Often I’m glad to be reminded of a skincare product that I really love but have forgotten about. Cleansing oil! This past winter, I definitely should have been using cleansing oil. Right now, my skin is nicely hydrated, but as I spend more time outdoors, it can get drier even in the summer. I’m glad that two lovely cleansing oils have recently come my way.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
I discovered Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery skincare line this past autumn with a couple of samples I received in one of my monthly subscriptions. I fell in love with the Serum. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive the Midnight Recovery trio, and I wrote about them in a post about Kiehl’s collaboration with artist Jeff Koons and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
But today, I’d like to talk a bit about the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. The oil comes in a big (5.9 fl. oz.) navy blue plastic pump bottle. It is going to last me a looooong time. The lightweight oil has a botanical scent that I find appealing, and not too strong. Makes sense that it would have an herbal scent because it contains evening primrose, rosemary and lavender oils, among others.
Here’s how Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is described on the Kiehl’s website: “Enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils- Squalane for skin, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids, and Lavender Essential Oil, this all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula leaves skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment.”
The way the oil works is by applying it to either dry or wet hands, applying it to dry face and eye area, and then adding water to emulsify the oil to a creamy texture. I then remove the oil with warm water either with my hands alone or with a facecloth. If you’re wearing waterproof eye makeup, apply the oil and let it sit for about 10 seconds before removing. Easy peasy!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is soap-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, and ophthalmologist-tested. $32. Sold at Kiehl’s store as well as on the Kiehl’s website, and a fine departments stores including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Bluemercury. Kiehl’s doesn’t test on animals, but it is sold in China and is subject to their laws on product testing.
DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil
That fact that the DERMA E cleansing oil includes essence of rose was what made me especially excited to try this cleansing oil. There is a subtle rose scent that smells lovely and subtle, definitely not too strong.
The key oils in DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil are organic argan and jojoba oils.
The method of application is similar to the Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil. I apply it to dry skin, and remove with a wet facecloth. The only difference I found is that DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil doesn’t seem to emulsify if I had water like the Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil does. No biggie.
DERMA E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil comes in a glass bottle with a pump top. It contains 2 fl. oz. and is priced at $17.99. It’s sold on the DERMA E website, at Ulta, Lovelyskin.com, iHerb.com, and other retailers. Gluten-free. Cruelty-free.
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance Oils.
My Thoughts on Cleansing Oil
I love both of these cleansing oils because they are antioxidant rich, hydrating, perfect for my semi-sensitive skin, and make easy work of removing makeup. I especially love the dewy, soft feeling that they both leave behind on my skin.
Because I have rather serious problems with my eyes due to dry eye and blepharitis, and I am prone to milia under my eyes, I don’t always use cleansing oil to remove my eye makeup. Although I do use both of them to remove my eye makeup from time to time and both make easy work of it, I mostly use a gentle micellar water because of my eye issues. Nevertheless, I continue to use cleansing oil to remove my face makeup, and I love how velvety my face feels afterwards. It may sound like an extra step, but for me, it’s worth it!
Do you use cleansing oil? Do you have a favorite? Have you tried either of these lovelies?