Video Blog: How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method 1

Video Blog: How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method


Back by popular demand, my second vlog! This time it’s on how to use the Oil Cleansing Method for keeping your face beautiful and clear!

I’ll show you how I mix up the oils that I use (castor oil and extra virgin olive oil), in what ratio I use them, and then give a bit of a demo of the actual washing process:

Want to learn more about the Oil Cleansing Method?

The Oil Cleansing Method – great tutorial from Wellness Mama.

Nitty Gritty on Oil Cleaning – Crunchy Betty lays it out as only she can!

How to Oil Cleanse for Perfect Skin – MommyPotamus article on her unique system.


What do you use to clean your face? Any other Oil Cleansing gals out there?

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  1. LOVE your vlogs. Hoping to see more in the future. Tried this before but I didn’t stick with it. I’m going to give it another try. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for that! As I’m trying to move to more natural everything, and began oil pulling recently, this will be my next step for skin cleansing!

  3. How often do you use this method? Every evening or a few times a week? Also how do you treat your skin in the morning, just a water rinse?

    1. I use it every morning. Wish I could get my teen daughters to do it, rather than spending what they do on face washes…

  4. I can’t wait to give this a try. I will be ordering some castor oil right now. I have a question. . . for teens do you think that a 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive oil would be good for their oily skin, or should we just experiment and see what works best?? Any suggestions? Thanks! I loved your video. It was good to “see” you again. (-: Rene
    .-= Rene @ Budget Saving Mom´s last blog ..Free Sample Wysong Pet Food =-.

  5. Thanks for spreading the word about OCM. I have acne-prone skin, but I have found that when I use the OCM with a little higher ratio of castor oil it helps clear my acne almost immediately and keep it clear as long as I do it regularly.

    At night I use the OCM to get makeup or dirt from the day off, in the morning I just do a gentle wipe down with a warm washcloth. If I have any dry spots I use a little coconut oil.

    Love your blog! I look forward to more videos, too! 🙂

    1. I’d suggest finding organic just to be sure. t really isn’t even expensive, and a bottle that costs about $5 will last a good year.

  6. Sounds like a good thing to try. I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but am usually wearing mascara. Does this take that off or do I need to wash first? Thanks, I love the vlogs!

    1. The oils, along with hot water, work great removing my mascara. Even if you don’t use the OCM, you can still put oil(castor, olive, or a mix) on a cotton ball and wipe your lids and lashes. I do this instead of buying makeup remover. It’s worked great for me with “regular” mascara- I doubt it would work with waterproof, though. Hope that helps!

      1. @alyssa, Thanks! I will have to give it a try. I have to go get some castor oil now. They may laugh at me at the pharmacy since I am 9-months pregnant. They will probably think I am trying to induce labor 🙂

    2. @Sheri,

      I have never used the recipe described here. But have been using plain Coconut oil to wash my face for several years. About a teaspoon. I do it much the same as she does her oil. I rub it into my whole face, neck, chest areas, and especially around my eyes for about 15+ seconds. I use waterproof mascara and regular mascara. I use a very warm wash cloth and just remove it. Rinse the washcloth in more warm water and repeat. It takes everything off. So well in fact that I need a little moisturizer when I am done. I usually just put a drop of coconut oil back onto my face for a moisturizer. Such a small amount it is gone in 30 seconds. I am acne prone and since using coconut oil my face is much clearer. Old dark spots (acne scars) have diminished to half. So I am using less makeup now to cover the blotches.
      I used to use Aubrey’s (oil) make-up remover to remove my mascara. But, since coconut oil works so well, I know longer buy or use anything else. So don’t hesitate to use oil to remove make-up of any kind. It has worked for me.
      I may try the recipe above just to see if it works better. But, being lazy, just using a little spoon to get a drop of coconut oil out of the jar is so convenient, if it not oodles better I will just stick to my old ways.
      Coconut oil is a good ph for the skin (slightly acidic), is anti bacterial, is anti fungal, and easy to find at any health food store.

    3. @Sheri, I think you can use coconut oil to remove mascara, & if I ever get rings of mascara under my eyed I like to dip a qtip in olive oil and just roll it over the splotch.

  7. It sounds strange at first…using oil to clean your face, but then I took a soap making class and the most basic soap is made out of olive oil, lye and water. What a great (and economical) way to be a good steward of our resources!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Welcome to the Gullible Gourmet!! =-.

  8. Does castor oil come from castor beans?? I just read from a mercola newsletter that the beans are extremely poisonous: “Castor Beans: One castor bean contains enough ricin to kill an adult within a few minutes.” I like the idea of oil cleansing but my red flag is up. Any thoughts??

  9. I’m so excited to try this!! I’ve been doing the no-poo method since you posted it and have been loving that too! Thanks for your inspiration on healthy and natural living. 🙂

  10. This looks worth a try. I have extremely oily skin and still get breakouts in my late 30s. I have a rather strange question: do you wash the washcloth in your regular wash? It seems like it would have too much oil that would get on the rest of the laundry.

  11. I love this and can’t wait to try it! I’ve been doing the no poo method for a month now and can’t imagine ever going back to anything conventional. All that money I wasted over the years 🙁
    Ok, so now what do I do about shaving my legs??? I can just kick myself for starting so many years ago…please tell me you have a good idea for how to wean my body from doing that (unfortunately I’m NOT a natural blonde with soft hair either).

  12. I was really excited when I saw your vlog last night and then checked out other links to the oil cleaning method. I am 57 years old with oily skin and I STILL deal with breakouts, ugh. I had to ask at the pharmacy counter for the castor oil at Target as it is a special order there but they had some in stock behind the counter. I mixed 1 tsp castor oil to 2 tsp olive oil to try. I must say my skin felt sooo soft after I was done I felt like I’d just had a salon facial! I can’t wait to see some long term results. The only thing I’m bummed about is I just spent $80 on Clinique facial products, pooey.

