Monday, 30 March 2015
[review] Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil - not an oil but is an oil?Probably one of my favourite cleansing oils out there, and reading many reviews online, lots of people really do love it as well!
I have previously tried various popular cleansing oils (such as the Shu Uemura one) and sad to say that they don't do nothing for me (imagine me saying that in a ghetto accent ha). Worse still, they broke me out badly. I have combination skin that changes as the seasons do but I still use the Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil (ICO henceforth) all year round, especially for nights where I'm too lazy to go through my whole cleansing routine of removing make-up first, then cleanse then another cleanse, etc. This cleansing oil just takes most if not all, make-up and grime off without your skin feeling dry, which is what I felt when using other cleansing oils.
This is not to say that all the other cleansing oils are bad. Far from that, if you love yours, by all means continue using it. What makes Dior's ICO different from most of the other cleansing oils out there is that it is not an oil per se. At this moment, I imagine minds being blown. *puasssssshhahshh*
Let me explain. Let's take a look through the ingredient list:
"Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Glycerin, Diglycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-20 Glyceryl Isostearate, PEG-32, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-8, Parfum (Fragrance) Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, BHT."
If you look through it, you won't spot any type of 'oils' such as Olive oil (olive oil's fatty oil content will/might cause acne which I mentioned here), Sunflower oil, Carrot oil, etc that are usually present in typical 'oil' cleansers. Instead, it is comprised of mostly emulsifiers and oil-like ingredients (not oil), which is what gives it its 'oil-like' texture that makes it seem like a cleansing oil. After these ingredients are emollients and cleansing agents (gentle ones, not the ones you use to wash dishes, lol). So if you hate oil cleansers as much as I do, you will like this.
So let's get deeper into this magical not oil but oil-like cleanser (whew, that's a mouthful).
First pump out, it's similar to any other cleansing oils out there, which is very liquidy. It also has a very pleasant scent, which I really like that does not linger after being washed off.
The magic comes in after you have massaged it all over your face and used water to wash it off. It turns (emulsifies) into a thin milky/cream-colored-ish consistency that is easy to wash off, unlike real oil cleansers, which brings me to my next point:
It washes off clean and is water-soluble since it is not a true 'oil' cleanser. If you remember when you were younger and doing random experiments in your primary school labs (or maybe it's just me), oil is not soluble. It floats on top of water. Thus, when I used other true oil cleansers, water does not completely wash it off and I have muslin it off (I hate the feeling of something on top of your skin after cleansing). And thus why oils, are not convenient for those 'lazy' nights. Plus, if you're not careful, it will leak/drip down your arms. The Dior ICO does too if you're not careful but at least I could just rinse it off with water.
In a sense, the Dior ICO can be said to be similar to a balm, in the sense that it emulsifies, but the difference is you don't need to muslin it off, thus super convenient.
After using this as a cleanser (or for you cleansing enthusiasts out there, a first/second cleanse), my skin does not feel stripped, unlike true oil cleansers that I used that made my skin feels dehydrated after. Thus, the Dior ICO is quite gentle. Note: my skin is very acne-prone and sensitive. So, people who are acne-prone or have oily/dry-skin that fear that cleansing oils will make matters worse, no fear!
1. Expensive for a cleanser. It is retailed for 25pounds for 200ml here, but I have seen more expensive department store branded cleansers which isn't as good as this one.
2. Hard to travel with unless you decant it. The top cover does not click shut tightly, thus if you want to travel with the whole bottle, tape it shut (or it will leak -thank goodness I wrapped it in plastic, whew-).
Further, I have to note that although it is not cheap as a cleanser, this one bottle can last me around 3months or more, nightly use. My face is quite large thus I normally use around 3-4 pumps which is enough to cover my neck as well.
If you don't want to use it all over your face you reasons that baffles me, you could also pump it onto a cotton pad/round/whatnot and use it as eye makeup remover. One pump would be enough to cover both eyes and a part of your face. Similar to those duo-phase makeup removers I guess.
As said above, it retails for £25 but Escentuals often sells it for cheaper at £22.50. Other than that, it can be found at any Dior beauty counters worldwide.