Tosowoong Natural Pure Apricot Seed Oil Cleansing Oil Review:
I’d been using the same oil cleanser for almost a year, and sure it worked perfectly adequately but I couldn’t help but get sick of it. Without really meaning to, I found myself looking around for other oil cleansers, and something different than what I was currently using. I came across this apricot seed oil, and as a fan of apricots I must admit that this cleansing oil looked really appealing.
My Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil also contained apricot seed oil, so I thought this might be even better since the apricot seed oil was meant to be 40% of this cleanser. I didn’t see many reviews about this oil, but I decided to give it a try anyway, figuring that with the small and clean ingredient list it would probably be a really lovely cleansing oil to use. Plus, I just really needed a break from my current oil cleanser, sure there was nothing majorly wrong with it, but I wanted to try something different.
+ Contains 40% of Apricot Seed oil that is effective to remove black head, dead skin cell and sebum
+ Removes waterproof make up
+ Full of Vitamin A & E for firm and elastic skin
+ Helps strengthen skin barrier
+ Full of Vitamin C and citric acid to improve skin radiance
Apricot Seed oil (40%), Mineral Oil, PEG-20, Glyceryl Triiso Stearate, Jojoba Seed Oil (5%), Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Macadamia Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Papaya Fruit Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Lemon Extract, Apple Extract, Fragrance
How to use:
Apply an adequate amount on skin around the eyes and gently stroke with the fingertips to promote absorption into skin.
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea
Tosowoong Natural Pure Apricot Seed Oil Cleansing Oil Review:
Tosowoong Natural Pure Apricot seed oil cleansing oil (phew what a long name!) came without a box, it was simply sealed in plastic. That’s fine but it did make it look cheaper or at least it did to me.
After using the Etude House oil which I think is 180ml, 120ml seemed to be a small amount of oil cleanser. That aside, the packaging is simple and the bottle features a picture of half an apricot, it looks quite appealing to me as well although overall I don’t find the packaging to be anything too special.
The oil cleanser itself seems quite thin and runny, a watery oil compared to the Etude House one. It felt quite thin to me the first time I used it, I could really feel a difference in texture compared to the Etude House oil cleanser. But now I’ve been using it longer, it actually doesn’t feel that thin or watery, and it feels quite rich and nourishing.
I think when you apply it, it feels thin but once you start massaging/rubbing your face it somehow feels thicker? Sounds weird I know, but the one review I read of this product said something similar, which at first, I thought sounded so odd but after I thought about it I realized it’s true.
The cleansing oil boasts to that it contains around 40% of the apricot seed oil, which is good at removing dead skin cells, blackheads and sebum. It could be drying, but if you have a decent moisturizing routine following this, then I think it should be okay.
It also contains jojoba oil which is good for making your skin firm and elastic, from the vitamins A and E. Although, I’m a bit sceptical about how effective a cleansing oil is for delivering these benefits. After all a cleansing oil doesn’t stay on for very long, and all of it should be washed off too.
The oil also has argan oil, which is meant to be good at strengthening the moisture barrier, but again, in a product that stays on your skin a couple of minutes at the most, I don’t see how this would make much of a difference to your moisture barrier.
Scent wise this cleansing oil is terrible – at least in my opinion. It’s an apricot seed cleansing oil, okay apricot seed, but there is a huge picture of an apricot on the container. I stupidly thought it would smell softly, lightly of apricots, boy was I wrong!
The first time I used it, the moment the oil was all over my face I felt as if I had just dunked my head in a bucket of some floral air freshener and then held it in there for several minutes. It was so strong and so bad – that I wanted to just get the oil cleanser off my face and never go near it again.
It’s funny, because that one review I read said the scent was barely noticeable, well in my case the opposite was totally true. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge fan of floral scents, but I did not enjoy this one at all.
Anyway, the scent was so strong that my eyes actually felt irritated and I wanted to cough from how strong it was. Quite an extreme reaction for me, and the first one like this I’ve ever had from a skincare product. Naturally, the only way I could remove it was to wash it off, which I did in about the fastest time possible. I was actually quite worried that my skin would be red or irritated by it, but luckily there was no bad reaction.
At this point, you’re probably thinking that I never tried it again. Well, I would’ve liked to drop it, but stupidly I had virtually run out of my other oil cleanser so I didn’t have much of a choice. So, I bravely tried it out again, and again, and again. Surprisingly, I’ve sort of got used to the scent, I’m not a huge fan of it, but it doesn’t seem as strong as the first time I used it. After using it my skin always feels very soft and smooth too, so it’s actually quite a good oil cleanser as long as you can stand the scent.
After using this cleansing oil for several weeks, I actually quite like it. It feels rich when you are massaging your skin, and it washes off clean as well. It removes make up really easily and doesn’t leave a film or residue. But it does make my eyes go blurry when it gets into them, (which the Etude House doesn’t do) and it is quite a small bottle, and as I mentioned it does smell so strongly. I don’t like using products that are that heavily scented, they just feel unpleasant generally.
Would I repurchase it? I might do, not at this moment but when I felt like I needed a change, I might consider repurchasing it. I think it removes make up better than the Etude House one, but it’s not the nicest cleansing oil I have used.
It’s also probably too drying for me to use during winter, so maybe I would repurchase it during the summer. I think it would be best for oily and combination skin, as the apricot seed oil could be too drying and it also helps reduce sebum. People who are sensitive fragrance or don’t like scented product should definitely avoid this too.
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