April 6, 2017

Trader Joe Facial Cleansing Oil Yay For Me But Not For Everyone!

Trader Joe Cleansing Oil ($7.99) was one of those, “I just need one thing from Trader Joe’s! I’m in and I’m out!” purchases. Don’t sit there acting like you never told yourself that you’d stop at Target, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods with the intention of buying something like milk and coming out with bags and bags and bags of $h1t! Because that’s their evil intention! They want to suck you in the vortex and create a buying frenzy as you pass the many, many cheese wheels and bags of bacon and white cheddar popcorn. By the way, I’m safe from their cheese section because I don’t eat cheese unless it’s melted! Hi, welcome to my weird world! I also can’t eat foods that touch each other! My salad has to be separated from my steak and veggies thanks very much! My dad makes fun of me and says I have compartments in my stomach so foods won’t touch.

Anyway, if you want good food and you want really brilliant indie beauty brands I’d say go to Whole Foods. If you want cheap but yummy food and maybe a cool hand wash or shampoo you go to Trader’s Joe. But lately, Trader Joe’s is trying to break on through to the other side with a slew of interesting beauty and skincare picks like, get this, micellar makeup cleansing wipes. Trader Joe, you devil you! Whole Foods wins hands down in the beauty department. They have like three aisles of skincare, makeup, and fragrance to choose from. Many of those offerings are from brands you probably never heard of. It’s a whole new world of beauty up in Whole Foods so, along with your $20 baguette you can also pick up a really brilliant new perfume or cleansing balm like Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. But Trader Joe is getting there….! I see there little section of beauty expanding lately!

Honestly, I have no idea if the Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil is new or really old but my store never had it until recently so, let’s just say it’s new for me.

As I said, Trader Joe Facial Cleansing Oil was one of many “I only need one thing!” purchases. I stopped in for some Fage and I came out with cleansing oil and a ton of other stuff I didn’t need! Be warned though, these are a mess. There were tons of bottles and all of them were greasy as hell. I guess people pumped them? Who knows! But it was kind of a gross shopping experience and I had to go home and rinse my bottle off.

This little guy is $7.99 for a 4 oz bottle and was created with Argan and Coconut Oils. It doesn’t contain mineral oil and a quick glance at the back shows a lot of good oils are in the mix here. As with any cleansing oil you’ll use this on a dry face! Just pump a few squirts out and massage it on your face. The texture is very thin, light, and runny with a very subtle fresh scent. This isn’t a traditional cleansing oil that emulsifies (goes milky) when water is added. It breaks down but doesn’t quite emulsify which results in it leaving a little bit of a film on your face after rinsing. I didn’t mind the film but it’s one reason I think people won’t love it. A quick swipe with micellar water removes any excess so, I had no problems at all.

The formula did well removing my makeup plus it did not, I repeat, it did not leave me feeling tight or too dry. The formula left my skin soft and smooth. I think dry skin users will be pleased with it but I think maybe oil skin users won’t love it!

All in all, a good buy! I’d definitely repurchase it. Well done Trader Joe! Looking forward to seeing more beauty goods from you!

Have you tried Trader Joe Facial Cleansing Oil?

Do share!

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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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  • Annie


    Awww man, coconut oil breaks me out!

    Trader Joe’s has awesome bath stuff, though. Their tea tree tingle smells divine and is arguably one of the most affordable effective sulfate-free shampoos, and their citrus body wash smells like a cross between a grapefruit and tangerine.

    • Isabella Muse

      I use it as a detox for my hair πŸ˜€ Love it! and smells amazing! I never tried citrus body wash! Gotta grab that πŸ˜€

    • Jules

      Me, too, on the coconut oil :(. It’s seriously bad news bears. Which is a shame, because this otherwise sounds awesome. I’ve been resisting the whole foods urge, because WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, but that shampoo sounds interesting. I’ve tried to do the sulfate-free thing, cuz my hair is so dry, but they just don’t work!

      Now I have an excuse. Thanks!!

  • diane

    i picked this up but didn’t try yet. the film won’t bother me as long as it removes makeup since i like using oil for a double cleanse and follow up with a salicylic acid cleanser and my clarisonic. thanks for the review =)

  • Christian

    Hey Muse!! I get almost all of my skincare at Whole Foods! Have you tried the acure line? It is incredible! It’s the only skincare that doesn’t not break me out. I love the all natural and organic skincare and make up that you find at Whole Foods!

    • Isabella Muse

      i don’t blame you! they have such great stuff πŸ™‚ I haven’t but I’ll check it out my next trip in!

  • Em

    I picked this up about a month ago – definitely true about the oily bottle. Anyways, I was super concerned that it might make my combo skin break out, but it did not, it actually calmed the current breakouts down a bit. I will definitely buy this again.

  • Silvia

    I must try this getting older I need all the oils I can get! I love all Traders Joe’s products got a huge basket at Christmas from my sis-in-law and I been loving every item. The body butters smell so good I want to eat them. Isn’t that tea tree shampoo awesome? It brings me back to life in an instant after a hard run or heavy gardening. Their hand balm i swear by it! Oh! And for breakouts I apply that with hazel on the spot full strength with a q-tip and that sucker is gone fast! Great stuff I bet this will be awesome! Besides, Whole Foods i still have a couple of their Gabriel blushes from years ago, Sprouts also has a nice demonstration of makeup heavens. I love my Traders Joe’s though!

