The Oil Cleansing Method Cleanser

The Oil Cleansing Method Cleanser DIY

I do a lot of research on skin and get a lot of emails from beauty sites reviewing products.  Even though I don’t use many over the counter beauty products, or promote them for you all to use, I still like to see what’s hot at the moment.  So I was reading about a product, Eve Lom Cleanser.  It was deemed “probably the best cleanser in the world”, by Vogue.  So of course, I was intrigued.  Come to find out, it is a balm-like cleanser, meant for The Oil Cleansing method.  Ok, even more intrigued.  Then, I read the ingredients.

Let me be clear, I’m not writing this blog to bash over-the-counter skin care and be Debbie Downer about popular result-boasting products.  I simply want to provide an alternative because I truly believe homemade skin care made with zero chemicals is the right thing for our skin.  I love to make DIY beauty easy, fun and affordable.

Eve Lom Cleanser BLOWS. MY. MIND.  Like jaw on the floor.  This product is over $100.00.  The first ingredient (ingredients are listed from what is in it the most to the least) being MINERAL OIL!  Not to mention-aluminum and parabens are in it as well.  Not to single this product out, because so many are this way, but even the most exclusive product lines usually don’t have a cleanser for over $100!

Women are spending truckloads of money on, what I would call GARBAGE.  The skin care industry is a  multi-billion dollar business, estimated to be worth 43 billion per year, and that’s just the United States.  I could go on and on about how the skin care industry is corrupt and women are under way too much pressure to be pretty and are preyed upon by million dollar skin care companies-but I won’t, because it’s not fun or productive-How about we create this cleanser instead?  But this recipe will be free of chemicals and MINERAL OIL!  Geez…..

Below are the benefits Eve Lom states-

  • Deep cleanses without drying or stripping the skin and removes even the most stubborn of waterproof make-up
  • Thorough cleansing and gentle exfoliation enables skin cells to regenerate quickly and provides a vital receptive base for beauty products to work at their best
  • Decongests and with the signature massage technique helps drain toxins
  • Exfoliates, tones, improves circulation when combined with the specially woven Muslin Cloth
  • Softens and conditions the skin
  • Visible benefits for all skin types

We can recreate this easily!

The Oil Cleansing Method Cleanser

The Oil Cleansing Method Cleanser

1/4 cup coconut oil (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. castor oil (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. cocoa butter (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. beeswax (find it HERE)

8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1 drops Clove Essential Oil (find it HERE) (optional)

5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (find it HERE) (optional)

  1. Heat coconut oil, castor oil and cocoa butter/shea butter in a glass bowl, placed in a pot of water.  Only turn your stove top to medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is fully melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and pour into a 4 ounce jar.
  4. Let cool until cleanser hardens-This could take up to 12 hours.  Feel free to put yours in the fridge.

To Use:

  1. Scoop out about a quarter size amount into your palm.
  2. Massage all over skin for 1-2 minutes.
  3. While massaging, run hot water over a soft wash cloth or muslin cloth.
  4. Wring cloth out and place over your face, pressing it into your skin.
  5. Once the cloth cools, run under hot water again and repeat step 4 1-2 more times.

A couple of things…..

  • Eve Lom suggests using their muslin clothes.  Of course that’s another $20 bucks!  I like the idea of muslin clothes and got my own from Amazon HERE.  They are much softer and more gentle then a wash cloth, which I like.  Wash cloths get so rough over time that you could really damage your skin if you’re not careful. So while you don’t have to, I think the muslin clothes are a good idea.
  • Clove oil is hardly ever suggested for the skin, especially when you are putting it in a cleanser that you will use on your eyes.  The reason clove oil is added is because of it’s insane antioxidant content.  Feel free to omit it, I put it in mine and it does not burn or irritate my eyes.
  • Read my post on The Oil Cleansing Method for more info. on OCM.  I suggest doing this kind of cleanse at night and follow up with a serum or facial oil.

I hope I wasn’t too much of a Negative Nancy today, but if I was, I at least hope I made you think about all the scary ingredients skin care companies put in their HIGH DOLLAR products.  Be sure you are buying quality ingredients for your DIY’s.  A quality ingredient can make all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to essential oils.  I have linked the products in the recipe to brands I’ve used and trust.

