Olive Oil Facial Cleanser Recipe

A gentle, soothing homemade face cleanser... perfect for sensitive skin (also dry, mature and problem skin)

This is a super-easy yet amazingly effective olive oil facial cleanser recipe. In addition to washing away dirt, makeup and daily pollution, it moisturizes, soothes and restores sensitive, dry, aging and problem skin.

Olive oil promotes smooth, healthy skin by protecting against age-accelerating free radicals and helping to maintain the skin's elasticity.

Adding essential oils customized for your skin type powers up the rejuvenating effects - and smells terrific! I've included some essential oil blends for you to choose from based on your skin type.

Olive Oil Facial Cleanser Recipe

Combine 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil with one of the essential oil blends below in a clean, sterilized 4oz (125ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle.

Shake well. Let your olive oil facial cleanser cure at least 24 hours before using.

Dry Skin

5 drops each patchouli & sandalwood, 2 drops each chamomile & geranium, 1 drop jasmine OR rose OR ylang ylang

Damaged Skin
(sun or windburn)

10 drops lavender, 2 drops each sandalwood and chamomile, 1 drop rose OR helichrysum

Mature Skin

4 drops each frankincense & sandalwood, 3 drops neroli, 2 drops each rose & palmarosa, 1 drop vetiver OR helichrysum

Sensitive Skin

12 drops lavender, 2 drops jasmine OR neroli OR rose, 1 drop vetiver

Eczema, Psoriasis

15 drops each sandalwood & patchouli, 2 drops each helichrysum & palmarosa, 1 drop chamomile OR cedarwood

Normal or Combination

5 drops each lavender & orange, 2 drops each geranium & palmarosa, 1 drop ylang ylang

Oily or Acne-Prone

5 drops each tea tree & lemongrass, 2 drops each petitgrain & lemon, 1 drop each cedarwood & ylang ylang OR geranium


  1. To use, pour a bit of the olive oil facial cleanser into your hand - an amount about the size of a quarter should do.

  2. Massage the facial cleansing oil into your skin, focusing on any problem areas. Using slow, firm motions, work the cleanser deeply into your pores so that makeup, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria are dissolved in the oil, ready to be washed away.

  3. Once your skin is saturated, soak a washcloth in hot water. The water should be hot but not scalding - hot enough to open your pores and release the olive oil facial cleanser, which is carrying the dirt. (Cool water won't open your pores or remove the cleanser.)

  4. Hold the washcloth over your face until it cools. Gently wipe the facial cleansing oil away, then rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Do this two or three more times. No need to scrub - just gently wipe. Dirt and bacteria will be steamed and wiped away without irritating sensitive skin.

  5. Give your face a final rinse, then pat dry, apply toner and moisturizer.

This olive oil facial cleanser has a shelf life of about 3 to 6 months depending on where you keep it. (It'll last longer in a cool, dark location, shorter on your bathroom counter.)

Where to Buy Olive Oil Facial Cleanser Ingredients

You can buy olive oil at any grocery store or at Amazon.com. Choose extra virgin olive oil, since it has the most nutrients.

I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices and service are fabulous, and their quality is comparable to most oils on the market.

Here's some quick links to the essential oils you'll need for this olive oil facial cleanser recipe. (Also, check out these great little glass bottles to put your homemade face cleanser in.)

If you have Amazon Prime, you can get everything you need delivered for free - no shipping costs, yay! I've added links to some of the oils you need to make your olive oil facial cleanser - poke around on Amazon to get anything else you need...

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