Clean your face naturally with oil (yep, oil!)

The skin of my adult years has been pretty problem-free. It’s neither too dry nor too oily, and I’ve been pretty content with my 15-year hiatus of using Cetaphil or its generic equivalent. But since I turned 30 a few years ago, I’ve noticed that my skin has become… blah. Kinda dull. Losing its vibrancy. A little cloudy. It’s also been dry and tight after washing, and even moisturizing wasn’t helping much.

I wasn’t overly concerned about it, until I read from some of my favorite blogs this summer about a face cleansing method I hadn’t yet tried. I had been going shampoo-free for a few weeks, so I was eager to try this out, too, since it requires no harsh soaps or man-made chemicals. I figured, what did I have to lose? I’ll try it out, and if I don’t like it, I’ll simply switch back to my tried-and-true method.

And so far, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I love my refreshed skin and its frugal cleaner.

How to wash your face with olive oil.

The Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)

Alright, it might sound a little odd to clean your face with an oil, especially if you have oily skin. But contrary to popular belief, oil does not cause oily skin or acne. That culprit is usually a combination of hormones, trapped bacteria, and dirt.

Like your hair, the sebum that the skin secretes is actually good for your skin — it’s there to protect it from the outside environment, and to keep harmful things from seeping in. Since water doesn’t break up oil, most commercial cleansers are marketed with the “oil free” stamp of approval, making them easy to splash off.

When skin’s natural oils are removed, the body’s reaction is to compensate by producing more oil, much like shampoo does with our hair. Or if your skin is dry, it’s because all the oil has been stripped away, and your body doesn’t compensate by replenishing it (that was my case).

Here’s a direct quote from acne.org:

Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”

So in essence, good-quality oil is the perfect substance for cleaning sensitive skin, such as on our face, because it helps gently remove the dirty oil and replaces it with good, nourishing, healing oil.

Olive oil is one of nature's best skin products. Who knew?
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How to get started

1. Make your cleaner

Simply mix the oils together in a small bottle, give it a little shake, and you’ve got yourself a homemade, frugal facial cleanser. The most popular blend of oils for this cleansing method is castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). The castor oil draws out dirt and other gunk from your pores. The EVOO is a brilliant moisturizer, helping heal and nourish the skin.

• For those with normal skin, you could start off with a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and EVOO.

• For those with acne-prone or oily skin, reduce the proportion of EVOO, and try three parts castor oil to one part EVOO.

• For those with drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO. This is what I use.

Experiment, and find what ratio works for you. Just start off with a little bit, and then try it for a few days. I began with one teaspoon of castor oil and three teaspoons of EVOO in a little squeeze bottle.

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2. Gently rub it in

Pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and slowly massage your skin with your fingertips. Don’t splash your face with water first — apply it dry. Work the oil into your skin for about a minute, and enjoy the peaceful massage at work. Don’t scrub — just rub.

3. Steam your face

Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and put it over your face until it’s about room temperature. This is steaming out your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. It’ll take about a minute — enjoy the nearly-free facial.

4. Wipe off the oil

Take the washcloth, rinse and wring it, then gently wipe off the oil. Your skin will probably feel softer immediately.

Enjoy the benefits

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• If you’re like me, your skin will feel softer and look a bit brighter. It won’t feel tight, but it won’t be greasy, either. Olive oil has the same pH as human skin, so it’s the perfect cleansing balancer.

The OCM also brilliantly removes makeup. It works better than the Clinique makeup remover I had been using. Much cheaper, too.

• You also probably won’t need to do this more than once per day. I do this at night, just before bed. In the morning, I simply splash my face with cold water to wake up. Every now and then, I’ll dab on a little bit of moisturizer, but I hardly need that anymore. I never thought I’d see that day.

Other beneficial oils

Castor oil and EVOO are carrier oils and work well, but other people have found great success with jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and flaxseed oil, especially if their skin is very oily. I haven’t tried these personally, though.

Coconut oil is fantastic for all sorts of things, but seeing as it hardens in cooler temps, I recommend using fractionated coconut oil, which stays liquid.

If your skin is on the dry side, almond oil and evening primrose oil are also good carrier oils.

Tea tree essential oil is a natural antiseptic, and is great for clearing up acne. Try a few drops into your OCM mixture. Only use a few drops — a little goes a long way.

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Update: I’m so thrilled that this post has resonated with so many people! Because I’ve had to fight so much spam in the comments section, I’m afraid I have to close comments now. Feel free to follow me on Twitter if you’d like to talk about it more, and head here for an update written four years after this post (hint: yep, I still clean my face this way!).

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Those are great ideas! I need to try this… thanks!
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    • mariam mansour says:

      Hi there!, do you recommend to do this OCM routine daily?, cuz i have an oily acenic skin?,and do i have to mix Cator oil+Olive oil+Tea tree oil drops? thx.

      • When I first started the ocm routine i would use it twice a day, having extremely oily acne prone skin, i found i needed to use it that often. eventually i weaned off tojust once a day (in the morning), and at night just splashed my face with warm water. As for mixing, i just started with a small batch to see if i liked it (3 tsp castor 1 tsp olive and a couple drops tea tree) and mixed it all together in a travel size shampoo container i got from the dollar store.

        • mariam mansour says:

          Hi, thank you for your reply :).Ohh!! great so I can use it twice a day!!even Im always running to work early,but I’ll try it on my off days,well i didn’t get the tea trea oil yet, but I just started tonight with Cator and Olive oils, I hope it’ll works, cuz I’m so fade up trying all these pricy products on the market with out results, another thing ;Im just worried about the make up and putting foundation cuz I need to cover up those red pimples,and ance spots, isn’t going to be too much layered or greassy?, cuz my face gets shiny quickly.

      • Katy Burgess says:

        You should try organic argan oil as a base oil – i’ve been using for 3 years, brilliant for skin, hair and nails. Its got 3 x the amount of Vit E than olive oil and the molecular structure is super similar to the skin’s natural sebum.
        i have combination skin, oily patches in the T-zone, since i’ve been using argan oil, no problems with oiliness. i get mine from http://www.thearganspa.com – great stuff!

        • swissmiss says:

          i have combination skin with a oily t-zone as well, so what is your mixture??? are you using just organic argan oil or are you mixing that with another oil??

    • I’ve been using a half and half mixture of organic, cold pressed sunflower oil and evoo with the castor oil and my skin has become magnificent for the first time in my 56 years! I am so happy I found the ocm. I no long have pores larger that my closets, bumps, blemishes and my skin tone has evened out as well. I can’t say that for ANYTHING I have ever used before. Alone, or in combination. Hooray!

      • I’m also 56 and looking for a ‘miracle’. Do you use OCM once a day at night, and then splash with water in AM? Do you use any additional moisturizer?

        • Jessica says:

          I have very acne prone skin at the age of 27!!! I have tried every acne medicine out there only to see my acne get worse and my skin flaky! I am definitely going to try this. Do I need to moisturize my face after I cleanse with the oil? Or does the oil act as a moisturizer as well?

          Also, if my skin is combination acne prone, should I do this once a day or twice a day?

          Thank you for bringing this method to light!!

  2. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to try this! I love Cetaphil, but I could definitely use some more softness, especially as it gets colder. I will even hope it helps with the annoying little wrinkle I’ve developed between my eyes. If it does, you’ll be my new best friend…
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  3. Thank you! I’ve been using almond oil for a little while now and my girlfriends don’t believe me when I keep RAVING about how much better it is 🙂
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  4. Hi Tsh,

    I was just about out of my shampoo/conditioner and looking forward to trying the poo-free method. I think I’ll try this as well. Thanks for the post. Eine frage….I know you are in Germany, I’m in Austria. Where do you get Castor oil and what is it called?
    Thanks, Courtney
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    • Castor Oil is “Rizinusöl” in German and you can ask for it at any Apotheke.

      • I’ve just moved to Germany, I plugged tea tree oil into google translate, is Teebaumöl correct? Would I be able to find this at an Apotheke as well?

