Jul 7, 2011

DIY Facial Olive Oil Cleanser

If you have never heard of an olive oil cleanser you are probably raising an eyebrow at me right now. So yes, it is a thing people do. I ran across this post at Heritage Schoolhouse about two weeks ago and read up on it at The Oil Cleansing Method.

We are on day 4 of DIY week and so far this has been my favorite DIY yet. A little back story: my skin is extremely sensitive. I have tried so many different cleansers over the years and wasn't happy with any of them. They not only dried out my skin, but caused me to break out all the time. Being almost 30 and breaking out is lame!

I ended up stopping wearing makeup for the past few years just so my skin would stop breaking out. I am a former Mary Kay consultant, so this was a pretty big deal for me. I would wash my face with cleansers for sensitive skin but in the end they dried out my skin and aggravated it. I was at the end of my rope.

Being that I am steadily marching on to 30, I decided it was time to buckle down and find something, anything that helped my skin. To not only cleanse it, but to moisturize it. I have tried the Olive Oil Cleanser for a week now and I am loving it. My skin is softer and isn't itchy or aggravated. Are you ready for the recipe?

Note: Please review the article over at The Oil Cleansing Method to determine what ratio of castor oil to olive oil is best for your skin. I use 25% castor oil to 75% olive oil. I used 1 tablespoon of castor oil and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. As you can see it made less than half of the bottle, so you may want to make more.

DIY Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer

castor oil
pure olive oil

1. Using a small funnel, pour the castor and olive oil into a clean snap top bottle. Your mixture ratio will be determined by what type of skin you have (dry, balanced, oily). See the article listed above to find out your ration. Shake well to combine. Store in a cool place.

2. To use: Gather together a clean washcloth, your oil blend, and get set up in your bathroom. Shake the bottle to ensure the oil is combined. Pour a quarter sized amount of oil in your hand, then rubs your hands together to warm up the oil. Massage it onto your face, concentrating on problem areas. Make sure to take your time to ensure the blocked pores can be cleansed.

Once it has been sufficiently massaged into the skin, run some hot (but not too hot) water from the sink and saturate your wash cloth. Hold it up against your face until the washcloth is cool, then gently wipe away the oil. Do not scrub, just gently wipe the oil away. Do this two more times.

The first few times you try this your pores will become unclogged and you may notice more oil than normal on your face because your pores are now working again. This should subside.

Source: The Oil Cleansing Method


  1. I may have to try this, I've got weird problem skin too. Sensitive to everything, break outs, but areas that are dry and flaky too... my skin is worse at 40 than it was when I was in high school. Sucks.

  2. I've used an olive oil exfoliant for years. Love it.

  3. I've never heard of this!! Wow... ok definitely going to give it a go. I have more oily skin, so I'm curious to see how it helps. Thanks for sharing! Loving this DIY week... definitely need to do it again sometime.

  4. I have been using the oil cleansing method for about 4 months now...I love it! It's like a mini-spa session at the end of a long day...awesome. I've been using 1 part castor oil, 1 part sweet almond oil and 1 part avocado oil (I got these oils at the health food store). I love it that my skin is no longer flaky in spots. I would definitely recommend this DIY cleanser!

  5. You didn't mention how to use it. Back when I used DHC olive oil cleanser, they said to just rub it into your skin and then rinse with warm water. Same here? I have oily, acne-prone skin and have to use Proactiv to keep from breaking out but I think I might try this just to see b/c it would be a lot cheaper than using Proactiv if it helped keep my skin clear too.

  6. Whoops! I'll add in the directions to use it right now. :)