Oil Cleansing: How to Have Amazingly Clear & Radiant Skin.

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Kate Bartolotta and I recently discovered that we’ve both been using the oil cleansing method of skin care—using, yes, actual oils—with success for years.

And—because we’re such generous, kind-hearted people—we’ve decided that we absolutely have to share with you our mutual secret to happy, glowing skin.

Here goes.

From Jennifer:

I was initiated into oil cleansing when I lived near Philadelphia and my nextdoor neighbor created her popular organic, vegan, eco-friendly natural beauty line, Exposed Organics

Wait…I should preface this article with the fact that I’ve always had hormone-driven, acne-prone skin since, basically, the moment I hit puberty. (It’s awesome.) So, of course, I was very skeptical of this method, but I trusted my wonderful neighbor and decided to give her number-one, best-selling product—an oil cleanser—a try.

The rest is history because my skin, my wallet and I all fell in love with it.

Another thing I should probably tell you is that my skin has been the worst lately—just bad—and I was trying to think of what I had been doing differently when it suddenly dawned on me—I hadn’t been religiously using my oil cleanser for the last several weeks.

After days upon days of skin frustration, I got back on the oil-cleansing wagon, and my skin was remarkably improved after only 48 hours. This reaffirmed to me that oil cleansing is the way to go—for all skin types—as Kate and I will demonstrate. (And—bonus!—we’ll even help you learn how to make an inexpensive, custom-designed blend.)

First, I’ll share with you a little information on castor oil, because it’s typically the base in oil cleansers, and because I personally choose to avoid it when making my own.

“The castor seed contains ricin, a toxic protein. Heating during the oil extraction process denatures and inactivates the protein. However, harvesting castor beans may not be without risk. Allergenic compounds found on the plant surface can cause permanent nerve damage, making the harvest of castor beans a human health risk. India, Brazil, and China are the major crop producers, and the workers suffer harmful side effects from working with these plants. These health issues, in addition to concerns about the toxic byproduct (ricin) from castor oil production, have encouraged the quest for alternative sources for hydroxy fatty acids. Alternatively, some researchers are trying to genetically modify the castor plant to prevent the synthesis of ricin.” 

Most over-the-counter oil cleansers, as well as most recipes, do contain castor oil—and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I’ve found alternative oils that act equally well as astringent bases—no castor oil required—so these are what I’ll be sharing with you.

You’ll notice that I called castor oil the “base oil.” Essentially the standard formula looks like this:

Oily skin: 30% castor oil to 70% secondary oil

Dry skin: 10% castor oil and 90% secondary oil

Combination skin: 20% castor oil and 80% secondary oil

Instead of castor oil, though, I use sweet almond oil, but hazelnut oil is also a great base.

Additionally, keep in mind that castor oil can actually be quite drying—which is why you’ll use less of it if you already have drier skin—and mine generally isn’t and these oils still work wonderfully for me.

Secondary oil can refer to several different varieties—and blends of these varietals—depending on the needs of your skin. (Some examples are apricot kernel, argan, rosehip, jojoba, olive (another good “base” too), tamanu, avocado, grapeseed, and baobab—to name a few.)

My favorite secondary oil of all time, hands down, is argan oil.

I use it in my hair (I discovered it through my hair stylist), plus I’ve found that it works wonders for my sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin—and it’s especially great for wrinkles. (Hey, I might have acne-prone skin, but I left my teenage years behind awhile ago). Still, this oil has become increasingly popular, so I’ve been trying to find other secondary oils that I like in order to avoid contributing to negative ecological impacts.

Side note: argan oil originally provided positive social and economic changes in rural Morocco—including protecting argan trees from being cut down because they’re now seen as valuable resources—but, unfortunately, there’s currently controversy as to whether the surging popularity is too much.

In stepped rosehip oil.

Without further ado, here is my original go-to oil cleanser for combination, acne-prone skin:

1 part organic sweet almond oil

2 parts argan oil

2 parts rosehip oil

tea tree oil*

*Note: Kate will instruct you on how to include essential oils. I add tea tree oil to this recipe for its aroma as well as for its anti-acne properties.

Remember, too, that sweet almond oil, as stated earlier, is actually ideal for dry skin—and it still does wonders for my slightly oily complexion. (Continue reading for directions on how to use your new oil-blended creation.)

