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DIY Clay & Tamanu Oil Cleanser…

DIY Clay Cleanser

I realize I tend to focus many of my DIYs around anti aging solutions.  It’s been many years since I’ve dealt with acne prone skin.  It’s also been years since I’ve dealt with oily skin.  I usually base my DIYs on how the product works for me so I don’t feel very qualified to share recipes that I “think” will work for oilier and problematic skin types.  But-I’ve had some extra clogging lately and had an idea.  Since I swear by The Oil Cleansing Method, and a lot of you are very apprehensive to try it, I thought it makes perfect sense to make an Oil Cleanser that is geared more toward clog prone skin!  I’m so happy with the way this cleanser turned out-I’ve been using it for a week and while it hasn’t dried me out-it’s smoothed me out, brought a few blackheads to the surface and nourished my skin as well!  Continue reading to find out how to make an Oil Cleanser for problematic skin!

First off, if you are oily and deal with zits you need to get acquainted with clays.  Clays are incredibly helpful because they pull toxins out of the skin.  I always use French Green Clay, not because it’s better then bentonite, kaolin, or fuller’s earth but because I bought a 1lb. bag and it lasts forever!!  So, if you already have a clay, use what you have. Any clay is awesome for the skin.  Since I do have FGC let me share what Mountain Rose Herb says about it because it’s awesome- “Our French Green clay has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. It literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to skin cells.”

DIY Clay Tamanu Oil Cleanser

Clay is mineral rich.  As I talked about in THIS post, we are all mineral deficient to some degree.  Nourishing our bodies from the outside in can actually be very beneficial for the quality of our skin.  Clays have anti inflammatory properties as well helping to calm skin all while absorbing dirt, oils and dead skin!  As you can tell-Clay is super beneficial for our skin-even if we are dry!

I’ve also use Tamanu Oil in this cleanser.  I love tamanu oil.  It is one of the oils that I personally used for a while when trying to heal my skin from a bout of acne.  I loved it so much that I dedicated a whole post on it’s benefits.  I also use it in my spot treatment stick recipe. Find that HERE.  Tamanu oil is extremely helpful in healing skin and calming inflammation.  It is also not the type of oil you could use as a moisturizer if you are dry.  Some people have even claimed it dried out their skin.  I personally have not experience it-I just felt like it improved the clarity and texture of my skin and it did it quickly.

Castor Oil is added because it is a cleansing oil.  It is also an oil that can be drying to the skin so I add it sparingly in this cleanser.  I also add jojoba oil because it is an excellent oil for all skin types.  It is said the jojoba oil is the closest oil to our own natural oils.  It often times will balance the skin.  When oily skin types try to dry out their skin using harsh products like Proactive, many times the skin will get the signal to produce more oil.  The harsh products have thrown the skin out of balance.  Adding jojoba oil can give skin the message that there is no need to produce excess oil.

Essential oils can also be added to this recipe.  Melaleuca is a good one for acne prone skin.  It is powerful for killing bacteria.  I also like lemongrass, lavender, lemon and ylang ylang for oilier skin types.

Clay & Tamanu Oil Cleanser

2 TBSP. Jojoba Oil (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. Tamanu Oil (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. Castor Oil (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. Beeswax (find it HERE)

6 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. French Green Clay (find it HERE)


  1. Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 full with water.
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
  3. Turn heat on medium.
  4. Add jojoba, tamanu, castor oil, beeswax and clay to pyrex bowl.
  5. Allow ingredients to fully melt.
  6. Remove from heat and add essential oil.
  7. Pour into glass jar (super cute one HERE).

To Use:

  1. Scoop a quarter size of cleanser into the palm of your hand.
  2. Massage your skin for at least 1 minute.  This cleanser is gentle enough to effectively remove eye makeup without burning.
  3. Apply a hot-warm cloth over the skin and let sit until lukewarm.
  4. Wipe the cleanser off.
  5. Rinse cloth with hot water and re-apply to the face, letting it cool.
  6. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer if needed.


