Pit stop/Oil has a face cleanser.  

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I gathered this information for my sister's friend, but I think that it is really helpful.
Its about using oil as a face cleanser (Its pretty good, I use it to remove my makeup) There is also a list of certain oils and there characteristics, pretty much what they can do for your face.
Sorry its kind of long :D I got the information from various sources on the web.

Cleaning up oil with oil: the oil cleansing method

Acne sufferers have long noticed that a gentle cleanser is more effective than a harsh one. By stripping the skin of all of the natural oils, glands produced even more oil to compensate, escalating the severity of breakouts. By gently cleansing and then applying a light moisturizer, the face was cleared of acne causing agents without aggravating the condition.
Now more people are using oil to clean their faces and help their complexions. People who use the oil cleansing method prefer to use oil to dissolve oil on your skin, rather than harsh cleansers. They know that oil will never bond with water, making some water based cleansing methods ineffective. They are also aware that breakouts are not necessarily caused by oil, but by foreign substances in the pores, in addition to heredity and hormones.

Instead of breakouts, people that regularly use the oil cleansing method report soft skin with a healthy glow. They also report that the oil cleansing method reduces their fine lines and better moisturizes their skin. Other people choose the oil cleansing method because of the cost savings in comparison to expensive skin creams and cleansers

It is important not to confuse the oil cleansing method with specially formulated cleansing oils. Cleansing oils are combined with other ingredients so that they emulsify with water and rinse away. While they are popular and could help your skin, they are not what you should use for the oil cleansing method.

To try the oil cleansing method you will need an oil with no additives such extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, or grapeseed oil. Some people claim that castor oil is a more cleansing oil with healing properties, while olive oil is more moisturizing. What is known is that oils like grapeseed and almond are lighter than castor and olive oil. The only true way to know what oil will work best for your skin is too try it. You can also try combining different types of oils to get better results.
The oil cleansing method can be time consuming, so be sure to have at least twenty minutes to try this technique. Over time you can streamline your method to make this process quicker. Also, many people begin trying the oil cleansing method at night and using their regular skincare regimen in the morning.

Before beginning the oil cleansing method, pull back your hair and wear an old shirt. Then spread a liberal amount of your chosen oil on your face, neck, and chest. Do not worry about cleaning your face beforehand.

Next, wet a washcloth with hot water and lay it over the oil on your face. Wait for the washcloth to cool to room temperature to remove. After you have removed the cloth, slowly massage the oil into your skin and neck. Use firm circular strokes and take your time, concentrating on the T zone of your face. Do not scrub or use your nails. You want to simulate the type of relaxing massage you might receive during a facial.

Using a new hot facecloth, drape it on your face and wait until it has cooled. Then use the facecloth to carefully remove all of the oil. Use additional clothes or rinse out the one you are using to be sure that every drop of the oil has been removed.
Splash your face with cold water to refresh and make your pours appear smaller. Then apply a moisturizer. You can use your regular moisturizer for this step or a very small amount of the oil you used for cleansing. Massage until the oil is completely absorbed. Some people find that they do not need the moisturizing step. Evaluate your skin after removing the cleansing oil to decide for yourself.

Like any change in a skin care regimen, it will take time to truly decide whether the oil cleansing method is a good way to clean your skin. Some people report a breakout after a week of using the oil cleansing method, but these problems normally clear within a few days. Others have no skin problems to report. Devotees of the oil cleansing method report a healthy glow to their skin and a lack of acne. Try it and see if it is right for you.

Carrier oils and their properties


Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils, since it is non-greasy, spreads easily and also is great for nourishing the skin.
Sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but acts as an emollient, skin soother and softener while conditioning the skin and promoting a clear young looking complexion ; helps to relieve muscular aches and pains ; helps the skin to balance its loss and absorption of moisture.

