I like this as a makeup remover and also a moisturizer. It's light, not too greasy, plus it soaks into your skin instead of sitting on top. I apply it all over my face, lay a warm washcloth over for a minute and rinse off. I don't use a soap cleanser afterwards if my skin has dry patches but I will in the summertime when my skin is oilier.
This is for any Grapeseed Oil (cold-pressed is impossible to find and I've read on more than one aromatherapy website that it's actually impossible to cold press the seed as it is too small, so don't waste your money)
I get this in jug size at Culpepers, online at Quinessence or Absolute Aromas at my local health food store. I mix it 1:1 with Macadamia Nut oil for an wonderful all over moisturiser. It's amazing when I get out of the shower! I also mix Grapeseed with Macadamia Nut oil and Jojoba for use in the shower to mix with liquid soap to make it gentler and makes a great shave cream.
I used to describe my facial skin as dehydrated yet oily, clog-prone, ultra-sensitive Rosacea/Dermatitis-prone. Now, it's just soft and normal. So, I've essentially fixed my skin. There are other factors such as diet and vitamin supplements, but how I cleanse my face is an extremely important aspect:
I slather Grapeseed oil on my face and neck before getting in the shower. It keeps the tap water off my face but the heat of the steam opens my pores. When I get out, I gently wipe the oil and moisture off my face with the soft side of a cotton wool pad. I then massage a tablespoon of Grapeseed oil on my face and neck. Then I spritz Spring drinking water (Volvic) on 3 cotton wool pads until they are not drenched but quite moist (12 sprays from a small spray bottle on each) and wipe the oil off my face and neck. I spritz with the water and pat around with my fingers to tone and then moisturise with Bee Yummy Skin Food.
At night, I remove my eye makeup then slather Grapeseed oil on my face and neck; alternate between holding my hands on my face to just warm the oil and gently massaging for about 1-2 minutes. Then remove the oil with cotton wool pads as in the morning. Tone with water and then moisturise with Bee Yummy Skin Food.
For 3 months my skin has been getting better and better until now. I'm very happy with my skin now, so much so that I can walk across the street to the grocery store without makeup if I'm out of something for breakfast. It's been ages since I could do that! Grapeseed in an amazing cleanser.
This review is for the Whole Foods brand grapeseed oil.
I recently started using Shiseido sunscreen, and learned that one must either use a cleansing oil or pre-cleanse with oil to get that stuff off. Well, I had a couple bottles of oil around for when I get the urge to play with aromatherapy, grapeseed and apricot kernel. I chose grapeseed as my pre-cleanse since it's lighter and has natural antioxidants.
Rubbing oil onto your face definitely feels weird. Grapeseed oil has a distinct nutty scent that I find very comforting, but I suggest you sniff before you buy. Scents are a very personal preference. Not only does it get my Shiseido off, this stuff melts off even stubborn makeup and doesn't irritate my contact-wearing eyes at all! Hasn't broken me out yet, and there's just enough left after using my foaming cleanser to make my face feel soft and moisturized. I haven't noticed any drying effect, but then my skin is quite oily to begin with.
Grapeseed oil acts like a toner plus light moisturizer for combo-oily skin which is why some below have experienced drying effects. I have been using this for two weeks already and my skin seems to have no negative effects. I have yet to see any breakouts. The only problem is the packaging. I think I need to get a dropper to pick up the perfect amount of oil. Other than that, it has a very light smell and I use this at night so that it has time to absorb until morning.
I am very careful about my reviews because I don't like sending out wrong informations. So, I try not write any reviews until I have been using the products at least for few weeks. I honest gave this product 5 stars because it saved my very very dry skin. Before I use this product, I have the very very dry skin. I wash my face twice by the most gentle cleanser following tons of moistures designed for dry skin. But still, it was not enough. My skin was still tight, dry and itchy. Nothing seems work on me. Then I discovered this oil on drugstore.com and decided to buy because the positive reviews. And I am so glad that I did. I use it on my damp face right after washing it. (Persoanlly, I find it works better when you apply it as the first layer of your skin care rountin rather than the last layer.) At first, it is a little greasy. Then it got absorbed into my skin and suddenly my skin is beaming with radiant that I couldn't have for years. People with true dry skin know what I am talking about. After applying this oil, I also apply alpha hydroxy acid gel, serum and sunscreen. Everything after applying the oil seems working 10 times better than before. Now I don't have itchy and tight skin anymore. Sometimes when I look at face, I even find a little oil on my face, which I love. Plus, I love the fact that I am getting more antioxidnet from this oil.
This oil is very cheap and you only need to use a little. So, try it if you are battling with dry skin.
By the way, this is not a cleanser. I don't know why it shows under the cleanser category.
