the best oil cleansing mixture for washing our faces to stay acne free

by purelytwins

The best oil cleansing mix to wash face to keep acne free.

And speaking of variety, you know we are big fans of self-experimentation. We always say –> Keep playing around with things until you find what works for your body as we are all different.

Back in March of this year we shared an updated video and post on our acne face routine –> we shared how we wash our faces. We still like that routine and those products, but we wanted to see if we could get more improvements. We have been playing around with oil cleansing since January of 2013.

Both of us are so grateful for coming across using oils to help clear our acne.

Well, we experimented some more….

And in today’s purely talk we are SO excited as we are sharing a new oil cleansing method that has really improved our skin. We made this oil blend back in May, so about 3 months ago. We waited to make sure it worked before sharing it with you. Both of us are excited to share what has helped us with our skin. We cannot guarantee your skin will like it, but we really do think it could help improve it.

The best oil cleansing face wash combination to keep face acne free.

We love washing our faces with oils. Don’t worry you won’t break out when using oils on your face. Promise!

We have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin and using oils works WONDERS for our skin.

Both of us have been cystic acne free for months and months! It’s a miracle in a way because several years ago we never would have thought we would have our acne free skin again. Nope. There were days we weren’t sure if our acne would ever go away or just STOP.

purely twins new face care routine no makeup update

But it has!

Using this new oil cleansing mixture, along with the combination of a good real foods (mostly) and a few good quality supplements, helped our acne go away. Plus controlling our stress and managing our hormones…there are a lot of factors that cause acne. 

Now if we experience a pimple it is usually just one or a few very small pimples. We can totally handle those now.

We hope this new blend of oils that we  will help you with your acne or skin issues.

It has changed our faces and skin for the better! And we ONLY want the same for you!!!

clear skin DIY oil cleansing mix

The 3 oils that we used in this oil cleansing mix are some of our favorites. Oils that we have learned our skin LOVES! Hopefully yours will too!

  • jojoba oil
  • rosehip oil
  • tamaru oil

We buy our oils from Mountain Rose Herbs because we love their quality. We find their products to be some of the best. We’ve never been disappointed with their products.  Remember your face soaks in everything you put on it so make sure to use high quality and safe ingredients.

Benefits of these oils and why we use them:

Jojoba oil – it has absorption properties that are similar to our skins own sebum. It tricks your pores into thinking they are already saturated with oil and therefore that they do not need to overproduce. It is made of long straight chains of wax molecules instead of triglycerides (fatty acids) like normal vegetable oils so it won’t go rancid.

Rosehip oil – has healing and anti-microbial properties. High levels of vitamins C and A. Relatively non-greasy as it soaks into the skin easily. Its antioxidant and anti-microbial properties can minimize the growth of bacteria so as to avoid different types of breakout. It has been used for generations because of its healing properties.

Tamanu oil – works by promoting the formation of new tissues. Contains anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. This oil really is a miracle oil. It is thick yet absorbs easily into the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Helps reduce the appearance of scars.


Acne-free oil cleansing blend for face wash

A great acne prone skin oil cleansing mix to keep skin clear. Good for sensitive and oil skin. Made with jojoba rosehip and tamanu oils.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: this bottle will last months


Lori’s blend

  • 50 % rosehip oil
  • 25% jojoba oil
  • 25 % tamanu oil

Michelle’s blend

  • 50% jojoba oil
  • 25% rosehip oil
  • 25% tamanu oil


How to make oil blend

  1. Pour oils into 8 oz glass bottle
  2. Gently shake together.

How to wash face

  1. Cleanse face with witch hazel using a cotton swap.
  2. Place about 1-2 teaspoons oil blend into hand.
  3. Massage oil into skin for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse with water.
  5. Pat dry.

bottles for oil mixture

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becca July 17, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Love this post! Thanks girls. You are truly starting to radiate positivity and health 🙂

Just one thing I’m confused about. Is there an oil you use called Jobola? I use Jojoba (and love it!!!)…and it is pronounced Ho-Ho-Buh

purelytwins July 17, 2014 - 1:54 pm

thanks Becca, sorry that was a typo we use jojoba too, we will go and fix that.

Kiersten July 17, 2014 - 5:20 pm

I use jojoba, rosehip seed oil and tamanu oil in my oil cleansing blend too! I’ll have to try adding these essential oils though. Lately I’ve been adding a few drops of tea tree oil which I like but I’m always up for experimentation 🙂

purelytwins July 17, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Kiersten so happy to hear that you use the same oils and enjoyed great success too 🙂 yay! this makes us so happy. And yes try the essential oils you will love them! Tea tree is great too!

Meg @ A Dash of Meg July 17, 2014 - 6:10 pm


purelytwins July 17, 2014 - 8:08 pm

thanks Meg!