It is suitable for all skin types, especially good for dry or irritated skin and helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching; is greatly lubricating and because it is not an overly fast penetrating oil, it is a good massage medium to use to help spread the oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin.
Although mostly used on its own as a massage carrier oil, diluting with 10% wheatgerm oil gives a longer shelf life.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been used for centuries due to the beneficial effect it has on the skin. Aloe vera encourages skin rejuvenation, healing of wounds and treatment of sunburn. It is also used to help in relieving arthritis pain, improving blood circulation, reducing scarring, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

It has been known for generations help reduce inflammation, pain and itching, to accelerate wound healing, a superb penetrating moisturizing agent, helping to stimulate the body's immune system while being naturally hypoallergenic with about the same pH balance of the skin.
Aloe vera has great healing qualities which makes it a good choice to use on its own, or to include when mixing a massage oil or preparing a carrier oil blend for aromatherapy massage.
Other medicinal uses include treating radiation ulcers, peptic ulcers, thermal burns, wounds, pimples, freckles, spots, dandruff, split ends, menstrual problems, constipation, urine disorders, and improving digestion.

Apricot (prunus armeniaca)

This is a very precious oil with a short shelf life. Keep refrigerated or in a dark cool place when storing. Apricot kernel Carrier Oil is a pale yellow, light, finely textured base oil that is extracted from the seed kernel of the apricot fruit.

It is high in Vitamins A and B, which helps with healing and rejuvenating skin cells. It is very rich in gamma linoleic acid and produces a small amount of free radical fighting anti-oxidants, as well as Vitamin E. Extremely good in skin care preparations, for all skin types, especially premature aging skin, wrinkles,sensitive, inflamed or dry skin. Use as a 10-50% dilution with any facial care preparation.

Best for facial massage, mature and delicate skin. Quickly absorbs into the skin. particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature, or sensitive skin helps to sooth inflammation.
This finely textured oil spreads easily and its moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing properties combine well with essential oils, to give a superb facial massage.

avocado (persea americana)

- rich, heavy, deep green, with lots of skin-nourishing vitamins (a and e). is very useful when treating sun or climate damaged skin that is dehydrated and undernourished as it is said to help with regenerating the skin and softening the tissue.

Although it can be used pure, it is in most cases mixed with another carrier oil, such as Almond oil, or Grapeseed oil to make up 10% of the carrier mixture.

Avocado oil is easily absorbed into deep tissue, and with its wonderful emollient properties, makes it ideal for mature skins as well as helping to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema.

The finest quality oil is cold-pressed from the flesh of the fruit. It has a slight emerald green hue, which is important to note in order to obtain the quality you are looking for. This oil is rich in essential fatty acids, as well as beta-carotene and vitamin E. It is superb for treatment of aging skin because of its ability to penetrate deep into the skin layers. It is also ideal for treatment of dry and dehydrated skin. It has shown to improve eslastin and to help cell regeneration. Use as a 10% additive in any cosmetic blend.

borage (borago officinalis)

- This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and is one of the highest GLA sources known. GLA stimulates cell activity, assisting in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin.. It is a great oil for maintaining healthy skin. It is helpful on prematurely aged skin, damaged by exposure to sunlight to promote cell regeneration. Use on all skin types as a 10% additive. It is rather expensive oil, therefore; smaller amounts are added to skincare preparations goes rancid quickly.

Calendula or Marigold (calendula officinalis)

This oil is obtained from the flowers of the marigold plant, picked when they are in full bloom from early to late summer. Calendula is known to have antimicrobial properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory, astringent, wound healing, anti-fungal and antiseptic. This oil is supreme in soothing sore, itchy, or burned skin. You may use this oil to treat acne, swollen areas, broken capillaries and varicose veins. This oil is also cell regenerative and therefore ideal for use on wrinkles and aging skin. Use as a 15-25% additive or neat on the skin. Mixing this oil with certain essential oils adds to its value, such as adding 1% tea tree to enhance its anti-fungal properties or geranium at 1% to increase its astringent effect.

calophyllum inophyllum

- rich and thick, with spicy smell. stimulates cell regeneration. antiseptic. helps wounds to heal, soothes inflammation, relieves pain, good for broken capillaries, eczema, burns, rashes, insect bites. quite expensive, though.
It is an exceptional skin care oil, especially against inflammatory problems, acne and more.


- very light, with just a touch of delicate flowery aroma. good for preventing the thickening of skin in scar tissue. the japanese use it for hair care. Another very expensive, but beautiful oil that has anti-aging properties. It is very nourishing to the skin. Wonderful for dry lines and wrinkles.

