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The Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil is very different than the Shu oil. It’s a little more viscous and comes in a smaller pump bottle. I also fnoted that it took 2 pumps from the Shu to cleanse my face but only 1 pump from Boscia. And no, before you ask I did not measure the amount of product dispensed in each pump. I am a geek but I didn’t have time to measure both of them…(You know that if I did have time I totally would have measured both of them!) Also the ingredients are vastly different. While Shu has Mineral Oil and corn oil and jojoba oil, the Boscia has NO Mineral or corn oil but does have Jojoba oil. In fact the only ingredients the two cleansing oils share are:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate (A fatty acid that is used in cosmetics as an emulsifier), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil and Water.
That means totally different formulas, but same wonderful result. In fact, I think the Boscia cleanses a tad better than Shu…since I need less product to get rid of all my makeup!
If you are familiar with the wonderful reasons to do an oil cleansing every night then you can skip the next paragraph. If not, this is required reading and you should take notes. There will be a quiz at the end.
I have heard countless stories from people complaining that their sunscreen or foundation breaks them out. I'll wager that more than half the time it's not the act of wearing the product that is irritating their skin, it's the fact that the product is not effectively removed that is causing the blemishes and irritation. If you wear a sunscreen, water resistant and/or waterproof makeup, using a soap based cleanser as your sole method of cleansing, may not always be the best way to deep clean your skin. Sure, you can use face brushes and toners but if you are still seeing makeup residue on your cotton pads after cleansing, then you aren't truly removing all your makeup. While toners do a nice job of removing some of the cosmetic leftovers that your cleanser doesn't get, you might be stripping your skin of natural oils by over using toner...plus that's not the purpose of toner in the first place. So what is a girl (or guy) to do? Cleansing oil. Not just plain olive oil or mineral oil or corn oil. Cosmetic grade cleansing oils are formulated to emulsify when water is added. This breaks up sunscreen and cosmetics on your skin and helps lift cosmetic debris out of your pores for a real deep cleansing. Now wait a minute, you might be saying. "Elvira, You have oily skin. Why in the heck (because I like to believe you all talk in PG13 language) would you add MORE oil to your face?" And I would answer you, my All General Audiences Appropriate Friend, that oil is not bad for oily skin. I have already written about the pleasure of seeing a decrease in oil production using essential oils from Caudalie and Decléor . Plus fighting oil with oil is an effective practice. Oh, and the oils that are used in the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil wash off completely. No icky sticky residue.
Here's how I use the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil:
At the end of the day I put one pump into the palm of my hand. I apply the oil to my dry face. (I use the oil as my primary makeup remover.) I carefully rub my eyes to remove mascara and massage the oil evenly over my face and neck. Once the oil is evenly distributed I see it breaking down my eye makeup and other cosmetics that I put on my face that day. Then the "trick". I rinse my hands off in lukewarm water. I do not towel dry them, but I lightly shake off the excess. With damp hands I massage the oil on my face. The water mixes with the oil and emulsifies creating a milky white liquid. If I find the oil is not emulsifying enough I add a few more droplets of water. Remember less is more. The result I want is a milky white water all over my face where the oil once was. Once I have achieved that, I simply rinse my face in warm water and follow with a cream or foaming cleanser of my choice. On days when I don't wear makeup, but I do wear sunscreen, I still use the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil to breakdown and remove the sunscreen and then follow with a toner instead of a second cleansing.
I know some of you may think I'm crazy for washing my face twice. Some of you may think that if I had an effective cleanser I could skip the oil cleansing method. And I would tell you that you are WRONG. OK. I probably wouldn't be as rude...well actually I would. I have tried just using regular cleansers with no oil cleansing. Nothing...and I mean NOTHING has been able to maintain the clarity of my skin better than cleansing oil followed by a regular cleanser.
Do you NEED this? Well I have to say YES! It is an excellent investment in your skin. The better care you take of your skin up front, the less “stuff” you have to buy to cover up and treat blemishes and imperfections later on. (At least that's what I tell myself to justify my purchases) A 5 oz bottle of Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil retails for $26 (versus Shu's $34 for 5 oz) and can be purchased at Sephora.com