The 411 on Oil Cleansers

Your skin super food is small yet mighty


Over the past year or two, there’s been a lot of buzz about oil cleansers. Some people swear by them, some think they’re just another fleeting beauty trend, and others gasp when they imagine smearing oil on their skin. If you’re a tried and true S-Dubber, you know that we’ve always been pro oils. If you’re new to S.W. Basics, welcome to the club. We’re here to remove your oil- free training wheels and usher you out into the big, viscous world that’s waiting with open arms. Our new Cleansers are the perfect place to begin your journey.


First off, what is an oil cleanser?

It’s exactly what it sounds like: a cleanser that’s made of oils. Rather than cleaning the face with suds or through micellar water, like our original Cleanser, the cleansing oils bond to dirt and bad bacteria, which are then removed when you wash.


What’s special about S.W. Basics Oil Cleansers?

We made two: one for oily skin, and one for dry skin. While many oil cleansers on the market use a cheap carrier, like sunflower or safflower oil, our Oil Cleansers are formulated with extremely potent, power-packed bases: castor oil and apricot oil. If you’re oily, try our Castor Oil Cleanser: The ricinoleic acid in castor oil targets bacteria that clogs the pores, it’s antibacterial, anti-flammatory, and noncomedogenic. It restores the skin’s natural pH so everything settles back into balance. If you’re on the dryer side, try our Apricot Oil Cleanser: Apricot oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid, which helps moisturize while also toning and firming. Apricot oil is also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, meaning your skin will be left clean and breakout-free after applying. The essentials oils in both cleansers give your skin that extra TLC it deserves. Tamanu is chalk full of omega fatty acids, which treat acne and promote healthy cell growth, manuka oil heals damaged skin, carrot seed oil is rich in vitamins A and E, and red thyme oil prevents breakouts and offers added nourishment.


How do you use it?

It’s easy! Wash your face with warm water, then apply the Oil Cleanser like you would any other face wash, and rinse with soapy water or remove gently with a wet washcloth. 2-3 times a week should do, but increase or decrease depending on your sweet, sweet skin.


Our Favorite Tips and Hacks

The Power Couple: To reap the benefits of both castor oil and apricot oil (which would be especially beneficial if you have skin that’s constantly changing), dispense a pump of each oil into your hands, mix together, and then rinse with warm, sudsy water.

The Two-In- One: Apricot oil doubles as a light moisturizer (natural ingredients are so great, right?), so after cleansing with your favorite face wash, use a dollop of our Apricot Oil Cleanser as a leave-on hydrator.

The One and Done: Mix a pump of your chosen Oil Cleanser (either will work)into your go-to face wash, and then rinse like you normally would. You likely won’t need to use another moisturizer, which makes your skincare routine that much simpler.

The Hair Hydrator: Dry hair? Split ends? Massage either Oil Cleanser into the tips of your hair and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Shampoo after if it feels greasy, and let those locks shine!

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