A Beginner’s Guide to the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

Brenna demonstrating the oil cleansing methodMy friends, we are entering a new era of face care. The concept is cleansing your skin with oil, and despite the “counter-intuitive” feeling it may evoke in you, it actually makes a lot of sense. So for a moment let’s set aside any preconceptions (not to mention the endless marketing of “oil free” preparations) and look at the oil cleansing method from a practical point of view. First, some things that we’ve learned about our skin:

Our skin doesn’t want to be “oil free”

That’s right – despite the satisfaction that you might get from removing all traces of oil from your face after a thorough scrubbing, your skin might not be thanking you. Our bodies naturally produce oil to protect and moisturize skin (and hair, too!). If our skin didn’t want oil we wouldn’t be equipped with sebaceous glands… so why do we reach for cleansers that promise to strip away natural oils? Why would we feel that a cleanser marketed as “oil free” would be compatible with our own natural system? Here at Badger, we believe in the healing and restorative power of oils, and the power of natural compatibility. So the oil cleansing method actually makes a lot of sense to us – a way to cleanse while honoring the way the body naturally cares for itself.

Oil is not clogging your pores – everything else is

Despite what you may have read, oil alone is not what causes clogged pores. There is no single culprit when it comes to skin blemishes. Breakouts can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, hormones, and pollution. When dirt, pollution, and other icky stuff gets trapped within the oil on your face, pores can become clogged and skin can become irritated, which can then lead to pimples, sebaceous filaments, and other bumps. We suspect that this misconception about oil is where the original notion of removing all oil comes from, however we know this to be false – we’ve had our Oil Face Care line tested and approved non-comedogenic, which means they do not clog pores.

Like dissolves like

Even if you’re still feeling as though you want to remove all of the oil, let’s approach this rationally: like dissolves like, which means oil dissolves oil. So, from a very basic and practical standpoint, the oil cleansing method makes sense. Your face is producing oil as you read this, and it mixes with everything else you apply to your face, including sunscreen and makeup. So using oil to dissolve, lift, and replace the soiled oil on your face is a very effective cleansing method. It is also a gentler way, as opposed to water-based cleansers that must use a detergent (surfactant) to dissolve oil – leaving dry and depleted skin in its wake.

The Badger Oil Cleansing Method

Badger's oil cleansing method in 3 easy steps: massage into dry skin, use a warm, wet washcloth to gently remove soiled oil, and follow with Badger Face Oil

Balance isn’t just for yoga

Oily T-zone and dry chin? Dry cheeks and greasy nose? Like most of us you likely have combination skin – skin that seems to make too much oil in certain parts, and not enough in others. In most cases this can be addressed by balancing your skin’s oil production, and a good place to start is to stop stripping the oil from your skin. When you remove all of the oil through a harsh cleansing process, you skin notices that there is not enough oil, and ups its production. In other words: you remove oil, your skin puts it back twofold because it thinks you need more. The oil cleansing method is a good way to balance oil production, as it is moisturizing with an oil like jojoba, which is nearly identical to our own natural oil (sebum). Jojoba is incredibly balancing to the skin – it provides nourishing fatty acids to the dry parts while balancing oil production in the oily parts.

Hopefully at this point you’re feeling like you have a better understanding of how your skin works. So now, let’s dig into “The Why” of the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).

Any excuse for feeding my skin

The primary reason Badger chooses the oils we do is because they nourish the skin. We use the best stuff we can for every product we make, and this philosophy extends to our cleansing oils, which are meant to be mostly wiped away (though some oil does remain on the skin). Think about it this way: there are a number of emollient ingredients to choose from, so why not choose oils that deliver soothing results immediately and feed the skin over time? All of the ingredients we use are 100% natural and certified organic, and made from fresh whole botanicals, brimming with life force. That’s why you’ll see vitamin E-rich Sunflower Oil rather than mineral oil in our ingredients, and organic essential oils rather than synthetic fragrance oils.

Simplicity, efficacy, and health

Pure, minimally processed oils are simple, effective, and good for you and your skin. Just as eating food that is whole grain, minimally processed, natural and organic is best for your body, using whole botanicals that are certified organic and minimally processed is best for your skin. These plant oils and botanicals are made up of the same natural building blocks as the oil produced by your skin, making them ideal skin soothers.

Ritual versus chore

It’s not just the oils themselves that turn the OCM into such a pleasurable experience, it’s also the ritual. Taking an extra 15 minutes to treat your skin kindly and honor your body might sound a little “crunchy”, but the act of recognizing and appreciating your own skin bolsters your self-love, which is important. The OCM gives you an opportunity to spend an extra few minutes giving yourself a well-deserved face massage, and at the very least, a little quiet “you” time. If you’re feeling like you don’t have the extra 15 minutes to do the full routine, here’s a tip for making it work from Badger Emily: “I like to turn on the shower, then while the water heats up I apply the Cleansing Oil to my face. I hop in the shower and with my face washcloth remove the oil. This way I get the benefits of OCM without spending any extra time.”

Makes me feel like royalty
Badger's Damascus Rose oil cleansing method
Ok, this may be unique to me, but there’s something about massaging these pure oils into my skin that makes me feel so…special. I’m especially partial to the Damascus Rose face care line for this reason. Organic rose essential oil is so precious (it takes 2.5 tons of fresh petals to make about a pint of essential oil) that I find myself feeling grateful that it’s the year 2014 and these oils are available to a regular person like me. Seriously, this is stuff that Cleopatra would covet.

…and it works!

The oil cleansing method purifies skin and balances oil production – proof that we don’t need to strip all of the oil from our skin in order to cleanse it.

Have questions, tips, or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

Jentri Jollimore

Jentri Jollimore has been with Badger's marketing department since 2008, and active in the natural products industry for more than 10 years. When she's not handling PR and Social Media for Badger, she enjoys playing guitar, composing songs, and writing scores for short films.

Jentri's Favorite Badger products: Damascus Rose Face Oil, Beard Oil, Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm, and Badger Balm.

107 comments on “A Beginner’s Guide to the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

  • Lindsay Coffman says:

    I’m looking forward to trYing the OCM! Thank you for such an informative post on the OCM. Also, thank you for making this new line of facial care products!

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  • I’m interested in getting a little more information about the different “lines” – are they recommended for different skin types, or is it just a matter of picking the scent you like (or the unscented). Also, where does the “Beauty Balm” fit into the ideal skin care regimen? Thanks!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Barb! Yes, each line has been formulated for a different skin type – Unscented for Sensitive Skin, Argan for All Skin Types, Damascus Rose for Dry/Sensitive skin, and Seabuckthorn for Normal to Dry skin. The Argan is the deepest cleanser we offer currently (it has the most castor oil), and the Unscented and Damascus Rose are the most gentle.

      The Beauty Balms are intensive moisturizers and can be used for targeted dry spots, under eye, or even back of the hands. I find the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm particularly nice as an intensive treatment once a week. Hope this helps! 🙂 Let us know if you have any more questions! -Badger Jentri

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      • Do you have any tips on how to use the Beauty Balm as an intensive mask treatment? I just tried the Damascus Rose Cleansing Oil and the Facial Oil, and while I like it, I think I need a little bit more moisture (or perhaps my skin has been that stripped for so long), so I want to try the Beauty Balm. I did notice an improvement in my complexion after using the Cleansing Oil. My face did not feel so tight and constricted!

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        • Badger Balm

          Hi Emily! I’m working on a blog post around using the Beauty Balm as a mask! Here’s a quick and easy version: after Oil Cleansing apply a liberal amount to face, paying special attention to under-eye, and around mouth. Sit and relax with a cup of tea for 10-15 minutes, then gently remove any excess. No need to scrub it off. This is best done before bed, since your skin repairs itself as you rest.

