Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Olive Oil Cleanser

Did you know olive oil is good for more than cooking? Straight from the bottle, it is an excellent moisturizer and it is the star ingredient in our favorite cleanser... gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet removes stubborn makeup and mascara with ease.
Just 4 ingredients- olive oil, glycerin, liquid facial soap, and water. Any olive oil will do- it does not have to be the most expensive oil in the store. I get my glycerin from Hobby Lobby's soap making section (with my 40% coupon!). One bottle of glycerin will make at least 3 triple batches of cleanser. Be sure to use a facial soap you have tried before and know your skin is okay with.
Measure olive oil. We are making a triple batch today. You can multiply the recipe according to how much olive oil you have.
Measure the glycerin, liquid soap and water. Remember to multiply them too, if making more than a single recipe.
Process in the food processor until it thickens slightly and is lighter in color, usually less than a minute.
Using a funnel, pour it into your containers. We are using a glass bottle from the thrift store and a plastic squeeze bottle that once contained liquid soap.
This recipe is very forgiving. It works with any kind of liquid face or castile soap. You can leave out the glycerin in a pinch, but the cleanser doesn't "glide" as well without it. Yours may look slightly different than mine.... the color and thickness will vary, depending on the brand of soap and olive oil you use. It sometimes separates. Just give it a little shake before using.

Olive Oil Cleanser

1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon liquid face soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon liquid glycerin

Measure ingredients into food processor or blender and process until lightened in color and slightly thickened. Pour into a pump or squeeze bottle using a funnel and store at room temperature. Gently massage into damp skin and remove with a warm washcloth. Safely removes eye makeup.

This post is linked to Works-For-Me Wednesday.


Cheryl said...

those cookies look great! love the face soap recipe too... praying that Selah will continue to get better. Family visiting, been off the computer for the most part these past couple weeks!

Pam said...

I love, love, love this idea! I am definitely going to be making it. I am a huge olive oil advocate as it is. It has been my moisturizer of choice for a long time now. I also make a body scrub with it. I love the idea of making my own cleanser, too. Thank you.

Very Verdant said...

I have not used olive oil as a moisturizer but I do use coconut oil. Do you think those two would be interchangeable?

I am looking forward to trying this out!

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Anonymous said...

I love this stuff Mom and Lacey mighty nice hand modeling there girl! ; )

rebecca marie said...

real world review:

i made this a month ago using the exact ratios, in a mini-food processor. it was a bit runnier (like watered down hand lotion) than i'd hoped for, but felt lovely.

i planned on giving it a full month (skin renews within that time), but after 1 week i was *completely* sold.

flash forward, and i tried to make it again and it would *not* emulsify. it MUST emulsify or it will just be layers of different ingredients. i tried and tried and even threw two double batches away.

i was getting frustrated with my results and discouraged! i was about to run out of the best cleanser i'd ever used on my OILY acne prone recently 40 year old skin!!

so, last ditch effort, i got my mom's OLD faded mustard yellow oster blender from the late 60's out of the garage, and viola! 3 minutes later i had cleanser (which had been sitting on my counter looking like a layered parfait) that was so thick i had to scoop it out of the blender with a spatula.

so do NOT lose heart with your consistencies! find a new food processor/blender (don't buy one, just borrow) and blend that stuff up till you get that delicious thickness you see in the picture.

and cleanse on. you will LOVE this cleanser.

i super promise!


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