A note from the Oil Cleansing Method

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Howdy. I’m the mixture of caster oil and olive oil sitting in a plastic bottle on the Shoebox bathroom counter. They call me the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I’m new round these parts; been here ’bout a few months, so I thought I’d write up somethin’ describing my job in this place the humans call the Shoebox. (Click through to read this exclusive guest post by OCM.)

I was mixed up as an experiment, I suppose, to see if I’m any good for the lady’s skin. (Pssshhh. Of course I am, but she didn’t know that at first.) I’m an expert, see, in cleansing pores and moisturizing skin. Yesiree, that’s what I do. And I’m no genius, but I do know that she’s kept me around for a reason. I’m workin’ my wonders, and she’s come to appreciate me. As many ladies eventually do. Today, I’ll share some of my secrets with you. (Wink.)

The lady’s skin is a likin’ to an unbroken filly. It’s untameable, that—oily and flaky at the same time, spotty and splotchy in general. It’s not a pretty sight. And apparently she’s always been frustrated with her imperfect complexion. So awhile back, she brought in the big guns (that’s me). 

Here’s how we dance. Every night she rinses her makeup off first to ensure I can properly do my job. (I think that’s because she feels like she’d be rubbing makeup into her pores if she didn’t.) Ain’t no thang to me. Then she rubs me into her face, nice and gentle-like. I hang out on her skin, soak in, take it easy and then she lays a hot washcloth over her face to steam the crap outta those troublesome pores. (It’s a dirty job, folks, but someone’s gotta do it.) Then she wipes me off and I go back to hangin’ out on the counter.

It sounds odd to you, does it, putting oil on an already shiny face?  Well if you ask me, 60-year-old women spending thousands of dollars trying to look like they’re 22 is ridiculous. But what do I know? I’m just  a bottle of oil.

The smart people say that the basic chemistry rule “like dissolves like” can be applied to skincare. Meaning simply that an oily, blemish-filled face can be “cured” by applying healing natural oils. OCM proponents believe that if your face is oily, then that’s probably because it has been stripped of natural oils by conventional harsh washing chemicals. Once skin is stripped of its natural oils, it must over compensate to attempt to moisturize, resulting in glaring foreheads and chins.

So the idea is that rubbing absorbent plant-based oils into your skin will remove dirt and other pore-blocking yuckies (that’s my Castor oil’s job) and condition (the olive oil’s bit), leaving pores clean and the face glowing. Castor oil is derived from a castor bean. It is high in fatty acids and penetrates the skin to unlock and dissolve impurities. The olive oil (or sunflower oil, or jojoba oil, or other plant-based carrier oil) is present to help spread the Castor oil, as well as moisturize. Want to know more? You can read more about the OCM here.

These days I’m a bit of a controversial celebrity though, kind of like that blonde Hilton girl. Many people have tried me out on their skin only to experience really bad irritations or rashes. Others have reported excessive dryness and major cystic breakouts. Apparently I’m not good for everyone, but I’m OK with that. To learn more about why OCM might not be the best option, check out this little article or this very brief video.

Welp, you know what they say. The only way to find out if I’m good for you is to try me out. The lady did, and she seems to be sticking with me. In fact, there’s a bottle of fancy face lotion in the cabinet that hasn’t seen daylight since I’ve been in this here territory. Not that it’s a contest or anything. I’m just sayin’ the poor sucker lost. I win.

So whattle it be? Are you ready for me to come wrastle your pores into shape? Or have we already met and was I less-than-gentlemanly? Join the discussion below and let us know what you think about the Oil Cleansing Method.

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  • Anonymous
    January 21, 2013

    I switched 3 months ago to a modified version of OCM and I love it! I’m very acne-prone (even at 32), so after I did some research, I liked the overall idea, but wasn’t sure about using castor oil since very acne-prone people seem to sometimes have problems with it. So instead I use straight jojoba oil, and use it on my face mornings/evenings to remove makeup/cleanse, and just massage it around my face, ideally for a few minutes. What’s really satisfying to me (sorry if this is TMI) is that you can actually see all the stuff that’s clogging your pores coming out! I follow up with a gentle non-drying cream cleanser (I like the Neutrogena Deep Clean one). Don’t know if this step is necessary, but being so acne-prone I personally felt more comfortable washing off everything afterwards. I follow it up with moisturizer. My skin looks so much better now, I cannot believe the difference! Initially there was a slight increase in breakouts, but nothing major, as I assume it brought everything to the surface – but now it looks great! I’m totally satisfied by this modified OCM. 🙂 Just wanted to provide some options too for people! I was happy to see this post!

  • Evelyn
    January 21, 2013

    Thanks for letting us know! I’ve heard great things about jojoba oil but have never given it a try. Good to know that it’s a healthy alternative for acne-prone skin!

  • Nancy Peterson
    January 21, 2013

    Sounds great , not only for an “old” lady like myself (LOL) but for my teenage boys and their zit problem(s)! Thanks, Ev, for this great blog. I’m so glad I recently subscribed to Smallish and only wish I had hours to “catch up” and read all of your past entries.

    • Evelyn
      January 21, 2013

      Hi Nancy! So glad you meandered over. 🙂 Hope you can spend more down-time in the future here. Have the boys try the OCM… best thing is that it’s really cheap. 🙂

  • Athena
    January 21, 2013

    I love the face on the bottle. Funny

    • Evelyn
      January 22, 2013

      Haha… it amused me too, Athena. But then again, I”m too easily entertained! 😉

  • Stephanie
    January 27, 2013

    I love the oil cleansing method!! I had a ton of acne freshmen year of college and started using olive oil as a nighttime moisturizer. After seeing my face clear up like crazy, I began washing my face with a milder cleanser which cleared up my skin even more. Now my skin routine consists of a bottle of olive oil and witch hazel mixed together. I mix it up, put it in a cotton pad and it completely cleans my face and gets all my makeup off without being too drying plus I haven’t had a breakout in months! I do Also use coconut oil if my skin needs an extra boost!

    • Evelyn
      January 28, 2013

      That’s great, Stephanie! I’ve heard awesome things about coconut oil for beauty (hair/face/skin), but I have yet to try it. Right now I’m just using it for baking/cooking. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenifer
    February 2, 2013

    We also do oil cleansing in this house. We use coconut oil. I use it for oil cleansing, oil pulling (which is a teeth cleaning/whitening technique), hair conditioning, deodorant. I also use it to make my mascara (raw cocoa powder and beeswax are the other two ingredients) and tinted lip balm (beet root powder and bees wax are the other two ingredients).

    It’s truly a wonderful oil. And, we cook with it too. LOL

    • Evelyn
      February 22, 2013

      I’ve heard of wonderful uses for coconut oil besides cooking, but I haven’t quite branched out. I’ve got it in the cabinet… maybe I will. 🙂 Thanks!

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