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  1. Pls I based in lagos in nigeria how I get coconut oil,

  2. Alessandra

    I’ve noticed that a lot of folks seem to be using the same oil mix over and over and over again. I tend to look at my skin on cleansing day and see what it needs. If I’m close to my period and starting to break out, I use hazelnut oil with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. If I’m feeling particularly dry, I use coconut oil with a couple of drops of argan oil. Castor oil always seems to be a no-no for me.

    The beauty of these natural treatments is to be able to give one’s skin exactly what it needs exactly when it needs it. I no longer break out like I did when I tried to use the same oil blend for different skin conditions. Every day I wake up, I’m a whole new person (inside and out), so that requires a whole new oil blend.

    I’ve even been oil cleansing my whole body for the past few months. I feel like my skin is a coating of satin and I never break out; of course, I mix my oils the day of my shower and try to use what my skin is asking for.

    Don’t expect your skin to react the same way to the same mixture all the time. Your skin changes daily.

    • Brandy

      Great idea! The day of your shower, so does that mean you don’t do daily showers. I’ve never heard of whole body oil cleansing, are there times when you would use a soap? I have very dry skin and eczema and trying to figure out a beneficial regimen. Thanks.

    • Linsey M

      My trouble shoot is no matter what oil I use (co, jojoba, avocado oil), my face starts to really dry out. Mainly on the brow of my nose, under my eyes, and eye kids. What am I doing wrong?

      • Cassie

        i have the same thing, except my dryness is pretty much everywhere, mainly on the nose, forehead and eyebrow area(i cant even do my eyebrows without flaking) i thought it might be due to the apple cider vinegar toner i was using but my skin is still crazy dry! granted, it has always been crazy dry but i was hoping for some improvement :(

      • Liz

        Are you using castor oil? If so you might want to stop because that’s the same thing that happened to me. I am also a rare someone that uses olive oil because it’s very moisturizing and has never broken me out. Like ever. It scares me.

  3. SouthernBlackGal

    This actually works for me! I was surprised because everything out there tells you not to use oil on your face, especially for black folks. Thanks to your advice, I selected *real* virgin oil (Lucini) and did a 70/30 mixture with Castor. My skin has never been this beautiful. My acne is completely gone. Sometimes it does get a little dry though, so I started using Rose Hemp Seed Oil,and that seems to do the trick. Thanks so much for saving me tons of money and making me feel better about my face.

  4. Alexius

    Well, just started the ocm, bought your products form your website! :) I have an oily face along with the glorius acne prone skin to follow. blah! Ive only been using the ocm at night and the Tamanu oil cleanse in the am but ive noticed a few breakouts on my lower chin area along with some white heads :( Maybe and hopefully its just my face adapting to these products.
    Discouraging a bit, but these are organic so its best, right?

    • Dee

      I believe this method and steaming the face attracts and pulls out oil/impurities from the skin hang in there for a while. Read more articles about the benefits and effects.

      One ounce of Castor oil with a few drop of tea tree oil is a good spot treatments.

  5. Dee

    I have been using the OCM for two weeks. I have oily skin and use castor oil, extra virgin olive and jojoba oil in my first batch (eventually added lavender). My face seemed a little dry the first couple to uses until my face adjusted. I was surprised to have that effect using oils, but it proves the castor oil is working. I used tea tree oil directly on a pimple and it reduced the size by the end of the day.

    I will continue to use different oils for oily/acne prone skin. My skin is looking better and my pores are too.

  6. Karen

    yI am 50 yrs old and was still getting zits and having to buy pimple cream for my teenager and for myself. I was picturing having pimples into my old age. Crazy. Then i discovered the joys of OCM!! Now my skin looks and acts like it should. My blend is 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 avocado/flaxseed/evoo organic blend. I do not go to all the trouble of steaming my face, then wiping some oil off and then repeating. I simply wash my face with the oil, leave it on for a minute while using oil to remove eye makeup, then i remove the oil from my face with microfiber dish cloths dipped in almost-hot water. I just cannot believe the difference OCM makes! I haven’t had one single zit in the 6 months I’ve been using it. I do this at night only; in the morning when getting ready i simply run a damp washcloth over my face and I’m good to go! If you’ve been looking for something new to try for your skin OCM can’t be beat.

