Oil Cleansers

If you have dry, semi-sensitive skin and/or wear a fair amount of makeup on the daily, well first of all, we have a lot in common. Second of all, read on because oil cleansers are up your dry alley.

With skin like mine, certain cleansers can make dry skin feel even drier, make it feel tight, itchy and ouchy. I knew I’d love removing makeup and cleansing my skin with oil so I’ve been trying a bunch. With all of the cleansers below, I apply to my dry face with my fingertips, massage in and then wipe away with a warm washcloth. A little tip is to buy a bulk pack of baby washcloths for facial cleansing.

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
I was so looking forward to trying this. It hit many marks for me: It has a pump, it’s widely available, moderately priced and it contains 2 ingredients I love- coconut and argan oil. While the product itself is structurally sound, the scent was so off-putting that I avoid using it. I don’t even know what it’s supposed to smell like but it makes the experience of using it not enjoyable. Full review here.

I’m a notorious rose-scent-hater so I did not expect to like this one damn bit. To my great surprise, I love it. Yes, it smells like roses but it doesn’t bother me somehow?! It breaks up makeup, doesn’t leave any residue and leaves my skin soft and hydrated. I honestly look forward to using it every night and I find I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle despite using it often.

Pixi Double Cleanse
I’ve heard many wonderful things about Caroline Hirons, who collaborated with Pixi on this product so was excited to try it. The jar is 2-sided with a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream. You are to use both at night, just the cream in the day. I don’t quite understand the function of the cream as the oil seems to do the job well enough on it’s own. The solid has the consistency and feel of coconut oil. It left my eyes feeling blurry, which was a little scary. The cream side feels very light.

I felt like I went through this very quickly, which doesn’t seem too economical and because it’s a jar you swipe the product out of with your fingers, it doesn’t seem terribly hygienic. I thought I would love this but I just like it instead, especially at it’s $24 price point. Full review here.

Beautycounter Coutertime Nourishing Cleansing Balm
This is definitely pricy but effective. I swear when I first tried this it has an overpowering rose scent, but I recently tried it again and it didn’t. It has a more buttery than oily feel and leaves skin feeling hydrated and calm. I like it but just wish it wasn’t so expensive. Full review here.

Overall, my favorite oil cleanser was definitely the . It does what it says and does it well. As we move into fall, I’ll be extra thankful for oil cleansers on my rude, dry skin.

Thanks for reading!






  1. KPP

    08/25/2017 at 7:09 PM

    I just jumped on the oil cleansing bandwagon and started with shu uemura. Expensive but worth it. I would like to try one or more of the 100s of others out there so I really appreciate your reviews.

    1. Ivy Boyd

      08/25/2017 at 7:10 PM

      I’ve heard really good things about that one! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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