The moral of the story?  You can make your own products at 1/4 of the cost and with NO yucky ingredients!

xx, Jenni


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The Oil Cleansing Method Cleanser DIY




  1. Jennifer K.
    March 18, 2014 / 8:46 am

    This sounds intriguing, I’d like to try it. Would you please explain the use of each EO you’re adding and possible suggest some substitutions? I have tried a mask with clove and my skin was burning hot, very red and sensitive for the rest of the day. Also, I strongly dislike the smell of chamomile oil. Thanks!!

    • March 18, 2014 / 2:43 pm

      Jennifer-I just went on the ingredients in the Eve Lom cleanser-Clove is HIGH in antioxidants but by all means omit it since you are sensitive to it. Chamomile is for soothing and Eucalyptus is a weird choice-I think they added it to help decongest the skin. You can add any essential oils you like-Geranium and Lavender are always a favorite and great for all skin types. Citrus oils like lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit etc. are very cleansing and brightening. Frankincense is very balancing. Hope this gives you some ideas! There are very little rules here!

  2. monica
    March 18, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    I’m sure you have said this in another post and I missed it but, where do you get your jars? Thanks!

  3. monica
    March 18, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    Where do you get your jars? I’m so excited to try this!

    • monica
      March 18, 2014 / 2:48 pm

      Umm please ignore this. Didn’t mean to ask twice! 🙂

  4. March 18, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    This sounds great! I also loved your post on oil cleansing. I tried it once, but now I feel like I have to try it again because you make it sound so simple!

    • March 18, 2014 / 7:38 pm

      Madalyn! I’m glad-that was my goal. When I first heard about it I didn’t try it because it sounded like too much, but when I finally did it I realized it’s no big deal!

      • March 19, 2014 / 3:01 pm

        Exactly, I don’t know why I got out of it, especially if your only going to do it at night. I’m going to start again!

  5. Darlene
    March 19, 2014 / 11:05 am

    I was doing this for quite some time using olive oil and caster oil. I noticed over time that the water in my bathroom sink would start to go down very slowly and I was wondering if it had anything to do with rinsing the towel in the sink. Any idea?

    • Jeannette MacNeil
      September 7, 2016 / 6:12 am

      Hi Darlene,

      The best way to clear out your sink is pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed with 1 cup or more of vinegar. Let sit for 15 minutes then run hot tap water for a minute or so. If drain is still clogged, repeat the steps. I do this with all my drains once a month and it works wonders. It’s better than drains. ☺️

  6. Susan O
    March 19, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Thank you, Jenni. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research into skincare oils and butters etc, mostly by reading on sites like yours. So informative and helpful! Women would do themselves a favor by doing the same, and just stop buying things made with petroleum products, parabens, etc. When I am shopping I read labels on skincare products now to check ingredients, and almost always find yucky stuff just like you did in this article. As a result I now make a lot of my own products. Keep up the good work on your blog—–it’s very much appreciated.

  7. Stephanie Kufner
    April 2, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    I’ve been doing the oil cleanse for 2 weeks and love love love it…
    My skin looks better some fines have disappeared, but the best thing is that is has also cleared a hard white (sun spot?) i had jsu above my lips, and i have only been using jojoba oil to cleanse and rosehip oil as a serum, at night.
    I will now make up your recipe had to wait awhile to get all the ingredients delivered.

    Thanks for this great site i’m hooked!

    • April 5, 2014 / 8:13 am

      Stephanie-I’m so glad!! I love it too! I’ve seen such great results in such a quick time period! Thanks so much!

  8. April 26, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Hii 🙂 can you please tell me what eucalyptus oil does for the skin?

      • Priyanka Jain
        May 2, 2014 / 12:38 am

        Thanks will use this and see how it works for me..
        Also can you please tell me how to use orange essential oil in my beauty regime? (either for Cleansing, Toning or Moisturising) I have very few other oils like olive, coconut, sweet almond, eucalyptus.

        • Priyanka Jain
          May 2, 2014 / 12:38 am

          sweet orange essential oil *

        • May 4, 2014 / 7:31 pm

          Priyanka-Orange is excellent for brightening skin tone. Be careful because it can cause you to be sensitive to the sun. I would only use it in products you use at night. You can add it into anything you like. It is great in a cleanser and I would also add it to a toner.

