Cleansing with an oil? Seems pretty far fetched don't you think? I know if someone asked me to cleanse with oil three years ago, I would have looked at them like they had seven heads. But to no avail, I tried this once illusive concept of cleansing my face with oil.
So what is oil cleansing really? I am not sure where I read about it, but there are tons of blog posts on it. I did want to give you the run down before I tell you about this handy product I have in my cupboard. Oil cleansing works on a basis of science, as "like dissolves like." Therefore, oil dissolves oil. If your pores are filled with oil and gunk, this stuff is going to pull it right out.
How to Oil Cleanse:
1. Spread the desired amount of oil onto palm, and spread on face (Face and hands should be dry. I think that's the best way, but the bottle says on a slightly damp face.)
2. Work the oil into your face and pores for about 30 seconds to two minutes.
3. Grab a face cloth and make sure you get warm to hot water on it. Squeeze out the excess water.
4. Steam face with cloth until it cools down.
5. Wipe face with cloth, and let dry.
Here's the lovely cleansing oil I have been using recently! I usually frequent just avocado and hemp oil, but when I saw this had both of my favorite oils in there, I couldn't resist. I recently went to the Indie Beauty Expo and got to meet the wonderful ladies who run the company. Sherelle, the owner was simply so sweet and passionate. I love to support companies and people that I get an amazing feeling from, and that I did from them! White & Elm was created out of a need for natural products for Sherell's sensitive skin. They are an all Vegan, Organic, Natural, and Cruelty Free company. (Note, they are trying to get USDA organic certified, yay!)
Can we just talk about how beautiful their packaging is?! I love the colors and how synergistic everything is in their packaging. The way everything flows, really draws you in and keeps your interest. Their packaging is also is made from eco-friendly glass. Their labels are printed locally on paper made from rocks, with eco-friendly ink, and attached with a water based adhesive! Talk about a sustainable company.
White & Elm also tries to source everything from the USA when possible. I love that they are leaving less of a carbon foot print. White & Elm also uses under 10 ingredients in all of their products. I love the less is more concept. The ingredients as on the bottle: Sunflower Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Non-GMO Vitamin E Oil. The ingredients have amazing benefits. Sunflower Seed Oil contains high linoleic acid which helps fight against breakouts, and retains moisture in the skin. Castor Seed oil is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Avocado oil contains antioxidants which help protect the skin from sun damage, maintain water in the skin, and supply the skin with nutrients and vitamins. Hemp oil is my number one super hero when it comes to oils. Hemp oil contains linoleic and linonenic acids, which help maintain healthy skin. Hemp oil is also extremely moisturizing and an anti-inflammatory in addition. Overall this contains a beautiful, yet not overwhelming, array of ingredients. It also smells amazing with the beautiful essential oils in it. I can say I actually smelled this, quickly glanced over the ingredients and was sold. And I am not an impulsive buyer like that! Although I was swayed in one of Danielle's videos from CrueltyFreeVeganBeauty on YouTube many moons ago.
You can buy this product in a 1 oz size for $10, or the 4 oz for $18. I think it is worth the price tag. It is a beautiful product, that works, and really helps to cleanse your face. (For me I have to use twice the amount as usual, I think it has something to do with the castor oil. Since my face is extremely dry, I need a bit more of the product. I would keep that in mind if you are a Sahara Desert like myself.)
If you haven't oil cleansed before, you will probably be surprised when you do. The oils penetrate your skin and pulls everything out, making your skin purge all the "shiitake mushrooms," that were in it. Don't be surprised when using it for the first week and noticing all the breakouts you will be gifted. It is a good thing for your body to detox and get rid of all the toxins! You will really notice a difference after about a week. My skin has been extremely smooth and blemish free.
Check out their website and look at all the other lovely products they sell. I highly recommend them! I am testing out their fall line right now, and I can say I am in love! Here is the link to the deep cleansing oil. Sunflower Deep Cleansing Oil
If you sign up for their newsletter, you can receive 10% off of your first purchase. They also have a points rewards system! & their shipping in USA is $4.99.
Thank you for reading! Leave any questions or comments you have! xoxo. Until next time!
Andie is a green beauty blogger who also has a Youtube channel, Andie The Green Queen. She focuses on vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free products, cosmetics, lifestyle and more.