The Oil Cleansing Method

Dewy and glowing skin, free of imperfections, blackheads, pimples, and grime: every woman’s ever-elusive goal. Our quest is expensive, frustrating, and often riddled with failure.

Don’t worry, it’s all over now. Take a deep breath and relax. Today…we’re cleansing with oil.

Oil?!” you say, baffled. “Well that’s sort of counter-intuitive!

I get where you’re coming from, I do. Earlier this week I had the same reaction. But after much persuasion from a friend of mine, I gave it a try.


OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom


Hear me out: our skin already oozes a bit of oil for protection and lubrication, but the oil that we produce gets clogged and dirty throughout the day. So we trudge home, feeling a bit icky and slick, and strip down our face with chemicals and fragrances and crap. Our poor skin is left feeling dry, desperately trying to repair its self. It’ll go into overdrive trying to replace the oils that are lost, and this often creates even more clogged pores and stress. But oil isn’t the culprit here. It’s not some mean monster to be reckoned with; our body produces it naturally, and it’s the key to beautiful, glowing skin.


So, on to the basics…you want to replace the dirty oil on your face with clean, good quality oil.


For oily skin use: 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower or Grapeseed Oil

For balanced skin use: 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower or Grapeseed Oil

For dry skin use: 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower or Grapeseed Oil


OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom

OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom


Castor oil has potent anti-inflammatory and extractive properties, and is healing and cleansing. Sunflower and Grapeseed oils are thinner, but no less nurturing; they provide essential fatty acids which are necessary for cell membrane health, among other things.

So, get your personal oil cocktail ready. You don’t need to take off your makeup (that’s another incredible bonus – the oils will remove makeup too, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara!).

Begin massaging a good amount of oil into your skin in circular motions using your fingers. Keep going for a minute or two.


OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom


Next, douse a washcloth in piping hot water, as hot as you can take it. Wring it out (carefully), and lay it over your face. The steam will open the pores and aid in releasing any impurities. Leave the cloth over your face until it’s no longer hot.


OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom


Gently wipe the excess oil from your face with the damp cloth. Don’t rub too hard – remember that you’ve replaced the bad oils with these good ones and you want them to continue to nourish the skin.


OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom

OIL CLEANSING METHOD , Hourglass And Bloom


You can repeat the steam once more, if you feel so inclined. I like to…just because it’s relaxing and I can pretend I’m at some fancy spa. After you’re all finished, you’ll be amazed at how vibrant your skin already looks, and ohhhh man does it feel like butter! If you don’t feel quite comfortable replacing your usual skincare routine with the oil cleansing method, just start by using it a few times a week as a bit of pampering!

For more information on the Oil Cleansing Method, visit this sliiiiiightly new-agey but very informative site.

Happy cleansing!








Last night I went over to my parent’s house to do some good old fashioned holiday crafting with my mom. We sipped cocktails, ate take-out Italian, listened to Bing Crosby, and really got in the spirit of things! I had my heart set on making a peppermint serving tray, so while my mom perfected her party mix recipe, I got to unwrapping about a thousand peppermint candies. Okay, not a thousand. Maybe seventy-five.

After all the peppermints were unfurled from their individual wrapping, I set out to create a gorgeous pattern of candies on the baking sheet. The fantastic pattern I had in my mind, however, ended up looking a little like the continental United States (unintentionally). But never mind – into the oven it went! The little candies sloooooowly melted like wicked witches of the west, and in ten minutes out came a candy tray! Flat and shiny though it was, the shape of it was still looking a little funny, so I carefully rounded off a particular ugly corner with a hot knife.






Now, resembling something closer to a lovely oval shape, my pretty little tray can play host to a handful of fudgy treats and cookies! Or, wouldn’t it look especially festive under a few glasses of holiday bubbly? I think so!


–          Cheap peppermint candies

–          Parchment paper

–          Cookie sheet

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the candies in whichever pattern and shape that you choose. Keep the candies separated just a wee bit, about a quarter of an inch, as shown. Once the oven is heated and ready, carefully place the baking sheet in the oven and set a timer for 7-10 minutes. Once the 7 minute mark has passed, keep a very close eye on the candies. Once you feel that they have melted together evenly and formed one solid sheet, pull them from the oven. Set the tray on a wire cooling rack. After about 5 or so minutes, very carefully peel the parchment paper off the candy tray. Don’t be upset if not all the parchment comes off – no one will see it anyway! Now, let the candy tray itself cool on the wire rack for the next couple of hours. At the end it should be hard and shiny and smooth, not sticky.









Five more days! What sort of holiday projects and treats have you had your hands in lately? xo