La Roche-Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil - review


My aim this week with my husband being back from his travels is to get at least two blog posts done each day, just to finally pull myself out of the back-log I've been in this month.

While being behind on blog posts isn't a huge deal in theory, what it means in practice is that I've got a bunch of products sitting around that I haven't been able to finish because I like to use things one last time before I review them - so getting those reviews up will mean more products for the empties basket and more space in my collection to open new things.

Next up, this cleansing oil. Turns out I really like it and I wasn't expecting to because it doesn't look like much and I hadn't heard anything about it before trying it. Yay to that.

La Roche-Posay claims/product details:
  • A luxurious daily use oil that nourishes and restores skin comfort, rebuilds the skin barrier, and cleanses thoroughly
  • Use to protect the skin against drying effects of water
  • Has a fresh, clean scent 
  • Can be used on extremely dry skin, babies, children and adults
  • For sensitive, very dry, irritated and itch-prone skin
  • Also for atopy-prone and allergy-prone skin
  • Cleansing agents selected for optimum tolerance
  • Anti-irritation; soothing; neutral pH
  • With niacinamide, to help restore the cutaneous barrier and soothe the sensation of tightness
  • With shea butter for intense lipid replenishment
  • Soap-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free and paraben-free
  • RRP $32.95 AUD for 400ml, but do shop around


I'm really enjoying this stuff. Indeed, I like it so much that when I saw Adore Beauty had a GWP pack that included this, I went ahead and made an order I'd been saving for a rainy day. And I tell you what, with two sick/teething kids and a husband away, it's been bloody raining.

It's a clear oil with a light, fresh scent that smells a little floral, in a clean way that's not overpowering. The scent lingers gently on the skin and it's a smell I enjoy: it treads the right balance between being there without being offensive.

What I noticed about this when I first used it was that it lathers a lot more than any shower oil I've previously tried - not in a crazy foaming or astringent way, just in a way that helps the product spread and cleanse your skin well. That's a huge plus for me and it's one of the reasons why I like this product.

The next thing I noticed about it was that it just feels beautifully hydrating and nourishing on my dry skin. That's another huge plus for me because it's rare to find shower products that are this kind to dry skin - there's certainly plenty available for dry facial skin but it's harder to find products that look after your body.

The other good thing about the lather this produces is that you really don't need much product each time. That can only be a good thing because this isn't the cheapest body product I've seen, but given that the full size contains a whopping 400ml of product for $33 (and I'm sure you could find it heavily discounted at one of the big chemists), I can see the bottle lasting close to a year if you don't use too much. So in practice it's not that expensive.

I've just used the product one last time on my hands before writing this review, and they feel soft and nourished and they smell nice. Plus I didn't need to apply hand cream afterwards because they feel comfortable enough as they are - a rare thing for me - so I can see myself buying the big bottle eventually and dispensing some of it into the hand wash containers in the kitchen and bathroom. It's a good product for that because it cleans beautifully without stripping the skin.

Overall I really enjoy this product and think it meets all its claims. If you have dry or sensitive skin, this would be a great pick: it cleans without fuss or fanfare and feels luxurious, plus it doesn't upset the skin or make it drier. Quite the reverse.


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