Removing Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Jeremy Yap

You know the feeling. You’ve been using essential oils in healing, ritual, or a working. But now your hands (or other areas of your body) are well-scented and even soap and water can’t seem to eliminate the problem.

Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Oil residue can be stubborn and annoying. Scent can be a powerful thing, triggering strong emotional and even physical reactions in people, which is why working with oils is often an issue if you are interacting with others soon after handling them.

It’s also important to get that residue off your hands because you don’t want to touch your eyes, other sensitive body parts, children, or pets with traces of potent oils.

Micellar Water to the Rescue

I’ve been using essential oils for a long time and struggle with the residue problem. Recently (and by accident) I discovered an efficient, inexpensive, and convenient solution.

Micellar water is a facial skin cleanser that has increased in popularity over the past couple of years. As its name suggests, it looks and feels like water, and it is quite effective at removing makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin’s surface. It’s also good at removing oil residue.

I use it in combination with soap and water: I first soak a cotton pad with micellar water, wipe my fingers carefully and wash my hands as usual. If my hands still don’t pass the sniff test, I wipe them down with a fresh cotton pad soaked with micellar water. This usually takes care of things nicely.

Finding It

You can find micellar water anywhere that sells skin care products, including drugstores, grocery stores, big box stores, and specialty cosmetic shops such as Ulta or Sephora.

My brand preference is for Simple. It’s inexpensive and its formulation leaves my skin feeling very clean.  Some brands contain additional ingredients, such as for removing waterproof mascara, but unless you plan to use the micellar water for both eye makeup and oil residue removal, you don’t need such a product.

 

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