Where to purchase: The Updated version of this cleansing oil is available on Yesstyle HERE You can use my discount code CVQFZA to receive % off.
Price: £ 14.53
What is it?: A Cleansing oil meant to remove heavy makeup. Innisfree also claim that the apple seed oil helps clear pores.
Good for: All skin types except those sensitive to fragrance/EO. And I think for those who don’t have really heavy duty makeup to remove.
Directions: Apply moderate amount with dry hands and spread all over face and massage, then wash off. Innisfree actually state to rinse this off with a warm water AND Foam cleanser (because this product doesn’t really emulsify, making it less easy to wash off.
How I use it: I used this to remove my SPF as I didn’t find it good at removing waterproof makeup. Using this as an SPF remover meant that I used this as a single cleanser (not a double cleanser which is absolutely required when using this as a makeup remover).
Key Ingredients: Apple seed is a key ingredient and supposedly helps with pore care. I like Green tea in here and butylene Glycol.
Now there is a re-formulated version (but it really doesn’t differ by much, as seen below). I will first post the OLD formula (which is the bottle I have been testing) and also put the NEW formula so you can see the difference.
Old Formula (this bottle):
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), PEG-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclohexasiloxane, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia coccinellifera Fruit Extract (This is barberry fig extract), Butylene Glycol, Fragrance
New Formula (Bold are the extra ingredients compared to the old version):
CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, POLYGLYCERYL-10 DIOLEATE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), PEG-8 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, FRAGRANCE, COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE ) SEED OIL, WATER, GLYCERIN, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
COMPARED TO THE NEW RE-FORMULATED VERSION (the biggest difference is that this new version contains Coconut Oil which I am less of a fan of). but may improve the ‘cleansing’ aspect of the oil i.e. remove makeup better – but of course people do have sensitivities to coconut oil (i.e clogging up pores). The newer version also contains not only Apple Fruit Extract BUT Apple Seed Oil too, perhaps this also improves the cleansing ability of the product.
THIS IS THE NEW, RE-Packaged + Slightly Re-formulated Version.
NOTE: The Incidecoder have an ingredient breakdown of the newer version of this product BUT as you can see the comparison between the two shows there’s not much difference, so do check out the ingredient list breakdown HERE
As you can see, the ingredients are VERY similar, just with some ingredients shuffled around i.e. the old formula had fragrance at the bottom of the list whereas it’s a little higher up in the newer formula.
Texture: It feels like an oil. Lighter than the Open Formula Olive oil cleanser, heavier than the Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil. This feels similar to the Dear Klairs Oil in thickness (Review HERE)
You would think there would be a green tint but this is clear. I don’t actually find this too difficult to wash off, but it’s still a little more tricky than a product that emulsifies (turns milky).
Makeup Removal: Not as good as the DHC. I tested this out on my hand to show you (I did not wipe with tissue or a towel once washing my hand to see the effect of the oil without physical exfoliation added).
Products: Etude House Eyeshadow primer, Mac Lip Liner, Etude House Eyeliner, Lissa Eldridge Lipstick, Fenty Beauty Concealer.
I aplied the makeup and let it settle/dry down.
Rubbing in the oil – as you can see the pigment is dissolving product.
When washing, I didn’t wipe/towel dry just to show you how the ITSELF does the cleansing / breaking down. As you can see, the Fenty Concealer and the Lisa Eldridge Lipstick still remains. However both eyeliners AND eyeshadow primer disappeared.
Applied the oil again to remove the leftover concealer and lipstick
I rubbed in the oil one more time to try and remove the leftovers. When washing, I didn’t wipe/towel dry just to show you how the product ITSELF cleanses without physical additional help. As you can see, the lipstick seems to remain.
It’s not SO easy to see, but the red lipstick does remain on the hand after a second cleanse. However the other makeup products did go! It’s not a terrible remover but it does evidently require more than 1 cleanse to effectively break down makeup. Also my skin didn’t feel stripped or dried.
Fragrance?: Yes! Smells intensely of Candy Apple
How long have I been using this?: For about a month
The Effect?: It brings about adequately cleansed skin, My issue is, the constant need to wash and re wash to remove makeup will bring about a drying effect and I would prefer to reduce my cleansing stages and times as much as possible to preserve the moisture levels of my skin. So I would say a lip + Eye Makeup Remover is required when using this for total efficiency.
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What I like:
- The smell is delicious. I you like candy apple smell, this is great
- Decent at removing SPF!
- Easy to massage with
- I’m not left with an oily residue after cleansing
What I don’t like:
- Not a very effective makeup remover (compared to something like the DHC cleansing oil OR the Neogen Cleansing oil – it’s not great and therefore would require more steps and rubbing in to remove/ breakdown makeup which for me, would lead to drying out of the skin the more I wash it).
- Although I like the smell, I’m not a fan of fragrance in products (i just don’t like my product to smell of anything)
- Doesn’t emulsify which I think makes it less efficient at breaking down / removing makeup.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3/5 – Not my favourite Oil Cleanser, I did prefer this however over the Dear Klairs Cleansing Oil (because I really didn’t like the smell of that and the dear klairs even left an oil residue on my skin whereas this did not). It’s not terrible, but I prefer oil cleansers that emulsify when water is added.
HOWEVER The updated (re-formulated) version contains Coconut oil and Apple Seed oil (in addition to other ingredients, please see the above) – but the added oils may improve the efficacy of the cleansing oil and therefore make it a better makeup remover than THE OLDER VERSION which is what I have reviewed and found to be an ok (but not brilliant) makeup remover. So perhaps the newer, re-formulated version could do a better job BUT coconut oil is not an ingredient I really like and Apple Seed oil, I haven’t heard to be a good surfactant/makeup remover
Would I repurchase?: No – I’m not a fan of fragrance in my skincare and I can usually forego it if the cleanser is exceptionally good (i.e I like the texture and it’s effectiveness).
Cleansing oil review and live swatches!
In this Youtube Video – I live-swatch the DHC Cleansing oil so you can see its efficacy VS the Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil – Enjoy!
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.