I am so in love with this simple, vibrantly orange cleansing oil. It smells wonderful, works beautifully, and is so dang easy to make that it feels a bit like cheating. Compared to my other cleansing oils I think you’ll find this one lighter, perhaps a bit more satiny in the skin-feel department, and faster to make than cleansing oils I’ve made that also include emulsifying wax. It also creates a fun bit of orange abstract art as you weigh everything into your beaker or bottle!
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The bulk of any cleansing oil is going to be inexpensive, light to medium weight oils (if you have some carrier oils that are on the verge of going rancid, cleansing oils are often a great place to use them up as you’ll motor through the product if you use it twice a day). I’ve used mostly lightweight, inexpensive fractionated coconut oil with some added castor oil to boost the cleansing power. I also decided to include some C12-15 alkyl benzoate, which makes this cleansing oil feel unbelievably light when you use it.
Our cleansing ingredient is Cromollient SCE. Cromollient SCE is a solubilizer, meaning its molecules have one end that loves water, and another that loves oil. That ability to get along well with both sides of the oil/water divide means Cromollient SCE gives this cleansing oil beautiful wash-off; after you massage it into your skin it will happily and easily rinse off when you introduce water (I like to do this in the form of a damp microfibre cloth).
A titch of impossibly orange sea buckthorn fruit oil gives this cleansing oil its colour (don’t worry, it won’t stain your skin!), and the delicious mango scent comes from a natural mango fragrance oil from Essential Wholesale. Because of the stunning colour I highly recommend packaging this in a clear or frosted bottle so you can really enjoy it; I used a 50mL (1.69fl oz) frosted glass bottle from New Directions Aromatics with a treatment pump top, and I think it looks amazing!
You can make this by combining everything right in your bottle, capping, and shaking—that’s it! It’ll take you longer to take your ingredients out and put them away again (so you might as well make something else mango-y while the things are out, right?). I hope you love this Mango Mango Cleansing Oil as much as I do—happy making!
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Mango Mango Cleansing Oil
4.5g | 10% Cromollient SCE
4.5g | 10% castor oil
25.875g | 57.5% fractionated coconut oil
9g | 20% C12–15 alkyl benzoate
0.45g | 1% sea buckthorn fruit oil
0.225g | 0.5% Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
0.45g | 1% natural mango fragrance oil
Weigh all the ingredients into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup or beaker and stir to combine. Once everything is all mixed up, transfer your cleansing oil to a 50mL (1.69fl oz) bottle. I used a 50mL (1.69fl oz) Zelo Frosted Glass Bottle from New Directions Aromatics with a dispensing pump.
Alternatively, you could weigh everything right into the storage bottle, cap, and shake to combine. That’s it!
To use, dispense a nickel sized amount of cleansing oil into your palm, and work it up with a bit of warm water. Massage that into your face before wiping it off with a damp microfibre cloth.
Shelf Life & Storage
Because this cleansing oil does not contain any water, it does not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). Be sure to keep it dry to ensure it lasts as long as possible—don’t let any water get into the container and it should easily last a year.
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using a simple spreadsheet as I’ve explained in this post. As written in grams this recipe will make 45g, which fills a 50mL (1.69fl oz) bottle nicely.
- To learn more about the ingredients used in this recipe, including why they’re included and what you can substitute them with, please visit the Humblebee & Me Encyclopedia. It doesn’t have everything in it yet, but there’s lots of good information there! If I have not given a specific substitution suggestion in this list please look up the ingredient in the encyclopedia before asking.
- You can use Polysorbate 80 or Olivem 300 in place of the Cromollient SCE
- You can use a different inexpensive carrier oil in place of the fractionated coconut oil, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, and/or castor oil
- You can replace the sea buckthorn fruit oil with more fractionated coconut oil for a not-orange end product
- You can use a different essential oil or fragrance oil