So I will be blogging something that I would like to call as the “Hippie Housewife Series”. Basically it’s about how to make your own things from scratch. They are also vegan, non-chemical [most of them] and cruelty free products.
Why hippie? That is what my bedmate calls me and soon I might start to chain myself to some trees. Not. I don’t think I will go that far. But I might if they are cats instead of trees. Eh, who the hell want to chain themselves to cats?
I have started to use vegan skincare few years back and I ordered most of them from overseas. They were good and did good things for my skins but there are some drawbacks. They were a bit pricey [the currency exchange and the international shipping charges] and some of them leaked or spilled when I received them. It is also troublesome to wait for them to arrive.
So I decided to do some reading and come out with my own mixture.
Why mixture? Basically all you need to do is mix.
But before that, I should tell you, my facial cleanser is not the usual facial cleanser, it is actually an oil-based cleanser or what people call Oil Cleaning Method [OCM]
In a nutshell, I dab/put/lather oils to my face.
I know it’s scary, like what the hell are you putting oil in your face man? But let me sexplain. It is something like this – have you ever try to rub a permanent market from the white board? The marker won’t come off unless you use some alcohol OR you trace the writing with a fresh marker on top and wipe them straight away. Another example, for those who uses nail polish, you would agree that the nail polish can be easily removed by applying another layer of nail polish.
It is the same mechanism. Like they said “Like dissolved like”
Plus, this is not sembarang oil that we are using, this are all natural oil – full of vitamins and goodness, not the cooking-oil-that-you-can-find-on-supermarket type. And with the right method, I can guarantee you, your face will not feel oily. Instead it will soft like baby’s butts. Ok, I don’t really know how baby’s butts feels like but let’s just assume.
There will only be three or four ingredients, five the most [I will explain later] and they will cost less than RM100, with balance of ingredients. You can use them up to 2 months, if you don’t choose to mandikan your face with themlah.
The first thing to do is to determine what kind of skin do you have. This is crucial to know what kind of base or carrier oil that will suit you well.
I have a combination skin, oily around the T-zone but very dry for the rest of them. And my skin shows signs of ageing thanks to smoking and owling [memburung hantu =tidur lambat]. And it is also very sensitive.
After doing some reading, I chose this oil.
Avocado Oil is one of the most penetrating oils. Technically, the avocado is a fruit; and the oil is mechanically pressed out of the dehydrated, thinly sliced fruit. Avocado Oil, if unrefined, is a pale or olive green. Clear Avocado Oil has been bleached; pale yellow Avocado Oil has been refined. Unrefined Avocado Oil will have a strong, green aroma and is rich in Vitamin A and D as well as lecithin, potassium, and chlorophyll. It is a very moisturizing oil and especially beneficial for rash, eczema, mature skin, parched skin, and aging skin – source
As you can see mine is refined instead of unrefined. I was in a hurry that time and only the refined ones was available so I bought it anyway. But, if you could, go for unrefined oil but make sure they are all cold pressed.
On top of the avocado oil, I also use this oil together.
Castor oil is actually an essential ingredients in OCM, it is the castor oil that cleanse the dirt from the skin and it is also antibacterial. But under certain circumstances, it can be omitted because it can be too drying for certain skin.
- Oily skin: Use 2/3 castor oil to 1/3 carrier oil of your choice.
- Normal skin: Use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil of your choice.
- Dry skin: Use 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oil of your choice.
My advice is to purchase small amount of oils for trial so that you will know the right measurement for your skin [I shall provide the shops' names for you to get these ingredients later on, fret not]. The reason why I bought a big bottle was because I already knew what works for me [1/3 castor:2/3 carrier oil more or less], plus I can’t get any of these oils in Brunei.
If you think castor oil dries up your skin badly, you can skip it but make sure you clean your face thoroughly.
Some general idea of what oil you can use
- Jojoba - all skin types, good for acne-prone skin
- Sweet almond - all skin types, especially oily
- Grapeseed - all skin types, especially oily
- Avocado - dry and aging skin
- Sunflower Seed - all skin types
- Apricot Kernel - dry, aging, and normal skin
You can find more about them here, here, here and here.
Again, purchase them in a small amount first so you know which oil works well for you. Remember, experimenting is the important key, so don’t be afraid and mix away [you can even mix more than 2 oil together]
If you like, you can start using your oil to clean your face but I prefer to put few drops [yes only few drops is enough!] of essential oil so that my face will smell nice. I mean, if you know how the carrier oil smells, you will understand what I mean. Plus, essential oil have their own goodness.
