Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil | Review

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I’ve long since been a fan of cleansing oils for removing makeup quickly and effectively at the end of a long day, but most of them come from higher end brands like Shu Uemura and MAC. Imagine my excitement when Garnier released their new Clean+ line that included a cleansing oil!  Despite the appeal of an affordable version of the MAC Cleanse Off Oil or Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, it took me quite a while to purchase.  Let’s face it, makeup removers aren’t the most exciting product to buy, but they are extremely essential!

I finally ordered online but when the shipment arrived there appeared to be a bit of an issue with leakage.  The temperature had been in the upper 90’s so I simply returned what I assumed was a heat damaged product and placed a second order, not a big deal.  The second box arrived but there was once again an oily spot on the cardboard where this had leaked.  Hmm.  I had to come to the conclusion that it had nothing to do with the weather, but possibly to do with faulty packaging…  Not off to a great start.

I’ve now used this for a couple of months and the packaging is still the biggest pain in the you-know-what for me.  The pump screws on securely, but around the neck of the pump itself the oil constantly leaks out and makes a mess.  It is never something I would recommend for travel!  This is somewhat disappointing because the product inside is actually rather nice.  It’s a touch thicker than other cleansing oils I’ve tried, similar the viscosity of olive oil.  It does a good job of dissolving all types of makeup, even waterproof eyeliner and mascara.  The formula includes jojoba and macadamia oils to help nourish the skin in a base of mineral oil.  The majority of cleansing oils have a mineral oil base and I’ve never had an issue since I use it only for makeup removal and not as a facial cleanser.  It also has a fairly noticeable scent.  It smells nice but I’ve had the hardest time trying to put a good description to it!

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I don’t find that it takes any more work than any other cleansing oil, and I use a standard two pumps for a full face.  It emulsifies nicely and for the most part rinses well, but it does leave a slightly greasy residue on the skin that makes me extremely hesitant to recommend this as a single step cleanser.  I always follow up with my CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and Clarisonic.  I feel that even for combination to dry skin the residue could cause acne, and only the driest of the dry could get away without a second cleanse.  My skin is very soft after rinsing but I’m prone to breakouts so this is strictly a makeup remover for me.  It doesn’t sting my eyes, although if you’re a contact wearer remove your contacts before using as it will leave a cloudy film on the lens once it emulsifies.

The Verdict

I’ve waffled back and forth on my final decision on this product… for my own personal tastes I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing unless I really just can’t afford to replenish with a tried and true cleansing oil (read: more expensive high end).  If you are on a tight budget and cleansing oils are something you enjoy or want to try, the formula is good enough here for me to recommend a look.  While it does remove my makeup as well as any other product of its kind, I could do without the residue it leaves behind and the packaging will probably continue to piss me off until I use it up.  Currently I’ve wrapped it in a paper towel so I don’t have to wipe it off after every use.  Lovely.

Animal Testing:  Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, a company that does not perform animal testing.  They do, however, sell their products in China where animal testing is required by local authorities before they can be sold.


Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil
$7.99 USD
4.2 fl oz/125 mL


Have you tried it? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


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