  5. I’ve heard so much about the OCM and to be honest it sounds terrifying. I’m a big ‘clean freak’ especially when it comes to my skin because I suffered from zits and the acne thing as a teen, and the memories are horrible. I’ll have to try this out sometime though because I have heard great things about it (and of course this post!) but perhaps I will start with different parts of the face before I dare do the whole thing! 😛

    Thanks for the great post, Tsh. I am liking these beauty-related posts (also the no shampoo one). 🙂

    • My friend first told me about the OCM and I too was skeptical. I’ve been suffering from breakouts in my twenties but one day I ran out of face wash and tried it! I could not be happier. I have also been doing a olive oil and baking soda scrub to exfoliate and I am more than pleased. I can stop raving about it and looking at my skin in the mirror! HUGE difference.

      • Anne Pinarelli says:

        I have used baking soda for years as a cleanser on my face and loved it. I also make my own body oil that is amazing. In my bottle I fill half with sunflower oil, then add 1/8 almond oil, 1/8 jojoba oil, 1/8 extra virgin olive oil. Then I add an smell good essential oil. After showering I completely dry off and use a dime size of oil, 1 for each leg, arm, and torso. Wellington Fragrance is a great web-site for all the oils. You can add their sea salt for a body scrub. They also carry nummy essential and fragrance oils. Love their Ed Hardy for women and Viva La Juicy. The prices are amazing. They also sell cool bottles to use or for gifts. Go there you will LOVE it. They also have men’s fragrances. My honey loves Ed Hardy and Tommy. ENJOY!

        • How much of the Essential Oil do you normally use? I love this idea for gifts this season! And Wellington Fragrance really is amazing. Thanks for the tips!

        • I want to try making some of this body oil and scrub. Is a half ounce from that wedsite enough to get started? I hate to order 8 oz if I dont’ like the smell. But I think I will like the two you mentioned above. Can I get the other oils, almond, sunflower etc locally do you think or will I need to order those as well? Thanks for the idea!

          • You can find the almond, sunflower, grapeseed, and several other oils at your local health food store. Some supermarket grocery stores even have them. As far as essential oils go, if you get better quality oils, they are more expensive, but you don’t have to use as much, and they are better for your body. There are several high quality brands, and everyone disagrees on who is best, so you can do your own research, but I personally use several that I like that I would be happy to share with anyone interested.
            Really excited to have found this blog.

          • I use witchhazel every morning and you can find it at Walmart or Dillons. I am a distributor for Livinity essential oils because I use them for everything and I get discounts now. I put a little grapeseed oil and a drop of tea tree on a cotton ball and swab my face with it. You can see the dirt and grime it picks up even after you just washed your face and leaves you with a cool tingly feeling.

        • How do you use the baking soda as a cleanser? Do you add anything to it? Thanks for your help!

      • Thanks guys for your tips. Gonna try that as soon as possible

      • Hello, I was wandering where I can get caster oil from and what brand I should use. I’ve been trying to look it up but keep getting labor inducing results and I don’t think it’s the same thing….

        • Any drug store.

        • Judy Sebesta says:

          its usually in the aisle with the laxatives or in the baby aisle

        • you should use cold pressed only. NOT the laxative type.

          • Is it okay to use the laxative type? I’ve looked everywhere for the cold pressed and couldn’t find it.

            First time trying it and I want to get it right to see what the effects are like.
            Thanks so much!

        • mariam mansour says:

          hi, you can also get it from Amazon, like i did,since health food store is a way far from my home,and better if it’s an Indian brand, because most castor oil factories and retailers are from India or Indian.

        • Jill Dawson says:

          It’s the same thing, believe it or not! It actually works GREAT to help labor along – worked for me!

          • Be so so careful taking castor oil to move labor along. it puts you at a higher risk of uterine rupture. Historically some used for home abortion, but it is even more dangerous if you haven’t naturally gone in to labor.

        • Lindielee says:

          I purchase my Castor oil from Swanson”s online carries pure organic Castor oil:
          You can put a little grapeseed oil and a drop of tea tree on a cotton ball and swab your face with it. You can see the dirt and grime it picks up even after you just washed your face and leaves you with a cool tingly feeling. I use this if my skin gets dry, on my face, my feet, my fingernails, and my daughters dry ends of her hair…… excellent results!!”

    • I’ve been using this method for about 5 months now and love it! Started my 13yr old son on it and it has made a BIG difference on his acne which is just terrible! When he stays with it we see a big clearing up of it.

      • Jay jay in Santa Fe says:

        I’m also interested in trying this out on my teenager. I thought I’d start with 2/3 castor and 1/3 evoo with a splash of tea tree. Interested to know what has worked for your son’s acne , though.

  6. I’ve tried this, but just couldn’t get it to work out for me…. (although I had very high hopes!)

    Maybe I should give it one more try. My skin is definitely on the “blah” side at the moment!

    I love the way you consolidate so much great info for your readers, Tsh. Thanks.

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    • I’m in the same boat… Love the idea, but maybe I just haven’t stuck with it long enough to see any difference. It’s hard to keep up with when you have an infant, but as I’m pregnant again and have horrible acne as a result, maybe I need to put in a little more effort!!

  7. I’ve been using oils as a natural moisturizer for years now and never thought to cleanse with them also. thanks for the tip!
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  8. I have been meaning to try this now that the cold, dry months are here. Over the summer I have been using a truly all natural soap and water and my skin has never looked better. Of course not wearing make up helps tremendously as well.

    I may try this now that the oily months are over :).
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  9. After having start the shampoo-free program after your suggestion I was longing for some more beauty natural tips! Thanks so much. I hope I’ll find the castor oil easily, for the olive one should not be a problem here in Italy 🙂
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  10. For those of you overseas, like me, you might want to try your neighborhood pharmacy or apothecary-type shop. I found it at a little hole-in-the-wall place where they sell herbs, essential oils, and spices by the kilo.

  11. I’ve been using this for about a month or two now, thanks to Megan at SortaCrunchy, and I love it! Skin is great–fewer breakouts and not so dry–and the budget loves it too! I was totally sold on Clinique 3-step system for years but those days are over …
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  12. I’ll have to give this a try. It would be nice not to spend all that money on cetaphil!
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  13. Wow! Just this morning I was thinking, “I hope Simple Mom posts about cleaning your face naturally soon… I need it!” Yay! Thank you for explaining this. I, too, have been using natural oils for moisturizing for awhile, but have just been trying to wash my face with hot water… and am running into problems. I’m so excited to try this. Not sure about where to find castor oil in in the States, though.

    Also, I’ve been using a commercial, perfume-y hair detangling spray on my kids’ hair, but I cringe at the long list of ingredients, including soybean oil, which I have issues with. Any thoughts on an easy, natural detangling spray for that bird’s nest effect my kids wake up with? 🙂 And any recommendations for how to prevent that, to begin with? Like a loose braid to sleep in?

    • Hi Sarah! I hear you can find castor oil in the… laxative section of any big box store’s health and beauty section. Enjoy. 🙂

      As far as detanglers go… Have you tried apple cider vinegar yet? That’s what I use on my daughter’s longish hair, and it works great. It just takes a tiny bit – I just have her tilt her head back, I pour some on the ends, and then rinse.

      But I am curious if other people have ideas…

      • For two months now I’ve been using only baking soda (as a shampoo) and apple cider (as a rins) for my hair. It works great. Before I had to use conditioners because I couldn’t brush my hair after washing. Now that problem is gone, as well as dandruf. I use apple cider as a face tonic. It amazing how fresh and food my skin looks.

      • Betsy Wilhelm says:

        I know this is a question from long ago but we use Moraccan oil on our 3 year old’s hair after a shower. We wash her hair with all natural bar soap (same we use on all our bodies) and then put a little oil in her hair after she gets out of the tub.
        Also, a question- just started using the OCM. My husband and I like it so far but we were wondering if we can make larger batches and just store in our bathroom cupboard?

    • Most drug stores and/or box stores seem to have little bottles in aisle with the witch hazel, rubbing alcohol and the like.

    • Rachel P. says:

      Hi Sarah, Here is a natural recipe for hair detangler…http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe/recipe.asp?recipe_id=90
      or you could try filling a spray bottle filled w/ water and two TBS of conditioner (any kind should work) and shake really well.

      • Thanks, Rachel! I’ll have to try this!

        • I haven’t tried this yet, but 2 of my dear mom friends say satin pillows prevent tangled birds nest hair in the morning. My daughter always wakes up with a tangled mess so I’m eager to try it.

