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

My adult skin has been pretty problem-free (take hope, 15-year-old self…). It’s not too dry, not too oily, and I’ve been pretty content with uneventful skin issues. But when I hit my early thirties, my skin started becoming… blah.

Kinda dull. Losing its vibrancy. A little cloudy. It also became dry and tight after washing, and moisturizing wasn’t helping much.

I wasn’t really concerned about it, until I read about a face cleansing method I’d never tried. I had been going shampoo-free for a few weeks, so I was eager to try this out, too, since it uses no harsh soaps or manmade chemicals.

What did I have to lose, I figured? I’ll try it out, and if I don’t like it, I’ll go back to my tried-and-true method.

Almost a decade later, I’ll never go back. My skin is staring at my forties, just over the horizon, saying, Come at me, bro.

I’ll explain how it works.

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The Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)

It sounds weird to clean your face with an oil, especially if you have oily skin. But oil actually doesn’t cause oily skin or acne. That culprit is usually a combination of hormones, trapped bacteria, and dirt.

Like your hair, the sebum your 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.

But 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’s dry, it’s because all the oil has been stripped away, and your body doesn’t compensate by replenishing it (which was my case).

Here’s a direct quote from

“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that like dissolves like. The best way to dissolve 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.”

Good-quality oil is the perfect substance for cleaning sensitive skin (like on our face) because it removes dirty oil and replaces it with good, nourishing, healing oil.

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Here’s how to get started.

1. Make your cleaner

Mix your oils together in a small bottle, give it a little shake, and you’ve got yourself a homemade, frugal facial cleanser. The most common blend of oils for OCM is castor oil + extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). Castor oil draws out dirt and other gunk from your pores, and EVOO is a fantastic moisturizer, helping heal and nourish your skin.

• For normal skin, start experimenting with a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and EVOO.

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

• For drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO.

Almost a decade later, I now just use straight EVOO—no castor oil at all. It works great for me.

Experiment, and find what ratio works for you. Start with a little, and then try your mix for a few days.

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—you’ll want to apply it dry.

Work the oil into your skin for about a minute, and enjoy the massage. Don’t scrub; just rub.

3. Steam your face

Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and rest it over your face for a few seconds. This steams your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. Enjoy the nearly-free facial.

4. Wipe off the oil

Rinse and wring the washcloth, then gently wipe off the oil. Done.

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Photo by Macarena Alejandra

A few thoughts:

• 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 any store-bought makeup remover I’ve tried. Cheaper, too.

• You 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, then moisturize with Moroccan argan oil.

Other oils

Castor oil and EVOO are carrier oils and work well, but other people love their OCM with jojoba, grape seed, and flaxseed oils, especially if their skin is 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, you can use 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 it’s great for clearing up acne. Try a few drops into your OCM mixture. Only use a few drops; a little goes a long way.

Years later, and I’m still a massive fan of OCM for my face. It’s great for travel, too! (Olive oil is everywhere.)

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  1. Samantha @ Mama Notes

    Those are great ideas! I need to try this… thanks!
    .-= Samantha @ Mama Notes´s last blog ..Game Day =-.

    • mariam mansour

      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.

      • Karis

        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

          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

        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 – great stuff!

        • swissmiss

          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??

    • Kalynda

      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!

      • Susie

        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

          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. Angela Mills

    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…
    .-= Angela Mills´s last blog ..A Family Giving Project =-.

  3. Ellie

    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 🙂
    .-= Ellie´s last blog ..She works hard… =-.

    • Crissy

      say I mixed the castor with the EVOO, do you have an idea of how much almond oil should be thrown into the mix too?

      • faith

        i’d substitute the olive oil for the almond….not use both!

  4. Courtney

    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
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Fair fun, sewing, hiking, cruising and…F**king =-.

    • kumiko

      Castor Oil is “Rizinusöl” in German and you can ask for it at any Apotheke.

      • Laura

        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. Renee | Beauty Fool

    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). 🙂

    • janna

      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

        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!

        • Heather

          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!

        • cher

          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!

          • Sarah

            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.

          • Angel

            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.

        • Holly

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

      • princess

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

      • Katelyn

        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….

        • kay

          Any drug store.

          • Katelyn

            Thanks. That was SO helpful.

        • Judy Sebesta

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

          • Katelyn

            Thank you 🙂

        • Terri

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

          • ML

            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

          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

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

          • Anna

            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

          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!!”

    • Katie

      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

        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. steadymom

    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.

    .-= steadymom´s last blog ..3 Great Ways to Spend More Money =-.

    • Rachel

      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. Leah

    I’ve been using oils as a natural moisturizer for years now and never thought to cleanse with them also. thanks for the tip!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Side Table Makeover =-.

  8. Shannon

    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 :).
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Food Roots, October 8th: where does your food come from? =-.

  9. Silvia

    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 🙂
    .-= Silvia´s last blog ..Wall organizer – Tutorial =-.

  10. Tsh

    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.

    • Pattie

      What can I use in place of the Castor oil?

  11. Monte

    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 …
    .-= Monte´s last blog ..Hong Kong health care: a note on costs =-.

  12. Meg Evans

    I’ll have to give this a try. It would be nice not to spend all that money on cetaphil!
    .-= Meg Evans´s last blog ..Join the Fall Quilt Festival =-.

  13. Sarah Park

    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?

    • Tsh

      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…

      • Mom Photographer

        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

        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?

    • Rachel

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

        • Bri

          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.

          • Michelle

            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.

    • sonda

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

    • Tegan

      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.

      • Julie

        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).

    • Brandi

      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.

    • Maureen

      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. Marci@OvercomingBusy

    I can’t wait to try this. Being a skin care junkie, I am always looking for something better, more natural, easier.
    .-= Marci@OvercomingBusy´s last blog ..Join me at The Creative Mama! =-.

    • pimple

      yes, holistic (natural) treatment is the best 🙂

  15. Meghan

    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…
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..1000 gifts (Invitation) =-.

    • Loretta

      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 🙂

      • Nicole

        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!

    • Tracie

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

      • Kristen

        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.

        • Lyn

          …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!!

          • Juliet

            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?

        • Michele

          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 =(

          • lyn

            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.

        • Michele

          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 =-((

          • Kristen S

            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 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!

          • Sarah

            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!

    • Brittany

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

    • jessie

      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

        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.

  16. Sara

    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!

  17. Sara

    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.)

    • Tsh

      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?

      • Sara

        Thanks for the info! 🙂

        • amylouwho

          I just bought castor oil today and it was less than $2!
          .-= amylouwho´s last blog ..stuff i’m working on =-.

      • Tonya

        i have done this off and on for many years, but never heard about the castor oil. the only problem i ever experienced was with my bathroom sink. Seems the
        evoo contributed greatly to clogging, so be careful when washing it down the sink to minimize the amount you put down without some kind of surfactant/soap to dissolve the oil.

      • pimples

        thank you for the tips

  18. cherrie

    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 =-.

    • Amy

      You can pick up free coffee grounds at many coffee shops including starbucks. People use them for their compost bins and gardens.

    • Nicole

      What did she mix the coffee grounds with? Did she use them before brewing or after?

  19. Renee

    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 =-.

  20. Megan at Simple Kids

    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!

  21. Stacie @

    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 @´s last blog ..Let Him Be The Daddy =-.

  22. Katie

    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!

    • Tsh

      Yep, it’s okay for me. At the end, I just wipe it on my eyelids and around, like I would a makeup remover. In fact, it’s safer… no more stinging.

      • Gwen

        Even w the tea tree oil?!

        • Charity

          NO! Do NOT ever put tea tree oil in, on, or near the eyes! It will burn like fire!

  23. Tabatha

    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

      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.

  24. Becca

    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?

    • Heather

      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

        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.

  25. Mother of Pearl

    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.

  26. sandy

    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! =-.

  27. Courtney

    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 =-.

  28. Heather

    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 =-.

  29. Kika

    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.

  30. Anna

    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. =-.

  31. Kit

    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 =-.

  32. G.G.

    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 =-.

    • Tsh

      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

        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.

    • joyce

      where do you gey evoo olive oil.

      • Jen

        Joyce – EVOO stands for “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – get it anywhere!

  33. My First Kitchen

    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 =-.

  34. Jennifer

    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!

    • Jennie

      I asked my pharmecist at our small grocery store and found it.

    • Lani Q

      Walmart had it here in Maine, with the laxatives. It was a small bottle (6 oz) for 2 bucks.

    • Stephanie Proffitt

      I know this is tons later than the original post but I found mine at Walgreene’s

    • Megan

      This might be a really old question, but I’ll answer anyway. I just bought some at Target this morning. I had to ask the pharmacist and he had it behind the counter. No Rx needed or anything, and he said I could just pay for it at the regular registers up front. It was $1.50 for a fairly small bottle–not more than 6 oz. is my guess.

    • mariam mansour

      Hi, if your surrounded by any Asian Indian store, they might have it, otherwise check online, at Amazon,Vitacost or some altenative online stores, you can find the link above, I just saw it , took a look and find it even cheaper than AMZ,and VITAC.

  35. Sandra

    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!

    • Tsh

      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

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

  36. Lani Q

    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!

  37. Jessalyn

    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 =-.

  38. Bethany

    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). 🙂

    • Kika

      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.

      • Tam

        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.

  39. Bethany

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

  40. Tracey

    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

      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?

    • Kate

      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.

  41. Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody

    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 =-.

  42. Kutusha

    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

  43. Nan Gabriel

    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.

  44. RobbieLee at Chickiedee

    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 =-.

  45. Revely

    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. 🙂

  46. Trittoli

    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’ =-.

  47. abbie

    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.

  48. Brooke

    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!

  49. Lisa

    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.

    • Rose

      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.

  50. Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody

    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 =-.

    • Rachel

      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 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!

      • Nichole

        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.

  51. Emily

    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!

  52. Nichole

    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.)

    • Rachel

      I also have acne prone skin and had the same results as you, so disappointing!! I have started using the method from (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!

      • Nichole

        I started the 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 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 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

      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.

  53. janet

    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.

  54. Katie

    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!!

    • Amy

      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!

      • Jess

        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!

        • Amy

          Thank you, Jess! I’ll give it try!

  55. Becca

    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!

  56. Emily

    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! =-.

  57. Christi

    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. 🙂

  58. KiwiLog

    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 =-.

  59. pamela

    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.


  60. shelle

    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!
    .-= shelle´s last blog ..check this out =-.

  61. Karie

    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?

    • Tori

      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.

  62. Cecelia

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

  63. Danyelle

    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?

  64. Melanie

    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!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Stop It, Stop It Right Now! =-.

    • carey

      I keep hearing that coconut oil is amazing as a body moisturizer… going to try it this weeekend.

      • alexask

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

  65. Nenette

    This sounds heavenly!!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
    .-= Nenette´s last blog ..random bits 04 =-.

  66. Jenika

    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!

  67. Jayno

    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.

  68. Vicki R.

    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!

    • Danielle

      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.

  69. Lakeisha

    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.

  70. Jesica

    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.
    .-= Jesica´s last blog ..Free Audio Download of John Piper Book =-.

  71. FB @

    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
    .-= FB @´s last blog ..Radical Proposal: Simulate a job loss. =-.

  72. Alexis

    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!

  73. Ruth Ann

    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!

  74. Dee

    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!
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Thanks for the street cred, =-.

  75. Little Red Hen Mama

    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 🙁
    .-= Little Red Hen Mama´s last blog ..Reducing Waste =-.

  76. Monica

    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?

  77. Jill

    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?

  78. Dee

    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!

  79. Dee

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

  80. Rachel P.

    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.

  81. Jennifer

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

  82. Betsy

    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!

    • Kerri

      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 🙂

  83. Solange

    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.

  84. Kimberly

    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.

  85. Rachel


    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 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!

  86. MommieDawn

    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!

