With Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Beauty Oil, Sunflower oil goes out of the kitchen and onto your dresser

by Paris B on · 28 comments

in Cheap and Good?,Cleanser,Product Reviews,Treatment

I have a thing for cleansing oil and face oils. For the former, I have been using a cleansing oil for years to remove makeup and daily grime, and for the latter, I find that some face oils are much better for me than using a face cream. Contrary to popular belief, cleansing oils and face oils can be used by all skin types, even oily skin. So, when I found out that 2 bestsellers of natural Phillippines brand Human Nature were the Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Sunflower Beauty Oil, I just had to try it.

human nature sunflower oil With Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Beauty Oil, Sunflower oil goes out of the kitchen and onto your dresser

Human Nature, as we might remember from my previous post, is a very affordable brand of natural products that hail from the Phillippines. For those who scour ingredient lists, you would be very happy with the lists on both these two products. It boasts just 1 ingredient in one item, and 2 in the other. That’s it. Nothing complicated about it at all.

I must say though, I couldn’t quite get my head around either of these. Its quite a feat you know, being able to stump me this way. I don’t mean that I hate them, or that I dislike them. I still use them now and again, but I’m just not terribly enamoured with either product. Let me just tell you a bit about them, and perhaps you may like to give them a try anyway icon smile With Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Beauty Oil, Sunflower oil goes out of the kitchen and onto your dresser

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Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil

When I first chose the Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil, it was in the belief that it would work like the commercial cleansing oils in the market – the ones that emulsify. Well, this one does not. What this is, is literally a bottle of oil that cleanses skin and removes makeup but it does not contain emulsifiers. This works the same way as the “Oil Cleansing Method” (explained here) which is essentially applying oil to your face, massaging it in and then removing it with tissue or a hot muslin cloth. Many women have talked about how beneficial this method has been for them. I tried it with olive oil and broke out something awful so I never tried it again.

You see, I didn’t read instructions the first time, so I thought this worked like your regular Asian cleansing oil, and was terribly nonplussed when I found that it wasn’t emulsifying in the shower. So, here’s the proper method to use the Sunflower Cleansing Oil:

  • With dry hands and dry face, pump out 2 pumps of oil
  • Warm oil in palms of hands and then spread on face
  • Massage into skin
  • Wipe off with tissue or use a hot towel or muslin cloth
  • Wash face with your regular face wash

The Sunflower Cleansing Oil however, has a very light texture and does not feel too oily. It is actually quite liquid in the bottle, and I use about 2 pumps because I found that it was the optimum amount to spread and massage on my skin. As a makeup remover, I’d say its passable but you may have to spend a little time massaging it over your skin for best results. It removes most base makeup but don’t bother using it around the eye area. It did nothing for my mascara and I did not like that I had to spend so much time massaging around the eye area. I prefer to use a separate eye makeup remover.

I find that although it does not feel very oily, it leaves a residue on my skin after tissuing off. If you use a hot towel then there is less residue because the heat melts the oil somewhat. So for most of us, we would still have to wash our faces again. If you are used to the concept of double cleansing, then you wouldn’t be fussed about it. But if you aren’t then you would find it a hassle. As I don’t have hot water running through my taps, I go with the tissue off method and then follow up with a face wash in the shower.

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The ingredient list is very short – just cosmetic grade sunflower oil and a natural fragrance. I can’t quite describe the fragrance. Its a light floral-citrus scent that isn’t unpleasant but a little surprising. I’m just not much of a fan of it.

I guess I’m also just not used to having my face feel oily after supposedly being cleansed, so I’m not terribly keen on this product. I do find that it does not strip my skin, and that my skin does feel soft (albeit oily) after I’ve gone over it with tissue. So if you want to try the oil cleansing method (quite different from cleansing oil), I do think this a very affordable oil to try.

Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil

This beauty oil is, I’m told, Human Nature’s star product and what they call a miracle in a bottle. The little bottle contains just cosmetic grade sunflower oil and you can use it for a myriad of uses, from your hair all the way to your hands. It claims to help with dark eye circles, smooth away lines and wrinkles and stretch marks, lighten and brighten underarms (?!), lighten pimple marks and tame frizzy hair. Quite something huh?

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The oil is quite light but I find that it takes a while to absorb into skin. I tried using this on my face a few times, but I wasn’t too keen on how it felt on my skin, because I found that it sat on top of my skin, and did not seem to play well with my other serums.

