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Wait for it… I’ve overhauled my skincare routine. Shocked? Me too, considering I’ve used the exact same skincare for a solid 4 years (!). I’m preparing a natural skincare edit (get excited, there are some phenomenal finds) so there is much experimenting in the land of ShamFrip.

As a teaser, I figure I’d introduce you to my new favourite cleansing oil. If you recall, I’ve been using FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil for yonks but recently I threw a tantrum – Why so hard to find? Why so expensive? I go through it like water. Screw that.

Clearly the universe was listening because that day, the Jurlique Cleansing Oil arrived in the post. Emulsifying oil cleansers in the natural department are ridiculously rare, which is a pity because they’re really the best/easiest/most effective way to remove a full face of makeup. New to emulsifying cleansing oils? Watch this video to see how they work.

New Favourite Cleansing Oil: Jurlique

If you’re unfamiliar with the Jurlique brand, they’re Australian based (YEAH BOI!) and the perfect balance of elegance and natural skincare ethos. If you like to collect pretty things on your vanity, Jurlique has you covered.

The things I look for in a cleansing oil:

  • Thin consistency (some oils, like DHC, are rather viscous and tend to drag my delicate skin)
  • Total makeup removal (no remaining traces whatsoever)
  • Doesn’t sting the eyes (I remove much of my eye makeup with a cleansing oil so this is imperative)
  • Rinses clean (IE: no excessively oily film after rinsing)

The Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil ticks all the boxes; a thin cleansing oil that is supremely gentle and removes all traces of makeup – black smokey eyes and waterproof mascara dissolve without any effort. It rinses clean but if you’re particularly clog prone, treat it as a makeup remover and wash face as per usual.

Edited to add: The pump has a lock mechanism, an absolute godsend if you travel frequently.

There is a soft lavender scent which dissipates post rinsing, rather pleasant to my nose. In all the excitement, I tossed the box (bad beauty blogger) but Jurlique has a full ingredient list on their website. As the product just recently launched, it doesn’t appear to be listed on the Sephora website yet but it retails for 50AUD in the land down-under (pricy, yes, but it seems to go further than my FANCL).

What are your latest skincare finds? Tell me down below 🙂


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  1. Looks like it’s not launched in the US yet. (I checked Jurlique’s US site; it’s not there, either.)

    Anyhoo. Back in the fall I tried some skincare samples from Nude Skincare’s Advanced Renewal range. I fell in love with the serum. Since then I’ve bought the full-size serum, and I want to try their Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly in the future. Current cleanser is FAB’s cream cleanser, which isn’t bad but… meh. Methinks I’m beginning to get over cream cleansers.

  2. This sounds like an amazing cleansing oil! I use the Hada Labo one and it’s my first cleansing oil. I love how it gets every speck of makeup off, but it can leave cloudiness in my eyes which is weird, but washes away easily. I definitely want to try other brands though!

    Tasha //

  3. This sounds right up my street! I have been pretty consistent with my cleansing oil for years, The Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi one. Although I don’t need to change I am constantly looking for something to try out once in a while! This goes on the list!

  4. I always loved DHC oil, but at the time I’ve been trying the Shu pink oil.. It’s okay, but not as good as DHC in my opinion. It’s funny you said it drags your skin, as mine is quite sensitive as well and I haven’t noticed that. Jurlique is so expensive I couldn’t afford it. When I was stocking up my cleansing oils, I considered the FANCL but decided on Etude House instead, as it’s super cheap and I’ve heard great reviews. FANCL cleansing oil isn’t super expensive in Japan, it’s maybe 1500-2000 yen and you can buy it anywhere. You def. shouldn’t be paying over 50 AUD for it!

    1. Hey Laura,
      FANCL was on the pricier side in Japan but I now buy it in store (a little Japanese cosmetics place) and they overcharge SO BAD. Like ridiculous, I think they charge 60AUD for a bottle. I could buy it online but it’s inconvenient y’know.

  5. I have used so many cleansing oils. My eyes are super sensitive which has made it hard for me to find a cleanser my eyes will accept. After trying many different brands, I have fallen absolutely in love with using pure coconut oil. YES, coconut oil…the same oil found in the cooking ingredient aisle in the grocery store. I gently massage a tiny bit on each eye and all my makeup (even waterproof) comes off very easily. I rinse my eyes well with hot (not too hot though) water to melt all the excess oil off. It is about as natural as you can get for skin care and works better than any cleanser I have used.

