August 12, 2016

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil is the Best Cleansing Oil I’ve Ever Tried

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Palmer's Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face ($9.99) is one of the best cleansing oils I’ve ever tried! I took time tracking down Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face in stores but was finally able to get my hands on some at Walgreens recently and I’m even happier to review it for you today because I’m loving this stuff and I have a funny feeling you will too!

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face comes housed in a 6.5 oz bottle and will set you back $10 bucks. It’s been readily available on a variety of online sites but I didn’t want to pay shipping on it so, I’ve patiently waited for it to pop up in stores. Finally, about two weeks ago, my local Walgreens got it in stock and I literally jogged through the aisles with it held above my hand like the Olympic Torch.

Cleansing Oils have become increasingly popular in the US drugstore world but I have found myself for wishing for even more variety. But not now, I have a feeling that I won’t need to buy another cleansing oil for a while because this formula is a keeper and will likely play a major role in my skincare routine.

This is a mineral oil-free formula that apparently contains cocoa butter and vitamin C to brighten skin. I wouldn’t say it brightened my skin but it did a damn fine job removing my makeup.

This works like any standard cleansing oil! Simply apply it to a dry face, massage it on, and add a little water to emulsify the formula. You’ll find it goes milky once water is applied, at this point you can rinse it clean away. Some people are scared of cleansing oils as they fear they’ll make skin greasy, oily, or shiny. But that’s not the case at all! They rinse clean off without leaving skin greasy. Palmer’s formula in particular washes completely away and doesn’t leave a film on skin. It emulsifies very easily and breaks down makeup beautifully for squeaky clean skin. Typically, after using a new cleansing oil I test out how well it cleaned my face by drying off and applying micellar water to a cotton pad and wiping it across my face. If traces of makeup are left behind you know your cleansing oil isn’t exactly getting it all off and in this case you’ll want to fall into a double cleanse routine. I did this test with the Palmer’s formula and it didn’t leave a trace of makeup or dirt on my face! The cotton pad came back completely free of makeup!

The formula is a lighter, thinner oil but that doesn’t make it any less effective cleaning skin. The reason I liked it so much? It didn’t leave my skin dry or tight after use. So, so, so many cleansers leave my skin very tight and dry after I use them but this formula didn’t feel like it stripped my skin at all and it left me smooth and soft!

This does have a rose fragrance which I found very pleasant, don’t worry Happy Bath Day users it is nothing like that scent. It’s almost a sweet rose fragrance which I thought was very nice although it won’t be for everyone which is why I mentioned it.

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil is excellent! I need to head back to Walgreens and purchase more as soon as possible! This is definitely Muse Approved!

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Palmer's Cleansing Oil

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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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  • kimkats

    I saw another blogger loved this too – and she has oily skin, so this sounds like the be all and end all for cleansing oils!! I *almost* got this a few weeks ago when walgreen’s had a special deal of buy 2, get a 3rd free on skin care. but I discovered I have like 4 new bottles of different cleansing oils to get thru (and I’m actually planning on getting the new EL cleansing balm b/c there’s a nice GWP going on now) so I think Imma hold off on this for a while, knowing I can run out and get it when/if I need to. It’s distributed strangely, tho. If you search for local walgreens’ that have it, there are only a few that do here…. but at least some of ’em do! 😀

    Glad to hear you like it too Muse!! Now – I gotta get serious about plowing thru the gallons of cleansing oil I already have!

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s great! Let me know when you try it Kim 😀 I liked it a lot!

    • Isabella Muse

      I typically remove both before I cleanse my face and always recommend others do the same. This won’t completely remove waterproof mascara, it’ll leave a bit behind, it does break down eyeshadow easily though!

  • Jane

    I loved this, but I used it in the throes of morning sickness a few months ago. The smell makes me want to wretch now.

    But if they come out with an unfragranced version, I’m all over it.

    • Michelle Flamingo

      When I was pregnant (22 years ago) and didn’t know it yet, I had an apple party and made about 3 different desserts with apples. I was feeling fine at the time, but unbelievably I wound up with a serious aversion to apples during my pregnancy. It was SO bad that I couldn’t look at apples or even say the word “apple” without wanting to vomit. Seriously! But I got over it in time, and I trust you will get over this, too.

  • Sarah

    Ooohh…will have to put this on my list to try as my beloved Bare Minerals Mineralixirs Cleansing Oil has been discontinued. Reformulated, and introduced under a new name turned me off. I’ll be needing something great to replace it with when I’m done with my current bottle :(.

  • Robin Burris

    Yippie!!! I hoped you would like it! 🙂 It is wonderful and it’s made in the USA and it’s not pricey, and everything you said in your review! Plus it has a pump and you can use it on your eyes! This is my HG for cleansers. It’s also gentle. I have oily skin and rosecea. This is gentle enough for my skin and I love the fact there is no residue after you wipe your face off!

    • Isabella Muse

      AGREED 150% 😀 It’s very very gentle! My skin was freaking out last Winter so I’m hoping stuff like this will get me through the harsh weather 😀 without drying me out further!

