Ever since I read The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho, I’ve been obsessed with the Korean double cleanse method. First I use an oil based cleanser to break down my makeup, moisturizer, sun screen and generally all the crap the accumulates on my face during the day. Then I go in with a gentle water based cleanser to get anything that might have been left behind. And you’d be surprised what can still come off your face with a toner (even after the double cleanse). I’ve been doing this for over a year now and I don’t think I could ever go back. I used to rub my eyes repeatedly to get all my makeup off before I started using an cleansing oil (the horror!). Although it seems like an extra step, it’s actually the most effective (& gentle!) way to get all your makeup off. So, during this process I’ve tried more than a few oil cleansers that I will break down for you today!
This was probably the first oil cleanser I tried. I loved it so much that I wrote about it as a weekly favorite a while back.
This is a liquid oil so it comes in a bottle with a pump (really convenient if you want to keep it on the shower). It glides easily, lathers into a milky consistency when splashed with water and removes all your makeup. As a plus, it comes in a travel sized version and is made without parabens, phalates or sulfates (really rare for a cleansing product).
This is the perfect example of my extreme splurging tendencies at Sephora. I still can’t believe I bought a $50 cleanser. But alas, I bought it and I used it all.
If you’ve been reading for a while you know this cleanser made it’s way into a beauty product fails post in the past. So, yeah we all know how I feel about it. But, in the spirit of thoroughness I threw it in here today.
Unlike the Boscia cleaning oil, this product comes in a jar due to it’s solid consistency. You scoop a bit of product out and the heat from your skin melts it into an oil. It does have little sugar granules in it that very (VERY) mildly exfoliate the skin before they dissolve. The cleanser itself is really nice, and the product would be great if you are looking for very mild exfoliation. However, I’m not a fan of the granules. I use my oil cleaners morning and night so I’d rather not have any type of exfoliation in it.
I’d also rather not pay $50 for a cleanser. Add this to the: what was I thinking? category…
Similar to the Sunday Riley balm, this Clinique Cleansing Balm comes in a jar. The product is initially solid and melts into an oil on your skin. Once you start massaging it on your face, it turns into a milky consistency.
I found the name of this particular cleansing balm to be quite appropriate. It’s much better than the Sunday Riley balm at removing makeup, and it won’t irritate your eyes (even if you rub it in). It also lathers really nicely once you splash water on your face.
According to the product description, this is appropriate for contact lens wearers and fragrance-free.
Although they are different consistency, I like this just as much as the Boscia Oil. It just depends on what your consistency preference is. Overall, I’d say the Clinique Balm is easier to travel with, but the Boscia oil is more convenient on a day to day basis (due to the handy pump).
This cleansing oil falls into the YouTube made me buy it category. I heard so many YouTubbers rave about this cleanser that I ended up ordering it from Birchbox. The packaging and consistency are similar to the Boscia cleansing oil, but this one comes in a nicer glass bottle.
The formula itself is thicker than all the other oils on this list, so it takes a bit more work to rub it in. Unlike the other cleansers, this one doesn’t emulsify as much when mixed with water either (probably because it feels more like a straight up oil than the others). Although I was initially intrigued by this “exfoliating enzyme” idea, I really didn’t see or feel a difference in my skin from using this (versus any other cleansers).
Generally I feel like this particular oil would be best for those with really dry skin since it felt thicker than any others. Even though it was nice and used up the entire bottle, I probably wouldn’t repurchase considering how many alternatives they are and it’s hefty $42 price tag.
After going through all the products above I concluded that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on an oil cleanser. Although I’m hooked with the double cleanse method, my conclusion is that these products aren’t on my face long enough to do anything other than clean. So why spend 40-50 dollars on it? So, as I usually do with products I need immediately, I went on Amazon.
The Banila Co Cleansing Balms were the first to pop up when searching on Amazon. They had a TON of positive reviews AND I remember reading that it’s a favorite in Charlotte Cho’s book.
I’m now on my second tub of this product. The formula is extremely similar to the Clinique oil cleanser – maybe a bit more on the sorbet-like consistency side. It will remove all your makeup, emulsify nicely with water and leave your skin feeling clean and super soft. Plus, it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, even when I use it to dissolve the glue on false lashes.
This product does everything I want it to and is the most affordable on this list. And let’s be real, it’s an Amazon Prime product so being able to get it within a day certainly helps. If you are looking for an affordable oil cleanser, this is your guy!
Pheeew, that was a lot of cleanser talk. How many times can one write oil cleanser in a single post? A LOT. What are some of your favorite cleansers? Anyone have any drugstore oil based cleansers to recommend?
As always, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
*pictures above via Shopstyle Collective and linked in the product name.