I’m embarrassed to say how long I’ve been planning to do this review roundup for the best cleansing oils. I first discovered cleansing oils products when I started using Dermalogica’s pioneering product. If you haven’t started using precleanse oils, read this on why it’s so important…
I used that Dermalogica precleanse exclusively for a few years, but then I started getting interested in other brands as well to see if they were as good. I’ve had some mixed results and still have a long way to go. I’ll be updating this post as I try different brands, but here are my cleansing oil reviews thus far as well as a few others on my mind.
Best Cleansing Oils
PROS: As I mentioned above, this Dermalogica precleanse was the first “cleansing oil” I tried. And before I get into any specifics, let me start by saying that it’s still the best and my favorite. Unlike other cleansing oils, this product really isn’t oily. It’s soft and slippery (that feels like the best word here), but it isn’t oily.
The texture is also thinner than most so it glides more easily. You’ll see in some of my reviews below that thicker products work well but they require more pressure and movement – something that the sensitive skin on our faces don’t really need.
The scent of this precleanse is also delicate and the product is cruelty-free, vegan, and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. And, well, how much more can I say about why I love this product!!
CONS: As someone who’s concerned about sustainability, I don’t love the plastic container it comes in. The bottle is recyclable, however (be sure to wash it out and dry first!). And if you’re into super clean beauty, sadly Dermalogica isn’t as strict has other brands, but they are missing most of the big offenders and I’m comfortable using it.
One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil
PROS: This One Love Organics oil is part of the line of clean beauty products by One Love Organics. The oil works well at getting makeup off and doesn’t leave a heavy oily feel (though it is a bit oily).
The company is ecocert certified, which means they’re working to source ingredients and make products sustainably!
The product comes in a beautiful glass bottle (that you can reuse – watch this video to see how to get it ready to reuse)!
CONS: My cons for this products are partly subjective and I don’t have any grand objections. The scent is definitely on the fruity side, reminding me of summer. I used this product in the middle of winter and somehow it never felt quite right.
The consistency of this oil is a bit thicker, which as I shared above, requires more pressure to move it around your face and effectively wipe away your eye makeup.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
A while ago I got a recommendation to use coconut oil as a makeup remover. It sounded inexpensive and I knew my refill store sold fractionated coconut oil (i.e. it stays in liquid form), so I gave it a whirl.
PROS: The fractionated coconut oil does work to get makeup off. I like that I can easily buy it in bulk; it’s certainly clean; and there’s really no scent to it.
CONS: It’s fairly thick as it’s a pure oil. My skin and hands also feel really oily until I get some soap on the situation. The smell is too plain. I know that sounds crazy, but if you’ve delved into the clean beauty products, you know what I mean by that.
I also broke out quite a bit while using this. It was only in two areas, but there were a number of blemishes. I even took a break from it and with just one use back, the breakouts started to return.
In the end, it works, but there’s nothing else good to say about it and I’ve read that regular virgin coconut oil can cause breakouts, so I won’t be trying that route either.
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Cleansing Oil
PROS: I got this AMOREPACIFIC treatment cleansing oil as a sample in a Nordstrom order a while back. The luxury line from South Korea touts its use of green tea in their products. The cleansing oil took off my makeup just fine and it’s free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.
CONS: There are a lot of great reviews for this product online, including its use for sensitive skin. I was so overwhelmed by the strong scent, however, I could barely get through the few times I used it. When I’m cleaning my face, I don’t want things that are potently scented and this was.
Other Cleansing Oils to Try…
Topping my list of cleansing oils to try is True Botanicals cleansing oil. True Botanicals works with MadeSafe and so it’s sustainable and clean. I’ve also had friends rave about their products.
The Countertime Lipid Defense Oil by Beauty Counter is also of interest. It’s supposed to be lightweight and effective while being clean and better for the the planet!