Tuesday, 27 January 2015

First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser

What is it?
'A complete facial cleanser that removes makeup and impurities as it nourishes and conditions skin, lashes, and brows.'
Ergo: a milky/emulsifying cleanser for everything.

What's in it?
Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Tetrasodium EDTA, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, BHA, EDTA.

Possible acne/allergy/upsetting for some ingredients?
Tetrasodium EDTA is not popular in some circles. It's commonly used instead of parabens and some people say it's worse. Some. Not all. 

What's not in it?
Parabens (see above) 
Mineral oil
Synthetic fragrance

Who is it for?
Everyone really.

How do you use it?
They say: 
'Spread three to four pumps onto fingertips, tissue, or pad and lightly massage over entire dry face and eye area for 10-20 seconds or until makeup begins to dissolve. 
Wipe off with a tissue or damp cloth. 
It may be rinsed off with water if desired.'

I would:
Apply in the usual manner on to dry skin and remove with a flannel. The thought of wiping this off with a tissue is a bit grim to be honest. But that's nothing new from me the tissue-hater.

What's good/not so good about it?
I've been using this for about a month now.
I'm not sure this is great for waterproof, but it's OK for everything else. I tend to always remove waterproof with a dedicated eye makeup remover - so I don't use it as a first cleanse. This is very much a second cleanse or morning cleanse for me OR an 'only cleanse' in the evening if I'm not wearing makeup. 
In general, I get along very well with FAB products. They don't make huge claims, they're made with sensitivities in mind and they don't cost the earth. Hard to go wrong.

Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser is $26.00 and available from Sephora.com. It launches in the UK at the end of February/beg of March.


  1. Thanks Caroline aka 'the tissue hater' - this one is definitely on my list

  2. This looks great! I really do adore your reviews. You manage to cut the crap and I respect that so much! I am yet to try any FAB products and I am looking for a knew second cleanse cleanser. This could be a real contender.
    Sophie xx

  3. Sounds like a dream for my sensitive, dehydrated skin. I hope to find it on feelunique. :)

  4. Hi Caroline! As this isn't available in the UK at the moment, I was thinking of buying Clinique's Take the Day Off Milk, but I've only seen you talk about the balm & oil, would you recommend the milk too? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! xx

    1. You can find this on amazon! I've just placed my first order

  5. thanks caroline. I was really hoping you would do a review on this. Cant decide whether to stick my beloved FAB face cleanser or to give this a whirl. decisions decisions……..

  6. I can't imagine any tissue being able to wipe a cleanser off any face without leaving bits of tissue behind. Wouldn't it sort of dissolve?

  7. I bought this a couple weeks ago to try an unfortunately it was a return for me. As you mention it doesn't remove my waterproof mascara or my eyeliner. I also found I needed to use about double the recommended amount just to get my makeup moving on my face, and my dry skin had more of a tendency to want to soak it up rather than allow it to give my makeup some slip.
    I just felt I needed to work at it too much. Really wanted to like this one- too bad!

  8. I tend to break out from jojoba but I'm not sure I've ever used it in a cleanser so it might be fine!

  9. This sounds interesting! I love the FAB ultra repair cream. I tried the facial radiance pads on your recommendation, but they didn't really do anything so I never repurchased. There are others that I find more preferable!

  10. Hi Caroline. Sorry this is unrelated to the post but I promise I enjoy FAB products! I'm really struggling to find a morning and evening serum suitable for acne-prone skin. I was considering the REN ClearCalm gel or the Vita Mineral oil however I already use an oil in the evening so I wasn't sure whether to try it? At the moment I'm particularly struggling with hormonal acne around the jawline x

  11. Hi Caroline!
    First Aid Beauty has been available at Feel Unique since about December. I stocked up on their Facial Radiance Pads while the entire range was on 3 for 2 and I LOVE them! Was interested in this cleanser, but I think it'll be a pass for me.
    Love from Croatia xx

  12. If anyone is interested you can find it on feelunique.com

  13. If anyone is interested you can find it on feelunique.com

  14. It really surprises me how many brands give the 'tissue off' option on their cleansers. So harsh! Just blowing my nose a couple of times often makes me feel like my nostrils will fall off! Long live the flannel ;) xxxxx

  15. Cleanser is a most needy makeup product for using before makeup for cleaning face and afterwards for makeup removal....