          • I had a lot of breakage in my long hair and thought it was because of my coloring drying it out. Turned out to be the way I was sleeping, so now I use a satin pillowcase and put my hair in a pony tail or braid while I sleep and don’t have any problems.

    • A pharmacy should have the castor oil. May be in the section with laxatives.

    • Sarah,
      As children, my sister and I always slept with a braid, and never had issues with knots in our waist length hair.
      Without tying the hair at the top, just braid it from a low pony position, and just tie the end with whatever you’d like to keep it from undoing overnight.

      • That exactly what we do every night. If not, my daughter is not happy with herself, as she cries because she hurts herself brushing her hair and cries when I brush her hair as well, even after a detangler.
        For a detangler, we also use either apple cider vinegar or a few tablespoons in a spray bottle of water ( we usually use an empty kids detangler spray bottle).

    • Jojoba oil works great on hair. Maybe mix it with water in a squirt bottle. Be sure to give it a good shake every time you use it.

    • I came across vegetable glycerin which works wonders for my daughter’s curly hair. I just mix it with water and a few drops of peppermint oil and a little bit of argan oil in a small spray bottle. I shake the bottle then spray and the tangles practically fall out.

  14. I can’t wait to try this. Being a skin care junkie, I am always looking for something better, more natural, easier.
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  15. I never tried this before. Will do i from now on.
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  16. I am unfortunate enough to have moderate acne at 26 (being postpartum probably doesn’t help). I was trying coconut oil/tea tree oil for awhile (helped for awhile; eventually made it worse), and now I’ve been moisturizing with jojoba oil. I haven’t tried actually cleansing with oil though, so maybe I should give that a try. It’s very frustrating, and I’ve pretty much gone back to cleansing with a benzoyl peroxide wash 🙁

    On a side note, I’ve also heard that honey is an excellent natural cleanser, but the thought grosses me out a bit too much…
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    • Meghan,
      I just use olive oil to cleanse my face, and honey is a wonderful face mask. Don’t be scared to try it! It washes off really easily with a warm face washer 🙂

      • Don’t be afraid to try honey! I felt the same before I did it but now I use it regularly. First, I mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water and use that to scrub my face. After rinsing, I apply honey and leave it on for a minute or 2. It comes of really easily with warm water! I also like to mix oatmeal into it, and I have also mixed milk and olive oil into it before. I prefer honey + milk + oatmeal. My skin is so soft after using honey!

    • My understanding is that using things like peroxide will actually make your face oilier in response to being so dried out.

      • I stumbled across this sight and have totally enjoyed it. I wash my hair only every other week with Castile Soap and a Vinegar rinse and now I no longer have itchy/oily scalp issues. Yeah! But I’m trying the baking soda the next time I wash. Soooo excited!

        I had to comment on this particular post because I use to use peroxide on my face because my body is so sensitive to chemicals and even to natural things that I was frantic to find something that helped with my acne (I’m 35) and my body could handle.

        Unfortunately I ended up with a terrible rash that the derm doc said was simply a rash around the mouth that they don’t really know much about. They treat it with an ungodly amount of antibiotics, which my body doesn’t do well with, not to mention I had just found out I was pregnant.

        To say the least this rash was horrifying! It looked like an STD gone public and it was incredibly uncomfortable. After doing some of my own research I believe I caused my own problem by using peroxide on some of the most sensitive skin on my body. It killed off all of my good bacteria and probiotics and left a void that made it easy for bad bacteria such as yeast to take over. And let me tell you…they did! It took me 6 diligent months to get rid of it and I still have to be super careful!

        So please! Try this OCM method instead of the peroxide.

        • …maybe Rosacea…check into it…sometimes called adult acne…but it is tenacious, I describe mine as a completely RAW open wound, and NO you can’t go into public, people think your face is falling off…OH, it is!!

          Mine is stress related but I also have sensitive skin…sun makes it worse…I did the antibiotic routine for YEARS to control it, then decided it wasnt worth the GUT problem with yeast…it was so bad, I took an antibiotic everyday and Diflucan every week…and I didnt want to live like that!

          Also check into detoxing the liver, any skin problem is a sign the liver is being overworked. Mine is now nonexistent…but for a long time I was ever so careful on ANYTHING I put on my face. Now, when I see an outbreak, I can usually relate it back to an increased stress…and I use Milk Thistle which keeps it gone most of the time.

          However, there must be a gene link, because my daughter has it as well and she is just as careful putting anything on her face…but she’s ‘consented’ to try the OCM…a big decision as she is a teenage with acne and hardheaded and of course I don’t know ANYTHING!!

          • So you are using the OCM with rosacea? I am 29 & have a mild case of rosacea. I also have combination sensitive skin. The woman that I see occasionally for facials told me that the heat (steam) of the OCM was not good for rosacea. I have a very gentle/milky cleanser now & use coconut oil as a moisturizer. I have had issues with candida (yeast) and notice that when I have sweets that I break out. I have been interested in the OCM but worry that the steaming everyday will make my rosacea worse. What has your experience been?

        • Hi Lyn
          I was wondering how you got rid of this stupid muzzle rash?? I have this problem im 8 months pregnant and IM DYING!!!!! I cant go out i cant do anything my face is soo bad I want to cry and the drs wont do anything =(

          • The problem is not the skin but rather the inside, the gut and the liver. The rash is a symptom of your liver having too much toxins, such as processed foods,, chemicals, aspartame, pestcides and yeast from gut issues. To heal the skin, you need to detox your body. Milk thistle us a great liver detox and acidolphus is great to fight yeast. But putting more chemicals on the raw skin only makes it worse. I use ocm with coconut oil and alternate with honey. I dont use steam, just wash off with warm cloth. Any leftover oil just moisturizes the face. The honey is antibacterial so may actually help the rosacea heal as well. The open wounds can cause a secondary infection with staph. I haven’t had a breakout of any rosacea in years.

        • Kristen how did you get rid of the rash after 6 months im having the same issue at 8 months pregnant…. i cant take any antibiotics which i heard dont work anyways and im DYING…. as you know its soo hard and makes you self conscience =-((

          • Hi Michele! I am so sorry to hear you are struggling with this too. As if being pregnant isn’t enough you have a stupid, uncomfortable, ugly rash to go with it. First, let me say that I am convinced that my rash started before I was pregnant. I just didn’t get to the doctor till after I was pregnant, BUT I do think the hormones of pregnancy made it harder to fight this rash because it changed the pH of my system to one in which the yeast thrived. It has been pretty much not an issue since I had my baby in January. However, I did have it fairly under control by the end of my pregnancy. Unfortunately 🙁 it took a lot of hard work. So, If I can remember right, here is what I did…

            I know that my rash was yeast related. So I cut out all refined sugars and stuck to a very small amount of honey and stavia. This made a HUGE difference. I could literally feel my rash tingle within 10 mins of eating sugar. It was like the yeast was growing! I also cut back significantly on dairy products because they made it worse, too. Oh, and coffee (sorry, all the good things in life 🙁 )

            I also started to use the oil cleansing method for washing my face. I had to use straight olive oil as the castor oil dried my face too much. I have a naturally oily face so this was a surprise. The OCM has been the best method I’ve ever used to clean my face. I love it! I also tried some other crazy things like taking an acidophilis capsule breaking it open and patting it on my face to give it probiotics directly. I tried yogurt like this but it was uncomfortable and took longer and looked nasty. I’m lazy so I bypassed this and just used straight probiotics. I did it at night before bed and rinsed it off in my shower in the morning. I was worried about passing yeast onto my newborn so I put it on my nipples too as a prep for breastfeeding (I’ve had 2 other nursing babies and never had a thrush issue, but I was a little freaked out since I knew this rash was yeast and I’d been have vaginal yeast issues and bacteria issues as well. Which I didn’t have with my other 2 pregnancies. I had cleared up my vaginal issues fairly easily and was thrilled because my doctor wanted me to use antibiotics that are considered by some high risk for fetus and I was not thrilled about anitibiotics. I told my doc I was going to try some natural things and she was skeptical but it WORKED! So let me know if you have this issue too I can pass on the info. I will always fight yeast infections naturally now.) Back to the rash…the only other thing that I can think of that I tried was doing a toner type application of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. But I don’t think this helped as much as the OCM and the cutting out of sugar and dairy.