  87. Tsh

    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! 🙂

  88. Don Ricketson

    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.

    • Amy

      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

      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.

  89. Ivor Tetteh-Lartey

    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.

  90. Laurie

    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

  91. Shelly

    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.

    • Rachel

      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 Good luck!

  92. Cindy

    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.

    • Chavon

      Where do you find the dark glass bottles with a lid. I don’t want a huge bottle, just something small that I don’t need to buy something else and dump out.

      • sandy

        I found the bottles at my health food store..they were all dark and all sorts of sizes

  93. Kristin
    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!

  94. Grace

    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.

    • Jenni

      I’ve tried your method, it works awesome!

      Thank you, Grace.

    • heidi

      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.

        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.

        • Vanessa

          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?

          • Ajka Austin

            I am using coconut oil my face is so dray now I don’t no what to do

    • Pattie

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

  95. Pam

    I’ve been using the OCM for 10 days now and can really see a difference in my skin texture. I was just wondering if anyone can recommend a “natural” moisturizer to use afterwards.


  96. Christina

    Thank you so much for this article – I did this for the first time today and my skin felt SO amazing! I have psoriasis and my skin has been feeling so tight and itchy – I had immediate relief the first time I did this. Going to keep on keeping on!

  97. B Lynn

    I was pretty leery about trying the oil on my face. But after just one try, I was convinced! I couldn’t believe how soft my skin felt. I was also impressed with the fact that my face no longer gets greasy partway through the day.

  98. Noel

    Is there any other oil to use as the cleansing agent other than Castor Oil? As a kid, my mother was told to give us a spoon-full of Castor Oil anytime we were sick as a “miracle cure”. Unfortunately, my mother isn’t so good at catching sarcasm and didn’t realize this was supposed to be a scare tactic to keep us from skipping school.
    I’m told that Castor Oil makes for a wonderful laxative, but my sister and I were never able to keep it down for more than a few seconds to tell. As a result, I can’t stand the smell of Castor Oil. If there is any substitute for this, please let me know.

    P.S. A few months after she began administering this remedy, my mother got sick and decided to take a dose of Castor Oil herself… we never had to take that wretched stuff again.

  99. Hans de Zwart

    I read your blog about washing hair without shampoo.
    Great to see that ‘normal’ people too now see the overestimated value of shampoo, conditioners and sorts..
    I used to wash my hair with artificial stuff, but stopped using these soaps when I heard about the self-cleaning ability of our hair.
    Since having dreadlocks (this is why it says ‘normal’ people..) I even stopped using a comb.

  100. Wendy

    I’ve had acne since I was 11, and if someone told me I’d still have acne at 31, I would not have believed it. I tried different mixes of castor and olive oil, and if there was enough olive oil that it my skin didn’t feel dry, it made me break out. I did a bit of digging around online, and while I don’t have the reference, I found the mix that works incredibly well for me:
    60% castor oil (3 tablespoons)
    20% jojoba oil (1 tablespoon)
    20% grapeseed oil (1 tablespoon)

    I don’t use it every day- more like 3-4 times a week. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Castille Soap (this is my regular body wash) on my face the other days. I don’t miss proactive at all. Now, to find an all natural sunscreen!
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Mama Comforts =-.

  101. Michelle

    I know this is an old post, but I felt compelled to comment! I finally ran out of my expensive cleanser and moisturizer, and I remembered this post. I have been using this method now for a couple weeks and my normally oily (but with flakes on top) skin looks and feels great ~ better than I can remember in my adult life! I have forwarded this post to all my friends and hope they all start saving money and saving their skin from all the chemicals and yucky-ness in most store bought cleansers. Thanks for the great advice Tsh! I’m wondering, are you still using this method? ~Michelle

    • Michelle

      Almost a year later and I am still thrilled with this recipe. I’ll NEVER buy another cleanser! Thanks again.

  102. Claire


    My mom and I have been trying this for about 2 months now and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve had trouble with my skin for years and after trying anything and everything, I’ve finally met my skin care soul mate!

    We’ve been using the equal parts Castor oil and EVOO once daily. (I miss a day here and there, but no harm done.) Sometimes my skin gets a little dry after using it, but that’s a relief from its usual oily state. A little bit of Vitamin E oil fixes everything.

    Besides being great for my skin, I’ve found this routine has become a great soothing ritual in my everyday life. I used to wash my face between washing everything else in the shower, not paying much attention to everything. But taking 3 minutes out of my life to sit with a wet wash cloth over my face, sitting still, and breathing deep noticeably calms my body and mind.

    In conclusion, great post. I’m so glad I found it! Let the face care revolution begin!

  103. Cate Stepto

    Hi all,
    I tried OCM and really really wanted it to work for all the reasons discussed above. I want to share my experience in case it might help someone else out. I do understand that this process involves tweaking, but there are some of us out there for whom this can cause some very ugly, worrisome and costly results. You might not know you are prone to these results until you try OCM, so hopefully you read this first.
    I tired OCM, and like some others who have posted, I noticed tiny red bumps, especially on my chin, like a cross between eczema and acne. I tried tweaking and using different oils or a bit of tea tree oil. By week two, I started to get bumps on the other side of my chin, so I decided to hold off on OCM and do a little research. At this point, I believe I have triggered PD or perioral dermatitis, a skin condition present in 1% of women ages 20-45. Generally PD is treated by oral or topical antibiotics. The causes are not agreed upon but guesses include flouride in toothpaste, use of cortisone on face, stress and not properly washing the face. Dermatologists consider it a bacterial infection. There are many forums on the web to read re: PD as it seems it is a devil to get rid of as it is like migraines or yeast infections: many factors are in play and managing the symptoms can be quite complex. According to the forums (including this one), OCM can trigger PD. I only write this because I know there are some of us out there with the best intentions looking for green, simple, cost-effective ways to look our best, the last thing we want is to have half our faces covered in a rashes. If you are at all prone to eczema or get tiny itchy pimples from time to time please be aware that OCM might trigger something for you.
    For those of you who are enjoying OCM, congrats! It does seem wonderful and I wish I could continue with you!

  104. Andrea

    I tried the Castor/Olive Oil mix. First I tried a 1:1, and when that was very drying, I tried 1:4 and it was still drying. I was surprised since I’ve always thought I had oily skin. Oh babies, you do change us, don’t you? I also ended up with the bumps on my forehead as some others mentioned. (For me, it never took off my lip color, but I’m using that Revlon ColorStay stuff. It doesn’t budge for anything except Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.)

    So, although I have a whole jar of my 1:4 OCM mix in my closet, I quit using it. I switched to washing with coconut oil. Then I found Dr Bronner’s liquid soap at Target, and I’ve been using that on my face and body and I’m very, very happy with it. A little really goes a loooong way, and surprisingly (for me), I like the lavender scent. Most importantly my skin feels great. I follow up with coconut oil as a moisturizer except on my face, and I’m good to go!

  105. navya

    I am still skeptical about the no-shampoo… I would have to try that… But I know exactly what you mean by OCM… I have lately started using coconut oil as a moisturizer ( and believe me it rocks !)…

  106. Rosie

    I find a teaspoon of sugar mixed with the oil helps with exfoliation – once a week is all that is needed

  107. Shea

    Im new to this OCM and I cant wait to see how it works! I have acne-prone skin so I know its not going to be an easy task. Ive been dealing with acne all my life (Im 24 now) and this has got to be the first thing that my face appreciates!!!

    I have a quick question: I exercise a lot. Do I have to use a regular facial cleanser post work-out???

  108. joi

    I am a brown-skinned bella and I have been OCMing for almost 2 months and I love it! I never need moisturizer and skin feels perfect….balanced. I still get my one “monthly” pimple, but that is it. I use 80% apricot kernel oil & 20% castor oil. I think that I am going to try jojoba next…either adding it to my current mix or replacing the apricot kernel.

  109. Lynn

    Does the olive oil have to be extra virgin. Or is plain olive oil OK? Thanks.

  110. Christina

    I’ve had acne my entire life, and have used everything: Proactive, Retin-A, Skin ID, SkinCeuticals, and all manner of cleansers, treatments, & moisturizers in between. Proactive would work great for about a year at a time. Then the break-outs would get bigger and come more frequently. I’d take breaks from the PA regime for several months at a time, so that I could start using it again, and it would work again for a while. I did that for years. Skin ID didn’t work very well, nor was it very enjoyable to use. All the layers made my skin feel really congested. It was too heavily fragranced for my taste. Oh, and I was as broke out as ever. Retin-A was good, in that it combatted the wrinkles and the acne. Bad in that I was red for the first month, and my skin literally hurt the whole time (no pain no gain, right?). I was looking good 6 weeks in, but it cost a mint! Seriously? Products, be they drug store, day spa, or dermatologist’s office, are mad pricey.

    I have been using the OCM for about two months now, and I love it. Truly. Love it. I cannot express how this has changed my entire self-care prospective. I started using the method during my most breaken-outenest time of the month, figuring if I’m gonna break out, I might as well go for it. Guess what: no break out. Seriously? None.

    I live in an extremely dry climate, so I use a moisturizer, as well. Feeling inspired, I read up on the interwebs and made my own: 1 part sweet almond oil, to 2 parts vitamin E oil (in a soybean oil base). I heard such good things about coconut oil, that I tried using that as moisturizer about 6 weeks in, but found that I began getting small white heads. I switched back to my old oil mix-up, and the white heads are gone. I cannot believe that I tortured my face and wallet for years. I’m converted. Next step? Poo-free.

    • Nicole

      Hey, my history with acne sounds a lot like yours. I am 22, no babies, etc. What mixture of oil do you use to cleanse your face? I am really excited to try this natural way of cleansing!

  111. Ellie

    Update: Have been using straight olive oil for face, elbows, and once per week an all-over application and my fair, freckly skin has never been better 🙂

  112. Estella

    Hi, I’m wondering if this will work for me as I suffer from moderate acne and I live in Singapore, hot and humid weather all year. 🙁 Look forward to your reply! ^^

  113. Tonya

    What about coconut oil?

  114. michelle

    I just tried your olive oil moisturizing tip. It works great!! My skin feels so soft!! Ill never waist my money on expensive moisturizers again!! Thank you.

  115. Willow

    I use organic safflower oil:
    – splash quite warm water on my face to open pores
    – close pores with 1/2 & 1/2 mixture of water and organic vinegar
    – if I need a “scrub,” I put a little sugar in my palm, add a little oil, gently scrub, then rinse, and pat dry.
    – if I don’t use scrub (most of the time), I just pat in a little safflower oil

    Safflower “scrub” works wonders all over my body, as well as just my face. I love to add a little amber or lavender oil to the safflower scrub. I also keep a jar of “scrub” in the tub (watch out for slipperiness). I do find, however, that my skin feels softer if I pat on the vinegar right before the oil.

  116. Heather

    I have the mix ready to go, but now I’m fearful.

    Does anyone know if this can help clear-up cystic acne (which I suffer from pretty badly)?

    Thanks so much!

  117. Joann

    Hello, new to this site, enjoy it. I live in a cold climate. I started to wake up in the morning and found my face skin to be blotchy and red on cheeks. I have thought of what could cause it. Well, I remembered I had always slept on satin or silk pillow cases. Seriously, I bought a set and found that I woke up with none of the above reactions. Try a set of satin or silk pillow cases, the pillow case is good for hair also. I no longer have the red or blotchy face when I wake up. Good for face and hair.

  118. Nenette

    I’ve been cleaning with coconut oil for years now, but never thought about using castor oil to draw out impurities. I’ll try it! Thanks, Tsh!

  119. Jessie

    I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for over a year now, and I love it! I’m going to be writing a post about it for my own blog and I was hoping to track back to your excellent post for additional information/viewpoint. I hope that’s ok!

  120. Carol

    Does it work for more “mature” skin too? You’re such a spring chicken. I am too, but I’m 54.

