DIY Beauty: how to make your own facial cleansing oil


This is the cleansing oil I made during the DIY skin care workshop at Jayeon Miyin in December and I use it whenever I need to remove my makeup these days. It’s similar to those commercial oil cleansers I’ve tried, is very gentle and not too oily but it gets rid of my makeup well. It turns into a sort of milky lotion on contact with water and although it is said to be able to clean the face by itself, I still found myself having to use a soap or foaming facial after using it.

It’s very easy to make and here I share the recipes for two skin types although I figure out it’ll be a lot easier to just get one off the shelves because of the amount of ingredients involved.

Recipe for normal skin/dry skin
To make a 100ml bottle of cleansing oil, you need 40g jojoba oil, 15g apricot kernel oil, 15g sweet almond oil, 4g green tea seed oil, 9g olive liquid (emulsifying agent), 4g vitamin E (synthetic preservative) and 13 drops of essential oil.

Recipe for oily skin
To make a 100ml bottle of cleansing oil, you need 30g apricot kernel oil, 35g sunflower oil, 5g green tea seed oil, 12g olive liquid (emulsifying agent), 4g vitamin E (synthetic preservative) and 13 drops of essential oil.

1. Mix oil and olive liquid
2. Warm up the mixture to around 30 – 40 degree
3. Add essential oil

You can also get this cleansing oil at the Jayeon Miyin Private Sale. Please note that you’ll need to register as an Fr3b member first to be able to access the online sale though. 

There are some interesting items on sale like brocolli soap, spinach soap, chestnut shell soap, green tea soap, pearl powder CP soap and oatmeal soap which are naturally handmade going on sale for as low as A$2.80 for a 22g size.  If you’re interested, you have from now till 1 March to check them out.  However, this is only for those in Singapore!


  1. prettybeautiful says:

    this is a great recipe for those who are very into DIY/homemade stuff. however, i highly doubt that i will DIY this as i need to buy all the ingredients for this purpose only, and the trouble of heating it up to that temp only. but i dont mind buying this if someone is selling ?

    prettybeautiful: Unfortunately JM’s sale is only for S’pore…otherwise you can get it.

  2. ParisB says:

    I’m with prettybeautiful on this. Its going to be a lot more expensive and troublesome to get hold of all the ingredients. I’m not fussed about making it, but I know just the ingredients alone will cost a small bomb. Still, its something to try if I ever get my mitts on the necessary oils ?

    ParisB: Ya, that’s why I mentioned that it’s much easier to just buy one off the shelves. But it’s actually easy to make. If someone already has a number of the oils, all is needed is the olive liquid and vit E. Essential oil is more for the scent and aromatherapy benefits.

  3. sharon says:

    I was just curious if these cleansing oils can be used for OCM? Because I thought of using my fancl one for OCM but was unsure if I could because of the emulsifier.

    However, I did purchase grapeseed oil after your recommendation and I LOVE the texture! Attempted my first OCM with just pure grapeseed oil on myself and on my boyfriend and wow, its quite good stuff. Much more evident on my boyfriend though since he has many many oil seeds! thanks for the info and love reading your posts! (:

    Sharon: Yes, you can use such emulsifying cleansing oil for OCM too. It’s the same process. Oh, so glad you love the grapeseed oil and good to learn that your bf can use it too! I’m always worried that what works for me may not work for others. But in the case of grapeseed oil, I highly recommend! Thanks for coming back often! ?

  4. raelynn says:

    viva, can the grapeseed oil that yoursessentially be removed just by emulsifying instead of the whole OCM?? i tend to double cleanse even when using cleansing oils to remove makeup..

    Raelynn: If you don’t want to use OCM, you can use a gentle foaming cleanser to remove. It works too!

  5. cowsandlemonade says:

    What is OCM? How do you check the temperature when warming the oil up on the stove?

    cowsandlemonade: OCM is oil cleansing method. For temperature, you need to use a thermometer to measure. It’s kind of troublesome unless you can gauge.

