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DIY Chamomile Cleansing Oil Recipe

Chamomile cleansing oil

Are you tired of harsh cleansers or products that strip your skin’s natural oils? Perhaps you’re looking for a more natural alternative. Look no further! This DIY cleansing oil is perfect for you – it will clean away makeup and grime without irritating your skin. Easy to prepare, you’ll have it ready in a few minutes.

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What is Chamomile Cleansing Oil?

Chamomile cleansing oil is a gentle cleanser that will lift makeup, excess sebum, and other impurities from your skin, leaving your complexion rejuvenated! Calming and soothing, it suits normal to dry and sensitive skin.

Skin Benefits of Chamomile Cleansing Oil

A healthy moisture barrier is essential for keeping our skin smooth and hydrated skin. Applying chamomile cleansing oil to your face:

– Keeps skin hydrated by preventing moisture loss

– Gently lift makeup and grime 

– Exfoliate the skin by lifting dead cells, keeping the pores clear

– Reduce redness

– Soften the skin

– Improve the overall appearance of the skin

How does Chamomile Cleansing Oil Work?

Plant-based oils are naturally attracted to other oil-like ingredients in makeup, dirt, and even our own sebum, allowing the oil to lift makeup and other impurities from the skin surface, making it smooth and clean. 

What’s in It?

Since this is a gentle cleanser, I have included natural, good-for-skin ingredients that include:

Sunflower and grapeseed oil, are light oils that readily absorb into the skin. Abundant in Omega-6 fatty acids, these oils gently remove dirt, makeup and impurities from the face without stripping the skin of its moisture. In addition, grapeseed oil improves the skin’s ability to bounce back, making it more elastic. 

Chamomile-infused oil. Cleansing oil with chamomile is lovely for the skin. Anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, and soothing, chamomile may help reduce redness and calm the skin. You can find how to prepare infused chamomile oil here. For this recipe, I have infused chamomile in sweet almond oil. 

Squalane. Naturally antioxidant and moisturising, squalane is an excellent emollient that helps boost skin hydration and improves skin elasticity. 

Essential oils. Roman chamomile, cedarwood and melissa (lemon balm) essential oils work in synergy, creating a refreshing blend. While chamomile and cedarwood essential oil have a calming effect on the mind, melissa’s fresh lemon-like scent is uplifting.

How Do You Use Chamomile Cleansing Oil?

Splash a small amount of oil into your palms and warm it up. Gently massage the oil into the dry skin in circular motions for a minute or two. It will lift impurities and dirt from the skin. Use a damp face cloth to wipe off any excess residue. Finish with a light moisturiser to lock in the hydration or a few more drops of oil. 

How to Prepare DIY Chamomile Cleansing Oil

DIY Chamomile Cleansing Oil

Recipe by KayDifficulty: Beginner Formulator


Total Time to Prepare



Calming and soothing, chamomile cleansing oil is a gentle facial cleanser that will lift makeup, excess sebum, and other impurities from your skin, leaving it fresh and rejuvenated!



  • Weigh all oils (phase A ingredients) in the glass beaker and mix.
  • Add essential oils, and vitamin E (phase B) and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the bottle with the flip-top or airless pump bottle (like this) to package your cleanser. Don’t forget to label your product for future reference!

Skin Patch Test

  • Carry out a skin patch test first to ensure you are not sensitive or allergic to the oil. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin, somewhere you can leave it alone for 24-48 hours (like the inner wrist). If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
  • This cleanser has been formulated for the face only. If you’d like to use it to remove your eye makeup, replace essential oils with grapeseed oil. The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and applying essential oils can cause burning and irritations.

Shelf Life and Storage

As this cleanser oil is 100% oil-based, it doesn’t require preservatives to ward off microbes. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It should last at least a year before any oils go rancid. If you notice any change in texture, smell or colour, discard it and prepare a new batch. 


Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes. 

Oils: I have picked grapeseed and sunflower oil for their light texture. You can replace them with other light oils like safflower or jojoba oil. Infused chamomile oil is essential here, and I wouldn’t recommend replacing it.

Squalane: Jojoba oil, just like squalane, is anti-inflammatory, packed with antioxidants and nourishing for the skin. It is an excellent substitute for squalane. 

Essential oils: Melissa oil can be pricy. You can replace it with rosemary oil or even petitgrain. Mind you might need to adjust the amount, though. Rosemary scent can be overpowering.  Before swapping any essential oils, check out Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by R Tisserand and R Young to keep your formulations safe. 


Cleansing oil vs toner: What’s the difference?

Cleansing oil is lightweight, non-drying and formulated to draw out impurities from the skin, including dirt, oil and makeup residue. Toner removes excess oil residue and restores the skin’s pH balance. 

How often should I oil cleanse?

Ideally, it would help oil cleanse once a day, preferably in the evening before bed. Oil will help remove all grime, and nourish and hydrate your skin. 

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate chamomile into your skincare? Check out the recipes below!

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