Before now, I'd always liked the idea of oil cleansing, but had just never found a brand that I liked. Some felt too heavy on my skin and didn't rinse off easily, some were overly-fragranced and the packaging was just too messy and inconvenient on others. But like Goldilocks, I have finally tracked down one that is just right - Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil.
What I like about it:
- It contains no mineral oil, which I prefer to avoid, and instead uses a lightweight blend of olive, sunflower, sesame and safflower oils to remove dirt and makeup gently and without leaving a film on the skin
- Fragranced with essential oils of lemon, grapefruit and orange, this oil is refreshing to use and doesn't leave any cloying scent behind once rinsed off
- In addition to the cleansing oils, kukui nut and macadamia help the skin to retain moisture and vitamin E calms the skin
- One pump provides plenty of product to remove even heavy foundation or sunscreen, so this bottle should last me a long time
As with all cleansing oils, Clean Energy goes to work as you massage it into the skin, then emulsifies with the addition of a little water, leaving a milky liquid on the surface of the skin which can be easily rinsed clean, though I like to use a muslin and warm water to ensure my skin is well cleansed and there's no trace of product left behind.
Priced at €23, this is in the price bracket I usually expect to pay for good quality skincare made with plant-based ingredients. The plastic bottle comes with a screw-on cap, but a pump can be purchased separately for €1.50. Since the pump is really necessary to avoid spilling the precious oil down the bathroom sink, I do think it's a bit cheeky that Origins charges extra for it.
I've been using Clean Energy for just over a week now - long enough to know that my skin loves it. It is looking clean, clear and well balanced - the dry patches on my chin have cleared up and the clogged pores I was dealing with around my nose have also disappeared. Definitely a winner, this will no doubt become a permanent fixture in my bathroom cabinet from now on.