  121. Katie

    My sister was just telling me about this! Her wedding is in 2 weeks and she made a risky move and dumped her Pro-active for the olive oil… and loves it!
    I will be starting this tonight.
    Thanks for the helpful info!

  122. Laura

    I am very intrigued by this for my teen kids, especially. I actually began using olive oil years ago to help deal with eczema because anything over the counter or prescribed was irritating or had too many side effects. I have found olive oil to be wonderfully soothing, calming down my skin like nothing else. Because of this, I have been cautious about using soaps much, limiting it to every couple/few days and find my skin is much happier, so this all makes good sense to me!

  123. Loreal

    Does this method help minimize pores?

    • Nicole

      I haven’t tried this yet, so I don’t know. But if you want to minimize your pores you should try an egg white mask!

  124. Amanda

    I have very dry, acne prone, sensitive skin with bouts of eczema. I have been using the oil cleansing method every night for about 4 days. My current blend is 10% castor oil to 90% extra virgin olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. I am spot treating dry spots with olive oil after cleansing at night and using a wet wash cloth to rinse in the morning. So far I have to use olive oil all over in the morning because my skin still feels dry and I feel pretty dry by the end of the day. My acne is slowly clearing up, I have had fewer instances of eczema, I have very little flaking of the skin, and I love the way my skin feels after cleansing. But from what I read I shouldn’t go under 10% castor oil and I’m not sure what else I can do to make my skin feel moisturized throughout the day. Should I only use OCM a few times a week, or is my skin just adjusting?

  125. San Francisco Carpet Cleaning

    Thanks for these tips. I will definitely try this. Please give me some suggestion as my hairs are very dry & rough. Is their any solution to make my hairs silky and attractive.

  126. Amy

    I use this method for my skin now for 2 weeks, and my skin has already improved and is balanced and I feel pretty again, thank you for sharing this method. I love it!
    I was wondering, do you know of anything that works for stretch marks? although they are genetically deniable (it seems) I have tried many products, and nothing works. I just love cleaner, simpler, easy to use products that are non-greasy and inexpensive and effective. I just can’t seem to find anything, so if you have any suggestions I would most apprecite it. Thanks Tsh, I love all your blogs and enjoy reading you each week!

  127. NicoleS

    I just started trying the facial OCM with a 3:1 ratio.
    My skin doesn’t feel wonderfully soft, but tight, heavy & pasty. (I have “normal” skin).
    I’ve read the other comments about EVOO being too heavy, would that also cause the tight feeling? Or do I need to experiment with the ratio?
    I’m not sure my skin has a “natural glow” now, but it does look better, I just can’t put my finger on what’s different.
    Also, what about age spots?, lol… is there anything natural for reducing those? I’m just starting to notice them.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

  128. kuke

    i have been using 2 parts castor oil to 1 part EVOO for about a month now and i love it. thanks for sharing this. i was really skeptical of putting oil on my face, but decided to give it a try. i’m sure i’ll use more EVOO in the winter months, but 1:2 ratio is perfect for me right now. thanks again!

  129. sweeti

    can i mix castor, olive oil and almond oil…
    n wht shuld be the ratio..
    my skin is mixed normal to oily…
    thnx ^_^

  130. Jackie

    So far I like the OCM but have just discovered that green tea and vinegar make a good toner for skin. My question is this…should I use a moisturizer after using the toner? I am 55 with combination skin and large pores on my nose, so I am hoping the toner will help with those but I don’t want to counteract the benefits of OCM. I’m confused.

  131. Charissa

    Just trying this and I’m thinking that I like it…it’s nice because my skin is usually so dry…hoping this does the trick!

  132. Carol

    I have added some diatomaceous earth for a little extra exfoliation. It can be purchased from vet suppliers or pool suppliers and it’s much cheaper than if you buy it from cosmetic suppliers. You don’t need much, but it makes a great exfoliator and it’s better than salt or sugar.

    I have also used the sesame oil as it is very light and much cheaper than evoo.

  133. Dawn

    I think I commented on this post once before, but I had to come back and comment again. 🙂 Today I mixed up a little bottle of 1/2 EVOO, 1/2 Castor Oil. I saw most recommendations were either 1/3 or 3/1 but since I have VERY dry patches on my face and I break out and get oily, I decided to try half and half first, and tweak it one way or the other if needed. All I can say after using it is WOW. My face feels so clean and so soft. I love it! I didn’t need to moisturize afterward, and put my mineral powder on straight away– no liquid makeup either. (I usually use lotion first, then liquid makeup, and the powder later in the day.) I think I’m really going to like this! Amazing. And all it cost me was half of a $2 bottle of castor oil. 🙂

  134. ~M

    I use jojoba oil.

  135. Amanda

    Ok so I have to admit, I was really skeptical about trying this, but since the “shampoo free” article proved to b such a god send for me (as a severe dermatitis sufferer), I figured I’d give this a shot as well. I have always had very large pores, persistent blackheads, and frequent dermatitis “scales” on my face. I tried this for the first time tonight and WOW! All my blackheads disappeared, my pores are visibly smaller and the dermatitis isn’t flaky feeling (although it is still red and rough at this point). I have VERY high hopes for the future of my skin using the OCM.

    My daughter also suffers from bad acne breakouts, so I’m mixing some up for her as well and am hopeful we can get rid of all of the prescription strength cleansers she currently uses to no avail.

    Thank you soooooo much for sharing this information. You guys are great!

  136. Sharon W

    I read some reviews on castor oil products on and someone mentioned that it promotes hair growth. Anyone who uses it on their face notice more hair on their face? I’d like to avoid that myself! Also, I’ve read about drinking castor oil to induce labor. I assume it’s okay to use on your face if you are pregnant since it’s just topical use???

  137. Rebecca

    Cool, I just found this. I actually use EVOO as a eye makeup remover and I also use baking soda as a facial scrub (paste form). Natural is THE BEST! Cheers to great skin and saving oddles on expensive harsh chemically cleansers (that don’t work anyway)!

  138. Vivien

    I’m looking forward to find an option that doesn’t use animal’s products.
    Thank you all for the nice ideas!

    • Jennifer S

      Castor Oil comes from Castor Beans, not animals.

  139. kathlin kleem

    I have been using coconut oil to remove my makeup and moisturize for sometime now. I havn’t tried the steaming method though. Can’t wait to start doing that.

  140. Jennifer S

    Just tried this for the first time tonight. I am AMAZED that already I can see a major difference in the black heads and clogged pores along my nose. Can I make a good amount of it and store it, or should i make it fresh every time I use it? I have been ‘poo free for a while due to thinning hair, and its looked better than it has in ages. Not to mention all the $$$ im saving!!

  141. Sara

    I saw this method in a magazine a few months ago and I am hooked! I ALWAYS had menstrual breakouts around my mouth area and blah looking complexion. I know it seems so odd to wash with oil but honestly the first time I tried it I felt and saw a difference. I put equal parts of Castor oil and sunflower oil. Also, the honey mask a couple times a week. My skin has never felt so good =)

  142. Reesie

    I have bought a commercial cleaning oil for about 3 years now. It took me about a week to realize how good my skin felt after changing over to this. Now I would not give it up for anything. It feels wonderful at night to give myself a little face massage while cleaning my makeup off. Nothing cleans better than cleaning oil and my face feels great after. I am excited to try this homemade version!

  143. Hailey Husted-Fink

    If you are wearing make up would you take the make up off before? Or would you just cleanse with the make up on? If you were to take of the make up what would you use?

  144. alex d

    I once had acne prone skin. It was very upsetting to me and I never wanted to go out. It took years until I was able to find the right treatment for my skin. I eventually started using this cleanser for acne that was clearing my skin up tremendously. My self esteem sky rocketed and I was finally going out again and not worrying about my skin. It all depends on finding the right treatment for your acne in order to over come your issues with skin care.

  145. Amy @ AboutOne

    I have a question – I would definitely use this at night to remove my makeup. However, I run in the morning and shower after that and I would want to wash my face then as well. I’m thinking just water wouldn’t remove the sweat. Would it be better to use this again or use regular soap in the morning?

  146. Meg

    Just tried this with half EVOO and half castor oil. Long term effects are yet to be seen, but right now my face feels just lovely! 🙂 Thanks so much for the tip!!

  147. Stacy

    Great ideas on making your own shampoos & cleaning your face with oils! I thought your recipes to be so helpful that I shared them on my blog as well! Thanks and keep posting!

  148. kayla

    are you supposed to wash your face normally first or do you rub the oil on top of the makeup and let it take it off your skin?

  149. leslie

    i just wanna say i love this OCM, and i dont usually need to put moisturizing lotion on .. but what do people use for sunblock?

  150. Chrystal

    I’ve been using the OCM for a couple of weeks now and love it! My skin looks better than it has in 20 years! I use straight EVOO in the morning with the steam cloth. In the evening, if I’ve worn makeup during the day, I gently scrub with honey and baking soda, followed with a “toner” of watered down apple cider vinegar and a drop of tea tree oil. I take off my eye make up with some olive oil and I’m ready for bed! My acne has all but disappeared and my rosacea has calmed down. My skin is even-toned and feels amazingly soft.

  151. Carie Edson

    Although I haven’t tried oil as a cleanser, I’ve been using an EVOO cold cream for over a year now. It’s mostly EVOO, a little water, a couple Tbs. grated beeswax and a pinch of borax. Amazing! I too always thought oil would make more oil, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how oil lotion has worked for my face. Less acne, no more dry flaky skin… For a cleanser I’ve been using mostly honey with a little rose water and a couple Tbs. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. Works great! But I’ll definitely give the OCM a try. Thanks for the great info!

  152. Megan

    I’ve been doing this method for a couple weeks now, and I love it! So far I’ve just been using EVOO with the warm wash cloth and then also using a bit of baking soda once a week (I have very dry skin – I have eczema on various parts of my body, including my face) and while I still (still!) sometimes feel the tight dryness on my face and still have to use a cream at night it’s been so, so much better. If I find my pores are starting to look clogged I’ll probably add some castor oil but for now I like the way my skin is starting to look!

    I’m just wondering if there’s a recipe or something for a great night face cream? Like I said, I still can’t go without moisturizer, and I’m only 26. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be when I get older.

  153. Kay

    Great tutorial on the OCM! So many women are hesitant to put oil on their faces, but it could be the best thing they ever did! This is especially true for people with extremely oily skin. They usually scrub relentlessly and use harsh detergents that strip every drop of oil from their skin. But the problem with that is this- your skin needs oil! So, your body then goes into overdrive producing more oil to make up for what was stripped away. This is a vicious cycle, but using natural moisturizers and methods like the OCM can stabilize chronic oily skin.

    Thanks for putting this beneficial information out there!

  154. deanna

    I am making this today. I am a huge fan of DHC’s Deep Cleaning Oil, but at the moment, I don’t have the cash to stock all of my favorite premium products. If I see similar results, I will be elated!

  155. Dawn Wilkerson

    Oh my goodness! I am so excited to try this! I just experimented making my own deodorant and facial moisturizer yesterday and tonight I will try this! WOohoo… so excited to have been introduced to your blog. Thank you!

  156. Alicia Almaguer

    What about using avocado oil?? I found your blog through a google search on “oil-cleansing”. I was searching after a friend who was tellling me about “larenim” makeup products also said that it is better to cleanse with oil…he said that avocado oil can be a better option to olive oil as it is slightly less heavy? Have you tried avocado oil as cleanser? Would you consider it a good option? Thanks and love your blogging already! I am having “Love at first glance” for your blog!!

  157. Alicia Almaguer

    Also do you have tips on exfoliation? I was thinking of using the larenim one, but it is $26. I thought I might could make a simpler one on my own.

  158. Annabelle

    I am so excited to try this! I’ve been no-‘poo for about 6 weeks now and I’m loving the results. I’ve actually been searching for some sort of all-natural facial cleanser. Thanks so much!

