Oil Cleansing Facial Bar Tutorial: Soap-Free!

The premise behind oil cleansing is that, rather than washing your face with soap or detergent and removing all of the natural oils, you wash your face with a clean oil, which not only removes the old, dirty oils, but replaces them with a clean oil thereby cleansing your skin and moisturizing it at the same time. A daily moisturizer is not needed when you cleanse with oil.

Does it work? Yes! I was sure it would clog my pores when I first read about it, but it stayed on my mind, since a lot of my readers use this method, and so when I finally ran out of my commercial facial cleanser, I gave it a go. Quite simply, you apply a small amount of your oil of choice to your face as you would a cleanser. Rub it in well. You can wash it off immediately with warm water or you can wait 15 minutes while you… tidy your bedroom or brush your teeth… and then wash it off. I was immediately pleased with how well it cleaned, while at the same time leaving my skin feeling moisturized. I stopped using my daily moisturizer as a result, which saves me some money.

A friend and I played around with cleansing bars recently. We found some recipes to try, and I substituted ingredients that were known for their anti-aging properties like green tea, mango and kokum butter. Now I have a cleansing bar that is loaded with anti-oxidants and can be used every day to exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize all at the same time.

How To Get Started!

1. Choose your liquid oils: Start with half castor oil and then add the other half from the list below, or try a different one.

Safflower (for dry, sensitive skin)
Sweet Almond (for normal to oily skin)
Apricot Kernel (for dry, aging skin)
Grapeseed (for normal skin)
Avocado (dry, aging skin)

2. Add your choice of the following ingredients or you can simply use the oils above.

Cocoa Butter (for dry skin)
Shea Butter (for dry skin)
Kokum Butter (for normal to oily skin)
Mango Butter (for aging skin)

3. Add some optional additives:
Clay for exfoliation (let the world of clays open up to you! I chose a local glacial clay)
Oatmeal flour (for exfoliation)
Green tea extract (anti-oxidant)

4. Add Essential Oils of your choice

5. Then follow my directions below, subbing whatever oil or additive you have chosen:

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Oil Cleansing Facial Bar: Soap-Free!
Recipe type: Body Product
An all-natural facial cleanser that cleanses and moisturizes at the same time without clogging pores.
  • 28 grams kokum butter
  • 26 grams mango butter
  • 30 grams almond oil
  • 22 grams castor oil
  • 39 grams glacial clay
  • 1 tsp. green tea extract (powder)
  • 20 drops bergamot essential oil (or oil of your choice)
  1. Combine solid oils in a thick-bottomed pot and heat on low until melted.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add almond oil and castor oil
  4. Add clay, essential oils and additives (if desired) and stir well.
  5. Pour into molds (or into a small jar)
  6. Cool in fridge for several hours.
  7. Remove and store in fridge until needed.
Put the molds into the freezer to speed setting and help it solidify.

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