REVIEW Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil

by - April 18, 2020

I finally tried another type of first-cleanser besides cleansing milk. It is a cleansing balm, and I tried the one from Pond’s—I’ve reviewed it already, you can access it here. I eventually became curious about cleansing oil too, so I bought one. I’ve tried using baby oil as a first cleanser, but because it isn’t formulated as a cleansing oil, I ended up with a very greasy face. It feels thick and so uncomfortable especially when I clean my makeup in the eye area. I didn’t buy an actual cleansing oil before because there wasn’t any affordable cleansing oil available, so I always use my skincare budget to buy other skincare products instead. Finally, Nivea comes out with a cleansing oil! Well, I know Biore came out before Nivea and it’s quite affordable too, but as I mentioned before, I tended to buy other products because first-cleanser isn’t my priority back then.

There are two variants of Nivea’s cleansing oil. There’s a blue one, it is the Hydrating Cleansing Oil for Normal Skin, and the purple one is Soothing Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin. I choose the Soothing one because my skin can be quite sensitive sometimes. I also minimise the chance of breakout from the coconut oil used in the Hydrating variant. I’m more sure of grapeseed oil because I’ve used it on my skincare routine back then, and there was no negative reaction from my skin.

So, if you want to know how I feel about this product, please keep on reading!

P r i c e
IDR92,000 for 150ml.

P a c k a g i n g
A clear bottle with a lockable pump. I love these two aspects because clear bottle makes it easy to see how much product left, and a pump makes it easy to use.

S c e n t
It smells similar to the grapeseed oil that I’ve tried before but much less strong.
T e x t u r e
This cleansing oil has a quite lightweight texture, especially if you compare it with baby oil. Pretty easy to spread, but if I compare it with Pond’s cleansing balm (sorry, I don’t have another reference), I think this oil is a bit harder to spread.

I n g r e d i e n t s
Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed (Grape Seed) Oil, Tocopherol

Great IngredientComedogenic / Fungal Acne TriggerBe Aware

C l a i m s
Enriched with natural Grapeseed Oil
Gentle effective formula for cleaning makeup and dirt • yes
Makes skin clean, smooth and soft • yes

T h o u g h t s
I thought the experience of using cleansing oil for the first time would be the same as my experience when I use the Pond’s cleansing balm. I thought the difference is just it's in a liquid form instead of solid. It turned out those two experiences aren’t really similar.

I can see my makeup melts when I use the cleansing balm. The colour of my makeup is very visible when it’s melted away with the cleansing balm. The oil from the cleansing balm feels more liquidy and easier to spread. Meanwhile, when I use Nivea’s cleansing oil, I feel like the oil is a bit harder to spread so I have to use around 1.5 - 2 pumps to clean my caked face. I can’t see the colour of my makeup melted when I use this, I even barely see any trace of the makeup being cleaned on the oil. Also, when I clean my face with water afterwards, the colour of the water doesn’t seem as milky as when I use the cleansing balm.
let's melt these swatches!
The cleansing power of this cleansing oil is slightly less than Pond’s cleansing balm, but I think it’s still considered as a very good cleanser in general. I just need to use more product to reach the maximum result. Even though it doesn’t make the water looks milky, but turned out it doesn’t affect its performance. The oil is still easy to be rinsed off, the makeup is gone, and my face doesn’t feel oily afterwards.

The plus point of using this cleansing oil is it can help me extract a few of my whiteheads if I use this oil to massage my face for a few minutes (around 3-5 minutes). At first, I didn’t realise the small residues are my whiteheads until one day I observed it closely. It also makes me feel more relaxed when I massage my face, so it feels nice to clean my face using this cleansing oil!

very clean and easy
S u i t a b l e   f o r
As the description says, I recommend this product more to people with sensitive skin. I don’t recommend this product for people with fungal-acne as their skin concern because you should avoid any oil-based skincare products.

P r o s
+ doesn’t make my face feels oily
+ has a great cleansing power
+ can extract a few of my whiteheads
+ practical packaging
+ affordable as a cleansing oil and easy to get

C o n s
- feels a bit hard to spread, so I have to use more product to reach my whole face

O v e r a l l   r a t i n g

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor, chemist, nor an expert. I mark the ingredients as green, yellow, or red based on Skincarisma and/or my own knowledge, and probably biased by my preference. Please also note that some ingredients can be both good and bad depends on your skin type and preference. I tell this product is suitable for people who I THINK would suit it. I do this to make it easier for newbies. Please do your own research too and find which ingredients suit (or don’t work well on-) your skin!

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