  159. Julie

    Really considering trying this out. You had me when you said it removed make up! Where can I find castor oil in the store?

  160. Gretchen

    Tried this this morning…so far so good.

  161. Ginny

    well I’m almost 50 and I’ve been using the olive and caster oil treatment and it sure does work on my dry skin,and it seems to be helping with the age spots to…

    Thanks Tsh…ps i love this site

  162. Adriana Leyva

    I found this website today and I am in love! I’m newly married and anything that can help us save money as we’re starting out is good in my book! Just tried this method and my face feels a little dry, I’m going to try adding a little more EVOO. Wish me luck!

  163. Sarah

    I LOVE the OCM. Instead of EVOO, I use sunflower oil, and love it. I forgot my oil on a trip and went back to using acne cleanser for about 2 weeks. It broke my face out worse than it had been before. I am 100% in love with the OCM.

  164. Carly

    What a great idea! Has anyone worked with the OCM on your full body? My back tends to get very oily, so I am wondering if it would be safe to use it in that extent as well. Thanks!

  165. Yvette

    I usually use witch hazel as a toner after I clean my face. Do you think the witch hazel toner will have any negative effect if I use it after the OCM?

  166. Shelley

    How do you get that color effect in the bottle? Or is that just a picture you found?

  167. Annie

    So this question has probably been answered already but does the oil work to remove makeup? Do I need to add an additional cleanse with the oils to remove makeup or does just the one time take it all off? Thanks!

  168. Shauna

    I have a question – if a person were to try the grapeseed oil, would you replace the olive oil with the grapeseed oil or use the grapeseed oil in addition to the olive oil with the castor oil?

  169. Lesley

    I have had skin problems since I was a teenager and none of the o.t.c. products have worked. I just made my mixture and will try it tonight for the first time…I’ll post again in a week and tell you my results!

  170. Christina

    Wow… can’t thank you enough for both this article and your “poo free” stories. I have combination skin (oily and dry) and this method works wonders for me, my husband has been so impressed. Great website, thanks for the time, love and energy your pour into it!

  171. Megan

    I have been using this for a week now and so far, so good! l I am using a mixture of grape seed oil and castor oil. I am 27 years old and have always had somewhat acne prone skin. Lately, I have been really breaking out (possibly too many at-home microdermabrasion facials..yikes!)
    This mixture has cleared up the blackheads on my nose and has been clearing my breakout area quicker than my usual regimen (wash, salicylic acid treatment, no make-up for two weeks). I also use the mix to take off my make-up too. I still feel so weird rubbing oil on my face, but it really is working wonderfully for my skin.
    Additionally, today we had family photos taken and my skin looked radiant in the photos!

  172. Amy Blankenship

    Just wanted to let you know that I just began using the oil method this past weekend. I have had fantastic results already! I love it, and I love how my face feels. Coupled with that, I have cooled down my shower water ~ wow is it hard ~ but my skin was so incredibly dry! You can tell a difference in just a few days. Thanks Tsh for all of the quality stuff on this site! 🙂

  173. Ruby

    I’m so excited to try this out. I really hope it works! Found you through Pinterest 🙂
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  174. Ruby

    I’m so excited to try this out, found you through Pinterest! 🙂

  175. sandy

    Hi I am so glad you posted this!!!!!! I have been using olive oil to cleanse my face at night for a couple of years! Only I was buying a product. I know it sounds crazy to use oil but it works. Now I don’t have to buy this anymore thanks to you………….I can make it!!!!! what a savings. Now if I could figure out how to make the moisturizer. lol I use olive oil for my moisturizer also. I buy it and its not real cheap. I tried using Argan oil…….its a little heavy for me.
    thank you so much for this recipe!!!!!!

  176. Keira

    I was wondering do you still moisturize after using this cleansing method, or does it double as moisturiser?

  177. Jenny

    This isn’t working for me. It has been three weeks. I have super dry skin, so I cut back the castor oil and now do 4 parts OO and 1 part CO and I still have to slather on Cetaphil right after the shower. What should I do?

  178. Chavon

    I’d be interested in seeing some before and after pictures of what everyone’s skin looked/looks like.

    I have cystic pimples on my chin and jaw line that are painful and nothing works on them, but I am so willing to give this a try and see what difference it makes. Will be taking a before picture and then one again in a month to see the difference.

  179. Janice Salomon

    I started using the olive oil method for cleaning my face because I have rosacea and years ago on the internet, a dermatologist used to sell oil for cleaning rosacea prone skin. Some people with roseacea also break out, in fact that’s a very common symptom. I don’t use castor oil just because I didn’t have any and wanted to try this right away. Well, 3 years later, still no castor oil, this is the BEST cleanser I’ve ever used and I’m over 60, have always been a skin care junkie, so when I say I’ve tried everything, you can believe it. Like a couple of others mentioned, this is actually not moisturing enough for me in the winter but purrrrfect in the summer when it’s more humid out. I mix my oil with water and a little lavender oil. I would say, 1 pt oil to 4 parts water plus about 12 drops of lavender oil. I use an old Aveda spray bottle that’s brown. When I succumb to using another cleanser, my skin just does not look as good and I always end up breaking out, even if it’s just a little. I still use a moisturizer over it and a sunscreen in the summer. The olive oil combo is a great makeup remover (eyes also), an astringent, a great cleanser and a moisturizer. I tend to use the hot washcloth/steam method for removing it. Love, love. Also use it on my hair. Also use the baking soda deodorant which does work better than anythng I’ve ever tried, the only problem I had was it was too drying for my skin, but I see someone gave a recipe which includes coconut oil, so I’m going to try that. There is NO smell under your arms with this…I mean none, not after two days and I tend to get smelly. Amazing. Don’t be afraid to try and experiment. Nothing is permanent. You may just find you get better results for a lot less money by being curious enough to figure out what works. You’ve really got a lot less to lose by trying products you probably already have in your kitchen than when you buy something OTC.

  180. Sam

    I am 26. I heard about OCM two months ago and decided to try it… without the castor oil. Instead, I just wash my face with EVOO. (Tip: The standards for labeling olive oil as extra virgin are pretty low in the US. True EVOO should have a greenish tint and smell a bit like olives. I buy mine for cheap at Arab grocery stores.) Before starting this, I had mild acne with occasional large, painful cysts on my chin. In the last two months 95% of my acne has disappeared. And instead of the three or four painful cysts, I’ve only gotten one, which was barely visible and lasted two days instead of the usual two weeks.

  181. laura

    Great tips! My mother still uses EVOO to cleanse her skin and I can assure you she’s got an enviable youth and bright looking skin!!!! At 70 years!!!!!

  182. Natalia

    Hey all,
    I just wanted to clarify and let some of you who are scared to use oil on the face know that it’s perfectly fine and better then the over the counter face wash you are buying. I’m an Esthetician and these over the counter lines are stripping our skin from natural oils. This is why we all have so many issues with our skin. Also too much washing can cause excess oil on your face because it strips the natural sebum and causes irritation then causes you to over produce oil to compensate.
    The oil method can actually cure your acne( not all acne. cystic and hormonal are a bigger issue) and oil production. Castor oil mimics our own natural oil and WILL NOT CLOG pores. Do the oil method for a few weeks and you will see a difference in your skin. I would use this method 2-3 x a week. You will have to play around with it as all skin types are different. Too much of the oil method can dry your skin out so play around for the right ratio. Make sure you really massage the OCM in your T-zone.
    Also Lavender and tea tree oils will be a great addition to this routine. Make sure they are certified organic pure essential oils.

    Happy OCM!!!

  183. Elicia

    I have question for you…. My mother and I have been using evoo for facial clensing, off-and-on, and have found that when we first start using it, our eyes feel very week and tired. Any idea why this is?

  184. Cynthia

    Cleanse your face with natural skin product like aloe vera, it helps your skin be moisturized and ex foliate. So many natural plants that can be used in cleansing your face. This would be more effective than the other chemical brands in the market.

  185. Kaley

    I was intrigued but very skeptical about trying this! I have had mild-moderate acne since a teen and at 26 still battling with it. I thought I had tried everything! Well tried it last night, I am at a loss for words! For the last couple weeks I have been experiencing a bad breakout. Tried this last night and wow! WOW WOW WOW!!!! my flare up is completely calmed down!!! Definitely keeping up with this method. However I do have one question, how often do u use it? Some sites say not every day. So what is used on the days in between?

  186. Jo@simplybeingmum

    On a hunch I started using pure olive oil to wash my face with… but have now been directed to this recipe! fantastic… hoping to wave bye to my tight itchy skin that has come with being closer to 40 than 30!

  187. Veronica Rodriguez

    i started using OCM for about a few day ago and am SO glad i am doing it. My face has been clearing like magic! im totally loving it!
    i am only using castor oil 80% and tea tree oil 20% ….. I began using the tea tree oil alone since i was having a hard time finding the castor oil. my face felt good, i guess it is because i have extra oily skin =S but my eyes were burning so i used it on affected areas…
    does anyone else use it with sunblock?

  188. Melanie

    I was using this method for about 1.5 years when I started to develop an allergic reaction around my eyes to one of the oils…possibly the castor oil? I stopped using the oil mixture and went to Cerave, cleared up the reaction, then tried the oil again. Yep, within a day I started to develop a reaction around my eyes again. Before that, I really liked how my skin was on the OCM.

  189. Lisa

    My mom uses sesame oil (the clear organic one that you buy in health stores). This oil is well absorbed by the skin, so she uses it as a moisturizer and her skin looks much younger than mine! The benefits and uses of sesame oil are endless, I encourage everyone to learn more about it, I did.
    I will try the OCM to clean my face, but I wonder if I can still use the sesame oil as moisturizer?

  190. Rebecca

    I haven’t tried OCM, but for those of you who say it doesn’t work, can I recommend Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato soap? It’s all-natural and it’s the only thing I’ve found that cleanses my skin without being too harsh. I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin and can’t use many chemicals because they dry my skin out or burn and itch. The ph is tomatoes is great–funny thing is, I can’t eat them because of an allergy, but they make my face so clean.

  191. eden

    I’m on day three. I didn’t have castor oil on hand, but my kitchen is well stocked with EVOO. I’d heard that honey is a natural antiseptic, so I mixed a bit of honey with a bit of the oil and I’m amazed by the way my face feels. You’re right about it being an excellent makeup remover. No more scrubbing at that delicate under-eye skin.

  192. Whitney

    When adding jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and flaxseed oil, for oily skin, is that in addition to the castor oil and EVOO, or do you substitute them out? Do you use all three or just choose one and decide which works best? I hope you understand what i am asking. -Thanks

  193. Brenda Hutchins

    I tried this last night but my skin felt very dry afterwards and woke up this morning with flaky dry skin all over my face. What did I do wrong? Used 1 teasp castor oil and 3 teasp EVOO, put on dry, rubbed a little, put very warm rag on for a few minutes then wiped off. Do I need to use more Castor oil or more EVOO? Any tips? Thanks.

  194. Ruth

    Found your blog and recipe on Pinterest! Pinned it and just tried it tonight! My face feels great, not greasy at all (I was somewhat surprised by this due to a common belief that oil begets oily skin lol!). Thanks!!

  195. Michelle

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been doing it for almost a month and love it. I’m going to blog about my experience with a link back to your website for more information. Thanks again!!

  196. April

    with the OCM cleanser (which I am going to try and I learned about the oil removes oil in my physio class) can you tone with witch hazel? should i just leave the skin be after cleansing with OCM? I tone with it now, but it is to bring the pH back and close the pores, so if the oil cleanser has the same pH than is toning irrelavant?

