Of all the drugstore cleaning oil reviews I’ve done (here, here, here) I can’t believe I have yet to review my favorite one! Every winter since 2015 I’ve picked up a bottle of Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil. I have strong feelings that this is the best budget-friendly oil cleanser one can buy. This is the oil cleanser I shove in everyone’s face when they start expressing interest to me about this type of product.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Sorbitan Trioleate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
The formula base is a blend of soybean oil, sweet almond oil, polysorbate 85, apricot oil and sorbitan trioleate. Polysorbate 85 and sorbitan trioleate are the product’s surfactants – uncommon surfactants for an oil cleanser. These surfactants do explain the low-foam properties of the cleanser, one pump saponifies decently when mixed with water, but it’s nothing compared to most. The rest of the ingredients are a few more plant oils, preservatives, and fragrances.
Packaging & Price
$9.00 will give you 6.5 fl. oz of product or roughly $1.38 per ounce. Personally, I use one pump of product per cleansing session and a bottle lasts me a good 2-3 months. I love the pump top for an oil cleanser, makes the application easy. For an oil product, I’m not a big fan of clear packaging but that’s not up to me! With a simple wrap label, this packaging is definitely drugstore quality but works so well that it doesn’t advert me.
Throughout the years I have never had any problems with Palmer’s cleansing oil. My mom, sister, and I have all used this cleanser multiple times and we all have very different skin types (dry, acneic & normal). I have seen some bottles at Target that appear to have sediment on the bottom, so be sure to get a bottle that isn’t close to the expiration date.
Personally, this cleanser is beyond ideal for my skin in the winter. The low amount of surfactants and high oil blend concentration leave my skin clean but extremely conditioned & hydrated. The oil cleanser removes my makeup (mascara can be iffy sometimes), dirt and oil. As for the rosehip scent, I’m not sure if its because I’ve used the product for so long, but I don’t notice any discernible rose scent. I can’t recommend this product enough for anyone searching for that perfect winter oil cleanser – the winter oil cleanser you never knew you needed.