  • Susan

    Ooh, your review makes me want this. I’ve loved Palmer’s hair products.

  • dina

    lmao @ “jogged through the aisles with it held above my hand like the Olympic Torch” !!!
    The light oil combined with leaving the skin comfortable plus rose may make this a cleansing oil I finally try!

  • katie reynolds

    I found it on Amazon with free shipping, so I ordered it STAT! I was running out of my Eclos oil, which along with many of their facial products, seems to have been discontinued. I love getting a deal on a great product!!! Now to find a smoothing drugstore serum!!! xxxooo to the Muse!

  • Michelle Flamingo

    I like the way you say you “test” your makeup remover with a cotton ball (of whatever) after removing makeup, to see if anything was left behind. I do the same thing when testing a new product that supposedly removes all face makeup. That’s the only real way to know! I look forward to trying this product.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha! It’s kind of the only way to tell if something actually worked at cleansing skin yanno?

  • JessDiMaggio

    Thanks for the awesome review!!! I’ve been on the hunt for an inexpensive, non-drying oil cleanser that actually cleanses, I’m going to get this TODAY.

  • danadoo

    Oh my gosh…I seriously was just looking at this at the grocery store no more than a half hour ago! I noticed it right away because I love cleansing oils, and there’s such a limited selection where I live. I put it back on the shelf because I recently purchased a new cleanser, and rationalized that I didn’t need another one! I will be going back to the store to grab it asap!

  • Barb Hawkins

    thanks for the review … hoping it makes its way to Canada eh … would love to try it

    I’m presently using the NUDE and Sephora cleansing oils. The NUDE never really feels like it’s emulsifying but I like the feel of my face afterwards. Sephora is nice as well. Was living in the Arctic and needed all the help I could get in skin care 🙂

    • Shelby

      It’s in Canada now if you haven’t found it yet! I got it at Shopper’s today – first impression is very positive!

  • genevieve

    I think I would really like this… it will probably take two years (seriously!) to reach Australia.

  • Katherine Rasmussen

    Thanks for the review! I have oily skin and have been afraid to try the cleansing oils. Now I know I can!! Thanks.

  • Julie

    Hey! Good Day, Muse! I was wondering, since I am new to these oils, have had acne, and was scared to try, are the oils able to be used together with a Clairsonic or other cleansing brush, to simplify a routine?

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t use oils with a Clarisonic, Julie. Doesn’t really work when combined with a skincare brush. You’re better off using the oil first to remove makeup and use your Clarisonic after rinsing the oil off. Hope this helps!

  • Katherine T.

    Oh Muse, I needs to try this! Fall/winter is coming around the corner, and this sounds great. I prefer not to have any perfume at all, but since it’s towards the end of the ingredient list, is buffered by oils, and this is a rinse-off product, think I will be ok. Thanks for the review, was super curious about this one

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! The scent is very very subtle so I don’t think it’ll bother you much!

  • Alys

    I tried oil cleansing a long long time ago and Muse, I know you feel me with the dry skin problem, castor oil is the devil! I have a friend with oily acne prone skin and she uses pure castor oil as a cleanser and it works really well for her. Even 10% castor and 90% almond oil made my skin crazy flaky and dry. I love the feel of almond oil on my skin, so since this doesn’t have evil castor oil and does have the good almond, I’m not surprised you love it! And it’s great when you find a product you really like that isn’t a fortune!

    • Isabella Muse

      Alys, you’ve enlightened me! Is it the castor oil causing the tightness!? And I always thought it was good oil for dry skin! WOW! Now I know to avoid it 😀 Thanks xoxoxoxoxo!

      • Alys

        I’m not sure what else is in whatever else you’ve used, but from personal experience of using just castor oil blended with almond oil the castor was a NIGHTMARE! I would get really red and flakey. Super shocking considering it’s an oil, right?? Well it has amazing abilities to really get into pores and clean them out… but for us dry skin folk it’s too much. I think it’s considered an “astringent” maybe? . You are so welcome, I’m glad my failed trials has helped another dry skin girl! 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          i’m going to check my cleansing oils and see which has castor oil and see if that’s the culprit. I don’t get red nor flaky but I get TIGHT! Ugh! DHC Cleansing Oil causes this sometimes for me which is why I ended up not using it anymore, not sure if it contains castor now I’m going to check 😀 Thanks Alys! <3

  • Yui

    Thanks for introducing this cleansing oil~~!!

    Have you ever tried the DHC regular one?? If so, could you tell me which one (DHC or this) is more light weight??? Thanks!

  • Valerie

    I went to Target to get this yesterday after reading your review and it was on sale for $5 🙂 Sweet! Regular price there was $7.99. I tried it last night and I loved it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Ariana

    I definitely need to pick this up! Palmer’s has been impressing me a lot lately — I use their scar serum religiously, and the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack ($1.95/pack( is my absolute favorite hair mask/treatment.

    Have you tried the new Bare Minerals Oil Obsessed cleansing oil facial cleanser yet? I love it! Very curious to hear your thoughts on it. 🙂