The Best Cleansing Oils

Cleansers. How I love thee. There's something so therapeutic about taking the time to really clean and nourish your skin at the end of the day. As someone who errs on the side of lazy, I often reach for cleansers that can both remove makeup and clean the skin. Which is why I love oils and balms so very much! I've rounded up the best cleansing oils for those looking to up their cleansing game, too. There's one for every skin type, and across a few budget requirements.

One for oily skin - Erborian Black Cleansing Oil

Ok, so this is a black cleansing oil. As in, it looks black and not a little unlike ink when you smear it all over your face. It does quickly turn into a murky grey colour which is far less intimidating. It's black not just for fun but because it's charcoal based. This works as an excellent magnet to draw away impurities, pollutants and daily makeup and grime. It's so fab for oily skins because it also works really well at leaving the complexion feeling a lot more balanced and actually less oily. Yup, cleansing oils are good for oily skin! When oily skin is overly-washed it can lead to there being an excess of sebum so getting the whole situation balanced and under control is key to soft skin. If the thought of oils on oily skin still makes you feel nervous, you can rest safe in the knowledge that this particular formula is not at all greasy or heavy. It still has plenty of slip to allow for massaging the skin, but it's a more clarifying formula. It's fab for cleaning skin at the end of a hot day in the city. It's also Chris approved, so there you go.

One for all the fans of roses Jurlique cleansing oil

Forgive me for being a bit of a tease because this edition isn't available just yet. Sorry (more newness here)! I am a big fan of all things Jurlique and I managed to get a sneak peak of their new collection of cleansers. As a cleanser-obsessive, this is very exciting. The best, in my opnion, is this new nourishing cleansing oil.

Ingredients wise, this has a lot of natural seed oils and botanical extracts (Jurlique staples) and elderflower extract as one of the hero inclusions, designed to nourish and smooth.

This is the milkiest in texture of all the cleansers mentioned here today; when water hits it in melts into a milk texture, so it's very light and fresh on the skin. The texture when it's an oil is fairly silky - think Kiehl's midnight recovery consistency. Perfect for the morning.

One for lovers of natural beauty Votary cleansing oil

This cleansing oil in particular has to go on record as being one of the best I've ever tried... If you have yet to be convinced on the virtues of a cleansing oil in your routine, then I think that this would sway you.

Firstly, the scent of it is spa-worthy and it just makes for a nice little amount of 'me-time' in the evening when you're doing your skincare. The texture is the perfect consistency, and it manages to remove all makeup and leave skin supremely soft. I'm definitely a bit of a Votary fan girl, because I even think the flannel/cloth that comes with the cleanser is worth mentioning. So fluffy!

This is pretty much perfect and I'd recommend it for any skin type, or those looking to dip their toes into more natural and plant-based skincare.


One for dry skin         L'occitane shea cleansing oil

At the end of a long day, is your skin practically crying out for some moisture? I know some days that my skin just looks awful by the time I'm ready for bed. Despite my best efforts, a permanently dehydrated complexion can lead to foundation looking patchy, like I need a big drink of water and as though I could do with slathering on all of the moisturiser.

If that's you... You need to try this. A gloriously oily and rich texture that can be happily and haphazardly applied all over the face to instantly leave it feeling and looking nourished. The texture means you can really spend a few minutes massaging it into the skin and - voila - skin looks healthier. It's super gentle so it won't sting your eyes if you're using it to remove your makeup and mascara, too. Once rinsed off, it doesn't leave skin feeling tight, dry, or crying out for a good moisturiser.