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Which cleansing oil should you buy?

Updated: Mar 27, 2018

To be honest, when someone tells me to 'take the day off', I'm like WOOHOO no work. Not 'let's do a double cleanse!'. But when it comes to cleansing oils, they really do take the day off. The make-up, environmental bits and bobs and grease that sit on the surface of your face after a day of, ya know, living, needs to be actioned with something powerful. Here's my pick of three oils that span three budget ranges. They're all good, but all different. Pick which you think will suit you.

Kinvara Absolute Cleansing Oil, €22.95

This is organic, which is a plus, and it really does a great job dissolving make-up. It was great for taking off eye make-up too, but I felt as though after I'd used my hot cloth to remove it, there was still a good bit of the oil left on my face. In a way, that was good because my face didn't feel parched, but it's not the ultra-clean feeling you want. Still, a very good product for the price.

PRO: It's Irish! G'wan Ireland!

CON: The leftover residue ain't ideal for those with oily skin.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, €15

The cheapest of the three, this has a nice look about it (kinda of the Shu Uemura packaging ilk) and it smells nice but not too overpowering. I'll admit, I had to do two rounds on my eye make-up with this one but other than that I rather liked it. It has vitamin E in it, which is a plus. And like I said, it's the easiest on the aul pockets too.

PRO: It's cheap! And you can get it in Boots, handy AF like.

CON: It's not AS effective as the other two for removing errrrrrrrthing in one go

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, €35

I went to London with Kiehls to find out about one of their other product launches (their Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream – Kiehls love a long title) but while I was there, I discovered their next launch, which was to be this. An Arnotts exclusive in Ireland, the Midnight Recovery cleansing oil is THE BEST I've used to date. Three pumps into dry hands, onto dry face, rub rub rub, add a bit of water to emulsify and remove with hot cloth. One cleanse and you are done, no second round needed. Yes it's the priciest, but its efficacy speaks for itself. Experientially, you're in a posh spa having a fancy facial. It's the biz.

PRO: It will take off ANY amount of eye make-up in one go. Also it contains squalane which is fun to say

CON: It's €35 (but you get what you pay for IMHO)


Never ever ever use coconut oil as a cleanser. If you must go down the all natural route, my facialist pal Dawn recommends pure jojoba. Coconut oil is great for a lot of things – cleansing not being one of them.

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