  197. Janet

    I’ve been using the OCM for 4 days. I use the dry skin recipe. The results are amazing! The red, dry spots, in the ‘T’ zone are gone. The dry flakes around the base of my nose are gone! (How it can be oily, yet have dry flakes, I’ll never know) I no longer have to use cover-up under powder. After 4 days! My skin is soft and looks 10 years younger! When I get up in the morning, I no longer have the oily nose and forehead. Thanks so much for posting this. I’m hooked!

  198. Jillian

    I just started doing this about a week ago:

    2 parts castor oil
    1 part almond oil
    dash of tea tree oil

    The reduction in the acne (I only started getting after I turned 30!!!) is pretty amazing. Also, when I do get a blemish it disappears by the following day. I’m almost completely off moisturizer, but I am putting on the SPF when I go out. I’m using a coconut oil and vitamin e blend I made on my eyes and that’s terrific too. I HIGHLY recommend giving up your store bought face cleaner for this method. It’s also frugal! $12 for 32 oz of castor oil and $14 for 32 oz of almond oil on Amazon. Will last FOREVER!

  199. Sasafras

    this sounds interesting must try, im 50 and have the worst skin, after cemo treatments for some reason one side of my face has very large open pores and get clogged and create these under skin white heads and i tend to pick at them and continue to damage my skin even more, i hope this will help, my pores are just so large and i can squeeze everyday and get junk out, tired of running around looking like i have sores on my face any extra advise will help, thanks for sharing this with everyone.

  200. Ellen

    I have been trying this method for over a week and my skin has gotten worse. Bigger blackheads and more tiny whiteheads all over my face. I’m hoping that it is just my skin getting used to the new way I’m cleaning my face.

    Did anyone else’s skin get worse before it got better?

  201. Anna

    I’ve found organic coconut oil to be a miracle for my skin…I use it as to both cleanse and moisturize. I started adding in the castor oil, but didn’t find it made much difference.

    It took a couple of months, but all the year’s old whiteheads and blackheads and red patches just gave up the ghost and disappeared.

  202. Maddi

    Before I used this cleanser, it was very evident that I do not have a gene for that seemingly-pore-less skin all of my friends have. Pimples and zits weren’t really a problem, per se, but rather little stubborn blackheads that wouldn’t go away no matter what empty-promise-filled product I tried. (And I’ve tried plenty, including Pro-Active, Clean and Clear, and and a handful from Neutrogena.) I learned about all the nasty artificial ingredients in beauty products and found this method. I thought it was worth trying considering the positive reviews. At first my blackheads seemed to get slightly worse, but I knew that was because dirt from the deeper layers of my skin were being surfaced. After a few washes, I was shocked! My blackheads were dramatically receding, though they were still present. I’ve been using this for months now (twice a day, every day)- I still have subtle blackheads sticking to my nose, the parts of my cheeks next to my nose, and in between my eyebrows. I’ve never had more faith in a personal care product before. I undoubtedly consider this method the best thing I ever did for my skin.

  203. Lori

    Hi Tsh –
    Came here from Pinterest (COMPLETELY addicted to that site and now yours. ;0)) I have a question about the OCM. I’ve been doing it for about 3 weeks now and for about the 1st week I only used EVOO only b/c I couldn’t find castor oil anywhere. My face actually felt tight afterwards and started flaking in some places. I chalked it up to not having the castor oil and when I did find some at a local health food store I mixed 1:1 ratio. My skin *still* felt dry. then I backed it down to 2:1 (EVOO:castor) and that was better, but I still felt like I needed and extra moisturizer plus now I’m getting breakouts. What am I doing wrong here? For the time being I’m washing w/honey & baking soda to see if that helps, but I’d really like to do the OCM. Thanks a bunch!!!

  204. Audrey

    Several years ago my family met my husband’s mom’s cousin. I had never met her before and she was an elderly widow, probably in her 80’s. She had the most amazing complexion I have ever seen! Immediately I asked her how she did it. “Mary Kay?” I guessed. Surprisingly, she told me she dabbed olive oil on her face every night before bed. I was astonished. I am sorry to say I have not tried this yet – but I am planning to.

  205. Emily M.

    I LOVE this. You laid it out so easy to do, I got to it right away!

    I have a huge question, though, which also goes with the No-Poo. I’m about to start swimming regularly. What are your tips on dealing with pool chemicals when using OCM and NP?

  206. Pam

    I saw the oils that are used for cleaning your face and was wondering what you used to get the color in them? I want to try this….

  207. Daneece

    Thank you! I have a been using almond oil as a natural moisturizer for about a month now and love what it is doing for my skin, but i didn’t know what I could use to cleanse it naturally. I have both olive oil and castor oil so I am so excited to try it.

  208. Phyllis Towns

    I have been using the OCM for almost a year & loving it. I am 61 yrs old & fighting the inevitable! Everyone comments on how great my skin looks & I love the ease of the routine. I use 20% castor oil to 80% olive oil mix & from time to time will add jojoba or evening primrose. Recently, however, my face has been rebelling & breaking out all along my nose & forehead. Some of the pimples are quite red & I have gotten some dry patchy spots. Very discouraging!!!!!! I’m hoping this is just a winter reaction or extra stress reaction (mom-in-law had to go into a nursing home). If anyone has had a similar experience I would love to hear if you found a solution! Thanks 🙂

  209. Tasha Cain

    this sounds amazing!! One question though….what can I use to remove makeup??

  210. df

    i haven’t tried this method yet, but have been using olive oil as a mosturizer and honey as a facial cleanser for the last several months with mostly pleasant results. i am looking forward to trying this oil cleansing method and plan to do so sometime soon. i also wanted to raise a point that seems previously unaddressed in the comments here. for those suffering with acne, do not only consider the oils that you are putting on your face as potential sources of trouble– don’t forget about the washcloths and towels! the best skincare advice i ever received was from a (very successful) aesthetician friend who said that the key to avoiding pimples was to never EVER use a towel. sounded crazy, but he explained that towels are absolutely prime breeding-grounds for bacteria and those bacteria set straight to work wreaking havoc on your skin as soon as you dry off with them. that made sense to me, so i decided to try it. this was in my early twenties, at which point i was still suffering from occasional breakouts (sometimes rather severe) on my face and back. once i stopped using towels, the breakouts virtually stopped and i haven’t had anything beyond the rare solitary white head in nearly a decade now. my aestetician friend recommended using a paper towel to dry your face to avoid the bacteria accumulation that occurs when a damp cloth towel sits around. i thought this was rather wasteful though, so i just opt to air-dry. i never dry my face after washing, and after a shower, i simply dry my hair, and lower half (where i’ve never had an acne problem) and let the rest air dry so as to avoid contact with the towel (which, to be honest, gets laundered twice a month if it’s lucky…) so– for any acne sufferers who are trying this oil-cleanse method but are having trouble with breakouts, make sure that the washcloth you are using to wipe your face is completely clean (as in– has not been used before for anything since it was laundered) and don’t reuse washcloths or towels! hope this helps…

  211. Lorie

    I have been using this for the last two weeks and love it, my skin has not looked this good in years. I do have one worry…I started the no-poo for my hair, and while my scalp feels great, my hair is crazy dry. So I went on line looking for a quick and easy homemade solution. I found it, and the recipe is almost the same as this one…and it is suppose to promote hair growth. So my question is has anyone notice more hair on your face then is normal?

  212. Melanie

    Hello, I have been using the oil method of cleaning my face for the past couple of days and it feels great. I have been using L’Oreal Future e facial lotion for so many years; it has SPF in it. I am thinking of keeping using that due to the fact that I’m in the Sun a lot. Is that a good idea? I don’t want to clog my pores too much. Thank you so much!!! I enjoy reading your tips!

  213. mousiemomma

    hi! i love this post and will be trying out this method very soon! i also had a question about the baking soda as shampoo…is it safe to use on color treated hair, or will it fade my color prematurely? has anyone here used this method on color treated hair? thanks for this post and thanks in advance for any info regaurding baking soda and color treated hair!

  214. Heather :) :) :)

    This is really cool. I already have jojoba and grapeseed oil at home. I bought them to use as a natural eye makeup remover. I’m going to try it on the rest of my face and see what it does 🙂 🙂 I stopped using hard facial cleansers a long time ago, because it was drying my very oily face, which would then cause me to need moisturizer. well, now that I use natural soap, I don’t need moisturizer. My body naturally takes care of that on it’s own 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  215. Laura Black

    Over the past year, I have introduced more oils into my regimen, on my body and in my diet. I understand that jojoba oil and almond oil are closest to the skin’s natural oil type. I also like coconut oil in my hair and in my diet. I haven’t done the oil face wash, but I would like to try it. Have you considered adding organic, raw honey to the oil. Honey has some wonderful healing benefits for the skin. Thanks for the info. I love the sites you interface with, a great idea! Good luck!

  216. Sabrina

    OMG I just did this and my face feels wonderful! I tend to have oily skin and the OCM left my face feeling soft and smooth. I’ll definitely continue this.

  217. Monique

    I have rosacia (spelling?) what ratio would you use?

  218. Amy Grinstead

    I was curious if you are still using this method and if you still love it!?! 🙂

  219. Kisha

    I was just teasing one of my friend because she had convinced another to “go off the shampoo” together. But to be honest I’ve been meanin to give this another try. I gave it a shot years ago when my then boyfriend tried to convince me, but I was ultimately to ingrained in a multi-step facial regime. (what was I thInking? I was 20 something withe the skin to prove it). Anyway, I’m over it and I’ll like be ‘off the cleanser’ within the week.

  220. Christy

    I love this method. I have tried EVOO but I really love sunflower oil with the castor oil. I feel really refreshed when I use it.

  221. Hannah S.

    SO I ran across this on Pinterest a few months ago. I’ve been wanting to try this, but wary at the same time. I have very oily skin and have struggled with acne for years, so using more oil to clean my face seems like it would have the opposite effect. But I’m willing to try most anything once. 🙂

    I do have a question: should I use a more expensive brand of EVOO as opposed to the cheap Walmart/Kroger/whatever store brand?

  222. Shirley Dehmer

    I’m 73. I’ve always had really good skin and have never used anything but soap and water. All of a sudden my skin has crumpled. I’m having health issues – something on my left ovary – don’t know what yet. Could be bad news. I was just sitting here trying to think what would moisten and soften my skin – Mayo???? I clicked on stumbleupon and there you were. I have the EVOO but not the Castor Oil. What about Sweet Oil? I bought some recently at the pharmacy. It seems very light weight and absorbs well into my legs and feet. That is what I bought it for. I’ve turned into an old lady with white, scaly feet and legs from knees down. . . . and now my face as well????? I guess old age is catching up with me. Would appreciate your input. Thank you. Shirley Dehmer

  223. Avis

    Hi Tsh and friends,

    After I shower, I just rub in olive oil in my face and throughout my body and I have noticed my skin is soo soft, clear and less marks especially on my face. I use Olive oil as my moisturizer and works great.

  224. Kelley

    What do you use the witch hazel for? Do you mix it with the oils or apply by itself? If by itself, before or after the OCM?

  225. Jenn

    Where did you find your little bottles?

  226. Lucille

    Thanks so much for the facial cleansing method, Tsh. I am definitely going to try that!:)
    I am just wondering if you have a natural, homemade body wash you recommend. Especially for the private area. I just can’t get rid of my Urinary Tract Infection and I’m thinking maybe I need to change my body wash (I’m using Kiss My Face right now).
    Any ideas and suggestions would be great.

  227. tracey

    I’ve heard olive oil is a great facial cleanser but I’ve been a little nervous to read it. After reading your article I feel more confident trying it, thanks!

  228. KW

    I tried this and I like it. I have a question however, can you use something else in place of the olive oil? I like the castor oil, but I don’t particularly like the smell of the olive oil. Do you know of something else that would work just as well with the castor oil?

    Thanks so much.

