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OCM Follow Up and Other Blemish Tips!

Follow Up

I created a post a few months back on the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) that I had just started trying. (If you didn’t read the original post, you can find it here, with some great pointers on how to create the perfect recipe for your skin type.) I like to give you guys a follow up after I’ve given the koncoction some time to either work or fail miserably and let you in on any tips that worked for me along the way. I also know y’all are just dying to hear about my personal experience with my koncoctions, waiting with bated breath, right!? 🙂 Well, hopefully some of you have started to try it out for yourselves because I’ve had a great experience!

Now, it honestly took me some time to perfect the formula for my skin. I originally started off with more of an “oily skin” combination of oils, using more castor oil than jojoba oil, because using regular cleansers has always left my skin a bit oily. But after a few weeks, I realized that combo was over drying my skin, so I evened the recipe out to about a 50/50 mixture of jojoba/castor oil. That seems to be working really well. For a few days, as I was trying to find the proper ratio, I added more jojoba than castor oil and that was a disaster. I looked like I was 15 all over again!! Gladly, I found a good combination and I couldn’t be more pleased! So, be patient if you haven’t found the right combo. It may take some time for your skin to adjust to the new cleansing method. You skin may also begin to produce less oil as you stop using traditional cleansers, so as time goes on, you may need to adjust as I did. It definitely takes some patience, but I am very happy with the results and glad that I persevered!

My skin no longer gets oily halfway through the day like it used to! No need for powder or shine-removers! I’ve actually gone several days without wearing any kind of cover up or foundation as well! During my breakout period, I went back to wearing foundation for a few days to try to cover up some of the blemishes, but that seemed to make me breakout even more. Thankfully, it seems like I have the proper combination of castor and jojoba oil that will work for my skin type. I feel like my face is just glowing!

Tips and Tricks

I did, however, come up with a few tips/tricks to tackle those ugly blemishes when they do appear. Even though I believe the OCM works well on it’s own, life happens and stress and eating habits can trigger our hormones in crazy ways. When your body overreacts and you feel like your skin is going through puberty all over again, hopefully you’ll try one or both of these and they’ll get rid of the bumps!

First, use diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a toner after cleansing. ACV is acidic (it may sting your skin a bit the first couple times you use it) but it helps the skin balance out. It also helps shrink pores and remove any remaining dirt from the skin. I use a couple drops (using a recycled medicine dropper) on a wet cotton ball. Thoroughly wipe down your face and you’ll be radiant! The ACV smells like vinegar (duh!) when you apply it, but as it dries, the scent dissipates and you’re left with soft (ACV is a natural conditioner), glowing skin!

Second, after my skin has dried from the diluted ACV toner and typically right before bed, I mix a drop of tea tree oil (TTO) with about a half teaspoon of jojoba oil. Dab with cotton ball or swab onto blemishes. The TTO is anti-bacterial and gets rid of the dirty stuff making you break out and the jojoba oil is lightly moisturizing, so you won’t get too dry from the TTO. (*One thing to note with TTO, though, is that some folks have a sensitivity to it. So before you go dabbing it on your blemishes, make sure you don’t have a sensitivity to it, otherwise the mixture could have an adverse affect.) Very quickly the blemishes dry up and disappear. I noticed that if I do this right before bed, when I wake in the morning the spots have minimized unbelievably! I LOVE this treatment!

Try It and You Will See

These two koncoctions mixed with the OCM have been really great on my skin. Not only do I feel like my skin is balanced and glowing, I also feel like it’s nice a tight. I’m still very young (NEVER ask a woman’s age 😉 ) but I definitely want to prevent premature wrinkles if I can. Oils are very good for your skin, despite marketing ploys to deter us otherwise. You skin needs oil to stay moisturized and younger looking! So, give the OCM a try and if you have problems finding the right balance of oils and get those ugly blemishes, try the ACV toner and/or TTO mixture! Hopefully you find them as helpful as I did!

Homemade Deodorant

Get ready for this. Brace yourself. Seriously.

