Damascus Rose Face Cleansing Oil



What It Is: A soothing, antioxidant-rich cleanser for dry to delicate skin.  (Is my skin dry…No… but it has rose in the name so I had to try it!)

What It Does: Castor and Apricot lift impurities while Olive, Sunflower, and Jojoba replenish essential vitamins, fatty acids, and lipids. Clears away makeup and impurities— leaving your skin feeling clean, balanced, and nourished. This Rose blend will fill your heart with love while it evens your skin tone!

Key Ingredients:  Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Oil Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Lavender Oil, Rose Oil and Chamomile Oil.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Of the cleansing oils I’ve used this one is a little bit thicker then the others.  It also does not smell like rose… 😦  It has a strong scent of lavender which I’m fine with I was just expecting something in a pink bottle and with Rose in the name to smell like roses… crazy I know! 🙂

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: This oil is also different then the other cleansing oils in the way that you wash it off.  All other cleansing oils wash off with water.  The directions say to use a wet warm wash cloth to remove the oil after massaging it into your face.  I of course did not do that and just used my hands and water and was left with makeup smeared all over my very oily face.  So I walked to the hall closet and got out a washcloth and used it to wipe off the the oil.  Surprise… yes children you should probably follow the directions! This does have an extra step compared to other cleansing oils but I do like this one a lot as my skin feels very clean and moisturized.

Where to buy::

Badgerbalm.com (the official site) $19.99 

Amazon $16.99

JULEP Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

This is the first cleansing oil that I ever used and it is a favorite.



What It Is: A lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleansing oil.

What It Does: Dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil gently and thoroughly without over-drying and laves skin soft and hydrated.

Key Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, olive oil, and Power Cell Complex, a Julep-exclusive blend of age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients: 1) Rosehip seed oil delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair, 2) Malvaceae Lipid Extract improves barrier function so skin retains moisture, 3) Green coffee bean oil invigorates skin & promotes cell turnover.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: It has a nice clean scent and it looks and feels like an oil. 🙂

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: This is a good cleansing oil but for me it isn’t the best one I’ve ever used.  Not everytime, but sometimes I do feel like it leaves a bit of residue on my face.  But overall I have enjoyed using this!


Where To Find::

$28.00 at Julep

$28.00 at Ulta 

$28.00 at Amazon 

The Oil Cleansing Method vs Pre Packaged Cleansing Oils

Now that you know what the hype is surrounding cleansing oils, its time to expand that knowledge and try not to let your brain steep out of your ears with all the information that is going to be thrown at you.


My mom has always been a bit of “natural” person so to speak she was using coconut oil before it was cool and treated various aliments with essential oils. She is always looking for natural acne cures for me and trust me I think I’ve tired everything. She first suggested the Oil Cleansing Method to me several years ago and I first said no way and then decided what the hay I’ve tried everything else maybe it will work.

What is the Oil Cleansing Method? 

The Oil Cleansing Method (From here on out we are going to say OCM) is a way to cleanse your face with a mixture of oils.  Now there are  dozens of opinions of what oils to mix to achieve OCM nirvana.  Here are just a few examples I found online–

From The Oil Cleansing Method:: 

  • Oily skin: Try a blend of 30% castor oil to 70% sunflower seed oil.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% castor oil to 80% sunflower seed oil.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% castor oil to 90% sunflower seed oil.

Crunchy Betty:: 

  • Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
  • Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Avocado (dry and aging skin)
  • Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
  • Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
  • Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
  • Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)

Tree Hugger:: 

  • Oily skin: Blend 30% castor oil + 70% olive oil
  • Balanced skin: 20% castor oil + 80% olive oil
  • Dry skin: 10% castor oil + 90% olive oil




Confused yet?! 

I was overwhelmed, so I  half heartedly mixed some castor oil, olive oil and jojoba oil together and used it on my face.  It didn’t make it worse but it wasn’t better and at that point I was so overwhelmed (and yes I did kind of want to prove my mother wrong….) that I declared it didn’t work and moved on.

But No Oil Lives Another Day… 

Hello to Lara about 5 months ago when she noticed that skincare companies had taken the work out of mixing oils and done it for her!  Yay for being lazy!

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I had one sent to me and decided to give it a try and oh my gosh night and day difference between what I had done myself and what was in this magical bottle.  Next post we will discuss my skin care routine and how I use my cleansing oil.

Some suggestions for Pre Prepared Cleansing Oils!

About Face: Ten Amazing Cleansing Oils 

Independent: 11 Best Cleansing Oils

Sephora: Cleansing Oils from the search feature 

Ulta: Cleansing Oils from the search feature 


If you missed part one… 

 *Disclaimer- I know that skincare can be a controversial subject for people so please, please, please know that this is just my opinion and what has worked for me. You don’t have to agree with it but please be polite 🙂 *

What is up with Cleansing Oils? Oil for an Oily Face?!

If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know my face produces enough oil that I could run my car on it.  That is if cars ran on that kind of oil….  So… When the the “trend” of using oil to clean your face started a few years ago I quickly decided that was not going to be happening in my skin care routine.  Fast forward to present day and guess what, I am older and wiser and I put oil on my face everyday!

I haven’t written about this on the blog yet but I made it a goal this year to use up my samples.  From the sample sizes I  get in various subscription boxes to the samples that come with purchases; my sample supply has gotten out of control.  I decided that the best thing to do for my effort was to sort the samples into makeup (not travel size or sample size things but the packets of foundation or blush on a card stuff),  Skincare and Hair.  While on this sorting quest I discovered I had a few cleansing oils.  I have been using one (that is full size) for a few months and decided to use the others I had and make some comparisons. My plan is to write a post specially for each oil and then follow up with a post that compares the three that I have been using.  But first lets talk about what exactly a cleansing oil is suppose to do for your skin.



Whether your skin is oily, dry or somewhere in between you can use oil as a cleanser and a moisturizer on your face.  Don’t think (like I did) that using an oil on your face will only make your skin more oily.  In fact the opposite is true! Oil attracts oil, so if you put the right kind of oil (more on that later) on your face it will attract the not good kind of oil (sebum, and the oils from makeup) then when you wash your face all of the oil, good and bad will be down the drain.  Also when you cleanse your face with oil, the oil is able to cling to the junk on your face without getting into your pores and takes everything with it.  I have found for me personally that the majority of oil free cleansers (which if you are oily/acne prone you are told you must use)  on the market today are so good at their jobs that my skin is stripped and then is tricked into thinking it is dry and produces more oil. Using oil to combat oil is helping with my skins natural oil production. Don’t get me wrong I still have massive amounts of oil, but I can definitely tell a difference.

Next post we will dive into the oil cleansing method vs pre packaged cleansing oils

*Spoiler- I’ve done both….*

Resources Used:::  Beauty Editor “My Traumatic Experience with the Oil Cleansing Method” by  Michelle Villett

Paula’s Choice” The Oil Cleansing Method 

Bustle “The Oil Cleansing Method For Acne May Be Your Perfect Skin-Clearing Regimen” by Kristin Collins Jackson

Huffington Post “What The Heck Is Cleansing Oil, And Why Is Everyone Obsessed With It?” by Dana Oliver

Glamour “The Trick to Getting the Most Out of Your Cleansing Oil” by Susan Yara