          If you’re still experiencing a lot of dryness, don’t forget to examine your diet. Be sure you’re drinking enough water, and consider an omega-3 supplement such as fish or flax oil. They moisturize from the inside out!

          Let me know if you have any more questions.

          xoxo,
          Jentri

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  • Sounds like it’s worth a try! How would you describe the difference between the face oil and the beauty balm? They sound very similar in nature and use. Thanks!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Kim, thanks for commenting! The Face Oils sink in quickly and absorb fully – so they are great for everyday moisturizing for face, neck and décolletage. The Beauty Balms are more intensive moisturizers, so they are great for targeted dry spots, under eye, back of the hands, or really anywhere you could use a little soothing. 🙂 The Beauty Balms also contain beeswax, which acts as an occlusive barrier locking in skin’s moisture and helping to protect from the elements.

      Hope this helps! 🙂 Let us know if you have any more questions! -Badger Jentri

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  • When in Rome… students of classical Latin learned about this skin care method in school. In the public baths, they massaged warm oil into their skin and scraped off the excess with a tool something like a tongue depressor that looked a lot like a bone folder (craft tool that quilters, scrapbookers, card-makers, & bookbinders still use today).

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  • I have been using the Unscented Cleansing Oil and Facial Oil for almost two weeks now, and I love them! It feels so good to massage my face and put a warm washcloth on before taking it off. It feels like I’m getting a facial at a spa. 🙂 I put the facial oil on at night and then often feel like I need more in the morning. I have struggled with sensitive skin and hormone-related acne from adolescence throughout my 20’s and into my 30’s. I too bought into the whole “oil free” marketing thing. Now I’m an oil-cleansing convert! Thanks Badgers!

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  • I’ve read Badger’s chart on which oils to use but I don’t feel like I fit under any of the categories. 🙁 My skin is oily ALL over, ALL the time (well, except after I wash it). Bt even if I wash my face and put no makeup on, it get oily and greasy. My skin does not get oily at certain points in the day and dry at others nor do I have dry patches and oily areas–it’s ALWAYS oily and it’s oily EVERYWHERE. 🙁 What oil would be the best for me? Thanks!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Arielle, I checked in with our Product Development team and they recommend that you try out the Unscented Cleansing Oil. It’s likely that your skin is so oily because it’s been stressed out by removing all its protective oils and is overcompensating by producing lots more (too much more). Something very simple and balancing like the Unscented collection might just do the trick and help your skin get back on track! Remember, if you buy Badger directly from the website it’s 100% guaranteed, so if you try the oil for a bit and it doesn’t seem to be working for you, you can always return it for a different one or a refund. It is best if you try it for at least a couple of weeks to give your skin time to get used to a new regimen. Hope this helps, and let us know if you have other questions! Cheers, Badger Jareka 🙂

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      • Badger Balm

        Hi Jo!

        Yes, castor can be drying for some skin types. In our formulas it varies from 1% to 3%, combined with a blend of sunflower, jojoba, and olive oils. The Unscented for Sensitive Skin and Damascus Rose have the least amount of castor, while the Argan cleansing oil has the most.

        Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions.

        -Jentri

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    • Arielle, I’m 25 and had had CRAZY oily skin since puberty when I started using harsh cleansers to combat acne. I tried everything and had resigned myself to idea that I would be wiping oil off of my face every few hours for the rest of my life. I’ve been using the OCM for a few months now and my skin is normal to dry! I have no more oil slicks on my face! I wanted to give you some advice. I started with a homemade oil concoction that had a lot of castor oil, and I had to keep stepping the castor down before I eventually removed it all. It was actually drying my face out too much (I wouldn’t have thought that was possible). I think the Badger rep is right on the money suggesting the unscented. I wish I had started with a formula with less castor oil, I might have avoided the flaky face. Now, I can’t wait to try out the Damascus Rose oil cleanser to help with the dry spots around my nose. That is the only issue I have with oil or dryness now!

      Don’t be afraid of using oil! I cleanse with oil at night(water in the morning) and moisturize twice a day with it. Now that I’m gentle with my skin, the oil is gone. Hope this helps!

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      • Badger Balm

        Thanks for chiming in, Amanda! I also had issues with too much castor oil. Both the Damascus Rose and Unscented have the lowest concentration, and I’ve had really great results with those. 🙂

        Thanks again for being a part of the community, and offering your experience. You make the Badger Blog experience outstanding! 🙂

        -Jentri

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  • Hello! I’ve started using your Damascus Rose Cleansing and Facial Oil and so far I’m loving it! I have a few questions though.

    Do I use the cleansing oil only at night? Or can I use it in the morning, too? And if I do use the cleansing oil, should I always apply the facial oil right after?

    Is it okay to wear makeup over these products?

    I usually wash my face before I workout because I’ll either have makeup on or my face just feels dirty. I read somewhere that I should clean my face before I workout so that when my pores open when I sweat, they won’t get clogged by all the dirt that accumulates throughout the day. I definitely don’t like working out with makeup on so I’m not quite sure what to do.. My question is: should I oil cleanse before working out?

    Thank you!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Aaron! Let me see if I can help with these questions…

      You can use the cleansing oil morning and night, if you wish. It’s really up to you! I enjoy using the cleansing oil at night, and just water in the morning…but everyone is different. The key is to find what works for your unique chemistry. 🙂

      I find that using the Face Oil right after oil cleansing yields the best results – that is, really nice soft skin. I also use the Face Oil after cleansing with just water, too. But I am kind of a Face Oil fanatic, and again it’s totally up to you! You might find it’s not necessary to use the Face Oil right after oil cleansing, since you’re not stripping your skin of all oils – instead replacing with clean oil. So play around with different applications and see what you like the most.

      It is absolutely fine to wear makeup over these products. I usually wait about 10-15 minutes to let the Face Oil sink in, then blot away any excess oil before applying my mineral sunscreen and mineral makeup. (If you are using a mineral sunscreen the blotting is important, because excess oil can potentially dilute the sunscreen which alters the SPF.)

      You can cleanse before you work out… I think it’s more important to cleanse after sweating, since that’s one of the way our bodies eliminate toxins. What I like to do is exercise, then I apply Cleansing Oil before going into my gym’s sauna. It’s like a post-workout spa treatment! 🙂

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

      -Jentri

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  • Hello! I’ve been enjoying oil cleansing for the past two months or so–I started with the Seabuckthorn cleansing oil, and just switched over to the Unscented, just to see which I like more (I’ve loved the Damascus Rose Face Oil for a couple years, too).

    Anyway, I’ve been a bit confused about the “rinse” step–should I be gently scrubbing and patting my face with the washcloth, or really just holding it over my face to steam open the pores? My biggest annoyance are blackheads on my nose (ewwww), so I’m looking for the best method to minimize them.

    Also, what is your opinion on using an alcohol-free toner after cleansing? Is it necessary? I’ve been finding that I still need to apply a face oil after cleansing, at least during this cold weather, but should I tone after cleansing and before applying an overnight oil?

    Would it be detrimental to my skin to rinse with water in the morning (after nighttime oil cleansing) and follow with toner then? I suppose I feel “dirty” without toning (a mental block more than anything!) So I’ve been reluctant to completely give it up, but I’m wondering if that upsets my skins pH and oil production more.

    Thank you!! I love Badger oils!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Lorie!

      Thanks for reading. Regarding your question, the best method is to drape the warm washcloth over your face and let it cool – this allows the steam to open the pores – then use the washcloth to gently wipe away the oil. (No scrubbing is necessary, but I like to add some gentle pressure for the exfoliation.) By opening the pores with steam you allow the cleansing oil to penetrate deeper, where it can dissolve more soiled oil and help to remove it. So when you’re wiping your face with the washcloth you are actually wiping away a combination of the cleansing oil and dirty oil from your face.

