DIY ‘Oil Cleansing Method’ Brush Cleanser


DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser


So I’ve finally gotten around to doing this post that had been requested by a few of you on twitter over 6 months ago (sorry! Please don’t throw rocks!)

This is the formulation that I use to clean all my brushes- I’ve found that it works better than some of the alcohol based brush cleansers out there, particularly when removing oil based products like OCC lip tars and cream blushes.

How it works:

It’s based on OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) face cleansers, with an inbuilt emulsifier for easy rinsing, and other tweaks which makes this more appropriate for brushes. So it works like other water soluble cleansing oils like the Shu Uemura cleansing oil etc (for a while I was actually using my Bobbi Brown cleansing oil to clean my brushes but it was turning into a very expensive habit) For more info on facial OCM, and a fantastic  OCM recipe, see this post on Sarah’s blog .

I like to wet my brushes with warm water first, squeeze some DIY OCM brush cleanser on the bristles, then work it in with my fingers. The cleanser will go milky/creamy on contact with water, and then will rinse clean under the tap. DING! Clean brushes!

Oh one other thing- this formulation tends to separate into two phases on standing, so you need to give it a bit of a shake/swish before each use.

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser


Keep reading after the jump!

This is going to be the easiest DIY concoction on this blog. All you need to do is pour the approximate amounts of everything in the recipe- you don’t need a scale or a measuring cylinder.


– 30% Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier)

– 20% Peg-7  Olivate (water soluble ester of olive oil to act as a co-emulsifier)

– 50% Sunflower oil (you can use any oil here, but I like sunflower in this formula because it has a light consistency).

–  a few drops of your favourite essential oils (optional)

note: this formulation does not require a preservative because it is anhydrous (does not contain water).

*percentages are by volume, not weight. But you don’t need to be very accurate with this recipe anyway.


Just to show you a before/after brush cleanser pic- here is a used brush that is clearly diiirrrty. Post-cleanse it is pretty clean, and although it is not totally white, keep in mind that this is quite an old brush which has gotten a bit stained over about 2-3yrs of service.


Dirty brush prior to cleansing with DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser

Clean brush after cleansing with DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser


I purchased my Polysorbate 80 and Peg-7 Olivate from 


Posted by on Mar 4th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Miscellaneous | 10comments

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