Addendum

Homemade oil cleanser

01/22/13: New Recipe
I've recently discovered a much better recipe for my homemade oil cleanser that requires virtually no washcloth or steaming. This may not be an oil cleanser in the truest sense, but I find the texture much more appealing, and the effect is absolutely divine. Since no wash cloth or steaming is required, I find it's very gentle on my sensitive skin. I used Penns Hill castile soap, made from 100% organic extra virgin olive oil and potassium hydroxide. Definitely some of the best soap I've used and works much, much better than Dr. Bronners which is made from coconut oil and tends to be much more dring.

2 tbsp. organic, cold-pressed rice bran oil
2 tbsp. organic, cold-pressed camellia sinensis oil
2 tbsp. rosewater and glycerin water

2 tbsp. organic castor oil
1 tbsp. olive oil castile soap
2 teaspoon organic, cold-pressed camellia japonica oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (soybean and wheatgerm oil free)
1 teaspoon green tea extract
3 - 4 drops tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients in a 3oz. (100ml) pump dark glass bottle (I use either Miron or amber glass). Shake well before each use and use within 4 weeks. Directions: Apply one or two pumps to palms of hand and massage onto moist face, using very gentle, circular motions. Start from chin and jawline, and work upwards to the cheeks, nose and forehead. Rinse with lukewarm water. I sometimes mix in some kaolin clay if my face is feeling a little greasy.

01/07/13: Old recipe

1/4 cup organic, cold-pressed rice bran oil
2 tbsp. organic, cold-pressed camellia sinensis oil
2 teaspoon non-GMO soy lecithin powder (as an emulsifier)
2 tbsp. rosewater and glycerin lotion
2 tbsp. organic castor oil
2 teaspoon organic, cold-pressed camellia japonica oil
2 teaspoon green tea extract
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (soybean and wheatgerm oil free)
1/4 teaspoon Ester-C powder
1/4 teaspoon Royal Jelly powder
3 - 4 drops tea tree oil
7 - 8 drops sweet orange or lemon essential oil (optional)

Gently warm all the  rice bran oil, camellia oil and soy lecithin in a glass bowl set over a saucepan of water (double boiler). Stir until all the soy lecithin is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature and mix in with the rest of the ingredients in a 3oz. (100ml) pump dark glass bottle (I use either Miron or amber glass). Shake well before each use and use within 4 weeks. Directions: Apply one or two pumps to palms of hand and massage onto moist face, using very gentle, circular motions. Start from chin and jawline, and work upwards to the cheeks, nose and forehead. Rinse with lukewarm water or wipe off with a warm, moist organic flannel cloth. I sometimes mix in some kaolin clay if my face is feeling a little greasy. 
Note 1: This oil cleanser recipe is slightly closer to the commercial ones (e.g. Shu Uemura, Josie Maran etc.) in that it emulsifies with water so you can just rinse it off.  Note that everyone's skin is different and certain carrier oils do not work with all skin. If you are allergic to soy, you can try using egg lecithin instead, but I have no experience with it. Polysorbate 20 or E-Wax is another additive you can use to help emulsification but because I want to keep things on a more "natural" level, I'm opting for lecithin. 

1 comment :

  1. Hi - I love that you created a homemade recipe for Tatcha's camellia. I like the Tatcha facial cleanser, but it is so pricey. I switched to it versus using the Shu Uemura, b/c I heard that the mineral oil in Shu Uemura could cause acne (although I think the Shu Uemura brand cleanses quicker and more easily than Tatcha). Can you create a list of where you bought the ingredients -- as there are so many brands and options for these oils with a wide array of prices? I'm not sure which brand I should trust. Also - now that it's been over a year since you used your "new" recipe - are you still satisfied with it? Does your skin still like it, and is break out free? (for example, I found that my skin has less acne since I switched to Tatcha) Appreciate any help you can provide!

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