  229. Ashlie

    I was wondering how coconut oil would work with castor oil? Does anyone know anything about this? Coconut oil has amazing reviews for being an excellant moisturizer plus if you haven’t researched the health benefits to 100% pure coconut oil (can also be used as a deep condition) I would suggest you look it up. If the EVOO is simply to moisturize than I could see coconut oil being just as good right?

  230. Gabbie

    My mom was a little iffy when I mentioned I wanted to try this, but nevertheless she bought the oil and I’m trying it! I’m really excited!

  231. Villus

    And if you drink it, it will cleanse your colon. Haha .Careful, drinking lots of olive oil can cause violent contractions of the gall bladder–has actually been used in some countries to remove gallstones, but can cause not only pain but if a stone gets lodged in the duct you could be seriously ill

  232. Frida

    I’m not sure this oil-cleansing method is good for mig acne..

    I’m keen on trying it, I’m just not sure I really dare to take the risk.. :-/

  233. Sibi

    I’ve been using the OCM system for a couple of years now and I LOVE it. It is so easy to use (and make) and it leaves my skin clean and fresh 🙂

  234. Blam

    Hello, I have jojoba oil, should I use it to replace the castor or EVOO? Thank you!

  235. Stephanie

    I am definitely going to try this! I currently use acne free and after I wash my face it is SUPER DRY AND ITCHY AND TO MAKE IT WORSE MY SKIN IS FLAKY NOW!! Especially on my forehead, even when I’m mosturizering it with my typically lotion it isn’t making it better. Plus applying makeup has been just awful. Are there any other things I could try to regain my moisture and get away from commercial cleansers and lotions?

  236. Sandy

    I am a cancer survivor…lost my hair during chemo, nails and skin suffered greatly. I was at my wits end with the hair being so dry when it finally grew in..I loved my new grey hair but it was dry and lifeless….
    Am giving this olive oil treatment on hair and skin a try….and after first use i see a big improvement.
    Will keep you posted…but YEAH!!!!! for olive oil.

  237. charis

    i tried this for the first time this morning and loved it so far! thanks for the simple instructions!!

    my recent post: 10 years

  238. Kim

    I’ve been using castor oil and EVOO, and I did the oil cleansing method for probably four or five evenings in a row and then stopped because it seemed to be drying my skin out even more. I tried a mask of egg and honey and I’ve been using the EVOO as a moisturizer after cleansing, but my skin still seems to be getting drier. Do I need to keep up with this until my skin adjusts, or will it just get worse? What else can I do? I really want to use natural methods to cleanse and moisturize my face. Once summer hits, I’ll probably be able to go back to the oil cleansing method because my skin is oilier then. Help!

  239. April

    I had been using an olive oil face wash by DHC, and it was one of my FAVORITE products. I love, love, love that I can now make my own! Thank you!

  240. Mia jones

    i started to use coconut oil which is home made,i started using it on my hand and legs as a moisturizer and in my hair to treat damage hair and to grow my hair as well…so far it is working well,compared to coco butter this is not oily for me,i have not yet used it on my face but i will try it soon. i do have acne prb moderate so i went on accutane which clear up my skin then 7 mnt later back to acne that was a waste of money…right now i try no to wear making and now i don’t wash my face with anything other than water.So amma try this.
    BDW my skin type :oily and acne prone and a lil sensitive.

  241. Donna

    I’m in my mid-fifties, but people are often surprised, thinking I am at least 10 years younger. Have been using Skinceuticals Serum 10 to provide anti-oxidants and inhibit signs of aging. But very pricey.

    Will your EVOO and Castor oil regimen help prevent wrinkles? I tried it one day and it felt very good. Still would like to hear from older women on their results. Glad to see a few in their upper 40’s.

    Similarly, many products lately talk about sloughing off the dead skin cells to let the “younger” skin through. Does your regimen do enough of that?

  242. Maria

    Thanks for the tip, I will try it out. But do you use the same olive oil as the one you use for cooking? didn’t think that it was possible to use cooking oils for the skin??

  243. htd947

    This blog would be even more wonderful if you could somehow post the dates of comments and such. The article itself is about 3 years old, so I don’t know how late to the party I am! Anyway, this oil cleaning method is one I have used for about 10 years now, based on what I’d learned about the Romans using oil to scrape the dirt from their bodies in the steamy Baths. That connected in my brain with an unusual but highly effective way to get clean that seemed counter-intuitive but might actually work. They had a lot of smart cookies back then, so why not give it a try? I don’t follow up with the steaming washcloth but that sounds divine and probably is what the Romans had in mind. I couldn’t swear to it, but everyone I know and meet says I look 10 years younger than I am!! So, I’m sure sticking to it. Good to have the recipe for homemade, too, as I’ve been using Home Health oils and they are getting very hard to find.

  244. Mari

    If you need to use a sunblock everyday, will this mixture clean that off at the end of the day? I’m worried about build up causing an outbreak.

  245. Rachel Strysik

    What about washing your body? Would you use the same thing? Or do you use something different as body wash?

  246. Megan

    I’ve tried this method, and I feel like I can’t get all the oil off my face,to the point that my make up-esp my eye make up- seems to just slide right off my face. I rinse the rag and wipe my face repeatedly, and sometime even shower after. Has anyone else had this issue? I even switched back to my old cleansing method, and then immediately developed a pimple!

  247. Karan

    I’ve used olive oil for many years to moisturize with. I even get a better tan using olive oil and I’m a natural strawberry blonde. I don’t know if there is anything to my way of thinking but I thought about the Egyptians in the Old Testament. I’m sure the ladies of the bible used something to moisturize and since olive oil was available….why not!

  248. Diana

    I just tried this with macadamia nut oil and it felt great–not too dry, and not oily either–just like you said! Here´s why I tried it with macadamia oil–it can be found here in Central America, and here´s what Mark Sisson of the Primal Blueprint has to say about it (and how it mimics our natural skin oil composition):

    Another feature of macadamia oil is its palmitoleic acid content. Palmitoleic acid is an omega-7 monounsaturated fat; it’s a common constituent of human adipose tissue, and we synthesize it from saturated palmitic acid. The most prominent fatty acid in human sebum, the natural moisturizer produced by the body, is palmitoleic acid. It has positive effects on blood lipids (without the oxidative potential of the highly unsaturated fatty acids that are so often lauded for their similarly “positive effects”) and, given its resemblance to sebum, makes for an effective moisturizer. I even tried shaving with macadamia oil to great effect. A half dozen drops applied to my shower-softened facial hair provided adequate protection from my razor. Plus, without all that cream or gel, I could see where I was going with the blade.

    Read more:
    Hope that´s helpful to someone out there 🙂
    Thanks for the great post!

  249. DP Mendoza

    I need help! I have been using the OCM for two weeks and all is going well. I am a guy who shaves his face 4 – 5 days a week. I used shaving soap with a straight razor. It doesn’t make sense to keep using shaving soap while using the OCM. I try shaving with just water (ouch) and with the oil mixture (ouch). Does anybody know of an alternative shaving lubricant I can use instead of soap?

  250. Anne

    I have tried a lot of cleansers through out the years and I have had breakouts since my early twenties. This was something I could try without having to invest a lot of money, since I have EVOO readily available to me and Castor Oil is pretty inexpensive. I have been trying this for the last few days and I am amazed at the immediate results. I feel like before I was stripping my skin of its natural balance and now it looks healthier, less dry and I have minimized my breakouts! The real test will be PMS time, but I have confidence that this will be my new recommendation to anyone who compliments my skin in the future. Thanks for the information and advice!!!

  251. Deanna Storms

    What is EVOO?

    • Victor

      EVOO – Extra Virgil Olive Oil

  252. Victor


    Today I started to use this method with Castor oil (20%) and Extra Vergin Olive Oil (80%).

    After the cleansing I feel somenthing like my skin is a little bit dry, or something like my face is a little bit burning (I think I have a sensitive skin).

    My question is, can I use a moisture after this OCM or this method is ALL in ONE, the Castor Oil cleans and Olive Oil moisture?

    If I can use, I would like to know which one is best: organic unrefined butter shea or Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil?

    Is it possible to clog the pores butter shea/ coconut oil? (I think butter shea is fatter than coconut oil)

    Thank you for your time and answer

  253. Rebekkah

    When I read this post, I thanked the heavens. I struggle with blackheads, whiteheads, oiliness, dryness, about every skin problem in the book. I have never, ever had ‘touchably soft’ skin. Ever.

    When I tried this for the first time, (I used the oily skin recipe, with grapeseed oil and a few drops of tea tree and vitamin E oil) I noticed an immediate difference. After three days of using it once a day, I can confidently say that my skin has never looked better. I got immediate results. The redness is gone, I have no whiteheads, the blackheads have shrunk drastically and, I expect, will soon be gone. It’s a freaking miracle. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m telling all my friends and making them samples so they can reap the benefits like me!

  254. angela kfoury

    castor oil can cause hair growth on the face
    i always use: olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, sesame oil and flax seed and these are great

  255. Crystal

    I started using the OCM a week ago and am already impressed with the results. The OCM has softened and moisturized my dry skin. Beside breaking out a little the first couple of days, my pores look visibly smaller and are not clogged. I contribute the break out to the caster oil helping to push the grime out f my pores.

  256. Katie

    I know this is an old article, but I was curious about the whole OCM concept. I have had acne my *entire* life, and am sick and tired of the extremes (super dry, or super oily/breakout city). I didn’t have castor oil, or EVOO (I had just regular Virgin Olive Oil). I’ve used only that for 2 days, and it seems to work. I’m just wondering, does it HAVE to be Extra Virgin, or should the regular Virgin olive oil work as well? Is there any big concern with doing this?

  257. Shannon

    I am so happy that I found this method thanks to this blog! Thank you!! I’ve been getting lots of compliments, as wrinkles and scars are diminishing, and maybe my skin looks brighter, too, plus it just feels better, and this method is much more pleasant than washing with a store-bought cleanser. I also rub the oils into the backs of my hands after massaging my face, and they are looking and feeling younger, too. But I was wondering if this method increases sensitivity to sunlight and if you recommend any kind of sunblock that won’t disturb the skins’ ph? So far, to be safe, I’ve just been wearing a hat when outside (though my hands get sun), but that won’t always be possible. I also try to eat watermelon when I’m in the sun a lot since it helps protect your skin and tastes delicious on a sunny day, but I’m afraid it won’t always be sufficient. In the past (before using the OCM), I’ve tried a few options from the natural foods store and best liked the products that use zinc, but they still made my skin feel yucky and caused breakouts. Please share any recommendations you have on this topic!

  258. Linda

    Hi! I just started using essential oils (EO) for my face (moisturizer before bed) and would like to know if I should use EO to cleanse my face as well. I use currently Neutragen facial cleanser and it fees like I have a thin layer of oil on myface after cleansing. Thank you for your advise. Linda

  259. Sonja

    I am so glad I came across your website today. I’ve been looking for a way to clean my skin that was natural. I have used so many different cleansers and my skin is so sensitive. I hope this works for me. 🙂

  260. Paige

    Your post says mix 1 part whatever with 3 parts whatever…what is a “part” equivalent to?

    • Elysia

      Hi there!
      A “part” is any unit of measurement – a teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, ounce, etc. So if you want 1 part castor & 3 parts EVOO, you’d use 1 tsp castor & 3 tsps EVOO, or 1 cup castor & 1 cup EVOO, etc.

  261. Elysia

    My mom (65) and I (25) both want to try natural alternative cleansers, moisturizers, etc. There are so many different recipes & opinions out there, it’s hard to determine what’s the best. I also just purchased some organic argan oil (on sale!) and organic extra virgin coconut oil to try. Any input on how to incorporate these in the oil cleansing method? I have somewhat oily skin with mild acne and a lot of toxins coming from inside my body (severe chronic Lyme+) and my mom has dry-normal skin with a fair amount of wrinkles. She’s always been the typical mom, helping everyone but rarely herself, so I’ve been encouraging her to take time for self-care! I’ve been so focused on taking care of my health for so long, but not the cosmetic/appearance side so it’s fun for both us to do this together. Thanks for the info!!

