An Oil for an Oil: Four Excellent Oils to Cleanse and Balance Skin

After years of dealing with oily skin, I was horrified by the idea of putting oil on my face. But once I learned that many oils are actually excellent for removing makeup gently and balancing oily skins, I’ve been enamored with oils. It’s the best way I know of for removing makeup – even stubborn mascaras. Cleansing with oil is a pretty simple concept. Like dissolves like. Oil dissolves oil – whether it’s the natural oils from your skin or the oil in the makeup or skin care you apply. And unlike many foaming cleansers, cleansing oils won’t strip away the natural oils in the skin so they help keep skin balanced and are good for all skin types. A word of caution: not all oils are created equal. If you have oily skin and/or are prone to breakouts, you probably want to steer clear of anything containing mineral oil, because it’s known to leave a residue on skin that can clog pores. Companies tend to use it because it’s cheap. It’s also a petrol by-product so it’s not nice on the environment.

Oil Cleanser Tip

Apply oil onto dry skin. Oil and water don’t mix so wetting the face first will cause the oil to bead up and be ineffective in cleansing.

My Favorites

I have a few favorites that I love to use, including a new one from Bobbi Brown. They all work exceptionally well and contain no mineral oil. Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil. Bobbi Brown just introduced her new Cleansing Oil. It is fabulous. She’s included olive and jojoba oils to condition and soften skin and ginger root extract to sooth and calm. It’s already getting rave reviews from customers. I’m not at all surprised. Also good to know: Bobbi Brown products are not tested on animals. It’s available at Bobbi Brown counters and for $38 (6.7 ounces). Boscia Makeup-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil. The Boscia Cleansing Oil is unique, because it leaves skin feeling cool and refreshed with the addition of peppermint and eucalyptus. It also contains rose hip, green tea, and golden palm oils to unclog pores and refine skin texture. It contains no preservatives, parabens, sulfates, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol, animal ingredients, or synthetic fragrance or color. Boscia products are not tested on animals. The oil is available for $21 (4.06 ounces) at Sephora,, and Villainess Datura Slick!. This cult favorite is a little powerhouse. Slick! contains rosehip oil to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, jojoba oil to soften pore blockages, castor to draw out impurities, grapeseed to repair tissues, cherry kernel oil, orchid extract, and vitamin E for anti-oxidant protection, and all sorts of other good stuff to beautify. Villainess seeks to use ecologically sound ingredients that haven’t been tested on animals. Slick! is available for $10 (one ounce) or $18 (two ounces) at


Simple and Economical

Alicia Moody, one of the lead aestheticians at International Orange day spa in San Francisco, says you can also keep things really simple and just use jojoba oil alone. You can easily find a bottle for not a lot of money at most any health food store. For instance, you can get a four-ounce bottle of Desert Essence Pure Jojoba Oil for $10-$12 on

Do Tell

Do you use an oil cleanser or straight oil to cleanse your skin? Does the thought of using an oil on your skin freak you out? Do tell. P.S. Check out the Beauty Resources page for some amazing beauty deals from, Bobbi Brown,, Sephora, and more.

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