      I personally LOVE just straight rosewater as a toner – so I’m almost always in favor of a toner. I don’t think it’s necessary, but misting with a toner can help the oils to absorb better. (In the same way that applying body oils to lightly damp skin after bathing helps them absorb better.) If you want to tone in between cleansing and face oils, I say: go for it! 🙂

      I don’t think it’s detrimental to rinse the skin with water (in fact, this is how I cleanse my face in the morning)… but that being said, I’m not a dermatologist. Rinsing with water should not disturb oil production, because water doesn’t remove oil. As far as ph, from what I understand washing with detergents affects the skin’s ph level… but that’s about the extent of my knowledge there! Best to touch base with a doctor or dermatologist.

      Thanks for your support! Let us know if you have any more questions!

      -Jentri

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  • Hello! I’ve been doing the OCM for about 2.5 weeks and am loving the results. I currently use hemp oil. My question is what should i use for added SPF during the day? All of the sunblocks i’ve tried from drugstore brands to all natural brands to brands like la roche poshay cause major breakouts. Any recommendations?

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  • I have never used this product earlier.I have very oily skin. I use everyuth cleanser for oily skin.This product sounds very good. I will surely give a try to this new product. Thanks for introducing this product. May be this product do wonders for my skin. 🙂

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  • I started ocm method one week ago and I adore the results. I have a homemade acv toner which I love and I want to continue using it but I wonder if I can use it after the oil cleansing and how can I do it. I don’t want to remove the oil “residue” that stays after the cleansing and moisturises the skin. Any info would be helpful. Thanks for sharing by the way! I loved your post!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Maggie! Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

      I love using a toner between cleansing oil and face oil. I put my rosewater toner in a spray bottle and spritz my face before applying a pump of the Face Oil. By spritzing (as opposed to putting on a cotton square and wiping) the residue from the OC will be left on your face. Hope this helps!

      Jentri

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      • So from what I get you have the cleansing oil mixture and another oil you use as a moisturiser after toning. The same way we use a drugstore face cleanser, a toner and then the moisturiser but in a more natural way. 😉 The spray bottle sounds a brilliant idea! Thanks for enlightening me!! Keep up the good work!

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  • I’ve been using the Argan Oil Facial Cleanser for a few months now and I love it. Never going back to water-based cleansers!
    I have a question though – I have been applying it to my dry face and massaging for a couple minutes, then splashing/rinsing with warm water for a couple of minutes before gently drying with a towel. (The reason for this is that I like to wear eyeliner and mascara, and when I wipe with damp towel directly it gets badly soiled.)
    Is this OK? The water doesn’t strip the oils entirely from the face, mostly the excess oils, so I feel like it may have the same effect as the damp towel but with less soiling, but I wanted to make sure!
    I haven’t tried following up with facial oil, that will be my next move.

    Thanks for your great products!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Kat,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂 To answer your question, it is absolutely fine to splash warm water on the face before drying with a towel. Oil cannot be dissolved with water, so you’re actually still removing the oil with the towel and not the water. Since eye makeup often has both oil and water, you’re likely just splashing away some of the pigment. Pretty clever, actually!

      I wear eye makeup too, and I find that giving my OCM cloths a “pre-wash” in the shower before putting them through the laundry helps as well. I just give them a quick scrub with bar soap, let dry, then launder as usual. I may have to try your method though! 🙂

      Have a great day,
      Jentri

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  • Hello, I have rosacea.

    I’ve been looking for a facial cleanser to reduce redness. I recently purchased Badger’s Unscented Face Oil and used it for the first time tonight.

    After using the face oil my skin immediately felt softer and my cheeks began to flare. I’ve read that my skin will need about a week to adjust to the OCM.

    However, I cannot find any information about how frequently I should use the oil.

    Should I cleanse my face with oil once a day? Or should I have an alternative facial cleanser to use when I’m not using the OCM?

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    • Badger Balm

      Hello Peace,

      Thank you for writing. To answer your question, the frequency with which you use the oil is really up to you. I would start by substituting this method for whatever cleansing method you were using before. So for example, if you were cleansing morning and night I would try just swapping it out with the OCM and see what your skin thinks. I can take up to 4 weeks for skin (especially sensitive skin) to adjust, so it’s best to be patient and listen to your body. If it is not taking to the OCM, try once a day, perhaps in the evening. Give it a couple of weeks and see what the results are. Unfortunately there’s no single method that works for everyone, which is why there’s no definitive frequency of use.

      Keep in mind that the frequency you need to wash your face is also influenced by different factors such as whether you wear makeup, if you sweat a lot during the day, or whether you’re prone to touching your face frequently. It’s difficult for me to say if you would need an alternative facial cleanser… Honestly, I like cleansing in the evening (I wear sunscreen and makeup daily), then in the morning I just splash water on my face and that’s it for me. I figure my face isn’t getting too dirty while I sleep, and my sensitive skin seems to like the gentle routine. This may not work for you, but perhaps it gives you a starting point to find what works best for your beautiful, unique skin.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂

      Jentri

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  • Hi, I recently found out about oil cleansing method and would like to give it a try. After a ton of research, I now know that I need oils higher in linoleic acid for my oily and acne prone skin. I was looking at Unscented kit and there is sunflower which is good but I’m wondering what is the ratio of the oils in Unscented Face Cleansing Oil? as there is olive and castor oil which might not be good if there is a lot. thank you.

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Maya,

      Thanks for reading and commenting! With regards to the Unscented cleansing oil, the majority of the product is sunflower oil. Castor oil and olive oil contribute to less than 20% of the finished product. Hope this helps!

      Please let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂

      Jentri

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  • Also I saw you recommend rosewater as a toner. Do you think for oily acne prone skin I can use “Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner” with an oil cleansing kit? thank you.

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        • Badger Balm

          Hi Maya!

          I like to spritz and apply face oil right over the toner, personally. Moisture on the skin helps the oils to apply evenly and absorb quickly. Also, I find I use less Face Oil overall, making my little bottle stretch even further. 🙂 But I believe that the same result can be achieved by applying toner with a cotton pad, if you don’t want to transfer product into different packaging. Just don’t wipe the toner off and apply the Face Oil immediately after.

          Let me know if you have any more questions! Always happy to help.

          Jentri

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  • I started using the seabuckthorn cleansing and facial oils about two weeks ago and I LOVE them!! My skin is so soft and smooth.
    However, I have a lot of red marks on my face from teenage acne and picking. Do you have any suggestions on how to fade these? Maybe one of the balms, or a different oil collection?

    Thanks!

    Cate

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  • Julie Richards says:

    Just ordered the unscented set and I am excited and scared to try this. I have strange skin that is oily, flaky, dry and I have adult acne. I have had acne all my life and as an adult it is better than it was when I was a teenager but it is still a frustration for me. I have to watch what I use on my face because it breaks out really bad when I make a change. I have recently stopped washing my face in the mornings, I just use a warm wash cloth to wipe it down. Fingers crossed this works well for me.

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Rest assured, your nervous excitement is totally normal! And I totally get it, having suffered with acne both in adolescence and my adult life (I am 35).

      Something to keep in mind is that it will take up to 4 weeks for your face to adjust to a new regimen, and this could mean more breakouts during that time. My best advice is to stay the course, and give your skin time to adjust. You can help the process by continuing to drink a lot of water, eating raw (or lightly cooked) dark green veggies, and adding omega-3 and omega-6 supplements (high quality fish or flax oil). (But keep in mind I’m not a nutritionist! This is just what has worked for me. 🙂 )

      Because you mentioned you have combination skin, I also recommend that you continue to use only a warm washcloth in the morning, and the Unscented OCM in the evening followed by the Face Oil. The castor in the Cleansing Oil can be really drying for some skin types, so it’s best to start slow. (Don’t worry though, there is only 1% castor oil in this finished product.) Also, starting slow will help ease the transition a little into this new routine, and provide less “shock” to your skin.

