• Sweet Skin Rituals

simple DIY rose cleansing oil

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

One of the simplest ways to remove makeup and gently, yet deeply cleanse your sweet skin is to use an oil cleanser.

Oil cleansing will not cause breakouts or make your skin oily, contrary to what some may think. Oil attracts oil, thus when this method is used makeup, dirt, and excess sebum are drawn out of your pores. It can be used for dry, oily, combination, and normal skin types. Castor oil is the star ingredient here because it contains cleansing properties. If you’ve ever used this oil you’ll know that it is extremely thick and sticky. In fact it is often used in lipsticks because it sticks well to the skin. According to Susan Parker, author of “Power of the Seed,” another name for castor oil is Palma Christi, or “hand of Christ,” in reference to its healing abilities. As a cleansing oil, it is used as 10-30% of the final product, depending on your skin type.

The bulk of this recipe uses a carrier oil. I have used sunflower oil, but you can use safflower, olive, jojoba, or macadamia. These are stable carrier oils, containing plenty of omega 9, that won’t oxidize quickly. I also infused my carrier oil with rose petals for 6 weeks, to extract its healing properites and it’s light lovely floral aroma as well. That part is totally optional though, if you are in a hurry to make this recipe.

The method of cleansing is important here. Simply appying this cleansing oil and wiping in off will remove makeup, but not actually cleanse your pores deeply and well. Take a quarter size amount of oil and gently message it into your skin. This is safe to use as an eye makeup remover too, since there are no essential oils in this recipe. Message your face for about one minute, taking extra care to target any trouble areas. Next, take a washcloth and run it under hot water. You want it nice and hot, but no so hot that you scald your face! Place the cloth over your face. Relax your facial muscles, allowing the cloth to cool down. Then rinse your washcloth and do this twice more. It’s so relaxing! When you are finished, wipe the oil off your face. Some with more oily prone skin have said they don’t need to put anything more on their face. I would encourage the use of a day/night cream or facial mist like rose water to replace moisture, then add a few drops of your favorite face oil to seal in that sweet moisturizing goodness. I do not recommend using more of this oil cleanser as your moisturizor after cleansing.

Oil cleansing only needs to be done 2-3 times a week. You can use your oil cleanser just to remove makeup in between.

So here we go. The actual recipe...


(For dry skin)

88 grams of organic rose petal infused sunflower oil

10 grams castor oil

2 grams Vitamin E oil

1-2 Tablespoons rose petals, for ascthetics

Place a clean bowl onto a scale. Zero it out and add your sunflower (or carrier oil of choice). Zero the scale out again and add the castor oil. Zero it out and add the Vitamin E. Give it a stir with a clean spatula or spoon. Pour it into a clean glass olive oil pitcher or clear glass bottle with pump. Add your rose petals and stir or shake to combine.

Label, date, and enjoy!


(for oily skin)

68 grams organic rose petal infused sunflower oil

30 grams castor oil

2 grams Vitamin E oil

1-2 Tablespoons rose petals, for asthetics

*see directions above

*for normal skin, use somewhere between 15-20 grams of sunflower oil, and adjust recipe accordly so all adds up to 100 grams total.

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