It's rare that I'll repurchase a skincare product. Unless it's my HG cleanser/scrub, Black Magic, I'm always on the hunt for something new. I've enjoyed most of the Body Shop products I've tried, so when I learned they had released a cleansing oil, I had to check it out. Spoiler: I love it so much I've bought two back-ups.
My only prior experience with cleansing oils was a small foil sample of one by shu uemura. I really enjoyed that one, but I didn't (and still don't) really want to spend the money on it, so I hoped The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil would make a good substitute. At $16 CAD for 200ml, it's a lot cheaper than shu's $40-$44 for 150ml (TBS also almost always has a sale going on, so you've a good chance of getting it cheaper, too). I can't further compare it to other cleansing oils, but I can tell you why I find this product awesome!
First, a quick 411 on what cleansing oils are and what they do, in case you're unsure: They function on the rule of chemistry that "like dissolves like," meaning the oils in the cleanser will dissolve the oils on your face. The traditional method is to use plant-based oils such as castor, olive, etc. to mix your own, but a commercial cleanser is a good place to start. You use the cleansing oil by applying it with dry hands to your dry face, rubbing it in and spreading it around, applying water so it emulsifies, and then rinsing it off. It should remove all your makeup, as well as do a good job of removing the oil on the surface of your pores. Note, it's not a miracle worker and not everyone recommends it; but it's been working well for me in conjunction with my regular cleansing and scrub routine.
The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil uses a combination of natural oils and synthetics as cleansers and emollients. It has added fragrance which gives it a light scent -- I'm not a fan of fragrance in facial skincare, but this doesn't irritate my skin. It can take some getting used to the feeling of applying oil directly to your face, but I love the tactile sensation of feeling makeup and bits of oils coming off. This gets my pores so clean and helps make them appear smaller. From my bit of research on cleansing oils, they clean the surface, so an additional cleanser is needed to prevent zits and such. The Camomile Cleansing Oil makes my skin look and feel baby-smooth. I almost feel, right after using the oil, I could get away without any foundation or powder. It's amazing!
I do still get the occasional zit, but I think that's caused by skipping using another cleanser (oops), not the oil itself. It doesn't aggravate any blemishes, either. As for makeup removing; it's the best makeup remover I've tried. I don't usually wear waterproof makeup, but I have been wearing a waterproof mascara topcoat and it easily removes it. I usually have trouble getting all my eyeliner off, as applying most removers directly to my lids tend to irritate my eyes, but this cleansing oil only causes minor discomfort (but even getting water in there somewhat irritates my eyes, so you may experience even less discomfort than I do). The oil also doesn't dry out my skin.
I'm so glad I tried this cleansing oil. The results are awesome and this is darn near HG status for me. If you're looking for a decently-priced cleansing oil, I highly recommend this! The Body Shop also has a Cleansing Butter ($16 CAD for 90ml), which looks interesting and I imagine functions the same as a cold cream (all 22 reviews give it 5 stars!) Keep an eye on those sales!
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Have you tried cleansing oils?
Product purchased myself. All opinions are my own.