Sample Say So: Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil

 I popped into Priceline this afternoon to pick up a new bottle of foundation, and was kindly handed a sample of Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil at checkout. Some of my favorite instabloggers use and swear by this cleansing oil, so I'm excited to give it a try and share my first experience with this product. Palmer's says their Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil will "Instantly dissolves impurities and all traces of makeup while maintaining skin's natural moisture balance. Infused with 8 pure oils and botanicals, this deep cleansing blend emulsifies with water on contact with skin to rinse completely, leaving skin soft and cleansed. Ideal for all skin types, this lightweight blend leaves skin feeling lightly hydrated unlike other harsh cleansing methods." The full size of this cleansing oil contains 192ml (6.5 fl oz) and retails for $14.99AUD - giving my 5ml sample a value of .39c. Palmer's does not test on animals. This cleansing oil was made in the USA.

Normally packaged in a standard plastic bottle with a pump, this cleansing oil sample came in a foil packet that was an absolute mess to use. Not to mention poorly designed, from a visual standpoint. A low resolution image of the full size product was shopped against a blinding orange background - it looks very amateur, and it makes my photo look way lower quality than it is. I promise, it isn't me! The packet looks like that in real life! The back of the sachet is much better - offering a product description, directions for use, and a full ingredient list.

Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil is a thin, mid-weight, yellow oil that spread nicely over the skin. This oil cleanser broke down all my makeup, including waterproof liquid liner and stubborn mascara, in under thirty seconds. Palmer's cleansing oil emulsified nicely with just a bit of water, and wiped away with a damp wash cloth, leaving behind barely any oily residue. Post-rinse, I had a little bit of residual smudginess in my lash line, but it washed away when I followed up with my current cleanser of choice, L'Oreal Pure Clay Purifying Eucalyptus Cream Wash. After use my skin was soft, clean, and luminous - this cleansing oil really managed to add some moisture to my skin in the 45 seconds or so that it was on my face. I really liked the way Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Oil felt on the skin, it didn't feel heavy and congestive, nor did it cause blurry vision. After this single use I haven't experienced any signs of irritation, but I'll update this post if that changes.

The Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil is a mixture of soybean, sweet almond, apricot, sesame, jojoba, cocoa seed, rice bran, argan. and grape seed oils blended with polysorbate, a gentle coconut derived cleansing agent, and an emulsifier. Each and every one of these botanical emollients is gentle, nourishing, and hydrating - and the majority of them offer antioxidant benefits. Palmer's also included Vitamins E and C, and antioxidant coumarin. This cleansing oil does have added fragrance at the end of the list, giving this product a delicious but unnecessary cocoa butter scent.

I actually really liked Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil! I'm impressed both with it's formula and it's efficacy - though I think Palmer's could up it's foil packet game. I'm currently using and loving L'Occitane's Shea Cleansing Oil, but when I finish that up the Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil is a solid contender for it's replacement - it's half the price and works just as well!

Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Sorbitan Trioleate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin.

I received this product as a free sample at Priceline. My opinions were not influenced by Priceline, Palmer's, or any other third party. 

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