Out of all of the different types of cleansers that I've tried (believe me, there have been quite a few), oil based cleansers are by far my favourite. They are something that I would have run a mile from a couple of years ago, given the fact that my skin tends to err on the slightly oily side, but now I am a total convert and they are what I use in my make-up removal routine 90% of the time. I'm a sucker when it comes to cleansers that take my make-up off in record time (I hate anything that comes between me and my bed at the end of the day), but still leave my skin leaving feeling nourished and not stripped - cleansing oils manage to tick all of the boxes for me. My love affair started with the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, and after going through a few bottles I decided to see what else was on offer - I wouldn't be a true beauty blogger if curiosity didn't get the better of me from time to time, now would I? Over the past couple of months I have been testing out a few different types of cleansing oils, and there have been three that have really stood out to me. And they just so happen to fall into the 'budget', 'middle of the road' and 'spendy' price brackets. Makes for a perfect blog post, wouldn't you agree?
BUDGET | THE BODY SHOP CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL
My first foray into the world of cleansing oils began with the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, and it was instant love. I have been through numerous bottles at this stage, and it's one that I keep coming back to. Every time I come to the end of a bottle, I tell myself that I should really use up some of the other cleansers that I have in my stash first before re-purchasing another bottle, but I always cave. It guess because it represents the best value for money out of the three, I don't feel quite so bad about going through it at lightening speed. It's one of the best products out there for melting away make-up, and I have recommended it to countless people. It feels gentle and soothing on the skin, but it is fragranced so it may not be for everyone. I don't have particularly sensitive skin though so it doesn't bother me - I actually prefer nice smelling products (might explain why I'm such a fan of Origins skincare). It retails for €18 and you get a decent 200ml of product for that price. If you are looking to delve into the world of cleansing oils, but don't want to splash the cash too much, then I would highly recommend checking this one out.
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD | MAC CLEANSE OFF OIL
The one that I have been using more recently is the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, and I have been like it a lot. MAC is not a brand I think of when it comes to skincare, but I had heard good things about this cleansing oil and that combined with the fact that I have a Pro Card made me think, why the hell not?! Man, this stuff is good. Better than the Body Shop offering? Maybe... Unfortunately for my bank balance. The selling point of this stuff, for me anyway, is how incredibly non-oil like the product feels - it is so lightweight that it almost feels like water on the skin. And so, of course, I didn't expect it to be quite as effective in breaking down make-up compared to the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which feels a bit more greasy, but I was wrong. It dissolves all make-up, including eye make-up and waterproof mascara, so well and with minimal product. I don't know if this is intended for the eye area or not, but I use it anyway (I'm definitely not one for faffing around with a separate eye make-up remover when I'm tired and want to get my make-up off ASAP) and it's one of the most gentle products I've ever used in that it doesn't make my eyes sting at all. It is also mineral oil and fragrance free, so if scented products aren't really your thing or if you have sensitive skin then this might be the cleansing oil for you. It will set you back €26.50 for 150ml - pricey enough, but manageable.
SPENDY | NUDE PERFECT CLEANSE NOURISHING CLEANSING OIL
Ok, so being honest I was only really intrigued by this product because Lisa Eldridge named it as a favourite skincare product of hers and, let's face it (no pun intended), that woman has darn good skin. So I came to the conclusion that by using this cleanser I would have skin as good as hers? If only... This oil is a lot thicker than the two previously mentioned, but it also does the most for my skin health-wise - my skin always feels incredibly nourished and plumped after cleansing with this oil, almost to the point that I don't need to use a moisturiser, and for that reason I would say that it is worth the extra few euros. It contains 100% natural ingredients (which might be of interest to those with sensitive skin who break out easily), including omega 6 and 9 which help to combat dehydration, boost moisture levels in the skin and nourish and protect the skin against environmental stressors, jojoba oil which is known to be a great moisturiser, and meadowfoam oil which forms a moisture barrier and assists against moisture loss. It is available exclusively from Space NK (as far as I know), and I think I paid around the €30 mark for it. Not bad, you might think, except it contains only 100ml of product. I feel like I would go through it far too quickly if I used it on a daily basis, and it's too pricey for that, so I tend to reserve it for travelling. Because it contains 100ml of liquid I can include it with my hand luggage on flights, and the compact packaging makes it easy to pack when I'm travelling light. Who says you can't enjoy a proper cleansing routine when you're on holidays?