Ok, so you all know I’ve been on an all-natural kick, thus sparking the idea for this blog. I have tried most of the neat tricks that I come across and have willingly shared them with my vast audience (all 5 of you!). Whenever I run out of a traditional, store-brought product, I research how I can make it myself. I’m looking for healthier alternatives, with fewer chemicals and if I can save a buck or two, even better!

I was leery when it came to deodorant, mostly because I can seriously start to stink. Living in Southeast Louisiana in the middle of the summer, the whole city is musty at one point or another. Something about the thick air that you have to eat your way through and the blazing temperatures—the combination does NOT make for pleasant aromas. But, I also know that deodorants and antiperspirants are SO bad for you, so it was worth a shot at possibly stinking a little to prolong my life! (A lot of the mainstream deodorants that are advertised come filled with aluminum and zinc, not to mention they are pumped full of parabens and sulfates galore—all of which are potential carcinogens! How is this stuff still on the market??!!) So, I researched some of my favorite sites and on the first try, found a complete and total winner! (Thanks, as always to Crunchy Betty!)

It really works!

I have to start by saying that y’all should feel blessed that I’m sharing this recipe with you and not patenting it myself to make MILLIONS. But, alas, someone shared it with me, so it’s not really mine to hoard and profit from. I could make a killing off of this stuff because it works better than ANY deodorant I have EVER tried!! For the past few years, I’ve been using natural deodorants, like Tom’s or Crystal, but they’ve always left that faint B.O. smell, if for no one else to smell but myself.  And I’ve also tried going without it completely, which pretty much ends in the same result of using said natural brands. I’d wanted to make my own, but didn’t have an empty deodorant jar to use, so when I finished mine last week, I was ready for the plunge.

Oh my GOSH!! This is BY FAR the BEST kreative koncoction I have experienced! Works amazing!! I put a small amount of it on in the morning, go to work, hit the gym and by the time I get home, sweaty from a crazy workout, there is NO stinky smell AT ALL!! Even my boyfriend was surprised. Bless his heart. He always has to try my koncoctions or suffer through smelling mine. I often have him do a smell test when I’m feeling a little musty myself, with my armpit waving in the air. This usually ends in him crinkling his nose and saying, “You may want to powder that down”. This time was different. There were no words, no funny faces, no moment where he was thinking to himself, “Why do I love this stinky woman?” None of that. When I uttered the words, waiting with bated breath, hoping for the best, “Babe, how do I smell”, he says, “Fine.” “Fine? Like, you don’t smell any odor?” “Nope. Nothing!” I jump up and down and say, “How do you like me now, baby!? How do you like me now?!” It really was more of a victory, more so because he has put up with me going all hippie on him.  But, trust me, he’ll be trying this koncoction as soon as his deodorant runs out, no doubt!

Here’s what you need:

  • An empty deodorant container or jar to store finished product
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • Essential oils (optional – I used 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil (TTO) and 4 drops of Lavender)

In a small bowl, I mixed all the ingredients together until smooth. If you have never used coconut oil before, it is solid at room temperature and starts to soften when mixed with other ingredients, but still stays pretty solid. I also chose to use arrowroot powder because cornstarch can cause irritation on sensitive skin types. I often have reactions to regular deodorants, so I figured better safe than sorry. Once everything was blended, just spoon it into your deodorant container. Make sure if you’re using an old deodorant container, you clean it out really well and that the dial is turned as low as it will go, so you can fill it up to the maximum capacity. By the time I mixed everything up, the coconut oil was kind of soft, so I just put in the fridge for a few minutes and it hardened right up. Now I just keep it in my medicine cabinet like I did my old deodorant and it works great!!

The next time I make this, I would probably cut down a little bit on the ingredients. It made more than my old deodorant container would hold, so I had to store some in another container and just massage it in with my fingers. No big deal, but I’d probably use 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and less than a ¼ cup for each baking soda and arrowroot powder. It really just depends on the size of your container. I used TTO with lavender, but TTO can also cause sensitivity, so if you are unfamiliar with how your skin reacts to it, you may want to try something else to start off.

Don’t knock it. Try it.

Seriously, guys, if there’s one kreative koncoction that you try, I hope it’s this one. I was pleasantly surprised that 1) it was so easy and 2) it worked so well!! It kind of infuriates me that I’ve been spending my money on JUNK for so many years and I could have been making a FAR superior product right at home.

