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BellaSugar Is Trying the Oil Cleansing Method

I'm Trying the Oil Cleansing Method For a Month

It's time for another Bella experiment in the spirit of my The Natural series. This time, though, instead of making my entire beauty routine organic and edible, I'm taking things a little slower and testing out the popular Oil Cleansing Method.

The OCM uses a combination of household oils (most commonly olive and castor) to remove makeup, grime, and surface sebum without dehydrating your skin. I've heard raves about the technique but also a couple of horror stories, so I'm hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

Right now, my plan is to use two parts extra virgin olive oil to one part castor oil with a drop of tea tree oil mixed in for acne help. Have any of you already tried the OCM? If you have, I'd love any advice or words of warning you have. And if you want to know how it's going, just check back here later this week, when I'll be a couple days in and can talk about my initial results.

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Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 6 years
Thank you for all the advice, guys! The olive oil/castor combination does seem to be breaking me out, so I'll give almond oil a try this weekend and report back on Monday about my experiences so far. :)
Lucysgottagrin Lucysgottagrin 6 years
I haven't quite done the oil cleansing method, but I do remove my mascara with olive oil. It's the cheapest, most effective, and most gentle way for me. I just pour a small amount on some cotton and gently swipe up, then clean my eyes normally with a facial cleanser.
jjaustin jjaustin 6 years
I have been use Sweet Almond Oil as make up remover for years. I really love it, it even remove water proof eye makeup really easy. I will use the almond oil to remove my makeup and just watch my face with face wash after, There is no breakout for me at all. I use the almond oil as body moisturizer too. I love it, specially when I travel, I can use almond oil as make up remover, and also body oil in the same time.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Shobha, have you tried coconut butter/oil? It's pretty inexpensive, and it's extremely moisturizing. My roommate swears by it.
cara-s cara-s 6 years
Heard so many things about OCM as well... but I hear most about makeup removing oils. Would love to give this a go, esp since its all natural! Keep us posted Miriam!
Wine-Harlots Wine-Harlots 6 years
Grapeseed oil and apricot oils are my favorites. I make a blend with olive oil and lavender oil to make a body oil blend. Enjoy!
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
I have oily acne prone skin, and used a combo of jojoba, grapeseed oils for cleansing; rosehip oil & shea butter for moisturising. I went through a mild purging period, and overall my skin felt a little oilier (although it didn't look greasy), and more supple and radiant.the rosehip and shea butter especially helped diminish scarring and pigmentation problems. However, I then developed a nasty facial allergy and rash to something (may not have been the OCM) and had to start using med approved products. I really want to go back to OCM buy have to wait to the all clear first.
valerie1017 valerie1017 6 years
You will go thru a purging period in the beggining of using the OCM. That is quite normal, stick with it!!
risqueredhead risqueredhead 6 years
Am I the only person who breaks out when they use Jojoba oil? That stuff hates me.
goldenfarewell goldenfarewell 6 years
Don't be concerned about coconut oil. It cannot be absorbed through your skin and into your circulatory system/digestive system. If it were that easy, then you would be absorbing every single thing that comes in contact with your skin into your body (germs, other oils/moisturizers, etc.). You have to ingest those kinds of things for it to affect your cholesterol, arteries and things of that nature.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Only use a drop of tea tree oil. It is VERY harsh. Castor oil is the most drying, and works best for oily skin in a 70:30 ratio with a moisturizing oil like coconut. Jojoba oil is more waxy than oily and could clog your pores or leave a film.
Faylinn Faylinn 6 years
I only use it to remove makeup, which it does a fantastic job. Also, I use the double cleansing method (on days I wear a full face of makeup), where I follow up with a regular cleanser, because I already have very oily skin and the leftover oil doesn't do me any favors. I use jojoba oil. It's expensive, but it's the lightest oil I've found.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
I use 2 parts sunflower oil and 1 part castor oil, with tea tree as a spot treatment. LOVE IT.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I can't wait to check back. It makes me think of "oil pulling" which I've read about as well. Maybe you could have a themed bunch of experiments. ;)
theglossarie theglossarie 6 years
woman, you are brave!! good luck :)
valerie1017 valerie1017 6 years
You should use Jojoba Oil (which most mimics sebum) and castor oil. 70% Jojoba to 30% castor for oily skin. DO NOT use Tea Tree oil on your face!!!
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