Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil

What is it?
'A nourishing cleansing oil.'

A liquified oil cleanser.

Who is it for?
Everyone. Elemis advertise this to all skin types.

What’s in it?
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 85, Sorbitan Oleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Limonene, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica (Rose of Winter) Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Geraniol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Mixture of both.

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

What's not in it?
mineral oil
artificial colouring

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
'Massage 1-2 pumps of the light-weight oil into dry skin and then add warm water. The oil will melt into a luxurious milky lather that cleanses the skin. Simply rinse off to reveal a clear and nourished complexion.'

I do apply to dry skin but I don't emulsify. Apply, massage, remove with flannel.

What’s good about it?
This is a lovely oil, much-needed on the market in term of volume vs price. Admittedly, there are only so many cleansing oils that you can call 'innovative', and while this is not reinventing the wheel, it works, and will appeal to both Elemis customers and fans of oil cleansing.
Heavy in omega 9, this is over 90% natural oils and leaves no residue, whether rinsed off or removed with a facecloth. Suitable for first or second cleanse.
Also, it's a whopping 195ml for £29.50.

What’s not so good about it?
I needed a couple of goes to remove eye makeup, but I do wear very 'kohl-y' types of mascara. If you don't wear a lot of makeup you should be fine.

How's the website?
Elemis.com is much better than the older timetospa.com, which looks really outdated by comparison. Lists ingredients, test results, returns etc very clearly.

Similar products?
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Origins Clean Energy  Gentle Cleansing Oil
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is £29.50 for 195ml and available from www.elemis.com/nourishing-omega-rich-cleansing-oil and all Elemis stockists.


  1. Pros/cons to emulsifying? Do you emulsify the Emma Hardie balm? I have the EH and Una Brennan cleansing oil and would love tips on the use of those two :)
    Thank you for all your time - my skin is better than ever! My pores are still dirty and big and makes my skin look a bit rough - what products can help?

    1. I love the Una Brennan oil and I do the same as Caroline, onto dry skin, remove make up and then remove with a flannel without emulsifying, and then repeat to cleanse my skin, sometimes I'll switch to a balm for my second cleanse for the luxurious feel of it.

  2. I love Elemis skincare. It's super softening and totally gentle. Great stuff.



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  5. Sounds fab, always hear great things about Elemis!


  6. I really don't get it. Readers want to know if mineral oil or sles or dimethicone (for example) is in a product because they are the devil. polisorbate 85 is much more "powerful" than sles and comes in second position in the INCI. Bah! Google it.

  7. Thanks for posting that! so glad i am a beauty nerd in good company!

  8. Omega-rich skincare is such a gimmick! Nutrients, in general, cannot be absorbed through the skin (we're not plants!). Some fat soluble vitamins like A may have some local effect in the outer epidermis but this doesn't mean they penetrate any further. Omegas cannot be absorbed through the skin and have to be eaten. But unfortunately brands will put anything that we associate with "good for you foods" into skincare to drive up the price tag/differentiate themselves.

    1. "Topical application of oil is an effective means of delivering EFAs to the skin and, eventually, to the rest of body. Because a significant portion of ingested EFAs may be oxidized by the liver (up to 60% of ALA and 20% of LA (37)) before reaching peripheral tissues, topical application may be a more efficient route of delivery for skin effects, especially during deficiency (35)."


  9. Omega oil.. sound interesting and natural. would love to try.


  10. I recently finished the Cleansing Oil by The Body Shop and am ready to explore some more. This one gives really a great amount of product for the money.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  11. Thanks so much for all these reviews. I used to have terrible cystic acne, and using advice on your blog and Youtube it has totally gone now. Up until about a month ago I was THRILLED, until...I've had terrible dryness and flakiness for about a month now, mostly on my cheeks and forehead that I just cannot get rid of, no matter how many moisturising products I seem to use. I was wondering if it could be the Luna Night Oil I have been using? I've heard it can cause flakiness at first, but it's been weeks now...or an allergy to something? I would love your advice - it's been weeks of getting worse and worse and I'm starting to feel like I should just put a bag over my head and be done with it.

    1. I know it might be a stupid question since you're following Mrs Hirons, but are you using acids? I used to be flaking at winter and also sometimes in summertime. Not since I've started using acids:) And a hydrating serum is a must too. The retinols in the Luna can cause it too. Try to use it half as many days a week as you are now.

    2. Thanks. I'm definitely a loyal acid user. I haven't found a good hydrating serum yet though...I might try to do that. I do tend to react to quite a lot of things, so I worry something I'm using might be too harsh for my skin...

  12. Any advice for broken capillaries? I've had one under my eye for a couple of years now due to the fact that I used to scrub and wash my face in the shower every day at very hot temps in hopes it would clear my skin... *cringes* I was young !!! Now that I know better I'm stuck with this broken capillary. I've heard of lasers but that sometimes it makes it worse to no improvement

  13. Hi Caroline, wondering what you thought of the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser as a second cleanse/Am cleanse. Trying to get my second cleanse down and still haven't found anything i love yet! Thanks

  14. I didn't take the plunge and use any oils on my combination skin until I visited Caroline's blog. S glad I took the plunge and tried - I find them to be a perfect morning cleanse for me. Goes without saying I use a flannel to remove- and yes a fresh one each morning.

    Do I get a gold star? x

  15. Caroline, I love the Body Shop Camomile cleansing oil but I've not seen it mentioned on your blog, only the balm. I'd love to know your opinion, thanks.

  16. Hi Caroline,

    I'm new to your blog and absolutely loving in. I've learned loads. I wanted to ask a question about serums. I currently don't use one and wonder what type you'd recommend. I'm mid-twenties and have good skin. The only issue I find is dark circles but they're an obvious gift from Mum and Dad. I don't get spots or anything so what type of serum should I be looking for?

    1. Never too young to use anti aging & something with peptides!

  17. Reading this review really makes me miss my cleansing oils! Too bad, they mess up my lash extensions.

  18. I rarely comment on blogs but feel compelled to post about this cleansing oil. I'm in my early thirties with senstive skin still prone to acne on chin. I have been using this oil for a month now, and my acne has cleared up, no sign of a breakout on the horizon, either. I'm amazed that a product has changed my skin so much. I was pushed into changing my cleanser as the La Roche Posay I had been using for years was discontinued. Distraught at the time, best thing that could have happened to me looking back now! One negative: the pump bottle the oil is in, doesn't seal again and so it leaks and so doesn't travel well. Would love Elemis to sort that out!

  19. Hi Caroline, I would like to pick your brain. I have recently purchased Elemis Biotec Skin Energising cleanser and after using it for a few days my skin on the face came up with the rash, angry looking, itchy, red bumps. This is first time even I had this reaction to skin care especially cleanser which doesn't stay on your skin for long. Reading ingredients I couldn't see anything which can cause this reaction (and it is definitely cleanser as I have stooped using it and rash gone down) and now I started using it again and the same thing has happened). I am 43y.o skin care lover who never experienced this before but would like to get to the bottom of it. I would really appreciate your thoughts on this product.
    All the best