April 1, 2015

L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Dry skin girls and guys rejoice! L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil ($22) has arrived and contains a whooping 5% shea oil that keeps your skin moist and pleasantly hydrated while removing all your makeup (even waterproof mascara) easily.

I have dry skin and lately I haven’t been able to use certain oil cleansers as they seem to be drying my skin out terribly so I’ve resorted to removing my makeup with cream based cleansers. Recently, L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil passed across my desk and I was ever so delighted I could start using oil cleanser again without the fear of too tight skin!

L’Occitane recently introduced an entire range of new Shea Butter skincare products including a facial moisturizer and this new cleansing oil!

Those adverse to mineral oil will be happy this Shea Butter Cleansing Oil contains none and lucky enough the lack of the ingredient does not effect the texture or consistency of the oil (I sometimes feel the lack of mineral oil sometimes thins out the formula on cleansing oils).

This is scented with a delightfully powder-y shea butter fragrance! It isn’t a loud fragrance but it is there so those a bit sensitive might wish to head into their nearest L’Occitane Boutique for a sniff test prior to a purchase.

This is a nicely textured oil that isn’t too thick nor too thin. It’s a single step cleanser for removing all your makeup easily and effortlessly but of course, can be used in the first step in a double cleanse should you desire. I personally double cleanse and this does a great job removing 99% of my makeup including waterproof mascara although I personally like removing my eye makeup prior to washing my face. But it does deserve mentioning that if you gently massage it around your eyes it’ll easily break down makeup.

People always surprise me when they shy away from cleansing oil as they fear it’ll make them shiny or oily. Yes, the texture does feel oily as you apply it but it rinses clean away and it does NOT leave skin oily or shiny so any skin type can use it. To use it you’ll apply it on your dry face and massage gently to break down makeup. Later apply a little water and the oil will emulsify, turn milky, and break down to rinse clean away taking with it ALL of the makeup, dirt, and grime on your face.

I really enjoy DHC Cleansing Oil as well as a variety of other Japanese and Korean Cleansing Oils. Sadly, my skin has been really dry this winter (as it always is) and for some reason cleansing oil has been very stripping for me and I end up feeling quite tight after use and even flaky so I’ve switched things up and embrace Cerave Hydrating Cleanser to remove my makeup.

I was delighted by the L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil. It’s quite hydrating and leaves my skin nicely softened after using it. I never felt tight or dry after rinsing!

So far the L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and a lot of the newer skincare items in the Shea Butter Collection have been quite lovely and I’ve been enjoying exploring them. If you have drier skin I’d highly suggest checking them out!

L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil is available now in boutiques or online at usa.loccitane.com.


L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil3

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sana Nurani

    Oh…my….goodness…its like the gods heard my cries from the bathroom!!!
    i have terribly dry skin, and it’s been getting progressively worse. I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for the review!!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure sana! I feel your pain chica! Dry here too!

  • Carol G

    I love cleansing oils and that’s all I use now to remove my makeup/clean my face, however, I cannot bring myself to pay $22 for one! It seems like all the cleansing oils are priced so much higher than regular cleansers. I’ve been using the Garnier one, which I really like, but I still scoff at that $8 price tag. This does look amazing though since there is no mineral oil in it.

  • Ashley

    Have you tried LancΓ΄me’s cleansing oil? Its my favorite. Its great at removing makeup followed by a foaming cleanser.

  • Andrea Kazmierczak

    I am SO happy you reviewed this! I have been thinking about trying it for months, but was hesitant due to similar dry skin issues. I am definitely going to pick up a bottle of this!

  • Kirsten Norman

    I ran into the same dry skin/cleansing oil issue last winter when I was using retin-a; the tatcha cleansing oil I was using seemed to overstrip or leave my skin just a little too dry and tight. I reverted to Cetaphil, but it’s great to know CeraVe has a great hydrating cleanser. I really do prefer the tactile sensation of cleansing oils to Cetaphil but my skin just loves the stuff. I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative to tatcha and may try DHC based on its great reputation. Do you have any recommendations for Korean or Asian cleansing oils?

    • Isabella Muse

      I had this issue lately with DHC Kirsten and some of my other favs so I went to cerave! Yes, my number 1 rec is Fancl cleansing oil! There are many, many, many great Asian cleansing oils but none are as gentle and non stripping as Fancl!

  • Nicole

    Hi Isabella, I’m pretty new to commenting on your blog. I have been reading for a few weeks Though.Nice job! I have pretty dry skin as well and much prefer an oil cleanser. I have been removing all of my makeup with Clinique take the day off Balm and then follow with an oil cleanser. My latest has been Omorovicza’s thermal balm. It is way too expensive and does nothing special. I am going to look into this. Do you remove your makeup first or just one-step? Also, on the Cereve, do you ever use that full-face? you said you used it for eye make-up? Sorry for all the questions. Do you happen to have a skin-care routine post? that may be easier. I am 39 and need anti-aging more way more than you. But have recently added retin-a. So, now with that, i am mostly needing hydrating and gentle stuff. I am eventually going to add a vitamin c and a BHA or a lactic acid I think. I am just starting to research it. My derm suggested trying the low dose retin a again.. If i can stand the dryness. Thanks for the review!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Nicole How are you today? It’s nice to meet you and thank you for reading my blog! πŸ™‚ I do not have a skincare post that’s unfortunately old (last one was back in 2007 and my regime has changed a lot since that time)! Typically as the first step in the evening I remove my eye makeup with an oil based eye makeup remover, something that has a bi-phase formula. I like all my eye makeup off before cleansing my face. After that I’ve been using Cerave Hydrating Cleanser! I wet my face and I massage this gently onto my face and closed eyes and wash it off. My skin has been so dry it can’t stand any other cleansing products lately. But typically I double cleanse. I remove my eye makeup first, follow up with cleansing oil, and I use Biore Marshmallow Whip (I like how hydrating this is) and finally I do follow up with cleansing water sometimes to get anything my double cleanse missed πŸ™‚ as far as serums, moisturizers, etc lol that’s another story but this is my typical cleanse method! I realize how dry skin can get when using anti-aging products so you might wish to stick with cerave only to remove your makeup and follow up with cleansing water just in case it doesn’t remove everything. But be careful with cerave as some people feel like it isn’t particularly friendly on their skin so if you’re prone to redness or you’re sensitive it might not be a good pick for you! hope this helps! P.S. We’re almost the same age πŸ™‚ so I d have the same skincare concerns as you!