            Oh once last thing. I just discovered Baltic Amber Necklaces which work by changing your pH also. If I would have known about this when I was pregnant with a rash I would have tried it. I just bough some for my nursing/teething baby and myself at Hazelaid.com. You should check it out. They carry teething necklaces for babies that I have friends who swear by them and others claim they are the only thing that has ever cleared up their Eczema. You can google Baltic Amber teathing necklace.

            Best of luck to you!

          • All of you who are getting acne/rashes on your chin and around your mouth – try cutting sodium laurel sulphate/sodium laureth sulphate products. You’ll find it pretty much every washing product that foams – most body washes and soaps, toothpaste, shampoo. This stuff is basically a paintstripper and is horrible for your skin. When I was having this problem, a dermatologist recommended I cut out these products and it has really helped. Burts Bees make a lot of non-SLS products.

            I wash my face with Dove soap and warm water twice a day, but I’m thinking of trying the oil cleanse to see if my skin will perk up a bit!

    • Too much tea tree oil can cause your skin to break out…

    • Please do try honry. After you rince it off it never leaves any sticky residue. You can also mix the honey with something if that makes you feel better: ground oatmeal, baking soda(these both exfoliate) or a clay powder. I love using honey for all my facials!!!!

      • mariam mansour says:

        You can mixed honey with cinnamon and nutmeg powder,it’s very good for skin and it nourish it, also to get ride of acne scars and blackheads add few drops of lemon juice,it’s gonna burn bit, but if your skin is sensitive, take off the lemon and keep only the 3 elements.

  17. Awesome! Thanks for this post! I’ve been “washing” my face with just water and a washcloth lately, to keep away from the gunk in commercial cleansers. While my skin is way more clear than ever, it still gets the tight feeling after I was. I’m starting the OCM today!

    A while back, I decided to start ‘Poo-less hair cleansing, too. We just got back from vacation in Florida, so it’s prime time! I’m excited!

  18. Oh, one question. Is the Castor Oil a necessity? That is, would it work well with just EVOO? (Basically I’m cheap, and I have EVOO and don’t want to spend the money on Castor Oil if I don’t need to. Heehee.)

    • If you have naturally dry skin, it might work. But castor oil serves as the main carrier oil for getting out the gunk. Maybe try it with just EVOO, and pick up some castor oil the next time you’re at the store?

  19. I will have to give this a go. For years my mother used used-coffee-grounds as a facial scrub. Our family tends to have oily skin and this was a wonderful scrub plus natural moisturiser. These should not be powder like but a little bit course. Unfortunately I don’t drink coffe and am no longer married to someone who does so don’t have access to this product anymore.
    .-= cherrie´s last blog ..Thankyou Clutterpunk =-.

  20. I am LOVING these posts. I can’t wait to try this and the no-shampoo hair cleaning. Can’t wait to see what personal care product I can stop buying next!
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Thai Curry Paste =-.

  21. Yep! I am a long-time fan of OCM. I cannot imagine cleansing my face any other way now. As the air gets colder here, I am reminded of how sensitive skin is to the changes in the atmosphere. Although I can normally use a a 1:1 ratio of the EVOO and castor oil, as the air gets cold and dry, I move to the dry skin formulation you mentioned.

    It seriously is the best thing I have ever done for my face. And it’s like a little mini-spa treatment each night!

    Thanks for bringing more attention to this method, Tsh!

  22. I’ve been using OCM for about 2 1/2 weeks now. I really like it. The only difference is I was only using it about 3 times per week and using Arbonne cleanser on the off days. For some reason I thought I shouldn’t use the OCM every night. I’ll try it this week and be done with pre-packaged cleansers…finally. Thanks!
    .-= Stacie @ newmommyhelp.net´s last blog ..Let Him Be The Daddy =-.

  23. Definitely want to try this, especially since I’ve been doing the second part anyway–steaming my face with a hot washcloth and a few drops of essential oils–lavender and/or rose: http://savouringgrace.com/2009/08/17/how-do-i-love-lavender-let-me-count-the-links/
    .-= Myrrh´s last blog ..About the Tomatoes =-.

  24. What about the eye area? Is it OK to put it around your eyes. I’m just thinking of how I would remove the eye makeup. Thanks!

  25. i think i need to try this, i have been fighting acne for years, (i wonder if this would also work on my back?) and I’m 27. i gave up shampoo a while ago, at least a year if not two, and my hair hasn’t been better. i don’t even use the baking soda and the ACV b/c we have a gnat problem thanks to an apple tree in the back yard. i usually just get it wet when i need to, or wash it with my glycerin soap once in a while. all shampoo ever did was strip it and leave it dry and frizzy.
    .-= Tabatha´s last blog ..This is so cool… =-.

    • mariam mansour says:

      Hi , this is Ammazing!!!, can you plz write down the reciepe for free shampooing hair I’ll be so grateful to you,my hair is getting just worst, and I’ve tried all kinds, from expensive to cheap,organic to regular shampoo,but still my hair gone so bad with all conditioners and styling products,I really wish i could go back in time and correct all those mistakes, but too late for.That’s why Im trying to find a solution such as the no shampoo.

  26. Tsh, I love your blog… After the ‘poo-free post I started wondering if facial cleansers had the same effect, and I’m so glad you posted on this! I think I am going to try the OCM… not sure if I’m ready to give up my herbal essences shampoo yet though. I have two quick questions though: do the oils stain your washcloths/towels? and also, what are the best places to find the essential oils you mentioned?

    My husband told me that when he was in highschool and had bad acne, he used a raw egg wash and never had acne problems again after that. It sounds gross to me, but do you know anything about whether it is actually effective?

    • Back in high school, I read some teeny-bopper magazine that suggested using an egg white as a facial mask. I tried it and, ten years later, I still do it from time to time, whenever my complexion needs a lift. All I do is get an egg white, crack it into a mug, and use my fingers to spread it over my face. Let it dry for a while and then rinse it off. One time my husband saw me do it and thought I was nuts, but then I used it on a sunburn on him and it got rid of all the peeling gently. Anyway, I’m no authority and have no scientific reasons or explanations, but it’s worked for me, too.
      .-= Heather´s last blog ..Accept These Substitutions =-.

      • Ruth Kirchmann says:

        In days past I used to be a serious cyclist and spent long hours on my bicycle. As a result I suffered from very bad chaffing. I would take a egg white and beat it, so that it would get thick and stiff and apply it to the chaff and wrap it in a bandage. Honestly it would heal it instantaneously, because of the very high concentration of protein in egg white. Protein facilitates in the healing process of the skin.
        My mother is a mid-wife and in the old days when the toweling nappies were used on babies, they would give the baby a terrible rash. So the midwifes would apply beaten egg white to the babies bottoms. It sounds gross, but it isn’t gross at all, it is very soothing and does not have a eggy smell at all.

        Thanks for the awesome blog.

  27. Mother of Pearl says:

    I gave up using facial cleansers two years ago but I had never heard of using oil until now. I take an evening shower and just let the shower clean my face for me. No rubbing or scrubbing – I just face the water and let the water wash the dirt away. In the morning I don’t touch my face at all. I have much better balance in my skin – and I don’t get monthly hormone swing zits anymore. OCM sounds interesting, but I found that I don’t need anything at all.

  28. Hi Tsh,

    Great ideas and post. When I was little my mom would have us open up the hot dishwasher and steam our faces. Funny, uh?

    Hope you are doing well!

    .-= sandy´s last blog ..Neighborly Fig Love! =-.

  29. I have been using olive oil for a while now and it works wonders. I haven’t bought face cleanser in months. I haven’t used castor oil before, but will have to give it a try.
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Accountability =-.

  30. This is awesome! I’m definitely going to give it a try. I’m the opposite of most people – in high school, I hardly had any skin problems. But now, I don’t know what the heck is going on. It’s just, as you put it, blah. I’m almost out of my face wash (which was NOT worth the money, by the way) , so I’m going to head to the store and get me some castor oil. Thanks for sharing yet another frugal and natural alternative!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Accept These Substitutions =-.