This review is for food grade organic cold-pressed grapeseed oil.At first I thought I had scooped up a great way to get more antioxidants into my skincare. I tried this as a precleanse followed by Cetaphil and also as a pre-moisturizer serum around my eyes, on my neck, and on stretch marks. After 3 weeks of use, I discovered it had virtually zero effect on stretch marks, and that it was actually drying my skin out. Currently I am using a few drops every morning as a moisture shield for my face in the shower. I rub a few drops in damp palms and press it lightly to my face before I get in the shower. I find the oil helps to protect my face from the hot water in the shower which can be very drying and irritating. Aside from this, I don't know what else to do with the grapeseed oil. It's just too drying to leave on my face all day, after my skin soaks up the initial oil it just feels dry!I really really wanted to like grapeseed oil, it's used in so many skincare products and praised for its antioxidant and anti-aging qualities. *sigh* back to EVOO I go. continued >>
NOTE: I am reviewing grapeseed oil in general not this brand.
I am amazed by this stuff its FAB! Sinks in really quick and is just so nice on the skin. I was hooked on oils when i tried DHC Virgin olive oil but found after a while it was a bit too rich for my skin. So, i looked through all your lovely reviews and I sent for some Grapeseed, hazelnut and sweet almond oils. I do love this one but i bought the others as back ups in case I started to react.
I would give it a shot if you are unsure, even though you may think its a bit scary. My skin is prone to oilyness and spots in my T-Zone and It seems to be ok so far. I will update later if it begins to go bad though!
UPDATE: Have since found that Rosehip oil is much better for me so only use grapeseed as a base for my essential oil creations.
I am reviewing grapeseed oil itself, not this particular brand. After learning about the oil precleanse method on MUA, I went to Whole Foods in pursuit of jojoba oil, but I ended up with grapeseed oil instead because it was so much less expensive. I have been using it to remove makeup and sunscreen for about a month now. The first time I tried it, I was kind of alarmed by the sensation of rubbing oil all over my face. It seemed all wrong at first, but now I actually like it. It is fantastic for removing eye makeup. Mascara and liner come off easily without smearing all over my cheeks. It hasn't affected the condition of my skin at all (no impact on my mild acne), but I am satisfied with it simply as an agent to get everything off my face at the end of the day. I follow up with Purpose cleanser to rinse clean.
This review is specifically for the AuraCacia brand of Grapeseed oil, with vitamin E.
I bought this oil to use as an oil cleanser, after having been using jojoba oil for a while. The AuraCacia grapeseed was particularly smoothing and absorbed more readily into my skin than the jojoba, and the addition of vitamin E hasn't bothered my skin (and I think it's helping it). The product has a neutral odor, and has a flip cap top with a odd rubber cover over the opening in the plastic top. The rubber has a smaller hole in it, and the product comes through that. I imagine this is to keep the oil from being contaminated by your hands or by being open in general, so it does seem to be a more sanitary system. The only problem is that it's a little difficult to get a drop of oil, because you have to squeeze the bottle to get enough pressure to push the oil through the rubber, and so you get the oil in a squirt and a stream instead of drop by drop. For oil cleansing, that's not a problem, because it squeezes out just the right amount, but if you wanted to use a few drops just for moisturizing, I'd suggest getting a second bottle to keep it in.
EDIT: After trying it for 10 days, it was clear my skin wasn't happy with this stuff. I tried the grapeseed because the jojoba was too drying and I thought the E added to this oil would help with that, but it ended up leaving a lot of little surface whiteheads and pimples, even after the period of time when it should have purged and cleared if it was going to do that. I've gone back to jojoba, mixing it with olive oil so it would be less drying; the skin's much happier now. But oils are very "your-mileage-may-vary", and grapeseed did feel nice going on, so it's worth trying it as you search for the oil that works for you.
I am using GrapeOla brand grapeseed oil... I have just recently discovered the Oil Cleansing Method after years and years of horrible acne and unbalanced skin... dermatologists, thousands spent and never feeling great about my skin.
My method - To remove eye makeup - I put a little oil into a cotton pad and rub the makeup off... this removes every kind of waterproof makeup with little fuss. Then I put oil in my palm,(about a quartersized amount) and rub my hands together (clean hands!) and start rubbing my dry face I'll rub and smooth the oil in for several seconds - to the point where I am giving myself a mini-facial. After it starts to feel like the oil is getting absorbed, I use a wash cloth with as hot water as I can stand, mostly rung out, and place that over my face to steam. As soon as the cloth cools (this takes seconds), I'll do it again, then after that, I very gently use the freshly rinsed out cloth to wipe away any residual oil. That is it. No cleanser. No soap. No moisturizer. Then, in the morning, I just rinse my face with water in the shower. The lines on my forehead (I am 35) have already nearly disappeared. My skin has never, ever felt better. I have had some very minor pimples pop up -- I think more of individual pores finally getting really clean. Once whatever is in the little spots is pressed out, they heal up by the next day. It's pretty remarkable.
I highly recommend it! OH - and I only do the steaming about every third day... otherwise it's actually too harsh.
If you have a lot of acne, you may want to add a little caster oil (a VERY LITTLE) or a drop of tea tree oil (in a 4 oz bottle of oil, literally one or two drops) - this will help disinfect your skin, and break the cycle. These oils get down into the pores and pull the dirt and oil out to the surface to be wiped away.
OH - and I've used coconut oil as well --- it really absorbs into the skin, but my skin was actually a little too dry (when I used to be a grease-rag!)....