Friday, July 26, 2013

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil - Review

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil on

You know me and Cleansing Oils. I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and cleansing oils.  I find them the most effective way to remove dirt, makeup and sunscreen from my face.  I always follow a cleansing oil with a regular foaming or non foaming cleanser to ensure all remaining traces of whatever. But the cleansing oil is the major player in my cleansing routine.  I have very oily and acne prone skin so when I heard about oil cleansers, at first I was worried my face would break out.  That was not the case. In fact, NOT using oil cleansers to remove makeup and sunscreen was one of the factors that lead to break outs.  As Dr. Murad explains in this video, the cleansing oil is safe for oily and dry skin as it does not strip the skin of much needed lipids for moisturization but also does not contribute to excessive oiliness or breakouts because ti does not penetrate the upper dermal layer of the skin. It's a win-win for all skin types!

Poor Sonny. Won't someone give him some Cocoa Puffs?

I was sent the new Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil for review and to be honest I was kind of excited to try it out. I have another brand of cleansing oil, that I adore, but you know me. I'm never satisfied with anything, and I always want to try new things.  The Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil showed up just as I was finishing my last bottle of my regular brand.

The cleansing oil is marketed toward those with dry skin needing extra moisture, but I found that it works just fine for those with oily skin.  The oil is thicker than what I am used to. It's thick like the Kose Softymo cleaning oil or the Shu Uemura Regular and Extra Rich cleansing oils.  Thinner oils like the Boscia Cleansing oil and Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing oil are what I am used to.  It took me a little while to get used to the consistency and to figure out the appropriate amount to dispense for use.

Grape Seed Oil. One of the many oils that are in the Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil

Speaking of dispensing the Murad Renewing Cleansing oil. This was the only thing I didn't like about the product. Instead of the typical pump dispenser, which pretty much every cleansing oil I have ever used comes with, you have to pour it into your hand. At the top of the bottle, under nest the screw on cap there is a tiny hole where you squeeze out the oil. I didn't like that at all. It was kinda a pain. I like to use a pump to dispense because having to unscrew the cap, squeeze the oil out, then screw on the cap was kind of a pain in the neck.  Your result may vary.

Also The consistency was thicker than I'm used to. That's not a bad thing,  just feel I should mentioned that.  I still found the results to be similar to many other oils I have used in the past.  I massaged the oil into my skin. I saw it begin to break up my face and eye makeup. Then I added a little water to my face, watched the oil emulsify into a milky white consistency, massaged that in some more and then rinsed it all away.

The Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil:
  • Removed most of my waterproof mascara, but on sometimes, not all of it. I had to follow up with regular soap & water or eye makeup remover on some occasions
  • Removed most, if not all, of my face makeup
  • Emulsified easily with water
  • Rinsed off easily
  • Did not leave a film on my face
  • Did not leave my face feeling dry or tight.
Sweet Almond Oil. One of the Many oils that are in the Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil

Overall I would say this is a good cleansing oil to use, particularly if you have drier to combination skin.  I found this a bit too heavy for my personal tastes to use in the summer, so I think I'll save this for the winter when my skin needs a touch more moisturization.  I did not like the lack of a pump for the bottle, but the cost per ounce was on par with other cleansing oils I like and use.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil $5.30 per oz
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $5.50 per oz
Tatcha Cleansing Oil $9.60 per oz
Boscia Cleansing Oil  $5.20 per oz
Do you NEED this?  If you wear sunscreen, or if your wear foundation, or if you are regularly outside and sweating and getting grime on your face, YES!  You need a cleansing oil.  Regular cleansers may not remove all that "stuff" that gets on your skin. Especially in the summer when your face is exposed to sunscreen (I hope) and sweat and grime, you really need to add an oil cleanser to your routine.  A noticeable difference is right around the corner when you use a cleansing oil.

The Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil retails for $32 USD for a 6 fl oz bottle.  You can purchase it from Sephora, and directly from the Murad website.

Ingredients:  Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-8, Polybutene (Isobutylene/ Butene Copolymer), Polysorbate 20, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, PPG -15 Stearyl Ether, Isostearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis ( Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dipotassium, Glycyrrhizinate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Linalool, D-Limonene, Citral, Citronellol


  1. My main issue with oil cleansers is the oily film they tend to leave, but since this one doesn't: whoopah! :-)

  2. Haven't tried a cleansing oil yet. Need to soon.

  3. I love oil cleansers because of the way they are able to breakthrough makeup, remove dirt and oil from pores and they don't strip your skin of all it's natural moisture. I do agree though that you have to find a good one with oils that easily rinse off of your skin otherwise you are left with that filminess that is not so clean feeling.

  4. I think this is the product right for me. I have been having troubles with dry skin and it really bothers me. This seem to be a great product to try for my problem. I'll def check on this...


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