Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil-As Good As the High End Alternatives?


Not long ago I picked up the new cleansing oil from Garnier. I was beyond excited that there was a cleansing oil at the drugstore. I’ve been a lover of oil cleansing for a little while now and using oils gets expensive. I use Mac’s Cleansing Oil most often (reviewed here) but I’ve tried others. None of them were cheap!

Just in case you are new to using oil it practically melts your makeup off. I really feel like its more gentle than using makeup wipes and I love that I don’t have to tug at my skin. I was scared to try using an oil to begin with for years because I have combo/oily skin. The thought of using something I’ve been avoiding most of my life terrified me.

The directions for using this oil are the same basically as all of others I’ve used. You apply a few pumps to your hands and massage it into your skin. I take special time and care around my eyes. I love how oil removes the toughest long wearing eye makeup easily. After you work in the oil you just rinse your face with water really well. At this point my face is free of makeup. The other big question that I get is are you done at that point? For me the answer is no. I go in after the oil with Purity Cleanser. After that my face is perfectly clean and not dried out which I like. I can go in with a light moisturizer and I’m good.

From the Ulta website:

Customized Cleansing: Nourishing Cleansing Oil instantly dissolves impurities and long-wear makeup with no greasy residue. 

Skin Type Specific Care: Formula, infused with nourishing Jojoba and Macadamia Oil, helps replenish skin’s moisture balance.

In 1 use: Skin is deeply cleaned, hydrated and skin feels velvety soft. After 1 week: 100% of women felt skin was smoother and softer.

(4.2 fl oz.)

How to use:

Make sure that hands and face are dry. Apply 1-2 pumps to fingertips and massage onto skin. Close eyes to remove eye (area) makeup. Wet face to emulsify oil then rinse thoroughly.

Now what separates this Garnier oil from others I’ve used? It’s thickness. This oil is slightly thicker than all the other oils I’ve used. That is most likely because as a smart YouTube subbie told me it’s geared toward dry skin. It says that right across the front. But the question is does it make me break out or change the routine I’ve described above? Thankfully no. I highly recommend this oil because at around $8 its a great value and a great intro to using cleansing oil for anyone thats been on the fence thinking about trying it. Why pay $30 for Mac Cleanse Off Oil (I get the Pro discount but still!) that is 5 oz when you can get Garniers oil for $8 and you get a 4.2 oz bottle.

Check this out at your favorite drugstore, its everywhere!

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  1. says

    Do you have issues with the oil leaving a film over your actual eyeball? I’ve had that problem with several oil based removers. I also purchased the same purity cleanser deal that you did. Those bottles are going to take years to finish!! LOL.

    • says

      No I haven’t I’ve had blurry vision for a few seconds but thats it. I’m almost done with the first 32 oz. Purity and then I start the second one. So glad I picked them up I just love the stuff!

  2. Samantha V. says

    Glad it worked out for you! Now I’m all the more curious about trying it. And I’m almost out of makeup wipes. I better go pick that baby up.

  3. rhona says

    I love cleansing oils also. Right now I use diors oil but at ~11 (cad) I will be trying this garnier brand for sure – dior is $40. Thnx for this.

  4. 80sChicwithglasses says

    I too love cleansing oils! It’s one of the first beauty products I routinely used. This cleansing oil is great for the price (considering I’ve bought many MAC bottles over the years). I think one of the best things about it is that it smells DELICIOUS! Typical of Garnier products :-) I wanted to try the Shu Eumora cleansing oil, but I think I’ll stick with this little baby for a while, considering that one is like 11x the price of Garnier!

  5. Theresa says

    I use coconut oil (about $5 at HomeGoods for a mason jar full) to remove my makeup and then the same Purity cleanser. I also have super oily and acne prone skin and it doesn’t break me out at all. It feels a bit weird until I use the cleanser, but works great!

  6. Lma says

    Eclos ( a Freeman brand) just came out with a cleansing oil. Not as thick as Garnier. Very nice and smells great. $9.99 at Harmon’s. Currently available with “try me free” mail in rebate.

    From the Freeman Beauty website: A soap-free, nourishing cleansing oil that deep cleans without over-stripping skin, making it perfect for all skin types. Lightweight, non-comedogenic Argan, Kukui Nut, Olive, and Sesame oils capture and remove daily debris and make-up easily from the skin’s surface without excess friction that can agitate skin. Conditioning oils help balance sebum production, leaving dry and aging skin more moisturized while regulating excess oiliness in oily and breakout-prone skin. Vitamin E, found naturally in antioxidant-rich Argan Oil, pairs with ultra-emollient Kukui Nut Oil to soothe, soften, and hydrate skin. Daily Facial Cleansing Oil is part of the Eclos™ anti-aging skin care system. Eclos™ products are exclusively formulated with apple stem Cell Technology extracted from a rare Swiss Apple, clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture in 2 weeks.*

    Formulated with:
    • Apple Stem Cells to help reduce appearance of wrinkles + improve skin texture.
    • Antioxidant Argan, Kukui Nut, Olive, and Sesame oils balance moisture and oil levels in skin to hydrate, nourish + soften.
    • Safflower and Soybean cling to oils + make-up, then lift them froom the skin’s surface for easy removal.
    • Antioxidant Vitamin E softens and moisturizes skin, + helps protect against skin aging damage.

  7. Delinda says

    I finally found a drugstore cleansing oil that I love. It is called Eclos cleansing oil. I brought it at but now they sell it at Ulta.

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