Dec 15 2014

Makeup Cleansing Ritual: Waters, Oils & Other Potions

cleansing ritual - cleansing waters, oils and other potions

Cleansing is something I take very seriously. As someone who has battled with my fair share of skin conditions (and still do) developing a cleansing ritual is very important me. And the first step in that ritual is, of course, removing all of my makeup. For some time now, I’ve moved beyond one-step cleansing. These days, cleaning my face, especially at night usually entails at least two, sometimes three steps. Makeup removal is step one. While I do enjoy a good makeup wipe or cleansing cloth, I also appreciate the benefits of cleansing waters, cleansing oils and similar products. Today I’m sharing four that are currently in my rotation. Note: I use these almost purely to remove makeup, following up with another cleanser afterwards.


Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel

The Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel is formulated to remove impurities and makeup while hydrating, smoothing, and protecting the skin for a more youthful appearance. It contains a botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil as well as allatoin, an anti-bacterial plant derivative. For all skin types.


cleansing ritual - boscia oil gel cleanser


Obviously this is a deluxe sample size. Of the four makeup cleansing solutions I’m currently using, this is probably my least favorite. I’m not saying it’s not good. It works, but I find it to be the least convenient. Unlike some of the other oils I’m using, this one requires you to wet your face first. I tried ignoring the directions and skipping this step, but the cleanser doesn’t work as well if you do. The weakness of this product, for me, is in eye makeup removal. It gets much of it off, but not all of it. For base products, it works fine. Full size retails for $28.00 USD.


MAC Cleanse Off Oil


The MAC Cleanse Off Oil is described by MAC as an “industry-strength oil-based makeup remover that’s gentle on the skin”. It is formulated with oils of olive fruit, evening primrose and jojoba seed and 100 percent mineral-oil free. For all skin types.


cleansing ritual - mac cosmetics cleanse off oil


This is a traditional cleansing oil that emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid when coming in contact with water. You massage it onto a dry face, adding water water, before rinsing. I like applying oils to a dry face, so that’s the main reason this beats out the Boscia. It does fairly decent job of removing makeup, including eye make and water proof mascara but still doesn’t get everything off. Also, I find that my face is left feeling a bit tighter afterwards which is kind of strange. All in all, though, this is a decent oil-based cleanser. Full size retails for $31.00 USD (“To Go Size” is $10.00 USD).


Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (Micellar Water)


Micellar Waters work by drawing make-up, sebum and impurities from the skin (a process referred to as “micelle technology” and used in many other applications). The *Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution is very well known to say the least, and I finally had to try it.  Raise your hands if you remember when I hauled this.


cleansing ritual - Bioderma


Anyway, bottom line, I really like it. I also really like the fact that while it is gentle (and fragrance-free), it does a really good job of removing makeup. Used alone on a large cotton round, it does about as good of a job as the MAC Cleanse Off Oil – perhaps falling a little short in the waterproof eye make-up department However, the way it leaves my face feeling clean of makeup yet supple gives it major brownie points.


Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser


According to the company, the *Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is a “hydrating 3 in 1 cleanser that transforms from a gel to a luxurious oil to a hydrating milk as you cleanse to effortlessly melt impurities and long-wear makeup”. It is formulated with Vitamin C, Rose Hip, and Virgin Cherry Oils to brighten, repair, and nourish the skin.

cleansing ritual - ole henriksen pure truth melting cleanser

I find the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser to be the most efficient and effective. As noted when I reviewed this product in full, it is so much easier to use than a traditional oil. First of all, it comes in a gel format, which means no messing with liquids. I dab this all over the face like I would foundation. It stays put until I work it in with my hands. But no heavy rubbing is required – a gentle hand will suffice. It washes away all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara. And best of all? Skin is left feeling soft, supple and well moisturized. When using this at night, I go in with another cleanser. However, from time to time I will use this in between washes (i.e. in the middle of the day before working out or something). When using it in this way, you can be comfortable washing and skipping the moisturizer as it sufficiently hydrates. A joy to use and an excellent addition to any one’s cleansing ritual. Highly recommend! Full size retails for $34.00 USD


How do you remove your makeup? Do you have a cleansing ritual and what products do you use?





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  1. No way I haven’t tried face Waters / Oils on my face I usually stick with creams! I want to try the Mac makeup remover 🙂

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on December 17, 2014 at 10:57 am
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      You can get one MAC Oil in a travel size like one one I featured here for $10 USD (or 10 pounds) – so it’s not so damaging to the wallet and it’s a great way to test it out. 🙂

    • kirstydowling88 on December 15, 2014 at 6:55 am
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    Great post Kimmy! My cleansing routine is pretty basic. I usually remove the majority of my makeup using Simple face wipes and then remove the rest using L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution. Hardly groundbreaking but it works for me. I was intrigued by the MAC cleansing oil but I really couldn’t be bothered with having to apply it and wash it off if it didn’t remove all of my make up xxx

    Kirsty –

      • Kimmy on December 17, 2014 at 10:29 am
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      Thank you! And Thank you for sharing your routine – I’d be interested to know how the L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution compares to the Bioderma version – have you tried both?

  2. I also use the cleanser by Bioderma and I really love it, it does a great job removing all my make-up (:

      • Kimmy on December 17, 2014 at 10:29 am
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      It is great! Thank you for sharing your experience, hun!

    • kpsays on December 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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    I planning a daytime and nighttime skincare routine post. I have been using cleansing oils for years. I do just use the oil. I find when I use micellar water (also a planned post!), I have to do a double cleanse because I don’t feel all of my makeup is gone. I currently use the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleansing oil, and love it! I just got an Ole Henrikson face scrub from Marshalls. Looking forward to trying it! I know you are a fan of the line.

      • Kimmy on December 17, 2014 at 10:54 am
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      Can’t wait for that post, Karen! Skincare posts are some of my favourite and I’m always interested to hear what others are using. Also, so excited to hear that you’ve decided to test out an Ole Henriksen product – let me know how you get on with it! xo

  3. Bioderma really is amazing isn’t it! I have dry/sensitive skin so use the one with the blue cap, totally love that it’s fragrance free like you say 🙂


      • Kimmy on February 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      My bottle is still going – this stuff lasts forever which is another bonus. Almost done now though. 🙂 xo

  4. I’ve only tried the Bioderma out of these but I love how gentle it is on the eyes 🙂 I also love any gel/balm/oil that melts away my makeup xx

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