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

Buy patchouli, sandalwood, chamomile, geranium, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang

Damaged Skin
(sun or windburn)

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

Buy lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, rose, helichrysum

Mature Skin

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

Buy frankincense, sandalwood, neroli, rose, palmarosa, vetiver, helichrysum

Sensitive Skin

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

Buy lavender, jasmine, neroli, rose, vetiver

Eczema, Psoriasis

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

Buy sandalwood, patchouli, helichrysum, palmarosa, chamomile, cedarwood

Normal or Combination

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

Buy lavender, orange, geranium, palmarosa, 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

Buy tea tree, lemongrass, petitgrain, lemon, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium



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


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.


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.)


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.


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.)

Choosing the Right Oils

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

There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter of moments.

If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch" the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!

For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else - no headaches.

I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest quality essential oils you can afford.

Here's how I break it out...

doTerra for highest quality. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount.

Mountain Rose for quality on a budget. Plus they carry other aromatherapy recipe ingredients and a full line of bottles and jars.

Amazon for variety and selection. Please remember to buy the best oils you can afford - there's a lot of cheap oils in the marketplace, and they just won't give you the experience you're looking for.

What Next?

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