Napoleon Perdis Clarifying Cleansing Oil Review

Napoleon Perdis say their Clarifying Cleansing Oil "quickly melts away makeup, sunscreen, and environmental pollutants. Lightweight formula dissipates with water to leave no oily residue. Conditions to leave skin feeling soft and retexturized". This cleansing oil is available in two sizes, 125ml ($25), or a more travel friendly 50ml ($19) at Napoleon stores and counters, and Priceline. Napoleon Perdis is cruelty free. This cleansing oil was made in Greece.

I was immediately turned off by this cleansing oil's packaging. Napoleon Perdis' Clarifying Cleansing Oil comes in a thin plastic bottle with a chunky black cap. Twisting off the cap you'll find a weird shaker dispenser that releases just a few drops of oil at a time - I'm not patient enough for it! A white label wraps around the bottle, offering directions for use, a product description, and a full ingredient list. Packaging doesn't seem to be recyclable, if it is I can't find any indication of it.

Napoleon Perdis' Clarifying Cleansing Oil is a clear, medium weight oil that spreads nicely over dry skin. Emulsifying this cleansing oil has interesting results - it becomes thin and milky in some spots and thick and pasty in others - I definitely recommend a wash cloth for removal, and a follow up with a second cleanse to remove it completely. Clarifying Cleansing Oil removes makeup with moderate ease, including stubborn eyeliners and mascaras, leaving behind just a couple dark smudges that'll come off easily during your second cleanse. I'm not sure what's meat to be "clarifying" about this oil cleanser, but I will say that it seems to agree with my skin - the mineral oil base hasn't been problematic for me, personally. In fact, my skin has cleared up a good deal lately, but I'm not crediting that to this cleansing oil at all.

The Clarifying Cleansing Oil has a very simple formula of mineral oil and emulsifiers, with the unfortunate inclusion of a very strong fragrance that gives this cleanser a "department store skincare" scent that I'm not at all a fan of.

I'm nearing the end of my bottle of Napoleon Perdis' Clarifying Cleansing Oil, and I have to say that I quite like it. It works nicely at removing my makeup, and leaves my skin soft and unbothered. I could never bring myself to pay $25 for what is essentially fancy mineral oil - I just bought 500ml at Woolies today (my new cutting board needed a good coating!). I'll be moving on to another makeup remover when I finish this one, and don't particularly recommend this one, as it's very expensive for what it is.

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate.

This product was sent to me for review by Priceline. My opinions were not influenced by Napoleon Perdis, Priceline, or any other third parties. 

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