  262. Brittany

    I tried using 3 parts olive oil and one part Dr. Brooners Castile soap and it dried out my skin. You mention using evening primrose and almond oil for dry skin…what ratio should I try?

  263. judy

    I have been putting castor oil on my face for the past 2 weeks and i’m noticing some awesome results. I notice my pores are getting smaller, my black heads are almost all gone, my face complexion is so soft and smooth. But i’m noticing that its purging my skin also, so i’m noticing a few breakouts but at the same time its clearing them out, its weird i hope i’m not confusing anyone. i also noticed that my eyelashes are getting fuller and my eyebrows too. i love castor oil so far its what has worked best for my skin. It has not dried out my face at all. i just wash my face with baking soda then sometimes i apply some witch hazel and then the castor oil. i only put on the oil at night or in the day time if i know i’m not going out anywhere all day.

  264. Rodney Downsling

    Hello! I know a very great Oil that can be applied to skin to dry wrinkles! This amazing oil is called Memory Oil! I applied the oil to the skin and it dried the wrinkles after a good 2 days of applying it. Not only do I add it to the skin, but I also put it in my food diet to stay healthy. I even put it in my coffee and it tastes Oh so good! Give it a try. Memory Oil is the best!:)

  265. keryn guerrero

    I try the OCM and this did not work for me at all. I did it for couple of months and my face started to breakout, I never had so many blackheads in my face. I had to switch to Cetaphil. My face is now clearing up but still have the marks on my face of the breakout that the OCM cause.

  266. Sally

    Oh, soooo hooked! Got my son hooked too. He has a furry beard and hated it getting “flaky” so this is working well for him. He said a friend was asking why he had a cup of pee sitting on his bathroom counter. LOL. We decided repurposing something like a glass pint liquor bottle…maybe adding a pour spout…would be a good decorative, masculine look for storing. Maybe something in green, like Jagermeister. OH, and I also concede to using a little degreaser, but just for the sink and pipes. Keep the scary stuff off yer face!

  267. denise

    Hi tsh, I am going to try the Olive Oil and Castor Oil, so excited! I am 59 though so this will be more for my dry skin.
    Can you recommend anything for all my skin? It’s really getting dry now that I am older and not only can I not afford expensive things from Macy’s etc, I am into natural if possible;) denise in Oregon

  268. Kathleen Lage

    My skin has been problematic for my whole life with the exception of when I was pregnant with my daughter. What I find works best for me is cleaning with just water and a Norwex body cloth. Really deep cleans my skin and exfoliates at the same time. It is also easy to use anytime of the day because the cleaning agent is water. I will wet a cloth as I am traveling and wipe my face off to feel refreshed.

  269. Rain

    Howdy! I use Tea Tree oil, melaluca oil and grape seed oil. I also use Shea butter on my face. I don’t use these all at once lol! My skin is vibrant I can’t believe what a huge difference natural oils can make on a face. I buy the Tea tree, Melaluca oil (they are combined together in a small container. A little goes a long way. I buy from “The Vitamin Shoppe” online. I will post to my blog. Take care!
    Rain ~ Rain Dropps

  270. Heather

    I personally think the jojoba oil works the best. I’ve researched and tried all sorts of natural remedies from my own blog, and the jojoba is still the best. The next would be lemon juice, I think the high acidity of the pH scale kills all the acne causing bacteria.

  271. Becky

    I too started noticing a change in my skin when I hit 30, nice to know I’m not alone. I started using a soap made from olive oil about two weeks ago and I LOVE it! My skin is slowly clearing up, it is softer and more even. Even some of my old acne scars are begining to fade. I couldn’t tolerate straight oil on my face, so this was a compromise. I do still moisturize after cleansing as well. If oil doesn’t leave you feeling oily (it does me, that’s why I use the soap), then go for it, I vouch for the benefits to your skin…’s great! The bar I use in from Une Olive en Provence, I am able to buy it locally.

  272. Trish

    Oh Im so silly I went out and bought Organic Canola Oil….do you think this would be OK ????????

  273. Denise

    I’ll have to try this oil blend! I’ve been using coconut oil to wash my face for about a year and love it!
    Ps/ curious about the no shampoo.

  274. Shauna Fae

    I love your idea for a simpler method of cleansing. I have always had really oily skin so I thought I would give this a try. It couldn’t hurt :). I do however have one concern. My face lotion I wear every day has SPF in it. Is there another method for this out of curiosity?
    Thank you!
    – Shauna

  275. Christine

    try this

  276. Christie

    I use Vitamin E oil ($2 at Dollar General!). It works wonderfully & lasts forever!

  277. Kate

    I have heard of other people washing their face with oil, and swore by it but I was always skeptical. After reading this, I’m going to finally give it a shot!

  278. Amanda B.

    I’ve tried the OCM, and like the way it makes my face feel. I used it tonight because I had makeup on my face. I used mineral powder foundation. I discovered that it did not remove the makeup. Why is it not removing the makeup? What am I doing wrong? My mixture consists of 3tbs castor oil, 1 tbs olive oil, & 1 drop of tea tree oil (I have very acne prone skin). I massage the oil on my face & neck, and then place the hot washcloth over my face. I then wipe off the oil. I don’t understand why it’s not removing the makeup?

  279. S

    i have a question how do you remove the oil then? and was it helpful, ’cause thinking of applying oil to my face scares me that would make me have more acne, how you did to apply for how much time and how you took it out your face?

  280. S

    i forgot to check mark the send me notification to email, please i’ll appreciate your answer

  281. Diana

    Just wondering if you have to take off makeup before doing this.

  282. Rachel LOTTE

    Wow, thanks for this – I started trying Olive oil on my face when it was so sensitive and dry that I couldn’t find anything that didn’t make my face go all red and anrgy – it was instant heaven. People thought I was weird putting olive oil on my face but it seemed like the natural thing to do. Passing the 30 mark was a shock for me too as my face has always been mega greasy. Will give this a try as my face is still dry in the mornings after washing with water only and by the afternoon it is pretty greasy. Hope this will balance out my skin, it would be great to have a fresh complexion again!

  283. Joanne Riley

    Olive oil is the only moisturizer I use, and have for many years. I add a few drops of fragrant oil to give it a little aromatherapy attitude. A little goes a long way with EVOO which makes it less expensive in the long run and the benefits last a long time. Good tip!

  284. Traci

    Can it be cheap EVOO ? We buy it by the gallons from Aldi. Also, is there different kinds of castor oil??

    And what is this baking soda for hair thing???? Lol

  285. Amber

    Would you also be able to use this on your chest and back?

  286. Shea

    Hi Tish,

    You had mentioned using jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and flaxseed oil. Whould I replace the EVOO or the Castor Oil for one of these?

    Thanks for your help!

  287. Kristen

    I saw this on Pinterest and wanted to say thanks for posting! I appreciate the information. 🙂

  288. Emily

    Never thought this would work; Saw it on Pinterest a month ago and started using it and saw improvements right away. I simply used a dime size amount of EVOO and rubbed it in and my acne shrunk over night! It was amazing!!

  289. Cyndi

    Hi, I have been using OCM for about 3 weeks and I loved it at first, but after the first week my face seemed really dry. I used less castor oil and made sure I was buying good EVOO, but I don’t think my face has EVER been this dry. I took out the castor oil completely and still my face is dry. I love the idea of using a natural cleanser and I don’t want to go back to face wash. Any suggestions? Thanks

  290. Cyndi

    Hi, I have been using OCM for 3 weeks and at first I loved it, but by the end of the first week my face was very dry. I used less castor oil but my face is still very dry. I don’t know if I’ve ever had such dry skin. I cut out the castor oil completely for about a week and it’s not getting better. I like the idea of all natural skin care and I don’t want to switch back to face wash. Any suggestions? Thanks

  291. Dona

    Just thought I let you know, on the back of Castor oil bottle is say ” causes Cancer if continually in contact with skin.” please use caution.

  292. Shirlandmews

    Hi there ! I’ve been using ocm for a bit now and i saw a good change ! I made my sister try as she has a weird acne that leaves scars and red spots. The change is amazing. But we realised blackheads appeared. Well, we had some already, but I have to say they were not that many, and now they are blacker. Is it because of the ocm or maybe is it because we use coco oil as a moisturizer ?

  293. shirlandmews

    Hi there ! I have a question ! I’ve been using the OCM for maybe a month now and saw a good change. I made my little sister try it and saw a great change ! ( She has some weird acne on her nose, chin and around her mouth that leaves redness and scars ). But yesterday as I was about to clean my face, I noticed my blackheads were way blacker than usual, and I had blackheads that appeared where I never saw them. I was wondering, is it because of the OCM or maybe is it because we both use cocnut oil as a moisturizer after the cleaning ? What about if I put some lavender essential oil in my miw as well ? I’d like to have your opinion please. Thanks for your post by the way. =)

  294. Sara Maternini

    I’ve tried yesterday night and my skin already feels less dry and more like my pre-pregnancies skin!
    Thanks for the tip!!!

  295. Kari

    Which brand of EVOO do you prefer? Thanks 🙂

  296. pia

    I started OCM last year and those first few weeks were WONDERFUL! But about 3 weeks in, I began seeing a rash on my cheeks. It wasn’t red or itchy – but at a certain angle in the sun – it was clearly there. I stopped doing OCM and developed a LOT of blackheads. By then I’d shared this method with a cousin who has used it on her and her eczema prone daughter. A year later, my cousin profusely thanked me for telling her about it and how great it has worked on the eczema! I retried OCM for myself – but again, it ended with breakouts. I reverted to “Acne-Free” (like Pro-Active) and figured at the age of 47, I was just destined for a chem laden routine. (ultimately – I discovered my skin simply didn’t like the castor oil)

    Luckily, I happened upon another *all natural* cleansing method that I’ve happily been using for several months and am seeing terrific results! It is *honey, baking soda, and oatmeal – coconut oil moisturizer”! Using equal parts ground oatmeal (literally just run some regular oatmeal in your blender into a powder), baking soda and honey, I mix the ingredients and add just enough water to make the honey less sticky. Set aside. Steam my face with a hot cloth (just like the OCM method), then rub a dollop of honey over your face (I do this for 1-2 minutes), wipe off with a hot cloth. Then, using the oatmeal, baking soda, honey mixture – scrub the face for another 1-2 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. End with a small amount of coconut oil as a moisturizer. All done! I started doing the scrub only at night, honey 2x per day. I now do the scrub 2x per day, as well. Works well for all skin types

    Honey = kills surface yeast and bacteria
    Baking soda = kills bacteria and works as an exfoliatant
    Oatmeal – calming effects on the skin (think Aveeno)
    Coconut oil = light moisture (if you are acne prone, monitor your use as coconut oil *can* make acne worse – though I’m personally not having problems)

  297. Keeli {Cellar Window}

    Thanks, Tsh! I have been using this oil method for about 2 months now and just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks for introducing me to the wonderful world of OCMs! I just made a tutorial on my blog and linked you in as the total inspiration for it.

    Keeli 🙂

  298. Mandy

    I have been seeing a lot about shampoo-free and oil or honey face cleansers, and now I am wondering, what about the rest of my body?

  299. rose

    I came across this website today. I am really excited to try the OCM. I already have the oils at home. =) It sounds like something I should have been doing all along. My skin is naturally dry and for years and years since the beginning of time (ok, i’m only 29) I’ve been using Curel lotion for my skin. It’s kinda expensive compared to the OCM so I hope it helps me. Thanks in advance.

  300. Ashlee

    Does it matter what kind of castor oil that’s used??

  301. pascha

    I’m late to the oCM Party but I’m going to try this. Thank you!