  9. Trina
    May 6, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    Is coca butter ok? What are the benefits of having it for face, I feel like it will clog pores? Thank you!

    • May 6, 2014 / 7:06 pm

      Trina-Cocoa butter is extremely nourishing for the skin. I love the creamy consistency of this cleanser due to the cocoa butter. Omit it if you are nervous about it though. You can always just use coconut oil and a little bit of castor oil. That is what I’m currently using since I’ve run out of cocoa butter!

  10. Patty
    June 23, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    Hello Jenni,
    I made this a few days ago, along with your Anti-Aging Cleanser, and Skin Soothing Mask. The only problem I had was actually STOPPING. It is so fun to melt, mix, whip, and pour. My husband now calls me his mad scientist. I’ve been using one of your skin serums for about a month, along with your geranium spritzer (which feels absolutely FABULOUS -insert high pitch voice – in the morning). I truly love your website….next up in the laboratory…anti aging eye roll-on, lavender silky body wash and creamy body moisturizer!!! Thanks for all the wonderful info….!!!

    • June 23, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Patty! I’m so glad you are enjoying diying your skin care! It’s addictive! Thank you so much for your kind words! You’ll love the eye stick! It’s one of my faves!

  11. Lauren
    June 26, 2014 / 7:51 am

    Hi Jenni! LOVE your website and skin care recipes! Thank you for all the information you provide 🙂 Just out of curiosity, could I sub mango butter for the cocoa butter? Nothing against the cocoa butter, and I’ve never worked with mango butter, I’m just obsessed with all things mango! Thx!

    • June 28, 2014 / 7:42 am

      Lauren, Yes you could! I only chose cocoa because it’s what’s in the Eve Lom cleanser. It will be very moisturizing and rich! Let me know how it turns out!

  12. alexis rose
    July 2, 2014 / 11:03 am

    I tried the oil cleansing method for a little ever a week and my face was a mess with painful blemishes. I have been fighting adult acne since finishing college and my clinical esthetician had me on Retin-ol in the evening, and glycol-cleansing/exfoliating pads in the morning. I did stop using the antibiotic clyndimiacin gel recently and my skin is great with just retinal and glycol pads. My skin was in great condition before I switched to the oil cleansing method. I know you mentioned most skin would break out as it was releasing the toxins once starting the OCM but I feel like my face is not something to mess with if it was in good health prior to my experience with the OCM. Any thoughts? BTW—I love your website. thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • July 5, 2014 / 4:07 pm

      Alexis-what a bummer! Not everyone’s skin responds to OCM. I would discontinue it. I am about to post about my favorite cleanser for blemished skin by Eminence-I was experiencing clogging and decided to discontinue as well now that summer has made me very oily. Stay tuned for that post and in the meantime-HERE is the cleanser I recommend.

    • Joan
      September 24, 2015 / 5:02 am

      Cocoa butter and coconut oil are not meant for the face some will break out because they are noncomedogenic. Shea butter, mango butter and oils high in linoleic acid work better for acneic skin.

  13. motomori
    July 18, 2014 / 6:25 am

    Hello Jenni. Does your recipes work for black skin as well. Am 36 years and have been experiencing blemishes and acne in the past 10 months consistently which I never had. Used to have a clean clear skin which earned me the name “babyface” What recipes can you recommend for facial oil (day and night), cleanser and toner using essential oils? Thank you

    • July 22, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      Hi! Absolutely. Black skin tends to be oilier so beware how your skin reacts. This method is supposed to regulate the skin.
      I would use an apple cider vinegar toner-1/2 water, 1/2 ACV then add 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of peppermint (based on an 8 ounce bottle), The OCM for cleansing and you could make a serum of jojoba oil with lavender and melaleuca essential oils. If you have a 1 ounce bottle I would use 7 drops each. If you are experiencing too much oiliness, you might skip the jojoba oil and use aloe vera gel instead. Hope this helps!

  14. lia
    July 27, 2014 / 12:01 am

    Hi! Could I sub something for the coconut oil? I break out every time with coconut oil!

    • July 28, 2014 / 8:47 am

      Lia-It’s funny because coconut oil is antibacterial but it does break a lot of people out. You could use any oil that works for you. Jojoba would be a great choice. Rosehip works well for me too. Thanks!

