Thursday, June 7, 2012

I ♥ Oil - Part 2

With using coconut oil as a face moisturizer going so well I no longer purchase face cream. But that still left me with the nagging question of what to WASH my face with......more money, more chemicals.

Over the years I have been bouncing around from just using water, soap and water or using a sample of this or a sample of that. What to use, what to use, what to use.

About a year ago, somehow I came up with the idea of using Noxema. I think I saw it at my mom's place and decided to give it a go. Hmmmmm - I like that - LOVE the tingle and fragrance of the Eucalyptus oil - but WHAT is all that other stuff? Well, the list of ingredients doesn't seem THAT bad - I've seen worse.

So off I went to buy my own and have been happily using it ever since.


A few weeks ago while blog hopping I found this post - well I don't think it was this one exactly - I can't seem to find the original blog but this one will suffice. (one of the hazards of following a few hundred blogs I guess - I was SHOCKED that it wasn't pinned!)

The blog post was about.....

WASHING your face with oil!

Back to the kitchen for my skin care ingredients!

REALLY! I mean - really! or as Cassia has been saying lately "What are you talking about?"

Exactly, cleaning with oil...

What are you talking about?!!!

Yup - that's the latest fad trend!

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about trying it - as it seems most who are new to this idea. But not one to pass up a frugal opportunity I gave it a try. I began the Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)

Not wanting to lead anyone reading this astray, I decided to test it first. It has been about 3 weeks now and I just have to say.....


I mean - really! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

My face has never felt or looked better. Now don't get me wrong - I could NEVER be accused of having nice skin.

That just isn't me - it's ok - I've come to terms.

When my skin and my 20's met they waged a war over my face and my face lost - BIG time. I was ok all through my teens with no acne but once in University and right up to my 30's I battled acne constantly. I tried EVERYTHING from the natural to Proactiv to an expensive fancy spa. Nothing worked. In the end it stopped but not without leaving the battle scars.

But for the first time in a long time my skin looks good - and dare I say that some lines seem to be not so obvious!

And so now, sitting beside my container of coconut oil in the bathroom is my bottle of olive oil. I reused a small almond oil bottle for my new cleansing potion.

The link below the picture for OCM talks about the importance of castor oil - I haven't had a chance to pick some up but might soon, and the use of sunflower oil rather than olive oil. It also provides step by step directions - but really -  put some oil in your hand, rub it gently on your face and rinse with steamy water.

What I DID have on hand though were essential oils. So, I quickly read up on which oils that I have are good for the skin and dropped some in - I used a book I have on hand from the library but there are many online essential oil resources such as this post at Helium. I used Lavender, Neroli, Clary Sage, Bergamot and Grapefruit. Not only do I now have a good for my skin cleaner, it has a nice fragrance as well.

Here is a very very thorough article on the topic of Oil Cleansing Method.

Because my skin is now very soft  I am using less coconut oil for moisturizer. At night after washing with olive oil I don't need anything else except I do run a bit of coconut around my eyes. In the morning I rinse and use a bit of sweet almond, grapeseed or coconut oil.

All good oils for the skin!

If you give it a try - let me know what your think!


Today's Interesting Link: Here's an interesting article from Natural News about the benefits of avocados for your skin - another oil!


  1. I'm game! It makes me think of Elphaba, who cleaned her lovely green skin with oil instead of water (on account of the melting, and all).

    It's weird, but since we've been on the road I just sort of leave my skin to its own devices, aside from a washcloth and a little lotion, and it has never been better.

    1. I hear you! We put all this stuff on our face and really - for what. When on the road I go pretty bare bones too and it seems to be just fine.


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