May 1, 2014

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

I am a huge Josie Maran Argan Oil fan (the original one), yet to try their 'Light' version. I just love the way it works beautifully for my skin. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about this Josie Maran Cleansing Oil. It just did not impress me as much as I was hoping. It is a good product, but not Awesome!

Josie Maran Cleansing Oil:

A gentle, all-natural cleanser with nourishing argan oil.

This multitasking cleanser removes makeup and skin impurities while providing deep hydration. Almond, safflower seed, and grape seed oils cleanse the skin's surface and renew the complexion, leaving it healthy-looking and refreshed. The non-greasy texture leaves skin feeling moisturized, never tight or dry.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

The impressive part:
This product is ideal for all skin types. An effective natural cleanser, argan oil restores the skin's natural moisture and pH balance. Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, this organically grown ingredient is known to prevent skin dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and excess production of sebum.

Color: Yellow

Texture and Consistency: Thick, Heavy and Greasy

Usage: I used this in two ways.
One like any other makeup remover. I slathered about 8-10 drops of the product all over my face. Rubbed my face very lightly in circular motion, waited for 2-3 minutes and then wiped the face with Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.
The second way I used this was as suggested by the website.
-Rub three to four pumps into dry hands and apply evenly over dry face.
-Wet the face and massage into a rich milk.
-Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.

Feel on skin: When I used it the regular way, I found the oil to be very thick and difficult to spread. In fact, after waiting for few minutes, so that the oil could break down my make up, I found the oil had dried considerably and using a dry cotton pad was not doing the job. Next I tried with wet and moist cotton pad. Then it was easy.

The second way of using the oil was totally new and different for me. Earlier I had used MAC Cleanse Off Oil, but I used it as makeup remover. I liked this concept. Emulsifying the oil with water and then cleaning the face after massaging was cool. It reminded me of cleansing milk, that I used to use when I was a teenager. This did not tug or pulled the skin. It was very comfortable.

Effect on Skin: This method did not leave my skin dry after rinsing, though it did not remove every trace of makeup. I don't wear heavy foundation or pile on layers of makeup, but I still found that the oil performed poorly on the makeup removing department. I also had hard time removing the eye makeup. My eye makeup is simple. Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner was one of the product that left its traces.
My face did not feel heavy or loaded with oil after rinsing, but I did have this urge to wash my face with a regular cleanser.

Scent: I so hated the scent. It smelled like vanilla mixed with artificial citrus scent. Very weird. Also it tasted horrible. I didn't taste it, but it accidently went in my mouth while rinsing and it was so bitter!

Packaging: A regular plastic bottle. Nothing very fancy. Mine came in a kit, so there is no pump. I am not sure, if the full size bottle comes with a pump or not.

Verdict: It is an OK cleanser for dry skin and especially in winter months. As a makeup remover, I don't think it was great. It did leave traces of makeup and I had to clean my face again to get rid of makeup. The oil didn't break me out nor left any bumps, but I have read that many people had this issue.

Not my absolute favorite from Josie Maran.

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