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Fight Oil With Oil! – The “Oil Cleansing Method” Revisited

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Foxbrim, but as usual, the ideas and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

It’s been several years since I first mentioned the “Oil Cleansing Method” here on the blog. That post has generated a lot of interest since then, so I thought it was high time I revisited the subject! If you haven’t heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before now, or are just a bit rusty on the details, here’s a little refresher course…

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Oil Cleansing Method 101

The Oil Cleansing Method involves massaging an oil or mixture of oils into your skin, then gently wiping your face clean with a warm, damp wash cloth. (Some people also steam their skin as part of the cleansing process, but some don’t.) The logic of this process is based on the scientific concept of “like dissolving like,” meaning that substances with similar characteristics will dissolve in each other. This helps explain why oil and water don’t mix, and why it’s so hard to wash oily stains out of your clothing.

Some traditional soaps and cleansers can be too harsh and dry out your skin. Dehydrated skin can be dry and flaky, or even end up producing MORE oil to compensate. But by cleansing your face with oil (that’s right, just oil!) you create an environment that dissolves the oils and grime on your skin without the harsh drying effects. Many people report that the Oil Cleansing Method has helped control the oil production on their face, reducing breakouts as well as moisturizing those dry, flaky patches.

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Choosing Your Oils

So now that you know what the Oil Cleansing Method is… you may be wondering which oil or oils you should use. Well, it largely depends on who you talk to. TheOilCleansingMethod.com suggests that for cleansing normal skin, you should use a 1:4 ratio of pure castor oil which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and a secondary oil, like sunflower oil or even olive oil. Others have reported success using jojoba, argan, and rosehip oils as their secondary oil. It may take some time and experimentation to decide what oils are perfect for your unique skin type.

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Whatever oils you choose to use, you should ideally select oils that are natural, organic, and suited for use in skincare. I recently learned about a skincare company called Foxbrim that offers oils that check all three of those boxes. Their offerings include many of the oils I mentioned above, at a very reasonable price compared to a lot of other brands out there.

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Pre-Mixed Options

And if you’re interested in trying out the Oil Cleansing Method, but feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of selecting and mixing the oils yourself, Foxbrim has you covered there, too! Their 100% Natural Makeup Remover & Facial Oil contains a mixture of grapeseed, avocado, macadamia, and jojoba oils. This combination of oils helps to cleanse skin of makeup and impurities, and it comes in a 2oz pump bottle that makes it easy to apply. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and leaves it feeling so soft and smooth!

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

But my favorite thing about Foxbrim is that they make products you can feel good about buying. They never test their products on animals, and they source their oils and other ingredients in small batches. This means that the products you receive are about as fresh and high-quality as they come, and at a great value. (The Facial Oil I mentioned above is only $15. Similar facial oils from other brands can cost twice that amount – for a bottle half the size!)

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method with the Foxbrim Facial Oil for a week or so now, and I’ve been loving the way my skin feels. I’m looking forward to seeing continued improvement in my skin tone! If you’re using the Oil Cleansing Method, or are planning on giving it a try, I’d love to hear how it’s working out for you! Leave a comment below this blog post, or shoot me an email anytime. :-)

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

Interested in trying out some of these products for yourself? The kinds folks at Foxbrim are generously offering an exclusive discount to OGT readers! Head to their online shop and use the code GOODTHING15 to receive a 15% discount on your order.

(And if you’re on the fence about placing an order, Foxbrim has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with your products, they will refund your money completely, no questions asked. Hard to argue with that!)

Fight Oil With Oil! - The "Oil Cleansing Method" Revisited

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  • Like some others here, I use coconut oil. It’s inexpensive (I get a huge jar – about 5 pounds or so? for under $15, and use if for cooking, ingesting in tea, and on my skin. Sometimes I add in a little lavender oil for the scent.
    I like to massage it gently into my skin, but I don’t like to bother with warm wash cloths (I’m so lazy!), so I use witch hazel, a very good pH astringent, with either cotton balls/pads, or facial wipes (unscented) to remove the oil, and then massage in a very little bit more coconut oil as a nighttime moisturizer.
    I also keep coconut oil in little used and cleaned out cosmetic jars (like 1 inch in diameter) around the house, to use as lip balm, or on any little dry spots on my hands or arms, whenever I need to.

