Borghese Hydrology ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser Review

Borghese says "water is essential for healthy, young, beautiful skin. This multi-phase melting cleanser contains Intelli-Quench 3 Complex, a fusion of innovative ingredients that work synergistically to help protect, supercharge, and quench your skin, delivering high-impact hydration." The Hydrology ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser contains 4 fl oz (118 ml) and retails for $24 at Kohls. Borghese is not cruelty free. This unique cleansing product was made in the USA.

The ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser comes in a semi-opaque white squeeze tube with the blue flip top cap. The front of the tube is quite plain, offering only the product name and brand logo. The back of the top-heavy tube will supply you with a product description, a list of claims, and directions on how to properly use this cleanser. A full ingredient list is available on the product's box. Packaging is convenient, but prone to toppling over. Both the outer box and squeeze tube are recyclable.

Borghese ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser is an interesting product - its a white gel with a texture similar to a light vaseline that melts when it comes into contact with the warmth of the skin. This bi-phase cleanser is meant to be used like a more 'standard' cleansing oil - applied to dry skin and massaged in thoroughly before being rinsed away (see my post on how to use a cleansing oil for more information). The Gel to Oil Cleanser has a cool, slightly tingly feeling that becomes stronger the longer its rubbed into the skin. ReClaim never becomes very oily or greasy, and it rinses cleanly and easily, leaving no residue. 

It's almost incredible how ineffective Borghese' ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser is! This dual phase oil cleanser doesn't do much of anything  - ReClaim can desolve powder products, but eyeliner, mascara, and lip color remain unmoved. This cleanser does loosen up my eye makeup, but I definitely need to go back in with Garnier's Micellar Water to take it all I guess that makes ReClaim a pre-pre cleanser. Kind of silly and definitely unnecessary. I will say that this product is quite softening, and it's mild, non-specific scent leaves me a bit nostalgic for a product my mum used when I was a kid - neither of us can put our finger on it, but it smells so familiar, yet indescribable. 

The Hydrology ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser has a decent ingredient list. This melting cleanser is mostly water and silicones, but it also contains a high concentration of plumping hyaluronic acid, and plenty of non-irritating natural oils and extracts to hydrate and soften the skin, as well as a couple types of collagen to help repair skin. Fragrance is included in ReClaim, but its closer to the end of the ingredient list, and shouldn't pose too much of a problem, considering this product will be on your skin for a minute or less. 

I'm very disappointed by Borghese' ReClaim Gel to Oil Cleanser. The texture of this cleansing product is intriguing, and the ingredient list is more than passable, but it just isn't isn't functional unless you wear extremely light makeup. While cleansing oils and balms become more and more accessible, there's no excuse to use an ineffective product like ReClaim in the name of trying to avoid sulfate laden foaming cleansers. I think its safe to say I do not recommend this product at all. I do want to end on a positive note though, and let you know that I have much better things to say about the other Hydrology products that Borghese was kind enough to send me - I should have reviews for them up in the next few days as well! 

Water (aqua), Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, caprylyl methicone, myristyl alcohol, hyaluronic acid, urea, eryngium maritimum callus culture filtrate, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, arginine ferulate, tripleurospermum maritimum extract, alaria esculenta extract, plankton extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, algae extract, sea silt extract, sea salt (maris sal), tocopheryl acetate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, squalene, panthenol, adenosine triphosphate, hydrolyzed collagen, collagen amino acids, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, sodium carbonate, potassium chloride, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, fragrance (parfum), peg-8 stearate, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl salicylate, Phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, linalool.

This product was sent to me for review by Borghese. My opinions are my own and not influenced by Borghese or any other third party. This post contains affiliated links/referral codes.