This or That – Cleansing Oils from L’Occitane & Palmers

This or That - L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil and Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil Comparison - The Beauty Collection

It’s a well documented fact that I love a bit of a cleansing oil when it comes to taking my makeup off at night. I’ve been pretty loyal to the L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil for a while now, nearing the end of my second bottle, but in the most recent Priceline skincare sale, I couldn’t resist picking up the new Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil to put it to the test. When it comes to budget skincare, a lot of the stuff I’ve tried from Palmers really gets it right.

Both products follow a similar logic, apply to the face (I like to really get in there with circular motions to get the makeup off my skin), dampen the face and have another go after the oil has turned into more of a milky consistency. Then wash it off. Simple.

For this comparison I went the extra mile and actually cleansed with one product on either side of my bare face. Honestly, I couldn’t tell much of a difference. The consistency of the oil is the same, the amount of milkiness after the product is dampened was just about the same – it was actually hard to remember which side was which. I then went in with a swatch of my longest wearing, hardest to remove liquid lipstick (the Rimmel Provocalips) and got to testing. Before dampening them, neither of them really made much of a difference to the swatches on my hand. When I added some water to the oil, the L’Occitane one started making a bit more of a dent in it. The L’Occitane ended up doing a slightly better job than the Palmers one but on the day to day, when I’m removing my makeup, the difference isn’t discernable.

This or That - L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil and Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil Comparison - The Beauty Collection This or That - L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil and Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil Comparison - The Beauty Collection

The Palmers one does have a more noticeable scent and after cleansing, my skin feels just a tiny bit more nourished with the L’Occitane but apart from that I don’t see much difference at all. Although I have a bit of a love affair going with all things L’Occitane, for twice the price, I’m not sure I can quite justify picking up another bottle when I’ve finished this one off.

Which would you choose?

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