I’ve always been a cleansing oil lover. For me, it’s the most efficient way to get makeup off without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry. So it’s no surprise I’ve amassed quite the collection of cleansing oils over the last year or so, trying to find the most effective one for cleansing my face quick smart.
It’s a little tricky to truly distinguish between each formula because when it comes down to it, they all get the job done. But I thought it’d still be worth checking out a few options from different price ranges so you can decide which one’s best suited for you.
$9.99, 125ml – $7.99 per 100 ml.
A recent addition but one that’s really surprised me. The packaging is practical and compact, the price is awesome (and even on sale quite a lot) and it leaves no greasy residue on the skin. The formula is made with grapeseed oil and is ‘enriched with vitamins A & E’. Although I’m not entirely sure what that means, this is definitely my favourite budget option.
$14.99, 192ml – $7.80 per 100ml.
The Palmers Cleansing Oil is “infused with 7 pure oils and botanicals”, including Soybean, Sweet Almond and Apricot oils. I find that this one has the strong cocoa butter scent that you often find in Palmers products and although that doesn’t bother me in their body moisturisers, I’m not a huge fan of it here. I also find I need to use a little more product to really remove makeup.
$29, 200ml – $14.50 per 100 ml.
One of my long standing favourites, as you can see, I’m down to the end of my second bottle of the stuff. The main ingredient in this one is Shea oil – so it leaves my skin feeling really comfortable after cleansing. It’s not the most effective of the bunch when it comes to waterproof makeup but L’Occitane’s skincare never fails to disappoint.
$34.95, 177ml – $19.74 per 100ml.
One of the pricier ones found in the drugstore. I normally love Burt’s Bees skincare so I’m not sure if it’s just my aversion to coconut but I haven’t been blown away with this one. It’s got coconut & argan oils in it but the strong coconut scent is a little too strong for my tastes. The formula does a great job of removing makeup but it tends to irritate my eyes if I’m trying to remove waterproof mascara or heavier eye makeup.
$40, 174ml – $22.99 per 100ml.
I never saw the hype with Philosophy’s original cult favourite, the Purity Made Simple Cream Cleanser but the newly introduced cleansing oil has definitely impressed me. Similar to the Simple oil, the packaging is great and it’s really effective when it comes to removing makeup, even waterproof mascara. The ingredients list has all kinds of different oils including Olive, Meadowfoam & Rosewood on there.
$65, 200ml – $32.50 per 100ml.
The luxurious option of the bunch but admittedly, one of my favourites. It’s got Kukui Nut & Sunflower oils in it, as well as Jasmine Flower Extract and works so quickly to remove my makeup. Before even adding water to the oil, all of my makeup has melted away. The packaging is a little bulkier but there’s also a travel size 30ml available.
All of them perform well to remove makeup so trialling them all each night over a couple of weeks was tricky but I made my own little scientific study, with the Rimmel’s Provocalips formula. The first shot shows how the formula has been broken up after rubbing a bit each oil, before using water and the second shot is after it’s all been washed off.
Shot 1 – Simple, Palmers, L’Occitane, Burt’s Bees, Philosophy, Bobbi Brown.
Each swatch after rubbing in the cleansing oil.
Shot 2 – Simple, Palmers, L’Occitane, Burt’s Bees, Philosophy, Bobbi Brown.
Each swatch after washing oil off with water & face washer.
I found that they all performed quite well with the stand out performers being from Burt’s Bees, Philosophy & Bobbi Brown, with Simple also doing an impressive job, particularly for the price. It’s awesome to see that for $10 or for $65, you can find an effective cleanser that removes makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. When you look at the differences in price per ml, it’s pretty incredible!
When I’m looking for some luxury in my skincare routine, I reach for the Philosophy or Bobbi Brown formulas but it’s good to know that when it’s time to repurchase there’s an option from the drugstore that gets the job done just as well.
What’s your favourite cleansing oil?
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