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The Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing methodSo, The Oil Cleansing Method is really getting a lot of attention at the moment.  I started doing it myself a few months ago for the first time. I just couldn’t ignore the hype any longer!   The Oil Cleansing Method is getting rave reviews from the majority of people who have incorporated it into their skin care regime!  I have seen a considerable amount of de-clogging plus The Oil Cleansing Method doesn’t strip my natural oils so dryness has been more bearable.  This cleansing method gets a huge stamp of approval from me, so read on to find out more!

Can I just be honest for second??  Being in the skin care industry, I have a lot of pressure to have perfect skin.   For the last decade, I have struggled with my skin.  Moderate acne plagued my teens and early 20’s and now dry patches, imbalance, blackheads and allergy like bumps often persist.  Despite my cleaner ways of eating and lifestyle, the face behind Jenni Raincloud, is not always perfect!   I have found products that boasted miracles and would improve my skin at first, but then the chemical filled product would stop working and I would be back to square one.  I’m happy to say that I have found something that works.  The Oil Cleansing Method is a huge trend right now among the “organic granola” crowd-not to jump on the trendy band wagon, but HELLO!  This is an amazing tool that you are going to need in your arsenal to combat any and every skin issue that comes your way!

 What is The Oil Cleansing Method??

Oil Cleansing is exactly what the name suggests.  Basically, you massage your skin with oil, then use a hot towel to wash it off.  Cleansing with oils brings balance to the skin.  As I’ve said over and over-Balance in the skin is KEY.  Heck, every aspect of life thrives on balance.  Whether you are overly oily or overly dry, cleansing with oil will balance and soothe your skin.  Many of you are cringing at the thought of using oil on your already oily skin, but LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE, OIL DISSOLVES OIL.  PERIOD.  It’s a scientific fact, it works.

So what happens when you Oil Cleanse?

By massaging the oils into your skin, you are are forcing the oil into your pores.  Massaging also encourages blood flow and oxygen to the cells for added detox.  Once you add a warm towel, the steam will open up the oil soaked pores so that the oil can come out-as the oil is purged from your pores, impurities will follow.  The oil will help balance your skin by either convincing your skin to stop over producing oil or by depositing much needed oil.

How do you The Oil Cleansing Method?

When I first heard of oil cleansing I was daunted.  I thought, “No way do I have time to do this “ritual”.  It’s going to take too much time and effort”.  I put it in my back pocket and moved on.  Then, the allergy bumps showed up again right next to the dry patches and blackheads.  I knew if I was going to claim to be a “skin care guru” I had to figure out my own skin.  So, I gave oil cleansing a try and I haven’t looked back since.  I whipped up a batch of Coconut Oil with a bit of Castor Oil and off I went.  I oil cleanse almost every night.  If I have make up to remove, I for sure oil cleanse because I love how gentle it is with removing make up.

  1.  Pour or scoop a quarter size amount of oil into your palm and begin massaging your skin.  Massage gently for up to 2 minutes.  I usually don’t get 2 minutes in, but 1 will work just fine.  While you are massaging, turn your water on HOT.
  2.  Wet a soft wash cloth with very hot water and lay the wash cloth over your skin.  Press it into your skin until it cools down.
  3.  Repeat step 2 1-2 more times.

When I say “very hot” I mean to get the wash cloth to a temp. that is comfortable to your skin.  Don’t push the heat.  Heat can exacerbate broken capillaries and damage sensitive skin types.  Listen to your skin, you will know what temperature is right for you.

After Oil Cleansing you might not have to use a moisturizer.  I skip toning, because after oil cleansing, my pores are open and this is a prime time to use a serum.  I like to use pure Rosehip Seed Oil (find it HERE).  I can tell my skin soaks it up after the OCM, compared to any other time in the day.



The Oil Cleansing Method Recipe

Most commonly castor oil is added to another, more nourishing oil like olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil etc.  Castor oil is an astringent oil-it helps pull impurities out of the skin.  Castor oil can be very drying, so the amount that you add to your nourishing oil depends on your individual skin type.   In order to get the ratio of nourishing oil to castor oil right, you might have to play around a bit.