  31. I’m definitely willing to try this too. I’ve been switching to extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer for face, lips and body. I use a scrub cleanser every day, though, and am worried about going without but would love to get rid of yet another unhealthy product and save the $. My husband, who has very oily skin, did try an oil for cleansing years ago, bought at a farmers’ market; I didn’t really “buy” it then but at the very least it didn’t make his skin worse.

  32. I was just getting ready to fork over the $$$ for my usual Dr. Perricone moisturizer and cleanser, but this makes so much more sense! Very excited to try it! We’re Italian, and my mom has been rubbing olive oil on her face at night for years. I thought it just came with the genetics, but it’s actually quite brilliant. love it!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Home Hair Repair that Isn’t. =-.

  33. I started this several months ago after reading about it on Big Mama’s blog. I love it! I enjoy the feeling more than my cleanser and do find that it keeps my skin clearer.
    Thanks for posting about this! I love your blog and appreciate your clean layout and look! Keep up the great work!
    .-= Kit´s last blog ..Multitude Monday =-.

  34. I’ve been on the OCM for 2 weeks now and LOVE it! I have extremely oily and acne-covered skin and this is the best remedy ever! However, I think your portions might be a bit off – castor oil is very strong and its drying effect is too – i think the maximum recommended combination is 20% castor oil to 80% evoo (or other oil) for all skin types. I would recommend the OCM to anyone – it really does moisturize your skin and leave it soft and glowing and NON-oily!
    .-= G.G.´s last blog ..Monsters & Robots & Spiders =-.

    • Glad you like it! I’m just going on what I’ve read elsewhere; I haven’t tried a 50/50 ratio personally. Maybe if someone has really oily skin, they can just try a tiny bit with this ratio and see how it works.

      • Baby Smith says:

        Hi! I have a question, I have jojoba oil, almond oil and castor oil on hand. I was wondering if I can use that. But I have no idea on how the ratio would be. I don’t know if I can mixjojoba oil and almond with castor oil together. Help please? Thank you.

    • where do you gey evoo olive oil.

  35. Another great at-home facial deal is equal parts plain yogurt and honey. Mix it together, spread it on a clean face, and it’s the best moisturizer out there. Not for cleaning, but definitely for softness… and breakfast.
    .-= My First Kitchen´s last blog ..Spicy Chicken with Polenta =-.

  36. I have been wanting to try this for a long time, but I can’t find castor oil anywhere! I live in the states and I have checked Kmart, Acme, and Whole Foods. I looked for it in cooking oil, digestive aids, and natural remedies. If someone can tell me where they got castor oil I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

  37. I’m intrigued by this post and your no-poo post. I’m wondering though, are you aware of any solutions for chemical-free bath soap/body wash? Thanks!

    • I use Dr. Bronners stuff, and I love it. In a few weeks, I’ll post a little roundup of all my beauty/grooming routines, and I’ll include links of stuff I use.

    • Lindielee says:

      I’ve been using Dr Bronners Baby Mild Scent free for many years. I buy it by the gallon and it lasts for years.

  38. I started this 2 days ago, and my face is amazingly softer and feels well moisturized but not greasy at all. I will definitely continue. I also started using the baking soda hair cleanser and vinegar conditioner, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I thought my hair would feel like straw not using real conditioner, but it feels great, even softer than it was. Thanks for the info!

  39. I used honey recently for the first time to clean my face after reading a post at http://www.strocel.com It was absolutely amazing! My pores felt tighter and my skin glowed! I highly recommend it.
    .-= Melodie´s last blog ..Can Potty Training Cause Weaning? =-.

  40. Wow. I have to say this goes against everything that I have ever believed about washing my face…. to try it would be very scary! Thanks for sharing your personal experience on this and the shampoo thing. It is great to be able to hear from someone who has actually done it!
    .-= Jessalyn´s last blog ..What is Modesty?-A Repost =-.

  41. I found castor oil at Bed, Bath & Beyond by their cutting boards… sounds strange, but if you have a wood/bamboo cutting board, castor oil is the preferred method of “cleaning” them to remove any bacteria that has gotten sucked down into the grains. Oh, the many ways to use castor oil! But DON’T try it to induce labor!!! Not safe to drink – and it doesn’t help anyway (old wives tale). 🙂

    • I used it to induce labor with my third child – when I was one week overdue. Within one hour of drinking 1 TBSP., I was in labor. Worked for me.

      • Castor Oil worked for me with both of my daughters. I was going to be induced by the doctor each time on a Monday morning. So I drank the castor oil mixed in a milk shake and within a few hours I was in full blown labor.

  42. Doh… meant that it’s not safe to drink when preggo… unless you NEED the laxative effects, but talk to your doc first.

  43. Yay! Great post!

    I discovered the OCM a little less than a month ago and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon! I have an oily T-zone and dry cheek areas and my whole face is *very* sensitive. I have (had!) moderate acne along my jawline and beside my eyes (under the arms of my glasses). I started by using a 1:3 castor:EVOO combo, but have switched to 3:1 castor:EVOO. I actually steam my face with the washcloth about 3 times when I “wash” nightly. I love it! My acne has cleared up with just an occasional red spot. My skin is more balanced – it feels great. My blackheads are disappearing. I’m so glad I gave this a shot!
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..You Can Do Anything =-.

    • Jennifer says:

      i LOVE that you guys with adult acne have found this to work well. I stopped taking birth control pills a few years ago and at first had BAD acne. now it has calmed down some (in other words my hormones balanced out some) but i still get some acne around my jawline (I have heard that around the jawline is indicative of hormonal acne.) I just started using OCM 1 night ago. I have no complaints so far and if it clears up my skin i will be forever grateful.
      My one question is do i need to change part of the routine in order to take foundation, blush etc. off first? Or just stay the same with routine and let the castor oil draw out and let the steam wash off?

    • This is so encouraging to read. I too have adult acne on my lower cheeks and along my jaw line. It’s much worse than it ever was as a teen and I’ve been despairing of finding a solution that doesn’t require embarrassing visits to the dermatologist where I’ll be given all sorts of prescriptions I don’t want and therefore won’t take. It’s so good to see that it has worked for women like me – I am nervous, but starting to become convinced enough to try.

  44. I started this a few weeks ago after some link travelling via your Shampoo Free post.

    The Oil Cleansing Method website suggests using these ratios:
    Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
    Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
    Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

    I’m using the Oily skin blend right now, but if you’ve read of people having success using even more castor oil, I’d love to experiment with that for even more ‘cleansing’ effect.
    .-= Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody´s last blog ..Autumn Organization =-.

  45. I’ve been struggling with my skin since I was a teenager (I’ll be 30 this year) and I have to tell you that this cleansing method is great! I’ve been to all sorts of clinics, dermatologists, mom’s advice… you name it, I’ve done it all… so last night I gave a shot to this cleansing method. OMG! It really works! My skin looks great and I didn’t need any tonic-cleansing foam-moisturizer-pressed powder gunk I’ve used for years and years, it’s amazing how soft and not shiny my skin feels. I have a concern: My skin is very sensitive tu sunlight, so, how should I proceed? Do I clean my face with oil and then put on sunscreen lotion? I’m just afraid of “frying” my face.

    Today I’m going to buy some baking soda so I can get rid of shampoo 🙂

    Thank you for this great post

  46. I agree.. EVOO is my best friend. I live in Colorado where is so dry in Winter. I use EVOO as cleanser and also a moisturizer.

  47. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve never tried this approach to cleansing my face. I’ve used natural soaps, but never oils. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!
    .-= RobbieLee at Chickiedee´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  48. I’m so glad people are talking about this! I’ve been using EVOO exclusively to cleanse my face (sometimes with a little castor oil in the summer) for almost 2 years and I LOVE it! One of the best pieces of advice I got about it sounds odd, but I think it has been a secret weapon in keeping my skin from feeling tight: after rinsing with the washcloth, when your hands are still warm and clean, press them to your entire face and hold them there for about 30 seconds. Cover your whole face that way. I don’t know why this works, but it does. I believe it has something to do with restoring the PH balance to your skin by applying your own skin to it. In any case, it works wonders. 🙂

  49. I’m so curios…
    I’ll try this formula a. s. a. I’ll arrive at home….
    I’ll let you know how it works on me!
    Thanks for your intersting suggestions!