  302. Jim

    Great article and I really like the clean design of your site. I’ve been using unrefined avocado oil for the OCM and my skin is better than it’s ever been. It absorbs quite quickly and has one of the highest monounsaturated fat contents, similar to skin’s natural oils.

    Wondering if anyone has heard of this helping adult facial eczema or similar skin problems? I have a friend I think this could benefit but she is afraid to put oil on her face.

  303. cassy

    I just started doing this 3 days ago when I came across this blog on pinterest. My skin feels amazing!! The appearance of blemish scaring is already diminishing! I have been using jojoba oil which, chemically, is the closest thing to your natural skin oil. It is all natural and just incredible! I got a huge bottle from when I tried their regimen. The regimen did nothing for me but this oil…works wonders!!! Thank you for this!!

  304. Lakeitha

    Does the castor oil need to be cold pressed? Will the castor oil in Walmart do just as well? I read about the oil method and the person said get cold pressed castor oil. Well, I don’t know the difference! 😉 Thanks!

  305. Jackie

    I started using this about 3 days ago. Most of my skin looks better but I think my face is breaking out more on my forehead. Did anyone else have this problem in the beginning. I’m hoping it’s just bringing the junk to the surface before getting rid of it. Maybe i’m using too much tea tree oil?

  306. Jeni

    I am mixing up my first bottle of OCM right now!

  307. Shannon

    I love this post! I have heard so many great things about using natural oils but I do have a question….I tend to get more whiteheads/blackheads than actual “red” pimples. Does this concoction help with those problems?

  308. Tracie

    Can I use the castor oil while being pregnant?

  309. Pam

    Has anyone substituted Grape Seed Oil for Castor Oil? I was thinking of trying that with the EVOO first & if that didn’t work, substitute Jojoba Oil for EVOO.

  310. Margaret

    I wear make-up daily and I am wondering if I am supposed to remove my make-up before massaging in the evoo/castor oil mixture .

    • Mallory

      nope, the oils do a great job of removing makeup, even water-proof mascara. And it won’t burn your eyes 🙂

  311. michele

    My son has extremely oil skin with huge cyst likepimples. What formula do u suggest for him. He is 16 and id love to find something to clear this up. Prescriptions have not worked either. ANY SUGGESTIONS.

  312. Christina

    Just curious, does this method remove waterproof mascara too?

  313. Jennifer

    I am excited to try this but have one question. Do you compleatly wip the oil off when you are done or do you just kind of wip it off?

  314. Seanna

    I just tried this for the first time. I have been mostly poo free on my hair for over a year. Now doing a curly poo free, silicone free, paraben hair stuff. I just switched from body soap I have used on my face for years, to a gentle cleanser with no soap. Used it twice and feel Iike I have a sun burn around my eyes. So I decided to try this tonight, but I only have olive oil on hand. Ny face doesn’t feel oily at all, it feels perfect! I am truly amazed! Thank you, I will have to check back in once I get some castor oil and switch to this religiously!

  315. Faith

    So what kind of oils can you use? And do you have to use more than one? Or can you just use one kind of oil.

  316. michelle

    Just tried this on my skin is so soft

  317. Kay Bee

    I had TERRIBLE acne when I was about 13-14, I remember one of the girls with flawless skin saw me getting teased, she told me that she didn’t use any soap or cleanser, just warm cloth held to her face then rubbed lightly. I used it ever since. Even though my skin isn’t perfect (though now coconut oil is part of my 2 part skin care routine) it made an almost immediate and permanent improvement.
    Less is more, and the more we can make ourselves, the better off we will be.

  318. Danielle

    I am currently on my 5th week of the oil cleanse and I have acne prone skin and it does not seem to be improving.. I am also breaking out in my hair line around my face. I started out using EVOO but it seemed like my skin was always so dry afterwards. I would add a tiny bit of oil back onto my face but it didn’t help. I cam across an article that said that Sunflower oil was butter because it absorbed better into the skin. I started using that and my skin isnt so dry now but I am still breaking out like crazy!
    Should I just add tea tree oil to my routine? Should I change back to olive oil? I have been using different ratios like 1 part castor oil to 2-4 parts olive or sunflower.. Maybe I will try the 3 parts castor to 1 part oil.
    Should I still add the tea tree oil? Will I still use the oil as my moisturizer until my skin evens itself out?

    • Heather

      Hi, I saw your post and thought I would help out a bit since I know quite a bit about the oil cleansing method. First oil olive isn’t my preferred choice for this method, I would use Jojoba oil as it is the closest match to the human’s natural oils. Second the castor oil is the “cleansing” part of the oils, this means it draws up the impurities similar to a clay mask. This will make you continuously break out until your skin is free from all the bacteria in the bottom seventh layer of the skin. For most people depending on their age this process to get to the bottom layer is between six to eight weeks. If you want to stop breaking out and clearing up so should do a 2:2 ratio of castor/carrier oils or 1:3 castor/ carrier. I use tea tree oil in my cleanser as well as a spot treatment after. To spot I just put a few drops of jojoba and a few drops of tea tree and apply all over. I hope this helps!!

  319. Kristian

    How long do you need to use it before it starts to work??

  320. skepticrina

    Coconut oil, folks is where its at. Equal parts coconut oil (unrefined) to castro oil

  321. marie

    I have been doing this for about a week now. Equal EVOO and Castor Oil. I have been so amazed. I have a seriously oily T zone… like dab my forehead 6-7 times a day oily. Not anymore. My pores have shrunk. No more blackheads or whiteheads. I still have a couple of break out zits, but I am pretty confident even those will go away with time as the OCM finishes purging all the bad stuff from my skin. My skin looks so healthy and “glowy”. It is super soft and I no longer need to use moisturizer on a daily basis.

  322. rina

    Please HEEELP! I have tried ocm with these oils: castor oil, blackseed oil in ratio 3:1, and a few drops tea tree oil. Before i started this I had blackheads in my forehead but now, I have white pimples and I pop them but after a day I have a new pimple there. I have tried ocm for more than two weeks. Please tell me should I continue or should I stop it. In the rest of the face I didn’t have any breakouts but I can see a cleaner skin. Please help!

  323. Mallory

    So I’ve been using the OCM for about a year now. My acne-prone skin is probably the best it’s been since I first started breaking out in juniror high. However, I’ve noticed that my skin will get flaky, especially around my nose area. I use about 10% caster oil and the about 45% olive oil and 45% grapeseed oil. I then moisturize with coconut oil afterwards. I’m wondring what my skin is so flaky. It doesn’t necessarily feel dry and in fact I usually have very oily skin (until I started this method). Could it be the hot water I steam with? Does this happen to anyone else?

  324. Melissa

    I just stumbled across your website, and I couldn’t be more excited to try this. I have the worlds driest face. Not only is it dry but it gets rashy and scaly and pale, etc. I have been using witch hazel and apricot oil, it is ok. I think I need to cut out the witch hazel, a toner on dry skin doesn’t seem necessary. I am going to my local health food store on my lunch break to pick up castor oil. Thank you for helping us busy but healthy women stay fresh

  325. Tina

    Like when you stopped using shampoo, did you find that there was a transition period when you started treating your face with oil? Did your skin react to it at first, and if so, about how long before things balanced out?
    Great article. I can’t wait to try it!

  326. Sandra

    This is basically the ancient Roman method of bathing. Rub oil in, scrape off dirt, jump in the steam room…

  327. sbobet

    Although I was enjoying this exercise in eating locally, I was always still reaching for the familiar.I saw tables covered with a rainbow of produce, but I just wasn’t brave enough to buy it. After all, I wasn’t even sure what it was called, much less how to cook with it

  328. Lauren Sargent

    Does the castor oil/evoo cleansing method also removes dark spots and bumps that are on your face?

  329. Victoria

    I don’t think it’s accurate to say that olive oil has the same pH level as skin. “pH refers to the hydrogen ion concentration in an aqueous solution. Olive oil and other oils are not water soluble so their acidity cannot be measured in terms of pH.”

    Granted, one can still say that as a vegetable oil, it’s very low in acidity, and only when it’s mixed with a strong base such as lye does it form a salt like soap.

    The key benefit to this, I think, is that you’re removing the actual soap, salicylic acids found in many products and perfumes from the process.

  330. Miss S

    How long does it take to see any results, I’ve never had problems with pimples growing up, I am turning 24 in July and my face is now full of them!! I feel like a teenage boy. I’ve been using using proactiv all my life and it was working fine up until now. I thought it was my birth control pills causing it so I stopped, its been 2 months now since I have been off and my skin is still looking like a pepperoni!!! Anyway, I am done ranting back to my initial question: Should I completely stop my proactiv routine and do the oil. What have you guys done???

  331. Acne from Sun

    How long have you been using this method to clean your skin? I have read mixed reviews, and I have started it. I am on day 2 of mixing Cold Pressed Castro Oil mixed with Jajoba oil with a couple drops of tea tree… I think my skin feels oily afterwards, not sure of what the outcome will be for my skin but I did have a white head near my nose this morning.

  332. Tiffany

    I hate to say it but I am very new to the OCM. But I wanted to tell you and everyone that this is a miracle and a revelation! I tried it with quite a bit of skepticism, but after experiencing it I am not only a devotee, I am a proselytizer trying to spread the word. I haven’t had terribly acute skin problems since I was a teenager, but I have always dealt with white heads and black heads. Since I have started the OCM those problems have disappeared. In fact, my mom told me that my skin has never looked better. My formula is 80% grapeseed oil, 15% almond oil and 5% castor oil, and it’s absolutely perfect! Thanks so much!

  333. Lids

    I know I am coming in late to the conversation but I am wondering if you can just use olive oil or if you must mix it with something else such as castor oil?

  334. Jaci

    Hello! I recently found your blog about using extra virgin olive oil and castor oil as your facewash! I have extremely dry skin so I have been using 2 parts castor oil to 3 parts extra virgin olive oil and on the bright side my skin has not been dry at all! But on the down side I am breaking out with pimples more than before, any suggestions?

  335. Jean

    I’m using sunflower oil for OCM and its great! I think its better than using olive oil since sunflower oil is hypoallergenic. My skin has never been looking this good before.

  336. Krys

    I’m glad I found this! Thanks for sharing. I’m moving back in with my parents this weekend and have always found the water where they are to be quite drying for my skin. Perhaps I’ll have to try this out!
    – Krys

  337. April

    How do you keep the EVOO from gunking up your sink and plumbing? I made a sugar scrub using EVOO and it made my shower so slick I almost killed myself.

  338. Lily Sherrill

    Hi, I use this once a day right before bed. I am a teenager so of course I have bad acne and oily skin. I’ve been using this for about a month and have definitely noticed the affect it has on the oil I have throughout the day; which is A LOT better. I am disappointed that it hasn’t helped with my acne and blackheads though… I was wondering if this could be because I use mixture as a moisturizer as well. In the morning after rinsing my face, I put a little layer over my skin to moisturize it as well as before I go to bed, after using the oil to cleanse my face. Is it okay to use this as my moisturizer or should I use an organic lotion instead?

  339. Amelia

    hi! loved your post,

    I don’t know if I got it right, but sweet almond oil can replace olive oil because it’s ph is also compatible with skin ph?


  340. Julie

    Anyone try this with your kids? What age did you start? I need to start it myself, but would also like for my kids to be able to do it and not wash their faces with soap.

  341. Linda

    Brilliant combination of oils. I have been using this method for about 1 1/2 years now. My skin has a texture that is smooth and silky. I must admit I was pretty skeptical if it would work on my nose area, I have had blackheads since I was a teen and nothing I’ve tried is easy and effective. THE OCM WORKS! The longer I use the OCM the smaller the pores on my nose, chin & under nose area are getting too.
    All I have to say is I am so thankful that I came across this website, being over 60 and finding something that works is astounding. Well, several people have told me I look 40-50 years old. Flattery! It works for me.

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