The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil Review

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, €17.50 for 200ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Skincare is my thing. I enjoy researching and trying out new products, but as a result my stash is outgrowing my storage space so I’m on a mission to use up as much of it as I can. Enter stage left; The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which has been my oil cleanser of choice over the last few months.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

What it promises

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil claims to “effortlessly remove make-up” and leave skin “feeling clean, refreshed and clear of impurities”. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

Ingredients wise you’re looking at; Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Polysorbate 85 (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sorbitan Trioleate (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Octyldodecanol (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).

How to use it

Apply a pump or two to dry skin and massage in. If you’re wearing make-up pay particular attention to the eye area. The Body Shop recommends adding water to emulsify it before rinsing away. I never emulsify oil cleansers. I prefer to remove the oil using a facecloth and warm (never hot) water.

Does it work?

When it comes to cleansing oils I expect them to remove sunscreens and make-up effectively while not being too harsh on my skin. My love of double cleansing means I don’t mind if they leave a slight residue as long the residue doesn’t include a film over my eyes.

Does The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil stand up to the task? It works really well. It leaves skin clean, without feeling stripped. It’s gentle, but effective and doesn’t aggravate my skin even on its most sensitive days. There is a slight scent to it, but it’s nothing much to write home about and doesn’t linger on the skin.

When I reviewed The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter in 2013, I mentioned that it struggled to remove Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. This was an issue I put down to They’re Real being notoriously difficult to remove rather than a fault with the cleansing butter.

For comparison purposes I tried to remove They’re Real using the cleansing oil and was surprised by how well it performed. It cut through They’re Real like it was any other mascara. I can’t see any major difference, ingredients wise, between the cleansing butter and the cleansing oil so I’m not sure why the latter works better but I thought it worth mentioning.

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