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Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser


 
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No, this is not food. It feels wrong, I know. Maybe even a little shocking and misplaced, but I promise you’ll love this homemade tea tree oil facial cleanser I made for you.

A few weeks ago, I decided to gradually go chemical free. It was challenging at first, but once I experienced natural, wholesome products in there raw state, I was hooked.

It all started when I made Homemaker Chic’s recipe for Citrus Body Sugar Scrub. I’ve never experienced anything so lush and fresh. It left my body feeling silky smooth and moisturized–there was no need to apply lotion after the shower. It’s better than any scrub you’ll find in the store for a fraction of the cost. The recipe made 6-8oz. jars of scrub. I kept two jars for myself and gifted the rest. The quality is unbeatable and the savings are incomparable. It is Noelle’s scrub that gave me the nudge I needed to go chemical free. I thought, “If this scrub is so amazing, then there must be tons of other homemade alternatives floating around the inter web that are just as awesome. There were, and there are.  I’ll never return to synthetic and commercial products again.

I recently made Amber’s homemade deodorant recipe from Mama’s Blissful Bites. Wanna learn how to go green? Amber has you covered. The girl is a walking leaf. Several people–my mother included–claim I’m one step away from becoming a hippie. Being a hippie would require me to trash my hip leather pumps for canvas, or is it hemp? Either way, this gal isn’t parting with her beloved shoes. Nope. No way. Ain’t gonna happen.

The question “Does your homemade deodorant work?” arises quite frequently in conversation. I don’t smell. I haven’t been told I smell. So, I guess the answer is yes. Yes, my deodorant works. It’s made with coconut oil, so it also moisturizes and smooths my pits. Sexy, right?

I struggle with acne. At 29 years of age, I still struggle with acne. It’s depressing and frustrating and stressful–a breeding ground for acne. After making the sugar scrub, I was on a mission to find a homemade alternative to replace all of the facial cleansers that have ever failed me. My acne derives from hormonal irregularities, which is why it is so hard to rid my skin of the obnoxious inflammation. It’s a gigantic pain in the arse, really. One zit after another. Geez, I’m 29, when will it end? I’ve tried everything on the market. Proactive, Obagi, Skin Medica, and the list goes on. I’ve even tried oral medication from a dermatologist. It was a futile effort. Not only did none of these methods work, but they cost me a small fortune.

Enter the oil cleansing method. After extensive research, I found an article about using oil as a cleansing method. What? I thought oil caused acne? Fact:  It doesn’t. That’s a misconception. Bacteria, dirt, and fungus cause acne…even stress, but not oil. Oil is essential for healthy and clear skin. Who knew! When you use harsh chemicals on your skin, it strips your skin’s essential nutrients, causing your glands to produce an excessive amount of sebum. Unlike commercial cleansers, the oil cleansing method nourishes and heals your skin.

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I started using the oil cleansing method (OCM) almost a week ago. I’m not lying, I could tell the difference after the first use. My skin was clean and moisturized all at the same time. My skin appeared smooth and had a natural glow. Could this be real?

Oh yes!

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How does OCM work? It’s made from a combination of four natural ingredients that aid in healing and contain anti-inflammatory properties:  castor oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree essential oil.

  1. Castor Oil- It’s known for its powerful anti-inflammatory, cleansing, and healing properties. A little goes a long way. You’ll want to invest in good quality, cold-pressed castor oil.
  2. Grape Seed Oil- It’s high in vitamin E and antioxidants, and it’s also known for its astringent properties. It aids in moisturizing the skin as well as calming/reducing inflammation. This thin, light oil coats the skin without clogging pores.
  3. Jojoba Oil- This oil is almost identical to the chemical structure of our skin’s natural oils. It moisturizes without leaving the skin feeling greasy.
  4. Tea Tree Oil- This oil has properties that aid in curing infectious organisms and is an excellent natural remedy for fungus and bacterial skin irritations–perfect for fighting acne.

All of these products can be found conveniently on Amazon.

Will OCM work for everyone? Nothing is a guarantee. You’ll have to find what works best for you. For me, OCM is a miracle worker. I’m head-over-heels in love.

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If you would like to read more about the oil cleansing method, visit The Oil Cleansing Method website.

Onto some boring blog chores. As you may already know, Google Reader fell off the face of the Earth July 1st. Unfortunate, really, because I adored Google Reader. You can now follow my blog on Bloglovin’. It’s equally as lovely as Google Reader; I promise. I know change is hard, but we’re being forced into it here.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup castor oil
  • ½ cup grape seed oil
  • ¼ cup jojoba oil
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
Instructions
  1. Add all four ingredients to a clean bowl; whisk to combine.
  2. Store in a clean glass jar with a lid--I used a mason jar.
How to use:
  1. Wet your fingertips with the oil. Gently massage the oil into your skin for 1 minute, making sure you migrate to your neck region. Do not scrub the oil into your skin!
  2. Wet a clean washcloth with hot (as hot as you can tolerate without burning yourself) and place the cloth over your entire face. Steam your face until the cloth cools. Repeat if desired. I usually steam my face twice.
  3. Rinse the washcloth and wipe the oil off of your face.
  4. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
***Note:
  1. I only use this method once a day, usually in the evening. Too often could potentially cause irritation and result in dry skin. In the morning I wash my face with water only using a clean washcloth.
  2. If you have sensitive skin, try reducing the amount of castor oil or adding more grape seed and jojoba oil.
  3. Eliminate the tea tree oil, and this makes for a great eye makeup remover.

 

   

21 Responses to “Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I’m so intrigued by your all natural stuff, I wanna get into some of these!!

