Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

I have read about Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for a while now, but I contemplated. The key reason in postponing this ‘experiment’ was (still is) the lack of hot running water from tap. Sure, I have heater for shower, but it’s just not as convenient and there will be wastage of water.

I know, I get ahead of myself again, eh?

About Oil Cleaning Method (Go google about it, will you, I’ll just dive into it instead of giving you the history and literature lesson), it’s basically using oil to cleanse, it’s quite self-explanatory, yes?


Key Ingredients:

1. Castor Oil (Choose only organic, expeller-pressed or cold-pressed to ensure the product is free of pesticides)

2. Grapeseed oil (For normal to dry skin – my skin has been drier since the 3 months winter vacation in drier climates)

3. Apricot Kernel (Also for normal to dry skin – great anti-inflammatory properties, I am really scared to death of skin reactions – I have chronic skin allergies)

4. Tamanu oil (Great for breakouts and scars – I am also concerned of breakouts and I do have scars to treat too)

Tools, others

1. Measuring spoons

2. Glass bottle with dropper or plastic bottle (small one will do; mine is 30ml recycled bottle)

3. Funnel (I didn’t use it, but if your bottle has super tiny mouth opening, this would be a good idea)

4. Cotton washcloth or face towel

5. Warm water (I boiled water and used a wash pail for this – no hot running water, remember?)


I have sensitive skin, but also showing signs of ageing, so I go with normal to dry skin recipe; and I mix enough for 3-4 uses.

2 tsp x castor oil

2 tsp x grapeseed oil

2 tsp x apricot kernel oil

10 drops x tamanu oil

Cap the bottle and shake it up.


I had makeup on today; bb cream + loose powder + bronzer + blusher + eye liner (not waterproof) + eye shadow + lip tint.

With OCM, there is no need to pre-wash, this is it, this is the cleanser to remove makeup too!


1. If you are using a wash pail, you want to get the warm water ready, and leave your washcloth in the water before starting the oil cleansing; if you have hot running water, just use the stopper to plug into the basin and have the warm water ready – the steam is good in opening up your pores, so you may want to pre-steam your face (I didn’t)

2. Squeeze adequate (I don’t know how much is a quart, I just squeeze enough to spread on face and massage) amount on palm

3. Rub on both palms so they go right to your face

4. Start massaging the oil on your face, and I do the eyes last because I don’t want the oil to get into my eyes for too long (I don’t know if there is adverse effect, I just don’t like to see through oil ‘curtain’); do it for around 2 minutes, rub more on areas with tough makeup – waterproof mascara etc!

5. Now, pick up your washcloth from the warm water, wring dry, place over your oily face.

6. Let it sit until it cool; start wiping off the makeup and oil

7. Repeat step 5 & 6 a few more times until all makeup traces are removed

** Castor oil is the oil that cleanse (again, google for the properties, it’s great stuffs, I tell’ya!), but it is also the ‘drying’ oil, so do read up Crunchy Betty’s OCM page for the ratios for your skin type; also read the troubleshooting page for more information. **

My experience

I am quite impressed! I don’t remember the last time I had felt my skin so clean yet soft. I was a long time fan of Shu Uemura oil cleanser, but this is better!

Accordingly, there is no need to apply any other skin product after the cleanse, but I wanted to be sure it’s clean, so I used the toner to sweep across my forehead and around the nose, It. Is. Very. Clean! I also applied the Red Serum and Beta-Salic 2.0 (I will review on these two soon).

That said, I have only used this method once, and it is said that the skin will take 1-2 weeks to adjust. I won’t know if my skin is happy with OCM and this blend until at least a few more uses. I will continue to use this method for the next few days and see how my skin respond to it.

Other uses


I have gone ‘curly’! Sadly, my hair is a little dryer than I liked. Also, I have thinning hair problem. With the hair problems, I explored into the ‘natural’ hair strengthening method, and what do you know, castor oil and grapeseed oil are grrrreat for hair strengthening and growth!

My first oil hair mask

1. Castor oil

2. Grapeseed oil

3. Shower cap

Basically, I just partitioned my hair and massage castor oil into the scalp in circular motion. Remember, castor oil is drying (so the many articles on the internet say), so after rubbing the castor oil into the scalp (of whole head, unless you are only losing hair on patches), I apply grapeseed oil on the hair right to the ends. Then, I covered the hair in shower cap, left it for 2 hours, shampooed and conditioned* and dried as usual.

* I added jojoba oil into my hair conditioner for extra punch


Hair growth – well, this is not magic, I can’t tell if it’s helping with the hair growth after one use

Hair texture – hair feels softer, but again, one use is hardly sufficient to produce significant result

I know I am going to continue the hair mask (you can pre-heat the grapeseed oil for a bit by placing the bowl of blend in a pail of hot water – make sure the bowl doesn’t toppled over) and OCM for at least 2 to 4 weeks to see if the natural methods work. Unless there is severe reaction, that is.

I am also using the grapeseed and apricot kernel oil as skin conditioner, I am liking it, but I will only use it in the night when I stay in the air-conditioned room. Both oils get absorbed pretty quickly, and leave a soft smooth touch with greasy feeling, but I just don’t know if I am comfortable with smooth skin in the day drenched in high humidity!

Have you tried OCM or using castor oil for hair? What’s your blend?

I will report back after 4 weeks.


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