How to make Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Oil

How to make Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Oil

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Today I want to share a recipe for making sea buckthorn cleansing oil for your skin.

For those of you who find that oil cleansing works better than soap on your skin, I hope this recipe saves you money and gives you that healthy glow we all want.

Somewhere in my late forties, I began noticing a shift in the way my face reacted to my normal cleansing routing. No matter what I did, I found my skin to look dull. I chalked it up to age, but decided to try Living Libations Sea Buckthorn cleansing oil. It was a game changer for me.

If it’s in your budget, I highly recommend purchasing Living Libations The Best Skin Ever line. You can buy it on Amazon, or from company itself (great when they have sales!) but be aware that the company is based in Canada, so shipping times to the USA can takes weeks.

With college bills front and center, I decided to save money and research how to make my own cleansing oil. As you can imagine, there are thousands of recipes and variations out there. After some trial and error, this is the one I love and use.

Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Oil

Here’s how I made mine:

Start with a 60ml glass bottle or other pumpable vessel.

Fill 3/4 of the way full with Jojoba Oil. ( I use Cliganic from Amazon. I find it’s the best price for the quantity.)

Fill 1/4 with Fractionated Coconut Oil. (I use SkyOrganics. I get it at Walmart but Amazon sometimes carries it as well.)

This is my base. This can be changed according to your needs but this is what I typically use. Unless it’s winter, then I add a bit of EVOO.

Into this bottle I add:

15-20 drops Sea Buckthorn oil. I use this one.

3-4 drops of lavender essential oil. I prefer Plant Therapy oils.

5-7 drops of grapefruit essential oil.

1-2 drops vetiver essential oil. (vetiver is very pine/foresty in scent. Start with one drop and add the second if it’s pleasant to you.

2 drops palmarosa essential oil.

1-3 drops Tamanu oil. (Tamanu has a distinct smell. Almost like a maple syrup in my opinion. Start with one drop and see if you like it. Then add the others if it smells good to you.)

Give your bottle a good swirl to mix. As always, test oil on small patch of skin to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions to new oils. Use morning and evening. Enjoy

There are so many ways to oil cleanse but I find it important to wet a wash cloth (or disposable cotton round) wring it out, apply a few pumps of the cleansing oil on the cloth, and gently go around all your face in a circular motion. I do this it three times. The first time removes any make up. The second pump of oil gets into the skin and attracts the oil under your skin and pulls it up and out, and the third pass gets moisturizes your skin and leaves a healthy glow.

Your skin may break out for a few days when you first start this but I think it’s just your skin correcting itself from over-producing oil. (soap can be drying and your skin compensates by creating more oil. It can be an endless cycle.)

Note: This oil can be customized. In the winter months, I add a little EVOO which is heavier and more moisturizing for aging skin. In the summer, I tend to go 75/25 with the jojoba and coconut oil. You can research the benefits of different carrier and essential oils and add what you like. Just be careful to check that the oil you add is not photosensitive! Any reputable source like Rocky Mountain Oils or Plant Therapy will tell you the qualities of each oil.

For a periodic switch up to your oil cleansing recipe, I make this luxe moisturizing and anti-aging version for once a week use.

In a 6Oml bottle I add the same ration as above of jojoba to coconut oil:

Then add:

25 drops sea buckthorn oil

12 drops rose otto (diluted 10%)

5 drops lavender

8 drops frankincense.

Swirl and use weekly. Store in dark place.


6 thoughts on “How to make Sea Buckthorn Cleansing Oil”

  • If I don’t want to purchase all these ingredients, what is like the basic ones I can do to get a good cleansing oil? I see some of the only need a few drops so I was wondering what you think is essential vs. a nice addition?

    • Jojoba, Coconut, and Seabuckthorn. If you have mature skin you could simply try extra virgin olive oil and see how your skin reacts to it.

  • Hi! I’m curious how you came up with the proportions? If you go by the ingredients list, they have to report it in the order of percentage, so if we look at the ingredients from BSE, it has sea buckthorn listed first, then jojoba, then coconut oil, then tamanu oil. You have less sea buckthorn in your version than theirs and no tamanu at all, so I’m wondering how you feel it compares with those alterations? TIA!

    • I just played around with it until it felt the same as the brand we all know and love. 😉 You can certainly change up the proportions. Sometimes when my skin is dry, I add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Sea buckthorn is quite expensive compared to Jojoba and Coconut, but you could certainly use more if your skin reacts favorably to it! I do use tamanu but the smell is quite strong so I only use a tiny bit. I initially started with a 60/40 jojoba/coconut ration and in winter went with 40/30/ and 30% EVOO. The nice thing about oil cleansing is you can adjust it until your face reacts and feels the way you like it.

  • Hi There
    i was wondering if you have ever tried making Best Skin Ever – Frankincense cleansing oil by living libations? If so what would your ratios be with the ingredients?

    thank you

    • I never have! I would say to start with ten drops in about 1/2 cup of oil and go up to 15 drops from there if your skin can tolerate it! I do want to try their Frankincense cleansing oil! I love all their products!

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