Oil Skin Cleansers: How to Make Olive Oil Cleanser at Home

by Zeeba on October 2, 2010 · 43 comments

olive oil cleanser

olive oil cleanser

Olive Oil Cleanser

So you’ve been around the block looking for a cleanser that suits your skin and found nothing?! You’ve spent your hard earned money on all the big brands that promise you fabulous skin but leave your skin dry and lifeless? Or worse still, you were the one who bought the pro-active stuff while channel surfing into the wee hours of the morning?  If you are one or all of the above, then I wish you’d found me earlier, because I’m here to introduce you to the miracle cleanser that is capable of solving all your skin problems.  Hold your breath…. Wait for it… just a little longer…. Oh alright then… it’s olive oil!

And now you’re wondering how olive ‘oil’ can possibly be great for skin when everything that’s good for skin advertises with the slogan “oil free”. So here’s the deal, its old news in science that oil dissolves oil. And in truth, the more oil you remove, the more your body will try and compensate for the loss of its natural oils. So really, the best way to dissolve the extra oils being secreted from your pores and effectively remove all the dirt and bacteria that has been blocked up is indeed by replacing the dirty oil with good, nourishing oil.

How to Make Olive Oil Cleanser at Home

olive oil

olive oil

The first step to making your organic olive oil cleanser is to determine your skin type. If you have normal skin, then an equal balance of oils should be used; if your skin is acne prone, you should add a little tea tree oil and a little less olive oil; if your skin is dry then you should use more olive oil. Basically experiment with a few variations of the magic olive oil cleanser and settle on one that suits you just right.

I’m going to break down all the combinations of oils and ingredients that work well with olive oil:

Castor oil: is good for oily skin, as it doesn’t have the same moisturizing properties of olive oil.

Almond oil: is great for softening and conditioning skin that is dry or itchy, making your skin soft as a baby’s bum.

Tea tree oil: is a natural antiseptic so it works miracles on acne prone skin, cold scores and wounds.

Vitamin E oil: is great for some extensive overnight repair.

Sandalwood oil: has an astringent property so say, “bye bye irritation and scars”.

So there you have it. Your little wonder oil was no further than your kitchen cupboard and to think you spent all that time running from skin care consultants to high end beauty stores when all you really had to do was take a stroll into your kitchen.

Pssst…. It’s the best make up remover I’ve found till date… and it prevents wrinkles. But that’s our little secret. :-)

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

Great article Zeeba!! :yes: :yes: :yes: ..Hail Figaro..and Hail tea tree oil I bought from Munnar!! :-D :-D :-D :worship: :worship: :worship:

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Thanks….. :) and the Munnar oil is worth … :)

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ik October 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

cali where did you get the tea tree oil from? please please please tell me!! i have to have to know!! i want i want i want! please please cali!! i will do anything for it! :D

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

:O…I bought it from Munnar, but you can get it from TBS too.. :-) Check Rads blog for that. She has written a post recently on all these oils..!!!

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ik October 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

eeeyyyyy!!! i know ra!! i wan Munnar tea tree oil! is it a big bottle? :D TBS doesnt even last me a month! i am tea tree oil obsessed!!! i want big one!

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B October 4, 2010 at 12:42 am

I most certainly need more direction on this one! Do I just wipe the desired oil on (then off) w a cotton ball? Need I use warm water as a rinse? Tell me more, please.! I really want to try!

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Nice article Zeeba :) I am using a Lush bar for oil cleansing right now, but I don’t really do it regularly..just maybe about weekly once.

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Thanks radhika… :)

Actually cleansing is helpful so try and do it more than once a week……woh glow aata hai skin pe.. :)

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shilpa October 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

hiiiiiii
nice and informative post….
but can anybody plz tell me where do i purchase authentic tea tree oil and vit e oil….and hw much is the cost….plz help ?:-)

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Thank u.. :)

Radhika’s recommendation is really worth a try.