I know I definitely won my boyfriend over when he got a whiff of, well, nothing but the faint scent of coconut, TTO and lavender from my armpits. Guess I’ll be smelling mighty fine from here on out! Sweet!

Oil Cleansing Method

Alright, so apparently I’ve become obsessed with oil—mostly from the coconut, but oil in general. I’ve been using a little bit of oil to remove my eye makeup (which also is supposed to make my eyelashes grow lusciously long!), oil pulling, applying it to the ends of my hair for moisture, using it as a moisturizer for my dry feet and now I’ve discovered this Oil Cleansing Method that I’m going to give a try. I’ve been reading about it and at first I was freaked out that washing my face with oil seems somewhat counterintuitive…isn’t OIL going to make my skin more oily? But, everything that I’ve read says NO. Plus, it moisturizes your skin, so no need for chemical-laden lotions and moisturizers.

So here’s the deal:

You wet your face with warm water to open up your pores, massage some oil onto your face and allow it to sit for 30 seconds or so with a warm wash cloth over your face. Then, rinse really well with warm water (as HOT as you can stand it) and voila! Your face is clean!

I can’t tell you the intricacies of WHY it works, but it does. I’ve heard it said that like dissolves like, so maybe that’s the deal with the OCM and getting the oil off your face. One thing to note: OIL does not make your skin break out. It’s the DIRT that makes you break out. So, don’t be thrown off by lathering your face in oil to get rid of oil. I promise, it works! I started doing this last week and I’m loving it. Honestly, I like it because it kinda makes me slow down a bit. I’m always in such a hurry and I don’t know why that is, but it makes me just chill out in the shower and breathe…massage my face…breathe…relax with the warm wash cloth…breathe…rinse…breathe. Seriously. It just helps me feel more Zen. It takes a few minutes to massage the oil in and then let your pores open up with the warm washcloth, so enjoy it. It’s kind of your own mini-spa treatment. You deserve it.

Alright, here are the specs:

There are a few recipes out there depending on your skin type. My skin is more oily, so apparently that means you need to use more castor oil. Try to think in thirds for preparing your koncoction. If your skin is oily, use more castor oil. If it’s on the dry side, use more of your carrier oil. And, if it’s more normal, then use the same amounts of each oil. I used 2 tablespoons of castor oil for every 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and I am just keeping it in a small glass apothecary jar, but you can mix it up as you need if you want to try it in small amounts first. Castor oil is the necessity here, because this is the oil that acts as the cleanser.

The carrier oils simply dilute the castor oil, making it therapeutic and dreamy. Your carrier oil could be anything from sunflower oil, to olive oil. Different oils are good for different skin types. Some have better anti-aging properties and some are better to treat acne-prone skin. Crunchy Betty has a great list of some oils and what they are good for. Check out her page here for some great details.  One thing to note, even though I’m a huge fan of a million uses for coconut oil, it has the potential to clog your pores, thus having an adverse effect on the OCM, so use something besides coconut oil.

That’s all there is to it. I have been using it in place of my old acne wash and so far, so good. I have only being doing it at night, when I shower and then in the morning, all I do is rinse my face with very warm water. No breakouts. No blemishes. Nada. I was afraid of this because when I’ve tried to change cleansers before, I would always breakout and just go back to my old chemical-cleansers that are bad for my skin even though it makes it look nice. The OCM doesn’t strip the oils, thus making my face clean without overdrying. And, as we’ve learned from no ‘poo, over-cleaning your skin, leads to the over production of sebum, thus leading to vicious cycle of cleaning, overdrying, cleaning, etc.

So, give it a try. I promise it’s worth at least a try. Folks back in ancient times used oil for so many different uses. We’ve become so commercialized to believe that we have to have sudsy, latherous koncoctions to be clean. That is SO not true. Oil works beautifully.

Below are some of the sights that I found pretty helpful. I’ve tried to sum it up, but if you want the dets, as I did, go ahead, click the links. You’ll find  so much helpful info. Happy cleansing:)

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/05/video-blog-how-to-wash-your-face-using-the-oil-cleansing-method.html