Oil Cleansing Method

2 Posted by - April 10, 2013 - Hair & Beauty, Videos

When I first started using Pinterest, I found this thing called the oil cleansing method for washing your face. Sounds disgusting, I know, but I’ve been doing it for a while now and my face seems to really like it, so I made a video about how to do it. Also, I added the fart noise back in because you guys missed it. Thanks for keepin’ it classy. (If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Here’s more info on the oil cleansing method!


  • Katie! April 10, 2013 - 8:09 am Reply

    Thank GOD the fart noise is back!

  • Lauren April 10, 2013 - 8:23 am Reply

    I’m so glad the fart noise is back! And I am wayyyyy too lazy to wash my face in any fancy ways. I just use baby wipes. Maybe I’ll try this one day when I’m bored and needing something to do though,.

  • Angie M April 10, 2013 - 8:54 am Reply

    So do you notice your pillow gets oily or smells like olive oil since you do this at night?

    • Natasha Morales April 10, 2013 - 9:14 am Reply

      Iuse oil cleansing quite often and have never had this problem because you end up wiping all of it off anyways. I expected break outs or at least some horrible reaction to putting grease on my face but I actually had less of that than I did before.

    • Pintester April 14, 2013 - 9:34 pm Reply

      No, my pillow doesn’t get any on it. It pretty much all comes out on the washcloth and the rest of it absorbs really quickly.

  • Debt Perception April 10, 2013 - 10:14 am Reply

    If that’s pee then someone’s really dehydrated!

  • Jackie Parkins April 10, 2013 - 10:21 am Reply

    I used the oil cleansing method for a while and it was fine at first, but I noticed my pores getting clogged after a couple of weeks so I stopped. I should try again with a different ratio of olive oil and castor oil. I’ve used grapeseed oil, too and it works pretty well.

  • StephanieF April 10, 2013 - 10:33 am Reply

    I use jojoba oil instead of olive oil, because I didn’t want to smell like olive oil (I have no idea if the smell sticks around). Just from seeing responses to this around the intartubes, I think that if you’re prone to cystic acne, it may trigger breakouts, but otherwise tends to work well.

    • lizmk April 10, 2013 - 11:16 am Reply

      I use jojoba oil too. My oily skin feels less oily now, which seems massively counter intuitive.

  • Melissa Gerber April 10, 2013 - 11:25 am Reply

    Where did you buy that dispenser thing?

    • Pintester April 14, 2013 - 9:32 pm Reply

      Sally Beauty Supply

  • Regina April 10, 2013 - 12:06 pm Reply

    Your bottle reminded me of a Dalek. =D

    • Pintester April 14, 2013 - 9:32 pm Reply

      Right? I usually have to bellow, “EXTERMINATE!” when I get it out.

  • Sarah Wilson April 10, 2013 - 12:14 pm Reply

    I do this, too! Only partially because I enjoy the look on a person’s face when I tell them I was my face with cooking oil. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use 1 part castor oil to 4 parts sunflower seed oil. My face has cleared up so much! I did notice the pores on my nose got worse at first, but they’ve calmed down in the past few weeks.

  • bernadette foster April 10, 2013 - 12:22 pm Reply

    I just started using virgin coconut oil on my face. I also started brushing my teeth with it, & I swear to gawd it’s fantastic.

  • Jerrica Benton April 10, 2013 - 12:33 pm Reply

    God damn woman you’re funny! This has been one of the few “beauty” pins that have worked really well for me, too (and I suffer from eczema!). Also the Monistat “chafing powder-gel” (not to be confused with itch relief creams) that also doubles as a make-up primer. Those two have been amazing discoveries! Please keep testing beauty pins so I don’t have to! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kirsten ‘Bunny’ Graves April 10, 2013 - 2:05 pm Reply

    Well hell, that would save me 30 bucks every 3-4 months now wouldn’t it? (I buy mine through DCH). And YAY FART NOISES!!!!

  • Jodee Rose April 10, 2013 - 2:11 pm Reply

    I wet my face in the shower. That is my face cleansing method. And it is also probably why I resemble John, the Alligator Boy.

  • Sarah Loghin April 10, 2013 - 2:15 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing OCM for almost a year and it is awesome! Good pick!

  • Shelly April 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing OCM for about 18 months now and love it. I’ve settled on sunflower oil, castor oil and I add drops of tea tree oil. LOVE IT!

  • Heather Blamires April 10, 2013 - 3:21 pm Reply

    How long will this stuff last? I would hate to mix a bunch up and have it go bad. Also do you use it in the morning too or just before bed?
    Love your posts btw you are awesome!

    • Pintester April 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm Reply

      I only make 4 oz at a time and it lasts for months. Have not had it go bad yet. I only do this at night. In the morning, I just rinse my face with water in the shower.

  • Pamela Gold April 10, 2013 - 3:31 pm Reply

    I’ve used this for years and it’s the best way to have great skin year round!

  • Jennmarie68 April 10, 2013 - 5:10 pm Reply

    I guess I just don’t spend enough time on Pinterest – I’ve not seen quite a few of the pins you test (doesn’t make them any less great though!) But I will have to try this one as I have the skin of a hormonal teenager… Thanks for bringing back the farts, the pintestees are a super classy bunch if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katherine Horejsi April 10, 2013 - 8:44 pm Reply

    “oh…I dribbled it in the sink”…snicker snicker.

    Just to be a grown up for a moment (I hate doing that) this would be great for airline travel now we can’t take bottles of anything in our carry-on. You can even use that annoying little nuclear hot towel thing they give you! Good one.

