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Written on Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dear readers!

Makeup removal is the first and probably the most important stage of our skin cleansing routine. The product in this review is the American cleansing oil from Origins, which has become my favorite. I enjoy using it, plus it can remove even the most long lasting makeup.

I always remove my makeup, this is one of the commandments of my skincare routine. Earlier, I used double-phase cleansers and gentle makeup removers. I also had experience with Asian cleansing oils, which didn’t really impress me, though.


Well, let me introduce you to my fave:

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

It’s housed in a smooth, absolutely transparent plastic bottle. The information on the both sides is hardly readable, but at least you can see how much is left.

The white screw top closes firmly, which is great because there is no protective film under it.

There is no pump, that’s a minus because it’s kind of inconvenient to use oils without one. The pump is sold separately and suits all Origins products in similar bottles.

I used my first bottle without it and dispensed the oil right onto my palm without spilling it. I bought a pump though, but I still use the oil without it. I only use the pump when I’m travelling.

Formula and scent:

It smells of grapefruits, oranges and lemons, which instantly boosts my mood.

The oil is liquid-y, has a yellow-golden color. It can be dispensed without difficulty, both with pump and without one.

I must mention the fragrance. It’s very strong, almost way too strong, but also somehow warm and soothing.

It does improve my mood.

I don’t smell grapefruit; oranges and lemons create a citrus background. I smell lavender and a mix of herbs warmed by the sun. There are wooden notes in this mix as well. It’s so natural!

Despite being strong, the smell fades when the oil becomes foamy and doesn’t linger both on the skin and in the bathroom.

My experience and the results:

In order to show you the cleansing oil in action, I applied the following products on my skin: Clarins Primer, Clarins BB Cream, Lancome Hypnose Mascara and Lancome Lipstick.


I dispense the oil onto dry palms (not more than a teaspoon), spread it over my skin and massage it gently into eyelids, eyebrows and lash line. I also apply the oil to the lashes.

The makeup starts to melt off. Just don’t hurry! If I don’t want to make this gentle massage, I just wait for about 30-40 seconds, with my eyes closed.

Then, I wet my hands with lukewarm water and continue massing the oil into my face, and it turns into white emulsion, which is absolutely not greasy. The makeup fades.

I wash my face and voila! My face is absolutely clean, without any trace of makeup! The oil removes regular makeup products and professional ones, as well as waterproof and theatrical makeup.


I only use this option if the makeup isn’t waterproof and doesn’t include many products. I rub the oil in my palms and apply the white emulsion onto my face, massage it and wash the oil off. It leaves the skin soft and pleasant to the touch, but a face foam or a face wash must be used anyway.


The oil doesn’t sting my eyes and creates no film, when it accidentally gets in contact with them.

The manufacturer claims that the oil is suitable for all skin types. However, I think that girls with sensitive and allergy prone skin should read through the list of ingredients very carefully, or even try out the product before buying it. Find an Origins corner, apply a tester and wait.



olea europaea (olive) fruit oil; carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil; sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil; helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil; vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil; peg-25 glyceryl trioleate; macadamia integrifolia seed oil; aleurites moluccana (kukui) seed oil; citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil*, lavandula hybrida oil*, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil*, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil*, cedrus atlantica bark oil*, pogostemon cablin oil*, salvia sclarea (clary) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil*, pelargonium graveolens flower oil*, fusanus spicatus wood oil*, amyris balsamifera bark oil*, linalool, limonene; sorbitan trioleate; tocopheryl acetate


Do we really need 7 base oils and 12 ether oils in a cleanser which doesn’t linger on the skin for more than a few minutes? So many ingredients increase the possibility of an allergic reaction, especially in the under eye area.

I have a more expensive cleansing oil from the French brand Caudalie, which has a shorter list of ingredients, but its effect is much worse.

Now I use its bottle as the additional container for the Origins oil.

The Origins oil doesn’t clog my pores and removes my makeup effortlessly. However, I alternate it with other face cleansers so that my skin doesn’t get used to it.

Will I repurchase it for the third time? Yeah!I also love other products from Origins, like their eye cream and night pack, and they are great!

The first bottle lasted about 6,5 months, I used the oil once or twice a day.

I’m halfway through the second bottle, and it’s been 4 months since I purchased it.

Price: about $34

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Briony recommends Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

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Brand: Origins
Category: Skin Care
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