The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil


86 reviews

69% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$$

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

My HG cleanser - doesn't break me out, doesn't dry my skin out, and it removes makeup like a charm! I use it especially on days where I feel my skin is irritated or I have on-coming breakouts - my skin instantly calms down and my acne spots appear less red.

I use it on dry skin, either using my fingers or my cleansing brush and wash away with lukewarm water.

Repurchase? ABSOLUTELY!

My only gripe is the packaging: it's rubbish! It oozes product even when not used, so i constantly have to wipe down the bottle and either place something underneath it or wipe down whatever surface I place the bottle on.

- Gentle on skin
- Melts away makeup like nothing I've ever tried

- Bad packaging

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I'm beyond impressed with this product. The whole Camomile range from TBS is more than decent but this and the cleansing butter are the stars. This cleansing oil melts all of my makeup (even waterproof eye makeup) right off and washes completely clean. I like to also use a dampened cotton cloth in conjunction with it for a little exfoliation and my skin LOVES it. My skin is so refreshed, soft and bright afterwards and I can see the benefits also the next morning. It's gentle, the scent is inoffensive and I don't get this tight feeling afterwards, which is rare for me. Packaging does tend to leak and get a bit messy and sometimes the pump is a bit faulty and has to be pressed several times in order to get the product to come out. It's lasted me several months and I'd gladly repurchase.

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on 12/19/2016 10:51:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have oily skin and this cleansing oil was very effective at removing makeup without stripping my skin or leaving residue. The smell is very relaxing and the price is right.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this when the cleansing balm was out of stock. I like it, but didn't love it. I'd rather use any other oil which will get everything off - this couldn't cope with even the lightest of mascara applications!

It smells good and feels nice on my skin, doesn't irritate my eyes either which is good. But, it just didn't do a good enough job removing my make up. I don't have the time or the inclination to spend ages, I like one to remove my make up, soap to wash, then a moisturiser. I'm pushing the boat out if I use toner.

I'll stick to the balm which is my HG.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Like the previous reviewer, KittySkyfish, I've had a good experience with this product. For starters, I got it for dirt cheap during one of TBS's pre-Xmas sale deals. Like so many people within the last few years, I've really taken to cleansing oils to which you use with water, and double cleansing at the end of the day as it seems so much more gentle than using the old-school method of a cream cleanser and tissues or cotton pads and then still having residue left behind. This cleansing oil isn't the best one I've used either (MAC Cleanse Off and Clarins Pure Melt Gel are my favourites) but this does a pretty good job and the price is hard to beat. As so many others have said, it doesn't totally dissolve mascara but it does break it down and since I always follow up with a foaming, wash off cleanser, that takes care of what might be left behind. Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is gentle, doesn't irritate my skin or my eyes and the price was hard to beat. I can understand why so many have complained about the pump; mine works fine but I've been forewarned and so I'm careful when I press on the pump. I may end up decanting some of this in to a more easy to control container at some point but, for now, the pump works okay. All in all, this is a good and very affordable (if you wait for their "deals") first step makeup remover, though I wouldn't use it all on its own.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Update 12/21/16: I'm bumping the rating to full marks because this makeup remover and cleanser has been wonderful during the past month. I notice this doesn't dry my skin out like my former favorite, Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm. If I use this exclusively and not follow up with my favorite gentle face wash, my skin doesn't flake or dry out during the day. (My favorite face wash was causing flakes once the furnace kicked in/arctic temps came to town. TTDOB also caused a few flakes when I used it exclusively.)

It also *does* cleanse well if I give it about 30 seconds to work as I massage it in. It also removes my eye makeup as well as the TTDOB, because both will leave me with some residue under my lower lashes, which I remove with a cotton swab and eye makeup remover.

I still give it low marks for packaging as it definitely leaks around the pump if left unlocked. It tipped over on the counter and later I found a small pool of cleanser on the counter. Not good!

Original review:
I have a more positive experience with this makeup remover than others. This makeup remover earns a 3.5/5 because I feel it should rinse off a little easier and because it doesn't break down makeup as quickly as other cleansing oil-type removers I've used. That said, I enjoy using it because it breaks down my makeup perfectly when I combine the makeup remover with a silicone scrublet pad (it's less effective with fingertips alone).

To combat the residue, I always follow with a gentle face wash, but on the plus side I notice how my face doesn't feel tight when I use this particular makeup remover. As a comparison, Clinique Take the Day Off Balm is more efficient at breaking down makeup but it does dry my skin out more.

Note: I don't use this to remove my eye makeup. For that I use the Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and cotton pads (it's really good!!). Also, some may not realize that this cleanser should be used on a dry face with dry hands. That's the only way it'll break down makeup. Only add water when you're ready to rinse.

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on 11/18/2016 3:51:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't lik e this at all, when I use it in the shower it does nothing at all. I really need to use five pumps to feel it on my skin when I'm trying to massage it in.
Also the pump leaks so it's not great for travel.
Still looking for a better shower cleanser.. I like the balm version of this but it's too messy to use in the shower.

on 10/7/2016 4:42:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Not very effective. I've tried the balm version of this which is very nice, but with this I have to use it multiple times to get all my makeup off.

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on 10/6/2016 8:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I own this and the balm from the same line. Whist I find the balm balm is probably more effective, I've been preferring the oil as I haven't been wearing as much makeup lately and don't need a face cloth to remove. BF also uses as a first cleanse.
This removes makeup and emulsifies with water. Leaves skin feeling clean but not tight.
I"m onto my second bottle, and have not had any issues with the pump breaking or bottle leaking.

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on 9/12/2016 5:48:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm halfway through this oil cleanser and there's not one time using it that I feel satisfied it's done a good job. I highly recommend the cleansing butter from the same line over this oil as it outperforms the oil in all aspects.

First thing that I noticed right away, the packaging is faulty. For some reason after the first use the oil just travels up the pump and leaks out from the top and from under the pump threading. No matter how many times I clean it up and am careful to make sure I store it properly eventually the oil makes its way out. There's even a locking mechanism but it might has well not have one. I don't want to deal with a mess every time so this is an immediate deal breaker. I don't know if this is actually a common problem with oil cleansers in pump packaging(the Garnier one I tried had this happen too) but it definitely turns me off from this format.

There is always the option of decanting into a better dispenser, but it's not worth the trouble. This cleanser also doesn't emulsify well enough and I feel like I have a film of oil still stuck on my skin after rinsing. I double cleanse with a foam cleanser always but I worry if that's not enough to get rid of the sticky residue completely and sometimes I triple cleanse with micellar water. I never have to do that with better oil cleansers like Shu Uemura's that emulsify completely and rinse off easily. Another telltale sign that this oil doesn't emulsify well is that it takes mascara off the lashes but it goops up the mascara(waterproof or not it's the same result) and pools the goop under my eye. it's not because I'm not using enough oil or massaging the masacara off properly. Despite rubbing with water the blackened oil goop just sticks and makes me look like a football player. I have to take a q-tip or cotton to wipe it off, which adds some unnecessary tugging in that area. None of the other oil/balm cleansers I've used does this, and this is not supposed to happen with an oil that cleanses well.

I can't tell if this cleanser has ever specifically broken me out since I breakout every now and then with no clear pattern, but at the least it doesn't give me milia like some other too thick/fatty products have. There are nut oils in this so if you're allergic be sure to check the ingredients out.

There's all plant oils and no mineral oils in the blend(not that mineral oil is bad but it is a cheaper ingredient) but that doesn't matter if it can't even do what it's supposed to. The butter version of this cleanser has no such problems, is the same price and is a in less messy form so I feel like this oil is very redundant and would not recommend.

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