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre April 11, 2013 - 1:33 am Reply

    is it strange that I was reminded of jizz when it slipped off your fingers? ewwww

  • Sarah April 11, 2013 - 10:09 am Reply

    I’ve seen that pin and wondered about it. You have peaked my interest now that I know it does actually work.

  • Daintynymph April 11, 2013 - 11:47 am Reply

    Oooh yeah, get that washcloth hot and wet!

    • Heather April 11, 2013 - 1:59 pm Reply

      Now I’m all kinds of turned on. Yikes!

  • Kathleen April 11, 2013 - 7:05 pm Reply

    I used this for several months and added a couple drops of lemon oil to cut the olive oil smell. I’d also crush an aspirin, mix in a little water to form a past and put it on pimples to clear them up. It worked well. I’m not sure why I stopped the oil method. I’m using Proactive now for my gosh darn hormonal acne (at 45). Blech.

  • Guest April 12, 2013 - 7:21 am Reply

    your skin is really nice! I think I might have to try this one.Also I have to say I was very intrigued by the cut point. I added the fart…. as a newish reader I didn’t know about your fart noise that that was very funny thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bethoula April 12, 2013 - 5:19 pm Reply

    Kudos for sharing yourself with nooooooo make up!!! Love what you !!!

  • Molly Vecsey April 14, 2013 - 1:57 pm Reply

    What do you use on your face in the morning?

    • Pintester April 14, 2013 - 9:28 pm Reply

      A splash of water in the shower– that’s it.

  • Abigail Crawford April 14, 2013 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing this and it’s really great for my skin, too! I remember being terrified that it would make me break out immediately, but it totally worked. Also. I’m in a class on Chaucer and farts are officially funny according to one of English literature’s most favorite poets. Read The Miller’s Tale if you haven’t. It’s hilarious.

  • Kari Hemba April 17, 2013 - 7:22 pm Reply

    I tried this the day after you posted it because my skin has gotten so bad lately! Dry, then oily, then breaking out, then nice (for about 2 days!) then it starts all over again! I’ve been telling people about it and showing your video (it’s much more informative and easy to learn verus the website link!!) My acne hasn’t gone away, but I do feel like my face feels better after I use it. I also used a little of the oil on some of my really dried out acne when I was done. You know-give it a little extra healing! I put my oil in a cleaned out coffee creamer (something I found on Pinterest!) Works well so far!

  • Michelle April 17, 2013 - 7:55 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve always been curious but kind of thought it was BS. I went out and bought the castor oil to try it and it feels great!

    But the one thing I’d caution anyone trying it is…. to do a spot test on your skin first! About 30 seconds in my face started turning bright red and I had flashbacks to getting a chemical burn from an acne cleanser a few years ago! Luckily it went away after a half an hour or so…. but it was a long few minutes!

  • Laura April 17, 2013 - 9:34 pm Reply

    Yay fart noise! I tried this because of you, and I LOVE it. Also I want years worth of money back from my ex-dermatologist. ๐Ÿ˜› Thank you!

  • Nan Racu April 17, 2013 - 9:43 pm Reply

    Sounds great (I’ll stick with my Pears soap and witch hazel routine, though–it’s been fabulous for 40 years, thanks). Just two words of caution: First, make sure you keep anything with castor oil in it out of the reach of children. At best, it’s a very painful laxative, at worst, lethal. Second: might want to double wash any cloth that’s got oil on it. They absolutely can be combustible in in the dryer, especially at the high temps we usually use for towels. *wonders if this would work for her hubby’s super oily skin*

    • NCMama April 23, 2013 - 4:32 am Reply

      It *might* work for your husband, but I bet you’ll have a hard time convincing him to get in the dryer.

  • Natty April 20, 2013 - 6:36 am Reply

    I love this OCM, been doing it for about two years with excellent results. I can;t believe you leave the water running all that time though! Such a waste of water!! I usually boil the kettle and put my washcloths in a big bowl- half hot water half cold- please try it…….and thanks for a great blog- very entertaining:)

  • The Mod Cabin April 23, 2013 - 12:04 pm Reply

    Good video! Very informative. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Faaaaart May 1, 2013 - 3:53 am Reply

    Yay!!! The fart noise!! I missed you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nourhan April 1, 2014 - 10:14 pm Reply

    Can you put the oil method under need your ALERGIC dark circles?

  • Nourhan April 1, 2014 - 10:31 pm Reply

    Also how often do you do this, every night?

  • ecember April 16, 2015 - 4:39 pm Reply

    I use 100% almond oil because it is the lightest oil I’ve found (olive oil lingers for me). I wet my face with warm water and massage a lot of oil in on my whole face, including eyelids, and neck. Then I run the tap as hot as possible (which in my house is just below scalding) and soak a slightly rough face towel. Squeeze it to get rid of the worst of the drips then lay down in bed and put the towel around my face like an old-timey barber shop. I also put a second dry towel over that–all arranged so that my mouth is free (breathing=yay!). I rest like that, occasionally pushing the hot towel gently onto my eyelids, until the towel is lukewarm–maybe 5 minutes? Then I use the towel to wipe down my face and do a quick rinse with cool water at the sink.

    I do it whenever I’ve got dull skin or breakouts. Once a day or every other day in winter, once a week or less in summer.

    It’s harder to do, but it’s also great as body wash. It just uses waaaaay more oil to get a whole body. I put it on an exfoliating cloth.

    Since starting this, I’ve had 5 women ask me what my skincare routine is and one man comment on how soft my hand was because it was soft enough to startle him when we shook hands.

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