How to Use the Oil Cleansing Method: Easy DIY Recipe

Have you been wondering what exactly the oil cleansing method is and how to use the oil cleansing method? This is one beauty trend that lives up to the hype.

We all want glowing skin and the search for the perfect cleanser never ends. If you are looking for a cleanser that is effective and cost effective, this super simple DIY is for you.

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Should I really cleanse my skin with oil?

It sounds counter-intuitive to cleanse your skin with oil, but one of the basic principles of chemistry is that like dissolves like.

Even if you have “oily” skin, this cleanser will remove the excess sebum from your skin and replace it with oils that will nourish your skin.

Moisturizers and lotions are essentially just oils and you are probably applying those to your skin, so there is no need to fear oil cleansing!

Will the oil cleansing method cause acne or breakouts?

If you have acne, the cause is most likely a combination of hormones, bacteria, and dirt. The oils in this cleanser will not clog your pores. So, even those with acne can try this method.

I personally have struggled with acne for years and have had great results with the ocm.

My skin feels less tight and more moisturized when I use this method, and I think you will like it too. If you live in a region with very cold winters, this can really help your skin stay moisturized.

Ready to try it?

Easy DIY Recipe

Castor Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or carrier oil of your choice ( I love these)
Optional: 20 drops essential oil (tea tree, peppermint, and lemon, orange or lavender work well)

If you have normal skin, use a 1:1 ratio. If your skin is oily, increase the castor oil by 1/3. If your skin is dry, increase the olive oil by 1/3.


Massage a quarter sized amount unto dry skin.

Run a washcloth under hot water. Set it on your face and let the heat open your pores for a minute or two. Wipe off any excess oil.


This can also be used as a moisturizer. It is gentle on your skin, so you can use it twice a day if you wish to.

Find more of my DIY recipes for everything from cleanser, deodorant, lotion, powder foundation and body scrubs to toothpaste here.

Have any new ideas, tips or tricks for the oil cleansing method? Share them below!

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