  15. Fiona
    September 29, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Hi Jenni.

  16. Fiona
    September 29, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Hi Jenni thanks for another great recipe, just made it there now with the extra essential oils thrown in!!
    I had a problem last week with the eye cream curdling when I whisked it for the third time after combining mixtures, this hasn’t happened to me before and in wondering what could’ve gone wrong? Can you help? They blended well after they reached 130 degrees, it was when it cooled, hope you can help? Thankyou

  17. Debbie
    October 4, 2014 / 10:43 am

    Can you use fractionated coconut oil or do you use solid coconut oil to make your cleansers?

    • October 12, 2014 / 3:46 pm

      Debbie-you sure could-Fractionated coconut oil doesn’t have all the good stuff in it but it would do the trick to help dissolve dirt and makeup!

  18. Jennifer K
    December 4, 2014 / 8:29 am

    I have two questions. First, will Shea butter work instead of cocoa butter? I don’t see why not, but thought I’d check. Second, I don’t want to use coconut oil because I’ve read about issues with it returning to it’s solid state and causing problems with pipes. If I substitute another oil, like meadow foam, will it change the consistency of the final product?

  19. Aleks
    January 19, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Your recipes area great, I love the green tea toner now I am addicted to the oil cleanser. Thank you so much.

  20. Jodi
    September 6, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I created this solid oil cleanser today and love it. It’s very similar tocthecliquid oil blend Ixwas using. The way this cleanser melts onto your skin feels fantastic and feels lighter than pure liquid. I love how clean it makes my skin feel. The coconut oil doesn’t leave a slimy residue like pure Castor oil!!!!

    Definitely worth your time to make this. Takes 5 tov10 minutes and feels so luxurious and high end!!!


  21. ~laura
    September 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Hello Jenni! I just want to say I love using this Oil Cleanser. Some nights I’m just too tired & use a foam cleanser from L’Occitaine. I tried the muslin cloth but what I received was kinda stiff & rough. I have some old high TC Egyptian cotton wash clothes I swear by. They were soft when new & 100 x softer now. I have also used micro-fiber clothes that feel soft on my skin. Your thoughts on micro-fiber?
    Much happiness to you & your family! You give so much, you deserve the best!

    • September 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Laura! I’m so glad you love the oil cleanser! I do too!
      I have used a micro fiber cloth and I love them. I’m about to do a post on them so stay tuned!
      Happiness to your family too! Thank you so much!

  22. Rachel
    December 16, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Is there anything I could substitute for the coconut oil? It doesn’t agree with my acne. Thanks!

      • Rachel
        December 17, 2015 / 2:06 pm

        Would it still have a balm like consistency?

  23. Kathi
    December 20, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    I’ve been using the OCM for a while now with almond & castor oils, but I just tried this balm a week ago- I absolutely love it and will never go back! The smell is heavenly & my skin feels amazing afterwards!

  24. Foram Sanghvi
    March 17, 2016 / 4:35 am

    What is the shelf life of this product? Do I need to add any preservatives to make it last longer? I am planning to sell such kind of stuff but I am in dilemma what to and what not to use as preservatives and I am looking for tried and tested recipes. Could you please help me out?

    • Jenni
      March 17, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Foram-Since there is no water in this recipe, there is no need for a preservative. Thanks!

    August 20, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Hi, Jenni — do you melt the beeswax with the oils in this recipe? I don’t see that in the instructions. My apologies if I’ve missed it! Thanks!

    • Jenni
      August 26, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Virginia-Yes, melt everything in one bowl placed in a pot of water on the stove (turn stove to medium heat). Once everything is melted, add your essential oils then pour into a jar.

  26. Angela
    August 23, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Hi Jenni,

    Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful recipes. An aesthetician I used to go to told me that coconut oil is good if you ingest it but it actually clogs pores if you use it topically. Now, unfortunately for me, coconut oil (when applied to my face only) does clog my pores. What alternative do you recommend to coconut oil?

    Also, I was recommended this cleanser formula – what are your thoughts?
    Face Wash for Clear Skin — This face wash is full of probiotics to invigorate the skin and kill acne-causing bacteria. Combine the following ingredients:

    1 tablespoon coconut oil
    3 tablespoons honey
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    20 drops tea tree oil
    2 capsules of live probiotics
    Mix the ingredients together and blend with a hand blender. Then pour the mixture into a convenient bottle and store it in a cool place.