From Kate:

Growing up in America, I was inundated with “oil free” skin care products from the get-go. Lucky for me, one of my college jobs was for a French skin care company and I quickly learned to get over my fear of putting oil on my face.

Besides sunblock, I consider the use of natural oils for skin care to be the best thing I’ve done for my skin. Many people associate oils with “break-outs” or blemished skin, but when used to cleanse the face, the right oils improve and protect every skin type.

Most people think of their skin as having a certain type, but treating your skin the same way year-round is just as counterproductive as wearing the same type of clothes year-round. If you are in a dry, cold climate in the winter, you will need to treat your skin very differently than if you are in a moist, hot summer. For this reason, I have categorized my recipes in terms of time of year rather than type of skin, and given some notations on how to tweak it to make it just right for you.

 A few things to note:

 ~ It’s best to make these in small batches, especially if you would like to add essential oils. For a 4 oz. blend, I would generally use 10 drops of the recommended essential oils.

 ~ Essential oils are enjoyable for their aromatherapy benefits and their benefits to the skin directly. Use them in the base oils to prevent irritation. If you use these oils to moisturize in addition to cleansing, take care to use sunblock, as some oils can have photo-sensitizing effects.

 ~ I tend not to wear face makeup/foundation on a daily basis, but have used these to remove all sorts of makeup, including full theatrical makeup for a photo shoot. If you are wearing heavy make-up, you might want to leave it on for an extra minute before you begin removing it.

 ~ While I’d guess that 90 percent of the people who chose to read this article are women, these are a great way for men to care for their skin too—especially if you have easily irritated skin.

 ~ Getting healthy oils in your body is as important as putting them on your body. Avocado, coconut oil, nuts, chia and flax seeds…all of these are a great addition for many health reasons, not least of which is your skin.

 Spring/Summer Cleansing Oil

2 parts jojoba oil

½ part castor oil

Calling jojoba an oil is a bit of a misnomer to begin with. Jojoba is actually more of a liquid wax-like substance and is the closest “oil” in texture to human sebum. It’s great for your hair, great as a lightweight moisturizer….good for so many things.

As Jennifer mentioned, there are definitely pros and cons to using castor oil; I have included it here as it’s cleansing properties are helpful during the warmer months when we might be sweating more or outdoors more. It is also helpful in getting of every last trace of your sunblock before bed. Sometimes I include the castor oil, but I have also used straight jojoba oil and jojoba oil with essential oils.

 Essential oil add-ins:

 Oily/Congested skin: Geranium, Cedarwood or Clary Sage

Sensitive/Irritated or Sunburned skin: Lavender, Rose and/or Helichrysum

Many people also enjoy Chamomile essential oil for irritable skin. If you are prone to seasonal allergies like me, you may not find it helpful. Chamomile is in the ragweed family, so if you suffer from allergies, try a very small amount at first.

 Fall/Winter Cleansing Oil

1 part Apricot Kernel Oil

1 part Hazelnut Oil

¼ part Castor oil

There are so many wonderful oils you can use on your skin. These two I love both for cleansing and moisturizing. If you wear minimal makeup, you could skip the castor oil here altogether and just use the two base oils. Typically in the winter, I cleanse with this blend, and then add a little more on my face (or a little argan oil) before going to bed. Both are richly moisturizing without leaving your face feeling greasy. It’s also a great blend to use as a moisturizing treatment for your hair.

 Essential oils add-ins:

Relaxing/Soothing: Vanilla and Sweet Orange essential oils. (These oils are more for their aromatherapy properties, but the Sweet Orange also has anti-inflammatory properties.)

Sensitive/Irritated/Wind burned skin: Helichrysum (*Helichrysum is just a great all-around oil for the skin and helps with everything from bruising, to swelling and irritation, to helping with burns. It’s a great oil to have on hand), Lavender, Neroli and Rose.

 Okay, it’s Jennifer again.

Now you just need to know exactly how to use your freshly made oil cleanser—it couldn’t be easier.

Rinse a washcloth in warm water. Apply the warm washcloth to your face for a few moments before gently rubbing a nickel-sized amount of your chosen blend onto your skin. Using circular motions, massage your entire face.

