Originally Posted by celestialdrmrmama
Would jojoba oil work for this? I have always liked using it for moisturizing because the oil's composition is supposed to be really close to your natural skin oils. I even use jojoba oil on my dd after diaper changes and all over the dry areas of my skin after baths. Do I have to use castor oil for the purpose of cleansing?
Jojoba oil is not good for massaging because it absorbs into the skin really, really quickly. It is more a wax than an oil. However, it wouldn't hurt to add a drop or two to any other oil you are using.
You do not need to use castor oil for cleaning. For instance, I've read that pregnant women shoud not use castor oil.
If you go to the OCM thread on the message board linked on the first post, first page of this thread, you'll find many of the women there using OCM. Many there do not not like using castor oil. Neither do I, I found it hard to wash off. There are many other carrier oils you can use, and you can add any essentials you like. Search for essential oil sites and look up the properties of carrier oils and essential oils and decide what is right for you. Some people use almond oil, cocnut oil, rosemary, etc., etc.
My own personal preference is grapeseed oil with a drop of jojoba. Sometimes I may use jojoba afterward for extra moisturizing. I chose grapeseed because it is slightly astringent, I was afraid of more zits. However, by itself I found it too astringent, my skin felt dry afterward. I experimented with adding the bit of jojoba and wa-la! I am happy with this method for me.