    .-= Trittoli´s last blog ..Piedi nudi ancora per un po’ =-.

  50. I too have found that after having babies, and now in my 30s my skin doesn’t have the visible vibrancy it once had…I’ll have to try this. It sounds so fresh and natural. Thanks for the tips.

  51. After reading this blog post, I went out and bought castor oil and EVO, mixed up a little batch, and used it for the first time last night. And so far, I loved it! Made me stop and think about the billions and billions of dollars spent on facial products each year, and here’s an easy, cheap natural fix. Thanks so much for sharing!

  52. just found Castor Oil at Walgreens, yay!
    .-= Beth Young´s last blog ..Jake is 4 months old 🙂 =-.

  53. So interesting! I’m on day 2 of this method and have decided to try it for a week. So far, so good! I was just curious about a couple of things…would it mess up the balance to put some kind of essential oil in the mix? I’m already missing the fresh, clean scent of soap. Also, I wondered about sunscreen. I have never used a separate sunscreen because it is in my moisturizer. So far I am still using a bit of lotion, but since you said you rarely use it now, I wondered if you have a sunscreen you could suggest.

    • I know this is a late reply, but zinc oxide is a geeat sunscreen. Check out bare minerals. I am pretty sure all of their products have an spf factor b/c of the zinc. If you don’t normally wear makeup you could try just the translucent mineral veil.

  54. If anyone has used it before, do you know if it would be a good cleanser for people with cystic acne? My brother has been struggling with it for a couple of years (he was on Accutane for a while), and I was considering creating a mix for him for his stocking.
    I wouldn’t want to make it worse though. Any insights would be helpful.
    .-= Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody´s last blog ..Autumn Organization =-.

    • I have also struggled with acne and was on accutane for awhile a number of years ago. I read so many positive things about the OCM online, even from people who suffered from acne, and so I was so excited to try it. It was clearing my face slowly for about 3 weeks to a month and then all of a sudden it broke out worse than I have ever broken out before! I was so disappointed. I am really trying to get all my cleaning and personal care regimens natural, it was very sad. So ended up using the method from acne.org. It is slow going but really working (and actually their method suggests using jojoba oil as a moisturizer but using benzoyl peroxide as a treatment. I would have them check out their website, very informative!). I hate to be so negative about OCM because I know that it has done wonders for people and even cleared up some people’s acne but just thought I would let you know to take care with your brother’s situation. Maybe after childbearing and menopause my hormones will change in a way that I will be able to use OCM because when it was working I loved how it made my skin feel!

      • I’ve been clued in to OCM for quite a while now and most of what I have seen says that it is quite common for your skin to get worse and then gradually start to get better. What is going on is that the castor oil is going deep to get every thing out of your pores that normal cleansers leave behind. Since this obviously doesn’t happen over night, it may take a while for it to show up.

        I stopped using the OCM early last year because of a career move (was selling skin care products !? which I don’t anymore) and had to get to know their cleansers. While they are great, I still break out. After the “adjustment phase” on OCM, I had the best skin ever. I’m chomping at the bit to get back on it.

        Good luck! Hang in here.

  55. I’ve been trying this since you posted on Monday, using straight EVOO since that’s what we have around the house. Is it wrong that it makes me crave pizza? Oh, the smell of warm olive oil!

  56. I am SO curious to try this!
    .-= Marie | green your apartment´s last blog ..Wash Your Face – with Oil? =-.

  57. Coming out of lirkville to comment…I have been trying the OCM for a little over two months now (after finding out about it on Sorta Crunchy) and have done my best to stick with it even when I haven’t seen a change in my skin. I have had very acne prone skin since I was in middle school and it is worse now then it has ever been before. I have not given up on OCM but I am discouraged because I have not gotten the results that I was anticipating after reading the great results that others with similar skin have achieved. If anyone has had a similar experience and has been able to remedy it, I would love to hear from you. I’m getting quite discouraged and almost hate to look in a mirror anymore. I look forward to the day when I can say OCM, a wonderfully natural approach, has helped clear my skin. (I should also mention that I am also on antibiotics for the acne problem and have started cleaning with a face wash with salycilic (sp?) acid but still use essential oils (mainly tea tree and eucalyptus) after cleansing.)

    • I also have acne prone skin and had the same results as you, so disappointing!! I have started using the method from acne.org (and they actually recommend using jojoba oil as a moisturizer but use benzoyl peroxide as a treatment) . It has been slow going but I am finally after about 3 weeks beginning to really clear up. I feel like the guy in charge of the website, and who formulates the treatments tries hard to put the least harmful ingredients in his products as possible. You might check out the site. It has a lot of great info. no matter if you decide to use his products or over the counter products. He lists over the counter products that work just as well as his own if you don’t want to get his stuff. Good luck!

      • I started the acne.org regimen too! I finally had to stop the OCM because it just wasn’t doing anything. I made an honest attempt (3 months) and, if it WAS doing anything, it was making it worse. I have been doing the acne.org regimen for about 4 weeks now and am noticing improvement little by little. I still use the jojoba oil combined with my lotion and I use all over the counter products right now. I haven’t bought any of the acne.org guy’s stuff yet but I eventually will because his products are so much cheaper overall. I’m glad to hear that you are having success with the regimen too!

    • Michelle says:

      Nichole–I had major problems with my skin when I hit 21 (I am now 45) and for about 10 years I went to skin doctors and regular doctors and spent about a gazillion dollars. I started treating my skin very gently and found that I’m allergic to salicylic acid! The bad thing about that is that it’s in everything. Do a little research to find out the different names. I also have a problem with tea tree and eucalyptus. Sometimes they are just too strong. I have just started the oil method and am loving it. Now that I’m in my 40s my skin has never looked better. Be very guarded about what you put on your face as the acne medications and washes usually dry out your skin and then your skin has to make more oil to compensate. Treat your skin very gently and see if that doesn’t help.

  58. I tried it and it like it. I suddenly thought this is an old method, the ancient romans used it. They would rub themselves all over with oil (presumably olive oil) scented with lavender and then it would be rubbed and scraped off. Then they would soak in a bath of hot water. And they would have a massage in there somewhere. They must have had very soft skin all over.

  59. Suprisingly Awesome! I was worried it wouldn’t take my eye makeup off well. But it did better than my normal cleanser with less scrubbing! Which has got to be better for my face. It feels so SOFT!!

    • Would you please let me know what proportions you used to remove eye makeup? I’m considering wearing makeup daily for work… but need to be able to get the gunk off at the end of the day. The eye makeup remover that I bought is drying out my skin big time. Thanks!

      • I know this is an older question, but you can literally just dab a cotton a ball with olive oil (or oil of your choice) and remove your eye make up as you normally do. Very simple, no measurements needed. Hope this helps!

  60. Wow! I just tried the OCM, and my face feels amazing! I can definitely feel the difference, and I think my complexion looks better. Now I just need to locate a lavender oil or something to make it smell even better!

  61. I live in Sicily (for ten more days) and I have a local friend that makes olive oil bar soap and I love it! Here is her website because I (for one) am too lazy to make my own. She also sells olive oil and homemade sundried tomatoes. I’m not making any money from this… just wanted to share!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..ROMA! =-.

  62. I just started doing this after finding this post and so far I love it! Also going ‘poo free, too, and so far so good. 🙂

  63. Hi! We loved your post over at KiwiLog and decided to feature it as part of our weekly mom blog round-up. Thanks!
    .-= KiwiLog´s last blog ..Mom Blog Round-Up: October 19th =-.

  64. I have been doing this for about a week now and all I can say is WOW. I am 48 and have the skin of a teenager – breaking out once a month and always, always have struggled with blackheads on my nose. I also break out along my jawline line your previous poster mentioned.

    Since I have started using the EVOO and castor oil, I cannot believe how great my skin looks. I haven’t needed to use any moisturizer and my nose is almost totally clear. All these years going for facials and it only took two natural ingredients to finally clear up my nose.

    Thanks for posting this – I am eternally grateful.


  65. I have tried every product for my problem skin and nothing was working. Just this week I started using calendula oil and I can’t believe how well it works. My base oil is almond and I really just love it and oh so simple! I will try blending with castor oil soon. Thank you!
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  66. I tried the OCM last night for the first time and LOVE IT!!! I have been poo-free for a month now and am extremely happy with the results. So next my next step is to get rid of my body lotion…….any suggestions, EVOO maybe?

