DIY Beauty: Oil Cleansing Method


Last year when I asked my friends if they had any homemade beauty DIYs they would recommend, my friend Laura told me about this homemade oil cleanser she loves called the oil cleansing method.

The recipe is simple- you use a blend of Castor Oil and another vegetable oil (like Sunflower Oil or Olive Oil) Laura prefers the combination of castor and olive oil. (This is the version I tried).

She recommends playing with the castor oil to olive oil ratio. She ended up with 7/3 parts castor to olive oil. The great thing is you can fine tune it depending on skin type.

*A recommendation I found was this….

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive/Sunflower Seed Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Olive/Sunflower Seed Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive/Sunflower Seed Oil.

Making Your Blend

You will need a small empty plastic bottle with a flip-top lid. The kind you find in the travel section for example. I actually used a mini Anti-Bac bottle that I had thoroughly cleaned or you could use a glass jar liked pictured above. You may need a mini funnel. You will of course need Castor Oil and Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil (or other vegetable based oil of choice).

Cleansing Directions

You do this method at night only! Just massage the oil into your face gently, then take a wash cloth and run it under hot water so it is nice and steamy being sure to ring out the excess water and place the warm cloth on our face- a mini facial!

You let it sit until it starts cooling and then gently wipe. Rinse and repeat! You don’t have to moisturizer after cleansing because your skin is hydrated and soft.

The Theory….

I know what you are thinking…WOMAN YOU ARE INSANE…but here is the logic…the “good” oils breakdown all the dirt and make up and the theory is…. oil pulls to oil. Therefore, the “good” oils draw the “bad” oils out of your pores. The magic apparently lies in the castor oil. From what I read, you do not want to over due this…so you will want to only do this at night or a schedule that works for your specific skin needs.

I will link at the bottom of this post to the site Laura shared with me if you want more in-depth info…

My Thoughts…

I did like this surprisingly. It seemed to clean my skin just as well as many of the cleansers I have used in the past. After another friend found out I was using this, she asked me about it. Being an eye health care professional, she wanted to make sure I was not using this on my eyes. (I was actually… but stopped). Apparently that is a big no-no. If you have concerns I recommend speaking with your skin and/or health care professional since I am neither of those.

Oil Cleansing Method….I liked it…I didn’t LOVE it. I would not be opposed to trying it again and trying to really customize it to my skin needs. Honestly, I didn’t really commit to coming up with the prefect oil combo/oil ratio for me.


This is super inexpensive to make! You can grab a bottle of castor oil for a couple of bucks and I bet you probably already have Olive Oil in your kitchen or pantry. So cost is definitely not a deterrent for trying this.

If Organic is a must…

Also for those of you who are on the Natural Bandwagon…this may be up your alley….especially if you purchase organic oils. There are some things I am really want Natural/Organic and some things that I don’t mind if they aren’t so much.


Like stated above, I did use this cleanser for about a month. Currently, I am using a commercial oil cleanser…Bare Face Cleansing Oil from Julep . (I am not very loyal when it comes to most beauty items.) This is actually a combination of several oils. So far I like it…but it is too soon to really form a solid opinion.

So have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? If so, I would love your thoughts. You can find out more by visiting the site I reference above *Oil Cleansing Method. You can also google the term and you will get a plethora of articles….I read several and there are lots of variations and opinions about this method.

Is there a homemade beauty treatment you would like me to try? Please contact me and I will check it out!

A BIG THANKS to Laura for sharing her homemade beauty secret!

As always…I am just a beauty lover….I am not an expert. You will want to consult your doctor, dermatologist or skin/health care professional if you have any concerns prior to using this oil cleansing method.  This post is intended for entertainment purposes only.  I do not endorse or recommend this method. This is my personal experience with the method. This site does not make any medical claims about the use of this or any other product or method.

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  1. Lisa W says

    I recently started using a coconut oil and sugar mixture that I LOVE. I melt a tablespoon or so of coconut oil and mix in enough white sugar to make a runny paste. Then rub it on, scrubbing really well, let it sit for ten minutes for the glycolic acid in the sugar to go to work on dead skin cells, then wash off with a hot wash cloth. I have very oily skin and I thought it would make me break out like a teenager, but it had the opposite effect. My face has dried out a bit and I’m not breaking out as much. I swear by it!

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      That is great! I have made several sugar scrubs with Coconut oil and sugar but I have never thought to let them sit for 10 minutes. I have also never tried it on my face. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip. -Jessica

  2. Angeline says

    I use coconut oil and olive oil and love the benefits from both. I can visibly see a difference in my skin using these oil along with vitamin E oil and I love what it has done for my skin! No more chemicals. All 100% organic for me!!

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