    • Lol!! Lazy for me would be simply grabbing a warm, wet washcloth…getting the other stuff together and putting it on a cotton pad, etc…all of that seems like WAY more trouble than the simple water-on cloth!!

  • This is a very good post; thank you! I want to start my 11 year old daughter with a good, natural skincare routine (wash, toner, moisturize) , and I’m wondering if these products are suitable for someone that age going forward. If so, any advice where to start? Thank you for any advice!

  • I use coconut oil to cleanse and remove my makeup. I put it on my face (and eyes if I’m wearing makeup) and then take a hot washcloth and lay it on my face and wipe off the dirt. I normally repeat. I then follow up with a moisturizer. Easy and quick! This has done a great job to control my adult acne.

    • That’s what I use, too! Regular good ol’ organic, extra virgin coconut oil – from the same jar I keep in my kitchen for cooking, as well as ingesting – 2 to 4 tablespoons a day (I like it in my morning tea). I also use old fashioned witch hazel, as I like to remove all of the now-dirty oil. Then I put a tiny bit more oil on as a night time moisturizer. I blot it to make sure it doesn’t get on the pillowcase. It seems to be absorbed quickly into my skin.

  • I have never used oil as a facial cleanser before. I’m really interested in the Foxbrim products. I think that I have sensitive skin, I’m prone to breakouts, my skin gets oily relatively quickly, but I still suffer from having patches of dry skin, primarily on my nose. What products would you suggest I use from Foxbrim? Thanks for the help, and I loved the post!

  • I use 1:3 ratio mixture of coconut oil and castor oil over my face and neck. Then rinse a washcloth in the hottest water, wring it out and drape it over my face till it cools off. Then repeat 2 more times. The third time, I wipe the oil off with the washcloth. Use micellular water to get the excess, apply serum and my regular night cream.
    Works great! I do this twice a week during the summer, more often during the winter. I’m 64 years old, living in CO and get compliments on my skin all the time.

  • A MAC associate told me years ago that an oil based makeup remover is essential to removing artificial eyelash glue. It is also very effective in removing sunblock. The sunblock adheres to the skin in such a way (or so I’m told!) that it needs to be specifically removed. I have such dry, sensitive skin that I avoided soap products for years. Now that I understand the science behind using oil, I am not afraid to wash my face. I like apricot oil!

  • I have used Jojoba oil to remove my eye makeup for 25 years, and everyone always thinks I’m 10-15 years younger that I actually am, so the oil cleansing certainly does something right!

  • This works fantastically. I cheated because I was snowed in for the day . I used vegetable oil . Yes straight worked to my husbands raised eyebrows. (haha). Followed with your all purpose cleaner of dawn vinegar and water. What else to do when your snowed in. Thank you Deb Carson

    • I’ve been using “vegetable” oil for over 30 years – ALL OVER – while still wet from my shower. Learned this in Denver (1982) because of their super DRY air – someone mentioned this solution. I keep a small squirt bottle in the shower and next to my sink for just makeup removal– OIL on then you’re supposed to just “dab” dry but I just dry as usual (trying to NOT rub oil off) – voila – NO DRY SKIN EVER and makeup comes off whoooosh!

      • DO NOT USE BABY OIL — mineral oil — it does nothing but PULL moisture from your skin – vegetable and organic material made into oil – SOAKS in and keeps you moise

  • Well. I can see I am the oldest of the readers. I was thinking castor oil for internal cleansing & not external. LOL My sweet mom who is of the 1924 generation talked of getting castor oiled for every ailment she & her siblings ever mentioned. She even tried it a few times on me of the 1946 generation. I rebelled so loudly that she went to better things. I am not saying that a good dose of castor oil may not a needed thing but I doubt many of your readers would go along with it. Look forward to you every day. Blessings to you…Keep up the good work.

    • I too Elaine when I saw Castor oil all I could think of is my Mom coming at me with a large spoon full of the stuff Yuck!! But this method sounds really interesting and I am going to give it a go.

    • That castor oil remedy would be a great way to get your kids to quit whining about not wantin’ to go to school and using fake ailments! Too bad my kids are all grown up or I’d give it a try! ;-)

  • I love DHC’s Olive Cleansing Oil. Been using it for years and has never caused a breakout. Leaves my skin silky and nourished. It is olive oil plus a tiny bit of rosemary.