    • Very old comment, but something that works wonderfully in using oils to moisturize all over you body, is to wet your hands and then take a few drops of your oil and rub your hands together briskly to emulsify the water and oil, and then apply it firmly but gently to your skin. The water helps your skin to absorb the oils better, so there is no oily residue. I use this when moisturizing my face after OCM and also on my legs after a shave. For my face, I use 2 drops of grapeseed oil in the morning and 6 drops at night.

  67. This is great! I can’t wait to try it at home. I always struggle with appropriate moisture, so I could really use this.

  68. I have been using the OCM for almost a month now. I like how my skin feels, although I don’t have the “wow” glowy sking. I want to keep experimenting with my oil ratio. But, I was wondering about cleaning your wash clothes. Mine smell like EVOO after I wash them. Any suggestions?

  69. I must admit that I am a bit surprised but I really like the results of the castor oil and EVOO. I’m even more surprised by how soft and wonderful my hair is after going ‘poo free. So now wise one, I must ask you – what can I use to replace body wash in the shower, my body lotion (of which I am an addict), and a treatment for dry winter feet? Thanks for simplifying our lives!
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    • I keep hearing that coconut oil is amazing as a body moisturizer… going to try it this weeekend.

      • alexask says:

        yes, i love coconut oil. for some reason i like it better than using olive oil on my skin as a moisturizer.

  70. This sounds heavenly!!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
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  71. I just wanted to say thanks…I love your site. It’s great reading…concise and informational. I love that you are the same amount of green as I am. Enough to make a difference, but not insane. The no shampoo method is really working out for me. My hair is your length and I love the new found body that my hair has! Just washed it for the first time in 5 weeks (before my cut) and I didn’t like it! My hair was flat (the softness was nice though) and wouldn’t hold style at all.

    I really hope the oil cleansing method works too! I am on day two and I already love how my skin feels. I am fearing a breakout though!

  72. I’m going to begin this oil method, as soon as I get the Caster oil.

    Any advice for forehead wrinkles and commas between the eyebrows. The dermotologist is recommending botox, but I’d like a more natural option.

    I really appreciate these articles. I’ve enjoyed going poo-free.

  73. Since I have fairly “normal” skin throughout the year I thought I would just try the EVOO. I am amazed – truly. I can’t say my skin feels “tighter” or that my pores have decreased in size (yet – it’s been 1 week), but my skin is silky soft, no breakouts and it’s CLEAN, something I truly didn’t expect could happen without using soap. Though I don’t technically need a moisturizer during the day, I do like having protection from the sun, so I now use a generic moisturizer that contains SPF & I’m good to go in the mornings! Thx for such an easy & wonderful alternative!

    • Vicki: Virgin coconut oil is a natural SPF and is good for both your skin and your insides. You might like to put something on your skin that you could also ingest, as your pores are windows to your innards.

  74. I’ve been using OCM for a week now. I’m really loving how my skin is improving. I’m finding that EVOO is a little too heavy for. So I’ve been using Grapeseed oil (that’s what was in the cupboard). I would like to try almond or coconut oil. I have had acne since age 11. I’m african american with combo skin. I only recently learned my skin was also sensitive. I’m so happy to be seeing results so quickly. I just pray it lasts. My goal is to enter 2010 with clear, glowing skin! Wish me luck.

  75. I wanted to comment on this, because I know several have asked about using this on acne-prone skin. I am 29 and have struggled with acne since my late teens. I have to say, while the OCM DID make my skin feel amazingly soft, about a week after switching my face broke out worse than I have had happen in years! I wanted SO much to love this alternative to harsh soaps with BP or Salicylic acid, but my face hurt too much. I had to switch back to the old stuff (Skin ID). I plan on trying this again, if I get pregnant again, so I can be chemical free. I hope that the breakout was just my skin getting used to the switch, we’ll see in the future, but for now, I wouldn’t recommend this for people with moderate to severe acne combined with sensitive skin.
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  76. I also want to note that you can use honey and water to wash your face if you have sensitive skin.

    I think EVOO would be too heavy for me, but almond or coconut oil would work, so I’ll give those a shot, mixing it in with honey 🙂

    Right now, my routine has just been to wash my face with water. I don’t wear makeup, so the warm water splashed on, and dabbed off is more than enough to cleanse my face
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  77. I have PCOS so my skin is extremely oily and prone to break outs, especially along the jaw line.
    I am going to try this for sure!

  78. Thanks so much for this post!! I just started using a 50/50 mix of castor oil and EVOO – with a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in. After only 3 days – my skin is soft (normally it is so dry during the winter months). Daily moisturizers didn’t come close to making my skin this soft!

  79. OK, this is another good one. I used castor oil as a moisturizer recently and was surprised by how un-greasy it was on my face. It also has been recently that I realized that my normal skin only needed to be washed once a day. At least at this time of year. I am having fun reading all of your green health and beauty tips!
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  80. I tried this method several years ago and it completely destroyed my already acne-prone skin – I’ve never had worse skin in my entire life. I ended up with nearly every single pore being clogged and it took months before it cleared again. I tried using several different combos of oils and stuck with it for 3 months, but in the end it was a total disaster. Nice idea in theory, but I don’t think I’ll ever try it again 🙁
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  81. I have had several “non-poo” friends with uber curly hair who use only conditioner.. their hair is de-frizzed and gorgeous. I will have to let them on about the hair treatments!!

    I am really excited to try out this OCM face washing method: I constantly cringe at what I’m putting on my face to maintain ‘ok’ skin. It is very sensitive and when it comes to foundation I can only wear phacician’s formula or mineral wear! So this makes perfect sense to me.

    Question though: I am very fair and practically live in face moisturizer year round, so how do you replace that / do you have a good spf to recommend?

  82. I’ve been using this method for a few months now and have loved it UNTILL…maybe month 2 or so my forehead has a breakout in small subtle pimples! Even as a teen I never had acne or breakout problems…just dry skin…so this is throwing me off big time! I dont know whether to pin point the problem on the night time oil routine OR the small amt. of coconut oil I use in the AM. A friend warned against coconut oil (said it causes breakouts) but then I heard thats a myth? Anyone use anything thing else in the AM?

  83. I gave this a good shot for 3 weeks. I was encouraged by how nice my skin looked, at first. However, after 3 wks, i started getting ALOT of little tiny bumps and 2 bigger ones on my forehead. And so I stopped the OCM, disappointed. Everyone is different, I know. It has been almost 2 weeks since i stopped and those bumps are still there. Odd! I wish these little bumps would go away!

  84. And, by the way, I was using a 50/50 blend of castor oil and organic EVOO…

  85. Rachel P. says:

    Dee, I found a 90/10 blend of grapeseed oil and castor oil worked much better for me than the olive oil, which was way too thick for my skin. The castor oil at a 50% concentration could be very drying, depending on your skin type, at that concentration. But, I have dry skin.

  86. Hi there, I’m wondering how long this keeps? do you have to make up a batch every day or every week?

  87. I’ve been using sunflower oil as a moisturizer for months and I was excited when I read about OCM. I started using it two weeks ago. Loved the way my skin felt. About 5 days into it, my entire face broke out into a red, itchy, bumpy rash. Pretty gross. It’s now been about five days and I’m still dealing with this reaction. I can’t find anything from anyone else w/ this experience. Wondering if you have? My skin loves the sunflower oil so I’m wondering if I my skin can’t deal w/ the castor oil? Help!

    • It is probably the castor oil making you break out. I tried the OCM method and it ruined my skin. So sad because I wanted to be free of chemicals. My forehead was clear when I started and within a week or so I seriously had about 30 pimples there! Months later I still have tiny bumps there. I continued for about a month by which time around my chin on both sides also was breaking out terribly. I then decided to stop this cleansing method. It’s several months later now and I am still dealing with whiteheads coming to the surface pretty constantly which were not there before. I have very acne prone skin when not on the contraceptive pill so it may be best not to try this method if you have that kind of skin. Also the worst breaking out started after uping the castor oil to 50% of the oil mix. May well be fine with just a few drops of castor oil but I’m too scared to try it! Having said all this I am pleased it has worked so well for many other people 🙂

  88. Solange says:

    Years ago my grandmother told me to put vaseline on my face when I had a pimple. I said the oil would make it worse and she said no that the pimples were’nt caused by oil. I tried it and the pimple whent away.