Then wet your washcloth with warm water again; placing it over your face, and allowing your pores to open. Pat your skin with the cloth and repeat. (And please don’t leave the water running this whole time. Thanks. Love, Mother Earth.)

Repeat this warm washcloth/patting routine until all of the oil and/or make-up is removed from your skin. (About 2-4 times.) Finally, cover your face with a cold washcloth; letting your pores tighten back up to ensure the moisturizing effects of this method.

Watch Kate’s step-by-step visual guide on YouTube:

Oil cleansing is cheap, simple and, better yet, it really and truly works.

(Another thing to keep in mind with holidays on the horizon: pretty, little bottles of your favorite homemade mixtures make great gifts!)

We hope you enjoy this do-it-yourself process—and the results—as much as we do.

Bonus self-care:


Relephant for your skin:

Oil Cleansing Method: Washing Our Faces with Oil, Really! 

Neem Oil: An Ayurvedic Specialty For A Glowing Complexion.

Only 3 Things Needed for Great Winter Skin. {Skincare Recipes}


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Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She’s also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.

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anonymous Jan 22, 2016 10:56am

Exfoliate daily. After washing your face at night, be sure to exfoliate. Use a delicate scrub. If you don't have one on hand, a tablespoon of sugar or oatmeal will work just fine.

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anonymous Jan 22, 2016 10:55am

Don't go to bed with makeup on. Makeup left on overnight seeps into your pores, clogs them, and congests your skin. Make sure that you wash your face twice at the end of the day. Once to get the makeup off. A second time to wash the skin itself.

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anonymous Sep 18, 2015 4:54am

Hi, I live in a pretty humid and hot place and off course polluted. I want to know when i have a sweaty face should i just wait for it to dry and then continue with the oil cleaning method or i should just skip the oil cleaning method and use a face wash. Can i alternate using a face wash in the morning and OCM during the evenings.

anonymous Apr 9, 2015 1:19pm

Where Do you buy your oils from?

anonymous Apr 9, 2015 1:34am

Hello thanks for the great tips! Please can you recommend which oil to use for cleansing very sensitive, blotchy, itchy eczema prone skin?

anonymous Apr 8, 2015 5:34pm

turn the water off! -California

anonymous Mar 30, 2015 5:27pm

Hi ladies – Does this formula work on body/back acne? I’m 37, have been off birth control for a year and am having a terrible flare up. In the past the only thing that has worked has been antibiotics, which I’d like to avoid.

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:06am

    I don't use it to cleanse my body skin, but I will say one thing that helps keep my back clear (especially in warm weather) is washing my shoulders *after* I'm done washing and conditioning my hair.

anonymous Mar 11, 2015 11:56am

Thank you for your article. Have used oil cleansing method for two weeks now love the results no acne or dry skin. I’m 55 and quite happy with the results. All these years I have been stripping and scrubbing my face..now I use an oil cleanser manufactured by KARI GRAN… Love it!!!!!!!

anonymous Mar 6, 2015 1:18am

this is great! I’ve been using coconut oil to remove my make up for a while but not religiously. will definitely be interested in using these blends. are they safe to remove eye make up?

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:07am

    I use these to remove eye makeup as well. If you have contacts, I would be cautious or take them out beforehand.

anonymous Feb 7, 2015 5:46pm

Please avoid putting Sweet Orange essential oil on your face during the day! It can cause permanent discolouration of the skin when you're out in the sun. A better option would be Mandarin/Tangerine oil. It doesn't react with sunlight on the skin. Citrus oils to be wary of if you're going to be in the sun: bergamot, sweet orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. These can all work wonders on your skin (especially lemon), if used in a nighttime cleaning regimen.
Also, a good substitute for chamomile essential oil, for those who are allergic, is neroli. It's gentle, healing and smells wonderful.
Thank you for reminding me that ricin is in Castor oil!

anonymous Dec 7, 2014 10:07am

Could I just use one oil instead of a blend? I like sweet almond oil.

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:07am

    Sure! I often just use Apricot Kernel Oil.

anonymous Nov 8, 2014 10:34pm

Hi! I have a nut allergy so almond oil and hazelnut oil are not options for me. I have combination skin that's more on the dry/sensitive side. Which secondary oils would you recommend?