As a rule of thumb, use the oil combos below for your skin type.  (the proportions are based on an 8 ounce container)

**There is a bit of controversy about castor oil-the harvesting and manufacturing of castor oil exposes workers to a compound that can be toxic, but it is removed in processing.  The castor oil we buy is not toxic, but some people are uncomfortable using it.  Hazelnut oil is a great alternative.**

I get my Castor Oil HERE because I trust their quality the most with this particular oil.

Benefits of Oil Cleansing

  • Balances the skin
  • Detoxes-Removes hardened impurities in the pores
  • Moisturizes and nourishes while helping erase fine lines
  • Encourages oily skin to stop over producing oil
  • Removes make up and dirt thoroughly
  • Relaxes
  • Invigorates

The Detox Period

The Oil Cleansing Method works beautifully for my skin.  The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other.  My skin was so out of balance when I started OCM that it was rough and patchy but with bumps.  A few days into OCM I could feel the results.  I will say, I experienced one break out cycle that lasted about a week.  I had blemishes in a couple of places which is not my normal skin issue, so I knew my skin was responding well to the OCM.  I was detoxing.  The detoxing period was short and 100% worth it.  Sometimes things have to get worse, before they can get better.  Isn’t that true in life too?  Detox is a beautiful thing but it will bring impurities to the surface of the skin and this could cause zits.  Hang in there!


Give the Oil Cleansing Method a go.  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.  I’m so glad I have found something to bring balance to my skin and address the unidentifiable bumps that were occurring daily.  To encourage further detox of the skin, be sure to drink loads of water.  The OCM doesn’t work for everyone.  Everyone is different but I have had some of the most exclusive skin care products and professional treatments at my fingertips and have never seen results happen so quickly.  My skin has never been smoother or happier.  If you search around the internet for testimonials for the oil cleansing method, get ready to be blown away by all the success stories!!

xx, Jenni



  1. kelle villarreal says:

    I have been experimenting with OCM for about 2 weeks. So far I’m liking the results but am still having some dry flakiness around my nostril area. I have also been following up with your Anti Aging Serum, which may not be for me…yet. Maybe I’ll try the Rosehip Oil for a few days and see what happens.

  2. I have tried OCM before but it was so drying to my skin. My base was castor oil or a mix of oils, I didn’t have the right formula for my skin. I gave it up went back to my blue jar of white cream with the strong eucalyptus smell, you know what I’m talking about. It works for me it really does but I’m moving toward being the most toxic and chemically free I can in all aspects of my life. I never knew I’d embrace a holistic lifestyle. I will try again the OCM to see if I can heal and nurture my skin again. Great post. I use a hexane free castor oil I make sure it says that on the label. Apparently some companies submerge the castor beans in hexane to extract more of the oil, they do the same to soy beans as well. Hexane is like a gasoline by-product/component or something, anyway it’s yuckie and I don’t want that on my skin. I forget about MRH having oils I get other products I forget my oil, I’ll check them back out.

    • TeaJae-Yes, try again and take the castor oil way down. I only have 1 tbsp. in mine. I can’t afford any drying. If you have to, take it out completely and see how that works. Thanks for sharing that about castor oil-you have to be careful what you get even in these diy recipes!!
      I don’t know much about MRH’s essential oils. I get mine from Spark Naturals because they are certified pure, pharmagrade. I really trust that I’m getting the best quality with them. If you check them out you can use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD when you check out.

  3. Andrea Winbigler says:

    I started using seventh generation boosts, the tea tree one, but my skin never felt clean.

  4. Hi Jenni-
    Just wondering if I can use coconut oil alone or if you need the castor oil in there to get the best results? Also, how often do you do oil cleansing- once a week?


    • Hi Tiffany-You can just use coconut oil, but I think for better cleansing you need a little bit of castor oil. I do believe the action of massaging and steaming with the towel will clean pores out pretty well though-I haven’t tried it with no castor oil to really be 100%. I oil cleanse almost every night-If I don’t do it, it’s only because I had a lazy night! It’s not hard on your skin so you can do it as often as you like. Thanks!

  5. Okay so this is based on 8 oz container.. I am confused.. do you add water too or what proportions of other oils do you use.. Dry skin recipe says ■Dry Skin 1 TBSP. of castor oil + olive oil, almond oil (find it HERE), coconut oil ** so do i mix the other oils to =8oz? or just one of the other oils with castor?

