Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Planet Eve Organics Certified Organic Facial Cleansing Oil

I have a bit of a thing for oil cleansers. Don't ask me why as they tend to be more effort to use than your standard foam cleanser. I guess I just like how thoroughly they cleanse yet are so gentle on the skin. Oil cleansers are fantastic for dissolving stubborn long wearing makeup making removal so much easier than with a standard cleanser. The Planet Eve Organics Certified Organic Facial Cleansing Oil is the first all natural cleansing oil that I have had the opportunity to review.

What they say: A deeply nourishing facial cleanser that gently and effectively removes dirt, grime and make up without the chemicals. Cleanses pore deep without drying out skin leaving skin soft and supple, ripe and ready for skin toning and effective moisturising. Anti-bacterial, antioxidant and vitamin rich. Helps balance sebum levels for oil prone skin and soften fine lines for dry and dehydrated skin. Once you experience our Facial Cleansing Oil you'll never go back to chemically based cleansers. Specially formulated with Soybean, vitamin rich Rosehip, Argan and Tamanu Oils, nurturing and anti-inflammatory Jasmine and Patchouli. Promotes healthy, blemish free skin. Suitable all skin types.

Ingregients: Soja Hispida (Soybean)*, Glyceryl Oleate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)Seed Oil & Jasminum (Jasmin) Grandiflorum Flower Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Tamanu Oil*. *Certified Organic

My review: I have used oil cleansers in the past but this one was unlike any of those. The oil cleansers that I used in the past weren't natural so when you mixed them with water they formed a bit of a milky emulsion - this one doesn't. Therefore, it takes a little getting used to in that it doesn't rinse easily with just a splash of water. But once you do get used to using it, you won't be disappointed.

I will start with a little tutorial on how I use it. I tend to use this cleanser when I have been wearing water proof makeup that is a bit resistant to an ordinary cleanser. Before applying the cleanser, I fill the basin with hot water and soak a face washer in the water. I apply a few pumps of the oil (3-4 - I like to use a very generous amount) to my hands then warm it between my fingers. I then massage it all over my face, including over my (shut) eyes and eyelids. I keep massaging for around 30 seconds to one minute. I then grab the hot face washer and start wiping off the oil cleanser. I usually start with my eyes so that I can open them and see what I am doing. I then keep wiping my face with the hot face washer (rinsing it between each wipe in hot water) until my face no longer feels greasy. If it feels like I haven't removed all of the oil cleanser, I will follow up with my normal foaming cleanser but most of the time I don't bother with this step as the oil cleanser is also moisturising and I don't want to strip the moisturiser away.

The cleanser has next to no scent. Whilst I like my scented products I actually prefer that it is scentless as it means I can use it all over my eyes without causing any sting or irritation. It really is so gentle. It never ever hurts my eye nor does it dry my skin out - just leaves it silky soft and beautifully cleansed.

The cleanser does an amazing job of removing makeup - even the waterproof long lasting makeup. I find that it removes just about every last trace of makeup with no more effort than massaging for a minute. Harsh scrubbing is not required. In addition to removing makeup, I also use this oil cleanser when my skin is suffering from breakouts or is overly greasy. I find that it helps to normalise my oil production and really aids in reducing the breakouts without stripping my skin.

The reason the cleanser is so moisturising and doesn't strip the skin is that it is jam packed full of oils that are great for the skin. These include soybean, rosehip, vitamin E and Jojoba (which I have written about in more detail in the past). These oils would make a beautiful serum for the skin which means that they make an incredibly nourishing and moisturising cleanser (which is in real contrast to your typical cleanser which is stripping and does not contain any beneficial ingredients).

I recommend this cleanser to anyone who is after a natural product that effectively removes makeup as the Planet Eve Organics Certified Organic Facial Cleansing Oil ticks both those boxes. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

The Planet Eve Organics Certified Organic Facial Cleansing Oil is $49 for 100ml and can be bought online.

All opinions are my own and I received no remuneration for this post. This product was a prize from a competition on BeautyHeaven.