Having been religiously using (and almost finishing) the best cleansing oil I’ve ever tried – the FANCL cleansing oil – I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement I can easily get ahold of in London, and these two are my favourites that I’ve found so far.
Since my hands (and toes, for that matter) are usually basically icicles extending from my arms and legs, I generally favour oils over balms as that means I don’t need to worry about warming my hands up to melt the balm, which makes oils that bit easier to use.
The Clinique cleansing oil is completely fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, which my sensitive skin loves. I usually take two pumps of this, massage it all over my face, and wipe off with a warm damp cloth – without leaving even a trace of my waterproof mascara behind. Quick, no-nonsense makeup removal that doesn’t leave a residue at all, it’s definitely earned its spot as my go-to.
Like the Clinique, the Simple cleansing oil is also mineral oil free, which is especially important if your skin gets clogged easily like mine does. It has a pure grape seed oil base which works effectively to get rid of every trace of makeup, although it comes with a slight scent I’m not overly keen on and does leave a slight residue. It also lacks a pump which is slightly inconvenient, but for a fraction of the price of the Clinique it’s easily something I can overlook!
Verdict: I’m absolutely in love with the Clinique cleansing oil (£22) and I don’t see myself looking for something new before I finish the bottle, but on days I’m wearing less make up the Simple cleansing oil does come in very handy. I highly recommend both and although ultimately I prefer the Clinique, for £6.99 (look out for offers – I think I picked mine up at Superdrug for half price) the Simple Cleansing Oil really makes a fantastic (and effective) budget-friendly option!