Centella Oil (Brahmi)- (Centella Asiatica)

Research shows amazing effects on the skin as An active substance, Asiaticosid, stimulates cell growth of the skin. Its high concentration of tri-terpenes also makes it an important oil for skin care, having a stimulating effect on the biosynthesis of collagen.
As a medical treatment, cures disorders of blood circulation like, blood clots. supports healing of wounds, scars and burns, Even old scars.

Reduces fat cells, cellulite. In France, taking capsules of the extract complements the external treatment. They stimulate the whole metabolism and functions as a natural diuretic.

cocoa butter

Cocoa butter was found suitable to be used as one of the ingredients in producing a good quality cream. It gives a shiny, non-oily feel and spread easily on the skin giving a lustrous and velvety feeling. Excellent for dry skin and dry skin diseases on its own. Known to sooth, soften, moisturize, lubricate and nourish the skin.
A waxy solid at room temperature..

Coconut (cocos nucifera)
This oil is very light, and is obtained by solvent extraction of the dried flesh of the coconut. It is solid. It is wonderful for aromatherapy use because it is odorless and will not mask the scent of essential oils. Coconut oil is able to block out at least 20% of the sun’s UV rays. Especially good for healing wounds and skin which is dry or itchy. May be used on all types of skin. Use as a 10-15% additive. Most useful as a carrier for essential oil perfumes.

This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. It also acts as a mild oil suitable for those with inflamed and irritated skin, and those with skin sensitivities. Coconut oil is without a doubt, the number one lather-producing agent used in soaps.

And Coconut oil can not clog pores, making it an ideal carrier for oily or troubled skin. Has a heavy distinctive smell.


- rich, yellow in colour, smells a bit like butter. high in vitamin e, stimulates cellular regeneration, useful for preventing scarring and stretch marks. goes rancid quickly.

grapeseed (vitis vinifera)

Grapeseed oil is a good second choice carrier especially for those whose skin seems not to absorb other oils very quickly. It does not leave a greasy feeling to the skin after application. Slightly astringent, Odorless, penetrating, and very light , easily absorbed , mildly astringent , tightens and tones the skin, which makes it useful for acne. it is always solvent-extracted, causing sensitivity in some individuals.

hazelnut (corylus avellana)

- light, easily absorbed, with a delicate aroma. tones and tightens the skin, strengthens capillaries, assists in cell regeneration. might be adulterated (beware of "good bargains"!) Very good for damaged skin.

It contains good levels of essential fatty acids, including linolenic acid and oleic acid. This oil is highly penetrative, with a slightly astringent effect on the skin. It is good for acne and combination skin types. You may prefer to use this oil in a 50/50 % solution with less odorous base oil. It is a popular oil for skin care preparations.

Jojoba (simmondsia chinensis)

A liquid wax rather than an oil, jojoba mimics sebum and penetrates skin very rapidly. It is therefore not good for massage, but excellent for nourishing skin. It is healing for inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, or any sort of dermatitis. It can help control acne and oily skin or scalp since excess sebum actually dissolves in jojoba. Jojoba is anti-oxidant. Used also for hair care. Good for all skin types, but can sometimes clog pores. The myristic acid it contains is anti-inflammatory, so this could be a good base oil for treating rheumatism and arthritis

As it is similar in composition to the skin's own oils, it is quickly absorbed. good for dry and mature skin and inflamed conditions. helps to control acne, oily skin and oily scalp. it is an antioxidant - does not become rancid and can prevent rancidity in other oils.

This oil is virtually colorless and with a smoky odor. It is a great oil in that it needs little refining and is extremely stable. The chemical structure of this oil resembles that of the skins’ own sebum. Moisturizes the skin, also acts as an emulsifier, gently unclogging pores and freeing any embedded materials. This oil may be used for treating acne and is a good anti-inflammatory. It contains fatty acids, proteins and minerals that are vital for the protection and nourishment of the skin’s collagen. Moreover, it provides some protection against UV rays. Use in blends combined with essential oils as a stabilizer as well to extend the shelf life of product.

kukui (Aleurites Moluccans)

very thin, very light , with a strong smell; high in linolenic and inolenic acids, quickly absorbed into the skin. very expensive.

