July 7, 2015

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil Review

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Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil ($15.99) is a new mineral oil free facial cleansing oil with both coconut and argan oils that removes makeup, dirt, and oil.

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil is one of a few new cleansing oils you’ll see launching this Fall at drugstores and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. Although we have a few drugstore cleansing oils like Garnier Clean Nourishing Cleansing Oil, there’s still a rather big gap in both the budget and high end skincare world where cleansing oils are concerned. I like that we’re starting to see more and more budget options available and I feel like Korean and Japanese skincare are part of the reason for that change as they have been heavily influencing both our makeup and skincare options here in the US lately!

Let’s take a look at Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil!

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil is available in a 6 oz plastic bottle for $15.99. A quick glance at the ingredients revealed this is in fact not a mineral oil based formula which for some will be quite a relief.

This particular formula was formulated with normal and dry skin in mind however, if you have oily skin I think it should work fine for you as well. People are sometimes reluctant to use cleansing oils because they fear it’ll make their skin shiny or greasy but that’s an unfounded fear because cleansing oils break up and rinse clean away without leaving residue or greasiness behind.

Burt Bee’s does a very good job with this formula. It’s a nice hydrating oil cleansing that has a strong earthy, herbal fragrance. Apparently the fragrance is “natural” but it is worth mentioning for those sensitive to fragrance in their skincare. I find the texture thick yet runny. To use it, simply massage on your dry face full of makeup! Apply a little water to break it up and emulsify the oil now you can rinse. Typically cleansing oils go milky and break down when water is added but this doesn’t really turn milky it does however, rinse clean away without leaving a film or oily residue behind. It does cause major trippy cloudy vision so just a warning! Not to worry as some cool water will rinse it completely away.

This rinses makeup away very well! I didn’t really try it on waterproof mascara and eye makeup as I tend to remove my eye makeup with an eye makeup remover prior to washing my face but all my other makeup including blush, bb cream, etc removed easily with this oil! I used a little micellar water after to determine how well this cleanses and my cotton pad came away clean!

My face didn’t feel dry or tight after use either which is a plus as lately many cleansing oils formulas aren’t quite working for me and I end up feeling quite dry after use. This is obviously not stripping moisture from my face as I feel very soft and lightly hydrated after!

All in all in Burt Bee’s first attempt at creating an affordable cleansing oil is a win! This formula is excellent and does a great job removing makeup without drying out skin plus the lack of mineral oil will please a good deal of users!

You can grab Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil now at Ulta.com or check your local drugstores to see if they have it in stock!

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  • Eriu

    Why they gotta put fragrance in it? There’s more fragrance in this than coconut oil according to the order on the ingredients list! I’d love to be able to use more Burt’s Bees stuff but so much of their product line contains fragrance pretty high up in their formulas and that can be so irritating to skin. If it wasn’t for that, I’d be all over this! Guess I gotta get the Neutrogena one.

  • Holly

    L’Occitane is only a few $$ more and is shea oil based (if the name is any indication at least). There is little to no detectable fragrance and I feel like a fancy French lady when I use it. Not really making a point here–just sharing.

    • Isabella Muse

      awesome glad you like the L’Occitane one, I reviewed it a few months ago and also adored it 🙂

  • Dora

    Would like to try this one (and also the Body Shop chamomile one) but have to get through a bit of backstock of the DHC cleansing oil plus the Clinique balm! I am trying to NOT be a hoarder.

  • Chynna

    I haven’t found the Neutrogena one yet, but I want to give that a try. I’d give this a go, but coconut oil breaks me out like crazy.

  • Katherine T.

    Awww, why fragrance? I think coconut oil smells great enough already. Sigh -if it’s a cleanser, my face might be able to tolerate it if it rinses clean, but prefer no fragrance

  • danadoo

    I know there’s a lot of hate for mineral oil, but at least it doesn’t clog pores! Coconut oil is notorious for causing acne (of the horrible cyctic variety) and i cant fathom why it would be included in something that’s supposed to CLEAN your face! Yikes, no.

  • Kelly G in ATX

    As someone who has suffered from severe acne most of my life, I found coconut oil to actually fix my acne. Since I started oil cleansing a year ago, my skin has never looked better. Mineral oil does not break down the same way as a plant derived oil – mineral oil is derived from petroleum which requires more work to get it off. For oily skinned folks, oil cleansing helps balance out your oil production. I noticed a significant lack of shine two months after beginning oil cleansing. I highly recommend it and look forward to trying the Burts Bees variety to see how it goes…my usual oil blend is way more expensive 🙁

  • steffanie

    Muse (or others),

    How does this compare to the Boscia makeup breakup cleanse off oil? I have been a devotee of the Boscia one but feel like this would be a good replacement, possibly?