    I’ve heard that about oil and this cleanser looks amazing, I’m so happy it’s working for you!!

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    Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites — July 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I love this and I can’t wait to try it! I am only missing one ingredient so when I hit the store, it’s mine!!! Tea tree oil has amazing cleansing properties so I am def looking forward to this! Thank you for sharing my green hippie friend :)

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    ashley - baker by nature — July 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I love the idea of this! A must try :) xo

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    Liz — July 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I have made my own body scrub…and loved it. I could use this cleanser, too…who knew you could still get zits when perimenopausal??? It’s ridiculous!

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — July 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Tea tree oil is also great for dandruff. I got hippie tea tree oil shampoo from Vermont, and not even Head and Shoulders works as well. I never thought about it as a facial cleanser. I’ll have to try this out. I love the smell of that oil, too.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is so awesome, Jennie! I love posts about homemade beauty treatments and this looks like it would be so refreshing!

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    Samantha Samonte — July 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Sweet! I too go all natural as much as i can… Can’t wait to try this! Here’s a link on Olive Oil! and how it can do good stuff for you too! Well aside from using it on food =D http://womenconnectonline.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-the-beauty-benefits-of-olive-oil/ =)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 7, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I love this! I have been wanting to try to make my own body products and this looks so easy!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I actually laughed out loud at the armpit – sexiness line (you’re awesome). This is so cool, Jennie! I’ve been watching what I eat in regards to where its from and how it’s raised so now it’s time to start thinking about the products I use. I’d love to try both homemade cleanser and body scrub. The Husband gets terrible blemishes on his face (and we’re almost 33) so maybe this would help him out. You rock for embracing your hippie side! ;)

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    • Jennie replied July 8th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. I’ve had an inner hippie for as long as I can remember. Just recently, I decided to let her free. I’m rolling with it, and, so far, I love it. Adult acne is the worst. I’m old now. Go away!

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    ESMoon — September 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    This looks like a winner!!! I have had Success with All of these ingredients (I have yet to use castor oil). I will be making this and using it for my son! Thank you!!!!!!!

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    Rachel S — November 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I also use OCM and it works great. I’m about to turn 28 and I’ve struggled with hormonal acne. I have finally found some supplements that are helping DIM and saw palmetto are helping me balance out and get rid of those nasty xenoestrogens. I also use some bioidentical progesterone to supplement until I get things sorted. Hope that helps. Daniel Amen wrote an awesome book explaining the female hormone cascade and what can go wrong. It’s really helped me take control of my health. Glad to hear you are doing the same!

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    Sophia — January 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Greta homemade recipe! Tea tree oil is such a great ingredient. I hope you will have some DIY moisturizers soon. I use Shielo moisturizer http://www.shielo.com/shielo-moisturizer.html and I love this one but I will be also glad to try out a homemade recipe.

    Thanks

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    Cindy — January 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hi! I love tea tree oil from Chamuel Products. They sell on Amazon and have an incredible Tea Tree Balm. I use it all the time on scrapes, itchy bug bites, dry skin, etc. It is fabulous and even mild enough for my kids. There store is at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=&seller=A1HIQEISGG5YI3

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    • Jennie replied January 28th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Cindy!

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    Trying it out — January 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Hi,
    I have started using this method of cleansing my face about a week ago. I have a few questions about it.

    Instead of putting the hot washcloth on my face to steam, would it work just as well to massage the oil into my face before I get in the shower and then allow the steam from the shower to open my pores, and rinse off the oil after a few minutes? (I am just not a fan of breathing through the wash cloth).

    Also I have found that I have gotten more black heads since I have started doing this, more than I have ever had really. But since I have seen so much success in other people I am not giving up on it just yet! I have read that jojoba oil can be a comedogenic (can clog your pores). If I try the same recipe minus the jojoba oil, do you think that would stop the blackheads and still be effective as a cleanser? Thanks!

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    • Jennie replied January 30th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Hi!

      I’ve been using this method for over 6 months now, and I love it. I’m happy to hear that you’re giving it a try.

      I have used both the washcloth method and the shower method, so feel free to use the method that you like best. I usually only use the washcloth method when I don’t need to get in the shower. Jojoba oil is the only oil that resembles our body’s natural sebum, making it easier for the body to absorb. As far as it being comedogenic, I haven’t heard that. All of the research I found regarding jojoba oil claims that it’s non-comedogenic.

      As for the increase of black heads, I think what you’re experiencing is completely normal. Your skin goes through a period of transition for the first 6-8 weeks after you start using this method. I experienced the same thing. After the first month, you should notice your skin begin to clear and become smoother. Right now, your body is clearing out all of the impurities, which is what I love about this method. I struggled with horrible black heads, calcium deposits, and cystic acne (caused by a hormonal imbalance) before I started using the oil cleansing method. Now, after 6 months, my skin is clear, smooth, and moisturized. I only have to clean my face once daily. I no longer use moisturizer, and my skin is no longer being stripped and dried out by harsh cleansing methods.

      If you don’t notice a change after the first 6-8 weeks, I would recommend replacing the jojoba oil with melted coconut oil. I just recently tried this, and it works great. Coconut oil is a great anti-inflammatory and doesn’t clog your pores. I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer during the winter when it’s bitter cold outside. If you’re going to use coconut oil as a moisturizer, a little bit goes a long way.

      I hope this information helps. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me.

      Happy cleansing!

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    Best antibacterial foot soap — April 24, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I had a great time reading your post.. Tea tree oil can sometimes cause allergic reactions or skin irritation, especially if applied undiluted. So one must use it properly..

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