A DIY cleansing balm is one of the most effective ways you can detox your skin without stripping it of it’s much needed natural oils. Using a cleansing balm can also protect the pH of the skin and deliver extra nourishing hydration. When adding a clay in your cleansing balm recipe, you not only encourage pore detox, you also add a grit that will gently exfoliate the skin. This is a simple recipe that I think will become a staple in your beauty routine!
I really do love the oil cleansing method. So much so that I feel like a broken record! It has been a very successful method of detoxing my skin as well as keeping my skin from getting too dry. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend you give it a go. In my experience, very few people end up finding it doesn’t work for their skin. I hear more often then not that it has been the number 1 game changer in people’s skin care routines.
I decided it was time to formulate a new DIY oil cleanser. I’ve had great feedback and great personal results on my oil cleanser recipes that contain clay so this oil cleanser has 2 types of very gentle clay as well as a couple new oils I’ve been experimenting with and enjoying.
It is a great oil cleanser for those of you with dry skin that might still experience congestion here and there. I find that incorporating a clay in to my skin care routine has helped smooth my skin out without causing me to become dry.
DIY Cleansing Balm Ingredients
Sacha Inchi oil is 93% fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9). That’s crazy! Especially when you compare it to coconut oil which is only 10%! Because it is high in linoleic acid, it is an excellent oil for people with acne. This oil will also help balance too much oil production. You can read more HERE about why oils high in linoleic acid help clogged skin.
Marula oil is uniquely high in omega-9 fatty acid and that means it sinks much deeper into the skin than other oils. The result is more intense, longer-lasting moisture. A 2002 study found that marula oil enhanced penetration more than synthetic penetration enhancers! Another neat fact is that it is a highly stable oil so you don’t need to worry about it going bad for quite sometime. In fact, it’s 10x more stable than olive oil. It also is vitamin C rich as well as E.
Castor Oil is a cleansing oil and helps to remove dirt and makeup from the pores.
White Cosmetic Clay, also known as kaolin clay is the mildest of all clays and is suitable for people with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin, so it can be used on dry skin types without negative results.
French Pink Clay, also known as rose clay is very similar to white cosmetic clay and was used to simply add the pretty color-lol! It’s totally optional. It does has some lovely benefits for the skin and adding clay into a cleansing balm boosts the detox power as well as gives the balm a texture that will help gently exfoliate the skin.
DIY Cleansing Balm Recipe
- Fill a medium sized pot half way full with water and place on the stove top at medium heat.
- Place a glass Pyrex measuring cup in the water.
- Add all the ingredients except the essential oils into the glass cup.
- Allow to thoroughly melt and stir in order to incorporate the clay.
- Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
- Pour into a container.
- Scoop a quarter sized amount on to your fingertips and massage into the skin.
- Massage for 30 seconds-1 minute.
- Remove with a hot washcloth.
- Repeat the hot wash cloth for extra cleansing and detox.
- Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
You may use this balm to remove eye makeup and it actually doubles as a mask! Just spread on a layer, let it set for 10-20 minutes then remove with a warm wash cloth! I often use my DIY cleansing balms as masks when I need extra detox and nourishment!
If you are looking for another gentle, anti aging clay that is good for dry skin, Rhassoul Clay is an amazing option as well.
Ylang Ylang is a great universal oil for any skin types but I chose it because it smells so good with the rose absolute. It is awesome for balancing the skin and can be found in my Spot Treatment Roll On recipe.
I’ve been using this DIY oil cleanser and am already at the bottom of my jar. I will definitely make it again because I love it! I find my skin looks best when I oil cleanse. I typically oil cleanse only at night. I loved the texture, color and smell of this product. I followed up with my rose hydrating toner and my new favorite face oil.
Mountain Rose Herbs is where I prefer to get all my DIY beauty ingredients and am very satisfied with their essential oils. Remember, your DIY beauty products are only as good as the quality of ingredients you choose. It may seem that DIY skin care is expensive up front but I use the same oils/essential oils over and over and make a large variety of different products just from a few ingredients!