What oils might be suitable for an oil cleansing method cleanser for oily skin? In all honesty, my first response is that there really aren't any good oils for oily skin...but I'm going with the idea today that we want more astringent feeling oils with higher levels of linoleic acid or gamma-linoleic acid. Oils high in oleic acid tend not to play nice with acne prone oily skin types as it can make the P. acnes bacteria worse, so I'm not recommending those for this application, unless you're a resistant type.
My first suggestion is to go with more castor oil as it will remove more oils and should feel more astringent. I'm going with the idea that we're working with 50% castor oil. Again, you will have to try out what you're comfortable with as you make your products. If you want something astringent that doesn't contain a ton of oleic acid...you have only a few, more expensive choices, like evening primrose oil. You could, however, try using something like fractionated coconut oil, which doesn't contain any of the fatty acids I note above but will still work in this application, or jojoba oil, which penetrates our hair follicles to remove oils.
POTENTIAL OIL CLEANSING METHOD CLEANSER FOR OILY SKIN
50% castor oil
50% fractionated coconut oil
20% fractionated coconut oil and 20% jojoba oil with 10% evening primrose
Blend together in a pump or disc cap container. Follow the oil cleansing method cleansing method. Rejoice.
Again, please make only a small amount of this - 10 grams to 20 grams - and use it for about a week to see what happens before making changes. If you're having an adverse reaction, stop before then. But it takes about a week for pimples from a product to develop, so you'll need that time to really see how it impacts your skin.
To answer the question, yes, I have tried the oil cleansing method and it didn't work for me. I used 50% castor oil with 50% fractionated coconut oil, and I found that after a few days, my skin seemed oilier than ever and after a few more days, the blackheads and pimples on my skin were out of control. I'm an acne and rosacea prone oily girl, and it seems that I need a good surfactant based cleanser to keep my skin under control. I'm sure that I should have done this or that to make it work, but my discomfort was really unbearable and I'm loathe to try it again. As with everything, your mileage will vary with the products you make. You