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Old 10-29-2010, 04:38 PM   #81
 
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My skin is damp when I apply the honey, just a drop at a time on my fingertip, dabbed around, then smoothed in, and not enough to make my skin sticky. Oil is last as it seals and protects.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:53 PM   #82
 
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checked walmart...no castor oil

checked target ...no castor oil

IS IT UNDER SOME CODE NAME?!
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Question Favorite OCM combinations

I'm looking to experiment with oil combinations.

I was thinking of trying castor oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil.

Sunflower oil is great on dry, damaged skin since it is very nourishing and conditioning. The grapeseed oil acts like an astrigent, toning and tightening (great for sensitive, acne prone skin) yet is very mositurzing. The jojoba oil is a great pore clogger, also used in the treatment of acne. Adding peppermint oil may give it that extra kick!

Can adding too many different types of oil cause clogging and breakouts? Also, are all these oils non-comedogenic?

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Old 10-30-2010, 09:20 AM   #84
 
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checked walmart...no castor oil

checked target ...no castor oil

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Check Walgreens, I know they carry it in the LA area. CVS.... no castor. Haven't tried Rite Aid. Other pharmacy's in your area might have it. Make sure you ask the pharmacist when you go in. Good luck!
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My skin is damp when I apply the honey, just a drop at a time on my fingertip, dabbed around, then smoothed in, and not enough to make my skin sticky. Oil is last as it seals and protects.
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I'm looking to experiment with oil combinations.

I was thinking of trying castor oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil.

Sunflower oil is great on dry, damaged skin since it is very nourishing and conditioning. The grapeseed oil acts like an astrigent, toning and tightening (great for sensitive, acne prone skin) yet is very mositurzing. The jojoba oil is a great pore clogger, also used in the treatment of acne. Adding peppermint oil may give it that extra kick!

Can adding too many different types of oil cause clogging and breakouts? Also, are all these oils non-comedogenic?

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Adding too many oils won't cause problems, but it might make it more difficult to figure out which one is the wrong oil for you if there is a problem. Many love jojoba, but my skin hates it! What I would suggest is try just castor and one other oil to begin with, then start adding the others slowly to see how your skin reacts.

Be very careful with the peppermint EO!!!! (Actually any EO) Don't add more then 12 drops total to 1 oz of oils. 1 oz = 2 tablespoons. Lavender or tea tree oils are nice for problem skin.
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I'm looking to experiment with oil combinations.

I was thinking of trying castor oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil.

Sunflower oil is great on dry, damaged skin since it is very nourishing and conditioning. The grapeseed oil acts like an astrigent, toning and tightening (great for sensitive, acne prone skin) yet is very mositurzing. The jojoba oil is a great pore clogger, also used in the treatment of acne. Adding peppermint oil may give it that extra kick!

Can adding too many different types of oil cause clogging and breakouts? Also, are all these oils non-comedogenic?

Do share!
I have used various oils for the past couple of years. I've had no problem with jojoba, olive, sunflower, or grapeseed oil. I did have drying issues with the castor, so I quit using it. Now, I'm using Origins gentle cleansing oil which has a bunch of different oils in it...olive, sunflower, and some others. I love it. It's pricey, but I've had my bottle since July and expect it to last a few more months. Then I use EVOO to moisturize afterwards while my skin is still wet. I use the Origins on dry skin and then steam, etc.
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After finding the curly girl mecca that is naturally curly and having unbelievable success with it for the past 2 years, I was looking for a better way to take care of my skin and not give in to the beauty industry hyped products and evil cycles.

I've been doing OCM for the past 7 months. I've been off birth control for a few years and my acne came back and I tried every product in the market to get rid of it. I made an appt back in May with a dermatologist and wasn't able to get in until September. My skin became dry and flakey from all the products I was trying. My eyes became wrinkly and tired looking. (I'm only 26!)

But after just a few times using OCM I was able to get my skin feeling soft, moisturized and comfortable again. The little bumps called milia that I had disappeared after a few months and now all I have left is hormonal acne that I get a week before my period along my jaw/chin area.

Nothing the dermatologist has prescribed me has helped so far so I went back on birth control. When I told my dermatologist about OCM she gasped at the fact that I was using oil on my face and begged me to stop. But I couldn't because the creams and pills she was giving me to cure my acne just made my skin more dry and itchy and irritated. I just don't feel that she knew her stuff.

