How many of you out there have oily skin? Now, of those of you with oily skin, how many of you have been conditioned to believe that oil is evil and should avoided in your skincare products at all costs? Until fairly recently, I completely agreed. It wasn’t until recent years that the idea of using oils on ones face–whether it be oil treatments or cleansing oils–really took off. Before that, oil of any kind was generally regarded as almost a bad word–especially for those of use with oily and/or acne-prone skin. That’s why when I started hearing about cleansing oils being all the rage for regular makeup users–revered for their ability to completely remove every last trace of makeup from the eyes, lips, and face–I was understandably skeptical. I thought there was no way it would work for my skin type. Slathering oil all over your face and then just expecting it to rinse clean away? Please. But as TATCHA was kind enough to send me their Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, I figured I’d give it a go and if (or rather, when) it didn’t work out, I could just pass it on to my mom.
Described as “a beautiful blend of camellia and rice bran oils. [It] melts away even waterproof makeup leaving skin fresh and pure.” The cleanser is packaged in a beautiful, opaque pearly-white plastic bottle. As you can see from the picture below, you break the gold seal to open up the box with the lovely faux-wood detailing. Inside lies the bottle of cleanser wrapped in tissue paper that has a thoughtful note as well as instructions printed on it. I love that TATCHA thought of so many sweet little details–they really add a nice touch! The bottle has a removable cap and a pump-top dispenser underneath. It’s easy to use and control the amount of product you want to dispense.
The consistency of the cleanser is very light and fluid. It’s not so thin that it runs right off the hand but it’s definitely not as thick as richer oils like olive or jojoba–it’s the absolute perfect in-between! The cleanser is completely clear and quite silky. It feels (and smells) absolutely heavenly on the skin!
The cleanser has a very light, delicate scent to it–almost impossible to describe really. It’s very fresh and almost has that same invigorating, herbal bite that lavender oil has (this does not mean it smells like lavender!), and I mean that in the best way possible. For the scent-sensitive, it’s not a cloying scent at all and once you’ve rinsed the cleanser away, the scent disappears.
I had never used a cleansing oil before, so I was sure to read the directions properly before using (there is also a great video on TATCHA’s site demonstrating how to use it). Good thing I did–the directions say to start with dry hands and a dry face. That was news to me–I had no clue that was the way you’re meant to use cleansing oils! Dispense 1-2 pumps of cleanser into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together to spread and warm the product. Then, gently massage the product all over your face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and you’re good to go!
What was most surprising was that once the water mixes with the cleanser on your skin, it emulsifies into a milky fluid. It felt really nice and gentle on the skin! I was also pleasantly surprised that once I was done rinsing, my face was 100% free of any product and/or oily residue. It rinses completely clean away! It was the cleanest my skin has ever felt after just cleansing alone, which makes sense considering like dissolves like (a process that Larie of Eye Heart It has so eloquently explained here), and I have the oiliest skin around!
•This is how the cleanser looks emulsified•
The One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil removes pretty much all the makeup from my face. I do have just a tiny bit of black smudging left under my eyes from my mascara, but I just do a quick swipe with eye makeup remover and it’s all good. Still, since I began using a cleansing oil, I’ve found that I use a lot less eye makeup remover. A 5.5 fl. oz. bottle used to last me a little over a month. Since using this cleansing oil, a small 1.7 fl. oz. deluxe-sample sized bottle has lasted about the same amount of time!! You do the math. (No really, because I can’t! :P). After using this product for about a month and a half, I have experienced no breakouts–only soft, thoroughly cleansed skin.
I have nothing but love for this product. It’s really amazing in every way–the packaging, the smell, the consistency, the efficacy, the ritual…it all makes for an incredible experience. TATCHA’s cleansing oil really turns an otherwise ordinary cleansing routine into a luxurious mini spa treatment. I’m so impressed by this product and so thankful to the brand for making my first experience with cleansing oils such an enjoyable one! I can’t wait to tell you guys about the other products I’ve tried from the brand, so please stay tuned!
»»Pricing: $48/5.1 fl. oz. (150 ml.)
»»Recommended for: all skin types!
»»Overall Rating: A+
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