  89. Kimberly says:

    I will definitely be trying this method of cleansing my face. I can no longer use the acne washes and medicines since I am pregnant with my third child. I at least know this won’t hurt my baby.

  90. Kimberly-

    I hope this works for you. But I just want to caution you, I have always had problems controlling my moderate acne. I was so excited about OCM but after using if for about 3 weeks my face broke out so badly!! It was worse than it has ever been in my life and I got acne in places I never had before. It is has been 4 months and I am still trying to get rid of it. I have been using Benzoyl Peroxide to get rid of it and it has taken forever and I think I am close to having it be gone but I still have a lot of red marks that need to heal because the acne was so bad.

    Now I will say that I tried the regimen on acne.org and they recommend using Jojoba oil to combat the extremely dry skin that accompanies the medication use and I have been using that with great success. So maybe if you combine the castor oil with jojoba oil it would work better. I used olive oil with the castor oil and I guess it just wasn’t right for my skin.

    I hope you find something that works for you!

  91. I am going to start this tonight! I am ALL about simplifying my life and teaching my children the harms of chemicals…do things naturally… I can’t wait to give this a week and see how my skin feels!

  92. Just wanted to chime in as the comments continue to pour in on this post months later… Result are different for everyone. I know several of you have commented in order to “warn” people, but in assuming most readers here are mature adults, simply keep in mind that you may need to tweak the OCM method for awhile to find what works for you.

    If you find negative results, such as a breakout, simply tweak the ratio of oils, or try a different oil, especially if you really want this to work. Don’t just give up after one go.

    Using olive oil had been working well for me, but so many people had been mentioning that grapeseed oil was working well for them, so I decided to give it a go. Well, it didn’t take long for me to get little white bumps all over my face. So, I switched back to olive oil. It cleared up immediately.

    So be patient… You’ll find the combo that works for your skin! 🙂

  93. what would you recomend for dry cracking feet? I have tried soaking my feet in water and gently scraping the dead skin away and useing vasoline care on them at night. My Mom has this problem but her feet crack so bad that they bleed and crack clear to the inner meat. Do you have any ideas you could share? Also I’m going to try the oils on my oldest son’s achne and your advice on hair loss and scalp treatments. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • To alleviate the symptom wash and dry feet, slather on lots and lots of food grade oil (not vasoline which is petroleum based and may eventually dry skin out more) then put on clean dry white socks – not dyed socks. Don’t scrape the dead skin if the cracks are deep. Add a small drop or two of antiseptic essential oils like tea tree or lavender if infection is a possibility (please be careful, this can sting – don’t use if skin is very raw). Do this once or twice a day until feet feel better and skin heals.

      However, please remember that this is a symptom. To get rid of the cause make sure you are staying well hydrated (good o’l H2O), eating well – including fiber and probiotics, and getting plenty of rest and some exercise. I also include a good quality multivitamin because I’m not always consistent about eating enough veggies, fruits and whole grains.

      This runs in my family too and it hurts like heck! I’ve been doing well enough lately to cut back on the pedicure routine. Consistency counts for getting rid of this. Good luck!

    • Lindielee says:

      Hey Don, you have an old post so I’m not sure you’ll get this but it might help someone else.
      Soaking feet in pure Apple Cider Vinegar melts away callouses and is a natural disinfectant. Pour the Vinegar in a foot bath container (one with a lid for reusing the vinegar until it gets too gunked up with dead skin to use again) soak for 20 minutes or so, rinse and be on with your day. It’s truly the only thing I have found that is chemical and scent free, unprocessed and gentle on my skin. If there are problems with warts or athletes foot Apple Cider vinegar wipes it out totally.

  94. Very interesting…I’m going to try it 🙂
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  95. I recently developed an allergic reaction to antibacterial soap. In general eating the right foods such as oily fish and other vitamins from fresh vegetables works well. Also skin is damaged by smoking and excess exposure to strong UV light from the sun.

  96. I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar for a year now and using Dr. Bronner’s as body wash but my face wash is the last thing I still buy “commercially” as it were. Thanks for the post, I’d been looking for an easy alternative, I’ll have to start trying this out tomorrow! <3

  97. I’ve been using the OCM for a few weeks now. I loved it at first, but the past few days I’ve had really bad breakouts. I was just wondering if this is normal and will pass. I really don’t want to go back to Pro-Activ! Am I doing something wrong or is it a possibility that this won’t work for me after all? I’ve tried the olive oil and castor together in different ratios.. not sure what to do.

    • You might try the castor oil with jojoba oil instead of olive oil. I have really bad acne but have used jojoba oil to help moisturize my skin and it does not cause me to break out. I have found it pretty cheaply at acne.org. Good luck!

  98. I’ve read that all oils draw PCB’s and other toxins from plastic, so I wouldn’t put my oils in plastic, or buy them in plastic either. I would keep them in dark glass. Pour a bit into your hand, wiping the edge of the glass onto your hand to stop any drips to keep the glass from getting slippery.

    Also, I don’t bother steaming my face. Castor oil, from the study I’ve done, has “drawing” or absorptive properties by itself, so it’s easier to just rub your mixture of oils on your face, then remove with a really hot, wet towel. Quick and easy. Even better is to rub it on, wash your hands, then go turn down the bed or finish the dishes before washing it off…..all the better to absorb your dirt, grime and nastiness. You could also put it on first thing in the morning, go make your coffee, lay out your clothes, then jump in the shower. The point is to let it sit a while on your face before wiping off. I see no problem with doing it twice a day as long as you are rinsing/wiping it off well with a hot towel.

    When I first tried this, the whiteheads on either side of my nostrils, around my nose, and under my eyes disappeared after the first washing! I’m 47 and have always had some large pores with resulting white or blackheads. Gone in 60 seconds, to coin a phrase.

    And if you’re thinking it might be too oily for you: No. I even have to apply more oil after wiping the mixture off my face. Otherwise it’s a little too dry. My skin has even been known to crack a little AFTER cleansing with the oil method, due to my estrogen and peri-menopause status! so that’s why I must add a tiny smidge of oil and water to my face once I’ve wiped off the cleansing oil. A teenager could just wipe it off with a hot towel and be done. In theory, without the stripping that is done by soaps, a teenager should have less oil production after washing this way.
    Wish someone had told me about this a few decades ago.

  99. http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/
    A wonderful website where you can purchase top quality (seriously!) essential oils for wholesale price. I’m not a representative of the place, I swear, just a really happy customer. The oils are imported from all over the world and shipped from Canada. They’ll sell them in small quantities (like 1/6 of an ounce) which is great for those who just want to try it out. I’m telling you, depending on the oil, some of them are less than $5. The oils have changed my skin and hair so dramatically. Worth a look!

  100. I’ve been using the OCM for a while now. I use my own blend, and it took some time and experimentation to work it out.
    1 cup coconut oil
    1 cup jojoba oil
    15 drops neroli oil
    5 drops lavender
    2 drops tea tree oil

    I have always had an oily T-zone, but wit really dry, flakey patches on my forehead. This mix seems to work best for me.

    • I’ve tried your method, it works awesome!

      Thank you, Grace.

    • I use a similar blend – coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and eucalyptus…. It works just as well as the extremely overpriced Eve Lom cleanser I was using before.

      • RacheL H. says:

        Yay! Someone just mentioned COCONUT OIL! 🙂 I kept my eyes peeled for it in the article and scrolled though many comments till… at last! [I hadn’t heard much of this OCM before, but now I want to try it.] Recently, I learned that because of the chemical structure of coconut oil your skin/hair can absorb and utilize it better than any other oil. So… personally, I think I’ll try a OCM mix of castor, olive, and coconut oils with [maybe] a drop of EO for fragrance.

        • Yes! I was doing the same thing! I was waiting to read about coconut oil. Have you tried it yet? I definitely want to give this a try. What if you did just coconut and olive oil? I down have castor, but I can always go run out and get? Is it in cooking isle like the others?

    • what can I use in place of the neroli oil? I have rosehip oil will that work?