How to make a Camellia Cleansing Oil

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Continuing our formulation video series, we are tackling the topic of cleansing and specifically how to make a cleansing oil. Cleansing is one of the most important parts of your skincare ritual. After a long day at work, if you wear make-up, after the gym or even after travelling in polluted cities, cleansing the skin is essential as it removes all the dirt and grime accumulated during the day.

Quite often, not properly cleansed skin can be the cause of breakouts or blackheads so all the more reason to use a gentle cleanser daily. Cleansing also paves the path to toning and moisturising your skin so then it is ready for nourishment. We all have our favourite cleanser whether it is a balm, a foam or even a micellar water.

In today’s post we are bringing you a super simple yet effective cleansing product. This cleansing oil is easily removed with water as it turns to milk when in contact with water. Often when using simple cleansing oils, you will need to use a hot cloth or towel to remove the residue but this formula will not require that. It will also not dry out the skin, but will leave it supple and soft.

Previous formulation videos:

How to make a Babassu deep conditioning hair mask

How to make a Jasmine and Aloe Micellar Water

How to make a natural shampoo with mint and rosemary

Key ingredients

In this formula, the most important ingredient is Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate. This particular component will help emulsify the oils when in contact with water, in other words as you wash the cleansing oil off, the water will loosen the oils and the grime with it. The oil will turn into a milky consistency. Its tradename is Durosoft PG4O but you may find it easier to search for this ingredient by using its INCI name.

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Next up, we have a selection of oils which we chose specifically for a cleansing product. The key ingredient is Camellia oil. It is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Camellia oleifera plant and it is packed with antioxidants and some vitamins. It is a fantastic oil to have in cleansing products and leaves the skin soft without greasiness. We created an essential oil blend using clary sage, lavender and bergamot. This blend, we feel is completely unisex but you can of course alter this choice to your liking and we offer some alternatives below.



1. Weigh the Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate (Phase A) into a beaker and set it aside. This will help remove the oil cleanser from the skin.
2. In another beaker weigh the oils one by one (Phase B). Stir well.
3. Add the tocopherol (Vitamin E) and finally weigh in the essential oils.
4. Stir it well until you see the blend clearing.
5. While stirring, slowly add the oil blend to the Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate. Make sure the oils are incorporated completely.
6. We can now decant the cleansing oil into a clean pump bottle.


Phase A

Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate – 15%

Phase B

Jojoba oil – 35%
Camellia oil – 30%
Strawberry seed oil – 15%
Castor oil – 3.5%
Tocopherol – 0.30%
Bergamot essential oil – 0.60%
Lavender essential oil – 0.40%
Clary sage essential oil – 0.20%


How to use it

This cleansing oil works well as a daily skin cleanser. Massage a couple of pumps of the oil into the skin. Add a little bit of water to skin and continue massaging to loosen up the dirt and grime. You will notice that the oil will turn into a milky consistency when you add water. This is because the Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate helps emulsify the oils, making them easier to remove from the skin. Follow it by using a toner and your favourite moisturiser.

Other essential oil blends:
1. Cedarwood 0.40% and Bergamot 0.60%
2. Frankincense 0.20%, Lavender 0.25% and Grapefruit 0.55%


Comparison of oil content and fatty acid profile of ten new camellia oleifera cultivars
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects of camellia oleifeira Abel components
Jojoba in dermatology: A succinct review


Suggested Suppliers for Durosoft®PG4-0:
The Soap Kitchen (Ships Internationally)
The Online Soap Shop EU
Aussie Soap Supplies Australia
Bay House UK (Ships Internationally)

Suggested suppliers for Camellia seed oil:
The Soap Kitchen (Ships Internationally)

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