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

TBS has vitamin E oil – cost Rs. 945 for 15 mL, and from what I have read of the reviews, it lasts ages. TBS also has Tea Tree Oil, but I am not very sure about the actual concentration of tea tree in this – cost Rs. 445/2.5 mL. Hope that helps :)

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ik October 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

i used the ea tree oil from TBS.. its worked for my angry zits! :) i really liked it!! but i din get it again.. :-? guess i should go ge it.. :-?

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

:shock: :idk: I just now replied above you to use tea tree oil from TBS… hmmm..if they are not producing it anymore then we need to collectively search for some source that is available everywhere……atleast in Bangalore!! :-D

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ik October 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

aaarrrggghhh!!!!! :P it is available!!! i just dint buy it after i had it 2 times!:P
lol.. i want Munnar tea tree oil!!! :-D

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calicoaster October 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

he he..then you have to go to munnar!! :-P…..Or ask some friend of yours to go there and get the tea tree oil. On another note, I guess Biotique also has something like tea tree oil, not very sure!! ?:-)

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shilpa October 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

hey radhika….
thx a ton….
and plz tell me hw to use these oils also and what base oil…olive oil will do???

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I have no idea about using these for cleansing. I suppose you could mix Tea Tree with Olive oil as recommended by Zeeba. These are, however, marketed by TBS as facial oils. The Tea Tree oil is like a spot treatment I think for blemishes. The vitamin E oil can be used as a night-time facial oil I think. I have personally not used either of these, so I cannot help you out with the uses :-(

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shilpa October 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

thx radhika….

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Renuca October 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Nice one Zeeba, how often do you use this cleanser, and does one use this at night?

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

thanks renuka…… i use cleanser like evry day….i have an oily skin….
so..neeed it……….. u cn use the cleanser at nyt to before ur nyt cream.. :)

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Mrunmayee October 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hey great post Zeeba..

I have been using the Biotique Almond Oil cleanser for a while now.. And I am def loving it..

For lazy bums like me, it’s a great replacement for your recipe..

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

thanks Mrunmayee………….. :)

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Poornima Narayan October 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I love olive oil…It is such a fabulous cleanser and works perfect for oil cleansing method.

Good article Zeeba :-)

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

thanks Poornima.. :)

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Great idea Zeeba, as i have already an oily skin i guess i will try to comb this with tea tree oil, thanks for the tips…also i was once tempted to buy the Proactiv but now feel glad i never did :P

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

The proactive review cums up soon…hopefully….i ws a jerk wen i bought it……gaaaahhhhhh….all in vein… :(

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Cali, I think she meant – she did not BUY it again – I think its still available in TBS..at least shows up on the site.

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Devie October 3, 2010 at 1:24 am

Zeebers, after removing makeup with olive oil do you use a cleanser?
I really want to try this…so let me know!
Yay another reason to love olive oil :)

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Smita T October 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

I have oily skin, and before i used to think rubbing oil on your face will make face oilier, but i was really surprised when i started using almond oil at night, by morning i thought i’d shine like a bald mans head, but the oil was completely absorbed and my face felt soo fresh !
I am now going to try other oils as well

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Radhika October 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

:giggle: :giggle: bald man’s head :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

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Sanjeev October 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I can imagine the molecules of almond oil and your body oil fighting with each other to acquire the real estate on your face and destroying each other… :-D

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Janhavi October 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

so true – but i use coconut oil instead – really helps with acne prone skin – something to do withe free radicals … ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) ?:-)

but oil works :yes: :yes: :yes:

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roopa October 5, 2010 at 10:28 am

Hey Zeeba,
Kudos :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: on such a great article, giving the benefits of the various oils. i would like to know how to use these oils and then how do i go ahead with the rest of my routine. .:-)) I too have skin eruptions and scrubbing seems to make the worse :reallypissed: and :cry:.
also cant use teatree oil since i am feeding…. can i use the red sandalwood powder instead.. ;-)

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nidhi July 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

i tried this method with castor-olive oil..din’t suit me i had zits ..not for oily skinned sensitive skin beauties ?

i’ll try again maybe well acne heals ..with almond and olive oil..hopefully don’t have acne again ;)

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