I’m not a fan of oily textures when it comes to skincare. That being said, this past year I’ve discovered and fallen in love with emulsifying oil cleansers. It took me way longer than I care to admit to find out about those. It’s shameful. Not only because I pride myself in being a connoisseur of all things makeup related, but because I might have gone through cleansers more often and stumble upon these sooner if I didn’t skip taking off my makeup before going to bed so often.
Yep, I’m one of those.
(And you are too. At least a little bit. Don’t lie.)
Anyway, an emulsifying oil cleanser will dissolve the makeup easily, but then by just adding water it will turn into a milky fluid that’s so easy to remove from skin that no grease is left behind. So when I got this Mauli cleansing oil in an advent calendar I got excited thinking it might be one of those.
As one can see on the bottle label, they claim to be “100% vegan + natural“. Hmm…
That “natural” claim. Never a good sign. Let the highly fragrant and sensitizing essential oils be unleashed.
MAULI Supreme Skin Cleansing Oil Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed, Cedrus Deodara Wood Oil**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil**, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Tocopherol , Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil**, Jasminum Sambac Flower Extract**, Boswellia Serrata Oil**, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia Peel Oil**, Santalum Spicata Wood Oil**, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract.
It’s clearly an oil heavy product, but when it comes to skincare benefits, the ingredient list is all over the place. There are great oil ingredients, underlined in the list above (sunflower seed and jojoba oil are the first two, and they are good skin replenishing oils, specially for dry skin) and the fragrant, sensitizing ones marked with **. There is far too many of those, and it starts with cedar wood oil in the 8th position, which is too high up for my liking.
In fact, when opening this bottle, I was taken aback by the strong scent. It smells like home fragrance – you know, something you’d burn, to feel like a lifestyle influencer (or to try to mask that smell of the fried fish I had for lunch, in my case), not something you’d apply to the skin.
Being that this is a cleanser though, and it’s meant to be left on your skin for a short period of time, I could deal with the excess of fragrant oils. I would never repurchase this, but I could bear to use it up. The problem though, is this is just oil. It does not emulsify. It does not say it will emulsify – I was just hoping it would. If you use this you’ll need another cleanser to remove the oil from your face, because plain water will not do, and I hate removing oil from my face. It’s a hassle, it stings your eyes if it gets into them – and oil always finds a way to get into them – and it leaves an uncomfortable slimy feeling on the skin. Blergh.
When it comes to packaging, the dispenser is kind of weird, but effective. It’s a very tiny opening (that’s what she said) that works like a dropper because you can control how many droplets you use. The bottle holds 100ml of product and it’s made of dark, UV protective glass to help preserve the integrity of the ingredients inside.
It’s not a good thing when the best part of a product is the packaging. I’ll be using this to scent the water on the rare occasions I take a bath.