Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - review


If you read and watch a lot of product reviews like I do, you may know that this cleanser is well-loved in the beauty community and it's been floating around for a while.

Indeed, it was one of those products that was on my radar for ages and I was lucky enough to snap it up from Beauty Bay during one of its sales last year - just before it was sold out (it's often been sold out when I've gone to buy it).

Fortunately I was able to get my hands on it in the end, and I do really enjoy it: it may just be the best cleansing balm/oil that I've used to date.

Oskia claims/product details:
  • An illuminating facial cleanser ideal for combination, normal, dull or dry complexions
  • Specially formulated to quickly and gently remove all traces of makeup and impurities
  • With a rose and chamomile fragrance and a naturally derived, nourishing formula
  • Enriched with a high-tech blend of vitamins and nutrients
  • Focuses on improving the overall health of skin and provides immediate skincare benefits
  • Exclusive MSM Complex aids collagen production to keep skin strong and supple
  • Pumpkin enzymes deeply cleanse the pores and thoroughly remove dulling skin cells without irritation, while balancing the complexion
  • Infused with vitamins a, c and e, which work synergistically to improve the appearance of sun damaged, dry and mature skin, while fortifying and protecting the skin against free radical and environmental damage
  • Starflower oil is a powerful source of b vitamins, omega 6 and magnesium, effectively helping to improve elasticity and firmness while restoring and enhancing the lipid barrier to soften and nourish the skin
  • Designed to rebuild skin cell health and target common skin concerns 
  • RRP $41 AUD for 100ml (see eg Beautybay)

I like the look of the packaging and I also like that the pump dispenses only a small amount of product so you can really control how much you use.

The only thing I don't love about the packaging is that it's quite big and bulky, although presumably that's been done to protect the contents so no complaints there. I wouldn't travel with this, though: it takes up too much room.


This is a really lovely product and I've been enjoying using it, although it's one of those products that I liked to start with and then grew to love - and indeed I'm liking it more and more the longer I use it. That's a sign of a good product.

It's bright orange in colour and it looks like a gel when you pump it out, but it then converts to an oil when you massage it in. The texture is divine: it's very lightweight for an oil cleanser so if you find most cleansing balms/oils too heavy for you, then this might be a good one to try.

What I've been doing with this is applying one pump every morning and then leaving in on for twenty minutes (so I kind of use it like a mask), then I go back and apply water before rinsing it off and going in with my second cleanser. I often do this with balm/oil cleansers because I wake up with dry skin and this helps keep it feeling comfortable while I'm rushing around getting breakfast for the kids.

It does have a scent although I'm not sure that it smells like rose and chamomile: it smells and looks a little like cough lollies to me and while it's not my favourite scent, I don't mind it and it's not overpowering.

After use, the product leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and gently clean. I just love it. I also love that you barely need to use any product each time: I have tried two pumps but I'm more than happy to just use one so this bottle will last me for ages. Indeed, it's good value on a price-per-use basis and I don't think $40 AUD is a lot for something this nice.

The other thing to note is that I have tried removing my makeup with this and it does work for that purpose (although you'll need a separate eye makeup remover, or at least I do), but I personally wouldn't use it for that because I prefer my nicer cleansers to be used as skin cleansers and I use cheap makeup removers to deal with my makeup.

I also wanted to comment briefly on the product claims because there's a lot of them, which I didn't realise until I started writing this review. I haven't noticed any 'illuminating' effect but it does leave my skin feeling more hydrated; I can tell that the formula is natural and nourishing; I do think it helps keep my skin feeling supple; and it does help clean and balance the skin without irritating it. 

I haven't however noticed any benefits in terms of improving the appearance of sun damage, and I also don't feel that it's strengthened my skin - but it has helped keep it feeling less dry as the weather has become colder.

All in all, this is an excellent cleanser and I'm really enjoying it. I haven't given it an HG tag because it's not quite that amazing, but it is great and it's the nicest cleanser I've tried of its kind to date.

A beautiful product.

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