Did you know that your don't have to buy pricey face washes to have beautiful skin? Did you know that you can make a face wash that will achieve the same results, if not better, and cost pennies? Though the Oil Cleansing Method may sound like a quick way to break your skin out, it's an effective, chemical-free way to cleanse your skin. Here's how it works.

It might seem counter-intuitive that you can use oil to cleanse away the oil in your skin, but it's true. Science tells us, "like attracts like," so it would make sense to use oil to draw out excess oils from your skin. The Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM, is a cheap and easy way to use science to achieve beautiful skin. This is a DIY cleanser and it works great as a makeup remover, too. You can't beat that!

The recipe

  1. Start by combining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons castor oil in a squirt bottle, and massage onto dry face.
  2. Lay a hot, wet cloth on your face. Think of it as a minute-long hot tub experience for your skin.
  3. Use that same cloth to wipe away any impurities.
  4. I love this part: Splash some cold water on your face to constrict your pores. Your skin should feel moist and healthy, but not oily.

Easy, right? Once you've mixed up a bottle of the oil, it should last you quite a while. And there are all kinds of ways to tinker with this recipe to match your skin type perfectly. Check it out:

Make it yours

The extra virgin olive oil is a great moisturizer, and the castor oil is the cleansing agent, and can dry out your skin if you use too much. With that in mind, you can change the amounts of each to better suit your skin type.

Dry^ For dry skin, use 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil

Oily^ For oily skin, try 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons castor oil

Combo^ If you have normal or combination skin, the recipe above should suit you just fine.


It's fun to try different oils with this recipe. Keep the castor, but you can swap out extra virgin olive oil for the following. This list of alternatives comes from Crunchy Betty.

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  • Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
  • Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Avocado (dry and aging skin)
  • Sunflower seed (all skin types)
  • Olive (all skin types)
  • Apricot kernel (dry, aging and normal skin)
  • Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin… very pricey)
  • Tamanu (all skin types… very pricey)


I have combination skin and have struggled to find cleansers that neither dry me out nor leave my skin greasy. Prior to the Oil Cleansing Method, I used a cleanser sold by my dermatologist, and it suited me well. When I switched to OCM, I noticed zero difference, except that I was spending a lot less and felt good about the lack of chemicals I was putting on my skin. There are enough variations to this recipe that anyone can use it. Give your skin something new this year... and give your wallet a break.

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