I’ve long been a fan of the “double cleansing” method, especially on “makeup days” – cleansing once to remove makeup, and a second time to actually cleanse the skin. So I was pretty intrigued to see this range in Boots, which advocates an oil or “pre-cleansing” step.
Una Brennan is a pretty big deal in facialist circles in London, having built up an amazing reputation for herself over the past 17 years, so it’s great to see a diffusion range from her available in Boots. The range carries three lines – Rose to cleanse, hydrate and calm, Tea Flower to deep cleanse, balance and mattify, and Neroli for anti-ageing, firming and plumping, and is all meant to be suitable for sensitive skin, and all skin-types.
I picked up the “Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil” in my local Boots for £14.99 (the range is currently exclusive to Boots and Boots.com) – Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all skincare so this is a good time to go and pick this up if you do want it. The range includes face masks, cleansers, scrubs and moisturisers and is priced between £7.99 for the cleansers and £16.99 for the Neroli night cream.
The rose oil is recommended to use as a “pre-cleanse”, AKA, step one of a double cleanse – it recommends warming between the hands, applying and massaging, before removing with a muslin cloth or flannel, and then following with a cream cleanser from the range. I’ve been following these instructions but following up with my Trilogy Rose cleanser (review HERE) because I still have half a bottle to get through of that, and didn’t see the point of buying another rose cream cleanser yet. The oil can also be used in smaller quantities as a hydrating treatment, massaged in before applying moisturiser, but I haven’t used it in this way.
Now, as you might have spotted from the pictures, this is quite a small bottle of oil (30mls) when you compare it with other oil cleansers. However, unlike many oil cleansers, this appears to contain no mineral oil,and is a blend of pure oils including rose, avocado, raspberry and petchouli in a carrier or sunflower seed oil, so is much less pore clogging, and is made from quality ingredients. I was however worried that given the size of the bottle, I would go through this in about a week, which would make it a bit of an expensive cleanser…
This is however a bit different than other oil cleansers I have used – initially when you pump it out of the bottle it feels like it has quite a thick consistency, however, as you warm it up by rubbing it between the palms, it gains a thinner consistency when it hits body temp, which means it spreads quite well – I’ve found that one to two pumps, depending on how much makeup I have on is adequate, so this little bottle is lasting well – I don’t wear makeup every single day though, so obviously take that into account when weighing up a purchase.
The other difference is that this doesn’t emulsify like other oil cleansers I have tried when you add water to it – you really do need a cloth to remove it. On the plus side, this means that the oil can be used to massage whilst cleansing, which is never a bad thing – if you need a few pointers as to how to do a facial massage, check out this post by Caroline Hirons. The downside is of course, that you do need to be a little more thorough when removing it, as this doesn’t just rinse off.
As a cleanser though, this does a really good job, and dissolves all the makeup I use on a regular basis including waterproof mascara. And although I’ve harped on about this needing to be removed with a cloth, that’s no big deal as I use a muslin cloth anyway. This also a very hydrating and conditioning cleanser – it leaves my skin feeling soft, and comfortable, with no dryness at all, and I haven’t noticed any issues with congestion/breakouts other than those my skin already had before
This is my first foray into this range, and it’s definitely got my interest – I’m extremely likely to also try the Neroli oil, as well as the Rose Mask in the future.
Cruelty Free? As far as I can tell the range is cruelty free, although there is no information on the superfacialist site regarding this.