Sylwia July 18, 2014 - 12:08 am

hey girls, thanks for the great post and video. I just recently started using EO as well. Still playing with them, but seeing already some results 🙂 I add a drop of Frank oil to my moisturizer in the mornings and just massage is all over my face. I’m ordered my Geranium oil and I will make a face wash with it too. I may use Dr Bronner’s unscented mild castile soap instead of the oils. I will see. I also made face toner with witch hazel and Purify EO, so far liking it. Thanks for sharing your great results with us.

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 10:26 am

Awesome Sylwia!! Br Bronners is great!! We started with that before we made our own. We still use it from to time. You will love geranium we put in out face in the morning with moisturizer!!

Mimi July 18, 2014 - 1:13 am

Thanks for the info on the face wash! I wash a couple of mornings a week with coconut oil or coconut oil and sugar. I am curious, can you tell me what you mix your glutamine with? I am purchasing the powder and wondering how you like it.

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 10:27 am

Mimi add it to smoothies or puddings. We sometimes have taken it with just water. It has no real flavor.

Mimi July 18, 2014 - 11:00 am


Michelle July 18, 2014 - 9:44 am

So happy for you ladies!!! I KNOW how excited I would be if my face was almost perfect;D Well, following a paleo-sih diet (really a purelytwins “diet”) and natural skin cleansing have definitely helped my skin and hormones as well, now it’s just trying to control stress with a stressful job and a final year of college! haha:) Anyway, so thrilled for you guys, best wishes and continued success!!

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 10:28 am

Michelle 🙂 HUGS!! Good luck with stress and school. Michelle’s acne was the worst her last year in college, but you are on the right track. You are way ahead of us when we were going through it. Let us know if you ever need anything.

Brooke July 18, 2014 - 10:08 am

Thanks for sharing your oil recipe! I am in love with frankincense (there’s a reason it was one of the three gifts from the Magi at Baby Jesus’ birth) and geranium and sandalwood are amazing too. I would have never thought to blend them together though and then the rosehip and tamanu probably just take it over the top!

Keep up the great work ladies! I love coming to your blog. It feels like a chat with some of my closest girlfriends. I don’t have have too many people around me that are into real, whole foods, exercise, essential oils, herbs, and natural living so thanks so much for all you do 🙂

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 10:30 am

Brooke thank you for your sweet comment and we love virtual chatting with you!!! xoxo

Amber July 18, 2014 - 11:45 am

So….you cleanse with witch hazel, wash with foaming wash plus oils, then what do you use for moisturizer?? I’m a little confused with your regimen:/ but, really want to give it a try. Right now I use coconut oil…I have super sensitive skin. Thanks in advance

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Amber you are right – we use witch hazel first to get our makeup off, next we wash with oil blend with one pump of foaming wash. Rinse. For moisturizer we have used eminence rose one and loved it and Nerium. But lately we are trying to use just a little more oils afterwards for our moisturizer – like coconut oil, jojoba.

Amber July 18, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Super! So do you mix some jojoba and coconut oil together for moisturizer? Is there an oil you add to the moisturizer mixture?
I’m excited to try this and think it will be great for my twin daughters, 12,who both have eczema:)

purelytwins July 18, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Amber no we don’t mix the two oils for our moisturizer. Lori likes coconut oil and Michelle likes jojoba for moisturizer. Sorry to hear your twin daughters have eczema, Michelle has it too. We are trying to heal it!

Jessica July 29, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Hi girls! Thank you so much for posting all of this information. I’ve been struggling with some moderate/severe acne on and off for years now and ever since I came off birth control pills in November nothing seems to be working. I tried oil cleansing with just hemp oil and it did nothing. I also tried using a blend of rose hip, castor and jojoba briefly a few months ago with no success. I’m going to try Lord’s combination and cross my fingers that it at least helps. I’m a firm believer that acne needs to be healed from the inside and I’ve been following a paleo diet for 4 months now with no change in my skin. If you don’t mind me asking, what are the supplements that you are using for acne? Thank you so much!

purelytwins July 29, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Jessica here are more posts on supplements and this one might help too Remember you still might have to modify a diet to fit your needs and body. Sorry to hear you are struggling. Don’t give up! Let us know if there is anything else we can help with.

Emily September 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Just wondering how big of a bottle you used to do the oil mixture?

purelytwins September 3, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Emily the bottle is 8 oz.

Heidi November 10, 2014 - 3:18 pm

I struggle too with adult acne. I have done gluten free dairy free diets but had no relief. I use coconut oil and jojoba oils but still have acne. My skin is very dry. I think I read you have oily skin? Would this same combo work for dry skin? I desperately need healing from some scarring and dryness.
Thank you

purelytwins November 10, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Heidi sorry to hear you suffer, but yes our blend of oils should work for dry skin. Sometimes coconut oil can be drying.