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:08am

    Apricot Kernel Oil is a nice, nut-free heavier oil.

anonymous Nov 6, 2014 2:55am

What about plain coconut oil?

anonymous Nov 5, 2014 10:33pm

I have extremely oily skin, to the point where I get out of the shower and an hour later I could run my finger across my face and it feels like a stick of butter. Just curious if you would suggest I try this and possibly what combo of oils? I'm desperate- I always hoped it was teenage phase but now, almost 30, nothing has changed! Thanks a bunch!

anonymous Nov 5, 2014 5:31pm

My acne finally calls it quits last year after 20+ years of obnoxiousness. If I still had bad acne, I'm not sure I would have been willing to try oil cleaning on my face. I first started cleaning my whole body including my face with oil last winter when my dry skin was out of control. Over the summer, I went back to my normal products, but was dissatisfied with the irritation, tightness, and drying sensations. So, just the other day I swapped back to all over oil cleanse. I do not make mixes of oils though. I do straight up olive oil or coconut oil. My face is so sensitive to pretty much everything (soaps, citrus, fruit extract, etc), that I don't want to try with different mixes and essential oils. I use the oil in the shower every morning. It's quick (but it makes the bathtub a bit slippery on occasion!).

anonymous Nov 5, 2014 7:47am

Thanks for this article.

I´ve had acne prone skin my whole life. I tried out this method 2 years ago, and my skin became dry AND I got zits ALL over my forehead; something that hadn't happened since my teenaged years. I was using a mixture of castor oil with olive, almond, and rose hip oil, and using the wash cloth method. I finally stopped the oil washing, and my forehead acne went away after a few long months.

I decided to try it out again this year, after, out of no where, I developed severe cystic acne around my jawline. I didn't have castor oil, so I just used almond, rose hip, and olive oil. And instead of using any sort of wash cloth, I used my hands to splash and smooth warm water all over my face, until about 90% of the oil is off. And my skin finally looks better! No forehead acne, but I still have the cystic acne, albeit LESS… although I should say I only use the oil washing method once, maybe twice, a week from fear of getting more acne again. In any case, EVERY time I use the oil wash, my face looks SO much better. It's not irritated or dry, and just glows.

Although I still have problems with my skin, I've noticed that the more natural the product, the better my skin reacts. And, on a side note, in the case of acne, a healthier diet makes a big difference (for the people who've "tried everything!", anyway). I've experimented with cutting out coffee and taking zinc supplements, and my skin looks much more calm and is getting clearer.

Thanks again for this article!

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:05am

    Glad to hear it was helpful!

anonymous Nov 3, 2014 1:30pm


I have acne prone, combination skin and I would love to start doing this, but I would prefer not to use castor oil. All of the blog articles I’ve read so far have mentioned hazelnut oil or almond oil as an alternative but I’m allergic to both (and all other nuts.)

Is there anything you can suggest for me? (I’m also allergic to sunflower oil) And what would be a good secondary oil for my skin?

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:05am

    Grapeseed oil is fairly light and safe for people with nut allergies.

anonymous Oct 10, 2014 2:39am

Thanks for haring… It might sound a little odd to clean your face with an oil, especially if you have oily skin but it really works.
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anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:03pm

THIS WORKS!!! I came across this article a few months ago. I have always had problem skin, lots of pimples, lots of oil, sometimes dry. TRIED EVERYTHING! Used Proactive throughout my teens, but it became too harsh as I got older. I wanted something more natural and was spending a ton of money on organic products for my skin, and was getting nowhere. Finally I came across this. I happened to have some Jojoba oil (I get it from Trader Joes or Vitacost) and also some castor oil – I think you can get this almost anywhere. I mixed it 4 parts Jojoba to one part Castor oil. I do still wash my face at night sometimes to get the makeup off, but it really isn't necessary, more of a habit than anything. Anyway, I do this, and in the morning, just splash my face with water and throw on some makeup. It has really saved me a ton of money and my face has never looked so good. Thank you so freaking much for helping to solve my skin issues!!

