Homemade Oil Cleanser

Oil Cleanser?  I know you’re thinking, “WHAT????”  But seriously it’s awesome!  I learned about the double cleansing method while researching the Korean Skincare Method!  It’s awesome!  For example, have you ever washed your face and then gone to bed only to wake up and find you have a black streak of mascara on your pillow case or in the corners of your eyes?  I used to, and I would think, ” but I washed my face!”

That won’t happen anymore with the double cleansing method!  Your face will be actually clean!  And don’t freak out over putting oil on your face.  No, it will not clog your pores and give you zits.  Trust me, this is the only way I wash my face now!

There are a lot of oil cleansers you can buy now.  Here in the states we have to buy them mostly on Amazon if we want them because we can’t find them at our local stores.  But for me I decided to make my own since I’ve been using oils for awhile and felt comfortable doing it.  What I super love about the Korean Skincare Method is that it is so completely customizable to each individual’s skin type and needs!

So the first thing you need to decide is what kind of skin you have.  Dry? Combination? Oily?  Is your skin sensitive?  Mine is actually different depending on the time of year.  In winter I am dry.  But come summer I am combination.  So I like being able to change my cleanser depending on what I need for my skin rather than putting up with cleansers that dry and irritate my skin!


Caster Oil ( This is the base, it will be the oil that really removes your makeup, sweat, and dirt from your face. )

Your preferred carrier oil

What’s a carrier oil?  A carrier oil is any healthy raw oil that you like.  Different oils are great for different skin types and needs!IMG_0689

 Dry Skin:  Avocado, Sweet Almond, & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Normal Skin:  Hempseed, Coconut, Grapeseed, Sunflower, & Sweet Almond

Oily Skin:  Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Jojoba, & Sunflower

Sensitive Skin:  Jojoba, Sweet Almond, & Apricot

Mature Skin:  Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Apricot, & Evening Primrose

For me, right now, I am using a combination of EVOO and Evening Primrose carrier oils in my cleaner.  I have dry skin so I am using EVOO but I am also starting to need some maturing oils so I use Evening Primrose!  You could also just use Sweet Almond because it’s great for all skin types!


For Dry skin you will use a 1:10 ratio.  So when I make mine I use 1/8 cup caster oil, 1 cup EVOO, and 1/4 cup Evening Primrose.

For Normal/Combination Skin you will use a 1:4 ratio.  You would mix 1/4 cup caster oil with 1 cup carrier oil.

For Oily Skin you will use a 1:3 ratio.  You would mix 1/4 cup caster oil with 3/4 cup carrier oil.

Store in a soap dispenser!

Voila there you have it!  You very own customized oil cleanser!

If you are new to using an oil cleanser let me explain how to use it!

To use

  1.  Pump 2 pumps of cleanser into your dry hands.
  2. Apply the oil cleanser to your dry face. ( yes, totally dry face!)
  3. Move it around gently for a few minutes.  (This will also remove your eye makeup.)
  4. Turn on the warm water and run your hands in it for a minute then begin to apply water to your face.  After a couple of minutes the oil will come off.

Your face will not feel dry like when you use a water based cleanser, it will still feel soft, almost oilyish, but it’s not oily!  Next you will use your water based cleanser.

This is considered Step 1 in the Korean Skincare Method.  You should follow this with a water based foaming cleanser.  That cleanser will remove all the oil and remaining makeup, sweat, and dirt! I also make my own foaming Cleanser to keep cost down on my skin care products!  Plus I have come to really like being able to customize them for what I need then! Right now I am making a Homemade Foaming Green Tea Cleanser that I use after I use the oil cleanser each night as part of the double cleansing method!

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