      We’ve got our fingers crossed for you, too! If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to me directly: jentrij @ badgerbalm.com – I’d be happy to help!

      Good luck!
      Jentri

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  • amy miranda says:

    I am trying to make my own oils and after ordering lots of good oils from amazon I realized I need a surfactant.. here is why and let me know what you ladies think about this. “DIY cleansing oils don’t clean the skin: Nine out of 10 commercial cleansing oils contain surfactants to help whisk the dirt away during rinsing. DIY cleansing oils don’t. From the chemical perspective, this keeps the oil from cleaning pore-clogging debris off the skin. Here’s why: A surfactant has an oil-loving tail connected to a water-loving head (hydrophilic). The tails of the surfactants are instantly attracted to dirt, dead skin and sebum, surrounding it and creating a “micelle” (picture a beach ball with peach fuzz). The tails form a circle around the dirt, dead skin and sebum, leaving the water-loving heads on the outside. Being true to their hydrophilic nature, the heads connect with the water during rinsing (that’s when the cleansing oil turns white) and are swept away down the drain dragging the tails and pore-clogging materials along with them.

    DIY cleansing oils cannot simply be rinsed away: As most of us learned in elementary school, oil and water don’t mix. Wiping your face with a warm towel is more effective than rinsing alone, but only the surface oil is being removed – nothing is binding with the dirt and debris in the pores to get them clean. The proper method involves placing a very hot towel on the face until it cools down, gently wiping the face with the towel, and then repeating (several times if necessary).”

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Amy!

      Thanks for reading and writing. This is a really complicated question, and I do have some thoughts on it… but I’ve sent it off to our cosmetic chemist for her thoughts on the surfactant question. She’s gone for the weekend, but will probably answer first thing Monday morning.

      My feeling is that there are two types of oil cleansers – those meant to be removed with water, and those (like Badger’s) which are removed using a washcloth using the method you’ve outlined above. (Very warm towel, let it cool, gently wiping the face.) The cleansing agents in our formulas are castor and apricot. Castor is a drawing oil – so it binds with dirty oil on the surface, and helps to pull dirt from the pores. Castor deeply cleans – if you use too much, it will actually dry the face!

      Our philosophy is that leaving trace amounts of oil on the skin is actually good for it, and has a balancing effect on oil production. The reasoning is that our skin produces oil, so to strip all oil seems counter-intuitive. I like the oil cleansing method in the evenings (because I wear makeup) and a simple splash of water on my face in the mornings. But everyone’s different, and we all have to find what works best for our unique skin. 🙂

      I will let you know what Jaime says about the surfactants. Have a fabulous weekend!

      Jentri

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Amy! Hope you had a nice weekend. 🙂

      I’ve spoken with our holistic cosmetic chemist Jaime, and here’s what she had to say:

      “Badger employs a “mechanical” cleansing method – an easy way to think of it is like an oil change for your pores. The oil in the cleanser is soluble with the dirty oil on your face, so it first dilutes the dirty oil on your skin and then flushes the dirt to the surface. Castor Oil, which is unique among vegetable oils due to the hydroxyl group it carries, is doing most of the heavy lifting here because, while not as strong as a surfactant or emulsifier, this branch is able to form weak bonds. This in turn helps to loosen up the dirt in your pores so that it can be flushed out and then physically removed by the washcloth. So if you follow the instructions on our packaging (massage oil in, drape a warm washcloth on the face for a minute, wipe oil away) you’re actually getting a nice, deep cleansing. One that leaves your face clean, soft, hydrated, and balanced.

      We have seen many companies using emulsifiers or surfactants in their oil cleansing formulas – and I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with that. We actually did play with this idea when we were formulating but there were a couple of points that steered us back towards using straight oils. The most important point is that once you have the emulsifier in the oil it is going to want to draw water in, because that is what it is designed to do. This means that once water is introduced into the bottle (on your fingertips, for example) you’ll end up with pockets that could potentially grow bacteria. So you’d need to have at least two preservatives (oil soluble and water soluble) to avoid these “pockets” and in a DIY formula this can be very tricky. We take the health and safety of our customers very seriously and we have been unable, to date, to source multiple preservatives for this type of system that we would use on ourselves, or our friends and families.”

      So that is why we decided to stick with just a straight mechanical cleansing method!

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you need any clarification, or would like further information.

      Jentri

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  • Hello! I just started using the OCM and it will be 2 weeks this coming Friday. I chose the Seabuckthorn and so far like it. I was told all my life that I need to use oil free products to get rid of oily skin and to use harsh acne treatments in the only way to clear the skin. So using oil to cleanse the skin has been an adjustment. What I am struggling with now is some breakouts and whiteheads. I want to keep pushing through but my skin feels “funky” right now. I read that your skin goes through a detox when you switch to natural products and am going to give it a couple more weeks. I guess I just wanted some reassurance that this is normal.

    Thanks, Katie

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Katie!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Rest assured, that “funky” feeling is totally normal! 🙂 Whenever we change skin care routines it takes our skin about a month to adjust. When I first switched to oil cleansing, my skin went through a “purge” phase before it settled down. Castor oil really cleans the pores deeply. Definitely give it at least 4 weeks, then reassess.

      And remember that there’s lots of factors that impact our skin’s health, including diet, stress, and hormones. So be sure to get lots of rest, relax, drink a good amount of water, and love your skin! Even if it’s feeling a little funky. 😉

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Jentri

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    • Go out and do it. Sell your skills, not your degree. Prepare to be getting someone coffees — everyone has to start somewhere. Don’t think you need an “education” to learn workplace skills (ie: you don’t HAVE to go back to college). Learn from the industry you want to be in. That’s how everyone else does it.

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  • If our skin produces more oil when it’s removed, is this same for the scalp as well? My boyfriend has an oily and acne-prone scalp that he has to wash his hair everyday.. He’s been using two shampoos in turn, which are for oily scalp and for sensitive scalp respectively.

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks for writing. It is my understanding that the same rule applies to the scalp. He might benefit from less frequent washing, to let his oil production balance out, and use a dry shampoo to control excess oil in the meantime. It will likely be a longer process, but I’m sure there are lots of resources on the web. Check out “no poo” or “low poo” information.

      Hope this helps!

      Jentri

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  • Hi! Just got the seabuckthorn cleansing oil set and tried it out for the first time! However, I want to make sure I’m using it right and in a way that will most benefit my skin, so I have a few questions. One, how long should I let the cleansing oil sit on my face? Two, how wet should the washcloth be? Dripping or just damp? Third, the label says “use caution around the eye area”, so should I not use the oil on my eyelids to remove my eye makeup (in particular, my eyeliner)? Thanks!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Emily!

      Thanks for writing. Let me see if I can help answer these questions. 🙂

      You can let the Cleansing Oil sit on your face for as long as you like! As soon as you apply the oil it dissolves the surface oil on your face and makes it easy to remove. I believe the longer you let it sit, the more the castor oil can draw out of your pores. But you’ll still be getting a nice deep cleanse even if you only leave it on for a few moments.

      The washcloth can be damp or dry. It does not need to be dripping wet because the water is not removing the oil – the washcloth is. The water is for the steam and warmth to help encourage the pores to open a little.

      I would not personally use the Seabuckthorn or the Argan cleansing oils around my eyes, because both formulas contain a pinch of menthol crystals. I’m really sensitive to menthol tho! The menthol is the only thing that would potentially irritate the eyes. I tend to use the Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm to remove eye makeup, as the ingredients are similar – however the balm does not contain menthol.