anonymous Jul 15, 2014 9:09am

I use argan oil wipes as well as tea tree oil wipes to help get rid of oily skin and prevent acne. I feel that tea tree works the best for me as it has a cooling effect and is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. I also use a tea tree mask that by The Body Shop which I apply on my face and leave on for 10 minutes. It leaves my face looking tight and smooth.
A study by the Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Australia showed that tea tree oil is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide. It is great that we can use these over the counter natural remedies like essential oils in place of harsh chemical topical treatments.

anonymous Jun 10, 2014 8:32am

I'm getting close to 70 and have really good, unlined (and very dry and sensitive) skin. I credit the products that I've been using – 90% Paula's Choice, unfragranced, very gentle and non-irritating; and the occasional foray into the toiletries dept. at Macy's, mostly Lancome. I carry pure jojoba oil with me when I travel and use it as a moisturizer, but I've never used an oil as a cleanser. I wouldn't go near lavender, mint, eucalyptus, or citrus oil with a 50' pole, though – they are all quite irritating. I may try one of your combos as a cleanser. You didn't mention that some oils go rancid pretty fast, so small batches are good.

anonymous May 13, 2014 1:22pm

Darn, Kate left the water running the whole time! So much for Mother Earth.

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:03am

    Yes, I addressed this on the video comments. Old house and old well = it takes a little while before the water is usable. We should definitely use as little as possible.

anonymous Apr 25, 2014 8:20am

I would rather not make my own stuff, and exposed organics is out of business. Are there any commercially available oil cleansers you would recommend?

anonymous Apr 23, 2014 5:03am

I have very oily acne prone skin and started the oil cleansing method about 2 weeks ago & I LOVE IT! I have been using proactive for the last several years as I could just not find anything that would combat my acne. I always wanted to get away but every time I tried my acne just came back worse – finally I've found something that's given me the confidence to completely get rid of my nasty proactive stuff!

I use this method every night and use a natural cleanser in the morning as I'm not prepared to Use just water in the mornings yet – I've also made my own natural apple cider vinegar toner which seems to be working great too (except the smell!). Cheers to nature!

    anonymous Jun 9, 2014 5:47am

    My 19 yo is experiencing the same with proactive and is open to new method of facial cleansing please detail the oil and information to rid the acne. thanks.

anonymous Mar 31, 2014 8:07pm

Sounds like it might work! Thank you : )

anonymous Mar 11, 2014 8:39pm


From up in Canada. Love the article but I'm always nervous to dive in. A couple of questions before throwing caution to th wind….
1. do you use a toner ever? It seems highly recommended by everyone but I'm not sure if it's needed when using oils…. do you add that into your routine?
2. When you say "part" … is this the equivalent of an ounce…. or how much would you put? Or do you just decide and proportion it out from there….
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!! Much appreciated and loved the article.

    Kate Bartolotta Mar 23, 2014 11:42am

    I do occasionally use witch hazel as a toner, but not on a regular basis. More in the summertime because it feels nice. When I do use it, I use after cleansing, and then put a few more drops of oil on as a moisturizer.

    When I say "part," you could go with ounces, or use the bottle you are going to keep the mixture in and eye-ball it. So, if I was going to use a 4 oz storage bottle, I'd go nearly half and half with the main carrier oils (a little less than 2 oz each), and then add a little castor oil if desired.

anonymous Jan 31, 2014 4:17pm

Would Sunflower Seed oil be a good base?

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:02am

    Mountain Rose Herbals website has great info on the qualities of other oils. Sunflower Seed oil isn't one I've used.

anonymous Jan 17, 2014 6:35pm

How do you avoid ruining contact lenses? Mine get cloudy and I can't see out of them. Have to toss. Very expensive. Love the oil cleansing technique but am forced to wear my glasses all the time if I continue doing this.

    anonymous Apr 23, 2014 12:23pm

    I actually have this same problem, although I've only been using a couple days – it's something I have to watch out for but my skin is improving already, so willing to work around it!

    Kate Bartolotta Apr 1, 2015 8:03am

    I don't use contacts, but perhaps keeping clear of the eye area or using something else to remove eye makeup would be best.

anonymous Jan 12, 2014 2:34am

Hi i live in india. and the only oils easily available are extra virgin/organic coconut oil and castor oil. and i have super oily skin.. so could u help me out a bit as to which oil to use ? thanks!!

anonymous Jan 6, 2014 8:58am

Great article!

