Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil - review


I received this product to test recently and I was super glad to see it because I love cleansing oils and can't seem to get enough of them these days - any new cleansing oil that hits the market immediately grabs my eye. I want to try them all!

Unfortunately this isn't the best one I've used of late: I don't think it's a bad product, it's just that I think plenty of better options exist - both within this price range and above/below it - so it's not one I would buy because I have others that I prefer.

Burt's Bees claims/product details:
  • Formulated with a unique blend of natural moisturisers, including coconut and argan oils
  • These natural oils combined help keep skin soft, clean and beautifully nourished
  • Contains antioxidant-rich ingredients
  • Gently removes dirt and makeup without leaving an oily residue
  • Dermatologist-tested and clinically shown to cleanse and soften skin, naturally
  • 100% natural with no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS
  • To use: dispense product into dry hands; gently massage over dry face; wet hands and gently massage product onto face; rinse thoroughly; pat dry
  • RRP $34.95 AUD for 177ml, but do shop around


Like many, I've become something of a cleansing oil/balm junkie lately so I have plenty of products to compare this to.

The first thing I noticed about this was the texture: it's super thin and feels oilier than most, which I don't love but this does make it spread well - so you only need a little and the bottle should last for ages. I also don't love how greasy this feels on the skin. Yes it's an oil so grease is expected, but this is so oily that I'm not sure how I feel about putting it on my face.

The product has a nutty scent that's not overpowering but it's definitely there, so I'd test this first if you're sensitive to fragrance. I love that the packaging comes with a pump, but make sure you don't pump too hard or you'll end up with too much product for one application. For me, a half-pump works best.

What I like about this product is that it dissolves makeup well so you could rely on this as your makeup remover if you wanted to. Not all oils are created equal, but this removes makeup better than many so it gains points on that front. I still need something extra for my mascara, but then, I always do.

I've been using this consistently both morning and evening throughout the testing period, and I prefer it for evening because it's good at removing makeup and I don't love how it feels on my skin (that's the oily texture I've mentioned) - so I'll likely stick to using it for makeup removal now that the testing period is over.

With most oil cleansers, I like to whack them on and then leave them for a while so my skin can soak up their goodness and hydration, but I don't like doing that with this because, again, I don't love how it feels.

Because it's so runny, I also find that this product travels into my mouth and eyes more easily than other oil cleansers - and while it doesn't sting the eyes, it doesn't feel great in them either (makes my vision go blurry) so that's something to be aware of.

This also washes off very well and doesn't leave behind a residue (some oils can), so that's a plus.

All in all, I think this is a decent cleansing oil if you need one for makeup removal, but it's not my favourite and I have others I prefer so it's not one I would buy.


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