Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
The name of this cleansing oil is a bit of a mouthful, but it delivers so beautifully that I don’t care if it has 67 words in the title, I’d still saunter into Kiehls and embarrass myself with a babble of mispronunciation. As you can tell from the first few words, spoiler alert, I LOVE THIS STUFF!
The website says it’s a lightweight oil that emulsifies with water to gently melt away all traces of dirt, makeup, sunscreen etc. and is suitable for face and eyes. Having delicate skin around the eye area, I can attest to this. It does indeed remove every last trace of whatever is sitting on the skin, without leaving me looking like I just watched an episode of Lassie when he couldn’t rescue the boy from the well (just me? Ok!) However, it’s not the cheapest of cleansers so I’d tend to use as a second cleanse or morning cleanse – it’s a bit too lush just to scrub off flaky mascara.
It has a beautiful texture and when massaged into the skin, breaks down every last bit of makeup and sunscreen. It transforms any skin that feels a bit parched or tight, to soft and supple. When used as a second cleanse, it feels like a real treat on the skin and leaves your face ready to absorb any serums, oils or creams. Don’t be afraid to use this if you have oily skin, it actually helps to remove excess sebum, in my case my t-zone, leave it feeling balanced, while hydrating my cheeks that at times, cry out for some moisture.
What’s great about it?
- Leaves skin soft and supple
- Non-comedogenic so won’t clog pores
- Suitable for sensitive eyes
- Smells divine
What’s not so great?
Personally speaking, nothing. However, a bit more expensive than some cleansers but worth it if you can spare the cash. Use a cheaper cleanser to remove your make up and this beauty to soothe, clean and hydrate your skin.
How I use it?
As a second or morning cleanse. Pump into dry clean hands and massage over face (lovely for a mini face massage to wake up the skin) and remove with a damp warm facecloth – voila! Glow, glow, glow!
Contains an essential oil blend, which according to Kiehls website, helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. It also creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin. I whole-heartedly agree – it’s definitely in my top 5 cleansers of all time.
In addition, it contains the following:
- Squalene for skin, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Mineral Oil free