The Only Cleansing Oils Worth Buying, According to Byrdie Editors
Ever since the mainstream Western skincare market discovered that cleansing your face with oil like South Koreans have done for decades won't automatically break you out but can instead leave you with the cleanest, glowiest skin of your life, beauty brands have been coming out with cleansing oils right and left. For certain skin types, following the Korean double cleansing method by first washing your face with an oil-based cleanser (most of which transform into a milky texture on contact with water) and then following up with a water-based one can give you the best results in terms of makeup removal and nourished, hydrated skin.
The issue, however, is that not every brand's attempt at cleansing oil gets it quite right. So, if you're in the market for a cleansing oil but want to avoid anything greasy or chemical-laden, we've got you. This list contains the best cleansing oils money can buy, according to Byrdie editors.
Erborian Black Cleansing Oil ($34)
If you're into the hydration part of cleansing oil but worried about clogged pores, here's your pick. This unique product combines the nourishing, makeup-removing powers of a traditional cleansing oil with the purifying properties of charcoal. The product emulsifies into a really light texture and never leaves the skin feeling greasy.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($70)
You won't find a single Byrdie editor who isn't obsessed with all things Tatcha, and this camellia oil–based cleansing oil is no exception. If you're into cleansers that eradicate makeup, leave your skin insanely silky, smell divine, and look 10/10 on your vanity, this is the one for you.
BareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil ($44)
Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue is especially hooked on BareMinerals' take on cleansing oil, which (like so many of the brand's products) works beautifully on both dry and oily skin types. What's cool about this product is that in addition to its antioxidant-packed blend of plant oils like cucumber and sunflower, it also has mineral-rich sea salts for brightening effects.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser ($81)
The rose- and geranium-infused scent alone makes this all-natural cleansing oil worth the high price. Aromatherapy aside, Byrdie editors are smitten with the product's formula, which is loaded up with antioxidants and omega-3, -6, and -9 for major nourishment.