  6. Tine says:

    Interesting … a DIY cleansing oil! But yeah, I think I’ll stick to the ones at the shops, ‘cos I’m going to have to spend more on buying the individual oils (which I don’t already have). But great recipe nevertheless ?

    Tine: Yeah, it’s a lot easier. The recipe is great for those who want something specifically for their skin type too and can’t find one that suits them.

  7. bibibam says:

    Hi, with cleansing product i watched on youtube from “michellephan” also the same person who perform the tutorials for beginners ” hot to apply eyeliner” on your other blog.
    she states that she rotates her cleaners every 2 months and also mentioning skin can become tolerant to product when used so oftenly?
    is that a bad thing for your skin using a product for a long period of time and not changing?

    bibibam: Yes, I’ve heard of that theory. I’m not exactly sure why but know this happens with hair products and it’s call product buildup. With skincare, I’m not sure although I’m trying to find out.

  8. Leon says:

    Hey Sesame, Why not use a natural vitamin E instead of a synthrtic one?

    Leon: It was supplied by the trainer but yes you’re right, natural would be better.

  9. jia says:

    hi i watched on youtube; many channels that it states that extra virgin olive oil is a very good make remover i want to know is it only good to remove eye make up or can i use for the entire face?

    Jia: You can use for both. However, in its pure form, it is very oily hence you need to either use the oil cleansing method via a hot washcloth or use another foaming cleanser after using it.

  10. shelly says:

    what is olive liquid?? and where can u get it?

    Shelly: You need to get the olive oil from those DIY ingredient supplier. Sometimes they’re sold in pharmacies or drugstores too.

  11. Ms. Blacklace says:

    If I’m not wrong, Olive liquid is actually Olive Oil PEG 7Ester (PEG 7 Olivate), that you can get off whoopeekiddies.

    For this recipe, do you think I can use other oils instead of apricot kernel and sunflower oil? Lol. Those oils for some reason my skin loves castor and grapeseed oil and I’m too scared to try any other haha!

  12. sesame says:

    I remember that the oils were recommended based on skin type so it might be possible to change them according to your needs.

  13. Maria says:

    You truly do not need all those oils, you really don’t.
    I use a simple olive oil, mix it with some organic castile soap and tada. Or I change to grapeseed oil for summer, and my favorite is rice bran oil. If you have a simple cleanser, (I prefer non foaming, less drying,) that doesn’t have a great deal of chemical ingredients you can mix your oil with that, and it is easy to rinse.
    I say find one oil you like, and then every couple months, change it. I’ve been doing it since my late 20’s, and I am now 48. Great stuff, and sometimes depending on my mood, I don’t moisturize afterwards.

    If you want to go a bit further, then buy the Stridex pads for afterwards, I use .05% just to completely exfoliate/tone. Or use plain baking soda or brown sugar, or plain sugar (organic if at all possible) mix with your oil or without it, it’s great for a gentle exfolaition and rinses off very well.

    If you really want a great oil cleanser that rinses well, then buy saponified olive oil. This oil is mixed with water and rinses off great. You can normally purchase it already made for around 6-7 bucks for 8 oz. I love it, and I normally purchase it, and put a bit of tea tree oil, or rosemary extract in it. Research and learn, it’s great!

  14. Frckls says:

    Hi! I’ve been in love with DIY cleansing oil for a few weeks now. I use a mix of castor oil, sesame seed oil, and grapeseed oil and use it for oil cleansing method. It has been helping in improving me and my youngest sister skin very much and a marvelous makeup remover, including the waterproof mascara. It makes us purge but we don’t mind, for a greater good. Our skins aren’t that horrible either so I’ve been extremely happy with this. And my mom finally jump in the bandwagon, too!

  15. sesame says:

    Sounds really good…maybe I can make a concoction of this when I have all the ingredients. Haven’t tried using castor oil.

  16. Minnie says:

    I have a question.
    Where can I get the olive liquid and Vitamin E?
    I have other ingredients but these.

  17. Sesame says:

    Where are you based? You can get them online.

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