  7. Cristie

    HELP!!! My teenaged daughters (13 and 15) and I all started using OCM about 3 months ago. My eldest and I were using a 50/50% sunflower/castor blend, and my younger daughter, who has terrible acne, was using a 30/70% blend. For the first several weeks, we loved it! All 3 of us found our faces weren’t oily in the morning anymore, and never got terribly oily even by night time. We used OCM every evining because we all wear makeup (natural mineral, although if anyone has recommendations on that, I’d love it!). After about a month, and this was after the initial breakouts from changing methods, we all found our skin was getting worse. My eldest and I now have bumps and clogged pores all over our face and onto our chins and necks, and my 13 year old’s acne is worse than ever! I also found my face was getting oily in the afternoon, and in the morning again. For the last several weeks, we’ve been using homemade colloidal oatmeal and milk, and um, not good! Breakouts as bad as ever, and dry skin. I’m trying so hard to find something that is good for us, that is financially viable (have you SEEN the price of organic skincare?!), and that works. At the moment I am seriously considering going back to Dermalogica to clear my skin to start again (gasp! I can’t believe I’ve admitted that!) Help, help, help! Please! Btw, the oils we used were organic and cold pressed. I look forward to all the wonderful advice you all may be able to give me. I’m not sure how much longer my girls will buy the, “honestly, this is better for you” school of thought!

    • Erin

      Have you tried Manuka honey or apple cider vinegar? I use Braggs apple cider vinegar with water as a toner on my face and have found Manuka honey to be a great facial cleanser and mask. Both help fight bacteria and are a natural antiseptic.

      • Cristie

        No, I haven’t. I have some raw local honey that I could try, I just find that if I use anything on my face, even just water, without some sort of moisturizer afterwards, I get very dry. As I’m in my 40’s, I can’t afford to have dry skin!

        • Katie

          I have terrible skin and I use 1/2 castor oil, 1/4 tamanu oil, 1/4 argan oil. The argan oil helps with dryness and the tamanu oil helps with the spots and scars! If you’re used to using a scrub you can add sugar a couple of times a week. Hope that helps!

    • michelle

      My initial thought when I heard this was a food allergy. Maybe try cutting dairy out for a month and see if it improves. :)

    • m

      I really believe the reason why this occurred to you and your daughters is because of your mixture. You used castor oil too much i suppose,1/2 castor oil? 3/4 castol oil?! That is just too much! If you’re the oily skin type the maximum measurement of castor oil youre goin to mix with your carrier oils should be 20-30% because CASTOR OIL DRIES OUT YOUR SKIN if taken advabtage of.I think the reason why your daugher’s acne got even worse than before is because the skin was dried too much because of the castor oil, stripping away all the natural oils which in case, made the skin produce more oil than it usually does which causes acne. Ive been there too, and i made a lot of research about it thats why im sayin this. Hope you find a solution

    • Katie

      Hi Cristie,

      I’ve been having the same weird reaction as you and I’m desperate for answers. I’m in my early 30’s and started using the OCM about 2.5 months ago. I’ve gone through weeks of the best skin of my life, to some of the worst – but the thing that caught my attention about your post was the “bumps and clogged pores”. This is a kind of acne that I never experienced until I was doing the OCM – what gives!?!?! I’m really glad to be “off chemicals” and not be spending so much money on products – but I’m really frustrated and don’t understand. I think I’ve read every article on the matter that is out there- tried so many different oils, used clay masks, honey masks, apple cider vinegar… I’m also Paleo so I don’t eat any sugar or grains, or any dairy, so it’s not anything I’m eating that’s causing it….

      Just wondering if you have an update to share? Have you discovered anything in the last month?

      Maybe Crunchy Betty has some more ideas for us?

      Thanks,
      Katie

  8. Heather

    I need help with my oil combinations and help in genera please!! I bought CB’s tamanu thyme. It was leaving my skin dry so I bought argan oil to moisturize… my skin was still dry so I bought jojoba oil like her directions say and added it to the Tamanu oil. After almost a month, I am still breaking out (more so than when I used face wash) and my skin is still a little dry. I don’t want to give up on OCM but I am not sure what to do. A lot of people say you have to get the right oil combination, but that seems expensive considering the 3 oils I have already bought, especially if they don’t work. I would say I have an oily t-zone, but overall dry and sensitive skin and prone to break-outs and blemishes. Does anyone have any suggestions on oil combinations I could try and the ratios to use?

    Also, can I do OCM every night? I have just been washing with water in the morning but can’t imagine not cleansing with something every night as I wear makeup everyday and more so to cover my many breakouts now! Also I have read you do OCM on a dry face and a wet face. Which one is it? I start with a dry face but is that right?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!
    Heather

    • ShivaD

      Hi Heath! I have a suggestion – try oils with a higher linoleic to oleic acid profile. Apparently acne proned skin responds well because our sebum is higher in oleic and the linoleic oil balances it out. All 3 oils you named are higher in oleic acid. Some that might work are safflower, grapeseed, hemp, pumpkin seed, castor, and rosehip. I’m going to start trying with hemp and castor. Hope this helps!!

