You may remember my November book review of Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I really enjoyed the book, and have also enjoyed her blog and subsequent articles. Recently a friend of mine mentioned that she was trying a DIY facial cleanser, inspired by Tsh’s Simple Mom blog. I was almost out of face wash anyway, so I thought I’d give it a try.
You can read more about Tsh’s Oil-Cleansing Method at her blog. I mistakenly used 100% Olive Oil instead of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as Tsh suggests. It was too late by the time I realized my mistake, so I’m using it anyway. I got the Olive Oil at the grocery store, and the Castor Oil at Walgreens. I used one part Castor Oil to three parts Olive Oil. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised. My skin felt a little more oily for the first few days, but I haven’t had any break-outs. I may try a little more Castor Oil next time. I scrubbed the label off of the Olive Oil bottle to have a prettier way to store my new cleanser.
Now obviously I messed up the Olive Oil, but there is a pretty big price difference between the two methods. The Clean & Clear above costs about $5.63 for 6.5 oz ($0.87/oz) while the 100% Olive Oil and Castor Oil costs about $9.42 for 16 oz ($0.59/oz). However, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil will most likely cost you more than the 100% Olive Oil. All of these numbers could vary greatly depending on whether you used coupons or other savings methods.
Have you ever tried making a DIY facial cleanser?