A Change Of Name, But Everything Else Feels The Same: Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

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.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil Bottle


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.


Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil


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.


Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil Ingredients

Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil


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.Β 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?


xoxo Lily



  • Parita

    I prefer l’oreal eye makeup removerfor eyes and cetaphil cleansing lotion for face..i m too scared cleansing oils will break out my face πŸ™

    • Hi Parita, I’ve tried quite a few oils, and while some break me out (DHC and Hada Labo), some don’t (Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, Dermalogica, Tatcha). I guess it’s trial and error, but I find cleansing oils do a better job at removing stubborn makeup compared to milk cleansers. Also, face is not dried out πŸ™‚ Have you tried Biore eye makeup remover? I also find that works better than L’Oreal. You can find it at most local pharmacies.

  • Ive always wanted to try this. I love the scent of Bobbi Browns skin care line. I was using her cleansing balm, it felt amazing but was very thick, not for everyone. I didn’t love the orange scent of it though. I was just thinking how I want to discover more of the BB brand,

    • I love the balm too! It’s the orange scent that I love actually. It’s so refreshing. LOL!!

  • I like the scent of this Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil when I tried it at the counter few days ago but I didn’t get it. I am actually more interested with Bobbi Brown cleansing balm πŸ™‚

    • Ooh, I have a big tub of the balm rinse and I use it on days I want to pamper myself. Love that stuff!

  • Victoria

    hi lily. i recently discovered your blog and i have really enjoyed reading many of your post. i have been using dermalogica eye makeup remover to remove both eye and face makeup as it was recommended to me by a senior dermalogica beautician a few years ago. the texture of the liquid is semi-gel like and quite easy to use. i am not sure if the brand still carries this though. i have not tried this cleansing oil but i have tried the one by clinique (in the purple bottle) a few years ago and it did not break me out. do you really need to remove sunscreen with cleansing oil? i am currently using shiseido spf 50 sunscreen and the SA told me i could just remove it with normal cleanser. so far it has work fine for me.

    • Hi Victoria, thank you so much for reading. Other than getting comments, I get even more elated when readers tell me they enjoy reading what I write. Amazing!
      I haven’t tried dermalogica eye makeup remover before, but I love pre cleanse πŸ™‚ some uv bases or sunscreens need specific cleansers, i.e. oil cleansers, but most don’t. I still find oil cleansers get the job done better, but it’s a very personal thing πŸ™‚

  • Claire

    Ok, I have nothing against Bobbi Brown herself. I think she was huge in the 90s, very popular and ‘new’ at this time. The problem is, nowadays, we have tons ‘tons’ of amazing brands, that are, imo, better, have better ingredients, philosophy etc. I really was curious about her brand, going new directions, etc. But in the end, nothing really changed, besides maybe the packging of some of the products. I think she has some very good standard colours, nothing unique though. Going up in price won’t make this brand more niche or special, at least not for me. The eye cream makes a good lipbalm for me though. Anyway, lol, I like the scent of this oil as well, but I think it’s overpriced πŸ˜€

    • I like the way you put it. My thoughts exactly! I thought I was ranting way too much. Lol!

  • I like this one just fine, mostly because it doesn’t sting my eyes and does its job! There are many Bobbi Brown pieces that I consider my staple (Bone, Sable, some brushes), but most of the time their limited editions don’t excite me as much. With that said I am still using the palette from their holiday collection all the time. I guess I should never say never!

    • I have Bone as well, and it’s a great highlighting shade. I have a select few which I love and am willing to pay for, but as Claire said, there are also many other brands that do just as well if not better -_-

  • I’ve recently got into using oil to remove my makeup and I’m loving my Shu Uemura cleansing oil. When I’m done with that bottle, I’m going to check this out.

    • You can check this our and also Dermalogica pre cleanse. The latter is my favourite!

  • Nida

    with this price Lilly I would never purchase it. I am very happy with my dear Bioderma!

    • I’m using Bioderma too but it’s very different from a cleansing oil. Also, Bioderma is not available here. I got mine in Singapore and it’s not cheap!

  • Althea Young

    Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil sounds great and I really appreciate the feedbacks that I have heard. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

    • No problem Althea! Glad to be of help πŸ™‚

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I love the Shu Cleansing Oils. I didn’t realize BB made one too. It does sound pretty good!
    I honestly don’t have a lot of her stuff-I think I have 2 gel eyeliners but I rarely use gel liners lately. I always look at it, but it’s so expensive here and nothing ever really stands out to me for some reason.

    • I also have her gel liners and I’ve been lazy. I think I’ve been stuck with pencils for a while now. It’s also getting a little too expensive here! So, have to be more picky…

  • I so want to try a cleansing oil–maybe I’ll give this one a go. I DO really like just about everything Bobbi makes! πŸ™‚

    • Bobbi fangirl eh? She was my first makeup crush, actually… but I couldn’t stay loyal. I strayed πŸ™ LOL!

  • Cleansing oil is the must in my makeup routine! Remove EVERYTHING and recondition my skin even in the summer. I’ve tried the old version of Bobbi Brown’s but still prefer Shu Uemura’s much better. I swear by Bobbi Brown long-wear gel liner but that’s about it. Really like her Pale Pink blush and high shimmer glosses but I’ll be OK if they disappear. I used to love her corrector until I switched to YSL touche eclat for under eyes and Laura Mercier for blemishes.

    • If you tried the old one, then you’ve tried this one too. Nothing different. I haven’t tried YSL but I use Laura mercier secret camouflage and I like it. Hit pan, actually πŸ™‚

  • I gave this a miss at the last MAC warehouse sale I went to and now I’m really regretting it! I have a giant bottle of Shu cleansing oil to get through though, so it’s probably best that I didn’t get it!

    • Hi Procrastinator, thanks for dropping by. Shu cleansing oil is pretty awesome. I say stick with what works unless you love experimenting. I’ve had better luck with some and not so good with others -_-

  • Liz

    I’m using a discontinued Laura Mercier oil cleanser and everything is exactly the same, except for the lavender scent. (Mine doesn’t seem to have a scent at all.)

    I didn’t see a rise in BB products here, but I think they’ve remained rather stagnant while other brands have been upping their prices like crazy. Maybe they’re just following suit to remain on even keel. But I’m not crazy about the rising cost of makeup in general and will be very picky about who gets my hard-earned money.

    • You’re right about being picky. There are so many brands out there, and things have become so competitive that there’s one for nearly everyone! I suppose it’s a matter of choice, and while I do see price increase in other brands, none of them spiked it as high as BB. What’s funny is the SA said “it’s because we haven’t changed our prices for a few years”… so my interpretation is that they’re making up for lost times. LOL! So wrong…