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oil cleansing method

We love that we can offer products that have multiple uses as both cleansers and hydration. Learn more.

What is the oil cleansing method?

Oil cleansing uses the belief that cleansers strip the skin of important natural oils, leaving the oil production of skin imbalanced which leads to a clogging of pores and bacteria growth. Thus, oils in certain combinations are used to breakdown oils clogging pores and kill bacteria which essentially causes skin to detox and heal.

How does it work?

Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to breakdown sebum/oil, is by using another oil similar in composition. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial oils that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne-while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. Many use castor oil when using the oil cleansing method. We have found this much too drying so we use other oils with wonderfully beneficial nutrients. Read about our amazing ingredients here.

The flip side of healthy: using soaps

Most soaps on the market contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). It is arguably the most dangerous ingredient used in personal care products, and is in everything (toothpaste, shampoos, cleansers, etc). In the cleaning industry SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces which is what makes it such an effective cleanser but at what cost?
Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

A study at the University of Georgia Medical College, indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes as well as brain, heart, liver, etc., and showed long-term retention in the tissues. The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them from developing properly and caused cataracts to develop In adults.
SLS may cause hair loss by attacking the follicle. Classified as a drug in bubble baths, it removes the protective layer and dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture.

Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosomines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenics.Because of the alarming penetrating power of SLS, large amounts of these known carcinogens are absorbed through the skin into the body. A variation of SLS is SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE or SLES). It exhibits many of the same characteristics and is a higher-foaming variation of SLS.