  • I was wondering if anyone has had success with this. I’ve always had oily skin and where I live it’s very humid right now. The climate definetly can cause a problem with my skin and breakouts.

    • I use the oil cleanse method, but the ratio I use is 1:1 with sunflower (or olive or coconut oil) and castor oil. Castor oil is really good, because it acts like an astringent to cleanse and the sunflower has the highest vitamin E content. My process is easy (cause I don’t like long skin care regimes) I have a bottle of the mix in the shower. Take about a quarter sized amount and rub it over my face and neck for about 30 – 60 seconds. Then take a wash cloth and get it soaked under the hot shower water then lay it over my face for the same time frame. Then I just wipe away the excess oil.

      Depending on the time of year the mix can be adjusted. If you notice you need more cleansing, do 1:2 sunflower : castor or if you need more moisture do 2:1 sunflower : castor.

      In addition: I have never found a better makeup remover than coconut oil. Just take a dab of it, rub it in your hands to soften and rub over your face (including sensitive eye area) then take a very warn wash rag and wipe it off. The makeup comes off with it.

    • Oil cleansing method definitely works. But I would search the internet for a recipe. I have been using this method for over 7 years now. I love it! I would caution you or anyone out there reading this about some of the products she is advertising. I went to the Foxbrim website and was ready to purchase the Retinol Oil when I decided to check out the ingredients. SODIUM BENZOATE is listed. It is bad enough on its own but I read that when mixed with vitamin C or E it changes into a chemical that is known to cause cancer. PLEASE BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU USE ON YOUR SKIN! It’s our largest organ! If I were you I would make my own. Its not that expensive, you can experiment with formulas, and you will KNOW that it IS SAFE to use.


  • I’ve been using the OCM for over 6 months now and I love it! My skin is softer and smoother than ever & it only breaks out during that time of the month. I make my own oil blend including 4 types of carrier oil and a few essential oils as well. It’s 2/4 argan (it doesn’t clog pores at all), 1/4 rosehip (great for getting rid of those fine lines around the eyes), 1/4 castor (to expel icky stuff from my skin) and a couple of squeezed-out capsules of evening primrose (also good for fine lines & helps to firm skin). To that mixture I add the essential oils of tea tree (antibacterial), lavender (skin-soothing),roman chamomile (great for sensitive skin), helisychrum (aka imortelle & fantastic for anti-aging products), geranium (I prefer the bourbon or rose variety any skin type) and sandalwood (keeps skin silky smooth). I will admit that due to the large variety of essential oils that it does smell a bit strong, but the combo is fantastic for my 35 y/o skin that is just starting to get the tiniest lines yet still has breakouts due to hormones. My routine is reasonably simple, too. First, I wipe my face and neck down with a homemade facial wipe just to get any sweat or random dirt off. Then I apply the oil to my face with a foundation brush because it goes on more evenly & keeps my hands clean. I set a 10 minute timer to let the oil soak in & just read a book (or Jillee’s blog ☺) to kill the time. When the timer goes off I take a microfiber face cloth, run it under the hottest water I can stand, and leave it on my face until it cools down. Then I get the cloth wet again & rub it in circular motions across my face to remove any unabsorbed oil left over. Finally, since I don’t want any of the essential oils near my eyes, I use a mix of argan, rosehip & evening primrose & apply it to the skin around my eyes with a concealer brush. For some reason I noticed that makeup brushes like those for foundation and concealer with firmer bristles do a MUCH better job at applying oil than (for example) a blush or eyeshadow brush does. I use this method every night before going to sleep & it really is convenient, practical and useful. I am in the process of starting my own business selling all-natural & vegan bath, beauty, hair & skin care products, as well as some fragrances I’ve developed that smell amazing. My website isn’t complete yet & I’m not ready for full-on business mode just yet, but if you would like some help with creating your own facial oil including essential oils (I’ve created others for friends & family with different skin types), are interested in my personal version, or just want to talk about natural beauty with someone else who loves it, feel free to send me an email at pixiepotions@yahoo.com. Also, Jillee, since you have given me so much help, guidance and advice on the way to making my dream of Gina’s Pixie Potions come to pass, once everything is set up & ready both you (especially) and your readers a nice discount on what I’ll have to offer.

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