    Thanks ;0)

  6. Great post and pics! Lots of people tend to avoid oil rich cleansers, serums and moisturisers specifically if they struggle with combination, acne prone or oily skin types but using the right products rich in oils that mimic human sebum can actually help rebalance the skin quickly and effectively. It feels counterintuitive but by supporting rather than stripping the skin of its natural oils, balance is quickly restored and skin will look and feel happy and healthy.
    N x

  7. Hello jenny for your diy recipes! I think I will give it a try but I am thinking about using almon oil because it’s what I have what Im scared og clogging my pores.Thanks!

    • ( I meant hello thank you 🙂 hehehe)

    • May-Almond oil would be a great oil to use for oil cleansing-do you have castor oil to add to it? One of the biggest perks of oil cleansing is that it actually cleans out your pores. Don’t worry about clogging-you might break out as the dirt and grime first start to come out of your pores, but this period is totally worth the clearing you will experience. Thanks!

  8. Hi, Jenny.

    This sounds like a great plan that I’d like to try. I’m using your amazing Vitamin C serum, the Lash Lengthening Serum and the Brow Lengthening Serum. So far, so good.

    With this OCM, how do you address eye makeup and waterproof mascara? Do you use this same oil on your eyes or something different? I’ve heard the stories since I was young that you’re not supposed to use oils on your eye or they’ll coat your cornea and cause eye damage. Not sure if that’s an urban legend. In either case, please let me know your thoughts on removing eye makeup??

    Thanks very much!

    • Kim-I don’t use waterproof mascara but I’ve heard from many sources that the oil mixture does effectively remove it. I have super sensitive eyes and I love using oil cleansing to remove my makeup-it doesn’t irritate at all-I can have my eyes open the whole time I’m removing my mascara! I have never heard of oils causing eye damage. Hopefully that’s an urban legend! Thanks!

  9. Hi jenny I love this method to wash my face usually I use straight olive oil. My face is so soft after I wash. I have a 12 year old daughter who is just starting to develop acne what formula would u recommend for her. I would say her skin is slightly on the oily side.

  10. I started oil cleansing in December, using straight olive oil. I didn’t use anything else with it b/c I didn’t have anything else at the time. Unfortunately, I developed a case of periorbital (around the eyes)/perioral (around the mouth) dermatitis. I didn’t make the connection until I did some research and found people with a history of perioral/periorbital dermatitis should not use olive oil for cleansing. I switched to coconut oil mixed with aloe vera and pure vitamin E oil (my own concoction 🙂 ) I have seen very little improvement. Once a flare up begins, it ‘s very difficult to stop it. 🙁
    Do you have any information on this condition? If so, I would greatly appreciate any information you could pass along! Thanks.

  11. Kim StL says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I do have a question on your directions…on #3 you say “repeat 3 1-2 times. Did you mean to say repeat #2 1-2 times for using the hot towel on your face or repeat the whole process 1-2 times? Thanks in advance!

  12. I’m wondering about the various oils going down the drain in sinks & showers. They’re used in so many ways. Facial & Hair remedies, smoothies etc. Any suggestions or comments about that?

  13. Hi Jenni…its because of your amazing posts and user-friendly recipes…I’m headed away from all the chemical-laden poop thats out there…THANK you so much! I’m struggling with a huge amount of peeling on and around my nose, and have been using coconut oil/essentials. I always thought I had oily skin, but I’m thinking it was my skin’s way of telling me moisture, please! 🙂 Exfoliants, masks, nothing seems to work. Have some blackheads and occasional outbreaks…I’m old enough that its time for skin that doesn’t resemble hormone-ballistic acne n stuff! lol I’m off to try this (think I’ll start with the dry skin recipe), I’ll let you know! Thanks again for all your hard is SO appreciated!

  14. Hilary Whelan says:

    Hi! I am going to start trying this method. I saw that you do it at night. I don’t have a great routine now, but my skin has leveled out a little. I usually wash my face in the morning and just remove my make up at night. I was wondering what you do in the morning to wash your face, or if you only oil cleanse at night. Thanks!

