Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

image from Bosciaskincare.com

When I had a gift card to Sephora I decided to purchase some items I never would buy for myself.  When it comes to found money, I think the last thing people think of buying is a cleansing oil.  However, I was nearly running out of my beloved Shu Uemura Cleansing oil and I thought I might give the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil a try since I received a generous sample in the Sephora 500 point gift a few months back. 

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



22 comments:

  1. Does this burn sensitive eyes? That's been my only problem was some of the oil cleansers out there.

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  2. Jeweled Thumb - I have never had an oil cleanser burn my eyes so I can't say. I always thought them somewhat sensitive but I guess not. This cleanser does not burn my eyes, but the ingredients do list Eucalyptus and Menthol which may irritate you if you are VERY sensitive.

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  3. I've been a huge fan of oil cleansing for a few years, and it's made a difference in my skin. I've never had bad breakouts, but for years it seemed I always had one or two blemishes at a time, 100% of the time. Now I only break out on occasion, usually for hormonal reasons.

    I'm so glad you reviewed this and that you compared it to the Shu. I'm almost out of my oil cleanser and was thinking of biting the bullet and going online to get the Shu, but now I think I'll try this one first!

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  4. Shannon (Lipstick Musings) - For sure try this one out first.. Especially since you can get 20% off at skinstore.com right now! What cleaning oil do you use now?

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  5. @Elvira--thanks fort the skinstore tip!

    I've used a number of oils and change to something new every time I repurchase because I don't feel I've found an HG oil. I've used Bobbi Brown, MAC, Origins, plus right now I'm using Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm, which is a thick, almost waxy oil-based balm that melts into an oil as soon as it hits your skin. So I can't wait to try this!

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  6. I have this, and I like it, too! I feel like it does a good job of removing makeup, and my skin feels clean afterward. I also follow-up with a foaming cleanser, so thanks for letting me know that I'm not obsessive or weird :D

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  7. Fantastic post, very informative and well written, as always. :) I have tried many cleansing oils over the last few years, including DHC, Shu, Fancl, and NARS, as well as the milky ones (Dior) and the oil-based creams (Ponds, Albolene), and I don't know why I bother. Boscia Makeup Break-up Cool Cleansing Oil is the best I ever used for exactly the reasons you stated. And, no, it doesn't sting my eyes or leave a film on my corneas, and I get down and dirty on my lids to remove any waterproof liner, etc.

    I wash my face the same way as you, except I massage my eyelids last because I don't like the thought of smearing all that black gooey eye makeup around my face. Silly, I know, but it's a psychosis of mine. I also stick my entire face under the running faucet to rinse, and I love that milky feeling and how clean it rinses.

    The coolest part about it is my oily face gets less oily when I clean it with oil. Say that five times fast. ;D

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  8. BTW, I never follow up with a second wash, and I rarely get zits and almost never milia.

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  9. Larie: it's always good to know that we are not alone in our daily rituals no matter how bizarre we think they are. :-)

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  10. Zuzu's Petals: You need to do a post of this on your blog! :-) I usually follow w/ a 2nd wash b/c of my psychosis that I can't mix my oil cleanser w/ my Clarisonic. LOL we are all crazy!

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  11. I have been using the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cleansing Oil, and I can't imagine my routine without it. I love it. I use it the same way as you: to effectively remove my makeup, so I can follow with my normal cleanser.

    I think I would lose my mind if they ever discontinued it.

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  12. Mandy: YAY! I'm glad you like it. I just can't believe it took me this long to try the stuff out!. And yes. if it was ever discontinued I'd lose it too!

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  13. I love this oil pre-cleanse as well. Currently I'm using one by Dermalogica, which is also very nice, but Boscia is what I'm going back to.

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  14. Bang on Elvira. I've used Shu (fabulous but so fucking expensive) the clarins gel oil (also too much) and this stuff is as good as Shu and only 25 bucks for a generous amount. Since I've switched to a cleansing oil at night my face has gotten less oily, it used to be really bad during the day.

    I've also tried a couple of Asian brands, ordering off of ebay isn't worth the hassle or shipping this stuff is just easier.

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  15. your way of 'double-cleansing' is the correct method to cleanse your face. 'double-cleansing' had been popular ever since, forever?! i watched my mum do this and now me too. i've realized its not popular in non-asian countries at all? foreign women who are often complaining about skincare woes, ur skin is simply not well cleansed!!

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  16. Lucy: Yeah. It's interesting how we sometimes seek out something new/better but realize we had a good thing going when we go back to what we left. :-) This can apply with Makeup and other beauty items..not so much with people :-)

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  17. Ruthlessrocks: ITFA. ebay isn't worth the hassle...especially when you can get something just as good if not better at a local store...Trust me. If Shu was more readily available and less $ i would still be using it. Isn't that Clarins gel oil awesome? I wish it wasn't so $$ too.

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  18. pinky with lashes: I know exactly what you mean. Maybe it's the lack of respect for rituals in the west, or the sense of urgency with everything we do in the west, maybe it's our lack of attention span, but you're right. double cleansing just is not catching on here in the West. Well at least we can benefit from it even though we are not in the East. :-)

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  19. I went and got this at Sephora yesterday after reading this post. I got the smaller size in case i didnt like it, but i actually love it :) breaks up my jet black liner really easily and feels nice on my skin. I'll be getting the full size when it runs out- thanks for posting about it :) i'm new to your blog btw, but i'm really enjoying it so far :)

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  20. Mer: I'm so glad you got this AND that you liked it! I always fear something i LOVE will be hated by one of my readers. I'm so glad this worked for you! And WELCOME to the blog. I'm always thrilled to hear from readers.

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  21. I've never tried oil cleansing before, but I put a bottle of this into my Sephora "Chic Week" cart. I can't wait to try it.

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  22. I've been using cleansing oil since I was 18 and I'm 29.

    I've tried most of the cosmetic brands out there. Shu Uemura (the most frequently bought brand as it was the few brands of cleansing oil that comes in a pump bottle!), Fancl (I don't like it has an expiry date), Lancome, Kose, Biore makeup remover jelly, Hansk (a very popular Korean brand and was given to me as a gift from a friend) and now Boscia (I bought it just last night from Sephora Singapore as I ran out of Shu Uemura and that part of town I was in didn't have major cosmetic counters).

    I don't put on full makeup frequently. I usually just draw my eyebrows, line my eyes and some super duper waterproof mascara. However, I frequently use makeup with longlasting formulas (i.e. full coverage, long lasting, mattifying etc) and thus require a makeup remover (definitely an oil based one) that could remove everything.

    So far, only Shu Uemura, Lancome, Kose and Boscia could do that however the first two brands tend to leave an oily residue (I haven't tried Hansk with full makeup but it seems to clean very well and feels really good even before my facial cleanser!). Biore is good, and feels totally clean, but not thorough enough so I use that when I don't have foundation on (works fine if you're using only concealer and 'eye works'). Boscia has the wonderful removing abilities of Shu Uemura, and even better, cpupled with 'clean' feel of Biore!

    I must say I was a bit skeptical when I bought Boscia last night as it was on those 'promoted' shelves but now I love it, plus it has a tad cooling effect after emulsifying it with water. It's 150ml at SGD$39 (or 35 I can't remember).

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