Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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The easiest DIY facial cleanser ever: the oil cleansing method in action

As a DIYer and appreciator of natural beauty solutions... I've been interested in the Oil Cleansing Method since I heard about it a couple years ago. Every few months I'd visit the Oil Cleansing Method and read about the blend of oils you're supposed to use based on your skin type, and I'd do a Google search and come across this comparison of carrier oils, and get overwhelmed about what to choose for me.

I stopped using storebought cleanser, astringent, face wash, etc. on my face years ago and for a long time, washed it daily with a warm washcloth and just water. In the shower I'd wash it with soap (usually Dr. Bronner's bars). (I liked the idea of DIY cleanser, but looking up recipes for DIY face wash is even more overwhelming than looking through carrier oils.) I haven't had serious skin issues in years, but I did have occasional oiliness, dryness, blackheads, or breakouts.

So, I figured there was room for improvement and finally got my act together and tried oil cleansing after a visit to the grand opening of a new Pharmaca near me. I saw the selection of a bunch of oil cleansing-appropriate oils and figured, here they are in one place--I can do this! So Pharmaca sent me this castor oil and sweet almond oil to try.

And it's been great! A couple months now of using the basic Oil Cleansing Method (I admit I usually don't spend the full recommended time massaging my face and enjoying the steam), and the skin on my face feels softer, more supple, and smoother. The redness and spots of inflammation have decreased, too.

DIY Facial Cleanser with the Oil Cleansing Method

It's so easy to make your own oil cleansing blend with castor oil and a carrier oil. I mix my personal blend of castor and carrier oil (I've experimented with that per the recommendations) in a small dish, usually enough for 3-4 days (I keep it covered when not in use). I massage it into my face, wait a white, and then wash off with a hot wet washcloth. It's relaxing and feels so good.

I've also tried a mix of castor and sunflower seed oil, and since jojoba oil has a lot of other DIY beauty product uses, I might buy that sometime and try it as well.

Check out the Oil Cleansing Method page and this comparison of carrier oils to figure out what works best for you!


  1. I love DIY skin care since my skin is so sensitive. Thanks for sharing this combo!

  2. I LOVE oil cleansing. I've been treating my skin with this method for a little over a year now. Glad you found positive results with it as well :-) Cheers!

  3. I have such a difficult time with face cleansers. They work great for a few months and then suddenly my skin hates it. I think it has something to do with the shift in atmosphere and precipitation in the air and all the travel I do to different climates probably doesn't help. All that to say, I'm always on the lookout for new and natural cleansers to try. I'll have to give this a try and see if it works for me!

  4. I love oil cleansers! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I would love to try this! I love the idea of DIY and natural home and beauty products. It helps to read about your experiences before I try anything like this so thank you!

  6. I need to research this option for myself. Sounds like it could help my skin. Right now, I only use warm water and a washcloth to wash my face, like you did previously.




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