July 26, 2016

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review

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Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil

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.

Simple Cleansing Oil

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Dani

    Have you tried the Burt’s Bees cleansing oil? It’s mineral oil free as well. It saus avoid eyes as well, but I use it on my eyes all the time and have no burning. It also has a pump. I feel like I can’t live without it!!

    • Isabella Muse

      I have! Reviewed it when it originally launched! I like it! It’s quite lovely! 😀 I just hate cleansers that say avoid eyes, seems silly as when you clean your face you’re going to go around your eyes too!

    • Katie Lemons

      I tried this cleansing oil, but I ended up returning it because it left an oily film on my face, and I had to wash my face again afterwards. It didn’t turn into a milky lather like a lot of other cleansing oils do. How do you use it?

      • Isabella Muse

        It worked fine for me. It emulsified fine! Did you use warm or cool water? I use it like any other cleansing oil, massage on dry skin, add a little water to emulsify, massage some more, rinse.

          • Isabella Muse

            likewise. It worked ok for me! Did you have a heavier SPF on maybe?

    • Isabella Muse

      I use cleansing oils or cleansing balms, Micellar Waters make me feel like I didn’t clean my face haha! They are better for quickie clean up for me.

  • Robin Burris

    Have you tried Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil for Face? Better than DHC! You can use it on your eyes, mineral oil free, no residue after use, and made in the USA??? Plus it has a pump! It’s my new HG. There is a floral fragrance that I like; kinda like aromatherapy. 🙂 I got mine at Target. Doesn’t make my skin tight; it’s quite lovely!

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t it! Def have to give it a whirl 😀 Thanks Robin! 😀

    • Lisa

      I’m skeptical that anything would be better than DHC! I absolutely love that stuff & have no problems using it to remove all my makeup, even around my eyes. I have used it for at least a couple of years. I tried s few other brands, not even close.

  • Carol G

    Yes, this is beyond stupid not getting it in your eyes. I also wear waterproof mascara and I love using cleansing oils/balms because it melts waterproof mascara straight away without having to rip out your eyelashes. This was off-putting to me from the start because of the ridiculous price but now I won’t even bother trying it. You saved me some money, Muse! Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! Someone mentioned they are legally required to say, “avoid contact with my eyes” and it was ok to use it around eyes but I’m honestly paranoid with anything that says avoid contact with eyes!

  • Kimkats

    Phi, but they have the Palmers at Target? That’s goo to know! I have a few bottles of other cleansing oil to get thru, but if it goes on sale, I’m all over it!

  • stephanie

    oh my gosh! use it on your eyes! you know they’re just legally supposed to say to be careful not to get it in your eyeballs!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha I’m paranoid if it says don’t use on eyes, I don’t. 🙂

  • genevieve

    What’s the point of a cleansing oil if you can’t use it to get your eye makeup off? Besides, it’s very hard to just use on your face without getting some of it near your eye area.
    This is just silly. A shame, because I like their products.

  • Angie

    I don’t like the Burt’s Bee one bc it irritates my eye. Was excited to try this one but I don’t think I want to also because you can’t use it on your eyes. The best so far to me has to be the Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil. I know it is at a different price point but I really love the way it leaves my face.

  • KymB

    Don’t think it meant not to use it on your eyes but to avoid getting “into” your eyes / eyeballs. Based on the photo of the description, it doesn’t look like it cautioned anyone to use it around or on the eyes. I think most cleansing oils will sting when it gets “into” the eyes anyway. Or at least the ones I experienced. I’ve used the Simple eye makeup remover on and around my eyes, even on my lower lash line with my eyes open and haven’t had any issues with it.

    • Isabella Muse

      It says avoid contact with eyes, to me that translates as don’t get it near your eyes! I only have two eyes so, I figure I wouldn’t use anywhere near my eyes! You never know, not worth chancing it!

    • Angie

      To me the ones you can use around the eyes work the best since it’s only one product I have to buy. And the oils that are good for the eyes are also good to hydrate that delicate part of the skin so they double as eye cream.

  • CarrieAnne

    You’re a doll and I love this site. I think you’re making too much of not getting the product in your eyes. I think that’s just a general safety and comfort statement. I’ve recently purchased it and I massage it all over my very sensitive face, including my eyelids, then massage with water and rinse. No problem whatsoever. But I’m 100% with you on the price! I purchased at full price at Ulta because they are so fantastic with returns there, but now that I know I like it, I’ll buy at Target for about $3 less!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks Carrie Anne! <3! I'm just of the mentality that I only have two eyes so, gotta take good care of 'em 😀 I'm glad it worked out for you! But yeah, the price is pretty high for the size :-/

  • Christine Burnett

    Can I just point out that the advice is ‘avoid getting INTO your eyes’? This does NOT mean it cannot come into contact with the skin around your eyes.
    No soap or other cleansing products should not be put into your eyes – this is just the same!

  • Leigh

    Absolutely love this review. I have this product and think its amazing! However it does stated “avoid getting into your eyes”, All products that you will find will most likely say that. Doesn’t mean you cant use any product around your eyes just like you use any product, even makeup. They just say be careful of getting it into your actual eye. If you followed what you say it would mean you can’t use any product what so ever around and on your eyes. lol

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Leigh, thank you! 😀 I tend to avoid my eyes to be honest if it recommends not to use it in that area! We only have two after all 😀