OCM FAQ: Removing Badger Cleansing Oil    

What is the best method for removing Badger cleansing oil?

Removing Badger Cleansing Oil

OCM FAQ is a series where we answer your most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the oil cleansing method (OCM). If you want to read more, click here.

Some of the questions we get asked the most revolve around removing Badger cleansing oil. What is the best way to do it? Can you remove Badger cleansing oil with just water? And should you use soap after cleansing with oil?

If you’ve ever wondered about removing Badger cleansing oil, read on! And if you have tips and tricks, leave them in the comments below!

Badger Argan Cleansing Oil

First, let’s review the directions for using Badger cleansing oils.

  1. Massage cleansing oil onto a dry face in a circular motion until skin is covered.
  2. Use a wet, warm washcloth to steam open pores and gently remove oil, dirt, and makeup.
  3. Follow with Badger Face Oil for nourished skin that feels silky smooth.

Now, let’s dive into your questions!

Q: Can I use water alone to remove Badger cleansing oil?

A: No. As you probably remember from science class, water does not remove oil and vice versa. This is actually the premise (and magic) behind the oil cleansing method. Consequently, it also means that splashing water on your face will not remove Badger cleansing oil.

Q: Do I have to use a washcloth?

A: Because water alone will not remove cleansing oil, you will need some physical means of doing so.

I like a washcloth personally because it can be washed and reused. Plus, you can use it wet or dry, hot or cool.

However many of my friends prefer tissue or cotton rounds for the convenience. As long as you’re physically removing most of the cleansing oil, you may use whatever floats your boat!

In addition to removing cleansing oil, a soft washcloth provide a very mild exfoliation for the face. Because it is gentle, you don’t have to worry about damaging your delicate skin. Yet a washcloth is powerful enough to slough dead skin cells away. Furthermore gentle exfoliation encourages cell turnover, which can help your skin look brighter.

A favorite method of some of my fellow Badgers is to apply cleansing oil before getting in the shower. The steam from the shower opens pores, and any remaining oil can be wiped away at the end using a towel.

Removing Badger cleansing oil with a washcloth

Q: Can I use soap to remove Badger cleansing oils?

A: While soap is very good at removing Badger cleansing oil, it goes against the idea of the oil cleansing method!

Because soap can strip your face of its natural oils, it can upset the balance and cause dryness or oil overproduction. The OCM is a gentle alternative to cleansing with soap – so cleansing with soap following the OCM is unnecessary.

What is your experience removing Badger cleansing oil? Do you have any other OCM questions? Tell us in the comments below!

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.

19 comments on “OCM FAQ: Removing Badger Cleansing Oil    

  • Hi, i really want to buy and use badger cleansing oil (because i love love love the rose face balm and i normally do 2-step face cleansing so i need an oil based cleanser). However; the necessity of using a wash cloth/tissue/cotton is a real stop for me. I even do not use towel on my face-i avoid any material to touch my face (other than my fingers). So my question is, if i use badger cleansing oil; and when i want to remove it, can i use my other gentle cleanser? As i do 2-step face cleansing; in any case after oil cleansing i will follow up with my second (water base-ph friendly) cleanser. So, i will just mix/combine them in a way. Sorry if my question is complicated, but i just want to create a logic to be able to use badger cleansing oil 🙂

    • Greetings!

      Thanks for writing. If your water-based cleanser has an oil component it should remove the Badger Cleansing oil. As our oil cleansers do not contain any emulsifiers (only oil), they need to be removed physically or with a cleanser that can remove oil.

      It is fine to do it this way – Badger cleansing oils are beneficial in all routines, and how you use it is completely up to you. 🙂

      Let me know if you have any more questions!


      • Hi, many thanks for the answer. I checked my cleanser’s ingridient list- but i am no way to understand whether it has any oil component in it. I copied the ingridient list below; maybe you can help me? Are these ok to remove badger oil from the face -or do i still need a towel?
        Many thanks in advance for your kind help.

        Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

        • Hello again – after reviewing the ingredients below there is an oil-in-water emulsifier meaning that it should remove the oil cleanser. Let me know if you have a different experience than that!


          • Oh really! That means i can use badger oil cleanser in my routine without a towel! Yayyyy! Many many thanks for your help! It means a lot.

              • Hi! I’ve been doing my research on the OCM and I’ve seen MANY conflicting opinions on pure oil cleansing vs. double cleansing– the water cleanse following the oil cleanse. The OCM camp says that oil is enough and soap will strip the skin whereas the double-cleansing camp says that oil will not dissolve dirt and that is why a gentle, water-based cleanser is needed. Will my skin be clean enough if I’m just doing an oil cleanse?

  • I am totally in love with the OCM! It is such a comforting and relaxing ritual and works very well for my skin.
    I personally use warm wash cloths and change them out frequently. Like that better than using cotton pads since I can steam clean my face that way. I use hot/warm water or oil-cleanse my face in the shower. The gentle exfoliation in combination with the oil gives me clear skin. I use the Damaskus Rose Oil for removing make-up and in the evening. Argan is my go to in the morning since it smells uplifting and the menthol crystals are refreshing. It’s important to take your time and apply the warm wash cloth several times to steam and then gently remove oil with wash cloth in a circular motion-not necessary to rub hard. Then pat dry with a towel and my face is baby soft and doesn’t have an oily residue.


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