  9. oil-lover!

    Truly, I was skeptical! At 50-yrs. old with oily/acne-prone skin, I’d heard about the OCM but was not a believer. Read so many opinions against this…but stumbling across Crunchy Betty, I decided to give this a real try. Purchased her Tamanu Thyme Cleansing Oil for oily/acne-prone skin (she really DOES provide the recipe!). SUCCESS!!! After only a week, the congestion on my forehead, cheeks and chin is already better…much better! Not only am I religious about using this cleansing product and method, I am also adding a drop each of Tamanu, Tumeric and Thyme essentials oils into my daytime and nighttime facial moisturizers! UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am really blown away!

  10. Danielle

    So I’ve been doing the oil cleansing method for almost a year now and it was doing pretty great. When summer came around I had to switch oil composition due to the warmer weather. But recently I switched back to my fall combo and it just wasn’t working for me and I’ve still been breaking out so I changed to a whole different combo I found and my face has gotten REALLY bad. I’m trying to figure out if this is one of those “it’ll get worse before it gets better” things or if this combo just is not working for my skin at all.
    Help!

  11. jessilynn

    I use the oil cleansong method and I love it but I want to know what type of oil to add if I’m prone to black black heads

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  13. Sara

    I have read your blog post “the nitty gritty on OCM” and then came to this post. I am going to be giving this a try! I had a question.. On another post you talk about using honey as a mask. Have you done the OCM and also used a honey mask? Maybe not on the same day, but perhaps sometime in the week? This question may have been asked already, I just did not find it yet. Thanks! love your blog btw!

  14. Lena

    I’ve been using extra virgin Siberian pine nut oil and it has been working perfectly and I’m really glad I read this post because I was about to try olive oil with the pine nut oil. I’m really glad I didn’t because my skin is very acne prone.

  15. Deb

    I use a blend of 80% Pure Avocado Oil, 20% Castor Oil and Lavender. I have been using this for two years and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! I got my recipe from your site and have spread the word.

    I haven’t had to use moisturizer at all during that time nor have I had to buy any commercial products. I have even been asked if I use Mary Kay or other products and have been happy to say “No”.

    I have added a natural bristle face brush to my regimen. It’s amazing how it makes my skin feel! I highly recommend it (although it shouldn’t be used everyday).

  16. varsha

    I have oily skin having acne problems n acne scars. I use almond oil before bed daily.is it good for face?

  17. varsha

    I have sensitive skin n acne problems n scars too.i use almond oil before bed daily.is it good for skin?

  18. Clare

    I’ve been using the OCM for 4 weeks now and my skin is worse! I used a combo of castor oil and jojoba, and was really frustrated it wasn’t working. I have oily, acne prone skin. Thanks for this post! I’m going to try sunflower seed oil instead of jojoba now.

  19. Nicole

    Im a Unicorn! lol… I use EVOO with lavendar and tea tree. I have been thinking of trying Avacodo Oil, and after reading this I definitely will.

  20. Linsey M

    My trouble shoot is no matter what oil I use (co, jojoba, avocado oil), my face starts to really dry out. Mainly on the brow of my nose, under my eyes, and eye kids. What am I doing wrong?
    Reply

  21. Jessica

    Plain organic coconut oil has been working for me for about 6 months. I use it every night. I steam my skin several times before wiping off the excess oil. I typically have dry skin, especially now that winter is approaching. I apply a tiny bit of regular Aveeno lotion on dry spots in the morning to keep flaky skin at bay all day.

  22. Brianna

    I think I made the mistake of mixing too many oils together at first. I think it is wise to start with castor and just one other oil at first, and then remove/add one oil until you find what works. I have combination acne prone sensitive skin, and I cannot use grapeseed oil. I have tried it with castor oil and as a moisturizer. It made my skin too dry and gave me a lot of pimples. Jojoba oil was decent, it made my skin really smooth and soft but it didn’t really get rid of my pimples/bumps. I am now using Hemp oil and it is my favorite so far. It is the only oil that is getting rid of my acne (slowly, but still). I also added a few drops of Frankincense oil and I think that is helping a lot also (supposed to be great for acne scars). I always finish with Sweet Almond Oil as a moisturizer as it seems to work best for my skin–super light and absorbent. I have just ordered Safflower oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and will give that a try soon.

  23. Niella

    What type of washcloth do you recommend we use? What does the fabric have to be and does it have to be a natural/an organic fiber?