      • Susannah

        An older woman at my church – in her 80’s!! – has the prettiest skin you can imagine. I asked her for her secret, and she told me her dermatologist recommends all the Cerave products. I’ve been using them and love the results. Also love the price tag!

      • Katherine T.

        Muse, you can’t be! I thought you were at least 10 years younger! What is your secret?

        • Isabella Muse

          shhh don’t tell anyone Katherine haha πŸ™‚ lots of skincare haha πŸ˜€ someone said I looked 26 yesterday, I took that and ran to the bank with it haha!

          • Katherine T.

            Oh, I bet that made your day/month! So, what skincare products/regime are working for you? Maybe you should do a post on that! I bet many readers would be interested.

          • Isabella Muse

            absolutely haha πŸ™‚ maybe will work on one Katherine!

  • andrea

    oooh this sounds lovely!
    how would you compare this to the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleaning oil?

  • koolchicken

    I’ve actually found that their almond shower/bath body oil stuff removes eye makeup better than anything else. But it’s really not meant for it so I save it for times when I’m wearing mascara everyday and I use it at the end of the week. If you don’t rinse super well it does burn and I’ve been worried it might make me break out since its not meant for the face (so far so good but I still worry). So I’m looking forward to giving this a shot. I’ll probably hold off till after summer, but I suspect this is going to become my new go to face wash come fall!

  • Kirsten Norman

    Thanks for the info Muse! I can’t wait to try Fancl. Not sure if it clogs pores, and I’m sure it gets washed away, but I’m a little afraid to put Shea butter on my face. Have dry skin w oil on top plus acne and pigmentation and… basically my skin is a dermatologists $$ dream come true. Last time I tried CeraVe I didn’t stick with it, so may try it again based on your recommendation. Am currently living on aloe, atopalm, HadaLabo replenishing hydrator and SkinCeuticals vit b serum and mask! Thanks for all the great tips throughout your blog!

  • Lacy

    Girl I don’t believe it. I would have pegged you for around my age! (28) Rock it lovely! I must steal your secrets so I may look half as good!

    Also I still have yet to get on the cleansing oil wagon. They intrigue me and I know i’m crazy and that they won’t make my oily prone skin more oily. Oil attracts oil and they don’t leave a residue etc but I’m still perplexed by them! I love l’occitane and wouldn’t mind springing for this but is there a friendly drugstore brand you could recommend trying first to gauge whether or not I’d like it?

  • Hana

    I am new to your blog πŸ™‚ I was goggling for bloggers who have done reviews on Lo’ccitane shea butter cleansing oil & here I am πŸ™‚

    I just moved interstate from down under. Although its just an 8hrs drive from where I used to live, the weather here in Melbourne has been pretty nasty for my skin. I have developed a lot of dry pathes on my forehead/chin & cheek Which never happen to me before. No matter how much I smoulder facial oil from body shop & moisturiser, seems to me… its not enuf. I wonder if I should try this oil out for cleansing my face while removing my makeup & go on with cetaphil? Do you reckon it helps? πŸ™

    I would probably be getting this oil anyway. Haha. You’ve convinced me! πŸ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Hana! You should probably not switch up your skincare routine when your skin is freaking out. I try to avoid switching products up when the weather is upsetting my skin. You might want to try a moisturizing sheet face mask a few times a week to add more moisture into your current routine! πŸ™‚

  • Clare

    I adore cleansing oils my favourite is Bobbi Brown but, will have to try this QVC over here in the UK have a duo of this for Β£25 which seems pretty good so will have to give it a whirl!

  • Nadya Sadri Mulok

    Hi Isabelle! I am new to your blog, and I am soooo having a great time because it’s so informative and you’ve tried a lot.. (I really mean a whole lot! heee). I live in Brunei (it’s kinda hot and humid here haha) and we dont have a large variety of makeup and skincare brands like you do. But with you trying them out is a great heads up for me! Might order online or go abroad and get some.

    I have dry combination skin as well, read your details about the L’occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, I have to agree with you. It doesnt dry out my skin like other cleansing oils do. And it doesnt make my skin greasy one tiny bit after cleansing. And not greasy either after I apply my essences, serum and moisturiser/night cream.

    Hope you dont mind me going around your blog πŸ™‚ Cheers love!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Nadya! Good to meet you and thanks for taking time to comment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site and find it helpful/useful πŸ™‚ It’s a great oil isn’t it? Glad someone else agrees πŸ™‚ Not at all! Happy to have you here!