For those interested in further brain-picking, here's a link to the "caveman regimen" where you don't wash your face and see magic happen as we let our skin do it's thing.

Thought provoking, unconventional, and possibly revolutionary: http://www.thelovevitamin.com/3135/caveman-regime

anonymous Jan 6, 2014 8:52am

Awesome, rich in Vitamin E is my fave, and lots of natural goodness for different skin types.

This is interesting for those interested in the unconventional and thought provoking, line-toeing, anti-consumerism approach: http://www.thelovevitamin.com/3135/caveman-regime

It’s the “caveman routine” aka not washing your face. Very interesting perspective.

anonymous Dec 16, 2013 2:06am

Thanks to sharing abut this news. Although, I was so scared about the safety of the clinic for my wife skin treatment.

anonymous Dec 11, 2013 3:23pm

Hello there:) Thanks for this amazing article. I'm a little confused with the quantities. Do you use water with the oils? Cause in the video it seems that the substance in the bottle is more watery than oily. Jennifer I'm trying out your combo with the sweet almond, rose hip and argan oil. How much of each should I put to make my mixture?
Thanks xxx

    anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:04pm

    I do not use oil and it works great. I used 4 parts jojoba to one part castor oil and I love it.

anonymous Dec 11, 2013 2:11pm

i’ve been oil cleansing and love it! But I have to add that my skin broke out terribly with my first mix of castor oil and olive oil. After researching some more I came across Crunchy Betty’s (crunchybetty.com) advice of not using olive oil and now my skin is flowing and soft and my acne has healed. I’ve been using her products and love all of them. I’m also going to try some off my own mixes again but leave out the olive oil!

    anonymous Dec 11, 2013 2:21pm

    glowing!…not flowing…lol. also thanks for the recipes, I will try some. I have also not tried using cold water at the end!

anonymous Dec 5, 2013 8:42am

Love your article well i already taste hazelnut oil its simple awesome, very soft & stunning oil. I also have some solutions about moisturizer & looking forward for more tips & information from your side. Thanks !

anonymous Nov 25, 2013 2:36am

Can you tell me f you need to use moisturiser after this treatment or is this enough?

    anonymous Nov 28, 2013 8:57am

    More on this coming very, very soon!

    anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:05pm

    I don't use a moisturizer, I find this moisturizes perfectly.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:02pm

Incredibly useful tips I can’t wait to try! My facial skin is a smorgasbord of ‘zones’, pore sizes and temperament. I’m looking forward to experimenting to see what works best.

Also, I LOVE how Jennifer advises us not to leave the water faucet running (in deference to Mother Earth) and yet Kate does exactly that in her video, the water roaring away down the drain as she goes through the demo. Just a head’s up kids, please practice what you preach! 😉

    Kate Bartolotta Mar 23, 2014 11:39am

    Yes! A few people mentioned it in the Youtube comments. The biggest issue for me is that when I shot the video, it was the first time the water had been run in the sink all day…well water + cold = it just takes that long to heat up. In hindsight, I might have run it a bit before I started filming, but the water usage would ultimately have been the same.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 9:26pm

Coconut oil is great.

anonymous Nov 17, 2013 7:52pm

What would be good for skin with brown stains? I don't mean freckles, but brown patches that become worse with sun exposure.

    anonymous Jan 31, 2014 4:17pm

    Argan! I had melasma like spots myself, found a lot of it was hormones and diet. Went vegan, used maca, and argan oil on the face, and BAM. That stuff has lightened up dramatically.
    Also, I use a ACV/Lemon Juice/Water toner when my face isn't too dry for it, and it's also helped.

anonymous Nov 14, 2013 7:19pm

Thank you so much for this!

anonymous Nov 14, 2013 6:32pm

I use Coconut Oil. It is amazing. Very, very light too!

anonymous Nov 13, 2013 10:30pm

I came across your article about a couple weeks ago and was a little skeptical. I have terrible combination and acne-prone skins that reacts to everything from my menstrual cycle to stress and to bad eating habits (which, I am sad to say, has been more frequent since school started). Needless to say, I've stayed far away from oils in fear of my skins reaction. But after reading how similar your face was to mine, Jennifer, and how amazingly it worked for you and others, I decided to give it a try by using your combination. I only oil cleansed for one week, twice a day, and I was blown away with the results. My skin looked amazing and my acne was clearing up faster than I've ever seen. I haven't been using it as often this week and I've definitely noticed a difference. My face broke out in several areas and blackheads have been popping up everywhere. I will definitely be oil cleansing from now on. So, I just wanted to say thank you for your amazing article and for helping my skin and me have a happier union together!

    anonymous Nov 16, 2013 10:16am

    Yay yay YAY!