Kukui oil has been used by natives of Hawaii for hundreds of years. They recognized the oil's high penetrability and soothing properties and currently use to sooth sunburns and chapped skin. contains very high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic. This oil is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs and is particularly good for dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema.


Olive oil is a dark green oil which is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids, especially alpha linolenic acid. It is a good oil for skin care, especially dehydrated, dry, inflamed or acned skin reducing itchiness and also a good preventative for stretch marks during pregnancy. It makes an excellent conditioner for hair and nails,acne, bruises, insect bites and sprains. and is also used for rheumatic conditions. This is a heavier oil so dilute it 10 to 50% in other carrier oils.

Can be stored without refrigeration for a year.
Known for its ability to absorb the burning rays of the sun and often used in suntan lotions,filters out up to 20% of the sun’s UV-rays. It is moisturizing and is good for dry skin use extra virgin and virgin only. They both contain useful levels of essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid. May be used as a 50/50 base mixed with another, less odorous oil.

peach kernel

Similar in properties to apricot kernel oil. Excellent ofor cell regeneration. Good for blemished and scarred skin

rose hip seed (Rosa rubiginosa)

- another oil high in gla, which helps the skin to heal and regenerate. it can prevent the thickening of skin in scar tissue and is helpful in healing burns, scars and stretch marks. however, it can aggravate acne and it goes rancid quickly. High in Vitamin C and somewhat astringent. It is very nourishing to the skin. Aids in the acid balance. Good for aging skin.
A light blush wine colored oil from the ripened fruit of the famed Rosehip, also known as Rosa Mosquita.

This unique oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has carried much respect amongst professional journals and organizations as being a great agent in the fight against dry, weathered, and dehydrated skin. It works wonders on scars and is the predominant oil used for treating wrinkles and premature aging. Can be used in all fine skin care recipes.

Shea Butterr (butyrospermum parkii kotschy, sapotaceae)

This butter is from the seeds of the Karite Tree. It is very rich in texture and is even more emollient than cocoa butter or lanolin.

Shea Butter is exceptionally rich and contains fatty acids, which stimulate the skin’s natural renewal process, and replenishes lost oils. It encourages the balanced production of lipids, the skins’ own self-created lubricants. It is a light wound emollient, and contains properties that accelerate healing of wounds, dermites, cracks, crevices and skin ulcers. It has anti-elastase characteristics, which makes it a good ingredient to fight stretch marks. Used mostly for dry, dehydrated skin, as it is soothing, moisturizing and has protective effects on the skin. It is known to have some protective effect on skin, which is prone to have sun allergies. Use as a base or as an additive.

St. John’s Wort: (hypericum perforatum)

This macerate comes from the flowers and leaves of the perennial weed, and is collected in the midsummer months. This oil is anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary and anti-rheumatic. Use to heal wounds, dandruff, pimples, sunburns, bruises and to add sore muscles and back and neck injuries. Use as a base or as a 10-50% additive. Known to help with healing of cuts, bruises and contusions.

walnut (juglans regalia)

Walnut oil has great emollient qualities and is a good choice as carrier. It acts as a co-ordinator and balances the nervous system. Also known to help alleviate menstrual problems including PMS. especially good for skin care because of its high levels of essential fatty acids. Walnut oil contains 18% gamma linolenic acid, 60% linoleic acid, 8% palmitic and 18% oleic acid. May use 100% or as an additive to any aromatherapy skin remedy.
It is a pleasant nutty smelling oil and contains a small amounts of GLA.It is reported to have benefits when used in the healing of wounds and skin problems.

wheat germ (triticum vulgare)

- very thick, honey-coloured, smells strongly of dark bread. high in vitamin b, a and e, good for dry and cracked skin, mature complexions, eczema, psoriasis, scars, stretch marks. Gives good results in Skin care. it is antioxidant and will extend the shelf-life of other oils. Especially, about 10% should be added in blends that may be used for a year or so
It has a strong odor, which may be difficult to cover up. It is extremely high in Vitamin E and is one of the few plant sources that provide near-complete proteins. This oil is said to be able to penetrate deep into the skin and help to repair damage caused by over exposure to the sunlight. Use on prematurely aging skin and as a preventative for stretch marks. Add up to 15% of this oil to another base oil, which is lighter, such as grapeseed or almond. This oil is also an extender to the shelf life of blends.