CassiePherson December 11, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Hiya! I want to make this awesome face wash, but was curious – with the percentages that you included, i’m having a hard time telling technically how much that makes! I don’t want it to be too intense or anything, and want it to last as long as possible. Do you know what size jars you used or how many ounces you would suggest in your mixtures? Thanks!

Jennifer December 15, 2014 - 12:52 am

Thanks for all the great info!! Did you ever try using castor oil to the mix?

purelytwins December 15, 2014 - 9:45 am

Yes we started that way, it is great but not always agrees for everyones skin.

flowerchild December 27, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Are you guys part Syrian? Just wondering. Perhaps your skin is similar to mine being very oily and such. Thanks for the post!

sara January 13, 2015 - 11:22 pm

Hello! I made this mixture and have been using it since Dec 29/14 and I’m starting to get little bumps on my skin… They are skin color and you can’t really see them, you can just feel them. I have got some breakouts but nothing to bad. Should I still stick with it for a little longer you think?

purelytwins January 14, 2015 - 1:54 pm

We still get a few breakouts, very small ones here and there. we feel it is from stress and/or lack of water on our part some days. if overall your face seems happy with it, keep using it. if you keep getting more and more breakouts, maybe try different oil combo or essential oils.

Jamie March 9, 2015 - 9:56 pm

Is removing makeup necessary before using the oil cleansing method? I’m guessing no since I use jojoba to remove my make up. What about removing eye makeup, the essential oils won’t get into eyes?

purelytwins March 10, 2015 - 9:37 am

we use plain coconut oil to remove our eye makeup using a face pad. It does great!

Ashlee March 20, 2015 - 12:28 pm

I’m going to try and make this today 🙂 just received my shipment from mountain rose. Do you think Hawaiian sandalwood and regular sandalwood are interchangeable?? Also thinking of adding melaleuca:)

purelytwins March 20, 2015 - 12:58 pm

There are slight difference but still be okay! Yes that would be a great addition.

Ashlee March 20, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Also, the video link is gone. Can it be found anywhere else?

purelytwins March 20, 2015 - 12:59 pm

What link is missing?

Ashlee March 20, 2015 - 2:02 pm

the video that goes with the recipe doesn’t come up on my phone. I’ll check the computer.
thanks for your help!!
I’ve been taking doterras phytoestrogen hoping it compares to estroblock. Do you think they do the same thing? My hormones are all out of wack.. I thought the phytoestrogen was helping for a few months, I’ve been taking it since november and my skin cleared up but I’ve started breaking out again. (I’ve lost a lot of weight recently and everything is out of wack!) 🙁

purelytwins March 20, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Oh sorry about that – here is the link to the video We need to update our old video codes. The breakout could be from your losing weight as it changes your hormones. We don’t know much about the phytoestrogen product, we need to look into it!

Ashlee March 20, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Perfect. Thank you!!
the Phytoestrogen is supposed to balance hormones just like estroblock. Same price too except you get your points of course. 🙂
I’m so glad I found your page! Thanks again.

nikki May 10, 2015 - 11:19 pm

the formula you said you use is a mixture of the oils 50% 25% and 25%… what does that break down to? if I were to make this for my sister. like one cup is equivalent to 50% and half cup for the 25%?

purelytwins May 11, 2015 - 9:20 am


Carlie June 2, 2015 - 2:24 am

What size glass bottles are you using? I have 4 oz-ers but those look like maybe 8oz?? I’m just trying to figure out the correct ‘recipe’ and amount of essential oils to use. Thanks!

purelytwins June 2, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Yes our bottle is 8 oz.

Mary July 13, 2015 - 3:49 pm

This looks great – I cannot wait to try it out! So in the morning you just rinse your face with water.. what about a moisturizer? Are you using the coconut/jojoba in the morning and at night?

purelytwins July 14, 2015 - 9:36 am

In the morning we just rinse with water, we don’t always use a morning moisturizer as we feel using the oils at night with some more oil for moisturizer before bed is enough. But if we use a moisturizer in the morning we use either jojoba (michelle uses) and argan (lori uses).

Kristen July 26, 2015 - 9:06 am

What other cleansing base would you recommend? If I dont have access to your recommendation do I need to find an alternative or can I just use the oil blend to cleanse on its own?

purelytwins July 28, 2015 - 9:56 am

What do you mean cleaning base?? You don’t have access to oils?

Mimi July 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Ordering some oils from mountain website just letting you girls know how Domingo about? So you girls get your %.

purelytwins July 29, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Thanks for the support.

donna August 28, 2015 - 2:28 pm

I was wondering, when you say:

50 % rosehip oil
25% jojoba oil
25 % tamanu oil
15 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops frankincense essential oil

how do you determine what 50% is? 50 % of what?

sorry. but I don’t understand.

purelytwins August 28, 2015 - 5:09 pm

I fill half the bottle (50%) with rosehip. The total bottle is 100, so 50 is rosehip and the other 50 I divide between the other oils. Hope this makes sense.