    Also, my latest acne/oil love that you might want to also try including in your regimen: essential rose oil in jojoba (Aura Cacia)

      anonymous Nov 17, 2013 3:14pm

      I'll give it a try! Do I add it to my blend or do I use it separately?

    Kate Bartolotta Nov 16, 2013 11:51am

    So glad to hear it!

anonymous Nov 12, 2013 12:55pm

So how do you deal with the washcloths? Always wash after using once? Otherwise, they tend to get a little funky…

    anonymous Nov 24, 2013 9:06pm

    I must have at least 30 wash cloths in the cabinet. I use one and then hang it up to dry before it goes into the wash. I have a few hooks in the closet just for hanging up any wet rag I use. This way it doesnt mildew while waiting for the wash. The same goes for dish rags and cleaning rags.

    anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:07pm

    I'll use mine a few times a week before cleaning it, but I ONLY use it on my face. Use it, rinse out well, hang to dry until the next day. After a few days, it will start to feel oily, time to change!

anonymous Nov 3, 2013 7:22pm

Thanks, Ladies!
I will give this a try.
I love to ingest oils, so why not use them for my face?
Love, Heather

anonymous Nov 3, 2013 6:21pm

I just got introduced to essential oils and coconut oil for moisturizing after washing with norwex makeup cloths and water, I was taught to us coconut oil with frankincense or myrrh to help with anti aging and acne control, has anyone else used coconut oil, I hear mineral oil is very bad for the skin

anonymous Nov 3, 2013 8:41am

Lovely and informative article thank you!

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 9:50pm

I am going to try this! I am well past teens as well, but am still dealing with acne prone skin- mild issues, but never clear. I've found that I particularly need to exfoliate on a regular basis and am currently using a lemon-grass/sugar scrub. How would you suggest incorporating an exfoliant into this suggested routine?

I REALLY appreciate this. Always looking for something to work better. Also I have just moved from the SOUTH to Ohio- so thanks for the seasonal tips! I'm bracing myself for a cold, cold winter- something my skin has never experienced (and will now be exposed to everyday as I only have a bike and ride everywhere in the cold wind!)

    anonymous Nov 3, 2013 5:53am

    I appreciated Kate's reminder of seasonal/weather changes and how we can't just stick to having one "type" of skin because when I lived in NM my skin was very dry.
    I really believe in this method (especially for skin like ours). Have fun experimenting with what works for you!

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 7:20pm

This looks great! I agree that these will make wonderful Christmas gifts. I recently found a $3.00 clearance TJ MAXX "Plantlife" bar of soap, with jojoba and rosehips, all natural. My skin has never looked better. For the first time in my life since my acne teenage years, I am 48, I am going without makeup base. Thank you!!

    anonymous Nov 3, 2013 5:56am

    Honestly, like Kate, I don't wear make-up but those rare times I do, this takes it off better than anything else. But why wear make-up when you don't have to? Honestly! I think I'm always getting carded buying alcohol in my mid-thirties because I don't plaster myself with make-up!
    Anyways, this is muuuuch cheaper when you break down the costs for these ingredients per bottle. You can buy adorable little blue glass bottles at nearly every "healthy" grocery store in their herbs section for less than a dollar and none of these oils are expensive, especially considering the small quantities used.
    Enjoy! (and enjoy giving too 😉

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 6:47pm

Any reason why sesame oil was not mentioned in this article? I’ve heard it’s a good carrier oil, like olive oil. I did try thus method w olive oil…it worked well for a few weeks & then my skin stopped positively responding. I eventually gave up, as it was more messy than it was worth 🙁

    anonymous Nov 3, 2013 5:58am

    Personally, I think sesame is too heavy. I also think olive oil as a sole base is too heavy. Same with coconut, etc. I try to stick to the "lighter" oils like the sweet almond and hazelnut mentioned (and like I said I don't use castor oil for environmental reasons).
    Curious, too, what do you mean by "messy?"