  15. i might be silly asking this question but castor oil is known to help hair growth i’m scared to use it to cleanse my face as you suggested in this blog post and having hair all over my face please can someone explain me ???

    • Sarah, I get this question a lot! I have never heard of anyone experiencing hair growth from using castor oil on their face. Using it on the eyelashes and eyebrows is a little different because hair is intended to grow there. Plus, in the OCM, you aren’t using that much castor oil, nor are you keeping it on your skin for more than a few minutes.
      I’d love anyone’s input on this too!

  16. I was wondering what cleansing products you use when you aren’t oil cleansing. I am used to washing my face twice a day, morning and night. I am oil cleansing at night, but now don’t know what products to use in the morning!

    • Jessica! Hi! I use Eminence’s Probiotic Cleanser usually but I just ran out and have a cleanser by Juice Beauty on it’s way. I love Eminence though, I use several of their products.

      • What about a gentle cleanser like cetaphil? I’ve heard that using such products after oil cleansing confuses your skin. However, I think cetaphil is gentle enough.

        • Jessica-I hadn’t heard about confusing your skin-I will look into it though-it makes sense. Cetaphil is pretty bad with the harsh chemicals believe it or not. It is chucked full of fragrance as well. I stick with the brands I recognize the ingredients which is so far Eminence and Juice Beauty. Hopefully soon there will be a “grocery store” brand that we can trust!

  17. I did the oil cleansing method with olive oil and castor oil (both great quality ones). I did this for 6 months, but was never fully satisfied with it. Skin felt greasy and not clear, but was soft. At that time I only added tamanu oil after for added moisture. I gave up on it for a year. I then came across and website article ( Took me a month after reading it to get the nerve to try oil cleansing again. I’m so glad I’m doing it again. Changing the oil I used to just Pumpkin seed oil and switching the cloth to microfiber cloth is making all the difference for my skin. It’s soft, smooth, and clear! Give it a try 🙂

  18. I’ve been using the oil method for just a few days. I tend to get dry, flaky skin around my nose and dark spots on my cheeks. I’ve been using Garnier dark spot peel on those but lately I’ve wanted to embrace a more natural lifestyle. I haven’t noticed any change in the dark spots yet but my entire face looks brighter and dewy and it’s the softest it’s ever been. I’ve been using castor oil with avocado oil and a little bit of argan oil. I’ve never seen anyone mention using avocado oil. Will it work as well as olive oil?

  19. Jennifer Marshall says:

    I just tried the castor/coconut oil cleansing method. Should I be wiping the oil off my face with the warm towel or just sort of pressing/setting it on my face until it cools. I’m just wondering if I should feel some of the oil still on my face when I’m done. Thanks!

    • Hi! Your skin type will determine what to do with any excess oil-Dry skin, I would leave it on. Oily and/or acne prone, thoroughly wipe it off. I like to press it in and allow it to soak in in the winter because I get so dry, but in the summer, I feel like I need to remove it as best I can. Coconut oil is antibacterial and not super moisturizing though. Does this help?

  20. I have been using the OCM for 2 months and it is wonderful. I use the OCM at night and only use water in the morning. To moisturize, just put a little of your oil on your face after you have cleansed, while it is still a little wet. I started with olive oil and castor oil, but went to hemp seed oil. It was good, but I changed to jojoba and castor oil and it has been awesome. I am prone to acne and the jojoba has been the best and most moisturizing in the winter.

  21. I have oily skin. So when measuring out the recipe, is it 4OZ of Castor and 4OZ of Jojoba Oil?

  22. I have a few questions about your OCM routine.

    When you don’t do it everyday, what do you do in place of OCM? Do you use the Eminence cleanser?

    What’s your morning routine before putting on makeup? I typically wear a full face of makeup – eye shadow, liner, foundation, bronzer, blush, mascara. I’m trying to figure out how to maintain that routine while using OCM at night.


    • Tai-I am using the Eminence cleanser currently. With oil cleansing I like to use a cleanser in the morning and the method in the evening. In the morning I cleanse, tone then moisturize. I try to keep it somewhat simple. Sometimes if I’m dry I use my DIY setting spray to help smooth things out-I spray this after my makeup is done.
      I love ocm for taking of makeup. It’s so gentle and really gets it all without having tug on your eyes or face.