    • Jenni
      August 26, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Angela-I agree totally about the coconut oil. It works for some but it can clog pores and I don’t find it very helpful to my skin at all. It’s not very moisturizing. I love the cleanser but I’m not sure if it needs some type of preservative. It could go bad quickly. I would use it up within a couple of weeks. Love the idea of probiotics too but I’m not too sure if they would penetrate the skin. Also, if this would most likely have to be used with a hot towel or else I think it would be hard to remove.

  27. Sandra
    January 11, 2017 / 4:27 am

    Hi Jenni, I’m new to your site and am having a great time reading all the recipes and comments. I’ve been using a DIY oil cleanser for about a year now and I fell in love with this method the first day I tried it! My skin has always been dry but for the last few years (as I’ve headed into menopause) it’s been ridiculous how dry and sensitive it’s become. Using an oil cleanser has really helped and when I need to make more I’ll give your recipe a try – I like that it’s a bit more solid than the liquid version I’m using. I’m wondering though, what you find to be the best way for cleaning your facecloths? Mine have taken on a bit of an oily odour that I can’t seem to get rid of. I’ve tried several things, like soaking in a citrus degreaser, boiling and more, but so far no luck. I don’t want to have to keep buying new ones when the ones I have are perfectly good (except for the oily smell) and am looking for suggestions. What works for you?

    • Sonia
      January 14, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      I mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1part blue dawn in a spray bottle and spray on my cloth right after cleansing and massage to get all the makeup off. Rinse and hang to dry overnight and than put in my regular laundry to wash again. So far no problems or smell.

  28. Danielle
    February 15, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Hi Jenni!

    Thanks so much for your blog! I have been using the OCM now for a few weeks, and use only olive oil, as my skin has been super dry. I put an oil blend on after I cleanse with EVOO, consisting of sea buckthorn, vitamin E, sunflower oil, and lavender EO. My skin still feels so dry in the morning. Do you have any advice? Thanks!

    • Jenni
      February 19, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Danielle-Do you oil cleanse morning and night? I have to do both in the winter. I also sometimes layer facial oils. Once one soaks in, I add a new one. Do you notice that your facial oil is soaking in? If it’s not, you could be using too much. One thought is sleeping on a silk pillow. Regular pillows can wick moisture away and out of the skin. Good luck, hope this helps!

  29. Anna
    March 17, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    HI Jenni,
    Just wondering what you have been using as a natural preservative in your lotions and oil cleansers.

    • Jenni
      April 3, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Anna-I use Neodefend from Lotion Crafter for lotions. I don’t use a preservative in oil cleansers because it is solely oil based and a preservative isn’t needed.

  30. Sue
    May 22, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I’ve been fighting a bout of eczema for the last several weeks and found I could no longer use my usual cleanser because it was really drying out my skin and making the condition worse. I was reading about the OCM and tried a50/50 blend of castor and olive which left my skin feeling clean and soft but it was really messy to use. I made a batch of this recipe and the thicker texture tends to keep it on my face and not have the majority dripping on my chest. I find it easier to hop into the shower and let the warm water remove the residue. I follow up witha gentle rose water-toner and a serum blend of carrier and eo’s. I’ve ordered a set of muslin washcloths because showering in themorning and again at night isn’tconvenient with my hair hvaing to be done.
    Thanks so much for all your terrific recipes and advice

  31. Ella Anne Smith
    November 12, 2018 / 1:50 am

    Whats the shelf life of this product and is it travel safe? thanks!

    • Jenni
      November 15, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Ella-It’s 6 mos. Not sure what you mean by travel safe but I would think it is. It will melt in hot temps but will come back together once cooled off.

  32. Stephanie
    December 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

    You have not found that the castor oil has caused unwanted hair growth on face? Thank you!!! 🙂

    • Jenni
      December 10, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Stephanie-Not at all! Which is why I don’t rely on castor oil in my new hair growth recipes. I’ve noticed nothing on my face!

  33. Penelope
    January 14, 2019 / 8:15 am

    I’ve read that essential oils should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy (and that some, like clove oil, should be avoided the entire time). Any considerations that need to be taken as far as the recipe or use if leaving out the essential oils?

    • Jenni
      January 15, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Penelope-You’re right, clove is a bad idea if pregnant. Other then that, this recipe is safe!

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