Natural Homemade Face Cleaner: The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

People are  often a bit confused to hear that I use oil not soap to cleanse my face.  I have been using the oil cleansing method (OCM) for more than a year and the only blemish that I have encountered is when I traveled without my OCM mixture and used traditional face cleaner.    Using the oil cleansing method has not only brought a natural balance to my skin it has kept me from being exposed to toxic chemicals and saved a bunch of money.

Oil Cleansing Method

Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

I have found that the oil cleansing method is very effective.  By using the oil cleanse method you do not strip your skin of its natural oils by washing it with over the counter facial cleansers, this allows your skin to find its own balance. The oil cleansing method works by utilizing two oils.  The main ingredient this method uses is castor oil.


Castor oil has anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties, this makes it a powerful healing agent.  The castor oil draws the impurities out of your skin.  Oil also helps to dissolve dirt, oil, and impurities in your skin.  Using the oil cleanse method not only leaves your face clean and balanced it saves you a bunch of money on pricey over the counter facial cleansers and saves your body from all of the nasty chemicals found in those cleansers.

How OCM Works

Oil dissolves oil.  By using the correct oils you are able to effectively cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively.  When done properly and consistently, the oil cleansing method will leave your skin healthy, balanced and moisturized.

How to Mix Oil for Oil Cleansing Method

Choose your oils.  You will want to use castor oil to draw the dirt and gunk our of your pores.  The second oil is used to dilute the Castor oil and should help moisturize your skin because Castor oil alone can be very drying..  Coconut oil is my oil of choice for this.  You can also use olive oil,  jojoba, sunflower seed, sweet almond, or avocado oils, but I love coconut oil.

OCM: Oil Cleanse Method

Oil Cleansing Method Recipe

The ratio that you use depends on your skin type.

  • Oily Skin:  Blend 2/3 Castor Oil to 1/3 of secondary oil
  • Balanced Skin:  An equal blend of Castor Oil and secondary oil (I  use 2 Tablespoons of each)
  • Dry Skin:  1/3 Castor Oil to 2/3 of secondary oil

You can also add essential oils to your cleanser.   They are an optional addition but if you have acne prone skin they can help boost the healing properties of your cleanser.   Tea Tree oil is a great addition for acne prone skin.  If you have irritated or inflamed skin chamomile or lavender essential oils may help.  Make sure that you use a skin friendly essential oil and test it on your skin prior to using it on your face.  I do not add essential oils to my oil cleansing mixture.

Storing Your Oil

I store mine in a glass jar with a pump.

OCM: Oil Cleanse Method


How to Use OCM
  • Pour a small amount into your hand, the size of a quarter, and rub your hands together warming the oil mixture.
  • Massage it slowly into your dry skin and allow it a few minutes to sit on your skin.
  • Take a washcloth and run it under hot, not scalding, water then place it on your face for a minute or two, enjoy this time and breath!  The heat will draw the gunk out of your pores while removing your dead skin cells.
  • Remove the washcloth from your face.  Rinse the washcloth, wring it our, and wipe the oil off of your face.

Your skin will feel softer immediately.  I use this method every night.  I simply rinse my face with cool water in the morning.  I occasionally use moisturizer…you will find that it just isn’t necessary.  My skin definitely has a shine to it that it did not have when I was using store-bought facial cleanser.

Try it and I bet that you will like it!!

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31 thoughts on “Natural Homemade Face Cleaner: The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

  1. I’ll have to write down the translation of castor oil because it’s definitely not a word I know! Washing with oil definitely doesn’t sound like something that would work but I’m willing to give it a shot! Will let you know how it turns out and how much of an adventure finding castor oil ends up being 🙂

  2. Angela says:

    Jessica, castor oil is not too expensive….16 ounces for $4.00. It is derived from the castor bean plant. I get it at the drug store. You can find it online as well. Good luck 🙂

  3. I found coconut oil at the little “green” store down the street…a tiny, rather expensive bottle. So far I haven’t found the castor oil yet. I may have to order it but will try to find it this weekend. Have to google translate it again!!

    • Angela says:

      Jessica, some people use castor oil as a laxative, this is the aisle that I find it in at the grocery or drug store. Good luck!

  4. Right. They didn’t have it on post (I’m not surprised. Our post is very small and they just don’t carry a lot of things) so I’ll check out the local stores this weekend. I’m sure it’s somewhere!!

  5. The two non-pharmacy drug stores in town didn’t have it. One had never even heard of it. I’ll have to try the pharmacy but it wasn’t open today. Otherwise, I’ll just order the dang stuff from

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  7. Melody says:

    Is this a treatment that will make your skin worse before it gets better? You know, bring a lot of blemishes to the surface as it draws the toxins out? I want to try this so bad but I am scared of having horrible skin right now at the start

  8. Katie says:

    Where can I find the little glass jar and pump you keep your face oil in? I am interested in containers for health products that are not plastic. Thanks!

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  10. I’m looking forward to trying the face wash! Just a FYI for those that are anti GMO regular castor oil is GMO ( genetically modified). There for I am going to purchase USDA Cert. Organic. Will post back my results. Thanks!

  11. Issho Genki says:

    I never heard about that castor oil? Do you have any substitute to that, I guess we don’t have that here in our country.

  12. I made the OCM with coconut oil. I use the ratio for oily skin. After a day the solution
    harden and I couldn’t pump it. I put it in the microwave to liquefy it. What did I do wrong?

  13. I have been oil cleansing for years now. I LOVE it! Even the best quality oil is less expensive than the fancy cosmetic and skin care products that don’t do as good a job. I will be 50 this year and have no wrinkles or adult acne! It also feels wonderful!! A must try!

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