      • Thank you! I tested OCM on my chin last night and so far am happy with results. Will see how it goes for another week and expand to the rest of my face hopefully.

  23. Lately I’ve been learning so much about my skin. I tried the ocm the regular way at first, but I had to stop using the castor oil. It didn’t agree with my skin. I also learned about different oils to use for certain skin types. I currently use hemp oil because of its high linoleic acid content. I want to try safflower or evening primrose, but for now I really like the hemp. I like this method since I know it doesn’t disrupt my acid mantle, and my skin has never looked and felt better.

  24. Hi. I’ve been trying the OCM for about two months. I’ve tried a few combinations. First almond oil, then added in castor oil to my almond oil. Now I’m trying Jojoba oil. My face is still constantly breaking out. I’m not sure where the problem lies. At first I thought it was just a detox, but it seemed to last a really long time. I’m currently cleansing twice a day, is that too much? After you cleanse, do you massage a bit more oil on for moisturizer for the day? Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Laura-In my opinion, I would ditch the OCM method. After 2 mos. with no help with breakouts I would say your skin just isn’t into it. Have you looked into the line Juice Beauty? They have a great acne face wash that I would use as soon as you wake in the morning and before bed. They also have a serum you might look into as well. I haven’t used the serum but I do use the face wash and their oil free moisturizer. Hope this helps!!

  25. So I just started doing the oil cleansing method and I’m not sure what I should cut out of my skin care routine. I’ve got the Biore charcoal cleanser that I like to use but it tends to dry out my skin I don’t know if I should just use it after my workouts or what to do with that because I sweat a lot when I work out and I need something to clean my face when I hop in the shower. Do I just use the oil cleanser? What do I use to moisturize my face, more oil? I’ve never been good with the whole skin care stuff there’s just so many products I never really know what to do. Thank you.

    • Ceyda-Hi! Yes, you are right-Oil Cleansing can’t be done every single time you need to wash your face, especially if you go to the gym or do anything that involves sweating. I regular cleanser is fine for these times. In fact, I only oil cleanse at night and use my regular cleanser during the day. Honestly, it just takes too long to do in the a.m. for me. As far as moisturizing it all depends on what you prefer. A facial oil is the most pure, straight forward way to moisturize your skin. A lot of people just prefer a cream so if that’s what you like then I would go for that. I always make sure I keep my products natural and free from a lot of chemicals. Good luck!! If you need suggestions on a natural cleanser and/or moisturizer let me know!

      • I bought the Tamanu Oil that you recommended and have added a little of it to a basic, simple moisturizer from the drugstore. I love the results. And the oil cleansing method is only for removing makeup at night. I feel like it’s not necessary for a quick wash during the day or in the morning.

  26. I started doing oil cleansing with 1 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 TBSP of caster oil. For the first couple days I my skin cleared up and then about the 5th day my skin just exploded with acne. I thought this was the detox period but it didn’t calm down…I switched to apricot oil and caster oil (same measurements) about a week and a half later since I thought the acne would subside since I thought I was detoxing. I’ve been using the apricot oil mixture for about 5 days now and my acne is kinda clearing but I still see new acne coming through. I treated my skin with tea tree oil last night and that cleared up some of the stubborn cysts but things still aren’t completely healed. I’ve been using OCM for a total of 3 weeks now. Am I still detoxing or am I doing something wrong?

    • Megan-Have you read my post on troubleshooting the OCM? It might help. But, some people’s skin really respond to this method and some just don’t. 3 weeks is a long time to detox. Are you doing it morning and night? I only do it at night. I use a regular cleanser in the morning first thing. I also would invest in a few washcloths or whatever you are using to remove and steam. I don’t use on twice anymore. So much bacteria can hide in those when they set around. Hope this helps!!

  27. I am wondering about using 3 parts hemp oil and one part castor oil to try the OCM. I have seen some websites saying coconut or olive or almond oil as a dillute for the castor, but not hemp. I currently have rosehip, hemp and castor oil. I would like to try it, do u think it will work out for me?
    3 parts hemp oil and 1 part castor oil?

  28. Hi Jenni,
    I love your blog, and about the oil cleansing method, i will give a try. hope it will works on my skin also. and i can’t wait !!


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