November 24, 2015

Cleansing Oils: Caudalie vs. The Body Shop

Cleansing oils are one of those products that used to be sort of 'niche' - something for those in the know, a beauty editors' secret. I actually always think of STELLAR ed Kirstie when writing about cleansing oils; a longtime fan of the Shu Uemura version, she's probably the first person I ever heard wax lyrical about the OCM (oil cleansing method).

These two oils came into my rotation in quick succession - I've actually been using the two at the same time so have had a really good chance to compare them properly. I'll start with the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil just because it's one we're all quite familiar with - it's well-known as a decently priced cleanser that'll break down even heavy make-up in seconds. This is a repurchase for me; it doesn't upset my sensitive, oily skin, and a bottle always lasts me quite a while. It's €17.50 for 200ml and gets the job done brilliantly quick.

On to Caudalie. Now, I am massively into Caudalie as a brand - their Vinosource serum and Instant Detox Mask are two fantastic products that I often recommend to people. They've just launched a cleansing oil which I was delighted to try out, especially as I really like their take on micellar cleanser. I got on great with the oil which was what I was expecting - it gets make-up off very fast and doesn't have a strong scent, which is great.

The texture is just a tad thicker than the Body Shop version and I just get a faint smell of almond oil from it. Both emulsify nicely with water, and both take off all of my make-up in one go, super fast. However, you're looking at €25.45 for 100ml of product, which really isn't great value when the Body Shop version does exactly the same thing. I'd say try this only if a) you're a massive fan of Caudalie like I am, or b) you can't stand heavily scented products. I'd love to see Caudalie make a bigger bottle of this at a better price, as I don't think 100ml of cleansing oil would last long in my bathroom anyway!

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