But bear in mind, perfumed oil and essential oil are two different things, so make sure you use essential oil and not perfumed oil. And also make sure that they are 100% essential oil because they are many shops that carry essential oil with other ingredients inside. We don’t want that.
Geranium and Tea tree essential oil
I mixed two essential oils together – geranium for the smell and it’s goodness for my skin, tea tee for cleansing and purification. I wanted to mix more but I wasn’t sure how they will turn out. Maybe next time I will try to add some Patchouli.
For types and benefits of essential oil, you can refer here and here.
So, after mixing the castor and your preferred carrier oil, drop about 5-10 drops of essential oil into the mixture. And if you want, you can add some vitamin E for some boost [few drops will do]
You can prepare a small or medium batch like mine so it is easy for you to use them rather than to mix every time you want to clean your face.
I bought this pump from daiso, it can fill around 500ml of liquid – could last like forever!
But try not to make them in a larger batch, they don’t have preservative so their shelf life is not too long.
A pump bottle is a good idea as well, rather than the open top because all you need is just pump without contaminating the rest of the mixture. Mine is from plastic, if you could try to invest on a glass bottle. My cats would really loooveee glass bottle. *Oil splattering on bathroom floor.
Initially I was thinking where the hell could I find all this in Malaysia? But after some googling and walking around [Ok, this was actually by accident, I came across one while meeting a friend] I found 2 reliable stores that sell all the ingredients.
The shop is located at Publika, next or nearby Ben’s General Food Store. I like the idea that I can go to a real shop and browse through all the materials. You can even test some of the products there [they also sells their own skincare and soaps].
This is where I bought my 500ml Avocado oil and the tea tre essential oil. I wanted to buy some cocoa butter but they will only arrive the following week and I couldn’t make it for a second trip. So maybe next time.
Their price is competitive and I like that.
And oh, if you don’t feel like going to Publika, they can always ship your items to you. Click on their here
facebook page and ask them about the shipping service. I have received a list of the raw materials they provide and I have to say it is quite extensive.
Another reliable store. Not sure whether you can go to the store itself but I have bought from them online. Their service was very good but I noticed some of the items are no longer available, perhaps they will be restocking soon. I used to purchase everything from them before I came across Soap Artisan.
Now that you know how to mix the cleanser and where to find the ingredients, it’s time to know how to use them. It differs from a normal cleansing method.
What you need is a clean face towel and warm water.
- Pump out the oil and spread it on your face, if you are using make up, there is no need to clean the make up prior to applying the oil and believe me, the make up will be removed completely [that's the beauty of OCM].
- Massage thoroughly for a good 2 minutes, be gentle. Let the oil sit for an extra 30 seconds or so.
- Soak the face towel with the warm water – not too warm or else you skin will burn but warm enough to clean.
- Place the towel on your face for about 15-20 seconds [steaming] and then gently, wipe your face with the towel.
- Repeat until you wipe off all oil from the skin. If you are not using castor oil, you may have to keep wiping your face more to make sure they are clean.
- Wash you towel with soap every time you use it and let dry. This is important because you will use the same towel again the next day unless you are married to tokey towel or Sultan Brunei.
Personally, I like to leave a little bit of oil rather than completely wiping them off. They keep my face moist but not oily because of the steaming thingy.
It’s a bit tedious, yes but so worth it.
I mean, when I came back to Shah Alam, I left my oil cleanser behind because I wanted to mix a new batch in Shah Alam, but was too busy to get the ingredients. I end up using normal soaps to wash my face [I know!!] resulting with few huge, throbbing zits on my face.
But as soon as 2 days after I started the OCM again, the zits shrunk, no shit.
And I only use them once a day, before bedtime or else, I just wash my face with water or if it’s too oily, I’ll use the home made soap that I have [which explains why tak habis-habis lagi hehe]. You don’t want to clean your face too often, yeah.
Just a little warning though, from some forum I read some people experienced purging – zits infestation after trying OCM. This is usually temporary, usually they will clear out within a week or two else, you might want to change your carrier oil. But they are also people who are not compatible with OCM at all although most that I know swear by it [including me hehe]. Again, test, test and test until you are satisfied.
What a long post.
Tomorrow, if I am not lazy, I shall blog about how to make your own toner.
Till then, I want to masak.