Hi, guys! It's been a little over a month since I've been using Bobbi Brown's Soothing Cleansing Oil and Soothing Cleansing Milk as a makeup remover, so here's my review on them!
I'm a huge fan of Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base as a moisturizing primer to use before makeup application (read: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Review) because I feel like it really nourishes my skin and has even helped control my acne.
So, since I like that Bobbi Brown skincare product so much, I decided to explore some of their other products.
Description on Bobbi Brown website:
Soothing Cleansing Oil:
An indulgent way to cleanse skin—this special blend of Jasmine Flower Extract and botanical oils dissolves surface impurities and makeup without disrupting skin's natural balance. The result: skin feels soothed, supple and comfortable.
Made with Jasmine Flower Extract plus Kukui Nut Oil to soothe skin and a moisturizing blend of organic oils—including Sunflower, Olive and Jojoba—to dissolve surface impurities and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. (Your cleansing routine never felt more luxurious.)
Soothing Cleansing Milk:
This multi-tasking, emulsified milky-oil gently, yet effectively detoxifies and cleanses skin—removing surface impurities and makeup and purifying pores. It soothes, comforts and infuses skin with essential moisture, leaving skin feeling hydrated, soft and refreshed.
The ultra-emollientformula, featuring a blend of Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, works to break down face makeup and remove impurities without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Chia Seed Oil, a potent anti-inflammatory, helps soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness, while also bolstering skin's moisture barrier with the aid of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Narcissus and Lavender Flower Complex help promote overall skin health.
Both products come in a tall, white box, with the description and ingredient list printed on the sides. The product is stored in a tall, clear plastic bottle and is dispensed through a black pump that's lockable to prevent leaks.
How I use it:
On dry hands, I pump out 4 pumps of the oil and apply it directly to my (makeup covered) face. I gently massage it all over my face, even on my eyes to get all of my eye makeup off.
I massage it in everywhere until I can feel that my mascara has melted off. Then, I rinse my hands with warm water and massage my face again.
Mixing the oil with warm water after it has been rubbed onto the skin is key to dissolving the makeup. Then, I rinse my face with warm water.
Immediately after I rinse my face, I gently massage 4 pumps of the cleansing milk all over my face for about 20-30 seconds. Then, I rinse my face with warm water and pat my face dry with a clean towel. However, on most days, I do all of this in the shower.
4 pumps of each may seem like a lot (the Bobbi Brown website says to use 1-2 pumps of the cleansing milk), but the pumps are pretty small and I only use 4 pumps on days that I'm wearing a full face of makeup (high coverage foundation and heavy eye makeup). Otherwise, I use less.
I use the two products together because I feel like double cleansing really ensures I get all of my makeup off (I wear a lot of makeup), especially because some makeup often still remains after the first cleanse.
However, when double cleansing, it's important not to use products that really strip the skin of nutrients and moisture, but instead, use products that nourishes and adds moisture to the skin.
How it feels:
It is a very thin oil, like most oil cleansers, not like the kind of oil you cook with. It's pretty watery, which can make the transfer from hands to face a bit tricky.
Some of it always ends up dripping off my hands, through my fingers, or running down my face before I can spread it out.
On my eyes and skin, this is the most gentle cleansing oil, or even makeup remover, that I have ever used. It does not have any sort of burning or tingling sensation on my skin (even on acne) and absolutely no stinging on my eyes!
I can open my eyes without rinsing it off without a problem! It rinses off really easily, however, it leaves a bit of an oily feeling on my skin.
It is very much lotion-like in texture and consistency, it's smooth and creamy, with no granules, crystals, or any type of cleansing beads in it. As the name claims, it is very soothing, like a moisturizer would be.
The cleansing milk is a non-sudsing cleanser, which is something that shocked me at first because I've always used sudsing cleansers.
But, I quickly got used to that and now it doesn't bother me at all. It rinses off very easily without leaving any residue, and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized.
The oil is made with jasmine flower extract, kukui nut oil, a blend of sunflower, olive, and jojoba oils, and from looking at the ingredient list, lavender is also included (probably solely for scent).
The scent can be a bit strong for some - it definitely smells like lavender and you can smell it as soon as the oil is dispensed. So, if your skin is sensitive to scented products, this definitely would not work for you.
I don't mind the scent, but it's important to note that lavender can be a skin irritant for some people.
The milk has a much subtler scent than the oil.
The ingredients include almond, jojoba, avocado, and chia seed oils, as well as narcissus and lavender flower complex, which leaves a somewhat similar scent to the oil, but definitely not as strong and not as lavender-scented.
To me, the scent is pretty unnoticeable, but it is a fresh, clean scent.
The oil is absolutely AMAZING for removing my makeup.
The trick really is to massage the oil into the skin, allow your body temperature to warm the oil, and then add warm water to dissolve the makeup.
It removes every bit of my makeup, even waterproof mascara, and doesn't leave me with raccoon eyes.
Like I said earlier, the oil leaves my skin feeling a bit oily, which is good for those with dry skin, but it leaves my skin feeling oilier than I'd like, so I use the cleansing milk right after.
It gets the oily feeling right off and removes any other residue that I may have missed with the oil.
The milk does a good job as a cleanser on its own when I'm not wearing makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really refreshed, soft, and moisturized.
However, it's definitely not a strong enough cleanser for me to use when I'm wearing any type of makeup, but it's enough to use for a daily cleanser, especially for morning use.
At $46 USD each, the price may be a bit steep for a cleanser/makeup remover, especially if you use both every day.
However, I do feel that it's helped with reducing my acne breakouts and my skin has never felt healthier. So, to me, it's not only a makeup remover, but also a vital part of my skincare routine, which makes the price a bit more bearable.
And with the size being 6.7 oz (200 mL), it lasts quite a while. I've been using both, almost every day, for over a month and I've used about 1/5 of each bottle.
It'll last me about 5 months, so the $46 price tag doesn't seem too bad. (At least that what I tell myself to justify the price...)
I ordered both products from the Bobbi Brown website and the cleansing oil opened on its way to me, so half of the bottle leaked out. None of the other products in the box were damaged, thankfully.
When I called customer service to get a replacement, they were so amazing! I expected to have to show photo proof of the damage in order to get a replacement, but they sent me a brand new one, no questions asked!
It was in my hands 4 days later and this time, in perfect condition. 5 stars for the Bobbi Brown customer service! I definitely will not hesitate to order from them again.
When used together, as a makeup remover, I'd give them a 4.5/5, taking half a point away for the strong smell of lavender in the oil and the fairly high price - $92 total for a makeup remover is pretty steep.
But, I absolutely looooove them used together. I don't really know what it is, but they complement each other so well. Game changer in my makeup removing routine.
Separately, I'd give the cleansing oil a 4/5 because the oil leaves me feeling a bit oily, so I wouldn't use it alone. And I'd give the cleansing milk a 4.5/5 because while I think it's good as a daily cleanser (I especially love how moisturizing it is), it's pretty expensive for just a daily cleanser and I'm sure you could find a cheaper one that's just as good.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend both products to use together as a makeup remover, if the price doesn't turn you off too much. My skin really has never felt healthier! Thanks for reading, hope you found it helpful! :)
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