  6. I have the same requirements when it.comes to cleansing oil. I love the One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. If yours looking at natural brands, I love Yuli. Their Halycyon cleanser rocks for second cleansing and morning cleanse.

  7. I didn’t know Jurlique had a cleansing oil! I have their rose serum and it’s really nourishing yet light for my combo skin. Can’t wait for that skincare overhaul, Karima!

  8. Hi Karima! I just wanted to say that I finally bit the bullet and bought chantecaille vital essence, and it’s totally undupeable, you’re right! What a fantastic product. You might be interested in Dr Hauschka products, many are excellent. I don’t necessarily use everything of theirs for my skincare but if nothing else, their philosophy and approach to skincare is great. The rose day cream (light or original) works just as well as the sisley black rose mask mixed with the vital essence when it’s not enough alone πŸ™‚ xxxxx

    1. Hey Carla!
      Glad you like the Chantecaille Vital Essence, it’s a great one πŸ™‚
      I had some Dr Hauschka products back in the day, I love their philosophy too so I’ll revisit the brand πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks Karima, I am super intrigued now! I have been on my second bottle of the Aesop Parsley Seed Oil Cleanser (smells good and feel nourishing after, does not clog my pores) and i like to use it second time as a massage oil to do a facial massage ala Lisa Eldridge x

  10. Long time reader, first time commenter. I second the Yuli Halycyon cleanser. In fact, I pretty much love everything Yuli. I alternate the Yuli cleanser with Riley Sunday’s ceramic cleanser. And when I’m feeling all sensual, I use May Lindstrom. (Seriously, that woman’s branding is phenomenal.) Using a combination of products from these three brands (“the regimen”) has total changed my skin for the better. I use to always be battling breakouts and fine lines, while my genetically gifted fiance never washed his face or moisturized and pranced around with perfect skin. But after instituting the “regimen”, he started saying things like: “What’s going on?!?!?! Your skin is better than mine!!!” He’s getting on the “regimen” now too. πŸ˜‰

    1. I have to second Raquel’s claims about the YÜLI Halcyon cleanser. It’s amazing! It’s one of those cult brands that has a loyal following. But when it comes to cleansers (skincare in general), I prefer western “green” natural brands and Asian skincare brands. I’m often highly skeptical of western skincare brands, especially ones that come from major cosmetics/fashion companies. Another cleansing oil I also enjoy is Tatcha’s.

    2. Hey Raquel,
      Yuli sounds really interesting! I’ll check out their products.
      Is the May Lindstrom product very heavy on essential oils/fragrance? I agree, her branding is taking the internet by storm.
      Good to hear about your perfect skin journey, great skin days are the best right?!

      1. Great skin days are the best, especially when they’ve been hard earned!
        May Lindstrom does use some essential oils/fragrance. Normally I give that business a bit of the side-eye, but I totally caved.
        When I got my first box of her stuff, it was packaged so seductively: all black ribbons and gold lettering. The two stand-outs so far are the Honey-Mud cleanser (which I use as a mask) and the Blue Cocoon. The Problem Solver seems to be a good mask but the spices do feel a bit aggressive for the first 10 minutes. Love the little treatment bowl and brush because using them makes me feel a little like an art-nouveau Cleopatra.
        As for Yuli, I love: the pure mask; the metamorphosis mist (holy bananas is this good); the modern alchemist; and the cleanser.
        Love your blog BTW. It’s one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day.

      2. I’m with you on the essential oils, I tend to avoid them in high concentrations but it does feel like a spa treatment πŸ™‚ The Honey Mud cleanser sounds lovely, is it clay-mask-like in texture?
        Thank you! I’m so pleased you like the blog, it’s my baby πŸ™‚ Responding to comments is my way of unwinding, actually!

  11. I’ve been using a Jurlique cream cleanser (supposedly super-hydrating but not finding that to be the case but otherwise OK) so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this oil and think about giving it a go in future.

  12. I use natural skin care but rarely buy from the famous natural brands. I just cannot keep up with the extortionate prices of some of these brands charge despite their tag line that they care. Like the packaged 4 ounce bottle of argan oil for $90 from Kahina, give me a break. I personally still take off makeup with olive oil. I don’t mind the oily film because, I use warm water and cleanse my skin after with pure black soap and it takes off everything. It also seems to function like an oil cleanse because my skin feels great after. For good measure, I use a wipe to go over the edges of my face because some make up may have migrated into my hairline, etc.

  13. I’m changing over to natural stuff at the moment! Loving RENs #1 purity cleansing balm, leaves my skin baby smooth πŸ™‚