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on 9/26/2009 7:43:00 PM
More reviews by gingerrama
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
I'm using cleansing oil to remove sunscreen in the evening; this is the best finished cleansing oil I've used so far. Comparisons: Shu Uemura (rapid irritation just on hands, so it went nowhere near the face), Dermalogica's PreCleanse (rapid irritation), and DHC (eventual clogging and irritability). This is dramatically cheaper than the DHC, and lighter-weight (sweet almond and hazelnut oils, rather than just olive, and minus the coconut derivatives). Like the DHC, best applied with dry hands to dry skin, rubbed around a bit (gently), emulsified with tepid water, then washed off. I use a washcloth/face-cloth/flannel. Very little scent, and neither objectionable nor sneeze-inducing. I've found no need to wash again afterwards, unlike with the DHC. I've been following up with a splash of witch-hazel (aqueous - GoW again, one of the better straight-up no-alcohol ones I've found). Then moisturiser: often just a bit of oil on drier patches of skin. No zits, no irritation, all well and clear.Costs $2.85/1oz, $8.40/4oz, $14.05/16oz plus shipping. Cruelty-free. Packaging: comes in a plastic flip-cap bottle with a fairly plain label, no frills, no objections here. The bottle is a fairly standard one, so if you'd prefer a pump top, go get one - they also sell such things on GoW - or reuse an old DHC bottle, that's what I'm doing at present.INGREDIENTS: Organic Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Peg-7 Olivate, Cromollient STS, Alkyl Benzoate, Rosemary Oil Extract continued >>
7 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 6/2/2009 4:11:00 PM
More reviews by LinDo5
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I've been a HUGE fan of cleansing oils since I discovered them a couple of years ago for clearing pores and taking off makeup and oils on skin. I've used DHC deep cleansing oil and repurchased many times, but I thought there must be one out there as good as this for a bit less money.This is it. In fact, it's a bit lighter, not quite so thick, has a light pleasant scent, and a good mix of oils for my skin type, combo, oily, prone to clogpores.It glides on skin. I massage in for a minute or two, add warm water to my fingertips and watch it melt off. Feels heavenly and softens skin after one use.Very happy with this purchase, much less expensive, and very accessible from Garden of Wisdom.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 3/7/2010 11:33:00 PM
More reviews by Betty24
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I really, really wanted to like this product...I had been reading about the OCM method and wanted to get rid of the sebum plugs and blackheads. After a week of using this product, I started getting terrible cystic pimples on my chin and neckline (where I never get blemishes) for three weeks. These have been the worst breakouts of my life and every day I regret trying OCM.I've had really good experiences with other GoW products (hydrosols moisturizers, mandelic acid, salicylic acid) in the past so I don't think it's an issue of quality control. OCM may give some people miraculous results. However, it doesn't work for everyone and unfortunately, I'm one of those people.
4 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 8/26/2011 9:36:00 PM
More reviews by pearlr
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I have been using GOW Oil cleanser for a few years now and this is the ONLY cleanser I use to clean my face . I have dry dehydrated skin and no matter how mild the cleanser was , my skin would feel tight after .Its very easy to use - I rub some oil on hands and rub them on my face gently in a circular motion. Then I take a washcloth , soak it in warm water and put it on my face for a few seconds and rub all the makeup off.All the makeup comes off instantly ! It even takes waterproof mascara off.Since I started using this cleanser my skin feels soft and not dry /tight anymore. This is my HG cleanser and I don't bother trying out any other cleansers any more.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 11/28/2009 9:24:00 AM
More reviews by donnagonz
Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
this is an economical alternative to other common cleansing oils. it is not as heavy as DHC, but also does not rinse off as well. it is more suited to drier skin. the scent is like a typical cooking oil-though not too strong or unpleasant. i asked for, and received, a pump dispenser (it was complimentary!)-you really need one for cleansing oils. if you cover the label with a couple of coats of clear nail polish, it won't peel off and the ink won't run.
on 8/19/2013 7:55:00 AM
More reviews by Japanna
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I love oil cleansers in general, and this one is great! The only oil cleanser I like better is plain ol' extra virgin coconut oil. This removes makeup wonderfully and can be used on the eyes as well. It rinses clean and leaves my skin feeling nicely moisturised. I like to massage this around for a while until I start to feel 'the plugs' coming out.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 11/9/2011 8:06:00 AM
More reviews by mystryder
Skin: Very Oily, Other, Not Sure
at first, i was massively disappointed b/c i was expecting to love this. however, the amount you use makes a huge difference. a dime size amount doesn't provide enough emollience and just makes it sink into your skin like a carrier oil (which is really what it's made of). prior to my first GoW order, i'd been mostly using Pur Minerals mineral melt as my main cleanser and i loved it--it has an awesome mix of oils... but it has parabens. so i've regularly used oil cleansers from DHC, Pur Minerals, and GoW now and they all have completely different textures. if it weren't for the parabens, Pur Minerals would still be my favorite (all the different types of great oils for your skin + the awesome lemony scent that *doesn't* come from perfumes!). but if you used a quarter-sized amount of the GoW, it's pretty comparable =) it does just smell like carrier oils, though... which is fine just not as enjoyable. rather than a regular cleanser, though, i feel more comfortable only using the GoW cleansing oil only right before a mask or another cleanser. if i don't follow w/ another cleanser, it's still okay by itself, but i just don't feel as clean as when i use the Pur Minerals melt on it's own.
on 3/13/2011 12:24:00 AM
More reviews by milfy
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cleansing oil. It has a pleasant fragrance and suits my combo skin type. I find it easy to apply with my fingertips and then I massage in circular motions for up to two minutes. It is then easily removed using warm water and a face washer.I find it works equally well with my mineral or liquid foundations and it is fabulous at removing my eye makeup - even waterproof mascara seems to melt away.Will definitely be repurchasing this baby!
on 1/8/2013 4:46:00 PM
More reviews by Scott77
Skin: Oily, Tan, Cool
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
Two words. Cystic acne.
on 1/6/2013 10:34:00 PM
More reviews by eclair9
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse
This review is for their Sensitive Cleansing Oil. Ingredients: apricot oil, rice bran oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, cromollient SCEI've considered making my own cleansing oil with an emulsifier, but figured I should try a sample of GoW first. First of all, the packaging is disappointing. I was hoping for a nice pump bottle -- not one with a flip cap. And as another user stated, it's best to use a quarter-sized amount to gently massage onto the face. Other than that, I think this is a decent cleansing oil. I only use it at night to remove my physical sunscreen+moisturizer... I have yet to try it with makeup though. I've only used it a few times, so I haven't seen ~amazing~ results in terms of smoother texture. However, I just enjoy using it since it's natural and gentle. Oddly, the first two times I used it, my face felt slightly tight after rinsing with water. I haven't experienced that again. I also like how milky it becomes when washing it off. Personally, I think the emulsifier (cromollient SCE) does a good job at removing all the oils. UPDATE: I ended up using the whole 1 oz bottle after nearly a month. Although I didn't get any miraculous results, I think it was good at removing my sunscreen as well as those awful 'plugs' from my face. I noticed it was good at getting rid of the few blackheads around my nose/cheek area. The best part is I never experienced horrible cystic breakouts because of this product. I won't be repurchasing, though. But I am interested in trying other oils mixed with a bit of polysorbate 20 (or 80) as cleansers.
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