La Tourangelle Delicate Grapeseed Oil (500ml./16.9 fl.oz. about $11.99)
Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil (500ml./16.9fl.oz. about $18.99)
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★☆(9/10)
QUICK REVIEW: At about 71¢ an ounce which will last you about 3 months, Grapeseed Oil and Olive Oil make incredible non-irritating eye makeup removers.
the REVIEW (05.08.2011): Cleansing with oil seems like an oxymoron and for those with oily skin, a bad idea. While I cannot attest to the effectiveness of using grapeseed or olive oil as a moisturizer, using it as a cheap alternative makeup remover has proven successful. I’ve consistently used an oil based makeup remover/cleanser for the last 10 years or so, starting with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (6.7ofl.oz. $26) and my favorite was not the discontinued original version of Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Enriched (450ml. $65).
Using Grapeseed Oil as an eye makeup remover first came to my attention in an article about Tammy Fender – but the idea never really came to fruition for me since I was a Japanese cleansing oil devotee. After spending several years convincing customers to “trust the oil” – I wasn’t about to change my ways. Then I went on an organic skin care mission while I was pregnant with my second baby. Long story short, I started using Suki Skin Care and Tammy Fender products – and while shopping at Wholefoods saw the pretty La Tourangelle Delicate Grapeseed Oil can and decided to give it a shot.
HOW TO USE: Some people mix together several different oils – but I just use one, which I put into a pump bottle (I use a recycled Tammy Fender bottle and a recycled DHC Deep Cleansing Oil bottle that I sanitized). All I do is take one pump about the size of a dime and massage gently into the eye area. Depending on how much makeup I’m wearing, I’ll either follow up with my regular cleanser, another cleansing oil to break down the excess or a damp cotton pad. Babor Phytoactive Combination ($28) works really well in breaking down the oil and making it easy to rinse off.
the RESULTS: Cheap and effective alternative – but not a replacement for cleansing oil. While I use this method regularly, I still use a cleansing oil to really breakdown heavier makeup. The only real difference between the two oils is Grapeseed is a little thinner and Olive is richer. The results are almost exact – it prevents over rubbing the eye area to remove stubborn makeup, leaves the eye area soft and conditions lashes.
Another benefit is you can use these oils to condition and moisturize your skin as well. Some users have been successful with this application – personally, I have yet to try it for a long period of time. However, I love using the Grapeseed Oil for cooking – its healthier than vegetable oil and can withstand higher heat than Olive Oil. Since a single ounce of oil will last about 3 months as an eye makeup remover – you might as well get the added health benefits from Grapeseed Oil and Olive Oil in your cooking!
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