After cleansing with Micellar water, I figured I’d give cleansing oils a go. While I understood that oils and certain types of creams were highly effective in the removal of makeup, I have oily skin, and adding oil to oily skin has a certain yuck factor for me. Cleansing oils were different, I was told. They wouldn’t make my skin oiler, and would rinse off easily. But most importantly, they were complete magic in removing makeup, especially mascara and waterproof products. If I could gently remove my makeup and mascara with one effective product, I was in, and since the three micellar waters and the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup I tried had certain drawbacks, I was still on the hunt for a good makeup remover.
I had received a sample of DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil from a catalog they sent, and purchased Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil and Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oils from the CVS down the street, I felt I had enough variety to give the products a go and compare any differences between the products.
Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil was my first fore into cleansing oils. It has a nice pump dispenser which is an immediate plus. Per the instructions, I dispensed a couple of pumps into the palm of my hands, then gently applied the oil to my face. My makeup immediately melted and rinsed away easily. I applied a smidgen more to remove the last bits of my mascara and was ready for step two, the cleansing step of my evening skin care routine. There was just one thing…the scent…it is a very artificial grape scent, which reminds me of rancid medicine which completely puts me off. I’ve used a third of the bottle, but for me, the scent makes it completely unattractive. The product’s main ingredient is mineral oil, which has been used for makeup removal for ever. It does contain alcohol as well, for those of you who are concerned about products containing alcohol, though the mineral oil would offset any drying usually associated with alcohol.
Next, I tried Simple brand Hydrating Cleansing Oil, which is said to be made of natural ingredients, and no harsh chemicals. It worked just as well as the Neutrogena in removing makeup, has an easy price point and far fewer ingredients than the Neutrogena. The main ingredient being grape seed oil. For me, once again, scent was the deal breaker. The Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil has a slightly rancid oil scent with no additive like Neutrogena to attempt to cover it. This is only slightly more tolerable than the Neutrogena. I have managed to get through half the bottle, but would not purchase more.
Finally, I tried DHC’s Deep Cleaning Oil, which worked predictably as well as the previous two oils I tried. The DHC product is made from olive oil; and it’s scent is, you guest it, a natural olive oil scent. And again, a bit rancid smelling.
All three cleansers worked very nicely in removing makeup, and rinsed away well, even for me, an oily skinned person. As always, I follow up by washing with Cera Ve, with my Clarisonic Mia before applying all my nighttime serums and potions.
I found the oils to be effective and reasonably priced, so I may look for one that is natural and has a better scent. But meanwhile, I have several more samples to work through, so keep your eye out for my ultimate favorite. In the meanwhile, if you have a “holy grail” makeup removal product you think I should try, be sure and share–we all benefit from each other’s experiences.