The Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

Hello folks!

If you’ve been reading my bog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of using oil cleansers to remove makeup. They work like a charm and there is no scrubbing and tugging involved. I like to try new oil cleansers each time I finish the current one 😀 I I have tired many Shiseido products in the past and they have never disappointed me. This cleansing oil is no exception!

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Shiseido Perfect Cleansing oil

It comes in a nice simple and elegant plastic pump bottle. The oil is very light and silky feeling on the skin. This isn’t the lightest cleansing oil I have tried (If I remember correctly the DHC Cleansing oil feels very light) but it glides very easily over the skin.

I like to take 2 pumps and massage it all over the face. If I am wearing eye makeup then I use an additional pump to clean off all that mascara, liner and eye shadow. It does the job really well and I never find traces of any makeup after using this to remove makeup. I always go in with a foaming cleanser as a second cleanse though.

The oil has a slight fragrance which has not irritated my skin so far..touch wood! If you are very sensitive to fragrances I would not recommend this one. The only other negative I have to mention about this cleanser is the price (35$)! The ingredients are nothing special..it is basically mineral oil and just like in the case of Shu Uemura you are basically paying for the brand name. Just for this reason, and my general obsession with trying out different cleansing oils and balms, I won’t be repurchasing.

Have you tried the Shiseido Cleansing oil?

Until next time,ciao!!

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Natio Argan and Almond Facial Cleansing balm

Hello folks!

One of the things I love about travelling is trying out new beauty products ( and of course food!) I can’t find back at home. Natio is an Australian natural beauty brand that I picked up in India. They have lots of skincare products ,color cosmetics and also candles. I found their products to be reasonably priced. I picked up the Argan and Almond facial cleaning balm and also a 10 minute brightening mask which I’ll talk about in detail soon.

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Natio Argan and Almond facial cleansing balm

The balm comes in a no frills tube which makes it an ideal travel companion. I am a fan of using cleansing oils to remove makeup, but travelling with them can be a bit difficult. This guy sorted that problem! The only con was that every once in a while when it gets cold, the oils in the tube solidify to a thick paste that you need to use a bit of pressure to get out. This also sometimes results in too much of the stuff coming out of the tube at once.

The balm is easy to use, just like any cleansing oil you take some of the balm and work it gently onto your dry face. Once the oils break down all your makeup, wash with water to get all your makeup off. I found the balm to be good at removing all my makeup including heavy eye makeup. This does have a slight herbal smell, which does not bother me at all since it is quite mild.

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Ingredient List

As you can see the ingredient list is quite nice! I love that Almond oil is number 2 on the ingredient list. The herbal smell is likely due to the combination of all the different flower oils listed.

After you wash off the cleansing balm with water, it leaves a coating/residue on the skin which I suspect is due to the beeswax and candelilla wax. This is not an issue for me since I always double cleanse when I wear makeup , so after the cleansing balm step, I go in with a foaming cleanser to make sure everything is cleaned off from my face. If you were looking to use this as your only cleanser this might be a deal breaker unless your skin is so dry it loves that waxy layer 🙂

Overall, I really like this cleansing balm and look forward to trying more of their products! I found some of Natio’s products on amazon so maybe I don’t have to travel too far to try something more from the brand!

Have you tried Natio products? What do you recommend I try from them next?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil

Hello folks! Happy Easter!! I am a huge fan of oil cleansers to remove makeup since I find it the easiest way to get the job done…no cotton pads, no wipes, no tugging and rubbing. I have been using the DHC cleansing oil reviewed HERE for a long time and decided to switch it up by picking up the oil cleanser from the Australian brand Coast to Coast.

Coast to Coast was available in Ulta till the end of last year (I picked this up in October)..I’m not sure if they carry them anymore since I cannot find it in the Ulta website anymore. It is sad if the brand has been pulled off the shelves because I found their brightening clay mask (review) awesome and it compelled me to try more stuff from the brand.

The Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil
The Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil

Oil cleansers are applied to the dry skin and you massage and spread it  around after which you wash your face with water. Upon contact with water, it mildly foams up and leaves your skin all clean. The DHC cleaning oil is very light in texture compared to the coast to coast one. This oil is a bit thicker and so I feel like I need more than 2 pumps to cover my full face.

In terms of performance it does a great job in removing all my makeup including mascara. I find it comparable to the DHC oil. I always follow up with a regular face cleanser after removing my makeup with an oil cleanser just to make sure everything is removed! My face does not feel stripped of moisture after I am done with my makeup removal which is great!

Ingredient List
Ingredient List

The only issue I have with this oil is the smell. It is not too strong but I generally am not a fan of herbal like scents. As you can see in the ingredient list above, there is a mixture of oils in this product which explains the thicker texture of the oil and also the smell. The DHC one is primarily olive oil based and hence lighter in texture.

Overall, I like this product and might purchase it again if I can find it!

Have you tried anything from Coast to Coast? If not Ulta, where else is it available?

Until next time…ciao!!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

Hey everyone!!

Having lived in south east asia for close to 7 years, oil cleansers were a big part of my daily skin care routine, primarily as a makeup remover. When I moved to the US, I was quite dismayed to see that there were barely any oil cleansers in the drugstore. After abusing my skin with harsh makeup removing wipes for a while I thought I’ll just order an oil cleanser off of Amazon and I am so glad I did. If your unaware of oil cleansers, they are a great gentle way of removing your makeup, no tugging, no rubbing..just a quick rinse off 🙂 So, the oil cleanser I ordered from amazon is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and it cost 25$ and considering how little you need, its a pretty neat price tag 🙂

The DHC deep cleansing oil
The DHC deep cleansing oil

So a quick run through about how to use this..the key is to pump the oil onto your dry hands and massage it onto your dry face. I usually do not require more than 1 pump to remove my face makeup and when I do have heavy eye makeup on, I might need one more pump. After you’ve massaged the oil onto your face (and eyelids), all you need to do is rinse it off with water and..voila! your done with the makeup removal process!

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  • As I mentioned in the beginning this is a really gentle and easy way to remove makeup. The product claims to able to remove water proof mascara easily, I cannot vouch for that since I mostly use water resistant mascaras (which are easy to remove with the oil). It is able to take off all my makeup easily including staining lip sticks 🙂
  • Many people might be grossed out by the idea of putting oil on their face (especially oily skin folks). When you wash off the oil from your face this does not leave behind any greasy oil film on your face, instead your face will feel squeaky clean, so you don’t have to worry about any greasy after feel.
  • In case your wondering how exactly this thing works here is a quick take :).. your makeup is composed of oil and water dissolving components..the water soluble components can be easily removed by rinsing with water, its usually the oil soluble stuff that needs special removal. When you apply the oil onto your face, the oil soluble components get dissolved in the oil and upon contact with water form oil droplets which then gets washed away from your skin surface along with water your using for rinsing.
Ingredient List
Ingredient List
  • As you can see from the ingredient list above, the main ingredient is olive oil. If you have been looking for/using an oil cleanser for a while you will know that most of them contain mineral oil. Even the more expensive oil cleansers, like the ones from Shu Uemura contain mineral oil. So if your avoiding products with mineral oil , this is a good option.
  • The only negative that I can think about this product is that it is not travel friendly. Considering its an oily substance I would hesitate to put this in my checked luggage anyday!! So for travel purposes I still go back to makeup remover wipes.
  • I do have to point out that I do not use this in place of my daily cleanser although it says cleanser. After I use this to remove makeup, I still go ahead and use my regular facial cleanser and then moisturize. To me this is only a makeup remover 🙂

Do tell me, what are your favorite oil cleansers? I’d love to hear your suggestions and views on other similar products in the market :). Have a great rest of the week!!

Until next time, ciao!!