I’m kicking off the 2022 product reviews with a blinder! A cleansing oil that has become a firm favourite in my skincare routine, it had been on my radar for a while (thanks to some rave reviews) but I wanted to use up what I had before I gave it a whirl. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.
I love a cleansing oil. I feel they are the most luxurious and decadent of skincare products and as such only use them in the evening rather than the morning, as the cleansing process becomes an experience to savour; rather than being a quick whizz round with some micellar water before I rush out the door (invariably late for something)!
The Humble Warrior cleansing oil (£35.00) from Skin Alchemists is a relatively new addition to my cleansing arsenal. Described as a complete cleansing oil, Humble Warrior (I love the name!) was formulated as a multipurpose product that could also be used as a hair oil treatment, beard oil or cuticle oil. Of course, as a cleansing oil it is designed to remove makeup and environmental debris, it detoxifies and cleanses, calming irritated skin whilst balancing natural oil production.
Skin Alchemist founder Theresa Edward was born and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and grew up amongst a family of herbalists, instilling in her a deep belief in the healing power of plants and self-care. This influence can be seen in the products she produces; oil itself contains no less than 18 active botanicals!
This fantastic blend includes Castor, Camelina and Hemp seed oils which are all rich in fatty acids. Andiroba seed oil is an anti-inflammatory which aids the calming process for irritated skins, whilst Tamanu oil (and hemp) is great for healing and nourishing.
The calming woody yet floral aroma blends Geranium, Lavender and Ylang Ylang (three fragrances I love) with zesty Bergamot. Bringing together such an array of beneficial essential oils, Humble Warrior is a treat for the senses as well as the skin. Theresa sees the whole cleansing process as a ritual – which takes me back to my earlier comment about only using cleansing oils in the evening.
I warm up a few pumps of oil (6-8) in the palm of my hands by rubbing them together (this is a great tip for most cleaning oils) before bringing my hands to my nose and inhaling deeply – something I love to do with a beautiful smelling product. I then massage the oil into my face, neck and décolletage and leave for a few moment before removing with a warm (damp) flannel or muslin*. Once the oil is removed, my skin in left feeling hydrated, nourished and beautifully clean.
I don’t wear huge quantities of makeup so it removes it all pretty easily but if you favour a waterproof mascara or heavier bases then it may be worth removing this first. If you are a fan of the double cleanse (I’m not committed enough to do this every day but I do treat myself every few days) then personally I would suggest using it for the second cleanse. Whilst it happily removes dirt and debris from the skin, it just seems such a waste to use it for a first cleanse – it’s just too nice. I tend to use a cheaper product scubas a cleansing balm to remove the grot and grime and then go in with a nicer, more luxurious and nourishing product for a second round.
At £35.00 (60ml) it is on the luxury end of the spectrum (there is a smaller 30ml bottle available – £20.00) but I love it and will defiantly be repurchasing when I finish this bottle.
Have you tried using a Cleansing oil?
*On occasion I also use it with my Gua Sha** (more about that in a later post) to stimulate both circulation and lymphatic flow – forever hoping to keep signs of ageing at bay!
**I have a Gua Sha post in the pipeline so keep a look out for that.
(*ingredients from organic farming)
*Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, *Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, *Carapa guaianensis (andiroba) seed oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Proprietry blend of whole plant extracts: Hyssop (Hyssopus offinanalis) + Melissa (Melissa Officinalis) + Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Amyris balsamifera Oil, *Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Pimenta racemosa (Bay) Leaf Oil, Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove)
**d-Limonene **Benzyl Benzoate, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, **Geraniol
**components of essential oils..blended primarily from organic and wildcrafted oils
Produced in the UK
Recyclable Packaging – Miron glass