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Skinfood Black Sugar Cleansing Oil

Hi Lovelies,

In the February Empties blog post I promised you guys a detailed review of one of the empties, one of which is the

Skinfood Black Sugar Cleansing Oil
This is the old packaging

There again, same as happened with the Olay moisturizer, I looked up the Skinfood Cleansing Oil on their website and found that they had revamped this :/


A cleansing oil that contains mineral-enriched Brazilian black sugar. Dissolves even the toughest makeup and leaves skin soft.


Mineral oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Sorbe TH-20 Tetraoleate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polysorbate 20, Triethylhexanoin, Water, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, 1,, 2-Hexan Ediol, Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cholesterol, Cermamide 3, Dimethicone, Tocopherylacetate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Clycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sucrose, Cl 19140, Cl 17200, Cl 42909, Parfum

CosDNA didn’t flag any of the ingredients, but off the bat I’m going to say that I don’t really like mineral oil as the top primary ingredient. You’ll soon realise why ….


The new version of this is 200ml and retails for £10.45 / $ 12.80 / € 12 on EBAY and AMAZON


Without further ado…I swatched the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, the L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision and the Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Proof Lip Colour (click here for review on these). I realised after doing this little test that I should have swatched a sun protector on my skin too but it’s a little too late now (oops)

Makeup Swatches

I applied one pump of the cleansing oil on the swatches and started swirling the oil around. It’s a watery oil, which at first made me question its effectiveness, and has a particular smell which to me is “the signature black sugar smell” as the black sugar mask smells exactly the same as this oil. After a short while, this is what I got:

As you can see the makeup didn’t stand a chance

I then added water, which turned the oil a milky colour, and patted it dry to reveal the below result:


My Thoughts: 

The cleansing oil is indeed effective it even removed the stubborn Rimmel Provocalips. You obviously need to wash the oil completely off your face with a cleanser, and I do believe that the oil is a lot more effective than a regular micellar water or a makeup remover. My only concern was the long-term effect his had on my skin – I started feeling and seeing my pores clog up, and my acne and blackheads increased.

Frustrated at what was happening to my skin, I gave this product to Jess who returned it swiftly with the words: “it has mineral oil in it”. Moments later I found out that some consider mineral oil as comedogenic, and traps ingredients in your skin because it is an occlusive agent. I reasoned that my cleanser is to be blame since it should be doing its job and removing the oil, but at the same time I thought: Do I really want a cleansing oil which removes my makeup easy peasy but then is itself difficult to remove? It’s a bit of a double-edged sword scenario, but I’ve not repurchased this product and feel a lot happier with how my skin looks now 🙂


Kim xx

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