Two absolutely necessary staples of my life are rice and a good cuppa green tea. A close third, since going green, is a good cleansing oil. Recently fulfilling that role is Organic Bath’s newly released Rice Bran Cleansing Beauty Oil.
My history with cleansing oils ranges from the very simple one-ingredient oils to my favorite Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Cleansing Oil. I’ve used coconut oil (skin did not like), jojoba oil (skin liked), and sweet almond oil (skin liked) which were all great at removing makeup when paired with a warm, damp muslin cloth. I repurchased jojoba oil and sweet almond oil multiple times because they were simple yet effective–they each have moisturizing benefits, easily remove makeup, and got along with my skin. I’ve also repurchased the ED4OLO oil at least four or five times by now (and that’s not even including my sister, who’s also hooked). It’s got more frills than jojoba or sweet almond (maybe even throw in a tutu skirt)–having a tropical pineapple scent and the ability to be washed off by water–no cloth needed.
The Rice Bran Cleansing Beauty Oil stands somewhere in the middle. You’ll need a washcloth to gently massage off the oil and grime, but it’s definitely fancier than your average jojoba or sweet almond oil. When I first saw the ingredients list, I zoomed in on the manuka essential oil and the sweet orange essential oil. Manuka essential oil has super strong antimicrobial effects–studies have been done on its antimicrobial activity against staph (excellent, by the way) and various oral bacteria (manuka was the strongest out of tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary). Sweet orange essential oil has also been proven in studies to not only have strong antimicrobial effects against microorganisms , but also to potentially have an anxiety-reducing effect when smelled. It also happens to be anti-inflammatory. For someone who thinks about acne on a daily basis like me, this is poetry.
But to be honest, as Gianne told me, the inspiration for this oil was Asian culture. She loves their usage of rice bran oil and camellia seed oil, which were the second things I zoomed in on. Grapeseed and sweet almond oil are typically recommended as single-ingredient oil cleansers or makeup removers, and they have their own perks (antioxidants, moisturizing), but camellia seed oil and rice bran oil are pretty special. Camellia seed oil, or green tea seed oil, has good whitening and antioxidation, anti-permeability, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anticancer properties thanks to high levels of catechin, polyphenols, saponin and squalene. Rice bran oil also contains squalene, fatty acids, and antioxidants which means hydration, protection from free radical damage, and encouragement for the skin to naturally regenerate itself.
On nights where I’m exhausted, I’ve been flying for a day, or I can’t be bothered to use a washcloth and wash my face and the washcloth afterwards, I will still reach for the ED4OLO oil because it is quick, convenient, and my face still loves it. But on other nights when I’m ready to give my face some loving, or something is getting ready to erupt on my face, I reach for this one and give my face a good 5-minute lymphatic massage, Into the Gloss style. The ingredients are lovely, and by lovely I mean a great combination of moisturizing + anti-acne, and I want them to spend a little longer time on my face before I wipe them off with a damp cloth.
Pre-final packaging and release, I found the oil a bit strong on the orange scent (it takes a delicate balance to cover up the apparently stinky manuka essential oil), but Gianne of Organic Bath wanted it to have a soft and uplifting scent, so she adjusted it just a little bit. And she hit the spot–I think it’s perfect. And I just started eating oranges a year ago after turning up my nose at them because I used to think they were smelly (sad true story. Also my parents broke to me and my sister that what we thought was “orange” in Chinese actually meant “mandarin” and the word for “orange” sounds pretty close to the one for “bug”…). But it’s more than just a scent. As she said:
“My hope is to scent everything softly and exquisitely. But I want each scent to have a purpose. I love that the organic Sweet Orange essential oil is known to be uplifting as well as anti-inflammatory. My hope is that I can sneakily hook my family and friends onto cleaner, greener beauty options..and a lot of that will do with things not smelling too ‘earthy crunchy’.”
I seriously love that she wants each scent to have a purpose–that’s one of the things that I love about green beauty–how scents are seen not only as something nice for the nose, but also something purposeful for the skin and body.
Before final packaging, I was using maybe a generous 70% full dropper to massage the day from my face, and now with the pump, the equivalent is about 5-6 pumps, which sounds like a lot, but the pumps are a little miserly and it is worth it. Paired with gentle hands, the oil glides smoothly over the face without sinking in too early (so no tugging on the face) and easily takes off all of my makeup.
I took a break from my foundations with coconut oil at about the same time I switched to this, and the combination has left my skin really, really happy (sorry rms and Kjaer Weis–more on this later). When I came home for summer break three weeks ago, upon reuniting with friends and family, one of the first things many have said has been, “Your skin looks so much clearer!” (*beams and rainbow eyes) Granted, nothing stopped my hormonal visitors (also it was around my sister’s birthday and ice cream was involved), but they were fewer and less severe than they usually are.
tl;dr Beautiful balance of moisturizing + anti-acne ingredients with a purposeful, anti-inflammatory, citrusy scent. Washcloth needed. Helps bring out happy skin. Great when paired with massage.
What is your current fave for removing makeup? Think you’ll be trying out the new kid oil on the block? And for fun, do you try to sneak friends and family onto green beauty via scents that aren’t too earthy crunchy?
Ingredients: Organic Oryza sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Organic Camellia oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil, Organic Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Organic Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Organic Manuka Essential Oil, Organic (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil.
Disclaimer: Gianne from Organic Bath kindly sent this product to me five weeks ago in the last week of April and I have been using it every night since minus maybe 3-4 nights. Quote taken in its unadulterated form from our email correspondence with her permission. I am not being compensated in any way for my words. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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