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.


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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.


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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.


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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!





Three Things.

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Last summer I bought a mandoline and was obsessed with making zucchini ribbons. This was one of the most simple yet beautiful little salads I’ve made thus far. Who said veggies had to be boring?



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Yeahhhhhh I pretty much hit the jackpot as far as roommates go. E works for Le Metier de Beaute, this insanely awesome beauty and cosmetic company. I’m usually not a gloss girl, but this little gem has me head over heels!



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My nuevo zapatos. Nice and bright and cheerful 🙂



What are your tiny moments of happinness this week?








Hey. Guess what?




It’s my birthday.

Twenty-five candles on the (cheese)cake today, and a bottle of bubbly is patiently waiting in my fridge. But while I trudge on through my workday, I thought I’d give you all a festive little prize to keep the merriment going!

Let’s talk, for a moment, about hair.

Women have a very “special” relationship with our hair. Curly-haired girls want shiny straight locks, and girls with stick-straight tresses long for bouncing curls. Brunettes sit in salons with heads full of foil and chemicals, hoping for a sunkissed shade of blonde. Blondes think they have more fun.






It all goes round and round. But the one thing that remains constant is that no matter your hair type, you have to take good care of it. That’s why I was so utterly thrilled when Enjoy shipped their entire Hydrating System to me for a review! I have always known the Enjoy line is quality and have sworn by their deeply nourishing Hair Mask for years, but had yet to try out their other products. I have no idea what took me so long!



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My hair is somewhere between normal to maybe a little oily, and has been dyed all shades of golden and auburn over the years. Being no stranger to foil and peroxide, my mane has certainly seen its days of damage. What I love so much about the Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner from Enjoy is that they completely normalize my hair. The shampoo cleanses without drying, nourishes without heaviness, and is gentle, pH balanced, and sulfate-free. The conditioner isn’t thick or heavy, but gives just the right amount of softness and shine.



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Enjoy also sent me their Conditioning Spray. I used it like a light leave-in conditioner and detangler, spraying a little bit on my damp hair and then combing through. The Hydrating Conditioner also detangles, but I really like this option of adding a touch more nourishing hydration with the Conditioning Spray. It’s weightless and lovely.



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Last, but not least, there was the Hair & Skin Treatment Oil. I am head-over-heels for this stuff. I want to carry it around with me in my pocket. I want to give it a name and its own stocking hung on the mantle. Okay okay, I jest. But it’s really quite amazing. It’s SO light, non-greasy, and versatile. Pour about a dime-size puddle in your palm and run it through damp or dry hair to block humidity, give instant shine, and eliminate frizz. I love that it makes dry ends feel instantly penetrated with moisture. No build up, no heavy greasy feeling. PLUS you can use it on elbows, cuticles, hands, feet – wherever your skin feels a little dry!



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If you would like to know more about the other wonderful Enjoy products, go visit their website or check them out on twitter! Their products are incredibly affordable and there’s something for all hair types!

So, here comes the fun part:

Enjoy Hair Care has generously offered up ANOTHER Hydrating System for one lucky reader! You’ll receive the Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, Conditioning Spray, and a bottle of the Hair & Skin Treatment Oil! A value of $95!

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All entries must live in the United States, and it is mandatory that you do the following:

– Leave a comment below, be sure to include your Name and EMAIL ADDRESS

– You MUST “Like” Enjoy’s Facebook page, which you can find here: Enjoy Hair Care on Facebook

– Lastly, follow me on Twitter! You may find me here: @hourglassnbloom

This giveaway will be open from today, December 7th until Friday, December 14th, when I will chose ONE reader at random and announce the lucky winner!