Cleaning with Oil


Naturally I’m not referring to Monday, but thinking back to yesterday. It was 80 degrees, actually sunny in the Burgh, and I spent most of my time, relaxing and brushing the winter fluff from my dogs. HEAVEN.

Today it is naturally cloudy again. No one’s a big Monday fan.

Moving on.

I thought I would talk about Oil Cleansing today as a follow up to the post about cleansers.  If you haven’t read that post yet, I’d start THERE and come back.

Oil cleansing is a big thing in green beauty and there’s a reason for it.  It’s amazing.  There are A LOT of posts out there for it, and like everything on this blog, I’m not inventing anything new, but letting you know I’ve read all those blogs and here’s what you need to know:

What is oil cleansing?
Cleaning your face with oil….OK more specifically,  it’s using carrier oils, or oil blends, to break up the dirt and natural oil on your face as a cleanser does.

Why do you oil cleanse?
It is similar to the natural sebum your skin produces, it doesn’t strip the skin or cause it to freak out.

How do you oil cleanse?
Step 1. Put oil/oil blend in your hands
Step 2. Slather all over your face (including eyes…closed eyes…yeesh…and yes, it will remove all mascara even if you’re still insanely using toxic water-proof mascara)
Step 3. Run a washcloth under hot water, ring it out, put over your face and pretend you’re at a spa and not a bathroom where your dogs are stealing rawhides from one another while you’re husband is watching game of thrones, INHALE, then scrub and wipe oil away. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
Step 4. rub your baby smooth skin before you tone and correct and moisturize

Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use any oil?

Essentially yes, specifically no.  There are some oils better than others, and depending on what your skin is like you’ll want to use certain oils over others. * DON’T USE OLIVE OIL it tends to cause breakouts.  Also, it’s jut oil people, so mess around and find whats good for your skin, we accept this of toxic beauty, it’s the same for green beauty.

My skin is Oily can I still use it?
DID I STUTTER? everyone can use it and everyone should.  In fact, if you have oily skin you should DEFINITELY be using this method.  If you strip away the oil your skin produces, your skin is all like “what the hell B , I just put that there so you’re not dry, FINE, I’ll make double”  your skin kinda has an attitude. If you cleanse with oil your skin’s all like “Yo man, thank you for helping me out, I’ll be all sweet and not embarrass you on your date now.”

I’m not what you’d call a DIY-er can I just buy some pre-made oils?

Uh, can you tell me about them?
YUP… in a minute

Can I reuse my washcloth filled with gross dirty oil and makeup and dirt on my face more than once?
NOPE.  Well do you have the ability to? YES. Should you? ABSOLUTELY NOT. It’s like putting a dirty diaper back on a baby. You’re welcome for that mental image on a Monday morning.

I am a DIY-er what are some oils I can use to make my own cleanser?
Alright, the traditional recipe for oil cleansing is this:

1.5 tsp Castor Oil
1.5 tsp Carrier Oil

That’s it! I know so simple it’s deceiving right?  And Castor Oil, bet you didn’t see that coming.  Castor Oil is the traditional base since it’s the most dissolving and cleansing of oils.  Your carrier oil is an additional oil that has some beneficial qualities to enhance your cleansing.  Castor oil can be very drying,if you find it to be too drying for you, chuck it, or change the ratios and amount you use.  Here’s a list of Oils you can use instead , or in addition to castor oil.


carrier oils
carrier oils



My Dirty Little Secret: I literally take some Jojoba Oil straight from the bottle, in my palms, rub it on my face and then scrub/wipe it off.

SO LAZY I KNOW, but my skin is reactive, Jojoba oil is easy to get and is non-comedogenic (non-clogging) and I know I’m going to double cleanse, then tone, THEN moisturize, so I spend 0.0 seconds on mixing an oil blend.


Now for those non DIY-ers, If you want to use a pre-made oil blend here are some great options:

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One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser / Black Chicken Remedies /Kari Gran Cleansing Oil /Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Organic Makeup Remover/Crunchy Betty Cleansing Oils  / Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil

Want more? Check out my ever-updating Pinterest page.

Interested in researching a little further?  Check out the links below:




Have a good one and go slap some oil on your face!

Sue sig - ventilla




4 thoughts on “Cleaning with Oil

  1. So what about HONEY/beeswax??? I’ve been obsessed with Lush’s Ultrabland until I found out (thank you Think Dirty app) that they are not a clean brand! 😦 But I love the way beeswax cleanes my skin and have read its very good for you. So on Spirit Junkie I bought Wedderspoon Manuka Honey to see if I love it as much as the Ultrabland. What are your thoughts on honey as a cleanser?

    1. Hey Renee! I LURVE cleansing and making masks with honey! check out this post here: I go into detail about honey, and specifically manuka honey which packs a punch. Cleaning with honey is great! It makes your skin soft, hydrated, and can help with acne! here’s another great post on LBF’s blog: Because manuka is more expensive, and it does wonders as a mask, I use it as a mask more than a cleanser. This doesn’t take makeup off, so make sure you get that all off (with your oil WINK) first. Have a great one! Sue.

      1. Haha! Of course I missed that post! Maybe that’s why Lush’s first ingredient is Almond oil. 🙂

        I’m excited to try the Makura honey. It was on sale at Spirit Junkie.

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