Saturday, June 2, 2012

DIY Face Wash/Make-Up Remover

About 3 months ago, I learned about making your own face wash.  It was frugal and easy to make, so I gave it a shot.  Apparently, face wash made with oils is actually very good for your skin (who knew?).  Here's what you do:

Mix in a small bottle:

If you have "Normal" skin:
1 Part Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil (this moisturizes your skin)
1 Part Castor Oil (this cleans your skin- it's found in the laxatives section of your pharmacy)

If you have "oily" skin, mix:
1 Part Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil
2-3 Parts Caster Oil

If you have "dry" skin, mix:
2-3 Parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil
1 Part Caster Oil

Shake well before using.  To use, massage a small amount of the oil onto your face.  Place a warm washcloth over your face and allow to sit on your face for 1 minute.  Rinse and gently remove oils from skin with washcloth.

So, what do I think of this method?  Well, since you asked...

When I am patient enough to let a warm washcloth sit on my face, it is truly AMAZING.  My skin feels so nice and looks smoother/fresher/cleaner.  However, I have found that I am not that patient.  A quick wash using the oil in the shower does not seem to have the same affect.  It really does need a little bit of time to sit on your skin.

I have continued to use the solution as an eye make-up remover.  It works SO well and is so much cheaper than store-bought eye make-up removers.

My conclusions: I have decided that this solution is not right for a face wash for me (though I would recommend it to others-I simply just don't have time to sit while washing my face), but that I will continue to use it as my eye make-up remover.

If you're looking to try a new face wash or eye make-up remover that is super frugal, give this one a shot!

I found the original recipe, instructions, and oil cleansing info HERE.  Check it out if you want more info on oil cleansing!  


  1. Oh wow, Jess! This is TOO COOL...I am loving this!! I might have to try this for sure :)
    I might try this for a eye makeup remover - typically I jut use baby oil - nice and easy1

  2. I personally think that it removes my eye make up way better than the blue bottle (I think L'Oreal) stuff does. Comes off in one nice swipe ;) I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Oh!!! With two of us in eye make up, and our budget on the edge of ludicrous (and I don't mean that millionaire rapper) this is just what we need. Now. Can you figure out how to make a good face scrub? That's what I need.

  4. Well, you're in sister in law, Jenny, mentioned today that baking soda is an exfoliant! I'm not sure if you can just rub it on or if you mix it with water. You could google it. I have also done an unflavored gelatin packet mixed with a tiny bit of milk and heated as a face mask. It's not as easy to peel off as store-bought stuff, but it did work!

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