Cleansing Oils On A Budget

I’m fairly new to the whole “beauty guru” space. I’m also new to the whole “dealing with crazy breakouts on a daily basis”… thing.

I’ve started devouring as many videos and articles I can find about skin care and various beauty regimens for sensitive and seemingly perpetually broken out skin.

We won’t get too much into the nitty gritty, but I wanted to talk about a particular “trend” in the skin care world that I’ve noticed.

Cleansing oils.

Now, this isn’t really a new product or idea, but various brands have recently been coming out with the latest and greatest in natural oils that remove makeup and cleanse the skin, while maintaining your largest organ’s natural moisture balance.

Now, if you’ve ever had acne, when you hear the word “oil” you probably cringe and start reaching for the salicylic acid. Stay with me.

The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores.

A few favorite offerings amongst beauty gurus are:

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil,

Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil,

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil,

MAC Cleanse Off Oil, $30,

Notice something? They’re all over $20 per bottle. Mama don’t got that kind of money! recommends a cheaper and more natural approach.

Try diluting a bit of castor oil with a bit of sunflower seed oil or even extra virgin olive oil. Caster oil can be found in the drug store, usually near the laxatives, for anywhere from $5 to $10 per bottle.


If your skin is on the dry side, use about 10% caster oil to 90% olive or sunflower seed oil.

If you’ve got oily skin, use about $30% caster oil to 70% olive or sunflower seed oil.

If you give this a whirl, let me know! @brokebutbougie