However, I must credit this little bottle with saving the dry skin of my elbows. For some unknown reason, I developed flaky elbows. The skin of my right elbow (and only my right one – very strange) suddenly became very dry and the skin started flaking off. It was unpleasant to say the least, and no body creams or oils seemed to be helping. So one evening, I picked up this bottle, decided to chance it and slapped it on.

In 2 days, my flaky elbow was cured! Its happened twice thus far, and each time nothing would help except this beauty oil. So these days, I apply some of this oil on the dry spots of my body before bed – elbows, knees, and sometimes on my cuticles to soften them. It works a treat for this but unfortunately for me, nothing much else.

It does do a fair job at softening skin, so I’m not going to write this off. I still don’t like it on my face, but everywhere else is pretty much fair game and if you have very dry skin on your body then you might like this one too.

In a nutshell

The Sunflower Cleansing Oil is not a regular Asian style cleansing oil that will emulsify on contact with water. What you have to do is tissue it off or use a hot towel and then follow up with a facial cleanser. As a makeup remover I think it does a fair job removing base makeup but don’t bother using it around the eyes because I found it didn’t do anything to remove mascara, and there was too much massaging involved. There is a fragrance that I do not like and although my skin does feel soft after I tissue off the oil and use a hot towel, its just too much work for me. I’m not a fan.

The Sunflower Beauty Oil is a multipurpose oil that you can use anywhere. I found it too heavy for use on my face but it did a very good job at softening the skin on my elbows and in solving my problem with the flakey skin on my elbows. I use it now to soften hard skin and also on my cuticles because it seems to do a good job with that.

Pros: Affordable, Skin feels soft after using the cleansing oil and a hot towel but I found it a bit too much work, Cleansing Oil removes base makeup quite effectively, Beauty Oil is good for softening hard skin and keeping skin moisturised

Cons: Fragrance in cleansing oil takes getting used to, Cleansing Oil needs a bit more work than normal, Beauty Oil felt too heavy on my face

Who will like this: Anyone who wants an affordable natural oil cleanser and makeup remover, Anyone who wants to try using oil on skin

I guess you could say that I could get these to work if I wanted to, but I just don’t reach for them enough. I still use the cleansing oil on some evenings but without running hot water in the sink tap, the hot towel was just too much work. Unlike the Eve Lom cleanser (which isn’t natural btw) this one isn’t as portable, or I might have really liked to take it travelling. Hotel bathrooms are excellent places to get hot water in taps! icon wink With Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Beauty Oil, Sunflower oil goes out of the kitchen and onto your dresser

As for the beauty oil, many reviews I came across tout it as being very beneficial for lightening dark eye circles and for taming frizzy hair. I like it for use on my cuticles (I don’t need to go buying a cuticle oil or whatnot) and hard skin but less so on my face. I guess I just prefer other oils I’ve used.

Have you tried either Sunflower oil product or are you interested in either? Any other Human Nature product I should try?

I picked up a bottle of their massage oil which I’m using as a body oil and that one’s quite nice. I like how affordable the brand is. It makes it easy to try a few things and even if it doesn’t quite work out, at least your wallet doesn’t hurt icon smile With Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil and Beauty Oil, Sunflower oil goes out of the kitchen and onto your dresser

Paris B

Human (Heart) Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil Price: RM39.90/200ml Sunflower Beauty Oil Price: RM19.90/50ml Availability: Downtoearth.com.my (free shipping in Malaysia with purchase of 3 items)

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xin
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September 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

after reading this, i am not sure if i am still keen on trying out the sunflower beauty oil, especially since i have a dozen of oils that can probably perform the same function. however, i think the calming massage oil is really value for money.
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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I like the massage oil too! I think you could stick with whatever oils you are currently using and get similar results :)

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Sukie September 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

Hello! I haven’t tried the oil cleansing method before although I do use a hot cloth cleanser. I’m intrigued to try this method out but I’m not too keen on having a bit of residue left behind. Also, quite a few cleansing oils I’ve tried have broke me out so Im a bit wary of such products!

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Actually, the oil cleansing method is supposed to be better than emulsifying cleansing oils because the latter sometimes contains mineral oil so a straight oil is supposed to be better for skin ;)

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kuri
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September 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

My skin seems to like straight oils for makeup removal (I’ve used olive oil and coconut oil), but I find it too much trouble for daily use. I only bother with them when my skin is really dry. Also, I’m trying to use up the coconut oil before it goes bad :) But it’s taking forever…

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I guess I got scared off by my olive oil experience but I must admit the sunflower oil does work very well, even if it is a bit too much hassle for daily use. Maybe just once or twice a week then ;) and you’re right, it does take forever to finish these oils!

