Cleansing Oil Roundup
I've really been getting into cleansing oils lately. Here are the ones that I've been using, and what I think about them.
The thing I love about cleansing oils is how easily they remove all traces of makeup/sunscreen off my skin.
I personally prefer to remove my makeup first ,using either micellar water or a makeup remover wipe. Then I go in with a couple of pumps of cleansing oil, massage it into my dry skin for about a minute, then rinse.
I used to use mineral or coconut oil to remove makeup, but I found that these were harder to remove, and I needed to follow with a cleanser to remove the oil.
Cleansing oils contain an emulsifier, so when they're mixed with water they turn a milky colour and rinse off super easily.
I was always afraid of using cleansing oils because I have an oily t-zone. I wish I tried them sooner! Sometimes our skin is oily because it's dehydrated. Many cleansers for oily skin contain really harsh and drying ingredients. I used to use those, and when I washed them off my face, my skin was red and felt really tight and dry.
So my skin would overcompensate and produce MORE OIL!
Since cleansing with oil, my skin has produced less oil and become a lot softer. Not only that, oil is the most gentle and effective way to remove makeup.
I've been using these different oils/balms over the past few weeks;
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
This is my favourite oil out of the four. I first purchased it from Sephora US and when that ran out, I needed to buy more. I bought this bottle from Sephora AU for AUD$45 for 200ml. This is the only place I could find the sells the oil! Most stores (Myer/David Jones/Mecca) only sold the balm or milk version from the Take The Day Off line.
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polybutene, PEG-8 Diisostearate, PEG-12 Diisostearate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Laurate, BHT.
I feel a bit strange calling this a cleansing oil, because it doesn't actually contain any oils. It contains oil-like ingredients from the Castor Bean Plant. It also contains no fragrance, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin.
But regardless, this is my favourite oil because it's the perfect texture, and removes absolutely every trace of makeup! I prefer to massage it into my skin for a couple of minutes because it feels sooo nice. My skin is left feeling completely clean, but not squeaky or tight (or oily). My skin just feel like clean skin, which is not a common feeling when you consider how much moisturiser/makeup etc we put on our faces daily.
The bottle lasts forever, I've had this large bottle and after 2 months of almost daily use, there is still heaps left. I also really like the packaging. The pump twists to lock it in place if you're travelling. I'd prefer it to have a cap as well, so the pump doesn't accidentally twist to the open position, but that's the only reason I don't like this product.
Nu'trir Nourishing Cleansing Oil
I didn't mind this cleansing oil, but I won't repurchase it. I bought it from Priceline, it sells for AUD$24.99 for 100ml. As usual, I bought this on sale.
Water, Glycerin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate ,Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Hrdrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehip) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sachi Inchi) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Powder Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu camu) Fruit Extract, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Xanthan Gum, Citric acid, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Eucalyptus Dives Leaf/Twig Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass)Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
I noticed that the first ingredient is water. This is very noticeable, this wasn't a very thick or oily feeling oil. This had a beautiful scent though, every time I used it I was taken away to a happy place.
I brought this with me when travelling around the USA for a month last year. I really like that the packaging has a pump and a lid. There were no spills or leakages at all.
This did a reasonably good job at removing makeup. Sometimes I needed to cleanse twice, and I generally needed quite a few pumps. If you're just starting out with cleansing oils, this one is nice and easy to use, but I wouldn't say it's one of the best ones I've used.
Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
I really like this cleansing oil! It doesn't have much of a cooling effect, but I don't really want it to be cooling. I purchased the mini size (1.7oz/50ml) from Sephora US, which is listed as USD$10 online. I don't know where to buy this in Australia, or if you can even buy it here. If anyone has seen it, please let me know :)
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-20 Hexacaprylate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Dextrin Palmitate, Menthol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copper Chlorophyll, Water/Aqua/Eau, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Dipalmitate.
The first ingredient is the same as the Clinique cleansing oil, which is probably why I like this one so much. This contains eucalyptus oil and menthol to create the cooling effect, which could cause irritation to the skin.
This oil is thicker than the Clinique one, which I love if I feel like I've got a lot of makeup on. It leaves my skin feeling very clean refreshed.
I really like the pump packaging with this too, it has a clip-like thing you attach to the pump tube (sorry I have no idea what the technical name is), which prevents the pump from being pushed down.
I really enjoyed this cleansing oil, and I would recommend it, but I won't be going out of my way to find this in Australia to repurchase it.
Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm
I got this sample size from a beauty box. The full size retails for AUD$36.99 for 80ml and you can buy it from Priceline. Unlike the other products I've spoken about, this one is a cleansing balm.
Helianthus annuus seed oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos nucifera oil, Cera alba, Polyglceryl-3 Palmitate, Mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter, Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil, Camellia oleifera seed oil,Tocopheryl acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Parfum,citronellol, limonene, linalool.
I'm still indifferent to how I feel about this product. I really like how soft it leaves my skin feeling, but I don't like that I need a cloth or another cleanser to remove it. It does a fantastic job at removing makeup, and my skin feels really soft afterwards, but it also feels a bit oily from the residue.
I've only used this twice, because both times I wasn't very impressed with it. I personally don't like to use a cloth or a second cleanser (I like to keep things simple). I've heard great things about this balm, but I probably won't repurchase it.
My favourite out of these four is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil! If you haven't tried cleansing oils, please do! They do such a better job at removing makeup than normal cleansers. What are your favourite cleansing oils? :)