      Also, neither the Damascus Rose nor the Unscented Cleansing Oils contain menthol – so if you’re looking for one product to do it all, I highly recommend the Damascus Rose. 🙂

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kindly,
      Jentri

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  • Quick question: I got an oil cleanser for Christmas (yay!) and it’s helping my always-flaky skin. However, it’s causing a pore problem. Using a warm washcloth to steam open my pores works …. but then what? Now they’re open … and huge! Am I supposed to “close” them? Is there a way? I’m a little lost here. The OCM is helping keep my dry cheeks happier, but it’s making my nose, chin, and forehead look like a pegboard. Help!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Vienna!

      Thanks for writing. There’s a couple of things you can do to close your pores back up. The simplest (and my personal favorite! 🙂 ) is to simply splash some cool water on your face. This should close them up and help minimize their appearance. (It’s a trick French women have been using forever, I’m told.)

      Another thing you can do is to use a toner or hydrosol post-cleansing and pre-moisturizing. Toners help minimize the appearance of pores also, and having slightly damp skin helps face oils to sink in quickly. The best part is: they don’t need to be astringent, or super fancy. If you have dry skin, try pure rosewater as a toner. It’s gentle, gets the job done, and smells awesome. My favorite is Mountain Rose’s: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/rose-hydrosol/profile (You’ll also notice that it’s organic AND inexpensive – score!)

      Let me know what you think, and if there’s anything else I can help you with!

      Jentri 🙂

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      • Thanks so much for the reply! I have some rosewater that I sometimes use instead of washing in the morning (because my skin is sooo dry!). So I’ll try adding that to the routine. I’ve also been using the plainest Badger Balm (just olive oil and beeswax) on my cheeks before going out in the high wind and single-digit temps. It’s all helping with dryness. I wish I found this brand sooner.

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        • Badger Balm

          You’re welcome, Vienna!

          I had another thought, which is since you have such sensitive/dry skin, you might want to use lukewarm water (instead of hot) on a washcloth to remove the cleansing oil. The gentler the better! Let us know how you make out, and if you have any more questions. 🙂

          Jentri

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  • Hi
    I just bought the sea buckthorn face oil, just wondering if I can continue to wash my face with what I have been using and use the face oil as a moisturizer? Or if it works better if I use the cleansing oil with it or can I just work that in later when I run out of what I have?
    Thanks!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for writing! You can use our Seabuckthorn Face Oil with any cleanser you choose! Of course, we think it works best with the Seabuckthorn Cleansing Oil, but I think you’ll be really pleased with the results either way. 🙂

      Let us know what you think, and if you have any more questions!

      Jentri

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  • ObviousFanboy says:

    Hey there! Thanks for having a place where we can get some tips on your products! First of all Badger is the one and only skin care line I’m loyal to, its just so good! I bought the cleansing oil and the first time I used it,I literally wiped away solid bits of dirt that came out of my skin during the process! Never seen that before… Quite astonishing,powerful and mind, so as per usual have a new badger product I’m going to have to buy on the regular,so thanks for that! my skin feels amazing.

    So I followed up the cleanse by hopping in the shower and using my usual ‘oil free’ cleanser just out of habit…. It’s neutrogena brand and quite powerful but im wondering if this is a good idea? Should I just do away with that cleanser and stick to the Badger stuff? Wondering if it’s a bit much for my skin…

    My second question is about the Rose face oil- I’ve applied it after the shower, just 1 pump, and whoah it goes a long way, put some excess in my hair and my face was still pretty ‘oily’… Im wondering if this is normal? Feels a bit excessive, I have read however to allow a few weeks for my skin to acclimatise to its newfound moisture haha! Is that right? Which again leads me back to my first question, should I just leave out the cream cleanser I use for best results?

    I’m a guy and I’m new to all skin care products but Badger stuff honestly does seem to work wonders so just trying to gauge what my best bet is… Dont use any other makeup, any moisturisers or toners or anything if that helps… Thanks for any and all advice, cant wait for new inspired products!

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    • Badger Balm

      Greetings!

      Thanks so much for stopping by the Badger Blog and commenting. We’re pleased you’re here, and that you’re having good results with the oil cleansers so far.

      To answer your question, double cleansing isn’t necessary since (as you saw) oil cleansers clean thoroughly and deeply. Some people choose to double cleanse, and if you like it and your skin likes it there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I found it to be too drying, and I like the feeling my skin has after just cleansing with the oil. Some people also like to oil cleanse a few times a week, and substitute with other cleansers… so my best advice is to experiment, and find out what works for your unique skin. 🙂

      You can scale back the amount of Rose Face Oil you use to fit your needs. You might find that a couple of drops do the trick! Yes, it is true that it can take up to a month for skin to adjust to any new regimen. The Face Oil contains jojoba, which helps to balance out oil production over time. I find that the Face Oil is the only moisturizer I need, but again everyone’s skin is unique so just play around with how much and how frequently you apply to see what works for you. I particularly like the Face Oil as an intensive sleep mask, so I apply it in the evenings.

      Though you mentioned you don’t use a toner, you might find that misting a little bit onto your face between oil cleanser and face oil helps the face oil to absorb better. I use just straight rosewater in a spray bottle, and that plus a few drops of the face oil is the perfect combo for my combo skin.

      So the bottom line is: don’t be afraid to adjust the amounts and frequency with which you use the products to fit your needs. Listen to your skin – it won’t steer you wrong! 🙂 And let me know if you have any other questions.

      Warmly,
      Jentri

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      • ObviousFanboy says:

        Hey Jentri, thanks so much for the response, cant get enough of this oil stuff these days!
        So a few weeks later and ill admit my skin has changed, it feels ‘firmer’ and an added bonus is it honestly seemed to get rid of fine lines around my eyes and mouth! Not something I usually worry about but was surprised when I saw that…
        I kinda missed the memo about how to really use this stuff: that everyone is different and you need to find a routine that works specifically for you: initially I just thought it WAS STEP 1: USE CLEANSER, STEP 2:USE MOISTURISER etc but I learned to be a little more free to do what feels good… I got myself a toner (badger brand, of course!) and am pleased with the results.
        I always wondered, are the Badger products specifically (or roughly) formulated with reference to the temperature/climate around the Badger production area/city?in Australia the weather is totally hot and totally humid so I’ve kind of foregone the rose face oil for now, I have a feeling it would feel much nicer in a colder, drier climate, if you understand my meaning? All the blog pictures seem to feature a lot of clouds and a lot of snow which is very foreign to me!
        Also can you give me a heads up on what secret products Badger’s working on these days? I’m like a kid waiting for a new Spice Girls album all over again hahaha!
        Cheers

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        • ObviousFanboy says:

          Oh might mention too, I ended up dropping the cream cleanser and sticking to just Badger stuff – I figured the products would probably complement each other better than anything else added to the routine! Few less products to buy now too which is good. Thanks a lot 🙂

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        • Badger Balm

          Hi again!

          Thanks for following up. I wouldn’t say that all Badger products are specifically formulated for the New England climate, but our first product was created for dry, cracked, winter weather-beaten hands… so I think our choice to base things in oils, butters, and wax is definitely influenced by our environment. I definitely scale back on the Rose Face Oil in the summer here, but I’ll still use at least a drop to keep my oil production balanced. But I do know what you mean, and yes I find the Face Oil especially soothing and satisfying in the winter months.

          Secret projects, eh… 🙂 Ok, well I can tell you that we have some lotion sunscreens coming out in about a month (though I don’t know if they’ll be available in Oz). We’re also releasing an After-Bug Bite stick, which is almost ready to ship. We have products for mum in the works (belly balm, belly oil), as well as a reformulation of our lip tint and shimmers. Further down the road we have deodorants, toners, day/night creams, liquid soap, and (if I get my way) a rose cold cream. We don’t have plans to release those yet, but the formulas are being worked on. As always, we love hearing your suggestions, so “tell me whatchu want, whatchu really really want!” and I’ll pass the suggestions along to product development. 😉

          Warmly,
          Jentri

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  • I am planning to try the OCM and your products, but I have skin that fits into every skin type and I am not sure which one to try! I get very oily in the t-zone, but my cheeks have a rough, dry sandpapery feel. I have Rosacea and am super sensitive. To top it off, I have been dealing with adult acne for the last 4-5 years – I never had acne as a teenager. It sounds like the Unscented or Damascus Rose oils would be the best but is there one that would be better for my difficult combination skin? Do you recommend the face oil over the balm for this? Thank you for all of your advice and making such wonderful products!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Daisy!

