The number of cleansing oils I’ve dabbled in is mind boggling (read about all the cleansing oils I’ve tried here if you have the time ). The number grows day after day because I’m always a little curious about the cleansing oils out there. But how did I fall into this trap then?
Let’s start at the very beginning…
I was first introduced to cleansing oils and the concept of double cleansing through Kanebo. I’ve been going to their salons for facials for years and still am! I picked up my first bottle of the Kanebo Blanchir Make Off Conditioner there. Despite the rather strange name, what this is, is a cleansing oil – or the first step in the double cleansing routine.
I went through quite a few bottles in my time, before I started branching out. Recently, I decided to go back to this (Its gone through about 3 changes in packaging since the first time I used it) and wouldn’t you know? I fell back in love with it! So, here we are, revisiting my first love and wondering why I ever strayed
I must say that I love the packaging. The tall red bottle is elegant and I love how it looks in the shower. Superficial thoughts, but there you go The pump is very good. It dispenses just the right amount you need, and 2 to 3 pumps is what I use every evening. Its pricey, but I’ve also learnt that you need sufficient oil to do a decent cleansing job of your skin. (You can read some of my tips for using cleansing oils effectively here and also here)
There is no scent and unlike many cleansing oils I’ve used since, the texture of this one isn’t very oily at all. Its in fact, got a slightly thick viscous texture and does not feel like oil on the skin, rather like a thick clear liquid gel. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense, but it feels different.
2-3 pumps of this product coats my skin with a layer of the oil and allows me enough lubrication to massage off the day’s dirt and makeup. I find that sometimes, while massaging the oil on my skin, I feel these little gritty bits under my fingers which I’m told is dirt getting dislodged from our skin, and sometimes also, when I run my fingers over a congested bit of skin (usually around my chin) I find blackheads being dislodged. This is part of the reason I like my cleansing oils. Those that do work for me, do an excellent job at cleaning my skin and contrary to the name, do not clog my pores (unless the ingredients do not agree with my skin). This one however, seems to do a better job than many others I’ve used and I’m just noticing it recently, now that I’m reusing it.
The only down side is that I’ve found that this one does not remove waterproof eye makeup very well. I therefore take a little time to remove my eye makeup first these days, before using this to remove my facial makeup. There are additional benefits to doing this as I will share with you in a later post
When water is introduced, the oil turns into a milky liquid and cleans off quite easily without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight or over-cleansed. This is something I like. Some cleansing oils leave my skin feeling stripped but this doesn’t, and my skin feels soft and clean. I love it!
In a nutshell
The Kanebo Blanchir Make Off Conditioner is a cleansing oil that does not feel like a traditional cleansing oil in that it does not feel oily like most. It feels almost like a thick viscious gel and the clear liquid does not get everywhere when you apply it to the skin. The thickness of the liquid makes it easy to massage the skin and it cleans my skin very well without drying it out. My skin feels soft and very clean without feeling dry or stripped. Although its pricey, I find that I use less and it lasts longer than most.
Pros: Skin feels clean and soft and smooth without drying out, I like the slightly thicker texture, Emulsifies easily without leaving an oily feel on the skin, Packaging looks good
Cons: Does not clean off waterproof eye makeup as well as some other cleansing oils, Pricey
The Kanebo Blanchir line is also a skin brightening range and I believe that this cleansing oil also helps the skin look brighter and clearer. Does it work for this? I’m not sure, but I do like this one and my skin is presently looking much better than its had for a long time. I’m not sure if its related. Its pricier than most cleansing oils I use, but it feels like it does a better job than most and I actually use less so it lasts longer.
I’m fickle about my cleansing oils, and I rotate them a lot. I have the ones I like from the lower end of the price scale, which I am always more generous with when I use. I however do not try many higher end cleansing oils, this being one of the rare few I have. I am curious though … as always
Has anyone used the Kanebo Blanchir Make Off Conditioner and like it too? Do you like cleansing oils too? If you do, which is your favourite?
Kanebo Blanchir Make Off Conditioner Cleansing Oil Price: Last known price was RM125 /150ml Availability: Kanebo counters and salons nationwide