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GabyBaby posted 7/31/2013 15:00 PM

I've read in a number of places that olive oil and castor oil (or a combination of the two) make a great facial cleanser especially for those with oily skin.
According to what I've read, skin becomes oily when it is in distress due to hormones, stress, etc. Using oil as a cleanser is supposed to help your skin regulate its own oil production and moisture.

Do any of you use this method? How do you like it?

uncertainone posted 7/31/2013 15:21 PM

I can be a bit oily, especially around that time of the month (not to mention homicidal but whole different thread). I use Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser and LOVE it.

It does an awesome job. I use it with my Clarisonic. No clogged pores or break outs. Stuff is awesome for me.

GabyBaby posted 7/31/2013 15:39 PM

especially around that time of the month (not to mention homicidal but whole different thread).
I can completely relate on that score!

Thanks for your input.
I recently chopped off all of my hair and am growing it bcak out sans chemical relaxers. Over the last couple of years, I've been getting pickier and pickier about what I put on and in my body, slowly going as organic (chemical free) as I can. I must admit I feel a lot healthier for it, though some things work better than others especially in relation to the usual store-bought items.

Sad in AZ posted 7/31/2013 15:44 PM

Origins has a really nice oil cleanser too. I also use it with my Clairsonic.

I do love Josie Maran products, though, so I may have to try hers...

Faithful w/Love posted 7/31/2013 15:44 PM

Yes, it works.

Also, I put egg white with Milk on as a mask.

My skin is oily now with aging.

Tumeric is also wonderful.
Aloe is great.

Lots of things out there. I try different stuff.

Now if you find a powder that wont make my face oily let me know.

Crescita posted 7/31/2013 15:45 PM

I did OCM for about 3 months but was never quite satisfied. I haven't given up on oils completely, but I no longer use them as a cleanser and am still on the quest for the perfect regiment.

There were a bunch of people around here who were happy with it when I tried, I'm sure some will come around with some great advice.

GabyBaby posted 7/31/2013 16:13 PM

Thanks all!
@Faithful - I dont wear makeup, so I wont be able to help you with that one. I bet someone else here can though!
Tumeric? How do you use it? Apply as a paste (mixed with something)?

I've done egg masks, honey mixtures, etc, but I'm looking for something as a daily cleanser.

@Crescita - I found an article for OCM that uses different ratios of castor oil to olive oil, based on your skin type (oily, dry, combo, or normal).
I remember reading about OCM here a while ago, but while it did tickle my interest, I never actually pulled the trigger.

I'm glad to hear that folks have had success with it!

jennie160 posted 7/31/2013 16:14 PM

I use a almond and jojoba oil mix and it works pretty well for me. My routine is when I get in the shower I'll wet my face with warm water then slather on the oil mix and let it sit while I go about the rest of my business, then at the end I will take a wash cloth and scrub my face. Letting the oil sit while I'm showering gives my pores time to open and the oil time to clean out the dirt.

carnelian posted 7/31/2013 16:28 PM

Yep, started this recently and love it. I just let my pores open up a bit in the shower and rub in a teaspoon full of regular olive oil, making sure to massage and cover every bit of my face (even around the eyes). My skin's a lot less oily now - I can actually go through most days without having to do a full foundation re-application. Plus it looks and feels better.

painpaingoaway posted 7/31/2013 17:14 PM

I use DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil, and I love it. Seems counterintuitive, but it works.

GabyBaby posted 7/31/2013 17:17 PM

I think I'm going to mix up a small batch and give it a try for a month or two.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences.

Threnody posted 7/31/2013 21:38 PM


Gaby, good for you with the natural hair thing! I've been going back too, and while it's sometimes a fright, I'm just more comfortable with how it looks. It's MY fright, you know?

The texture of my hair is mostly European, but the back part, right above the nape, is thick and wiry, most likely from some North African genetic line or another. It was getting more and more difficult to blow dry some of the curls out, and I finally gave up. I went no-poo (I use Deva Curl products) in February and now I've got this wild head of Italian and Greek curls with tiny, tiny spirals in the very back.

I have to ask: is yours defying gravity? I didn't realize that as I let my hair grow out, everything would stand STRAIGHT UP instead of hang down. Now I roll with it, but at first I was freaked out.

/end tj

GabyBaby posted 7/31/2013 21:58 PM

LOL Thren!
I'm actually Black, so mine is SUPPOSED to defy gravity (though its too short to do much of anything at the moment)!

I completely understand what you mean about being ok with YOUR fright. I've had relaxers (chemical hair straightener) since I was about 10yrs old until now. I am getting to know what my natural texture even LOOKS like, let alone how to care for it, hehehe. So far so good though. The older I get, the less I care what other people think of my appearance.

Its currently only about an inch long, so very easy to care for at the moment. A daily co-wash in the morning, a quick comb and out the door! Moisturize and cover for bedtime.

I'll catch up to you in no time, sporting some springy coils of my own!

I have my castor oil/EVOO mix made up and ready to roll for my facial cleanser. I can't wait to try it!

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 9:59 PM, July 31st (Wednesday)]

Pentup posted 8/1/2013 07:26 AM

I did this for a while and loved it. I have very dry skin so I used less Castor Oil. Can not remember why I stopped. Probably ran out and to lazy to mix it. Because it takes about 3 seconds...

I am allergic to an ingredient in about 95% of most skin products so the organic/home made is typically a better (and less expensive) choice.

Off to mix up a batch!

bluelady posted 8/1/2013 09:12 AM

I started using it at Christmas and I love it.

I had dry and oily skin at the same time. Not typical combination. Like, oh that oily patch is also so dry it's flaking. Also, acne that was exacerbated during "my time".

My sister made up a batch of 50/50 olive oil to castor oil mix for me. I tried it and found it too drying. Now, I'm using probably close to 70/30 olive oil to castor oil. LOVE IT. I only wear make up during the school year, so this summer I'm finding that I don't even really need to use it every day. A splash of water in the morning and the evening, with the OCM every other day or every third day. During the school year I use it every day.

My acne has cleared up, my skin tone is brighter and better and I rarely need to use moisturizer any more.

IMO, it's great.

GabyBaby posted 8/1/2013 09:54 AM

I did a 3:1 ratio of castor oil to olive oil and used it this morning in the shower. I have combo skin as well (generally oily across the forehead and cheeks, but dry over the bridge of my nose, chin and between the eyes). Oddly enough, I tend to be very oily in the summer and move toward very dry in the winter.

I absolutely love how soft my skin feels. I also love how moisturized my face feels - as in I dont get that 'cracked' sensation I usually get when my face has dried post shower but pre-moisturizing lotion.

MissesJai posted 8/1/2013 12:05 PM

you ladies make me want to try this! I too have oily skin so this is very intriguing...

Faithful w/Love posted 8/1/2013 14:52 PM

I am going in for the OCM... I have done just Olive Oil but now I am going to try this.
Thank you all.

GabyBaby posted 8/1/2013 21:28 PM

I washed my face with the oil combo at 6am this morning.
I don't wear makeup, so I didn't apply anything else to my face.

It is now 7:30pm and I am not oily! Usually by noon, I have to go to the ladies' room and wash my face to remove that gunky feeling.
I'm still going strong 13+ hours later!

Pentup posted 8/2/2013 11:39 AM

I mixed it up last night and used it this morning. Needed no moisturizer and my face still does not feel crunchy! I will probably get acne because I keep running my finger on my cheek in amazement.

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