Like dissolves like. I got this from Larie, who in my opinion, is a science genius. I on the other hand … well, let’s not go there >.< When it comes to removing makeup, oil and dirt from my face, I am more inclined to use cleansing oils and cleansing balms. I have expressed my love for Dermalogica Precleanse before, and I still do, but I decided to change things up a little. I went back to Bobbi Brown, which renamed its Cleansing Oil to Soothing Cleansing Oil. I used the older version of cleansing oil before, and seriously, I can’t detect anything different.
If I remember correctly, I bought the old cleansing oil for about RM125 (please correct me if I’m wrong) but this Soothing Cleansing Oil retails for RM150. I think I’ve mentioned Bobbi Brown’s price hike before so let’s just concentrate on the performance itself. The bottle is solid with an attached pump for easy usage. I like to pump 2 to 3 times onto my dry palms before massaging my face. This cleansing oil doesn’t really need a few rounds of emulsifying (wet hands and massage face again; oil turns into milk) because I find that it rinses off quite well. Compared to Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Bobbi Brown’s is not as thick and smells better. I would say Bobbi Brown feels similar to Dermalogica Precleanse but Precleanse smells so much better.
The Soothing Cleansing Oil has a lavender and jasmine scent which I find relaxing, but it lacks the tangy citrus scent I love in Dermalogica Precleanse. I also know some people who just can’t stand lavender, so this might not be for you. It does the job quite well, removes all traces of makeup, dirt and grime with ease. I also tried removing waterproof mascara and it gets the job done. However, there is always a film of oil covering my sight and it’s rather annoying. I have to rinse my eyes every time I use it to remove mascara. With that in mind, or rather, with the oil in my eyes, I still feel OK without any irritation. Irritation or not though, I still prefer to use a separate eye makeup remover because I’m picky like that.
The brand seems to have changed some names of its products, revamped some makeup and spiked the price sky high. I hope it’s not the price of having a celebrity brand ambassador now. To be honest, Bobbi Brown has some really great stuff that I’m willing to pay for, but there are others which can be easily bested by cheaper brands. Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil? What’s your favourite Bobbi Brown product that you will stick to, even though it has doubled in price?