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Q: I am interested in making a facial cleaner and massage oil using several carrier oils. In the past, I have used products called "cleansing oils" and I would like to try making it myself. The list of ingredients are as follows; Avocado oil, Safflower oil, Sesame oil, Peanut oil, Sunflower oil, Olive oil and Wheat Germ oil. Could you please recommend to me the ratios of each oil I should use? Most importantly, I would like to know what agent is used that makes the solution water soluble (milky), when I rinse my face? Also, is it safe to put a few drops of Jasmine essential oil in the recipe without it harming my face? Thank you in advance for your help. I truly enjoyed browsing your website.
A: Thanks for your question and your interest in aromatherapy. In terms of ratios of these oils, I would use 5% wheat germ, 10% avocado and 17% each of the remaining five oils. I have made oil cleansers and massage lotions many times but even for the cleansers I do not add anything to make them water soluble, as I prefer to have everything completely natural.
Use about 1/2 teaspoon of the oil mixture at a time for a cleanser. Apply to the face, gently remove with a soft cloth or tissue, then splash with water and gently dry. This will make a very moisturizing cleanser that is much better for your skin than soap. If your skin in oily, you can follow this with a witch hazel toner. It would be very nice to add a few drops of jasmine to the oils, so long as you are not allergic to Jasmine. If you are unsure about allergy, do three patch tests on you arm on three consecutive days before using on your face. Just be sure to use a high quality, true jasmine. Use no more than three drops of Jasmine per ounce of carrier oils.
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