Monday, 21 November 2016

Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil

Describe the brand in three words.
Hair. USA. Affordable.

What type of cleanser is it?
Oil - on the heavier side

Who is it for?
Advertised as being for everyone, but I would beware if you're particularly acnaic.

What’s in it?
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Balanites Aegyptiaca Kernel Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

What's not in it?
mineral oil, parabens, the usual

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
fragrance, shea butter

Suitable for pregnancy?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mixture of organic and natural

Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Not strong at all, faintly 'herbal', and certainly unfragranced, which is odd, given that it says it contains essential oil fragrance

How do you use it?
Apply to dry skin, massage in, remove with flannel. You can totally emulsify if you prefer, and splash off, but eew. 

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
Second cleanse, AM cleanse OR a simple cleanse in the evening if you're not wearing a ton of makeup. 

Best for winter or summer?

Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?

How long did I test it for?
I've had it for a few weeks, used sporadically.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
$9.99 for 118ml. One pump dispenses a lot of product, so I tend to use half a pump. It will last a good while.

Works well with?

What’s the website like?
Good. It lists the ingredients and it's easy to navigate.

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
It's in Target and Ulta, so good.

What’s good about it?
This is a good, affordable cleansing oil. It removes makeup, although I actually like it as a second cleanse or to remove lighter makeup. What it's really good for is massage. A small amount, giving grip, not slip, is great for this routine, which is rather mortifyingly, my very first blog post. However, it still stands as a good massage routine and can stay up until I update it. 
The oil is quite heavy, it's not runny, so apply half a pump, spread across the ends of your fingers, get on to your face, and have at it.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. It works. It's not extortionate. Try it.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. It's good.

Do you need it?
If you need an affordable cleansing oil, absolutely.

Similar products?

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  1. I purchased this as a makeup removing cleansing oil and found that it stung my eyes really badly if used to remove eye makeup. I really liked it for facial massage and as a second cleanse though.

  2. Caorline, do you have any plans to review the Australian beauty products by Edible Beauty? The products remind me very much of Votary products. To me, the ingredients seem very lovely and pure, but I'd like to know what you think of the products for their price point. LOVE from Texas!

  3. Hi Caroline, I didn't know how to contact you aside from commenting on one of your posts ! I am having a lot of trouble finding the right cleanser/routine for me. I have very sensitive skin, mostly dry aside from my nose which is a little oilier. It's been a dream up until about a year ago when I started getting super allergic and imbalanced (dry, flakey, blotchy, occasionally congested ) I also suffer from perioral dermatitis occasionally which spreads up to my cheeks. I don't really break out with pimples, more just rashes. I've tried everything but nothing seems to be helping my sensitive skin get back to where it was. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you !!

  4. what would you use as 1st cleanser to remove makeup?

  5. Caroline, this is completely unrelated to this post, but I wanted to let you ( and others here) know that the body shop's advent calendars are now on sale for even cheaper than they were before!

  6. I currently use the TBS Cleansing Oil when I reach for an oil and have found that shea butter makes me breakout easily, so I think that one won't be for me. It sounds nice though.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. hi, Caroline, why is shea butter (high in the ingredient list) is bad for acne? i have been suffering from adult acne for more than six months now; for a person who does not really know how to combat acne since i never had this problem in my teens, any advise helps. thank you.

    1. I've had teenage and adult acne since I was 15 years old. I've tried so many products under the sun both man made and natural. Discovered a combo that is working for me if you want to try. Cream cleanser, Clinique mild clarifying cleanser, Mario badescu herb/rosewater spray, hyauloronic acid on damped skin (for spray), DIY "serum": 3/4 jojoba oil + 1/4 Thayers witch hazel + 15 drops tamanu oil in a 1 oz glass dropper, let it sink well and lastly crave pm lotion. It has worked wonders for my skin. I now only use a tinted moisturizer daily. Hope it helps

  8. So you can use this as your only evening cleanse if you are not wearing too much make up?

  9. Miss your you tube videos!!!! Xoxo

  10. This burnt my eyes terribly - I could only use as a second cleanse if I left a wide area around my eyes untouched my the cleanser. If it gets into your eyes, it will burn terribly. Absolutely will not repurchase.

  11. I've been eyeing this, but was hoping for a great smell. Burts Bees has a coconut and argon oil cleanser I have been using that is a little more expensive, but it might be a bit 'slippy' for some. Target has it on their beauty endcap in a sample size.

  12. Thier hair spray makes my fine, low-porosity, wavy hair look great! Really lightweight hydration, very light hold.

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  14. Hi Caroline! I love your blog! Just a warning that you may want to add, and I am just now seeing some other people have commented about having the same problem, this oil cleanser severely stung my eyes. Oil cleansers never cause my eyes irritation (and with this one--since it was new--I was careful to be more gentle around my eye area) and still this one caused them to turn bright red and tear uncontrollably for over 30 minutes! There is no warning on the bottle stating that irritation may occur, so I am pretty annoyed with Shea Moisture! Loved the product otherwise, but since I usually only use oil cleansers to remove makeup I do not think I will repurchase. Wish there had been a disclaimer on the bottle! Thanks for the otherwise helpful review :)

  15. Also dying to know what you think of Son & Park Beauty Water (for post-acid toning stage) and Belif products!! Love from New York!

  16. Thank you so much for this review!

    Paige Davis

  17. Thank you so much for this review