      Thanks for stopping by the blog. When choosing between the Unscented and the Rose, it really comes down to personal preference. I’d probably go for the Rose (do a quick search for “benefits of rose oil”). The only major difference between these formulas is the essential oil fragrance. And both contain rosehip oil, which is great stuff, so you’ll likely have a good result with either. 🙂

      You might consider using both a Face Oil and a Beauty Balm. Face Oil for regular moisturizing, and Beauty Balm for targeted spots like your cheeks. But if I had to choose one, I’d go with the Face Oil because jojoba oil is so great for combination skin.

      Personally, I’m a big Rose Face Oil fan (been using it since its release in 2011), but I also love the Seabuckthorn Face Oil and Beauty Balm (so many vitamins!) – so don’t be afraid to mix it up. You can go for the Unscented cleanser, followed by the Rose Face Oil. Or the Rose Cleanser followed by the Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm. This system is great for mix and match, so actually, having skin that fits into any type is a benefit! You can use any combination that sounds like it would be good for you.

      No matter what you try, remember that it takes about a month for skin to adjust to a new regimen. You can aid the process by taking good care of yourself – eat green leafy vegetables, drink lots of water, get good rest, and love yourself. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Jentri 🙂

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      • Hi Jentri,

        Thank you so much for all of the information! I hadn’t thought about mixing the cleanser and oil types, a great idea that I will try. I do love the idea of rose as it is one of my favorite fragrances so I may start with the Unscented cleanser and Rose Face Oil. I’m looking forward to trying this and will be back to ask more questions if they come up. Thank you!

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  • Hello. I have been doing the oil cleansing method for about a month now and it never seems to work for me. The first week I used olive oil and castor oil, I found that to be very drying so I put less castor oil and more olive oil. Still very drying. So then I tried to use just olive oil. That seemed to work and my skin wasn’t as dry. My skin went through a purging stage but then got better! Yay! But that did not last and soon my skin started rejecting it in multiple ways: drying, blotchy, breakouts, and my blackheads seemed to have gotten worse. So I did some research and found out, that not every oil works on every skin type. So I got almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and rosehip seed oil. I tried a combination of them, and when that didn’t work I decided to try using just one. I used apricot kernel oil, and that was ok but not fabulous, then I tried just sweet almond oil,and that was ok too. so I tried adding rosehip seed oil, and it seems to me that every time I have used the rosehip seed oil, my skin gets more dry. But I know its not supposed to be drying. I do not know if I am applying it wrong, I have tried mixing it with olive oil, and have recently just been using olive oil, but my skin always seems tight unless I dab some oil onto my skin afterwards, I don’t know if I am doing it too much, but ever since I have been doing this my skin either is clogged but not tight, or clear but very tight, and when I say very tight I mean that when I smile my skin peels a bit. So I was hoping you could help me figure out what it is. Wrong oil? too many oils? too often? I usually do it once at night, and in the morning after I workout I splash my face with water. But then my skin gets tight, or looks crusty, and feels crusty. I just really want this to work for me.I honestly don’t know my skin type, it can be very shiny and greasy, and I do get cystic acne every now and then, they are not terrible but they do hurt when they appear. But other times my skin gets red and itchy and really tight, by simply splashing my face with water. I hope this has sort of shown you what my skin is like, its sort of sensitive but acne prone also. If you could get back to me whenever it is convenient that would be great. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for writing! I’m not sure that I can help you too much with homemade recipes… it depends on the ratio of one oil to the other, and how long you use before adding/removing oils. Our skin doesn’t really like change, so my best advice is to try different combinations leaving 4 weeks in between to see how your skin adjusts.

      It also sounds like a face oil might be helpful for you. I too have dry/oily skin with some cystic acne, and this is the system I use: http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-561-damascus-rose-face-care-starter-set.aspx – we released the Face Oil in 2011 and it’s been my “holy grail” product ever since. We formulated with care and attention, so the ratio of oils is balanced to leave you feeling clean and moisturized.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      Jentri

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  • Hi Jentri! Thank you so much for answering all of these questions and for keeping this comment thread alive for a couple of years now! So awesome.

    My question is, how much variation is there between the cleansing oils? The ingredients between them look surprisingly different!

    I’m about to finish my first bottle of the argan cleanser, which I did the OCM with for maybe about three months, and after my transition period, it left my skin SO supple and and moisturized like I had never seen (!!!) but no matter how much I worked to get it off, my pores were so visibly clogged and my acne–which I was already struggling with–was much worse. After some trial and error I finally landed on a routine that works: I massage the Badger oil onto my face and then wash with Acure gel cleanser; no cloth/steaming. This method has been so awesome, as I get the skin nourishing benefits of the oil but my pores aren’t left clogged. Now as I finish my bottle of argan oil cleanser, I’m wondering if you have any insight on if I should stick with this formula/method, or if trying another formula wouldn’t be that different OR if it would be so different/potentially easier on my pores that it would be worth a try.

    Thank you so much Jentri! I’m floored by both Badger’s products and customer service; best company ever 🙂

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Rachel!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

      So one quick clarification: the cleansing oil is not clogging your pores. In fact, the castor oil in the Argan formula actually pulls stuff out of pores. The idea that oil clogs pores is an old wives tale. 🙂

      That being said, if your routine is working for you then I’d stick with it! Your skin will let you know when something’s not working, and it sounds like your skin likes your routine. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is my motto.

      The cleansing oils, for the most part, have the same base ingredients. The differences are dependent on which skin type they were formulated for. So for example, Seabuckthorn has a lower percentage of castor oil, because it can be drying and that oil is formulated for normal/dry skin. In addition, that formula has a lot of vitamins to support skin that might be tight and irritated as a result of the dryness. Damascus Rose has ingredients to support aging skin, and Unscented is the simplest, most gentle formula we offer.

      The Argan cleanser has the highest percentage of castor oil, and provides the deepest clean. I don’t think that your face will go through another transition period from one Badger cleansing oil to another – so if you’re curious and want to try a different one you should! It’s really up to you.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!
      Jentri

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  • Hello, I am researching alternatives to dermalogicas precleanse. their oil based cleanser. typically with oil based cleansers, as an esthetician, I would apply the oil with dry hands to a dry face, then add some water to my hands and work into my face to emulsify and break down the oil to easily rinse, then go into the second cleanse with my primary cleanser.

    looking at the directions on badgers oil cleansers, I see it instructs to use a washclothe with water. could the badger cleansers be used in the same way as other oil facial cleansers? will this fully emulsify and break down with water being added?

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Joanna!

      Thanks for writing. Badger’s cleansing oils do not contain any emulsifying ingredients, so they do need to be removed with a washcloth as water alone will not remove them.

      Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      Jentri

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  • Hi Jentri,

    I’ve been using he OCM for about a month now and I have to say that I’m impressed! I have, however, been noticing that my eyes are a bit more sensitive and blurry after cleansing. But while I’ve been reading through this thread, I think it might be because I’ve been using the Argan oil around my eyes. My next bottle will definitely be the Damascus rose!

    My question for you is this. My grandmother has been dealing with acne rosacea for while now. She’s been on antibiotics and prescription cleanser as well as gentle soaps and so on. Does Badger have any products that they’d recommend for acne rosacea?

    Thanks!
    Amanda

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Amanda!

      Glad to hear that you’re loving the OCM!

