At one stage I had a bit of a ‘seen one, seen them all’ attitude towards cleansing oils and micellar waters. There hasn’t been one in either category that I actively disliked, and they all seem to get the job done. But the more cleansing oils I use (and micellar waters, for that matter), the more I pick up little things that set them apart.
The first thing I noticed about L’Occitane Immortelle Cleansing Oil was the complete lack of fragrance – it has hardly any scent at all. I welcome this since I’m not a fan of using perfumed products on my face in general, particularly not when I’m digging into my eyelashes to remove mascara.
Aside from that it’s a very silky-feeling cleansing oil that smoothes over the skin with no effort at all, and miraculously it removes even the very lethal waterproof mascara-and-lash-primer combination I’m currently using (more about that here if you’re interested).
The clincher is that it emulsifies very easily and you can rinse it off effortlessly without the aid of a muslin- or face cloth. I still like using those for an extra deep cleanse, but if I have to tell you how many times I’ve been caught in the shower without a cloth to wipe of a thick, oily, cleansing balm you’d probably have me committed.
I’ve also spritzed myself with the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Mist a couple of times and it’s lovely, but I’m honestly happy to use whichever face mist I can get my hands on. I don’t see them as an essential skincare step, they’re more of an optional extra and you can’t really go wrong with whatever you choose.
Immortelle Precious Cleansing oil is R350 (200ml) – I’ve been using mine for two weeks and I’ve hardly made a dent in the bottle, so I reckon it’s good value. Immortelle Precious Mist is R240 (50ml). I’m also a big fan of the Immortelle Cream Mask, which I’ve wrote about here and here. Find these in L’Occitane stores or online.