As you may know by now, I'm a big fan of cleansing oils. I use them to remove makeup and sunscreen, then follow with a more traditional lotion or foaming cleanser. It works well for me...I never wake up with racoon eyes and my skin stays clear. I also love knowing that I've really, truly gotten my skin as clean as it can be in a very gentle way.
Since I'm so besotted with cleansing oils, I'm always on the hunt for new versions. My array of oils is starting to rival my red lipstick collection! So when I was at Sephora a while back and saw Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil, I had to give it a try.
Argan Cleansing Oil also includes almond, safflower seed, and grape seed oils, all of which are great for conditioning the skin. This oil is a bit heavier and thicker than most of my other oils due to the high Argan content. Argan is a fairly heavy oil (which is why I can't use it on my fine hair), but it's incredibly gentle on the skin and is very moisturizing and nourishing. The fragrance is a light, natural orange that's refreshing and does not linger.
However, the texture of this particular oil makes the JM Argan Cleansing Oil a little harder to manipulate than most of my other oils. It does eventually spread across the skin, but I find I have to work it more than other similar products. The directions say to rub the oil between the hands before applying, and this method does help because it warms the oil and makes it more easily spreadable. Unfortunately I always feel as if I'm just rubbing half of the oil into my palms when I do this, so I prefer to try to work with it straight out of the bottle...and I always have trouble. One thing I do like a lot is that it's one of the water-rinseable oils, which makes it much easier to remove and leaves my face feeling much cleaner than the wipe-off oils.
The Argan Cleansing Oil removes most makeup with ease, although I sometimes find it difficult to remove eye makeup...a problem I haven't really had with my other oils. Plus, one major caveat is that it tastes TERRIBLE. How do I know this? Because I often rub it across my mouth to remove the last traces of lipstick, especially if I've worn a stain or have used a particularly pigment-rich lip color. Sadly, if the teensiest little bit gets into my mouth by mistake, I end up with a horrible bitter taste on my tongue for the next 15 minutes. Ugh.
Bottom Line: Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil, although a great concept, isn't my favorite product of its type. Although it does a decent job removing makeup, it does occasionally have difficulty with mascara and eyeliner (and I don't use waterproof mascara) and it can be difficult to manipulate at times. Add to that the ungodly horrid taste, and I have to say this one is good, but not great. And for the $32 you'll spend on it, you can find some much more effective options.