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Vivi
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September 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’ve never used sunflower oil before although I vaguely remember seeing it at the grocery store under “Cooking Oils and Condiments” section. Although I’m quite used to the feeling of using natural oils that don’t emulsify for cleansing.

But in general, I’m highly intrigued by this brand. I might give it a try once my current supplies run out (which never seems to happen ’cause I keep buying random products out of whim).
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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Yeah, sunflower oils are usually use for cooking but I think they are a different grade from those we use on our skins :)

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Kay September 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I’m totally amazed that the beauty oil cured your flaky elbow. How odd and wonderful!

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I know! These days whenever I start feeling dry and flakey around my elbow, I slick this on and voila! No more flakey elbow ;)

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Alexis September 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’m a fan of the Sunflower beauty oil. It lightened my underarm a bit and it lessened the chicken skin. :) But it will take months before you see the results. I only use it at night because it doesn’t skin well on my skin.

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Great to know it worked for you Alexis! I usually use it at night too because it’s just too much for the day :)

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dimpy September 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hi Paris! U can try out pure almond oil as a beauty oil. It has helped in reducing my dark circles quite significantly and gets absorbed pretty quick (I have dry skin).

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Thank you Dimpy! I’ll think about trying sweet almond oil ;)

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Becca
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September 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hm…yeah I think I would pass on this one. I am still curious about oil cleansers, but I would want to try one that contained emulsifiers probably. I don’t mind having a complicated skincare routine that contains many steps (I’m used to having to work hard to achieve decent-looking skin), but if I’m going to do something, it has to serve a purpose. For me, I normally don’t really wear enough makeup/hard to remove makeup to warrant using a separate “oil cleanser” (but really, it’s just sunflower oil in a pump bottle…), so using a product like this just wouldn’t make sense for me. I did get a little sample of the TATCHA One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil to try though so I’m SUPER excited about that one! :D
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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I think oil cleansers are a great invention, whether emulsifying or just straight oil :) I use it to remove my sunblock too cos the waterproof ones can really stick to the skin something awful!

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Tammy September 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Not too bad in the end then your elbow was cured!! ;-)

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hehe that’s what I thought too! ;)

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Jel September 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

I used the Sunflower Beauty Oil only on rough skin, on my underarms at night and on my nails sometimes. I often misplace it so I hoard it from my officemate who direct-sells Human Nature stuff. (I am from The Philippines btw). With the convenience of acquiring it easily, and well for it’s miracle in a bottle tagline, I’ll probably continue using this until I finish all the mini-bottles I have of it.

Human Nature’s best product for me is/was/will always be their deodorants. Saves me from body odor. It doesn’t lighten my skin also, but at least it doesn’t darken my skin unlike the “purest” Dove unscented one, in which I had very high hopes but got totally disappointed.

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

It’s great to know that the Sunflower Beauty Oil works so well for you, enough to hoard ;) it’s so nice that it’s easily available for you and thanks for the tip about the deodorant ;)

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babysaffron September 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

i used this…since i’m from Philippines….But never on my face… Used it for elbows and knees and sometimes, mixed with sugar for scrub… I apply it on my feet and hands before going to sleep.

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Paris B
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September 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thanks for all the ideas on how to use it! I’ve tried it on elbows and knees so far with great results so maybe all isn’t lost ;)

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ysk122
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October 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Never heard of this brand before and not keen to try,rosehip oil will always be my favorite coz it can lighten scars effectively.
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Lavender October 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I tried this product before, was sent a sample without instruction. I thought that it is like Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil but I was in for a surprise. Didn’t like this product as I find it too oily. Maybe I should use it for my elbows and heels.

thanks for the tips.
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Paris B
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October 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Ooh which was it, Lavender? The Beauty OIl or Cleansing Oil? Because the cleansing oil is meant to be washed off and the beauty oil left on :)

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lydia December 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

is the beauty oil the same as sunflower cooking oil?

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Paris B
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December 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Haha nope, this is a cosmetic grade one.

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goldabidz January 24, 2013 at 12:10 am

I love Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil!:) It helps me battle itchy rashes which have been bugging me for some time now.:)

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