Saturday, 7 February 2015

L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil


What is it?
'With its silky texture, it efficiently removes impurities and make-up (including waterproof) in a single step.'
An emulsifying cleansing oil.

What's in it?



Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Pegs
Shea butter
Fragrance

What's not in it?
mineral oil
parabens etc etc 

Who is it for?
Anyone removing makeup essentially....  

How do you use it?
'Eyes closed, massage the oil onto face with dry or wet hands. Add water to transform the oil into a milky lotion then rinse off with fresh water.'
Eeeww.
I don't know what it is with me and emulsifying products but my skin just never feels clean. Ever.
I apply this to dry skin, work it up with massage to remove/loosen makeup, then remove with a hot flannel x 2/3 and repeat if necessary.


What's good/not so good about it?
This is essentially a good, no fuss, non-mineral-oil containing, cleansing oil that removes all but the most waterproof of eye makeup. It's a good option for those of you that prefer an oil to a balm, or are not a freak like me and will actually emulsify as it tells you to.
It's also astonishingly good value at 200ml when you consider what the high-end ones cost for the same amount of product.

First or second cleanse? (<--- new heading - if you think of any others please give me a shout in the comments) 
I would still use this as predominantly a first cleanse product.

L'Occitane's Shea Cleansing Oil is £17.00 for 200ml and is available at www.loccitane.com/shea-cleansing-oil

46 comments:

  1. I am a converted to balms. I still uses my oils from time to time but I much more prefer the feeling balms gives. And a good swip with a hot flannel.

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  2. I find I like an oil cleanse to get rid of all the make up and then a balm for the second cleanse to really deep clean my skin. This sounds like a great more budget friendly oil. x

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  3. That looks nice! :)

    Quick question: I wake up with swollen eyelids every morning - anything to prevent / treat it?
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. You may have blepharitis. That happened to me. Don't use steroid creams! If you live in the UK, go to a pharmacy and ask for 'simple eye ointment' I think that's what it's called. It was the only thing to cure my swollen eyelids without doing damage. It's a generic product and not part of the simple skincare range although they have similar names.

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    2. It could be simply that your eye product is too heavy for your lids - or salt intake - or not enough pillows...

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  4. A cleansing oil you can wash off with water that leaves no residue? The DHC deep cleansing oil!

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    1. I just can't live without a flannel!

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    2. L'Occitane is better than DHC in the sense that is cheaper. Other differences are the smell, L'Occitane is slightly fragranced and the oil used. I prefer sunflower oil over DHC's olive oil. Otherwise, the products work exactly the same, both good quality!

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  5. You converted me to balms as second cleanse, but this cleansing oil line of Body shop seems perfect for removing makeup, at least for people who where a lots of makeup. Love the new question: first or second cleanse!

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  6. Sounds like a great budget-friendly option. Any recommendations for a second cleanse after this Caroline? :)

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    1. Oh God too many! Stick around - i'm trying to add the 1st/2nd option to older reviews! :)

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  7. This sounds good as I much prefer an oil/balm that does emulsify. I still use a cloth to clean off but I always feel if I can emulsify I can't get all the product off my face. Thanks for this. I will def look into it once my dermaquest universal oil cleanser runs out as this is a much cheaper option as a first cleanse.

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  8. How does it perform compared to the Camomile Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop?

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    1. Oh cool! Thanks : ) I shall try the camomile oil first I think. Never tried cleansing oils or balms before. Been a bit reluctant with my partially oily face. But for all the love those product are getting, I just HAVE to try!

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  9. I like it when you say things like " those who suffer from acne should probably stay clear" or "if you suffer from spots you should be okay but maybe try a sample first". I'm not saying that's exactly what you would say but hopefully you know what I mean. X

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    1. Good. People sometimes literally take me at my word so I try and be careful!

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  10. I like the new heading - definitely makes things clearer since being a convert to the double cleansing routine! Thanks Caroline, and thanks for all the content you provide us - it's such a pleasure to read your blog and to learn :)

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  11. I agree with Lisa Ann about acne/spots. Another suggestion: acid or hydrating toner

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  12. I love the new heading! It's so helpful! Thanks Caroline

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  13. Thanks for the first or second cleanser heading! I'd also like to see toners noted as acid or hydrating.

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  14. I'm absolutely loving oils for my first cleanse, I either follow up with a couple more drops of oil or a creamy cleanser. I've yet to try a balm but I don't think I'll be able to hold out much longer!! This one looks lovely.

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  15. Looks gorgeous. I can't use shea butter it seems (breaks out my chin), but I am inspired to go and look at their other products for something similar. Saying that, I can't use anything on my chin at the moment, except Dermalogica Ultracalm so perhaps I can use it on the rest of my face (as I'm doing with all my other lovely products). Saying THAT perhaps I should stop spending money!!!!

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  16. Another heading could be: " Similar products "

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    1. Ooh - that's a good idea.

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    2. Yes- a heading for comparing the product with similar ones you have reviewed would be great because as soon as I read the post I was wondering how it compared to the body shop oil and clinque ttdo oil

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  17. Looks interesting! At the moment, though, I'm really enjoying the Alpha H oil cleanser you recommends a while ago (as a second cleanse, when needed).

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  18. What is 'pegs'? It was on the post before this one too. Sorry if I'm being a dumbass,,,,

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    1. Of course you're not being a dumbass! Some people say they are carcinogenic - others heavily dispute that. I'm not overly worried personally.

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  19. This looks great! Even though I am combo, I can actually use shea butter with no issue.

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    1. Yes it's not everyone that has a problem. :)

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  20. Hi Caroline :) just have a quick question...how on earth do you get rid of blackheads?! I suffer quite badly from them on my nose and chin areas but nothing I do seems to work :( I literally cleanse, tone moisturise and use serums religiously but nothing has helped them! I was just wondering if there's any products you would recommend or any other things that I could try? I would love to be able to go out without any make up on but just not that confident yet lol! Ps thank you for your blog posts...they are amaze! Xx

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  21. Love the new heading, I never remember which is which. Actually it's the second cleanse product that stumps me??

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  22. Thanks for the new heading for the cleaners Caroline - great idea! I love oils as a first cleanse so will give this one a try. I really like the Una Brennan superfacialist oil at the minute so will see how this compares!

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  23. Yes, great new heading. Could you please explain what classifies something as a first or second cleanse? For example TTDO and EH? Why is one first and the other second? Re

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  24. First or second cleanse heading is super helpful. Also I love you. Over and out.

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  25. Dear Caroline, I like you sooo much. I also like DHC cleansing oil, what are your thoughts on that? Kisses from Serbia!

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