Since my skin has been freaking out, I’ve been looking for a new cleanser or even a group of new cleansers. So far I’ve really liked Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip but I can’t use it for everyday cleansing and I couldn’t see it taking off a full face of makeup completely alone. This is fine as I prefer a double or even triple cleanse when I wear makeup. This is where the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil comes in. I got a sample from Sephora to try out and report back to you guys. Before I get into my opinions on the product, let’s look at the products claims.
A gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser.
What it is formulated to do:
This beautiful blend of botanical oils thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture—an essential first step for any skincare ritual. Formulated without mineral oil to remove even water-resistant sunscreen, long-wear makeup formulas, and BB creams, it emulsifies completely and leaves no oily residue. It is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, along with vitamins A, B, and E to nourish dry skin, calm sensitive skin, and decongest oily skin.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“Camellia Oil has been one of the geisha’s most treasured secrets for centuries, used to remove their iconic performance makeup without drying or damaging the skin. I am honored to bring new life to this ritual with our Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and even more delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai, Founder
This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free.
-Camellia Oil: A light botanical oil with a higher percentage of omega-9 oleic acid than olive oil.
-Hadasei-3™ Bioactive Complex: A proprietary blend of green tea, Okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran extracts to nourish and protect the skin.
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.
This oil lives up to most of it’s claims. It obliterates every trace of makeup with just a few drops, with one exception. The combination of Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer and ReMarcable foundation. With that combo I needed to use the oil twice and use Tatcha’s Classic Rice Enzyme Powder to remove it and I still got a small amount of residue while toning. The oil does remove all my mascaras, sunscreens, and foundations otherwise. I’ve tried it with NARS Sheer Glow, RCC, and Tinted Moisturizer, Urban Decay Naked Skin line, MUFE HD and Nourishing primer, Tarte Foundcealer, and Revlon Colorstay Whipped. I can’t recall if I tried it with the Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation, but I’m sure it would take it off too.
The oil itself is a very thin, almost clear oil. It has a light camellia scent to it, slightly green and slightly floral. I put it on the skin dry, massage it in, and then take some warm water in my hands and cup them to my face. I only use enough water to emulsify the product. I then massage my face for about one minute and start rinsing. I love that the product doesn’t make my eyes bleary or sting when using it. It does sting if you get the product in the eye directly which I found out from my sample squirting me right in the eye but even then I didn’t have bleary eyes. The product leaves no residue and your skin feels incredibly soft afterward. I noticed in a few uses my skin wasn’t nearly as dehydrated as it can get once the heater is on full blast so even though it’s on your face for only two minutes, it’s adding moisture to the skin.
Comparing this to previous cleansing oils I’ve used, I prefer Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil over all of them. No bleary eyes and it’s exceptionally cleansing and moisturizing. I love how this leaves no residue at all. As for not being able to remove the Marc Jacobs foundation, I’m not sure any other oil could do it either, that stuff is like plaster. I won’t hold that against the product. The only caveat for this particular product is the price. You do get a nice amount, it doesn’t take much of it to remove average makeup application, and it’s in a convenient pump packaging that’s elegant. It works as a stand-alone cleanser or in perfect harmony with Tatcha’s Classic Rice Enzyme Powder or Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip for a deeper cleanse. I think this can be used by all skin types, but I think it would be of particular interest to dry, sensitive or mature skins. As soon as I can afford it, I’ll probably buy a full bottle. There is also a travel bottle that I might pick up in the meantime because I don’t want to be without the product. We give this an A- and must try status!
Have you tried the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil? Have another cleansing oil favorite? Let us know your opinions!