  24. rhart

    I have been using the OCM method of cleansing for a little over a month. I am experiencing great results, however, within the past week, am getting little red spots on the tender area below the eye. I am trying to not get oils in this area, but proves impossible when washing my face. Any thoughts or suggestions? – My current blend consists of jojoba and castor oil and jojoba with essential lemon oil as moisturizer.

  25. Savannah

    I recently started the oil cleansing method, about a month ago, and originally loved it. I started out with a 1:3 ratio of castor to sunflower oil. The castor dried my skin out, even though I’m oily, so I eliminated it and have continued the sunflower oil alone. However, recently I’ve been getting small red pimples, not whiteheads or blackheads. Could it be the oil itself? Or something else? Any help or tips? Thanks!

    • Jessie

      If I were you I would stop! I tried this whole thing and it destroyed my face. Ended up having to take 3 months worth of antibiotics which created the most horrible side effects, but my face was completely broke out and painful. I stayed on OCM for 3 months hoping things would get better, but they never did. This method does not work for everyone.

  26. Sarah

    I’ve been using the OCM for a little over a week. I’ve been using 1/3 each of castor, tamanu, avocado for my skin that has moderate (but persistent) acne, dryness, redness, scarring, and really dirty visible pores. My skin was really damaged from using BareMinerals (allergy) and I had been using Cerave, which helped somewhat. My skin is still purging a bit on OCM, but I’m loving the results. The pores on my nose are starting to look smaller, and my skin is looking more even. I bought a little steamer to use instead of the warm washcloth which feels cleaner to me. I’m wondering though if I need to splash my face with cold water to close my pores once I wipe the oil off. This seems normal to me, but I just want to make sure that’s what I should be doing. Anyone? Thanks!

  27. marti

    I’ve been using the OCM for three weeks now. While I have noticed some real improvements I have also began to break out in an area that was once clear. I have since lowered my castor oil dosage and raised the sunflower oil dose. After a small break in cleansing (4 days)I have started a new system where I cleanse every other day. I guess my question is how long should the adjustment period take? Should I try a different oil to end the new breakouts? HELP!!!

  28. B

    I’m in the same situation. I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve read that if after a few weeks you’re still reacting badly then maybe try a different oil. I also started on sunflower and it was horrible for me, and since I’ve read a lot of things saying sunflower probably isn’t the best. Try lowering the castor way down to no more than 15% of your mix, and I’ve read great things about hemp seed oil. That’s what I’m going to try next, as well as jojoba. People also say not to do the full steaming deep cleanse more than a couple times a week. Less is more. Good luck!

  29. Sarah

    Hi I used sunflower oil at first too and it made my skin horrible. I switched to jojoba and castor oil at about a 10:1 ratio (I have pretty dry skin and didn’t want the castor oil drying me out) and it made a huge difference. Took a few weeks for my skin to start clearing up once I switched but it’s been great since then so about a year now I guess! Hope this helps :)

  30. Melissa

    Here’s the answer you don’t want to hear: everyone’s “adjustment period” is different. Some people have no purging period and adjust right away (those tend to be the Evil Mutants Who Have Had Perfect Skin Their Whole Lives, and we don’t like to talk about them). I’m 6 weeks into OCM, and while I don’t think I really had a “purging” period, I’m only just NOW starting to see a gradual improvement in my acne compared to what it was before I started OCM.

    That said, if you’ve been using your blend for a few weeks and your skin is looking “irritated” in addition to still having pimples, you might want to try a different oil. It could be that your skin doesn’t like castor oil, at all – from what I’ve read, it can cause breakouts and irritation in some people. It PROBABLY isn’t the sunflower oil making you break out, since it’s considered completely non-comedogenic, but everyone’s different, so it might be. Add or remove oils from your regimen one at a time so you can figure out what’s causing issues, and give it a week (I know, it’s hard) to notice any effects before changing something else.

    If you’re breaking out in an area that was once clear, well, don’t have an answer, because I’m in the same boat. The only possible explanation I can offer is that, since you’ve been doing OCM for 3 weeks, it could be hormone-related. Sorry, wish I could give you a better hypothesis than blaming it on your period… :-/

  31. maina

    Hey, I’ve been having the same problem. So I just want to ask if you’re still doing the OCM for your skin? I’ve lowered my castor oil amount, and increased the safflower oil. I’ve also started doing the OCM every other day.

  32. Ali

    Your 10:1 ratio is 10(jojoba) and 1(castor oil)?

  33. Diane

    The period theory could be right, most of us tend to break out more here and there, tea tree oil helps without drying my skin out, I found the castor oil to be way too drying for me no matter how little I used so I just use avocado oil and occasionally add a few drops of tea tree oil when I feel I need something more. I also use grapeseed oil instead of avocado when I am not as dry

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