      anonymous Nov 4, 2013 7:32pm

      Thank you both for your replies to my inquiries, ladies 🙂 I picked up some almond and apricot oil to try. As far as the messy aspect goes – and I will probably be crucified for this since it throws sustainability out the window – but I hate using the oily, wet washcloth. I use paper towels to dry my hands and face, cotton balls to clean off my eye makeup, and max 2 wk shelf life mini loofahs or sponges to actually lather and wash my face. I’m OCD and a germophobe…having a wet wash cloth hanging around just bothered me. And I don’t have enough wash cloths or laundry access to use a brand new one every day. So using a damp, oily (although I obv rinsed and wrung it out and hung it to dry) cloth a few days in a row just killed me. I know…I’m nuts

    Kate Bartolotta Nov 4, 2013 7:51am

    I agree with Jennifer. For me, olive oil is too strong and heavy. Also: aesthetics. I like sesame oil and olive oil in my food, but they are less sensually enjoyable for me for my skin care than other oils. Might vary for other people!

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 2:38pm

i have been cleaning my face for years with plain old coconut oil and i get lots of compliments on my skin. i am 55. dr bronner's makes a great, organic, free trade version packed in glass. of course i use other stuff after…very happy with this regimen!

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 12:59pm

Have been faithfully using the method for about 1 month now. Be warned – at first your skin will do crazy, ugly things to rid itself of stored impurities. I got big ugly painful breakouts and normally I have very good skin BUT I continued and was well rewarded.
My skin now looks very light and soft and youthful (I'm 46) and not a day goes by without someone commenting on how wonderful my skin looks. wow. It took a while to tweak the combination that works for me, but I am very happy with the results.
I use the method every other night, plain water in the morning and a gentle organic soap on the other days. I always use oils to moisturize after cleansing. Good luck – hope it works for you!

anonymous Nov 2, 2013 10:57am

how often do you do this? every day? twice a day? three times a week? Looking forward to trying it!

    anonymous Nov 2, 2013 2:20pm

    Just like I would wash my face with over-the-counter products, so for me, morning and night.

    Kate Bartolotta Nov 2, 2013 3:34pm

    Hi Stacy, I do this every evening, and sometimes will do a little in the morning in the shower as well if my face is feeling dry.

    anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:09pm

    I only use at night, and splash my face with water in the morning to 'knock the crud off'. But, I have done it morning and night as well, and either way my face looks great. Also, like others mentioned, give your face at least a week to get used to the oil, might get some zits at first, but they will go away. So wishing I had done before and afters now!

anonymous Nov 1, 2013 11:21am

Thanks Jennifer! I've been wanting to begin making my own skin care products for some time. I, too, have acne-prone combination skin (as is typical for a red haired, freckled Pitta :). I've been using the Yes To products and I love them (especially the tomato ones for acne) but they are really expensive, so I'm excited to try this. Where/how do you purchase your oils?

    anonymous Nov 1, 2013 3:17pm

    Oh, I'm very pitta too! (I almost wrote that 😉

    Check my comment to Edie, above, as it has a suggestion and an online source. Also, click on the red "Exposed Organics" to get the link for that line, which is extremely affordable.

anonymous Nov 1, 2013 11:19am

Brand new to this method. Just started looking into it as my skin is CRAZY. Super dry(every where) but still acne prone. I'm thinking apricot kernel oil is the way to go. Thank you for all the info and the tutorial!!!

    Kate Bartolotta Nov 2, 2013 3:34pm

    You're welcome! The apricot kernel oil is great because it's moisturizing, but not insanely heavy.

anonymous Nov 1, 2013 11:05am

Am up for it….best place to buy these oils? Thanks.

    anonymous Nov 1, 2013 3:15pm

    Edie, I get them from my local "healthy" grocery store (locally owned), but you can get them at any store like this (all of these are easy to find, except, for me, the hazelnut, but the store ordered it.) Or online here: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/