An oil cleanser that I’ve been using for the last couple of weeks is this dual-phase cleansing oil that Kora Organics gifted me. Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil comes in a luxurious glass bottle with a pump, it is beautiful and functional. The clear glass bottle shows two distinct layers, which mix to create this lightweight, slightly creamy emulsion. It took me a few days to remember to shake the bottle before use.
The resulting emulsion is really thin and light, so light that I was using generous amounts to get through cleansing. There were days when I didn’t use 4-5 pumps, and I felt I didn’t have enough product to work with. I’m really surprised that this product is marketed as a first-step cleanser, it didn’t do a great job at taking makeup off. For me, it worked better as a second cleanser. There is this subtle floral scent to it, with hints of mint (possibly from the Basil oil in the formula) that is really refreshing, making it a lovely am cleanser, and that is how I like to use it. It uses Aloe vera juice and plant oils like Sunflower seed, Babassu, Apple seed, Moroccan Rose, Macadamia nut, Olive, Rosehip, and Jojoba, but the star ingredient is the Tremella mushroom extract, making it really gentle and non-drying for a morning cleanse.
If Kora Organics is a brand you love, I recommend using it on days when you don’t have heavy makeup on. As for me, I appreciate the intention behind the brand but find their marketing to be a bit problematic. I do not believe our skin soaks up what we put on it or that natural skincare is non-toxic. I really hope they revise their messaging in 2021. With the pandemic, we all have enough to be scared of and worry about, skincare doesn’t have to be one of them.
Just in case you’re curious, there are cleansing oils from two beautiful brands that I keep going back to, stocking up during sales Live Botanical Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Lovinah Skincare Dragons Blood Cleansing Oil. They are everything you need in a cleansing oil and more – impressive ingredients that offer a thorough cleanse, rich texture, evocative scents and a ritualistic experience!