This cleansing oil is an offering from a collaboration between Elizabeth Dehn and One Love Organics. To be honest before writing this post, I had no idea who Elizabeth Dehn was. (Turns out she is a beauty writer who has her own beauty blog).
What I did know before trying this sample was that One Love Organics was a skin care company that I had long since wanted to try but was unable to.
Curse you, international shipping restraints!
That has since stopped being a thing since One Love Organics can now be found at online retailers who do ship to Canada.
Back to the sample at hand: this cleansing oil is also a makeup remover. You gotta love a multitasking product!
Her collaboration features a lot of skin-friendly ingredients that are natural and gentle, but effective. The Elizabeth Dehn x One Love Organics collaboration is all about hydration.
I can get on board with that!
In brief: the good and the ugly
Most of the ingredients list. First of all it’s 10 ingredients, most of which are oils. The only two ingredients I couldn’t suss out were di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate and “proprietary natural and organic fragrance”.
According to the EWG, di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate is an emollient and surfactant which means it cleans and lifts away the grime while moisturizing. So basically, it’s supposed to do what all cleansing oils do.
More on fragrance later.
The consistency. Oil cleansers differ depending on the the type of oil, other ingredients and the ratio of ingredients. This is a pretty lightweight oil, good for all skin types and great for someone who is new to oil cleansing.
It’s gentle. The consistency is really fluid and it doesn’t require any pulling or tugging of skin. Just massage lightly into the skin and rinse to uncover clean and lightly moisturized skin.
It took off my makeup (a light base, brow pencil and eyeliner), sunscreen and grime after a one- to two-minute massage.
You don’t need a lot of it to cleanse properly. A little really does go a long way, which is great, because this product isn’t exactly cheap.
The cost. It’s true that there are more expensive cleansers on the market. At the same token, there are many cleansing oils that are a lot cheaper than this one. I found that its performance as a makeup remover and cleanser weren’t markedly better than any of the oil cleansers I’ve tried before, bought or done DIY.
In fact, if you go the DIY route, an added bonus is you can know exactly what goes into your cleanser.
The vague allusion to Vitamin B. Vitamin B does a lot of things and though the company says the Vitamin B is there to tone skin, I don’t necessarily buy the claim that this product will help you out in that regard.
Proprietary natural and organic fragrance. Normally, I like things unscented but a lot of things have “parfum” or “fragrance” tacked on towards the end of the ingredients list so I’ve learned to live with that inconvenience.
There are two reasons for this: I’m sensitive to strong smells and additional chemicals can be tacked on under fragrance without being disclosed. Hate that!
I wish it were labelled better like “blend of essential oils” versus slapped with a “proprietary” label. I have no idea if they’ve added something or what it is in the lab or in the manufacturing process. The fragrance is a pleasant fruity scent, though. I want to say kind of like papaya.
But if I’m going to be honest, I would have preferred if it was unscented.
Would I purchase?
Active Naturals Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover (120 ml, $43 CDN, plus tax) can be found online and in-stores at various retailers.