      Unfortunately we don’t have any products specifically for acne rosacea. 🙁 However what you could do is consult with her doctor or licensed practitioner and see what ingredients would be beneficial to apply topically. Depending on what they recommend we likely have a soothing balm or oil she could apply that wouldn’t exacerbate the problem.

      A quick internet search recommended gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizers as well as gentle soaps. Our Unscented Face Oil might be a soothing option to keep the skin moisturized: http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-551-organic-unscented-face-oil.aspx. It is both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Also I saw that mineral sunscreens are recommended, and we’ve got lots of those! http://www.badgerbalm.com/c-24-natural-sunscreen.aspx

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you’ve got any more questions. 🙂

      Jentri

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  • Kira Hooks says:

    Hello! I just started using the Argan Oil OCM and thus far I love it. I’m only about 4 days in but my skin feels so much better and seems to radiate…excited to see how it looks in a few weeks once we get through the “adjustment” period.
    I noticed you mentioned numerous times that you use a rosewater toner…not sure you can do so, but is there a specific rosewater you recommend? Is it just rosewater, or do you dilute it with water or another liquid?
    Also, do you recommend the Rose Facial sunscreen for daily use? My previous moisturizers always had SPF built in so I’ve never thought of this as a separate “layer” to apply, so to speak.
    Thank you!

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Kira!

      Thanks for writing. Rosewater is a byproduct of the essential oil making process. As the rose petals are distilled, the concentrated oil is separated from the fragrant water. My favorite is Mountain Rose Herb’s rose hydrosol: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/rose-hydrosol/profile (hydrosol is the technical term). It’s organic, cost-effective, gentle, toning, feels great and smells great! No need to mix it with anything. It’s part of nature’s perfection. 🙂

      We’re looking into sourcing the hydrosol from our organic rose oil supplier, but in the meantime I highly recommend this. (Also it comes in a spray bottle, which I prefer to using cotton rounds.)

      I definitely recommend our Rose Facial Sunscreen for daily use! I apply the Rose Face Oil, let it sink in for about 5-10 minutes (as I do other parts of my morning routine) then blot any excess off with a soft cotton towel. Then I apply the Rose Sunscreen.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Jentri

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  • Jentri thanks for maintaining such an informative thread. It’s clear you are truly committed to spreading the message about the benefits of OCM!

    I’ve been using the rose oil cleanser and face oil for a few months now and I love it. I also use the Rose Facial Sunscreen for daily use. I have combination skin. I have a few questions:
    1) In the morning I’ve been washing my face with water then putting on the sunscreen, then mineral foundation powder. But it’s almost winter here in Australia and I’m indoors for most of the day, so I don’t really need sunscreen. I notice that Badger doesn’t sell a daily face moisturiser without sunscreen. So, would you recommend I just wash my face with water, then use a small amount of the rose oil, then the mineral powder? I was worried the face oil would make my face look too oily if using it during the day (do far I’ve just used it at night after oil cleansing).
    2) When the weather starts to warm up and I start using the sunscreen again, should I continue to use face oil under the sunscreen? so far I have not tried using the oil under the sunscreen and I’m interested to know if it’s better to have the oil under the sunscreen or not.
    3) I find I need about 3 pumps of the cleansing oil when I clean at night. Is this what you recommend?
    4) do you use the rose water toner morning and night? i.e. straight after oil cleansing at night, and straight after washing the face with water in the morning?
    5) I use this mineral foundation https://nudebynature.com.au/shop/make-up/top-products/best-sellers/natural-mineral-cover-3/. I want the most natural/healthy product and am after any recommendations for healthier brands.

    Sorry for all the questions!

    Lastly, I really wish Badger shipped to Australia!! I’ve found some Badger products on other websites that ship here, but I’d love to buy directly from Badger plus those sites don’t stock everything I want. Please please please!!

    Thanks!
    Bibi

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    • Badger Balm

      Hi Bibi!

      It is my pleasure – I am sincerely glad that this thread has become a good resource! 🙂

      To answer your questions:

      1. Even though you’re indoors most of the day I would still consider using sunscreen. Though UVB (burning) rays aren’t as strong in the winter, UVA (aging) rays are the same strength year round, and not deflected by glass or shade. So if you have windows, you’re still being exposed to UVA. And UVA rays are long-range waves that penetrate deeper into the skin and cause photoaging. I’m not telling this to scare you! But it’s good to have all of the facts while making your decisions. 🙂 If you don’t want to continue using sunscreen I would apply the rose oil, allow it to sit for a few moments (in my morning routine, that’s the part where I brush my teeth), and then lightly blot off any oil that hasn’t sunk in. Then apply mineral powder over it.

      2. You can totally apply the face oil underneath the sunscreen! Just follow the instructions above (apply/wait/blot). I find the Rose Face Sunscreen to be a little drying on my skin if I don’t put face oil under it. Generally I use the Kids cream, which is based in sunflower oil, so I don’t use anything under that one. It’s not better or worse to have the oil under the sunscreen.. it really comes down to personal preference on that one. 🙂 Just be sure not to mix the oil and the sunscreen, because that can dilute the minerals and potentially compromise your protection.

      3. We intentionally didn’t put number of pumps in the instructions, because everybody is different! 3-5 pumps is generally what I use, and if 3 is working for you I say stick with it!

      4. I use rose hydrosol like it’s going out of style! Morning, night, during the day when I need a little refresher… I just love the stuff. 🙂 It’s so good for the skin and the psyche that I carry a small bottle around with me. I even use it too set makeup if I am wearing powder! In my mind there’s no such thing as “too much” rose hydrosol.

      5. That looks like a great foundation. I, myself, am partial to this brand: http://www.logona-usa.com/item.php?item=474166 – as long as the company stands by the purity of their minerals, it’s hard to go wrong! Logona also makes some of the best eye liners, and their sister company Sante makes THE BEST eye shadow primer: http://www.sante-usa.com/item.php?item=667368 and eye shadows.

      Hope these answers help!

      Unfortunately I do not think we’ll be shipping direct to Australia (though I’d love to hand deliver, haha!). We do have a wonderful distributor there, and we’re hoping they continue to take in more of our line. Sending to a distributor means a lot less shipping time for you… plus customs and all that jazz. Hopefully someday we’ll be able to ship worldwide!

      Have a wonderful day, and let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      Warmly,
      Jentri

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      • Thanks Jentri!

        It’s interesting to hear you use the Kids cream instead of the Rose Face Sunscreen. Do you use the Tangerine & Vanilla one? I also wondered what this http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-505-zinc-oxide-sunscreen-lotion-spf-25-unscented.aspx and this http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-567-tinted-organic-sunscreen-cream-spf30-unscented.aspx would be like. There are so many to choose from! It’s hard to know from just reading the info how they compare.

        You are more than welcome to hand deliver here 🙂 Unfortunately the Aus supplier listed on your site (MU AUSTRALIA) does not stock the rose cleanser, oil or sunscreen, which are the three products I think I’m going to need regularly!!

        Thanks once again for your feedback,

        Bibi

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        • Badger Balm

          Hi Bibi!

          Yes, I use the Tangerine Vanilla Kids cream – I was using the Baby Sunscreen, but the Kids version smells even more amazing! The tangerine & vanilla really starts my day off right. 🙂 The Rose Face Sunscreen is just a little too drying for my skin, and I love the thick consistency of the creams. (I should note that I’m probably in the minority there – most people prefer the lotions on their face.) The lotions in general are a lot lighter than the creams. So the major difference between the Unscented SPF 25 and the SPF 30 Tinted is the base ingredients – the lotions are water based, so they spread evenly and dry quickly. The creams are sunflower oil based, which is not everybody’s cup of tea when it comes to face sunscreens. 😉 There is a tinted version of the Rose Face Sunscreen, which helps to offset the whitening a little.

