Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil ($12.99) is a new cleansing oil that’s mineral oil-free which is formulated to easily remove makeup. I’ve been waiting for Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil to arrive since hearing about it several months ago. Actually, it feels like a year since I heard about it!
But finally, it’s here and launching at drugstores. I picked my bottle up at Ulta.com but I’ve heard people successfully purchased it at the evil empire (Walmart). I was pretty excited about the launch of this cleansing oil but my biggest rant was the packaging which lacks a pump. Le sigh! I always find cleansing oils without pumps terribly messy as you likely no after reading my Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil review and rant. I also thought the smaller 4.2 oz size at $12.99 was quite expensive especially considering there are a few other drugstore cleansing oils available at around the same size such as Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil and Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil that can be purchased for around $8 bucks at drugstores. Not to mention Japanese ones that are around $4 to $6 each at Sasa.com as well from Ebay.com sellers like AlphabeautyUK.
But the thing that bugged me the most, the hugest offense of all, was the fact that you can’t use it on your eyes. REALLY? I mean really? Cleansing oil you can’t use around your eyes? Let’s not forget a majority of Simple cleansing products such as their Simple Eye Makeup Remover is labeled as “Avoid getting into your eyes”. What!? Eye makeup remover you should avoid getting into your eyes? Typically I rely on eye makeup remove to remove my eye makeup but I wear waterproof mascara and sometimes my eye makeup remover doesn’t always get it all off. So, after I remove my eye makeup I proceed to follow up with cleansing oil on my face and around my eyes. But apparently, Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil is also marked as “Avoid getting into your eyes”. Sigh…! This is beyond stupid to me.
Here’s my thoughts on the formula but they lost me at “avoid getting into your eyes” which saddens me because the formula is quite nice.
Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil has a pure grape seed oil base which is thin and light in texture. It slides easily over skin and has a very light, subtle scent. This isn’t an artificial fragrance, it’s mere the scent you get from the grape seed oil itself. If you’ve never used cleansing oil it is meant to be used on dry skin at first, massaged on, and water is later added to emulsify the formula. When water is added the formula breaks down, goes milky, and rinses clean away. Anyone can use cleansing oil! It doesn’t leave skin oily nor shiny nor greasy as it breaks down easily with the addition of water.
This formula does an excellent job breaking up makeup and whisking it away without leaving my skin dry or tight after use. And good news, the bottle wasn’t nearly as annoying as I thought it would be. You can very easily squeeze a small amount out of the bottle without an spills or mess!
Now, the problem, you can’t use it around your eyes. Honestly, I didn’t even try because I was worried it would irritate, sting, or burn. This is a complete deal breaker for me. I realize some people don’t mind using something on their eyes that clearly states don’t use near your eyes. Personally, I wouldn’t risk it. When I wash my face I expect to be able to use my cleanser around my eye area and if I find the cleanser pointless. And that would sadly be the case with Simple’s new cleansing oil.
I love this consistency, I thought it rinsed clear away, and I felt like it did an excellent job removing makeup but the fact I can’t use it around my eyes makes it a miss. I’ll use up this bottle but won’t repurchase sadly.
Simple, I hope you’ll reconsider and reformulate it for eyes as well as face.
Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil is launching now at drugstores and can be purchased on sale at Ulta.com.