I've researched what is non-comedogenic. And these oils are safe and non-poreclogging!

I use half / half jojoba oil & castor oil w/ a dash of tea tree oil. I do this just once at night and steam w/ a wash cloth to get rid of all my makeup and clean my face.

My mosturizer I use consists of a mixture of 100% Aloe Vera gel, Jojoba Oil, a few drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 100% Vegetable Glycerin.

In the morning all I do is wash my face with a warm water wash cloth and put on some of my homemade mosturizer.

My skin has never felt better. I still have acne, but I'm 100% sure it's hormonal acne and the only thing that seems to fix that is to regulate your hormones. And that can only be done from within.
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I can't wait to try this. I'm putting in my order for castor oil, grape seed oil and tea tree oil.
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Tried this and broke out like crazy!
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Tried this and broke out like crazy!
Which oils did you use? Everyone's skin is a little different. A lot of people love jojoba, but it makes my face break out. My face likes rice bran, grapeseed, hazelnut, hemp, argan, camellia, and castor. Now I don't use all of those at the same time, but I know I can use any combo of them and be fine.
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Me too. The review over at Makeup Alley show that it breaks out quite a few people. Nothing is for everyone.


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Tried this and broke out like crazy!
Which oils did you use? Everyone's skin is a little different. A lot of people love jojoba, but it makes my face break out. My face likes rice bran, grapeseed, hazelnut, hemp, argan, camellia, and castor. Now I don't use all of those at the same time, but I know I can use any combo of them and be fine.
I tried the grapeseed and castor oil combination. The acne was so bad that I don't think I can brave another oil combo.
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Me too. The review over at Makeup Alley show that it breaks out quite a few people. Nothing is for everyone.


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Yep, like everything else, skincare can take trial and error to find what's right for each of us.

I've been using a mixture of jojoba, sunflower, safflower, and hemp seed oils to cleanse my face for years now and it's been fantastic. I didn't like the 'feel' of castor oil, tho it didn't break me out.

Cleansing my face with oils and cleansing my hair with conditioner - they both sound weird but wow am I glad I came across those 2 ideas here! : )
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Now that's interesting Jeepy. I didn't like the feel of castor oil either, I reduced it and reduced it and just didn't like it.

What is your measurment on the oils when you make it? And which one is the "cleansing" one since no castor?
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Jojoba oil can be substituted for the castor oil. Sometimes this works. I hope I am not repeating a previous post.
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I never figured out how one oil can be more cleansing than another and didn't notice any difference at all when I got rid of the castor oil. I also tried emu oil which felt weird to me too.

After some experimenting I found that I like jojoba, sunflower, safflower, and hemp seed the best. Here is a list along with how they are rated as far as being non-comedogenic and non-irritating. http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm

I just buy the least expensive but still high quality (thank you Ebay) non-comedogenic oils and mix them in a little bottle that I leave by the bathroom sink. Then I keep the big bottles in the frig. I don't know if there would be much difference if I used just 1 oil or 2 or the 3 or 4 that I usually use. I cleanse with it 2-3 times a week and also use a little bit afterwards as a night time moisturizer.
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We will need two oils. The first, and most importantly, is Castor Oil. If you don't have this medicine cabinet staple already, it can be found online or in the laxative section of your grocer or drugstore - usually bottom shelf. Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we're focusing on this oil as our primary oil. Castor Oil has been the focus of many books and medical discussion because of its seemingly "magical" healing properties. As quoted in The Oil That Heals by Dr. McGarey, he states, "Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it." Though it may be our most important oil, we won't be using it in the amounts that we will the other oil (or combination of oils for those who want to take this a step further). A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you, surprisingly, with dry skin.
Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, we need to dilute it with another oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to the skin. Sunflower Seed Oil has become my personal favorite, though in the past, I've suggested Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both are wonderfully caring oils for skin application, but I've found that Sunflower Seed Oil has a more luxurious feel for massage. It sinks into the skin better, aiding the castor oil in transportation deep into the pores and allowing it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. The essential fatty acids, though they are not naturally occurring in the body, are a necessity for the health of our cell membranes. These acids help restore the skins natural moisture balance and help prevent unnecessary dryness.
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I've been using the OCM for a long time, my skin loves it. I mix equal parts of castor oil and either apricot, grapeseed or almond oil. I also wash my face with honey sometimes.

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