          We do make a lot of sunscreens! An easy way to compare is by category: “daily” is the lotions – they are not water resistant, but the lightest and least whitening of all of the Badger sunscreens. “Active” sunscreens are based in sunflower oil, water resistant for 40 minutes, and a little more whitening then the lotions. Our “Sport” sunscreens are thick and white, and made for longer, more intense sun exposure (like skiing or surfing). Sport sunscreens are water resistant for 80 minutes.

          Unfortunately our sunscreens are not registered with the TGA so we won’t be able to sell them in Australia anytime soon. Regarding the Rose Cleanser and Face Oil, you can email Carly directly and she should be able to give you an idea as to if/when they’ll be bringing them over. carly@muaustralia.com In the meantime you should be able to order from iHerb, Uncommon Scents, or the Choosy Chick.

          Let me know if you have any more questions!
          Jentri

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  • Hello Jentri,
    I am interested in the Damascus Rose facial oil products. I am over 50, wear liquid foundation, about twice a week. I wash my face at night, with a handmade soap(carrot, or avocado, etc), to get the make up off…I even wash with the soap when not wearing makeup. I also wash my face this way each morning. I follow up my night-time routine with a facial butter made of natural ingredients, and in the morning with a lighter facial cream(kukui oil-based). I wear this under my makeup. I have washed my face with handmade, natural soaps, for years…it feels like it gets my face clean. However, the last couple of winters, I’m noticing my face is especially dry…perhaps that’s in part, due to my age. With that being said….would you recommend the Damascus Rose line for my age? I have dermatitis on my face too..it gets so bad that my eyelids peal, and my nostrils crack…this is mostly in the winter. In the summer, it is humid, where I live….will that matter when using facial oil? I am thinking I may need to get away from washing my face with the soap…even though it’s natural, handmade…am guessing it may be contributing to the drying out of my face, because of my age.
    Please let me know what facial skin care products you would recommend for my age, and my dermatitis problem. For summer, what face lotion with SPF can I wear under makeup that won’t cause a pimple iritation(even though I’m over 50)?
    Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks!!!

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    • Badger Balm

      Greetings, and thanks for contacting Badger!

      I recommend using the Damascus Rose Face Oil – it’s my absolute favorite! However, if Rose is not your thing I believe that any one of our Face Oils – Unscented, Seabuckthorn, and Argan – will help soothe your skin. The key ingredient is jojoba, which can help to balance skin over time. Our skin uses oil to protect and conserve moisture, and soaps of all kinds (even really nice natural homemade soaps) remove oil from skin. I believe after a couple of months of using a few drops of face oil daily you’ll be very pleased with the results. 🙂 Also, Face Oils work in all climates – though during more humid times you will be able to use less oil. This little bottle should last you 3 or more months.

      If you want to wear face oil under liquid foundation, apply oil to damp skin and allow it 5-10 minutes to absorb. Then gently dab away any excess before applying foundation, so that the oil doesn’t cause the foundation to slip around. In my experience, setting foundation with a loose powder helps.

      I would try adding a Face Oil to your current routine of washing your face with soap. Give it at least 4 weeks (for skin to adjust to this new regimen) then reassess to see if you should move away from soap. My guess is that the Face Oil will help.

      I use this sunscreen lotion all year under makeup: https://www.badgerbalm.com/p-565-spf-25-rose-face-sunscreen.aspx

      I will note that the zinc oxide in the product makes it a little drying, so I wouldn’t use it while still experiencing dryness on the face.

      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions!

      Jentri

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  • Sian Overton says:

    Hello, I use a facial scrub and then I cleanse with oil and then use an alcohol tea tree/ witch hazel toner on my skin. I find the next day my skin gets quite oily in the afternoon. Do I need to stop using the toner? Or the facial scrub? I just worry the oil won’t take all my makeup off! Or that my skin will break out becuase of not using the toner! Also is it best to wet the face first when doing the oil cleansing routine?
    Is this the correct routine? 1. put oil on face 2. put a wet/hot flannel on face 3. remove oil with hot water and then cold

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    • Badger Balm

      Hello Sian!

      If I were you, I’d start by eliminating your alcohol-based toner. Alcohol strips the skin of all oil, and this causes your skin to overproduce oil in an attempt to replace it. Give your skin at least 4 weeks without the toner to readjust, and then see how your oil production is. I have a feeling that will solve the issue. But in order to find out which product is causing your overproduction of oil, it’s best to only switch one thing out at a time.

      Witch hazel alone is a gentle astringent toner, so if you’d like to continue using a toner that might be good. Thayers is a nice company that makes gentle witch hazel toners without alcohol.

      It’s important to remember that our skin produces oil to moisturize and protect itself. And no matter what, your skin will continue to produce oil. So your best bet is to work with your skin to balance out oil production. This is what the oil cleansing method helps to do. It deeply cleanses the skin, but does not strip it – meaning there’s just enough left (even if you wipe it off really well) for your skin to feel balanced.

      As far as worrying that oil won’t take all of the makeup off, let’s look at it scientifically. Your makeup contains oil, water, and pigment, which then mixes with the oils on your face. The water absorbs into your skin, leaving oil, face oil, and pigment. Water alone does not dissolve oil – but oil does. This is what makes the OCM most effective. The base oils dissolve the oils and makeup on top of the skin, while the castor actually penetrates pores to pull out impurities. Once you have used the OCM by itself for a month or two, you might notice (as I did) that you get a nice, deep cleanse without the dryness or tight skin from stripping all the oil.

      I will say that transitioning face skin care can come with some blemishes while your skin ‘purges’. Don’t be alarmed! Just give your skin some time to adjust, and be patient. It’s a process.

      You do not need to wet your face before applying Badger’s cleansing oil. The wet/hot flannel is to open the pores – but you can remove oil with a dry cloth, if you prefer. The cloth provides a very mild exfoliation, so you might find that you don’t need to scrub first. (As a side note – be careful with physical exfoliation, as many scrubs contain jagged material (like crushed walnut shells) which can damage skin if too abrasive.) Splashing cool water on the face helps to tighten pores, but is not necessary to the cleansing process.

      Lastly, be sure to treat your skin kindly. The idea that we need to feel pain in order to have beautiful skin is a fallacy perpetuated by the beauty industry. So if you don’t feel Badger’s cleansing oils working, rest assured they’re still doing their job!

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kindly,
      Jentri

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  • Mary Kate says:

    Hi there, I want to try one of your cleansing oils but the extra step with the hot washcloth sounds like a bit too much trouble for me and am wondering if you can skip this step and treat the cleanser as you would a normal face wash?

    Thanks for your time!

    Reply
    • Badger Balm

      Hi Mary Kate,

      Thanks for writing! Because oil cleansers are just that – oil – they cannot be removed with just water. I often will use just a dry face cloth, which hardly takes any time at all.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Jentri

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  • Hi im in NEED OF HELP! I’ve got red bumpy, scaly, itchy, dry skin around my mouth, chin and nose. I’ve been using oil cleansing method for about a month in the form of cold cream, the same cream to moisturise (combination of hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, almond oil and aloe Vera juice). i made it myself with beeswax as a thickener and a tiny bit of borax for preservative. The OCM has helped my acne loads I have no new pimples anymore but this is happening to my skin… what s up.
    Is it congested? dehydrated? Or allergic reaction? I ve tried so many things to moisturise it and keep it from not being dry I have a combination/dry skin type prone to acne. and if it was an allergic reaction – wouldnt my whole face have this reaction? i am sure puzzled – any ideas? Thanks so much for the help i really love this blog! XOX

    Reply
    • Badger Balm

      Hi Rosie,

      Thanks for writing. To be honest, I’m not sure what’s up since it’s a formula I’m not familiar with. It could be that your skin is still adjusting to the new regimen, or it could be a possible allergic reaction.

      Sorry I can’t be much more help! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

      Kindly,
      Jentri

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