intrinsic for a long time and it’s a healthy way to cleanse the face! I use it as part of a double cleanse for the end of the day. I apply the oil sans water all over my face massaging it in and then I use water to emulsify the oil on my face before removing it. Using the water to emulsify the oil encapsulates the dirt, oil, makeup, etc on my skin thereby preparing my skin for a deeper cleanse with my second cleanse for which I use a soap free cleanser! Viola, clean and soft skin perfectly prepared for maximum absorption of serums and moisturizers! The ideal oils to use are olive, sunflower or jojoba, skin nurturing oils. I do not use essential oils in a cleanser as they can be irritating to some skin.

    • Morgan Turley

      Reply Reply November 1, 2013

      Great tips and feedback Cindy! And you are right about essential oils irritating some people’s skin. I am one that has to be careful what essential oils I use on my skin. I can not use Tea Tree oil. I found that out the hard way when I used it and my upper lip swelled up. I looked like I had botox done! I applied Lavender on the spot and the swelling went down. So for the recipe above the Lavender oil can be omitted without taking away from the cleansing aspect. I put it in my face cleanser since Lavender is great for the skin. Thank you for that reminder!

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