I hope all of you had a wonderful Lunar New Year holiday! I’m going to tell you about a new product that I discovered thanks to a recommendation from a Instagram follower of mine. It’s the Real Blend Rich Cleansing Oil from The Face Shop! I love a good clean because I usually wear makeup everyday and to keep my skin clear of blemishes and avoid clogging my pores it’s a top priority of mine to look out for good cleansers that will not only erase every trace of makeup, but also impurities from pollution in the air and just general dirt and grime that can stick and move around on my skin. So let’s get started with the review!
There are three types of Real Blend oils to choose from and for each bottle it costs 18,000KRW. The three types are rich, calming, and deep. All three oils are made without paragons, tar colorant, mineral oil, and silicone. They also contain real dried flowers inside the pump bottle and are inspired by an oil blend recipe for soap from Marseille, France. So I did a little research and looked up how soaps were made in Marseille and what they do is use olive oil as a base and traditionally it would be mixed with sea water from the Mediterranean Sea. These Real Blend oils don’t have any sea water but the only thing that is inspired from this recipe is just being a olive oil based cleanser and possibly adding other oils with the base oil. It’s always very vague when brands say something is inspired by something.
Another thing I am a little confused is about the ingredients. All three are advertised to be blended with three kinds of oils, olive oil, palm oil, and coconut oil. But on the ingredients it only lists olive oil among other oils like soybean oil, macadamia oil, and jojoba oil. Then I saw the ingredient Isopropyl Palmitate which is a palm oil based emollient derived from coconut oil. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would be 3 natural oils blended together but it’s a synthetic oil that this cleanser is posing as two different kinds of oils. It’s technically three, but not really, you get what I mean? I’m not an expert in the chemistry but from what I’ve researched it’s not what I thought it would be. Now, that doesn’t mean that this is a bad product, it could just have been advertised clearer than naming 3 oils being specially blended with a French city in the description to distract cosmetic consumers like myself.
Moving on… I purchased the Rich formula because as I always complain in my posts, I have very dry skin. I hate it when my skin feels tight after cleansing, and this one was described to leave the skin deeply moisturised and soft. This particular one has a Chrysanthemum Zawadskii flower infused in it which is good for skin conditioning. It smells pleasant and not over powering. The packaging looks very nice and on the end of the pump inside of the bottle is covered with a mesh covering so that you’ll only get fresh oil and not any dried flower scraps.
Now to the main point of this review, how well does this oil perform? My judgement is that it does a very good job of taking off a full face of makeup after a long day. I love the feeling of oil and massaging the dirt off. If you’re new to oil cleansing at first you might think that you’re just moving the dirt around but actually oils are very good at breaking down makeup and the oil is absorbed better into the skin and is very effective in removing impurities from inside your pores without stripping away any moisture. After massaging the Real Blend cleansing oil then emulsifying the bill with a little water I could see from sink that everything was coming off. Then after rinsing and drying off with a towel my skin didn’t feel tight and my skin felt soft and I didn’t see any signs of cracking. Overall it did what it said it would and it did a fine job of it. I would like to try the other two and see how it compares, especially the deep cleansing type.
Do you use cleansing oils? Which brands have you tried?
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