A few of my priorities for living are simplicity, frugality, being resourceful, and using natural and healthy products. This guides how I run my home, feed my family, and generally take care of us. One way I meet my goals is with this DIY Face Cleansing Oil. It’s simple to make with only a few ingredients and I reuse little glass jars so I feel very resourceful when I make this.

Jars for Face Oil.

You can use any oil you like instead of the olive oil. Over the years I have used almond oil, castor oil, and shea butter and all that works great. However, I’ve settled on this simple version since I keep all these things on hand anyway. Almost equal amounts of a solid and liquid oil combined with the beeswax makes a nice consistency. It’s easier to use than a liquid oil and easier on your skin than soap. You can use any essential oils you like or none at all. I usually make a blend of whatever I have at the time.

Essential oils for Face Oil.

The only ingredient you may have to go out of your way for is the green french clay powder. I use this for several things so I like to have some stashed in my soap supplies. You can order it here or check at a health food store. Our local one has it in bulk so you can buy as much as you need.

Face Cleansing Oil

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons green french clay powder
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • Essential oils, optional

Melt the coconut oil over low heat. If it’s summer you can set your container of coconut oil outside to melt. That makes it easier to measure. I just melt it on the stove since the beeswax has to be melted too. Obviously you can use a microwave for this. We are old school and don’t own a microwave. If you choose that method just be careful not to overheat the oil. You don’t want to spash super hot oil on yourself.

Coconut oil for Face Oil.
Melted coconut oil for Face Oil.

Now add the beeswax and stir to melt. It may take a while depending on the size of your beeswax pieces. Once it’s melted you can add the olive oil and clay powder. Stir to blend then add the essential oils if you are using them. There’s a lot of information out there about which essential oils to use for different skin types or concerns. I typically use tea tree oil and whatever else I have that I like. For this batch I used tea tree, eucalyptus, and clove essential oils. Again, it’s optional so leave this out completely if you want.

Beeswax added to Face Oil.
Ingredients for Face Oil.
Face Oil cooling.

Pour and Cool

Now all that’s left is to pour the Face Cleansing Oil in the jar or jars and let it cool. I made a large batch since several of my kids were out but this recipe is enough to fill a small 4 ounce jar. The cleansing oil will set as it cools. I leave it uncovered until it’s completely cool so no condensation forms in the jar.

It should set firm enough to scoop out whatever you need at a time. The texture is similar to greek yogurt. You may find that it’s softer in the summer because of the coconut oil. Most coconut oil melts around 76 degrees so that may affect the consistency when it’s warm outside. If I’m traveling in the summer I keep the jar in a ziplock bag to prevent any leaks.

Finished Face Oil close-up.

To Use Face Cleansing Oil

Not only will this keep your skin healthy and soft, it’s great for removing makeup. I use this every night and here’s my method. First turn on the hot water and get a soft washcloth as hot as you can. Scoop out a small amount of Face Cleansing Oil and dab it on your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Gently massage it into your skin, focus on any trouble spots or makeup you need to remove. Squeeze out the washcloth and very gently wipe away the oil. That’s it!

Depending on your skin type you may want to use a moisturizer but my skin feels great just with this. Do what works for you. All my kids use this to wash their faces and they never need a moisturizer.

How Can Oil Work?

It’s strange that oil can clean your skin and even get rid of excess oil on your skin. There’s plenty of scientific explanations for this but basically oil dissolves oil better than water. It’s the whole oil and water not mixing thing. The cleansing oil traps and holds oil, dirt, and whatever’s on your skin and then can be wiped away with the washcloth.

Advantages of Face Cleansing Oil

For me one of the advantages is the quality of ingredients. Most products are made of mysterious things I can’t pronounce or identify. I believe that most of my food should be made of ingredients that I can both identify and pronounce and that should apply to what I put on my skin too.

The other huge advantage is cost. Skincare is not cheap! You can easily spend as much as you want on skincare products. With a house full of teenagers, that’s something I have to consider. One 4 ounce jar of this costs less than $1.50 to make and lasts 3-6 months depending on how often you use it.

Another thing I love about this is that I can customize the scent. I’m allergic to most synthetic scents and perfumes. It is a bummer to buy a nice cleanser or skincare product and later discover you’re allergic to it. Since I’m not allergic to essential oils I can make a nice cleanser that smells just the way I like and enjoy using it. It’s also much better for your skin to use natural things on it.