The Extraordinary Power Of Cleansing Oils

by Gio


The fastest, easiest way to remove makeup?

Facial oils.

Back in Italy, I’d simply use my beloved olive oil. It’s nourishing. It’s gentle. It’s cheap as chips. Besides, you feel like a traitor if you use anything else. Olive oil is a national treasure, you know.

But here in London, olive oil costs an arm and a leg. I still buy it, but it’s for cooking only now (there’s just no way an Italian can ever start cooking with butter, of worse still, vegetable oil – it’s just unthinkable).

So, for my face, I went drugstore with L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil.

As you’ll probably expect from a drugstore brand, it uses the cheapest oil out there: mineral oil.

No, it won’t kill you. Yes, it’s derived from petroleum. But brands don’t take petroleum and put it straight as is in cosmetics. They purify and refine it to get rid of all those toxic things in it. What comes out is cosmetic grade mineral oil. Totally safe.

Mineral oil works just like any other oil. It dissolves the oils in my makeup and sunscreen so I can take everything (even lipsticks!) off super quickly. And, it moisturizes as it cleanses, so my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards. That’s why I love oils. They do the job super quickly and my skin never feels tight or uncomfortable afterwards.

That’s pretty much all this facial oil does. Facial oils are simple creatures. They do what they say and quickly so you can get off with the rest of your skincare routine.

This one doesn’t feel too greasy, either. It’s not totally greasy-free as L’Oreal claims. It’s an oil, after all. But it doesn’t leave my skin an oily mess. I remove the slight residue it leaves on with a foaming cleanser anyway. I’m all about double cleansing these days.

So, yeah, totally happy with this oil. It does what it says on the bottle. And, at this price, I can’t blame it for using the cheapest oil out there. But, I’ll probably switch to other oils when I run out. Nothing against mineral oil. I’m just fickle like that.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Isohexadecane, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Aqua/Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance (FIL B163574/2)

Price & Availability: $5.33 at Boots

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Sherry G October 12, 2016 - 3:21 pm

I’ve been using straight mineral oil for my eyes and sometimes my face. I find it in the [cough] digestive section of the drugstore. However, it leaves a greasy film over my eyes. I’ll have to check out the L’Oreal. Thanks for the info!

Gio March 31, 2018 - 8:29 am

Sherry, I find some makeup removers with mineral oil does the same for me but I didn’t have any problems with this one.

Amy October 14, 2016 - 5:05 am

My skin HATES mineral oil!! I break out like crazy when I use it… 🙁

Gio March 31, 2018 - 8:29 am

Amy, oh no!! 🙁

irene March 28, 2018 - 2:03 pm

can anyone know where can we request “material safety data sheet ” for this product?
L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil 150ml
Badly needed for business purposes.
thanks a lot

Gio March 31, 2018 - 8:30 am

Irene, you don’t request MSDS for products, you request them for ingredients. Manufacturers must provide them when you buy from them.


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