Hey everyone! Happy Sunday!

So here is a little lesson on the “oil cleansing method” as I use it. I use oils to cleanse my face and body. I find they work very well, are gentle, remove makeup (although I don’t wear much), keep my skin soft and free from blemishes, reduce red marks from acne in my teenage years, and is relatively inexpensive.

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The oils I have used so far are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil – all of which have been organic. The brand I have used for most of these oils is Desert Essence. http://www.desertessence.com

For my face:
I have fairly oily skin, and yet it still becomes very dry as well. The mix I use for my face is about 2oz of jojoba oil OR sweet almond oil, mixed with about 2 drops of tea tree oil. (I prefer jojoba oil for my face but sweet almond has worked fine, I just find it a little less moisturizing. You can also substitute a few drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil for the Tea Tree oil if you wish – it has similar effect but is even more gentle)
This cleansing method is very easy – I do it in the evenings to wash away the day’s grime and any makeup I may have on.
Run your tap so the water gets quite hot. wet you fingers, and use them to moisten the skin of your face and neck. Take a little of the oil mixture and begin to massage it into you skin. Make sure you use enough of it. Gently rub it in all over you face and neck. Then take a washcloth and run it under hot water.tilt your head back and lay the cloth over your face. Let it “steam” your skin for about 30 seconds. I repeat this about 3 times, and on the last time, I take the cloth and very gently rub my face and neck thoroughly. Then I pat dry. Done!
I usually don’t use any cleansing methods on my face in the morning – I just run a washcloth under hot water and “steam” my face as described above, or if I am really in a rush, just give it a quick wipe!

For my body: I have used a variety of different oil mixtures to clean my body. I find they all really work quite well. My personal favorite right now is a mixture I sort of “invented” on my own.
I took a few tablespoons of coconut oil (for those who haven’t tried this oil before, it is solid at room temperature, sort of like butter, however melts almost immediately when you touch it), a few tablespoons of baking soda, about a teaspoon of arrowroot powder, and about 10 drops EACH of lemon and ylang ylang essential oil. This mixture smells sooo good, is inexpensive to make, and can be modified to suit your needs. The measurements are approximate because I just go by “feel”. If you like yours more creamy, add more coconut oil. If you prefer it more solid and more exfoliating, add more baking soda/arrowroot powder. If you prefer a stronger scent, add more essential oils. If you like, you can blend whatever essential oils you enjoy, and make your very own scent! Lavender is often a popular favorite, however it is not my cup o’ tea, but I think next I’d like to try blending a Christmas-y scent with some Cinnamon, clove, and orange oils. Maybe even Peppermint & Lemon for a tingly “wake-up” bodywash.
To use this mixture is really quite simple, in the shower, do not stand directly under the spray of the water, take some scoops of the mixture with your fingers and rub it all over your body, focusing of course on areas such as the under arms and feet. Bonus: the baking soda and lemon oil are also natural deodorizers. Sometimes I don’t even need to use my “armpit crystal” solid deodorant after using this. The  best part is, it is also very cheap, and you can substitute any oil you like for the coconut oil. If you do, just remember that the mixture will be way more of a liquid than it is with the coconut oil, and I have found that makes it harder to manage and apply. I have used Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil both in this recipe, but the thick, solid natural state of coconut makes it my personal favorite.

So there you go! with only a few ingredients, you have your very own home made face wash and body wash, free from harsh chemicals, carcinogens, salts, and other junk often found in cosmetics. As an added bonus, you will have soften skin, you will smell very nice, and you will spend a heck of a lot less on body and face wash!

I hope you enjoyed this article, and please let me know in the comments if you tried any of these cleansing methods, and how did they go for you? What scents do you want to try or have tried blending?

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