Tamara September 18, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Hello, I just started this last night and ran into a couple questions:
1. Do you ever use a toner after washing? Or does the witch hazel at the beginning of the routine take the place of that?
2. Do you feel pure aloe would be a sufficient moisturizer?

purelytwins September 21, 2015 - 7:31 am

no we never use a toner after washing – just before with the witch hazel.
you can always try pure aloe – we didn’t notice great results with it,but maybe your skin would do better

Tamara September 22, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Thank you! My skin is adjusting but already feeling better.

purelytwins September 22, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Glad to hear that!

Laura October 23, 2015 - 10:59 am

I couldn’t really gather from the post or comments the answer for this question: what is the main difference in the two recipes? That is, why is one preferred over another? Was it just trial-and-error and what each of you preferred more? I’m leaning toward trying Michelle’s blend since it using more jojoba oil, but thought I would check if there’s something more that I may not be considering.

purelytwins October 23, 2015 - 1:00 pm

The main difference is Michelle uses more jojoba oil than Lori.

Laura October 26, 2015 - 12:49 pm

In the video, you mentioned that you were going to use a pump bottle instead of the “swig” method. Did you ever do this? If so, did it work in a pump bottle similar to a normal soap dispenser? Just curious. 🙂 Excited to try this as soon as my oil shipment comes in!

purelytwins October 26, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Yes we use a pump, not a foaming pump, but a regular hand soap pump.

Victoria sprinkle January 10, 2016 - 4:21 pm

How many drops of the oils do you guys use???

purelytwins January 13, 2016 - 1:27 pm

about a total of 30 drops; 15 drops of each essential oil.

Cheri March 8, 2016 - 7:27 am

Does this also work for black heads? I used to use Mary Kay but since I can’t afford it anymore I don’t have anything that seems to work.. my face does get extremely oily at times .

purelytwins March 8, 2016 - 11:46 pm

We are not sure, but would think it would help.

Ina @ The Makeup Dummy June 1, 2016 - 3:56 pm

I love the oil cleansing method! My skin gets along really well with sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil. And tea tree is still my favorite essential oil to fight acne. Great post!

Garima December 29, 2017 - 8:31 am

Grapeseed oil for oil cleansing as well as moisturizing has totally eliminated my cystic acne.

Amanda January 31, 2017 - 4:14 pm

I have been oil cleansing for a couple of months and really love it, but I have not yet found the right oil blend for my skin. I was wondering if any of the three oils in your current recipe have the astringent properties? Several other instructional posts I have read say that the astringent element is essential to pulling impurities out of the pores and really getting clean. Having used castor oil (with sunflower oil) with less than great results, I am not convinced the astringent thing is true for everybody. What have you found?

purelytwins February 11, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Honestly it is trial and error to find the best oils for your own skin type. Olive oil is great with castor if you are interested in using castor.

Ashley April 24, 2017 - 2:54 pm

What is the foaming cleanser you’re using in this???

purelytwins April 26, 2017 - 1:13 am

the bottles?
If so we got them off mountain rose herbs, there’s a link in the post.

Lisa February 12, 2018 - 2:02 pm

What is the name of the cleanser used right before the oil mixture?

purelytwins February 18, 2018 - 6:18 pm

It was a face foam from Doterra – you shop for it here

Nicole February 12, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Hi! I’ve been trying to OCM for about six months now, and it has been great, up until about a month ago!? I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I have been traveling, and experiencing particularly dry skin from the winter months. I don’t use a big bottle to combine all of my oils, I use smaller 2 oz dropper bottles. I use 2 drops grapeseed oil, 2 drops rosehip oil, and 2 drops tea tree oil. I am not sure where exactly I have gone wrong… Not sure if my rosehip oil has gone bad, my proportions are wrong, too much tea tree oil…. Any suggestions? Thank you!Ni

purelytwins February 18, 2018 - 6:12 pm

I would not use tea tree every day as it is very strong. It is not really a carrier oil like rosehip, I would try a different blend of oils for you skin.

iara April 24, 2018 - 4:21 pm

What type of moisturizer do you guys use on your skin ?

purelytwins May 3, 2018 - 10:39 am

We use argan oil as our a moisturizer and Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Day Cream. We love using both. We like to switch off days. We get our argan oil from mountain rose herbs and you can go here to get the Nourishing Day Cream

Ashley October 28, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Love this recipe! I’ve been looking for a Cleansing Oil blend to add to my Cleansing Grains (mix of oats, bentonite clay, lavender and plantain herbs). Definitely think it will be great!

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