I rarely use cleansing oil. Usually I take cleansing milk and toner to remove dirt and makeup. The creamy cleansing milk gives me a clean feeling as I wipe up the residue with cotton pads.
But some times ago I got Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil sample attached in my beauty haul which I bought via online shop. That was my first cleansing oil. Of course I could not compare it to the others since that was the first and only, but here is my review.
The oil comes in discolored slightly watery oil. As a beginner, I had no idea how to apply it. Then I decided to wet my face and poured the oil onto my palm. I intentionally did not clean up my whole makeup first to see how the cleansing oil worked. I did a little rubbing and gently massaged in circular motion while I enjoyed the fresh aroma. It has a strong scent. Smells very good and refreshing, but might be a minus for you who are not really keen with fragranced skin products. I’m personally not complaining about that. I think the scent also acts as aromatic therapy and gives relaxing effect.
After that I rinsed my face with lukewarm water. It cleansed my BB cream residue pretty well, leaves moist and supple skin. No dry, sting, or tight feel at all and didn’t breakout.
I used it as my first step cleanser to remove dirt and makeup residue which are hardly cleansed using foam cleanser. You probably don’t have to but I get used to do double cleansing to ensure that I’ve cleaned my face properly.
The Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil is dermatologist and safety tested, also claimed as non-comedogenic. Besides, it is also able to remove waterproof makeup. I could not say anything about the last property since I don’t wear any waterproof makeup.
So far I satisfied with the result, but I don’t think I will buy the full size version since cleansing milk works well for me. Besides, personally I feel that it’s rather inefficient to use cleansing oil. I have to do a set of steps similar to the usage of foaming cleanser. I prefer wipe my face with cotton pads and then instantly get the clean feeling to rinse my slippery face repeatedly.
People might think that cleansing oil is better than cleansing milk, but the fact is no. Both of them have a same main substance: oil. The oil works to dissolve the makeup residue so that it can be removed easily. Both cleansing oil and cleansing milk are adequate enough to get rid most makeup.
The different is that cleansing oil can be rinsed off with water rather easily and doesn’t need to be wiped off with cotton pads. The easy-to-rinse property of cleansing oil is caused by the emulsifier content in it. Emulsifier such as sodium lauryl sulfate may cause irritations in sensitive skin and leads to breakout. That’s why we still need to do double cleansing on cleansing oil usage.
Completing my promise to Miss Anonymous (sorry I don't know her nick name since she wrote the comment in anonymous mode), here I list out the ingredients of Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil. I hope the Miss Anonymous comes back and read this update ^__^
Mineral Oil, Isopropyl, Isostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 80, PEG-8 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sorbitan Trioleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PPG-10 Cetyl Ether, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera leaf extract, lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Rosmarinus Officinlis (Rosemary) leaf extract