One of the best beauty things to pass across my desk recently is the new L’Occitane Peony Petal Cleansing Oil ($34). Far be it for me to get excited about cleansing oils considering my background of trying any and every new cleanser that pops up in the US, Korean, and Japanese market. I have plenty of bottles of cleansing oil currently in my rotation some of which I adore, others I’m a bit meh about, and still others that are backups of those that I love. So, it’s unlikely I’ll get excited about cleansing oil at this point. Although, it does always strike my beauty sweet spot when a brand launches one here in the US since for such a long time cleansing oil wasn’t a common cleanser in the US market most people associated it with Shu Uemura.
Nowadays, it’s becomes a staple in many beauty lover’s skincare routines and why wouldn’t it be? It gently takes off difficult to remove makeup, emulsifies and washes away easily, and it leaves skin soft and smooth, never greasy or shiny.
L’Occitane Peony Petal Cleansing Oil is a new, permanent Fall 2017 launch that which I ended up becoming addicted to rather quickly. There are cleansing oils that work fantastically and there are ones that fail miserably. Peony Petal Cleansing Oil is one of the keepers.
At a glance L’Occitane Peony Petal Cleansing Oil proves disappointing. Housed in a vanity worthy 6.7 oz bottle with a pink label and real dried, hand-picked peony petals floating gently within the oil this sure is pretty but practical? No. I was quickly turned off by the fact it had no pump and thoughts of how messy it would be ran through my head. Luck would have it that L’Occitane did in fact design this well. The bottle is a soft plastic which you can gently squeeze to release just the amount of oil from the tiny spout. It’s surprisingly mess-free and the oil easily releases from the bottle.
One of the things that may make or break your purchase is the fact this has a strong floral scent. To me it smells like a mix of rose and peony. The scent doesn’t linger on skin after you remove it but it is there during the cleansing process. I love it personally but realize sensitive users might not enjoy this much scent in their cleanser.
As I said inside the bottle you’ll find dried, hand picked peony petals but this merely float in the oil they aren’t squeezed out of the bottle nor will they ever touch your face. I’m not really sure what it is that sets this cleansing oil apart from others I own but I just really liked the texture. It’s quite thick and very emollient but it emulsifies and breaks down very easily once water touches it. It didn’t strip my skin nor leave it tight and it removed all my makeup easily without leaving behind a greasy or shiny film.
Like all cleansing oils you’ll use it on dry skin. Simply massage it on and add a little water after you work it into your skin. The tiny bit of water will break the oil down and it’ll go milky. Now you can rinse it clean away! Done! You can follow up with a secondary cleanser should you like but this does a good job removing everything easily.
If I had to list the reasons I like it I’d say the texture was beautifully thick but it breaks down so easily, it feels hydrating but doesn’t leave skin greasy or shiny, it rinses clean away, it removes makeup easily, and yes, the scent was a selling point for me as it smells lovely.
All in all, L’Occitane Peony Petal Cleansing Oil is a beautiful way to remove makeup without drying out your skin.
L’Occitane Peony Petal Cleansing Oil is available now at usa.loccitane.com.