  13. oops, check that…I mixed 2 tsp. castor oil to 1 tsp. of olive oil since my skin is oily. My skin felt fabulous all day today!

  14. Thanks for sharing this information. My husband and I are taking baby steps (thanks to your book, too) to rid our house of toxins and live frugally. We are slowly clearing out old cleaners and replacing them with things like the no-poo method. I’m super excited about trying this because I, like many other women, am still plagued with skin problems as an adult. I have the dreaded combination skin, drier in the winter and extremely oily in the summer (yet still with dry patches). I can’t wait to see what will happen. Plus I love that I can adjust the ratio of oils depending on the season.

  15. I read the post at Simple Mom back when it was posted, and bought castor oil, and then I forgot all about this! I watched your vlog last night and dug out my castor oil. It worked great! I was sceptical, but it worked. 🙂 And it was so relaxing too! I’ll be using this cleansing method from now on!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..~Doll Blanket~ =-.

  16. I am loving your website and learning so much.

    My 14 yr old and I just started this method 2 days ago and love it! She had a ton of blackheads on her nose and after 2 days they are almost completely gone. I love how my face feels too.

    Thank you!

  17. You know, I think the videos you’ve been doing around here are great, but I wish you’d put a little summary at the end. I bookmarked this page awhile back because I wanted to try mixing up some oils, but I don’t want to have to watch the whole video again just to get the ratios. Just an idea for those of us who are lazy video-watchers and prefer things to be written out! 🙂

  18. I just wanted to THANK you for this beautiful presentation on cleaning your face with oil. I will admit I was VERY skeptical but after trying this method, for a month I would like to tell you how well this has worked. You see when I turned 30 I noticed my cheeks becoming more and more flushed, after trying many things, even a dermatologist it was determined I had rosacea. So after struggling with this almost 14 years, and trying every product, of every price nothing, and I mean nothing makes my face look as great as the oil cleansing method. WOW! My face is very different. My color is so great now. Very slight pinkish tinge (only after a shower or exposure to heat) no break-outs, smooth and actually glowing. It had become dull and lifeless. I have even told several friends, some of them with rosacea as well and we are all ecstatic with the results. Thank-you so much for a “life” saver. And keep all the great posts coming!! Many Blessings!!
    Susan Allums

  19. What a great post! I can’t wait to try this method. I have been dealing with breakouts since my teens and I have spent thousands trying to clear up my skin. I just bought some serum to fade my acne scars. Would it be ok to use this with the oil cleansing method?

  20. I have a question: I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, and now I feel like I’m getting a lot of clogged pores (little white bumps around my hairline, chin). I was doing 1:1 castor and olive, and just switched to 3:1 castor and olive (few days ago) with no difference. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. @Melanie, Hi Melanie,
      I’ve just started this method, but have been using natural oils for skincare for some time. It sounds like you’re just not getting the oil of well enough in those places (hairline and chin). It’s very important to clean the oil off well, because it is full of dirt and toxins that it’s drawn out of your skin.

  21. I have always heard it ages your skin more to use hot water when washing your face, and to always wash your face with cold or room temp water. Any thoughts?

  22. I’ve been using this method for a few months now, and I love it! My skin looks brighter, clearer and younger too! I had combination dry/oily skin, now my skin is just dewy and perfectly balanced. My make-up lasts longer too! My guess is because I am no longer wiping excess grease off my face throughout the day. I use a 1:1 ratio olive and castor oil, plus I add a little vitamin E oil, and tea tree oil. The tee tree oil makes this smell wonderful. I do this in the shower. I put it on my face then do other things like washing and shaving. Lastly I just turn up the water temp and put my face under the water while I scrub/wipe with my washcloth. Easy, cheap, and great results!

  23. I have been using the oil cleansing method for over 2 years now. I use varying amounts of castor oil to EVOO depending on the season. The problem that I had was those dry areas on the sides of my nose and forehead. Strange, to think of dry, peeling skin when you are using oil on your face, but I found the solution: exfoliating with…sugar. The oil doesn’t dissolve the sugar, and it really works well. I read a blog somewhere where someone explained why sugar is good for your skin, but can’t remember where. That makes it good for something!

  24. I work in the skincare industry and just recently decided to experiment on the side with oil cleansing. I have been using coconut oil and castor oil because of the fatty acid dynamic that boosts skin health. I decided to eyeball it like you, Stephanie. However I mix up a batch with every cleanse. Just a baby teaspoon of coconut oil and a drip of castor oil as my face is turning drier in general. I also have sun damage that I have watched get stronger in hyperpigmentation and fine lines increase (this is over the past few years, not since oil cleansing.) My first impression was much like the results I achieve in the treatment room of my job (work at a spa as and esthetician). It’s been a week or so and I’m noticing my skin pills up afterward. Not sure if this is an attempt at exfoliation on my skin’s part and I’m not eager to stop the pilling. It may be and adjustment my skin’s going through on its own that would be very exciting to report later, if the pilling is really peeling and not just a result of excessive dryness from too much heat in the towel. Bottom line, the jury is out right now. I do have a long history of success with professional skin products, which is why I say the jury’s out. I do believe that our skin was programmed to slough itself if we would just get out of the way and I agree that industries like the one I work in can get too worked up into what I call “franken facials” but if after a month or so of oil cleansing, I don’t see an improvement, I’ll have to reevaluate. I can say with certainty, that coconut oil applied to my lids at night to remove my mascara has yielded a crop of new lashes that I thought were gone forever! Oil cleansing may be just the ticket to regrow lashes because of the intense hydrating feature of the oil. This actually spurred me on to try oil cleansing for the face.

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