How to make a cleansing oil

Using a cleansing oil as a part of your beauty routine is becoming more and more popular, I’ve been using oils for cleansing and skin-care for over 10 years so it’s nice to know that for once I might have been ahead of a trend!

Using oil for cleansing and removing make-up is brilliantly effective. Most makeup is oil based and so it just kinda dissolves into the cleansing oil. Even the most stubborn waterproof mascara or liquid shadow cleanses away easily with oil.

There are cleansing oils for all budgets, but it is super easy and cheap to make your own at home as well as having the advantage of being able to customise with essential and other oils to suit your skin.

The most simple cleansing oil recipe is to use a plain base oil.  I use sweet almond oil but you could also use olive, jojoba, avocado, rice bran oil or coconut oil. With sweet almond oil coming in at less than £6 for 500ml it is an enormous saving on even the cheapest of skin oils available and makes you wonder how a price tag of £70 can be justified.

I use the same oil to cleanse and then to moisturise and so add a combination of rosehip oil and lavender oil to it as they are both good for the skin.

Skin boosting skin oil recipe – 100 ml


90 ml sweet almond oil (or other base oil of choice)

5 ml  rosehip oil

5 ml lavender oil


Measure your oils into a bowl and decant into a bottle, or measure directly into the bottle, give it a little shake to mix the oils and you’re ready to go.

I use an old liquid soap bottle as it has a pump attached to it, but there are plenty of pretty bottles that you could buy specifically for your face oil.

Other oils that are good for skincare

Borage/starflower oil – contains high levels of Gamma Linolenic Acid that the body uses to create prostaglandins, which aid skin function. Use at 5-30% mix

Evening primrose oil – similar to borage oil bug GLA is at a lower rate

Rosehip oil – high level of vitamin C, Essential fatty acids – linoleic, linolenic and oleic. omega 3 & 6 oils, and contains a natural tretinoin – a derivative of retinal. Is good for treating skin damage. It’s a bit of an all star oil

Vitamin C oil – a good alternative to rosehip oil if you’re sensitive to it.

Thistle/safflower oil – high levels of linoleic acid and is known as a dry oil, it is useful to mix with base oils to help with absorption

Using your cleansing oil

Pour a little oil into your hand, rub your hands together and rub into your face. Now I just go straight in with a wet face cloth and wash my face as normal, but you might prefer to use cotton wool to remove the oil first and then wash with a wet face cloth.

If you’ve got heavy eye make-up then removing with cotton wool means you’re facecloth doesn’t look too mucky afterwards.

Any areas which I know that need a little extra help with exfoliation I give an extra good scrub with the facecloth. A woman on the Mac counter at Gatwick once told me that the best thing for exfoliation was a facecloth – so I’m not arguing with that recommendation!

Once you’ve washed, rinsed and dried your face you can then apply another dose of face oil instead of moisturiser.

And that’s it.

I really can’t sing the praises of homemade face oils enough. They save you a packet of money, are good for your skin and are simple and easy to use. And as you make them yourself you always know what’s going on your skin.

Where to buy your cleansing oil ingredients

The links I’ve included in the recipe are affiliate links to Amazon – which means if you shop on Amazon after following those links I might receive a small commission.

Here are some non-affiliate links to other suppliers that I’ve also used and of course if you have a local eco shop then don’t forget to look there for supplies too.

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I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you’ve made this recipe up and how you got on with it, or if you have any other suggestions for face and cleansing oils.