  • Carol Anderson

    I just purchased some yesterday. The shelf was newly stocked and all bottles were pristine. This may be a product that the staff will have to clean occasionally:) I had been using Josie Maran Argan Cleansing oil for about the last three years. The Trader Joes was nice. It was a little thinner and spread nicely. You stated that it did not emulsify, but, I must differ with you because it does emulsify just like the Josie Maran Oil. After rubbing on your face for about a minute, add a little water and continue to rub and the oil will turn milky. The emulsifying part is a must if you plan on rinsing the oil off with water. If you just splash the oil with water and expect to get it off without emulsifying for 30 seconds to a minute it will leave an oily film on your face.

    • Isabella Muse

      GOD! I wish that was the case here! I always go and they are a mess! I didn’t get the emulsifying in all honesty even with rubbing but it still did a mighty nice job rinsing away easily πŸ˜€

    • Karen

      Thank you for this comparison! I bought some but havent tried it yet because honesty the price tag worried me a bit……ive been looking for comparisons to more expensive pulling brands everywhere online

  • Eryn

    I bought this and have been using it for about a month. I’m amazed how fast it gets all my makeup off including mascara. I love it. It emulsifies for me also.

  • Angela Dunn

    Love this! I discovered first day of fall for this wind. Works great and clean at my store.

  • Erin

    Almost my entire personal care routine uses Trader Joe’s products, and I love them. One of their best deals is their Formula No. 3 All-in-one shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. This product has a very mild, fresh, unisex fragrance, so my husband and I both use it. I replaced 5 shower products with this one thing, and TJ’s sells it for eight dollars a quart. That’s pretty amazing.

  • Clare

    I was just there this Sat and was soooo tempted. Lol. Looks like Ill be grabbing some on my next trip to Jersey. Thay also sell organic argan oil now and it is AMAZEBALLS. Seriously. I always wanted to try the Josie Moran version but I can not justify that price tag. Now, I dont have to!!! HOOORAY!!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay πŸ˜€ Glad you’re liking their argan oil! I like it too and cheap!

  • Vic Leon

    I was doing some research on face oils. I have been using Rodan & Fields Refine regimen. I wanted to try a serum before I purchased one from Rodan and Fields to see if I liked it. I bought Trader Joes Antioxidant serum. I have combination type skin. This caused cystic acne breakouts, which I had not seen since I was an adolescent, and painful too. To make matters worse, my skin dried out to the point it wrinkled around my eyes like crumpled up tin foil and became so sensitive I couldn’t use my Rodan & Field products because of pain. Turns out the face serum has silicone-based ingredients, which my skin doesn’t like, but this was by far the worst reaction I’ve ever experienced. I needed to repair the damage and the acne, so I purchased the Tea Tree face watch, the antioxidant nourishing cleanser, and the cleansing face oil, from trader joes. I have alternated the tea tree, and the cleansing oil. The tea tree was to get the acne to recede, which it did after 3 days, and I use the oil before bed. It calmed my skin down and almost eliminate the sensitivity to my Rodan and fields. I would definitely recommend this. Since I shave my face daily, and I exfoliate 2x a week, (Male) some products burn, but this has dramatically helped. Also combined with my night regimen, it really got the dryness and wrinkles around my eyes to diminish and helped to hold in the hydration, best of all, it will not strip your skin of natural oils, therefore keeping your skin from producing copious amounts of oil, which contribute to acne. I am 50, so I have different concerns than I did 30 years ago. Try this. If it doesn’t work, Trader Joes will take it back, no questions asked.

  • Carrie Powers

    Do any of you doing the oil method where you stream your face with a hot wash cloth? I rub the oil in, steam and then wipe off excess with clean wash cloth. Would the same process be used for this oil? I use a mixture of 1 part castor oil and then 3-4 parts olive, Argan, sunflower, or whatever I have on hand.

    • Isabella Muse

      That might not work because this oil emulsifies quicker that regular oils. Once you add steam it’ll melt down right away.

  • Jen P.

    Was excited to try this cleansing oil. Made my face feel soft. But within seconds of me patting dry, my fave turned red and blotchy. I could feel the heat in my face. Never had this type of reaction to anything. Washed my face with my Everyone 3-in-1 soap to remove any additional traces. It helped some but skin is still not happy. Such a disappointment. Will be returning.

  • Rebecca

    Does anyone know what “fragrance” is on the label? I really wish it was left out so the natural oil scents would come through.

  • Silvia

    Glad to find this review I have seen this little oil bottle for I think two years in a row and was curious about it. Anything that won’t dry this dry/normal skin especially in winter is good news. I will definetely try. Thanks Muse! The jojoba oil I got from my Traders Joes (in Culver City) turned out awesome! Better than the expensive Caudalie oil I bought with a gift certificate it broke me out so sad since I love the scent. I can still use on hair, body but not on face. I’m have ratger sensitive skin which is a hassle. The products are squeaky clean over in this Trader Joe’s no complaints glad to report. I like their French soaps Levander, Bervena also. Oh and their coconut cream in a round jar is awesome! Haven’t tried the pumpkin one yet.