DIY Clay Oil Cleanser

I am really loving the cleanser.  I typically use THIS cleanser but to switch things up, this DIY is doing the trick.  Like I’ve said, my skin is not oily nor do I have breakouts that aren’t associated with hormones, but this cleanser feels so good on my skin.  My skin feels smooth and clean afterwards.  I don’t feel tight AT ALL.  I also love that the clay adds and element of physical exfoliation!  It’s very gentle but with the warm cloth softening the skin, this cleanser can really help with dead skin.

Clay is such an incredible tool for every skin type.  I thought at one point that it was just too drying for dry skin but I have since found some very interesting information on using clay on dry skin.  I’m working on a post right now explaining in more depth all the benefits of clay and how to use it properly!  Stay tuned for that!

This is such an easy DIY.  It literally took me 10 minutes from start to finish.  I got all my products from Mountain Rose Herb except my jojoba oil and castor oil.  I use THIS castor oil and THIS jojoba oil for no particular reason but I do suggest you purchase your beeswax, tamanu oil and french green clay from MRH.  I’m 100% positive this will be among my top 5 DIYs this year!

xx, Jenni


DIY Clay Oil Cleanser


  1. Jenni,
    Wow, this is a great idea! I have bentonite clay on hand, so that is what I would use. For any of your readers who are still scared off by oil cleansing, please try it! I had oily skin and it truly balanced me out. I have been doing it for almost three years and my skin has never been better.
    Thanks for all your great ideas Jenni! I am in LOVE with the hylaronic acid serum. Seriously in love!

    • Elizabeth-Thanks for sharing that-I’m in love with it too! I need to mention there is sometimes a bit of a detox period but it’s so worth it!!

      • Jenni,
        I am obsessed with collagen. I feel like I mention it in every single post on my blog. I’ve never really had a problem with it. I mix it into something substantial, like my coffee that has coconut oil and ghee, or my matcha latte. I put it in my daughter’s smoothies also. It’s upping the protein and good for her skin, hair and nails. Let me know how you make out with it!

  2. I so appreciate and love your anti aging formulas and really all of your shares. I have a very bad problem with over stretched skin and want to know if you have any soloutions. I am 58 and have lost 150 lbs. 🙂 My inner thighs and upper arms are literally hanging. I am retired and on a very restrictive budget so plastic surgery is not am option.
    Would really appreciate any information!

    • Hi Julia-First off-That’s awesome-Wow, that must have been hard! Unfortunately there is nothing that I know of to remedy loose skin. I know with pregnancy, depending on the natural elasticity of the skin, in time the skin will revert back in most cases. Maybe time will do the trick? In the meantime, I would really make sure you stay hydrated with drinking water and using lots of body oils or lotions so that if the skin will tighten up, it’s healthy enough to do it.

      • Great ideas! Something else that might possibly help is taking a high quality collagen powder. It has done wonders for the firmness of my skin. The two brands I have used as Vital Proteins and Great Lakes. I mix the powder into my coffee, but you could blend into a smoothie as well. I take 2 TB a day.

  3. I have been loving all your skincare DIY’s! Oil cleansing is truly a wonderful remedy and practice for skin! I will be making this soon with the substitution of Grapeseed for jojoba since Grapeseed is what my skin likes! Thank you!!

  4. Hi! I’ve done your clay cleanser but I have a problem.The clay goes to the bottom and the oils up. I dont know why .Instead of tamanou oil I put grapeseed oil. Thanks for all your DIY’s.

  5. Rose Stolarz says:

    Hi! What could i use in place of castor oil?

  6. Could you substitute the beeswax for Shea butter to make it creamier?

  7. Haley, did you try the shea butter? I’m looking for a substitute for beeswax, too, as i believe it clogs my pores.

  8. Hi Jenni,
    After mixing, the mixture will solidify by itself? I’m on oil cleansing but when I see this recipe, I wanted to incorporate the benefit of clay in my cleasning. Never used beeswax before, so have no idea how to do it properly to get that consistency. Please enlighten me on the step by step of mixing the ingredients

  9. Hi Jenni,

    I wanted to try out this cleanser recipe. Want to get youri input on the sequence of adding the ingredients. The liquid will slowly solidify? Do I need to put in fridge to let it solidify?

  10. Hi Jenni!
    I made this cleanser and am almost finished with it. I just love it! Was thinking for my next batch I would mix it up and use Rhassoul clay… do you think this would work ok in the recipe?


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