Sukin Super Greens Cleansing Oil - review


You may remember that I bought this product a while ago when Sukin was half-price at Priceline.

Yes I'm on a skincare no buy but I'm allowed to replace essential items I've finished, and since I was down three essentials, it was a good time to replenish my stores.

Long story short, there are things I like about this product but it's not effective enough for me so I wouldn't buy it again. 

Sukin claims/product details:

  • Our gentle, lightweight cleansing oil melts away makeup, dissolves dirt and removes impurities through a mix of sunflower and grapeseed oils
  • A blend of chia and jojoba oils leaves skin hydrated and nourished
  • Our super greens blend of kale, parsley, spirulina and chlorella delivers nutrients to the skin, leaving it looking radiant and feeling cleansed and healthy
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially dull skin
  • RRP $13.95 AUD for 125ml, but do shop around


This isn't a bad product but it's not a great cleansing oil so I wouldn't recommend it if you need something effective.

It's a thick, viscous oil with a sweet, 'super green-y' scent. It's quite a strong smell but it's also a natural one (the product doesn't contain artificial fragrances), so whether you're ok with the scent may depend on whether you don't like potentially irritating fragrances in your skincare or whether you just don't like your skincare to smell full-stop.

Now let's talk about the directions for a moment. This is one of those situations where I've been applying this as I would any old cleansing oil - that is, applying it to my face with my hands, massaging it in and then rinsing it with water before (trying to) remove it with a warm damp face cloth. Then I belatedly read the instructions and discovered that you're meant to soak a cotton pad with this before running it over your face and then doing the water rinsing/damp cloth thing. Oops.

Hoh well. It does the same thing both ways to be honest. And I've never liked the idea of using a cotton pad for anything but a toner: otherwise I'd be going through four cotton pads a day. Cotton pads are too expensive for that (damn Australian prices), plus there's the environment to consider if you're burning through more pads and therefore more packaging than you need to. 

Moving on.

This doesn't clean my skin as well as most other cleansing oils I've tried. Indeed, it's among the worst in terms of makeup removal, and although it does dissolve a good deal of my makeup, there's always leftover tinted moisturiser, lipstick and eye gunk on my face after I've used this. Worth noting is that I don't wear heavy makeup, so I reckon it'd be even worse if you're a full-coverage kind of lass or lad.

Also, this doesn't emulsify or turn thin/milky etc when you add water and try to rinse it off. It just holds fast to your skin. Even my trusty warm damp face cloth loses every battle with this (although admittedly the oil that's managed to capture some of the makeup gunk does come off on the cloth), so my skin is always coated with the stuff even after I've rinsed and wiped my face to buggery and back. 

Of course, this means I can only ever use it as a first cleanse. But I don't want my second cleanser to be dealing with removing this oil: I want it to be cleansing my skin. See my conundrum?

Overall there are things to like about this product because it's gentle and I enjoy putting it on my face because I like the scent and I also have dry skin, so any thick oil is going to feel like a good idea to me at the time. But it doesn't cleanse well enough for me and I can't bloody wash it off, so I can't recommend it. 

Not terrible, but not for me.

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1 comment:

Martin Turner said...

So what does work for you?

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