Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil
4.2 fl. oz. for $5.99
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

If you're curious to try cleansing oils and have normal to dry skin, this is a good option. Garnier plays up the natural ingredients of macadamia and jojoba oils, but it's the less exciting mineral oil in this formula that's doing most of the work (mineral oil is the first ingredient).

Although this fluid cleanser dispensed via a pump feels oily, when mixed with water it emulsifies into a creamy liquid that cleanses and removes all types of makeup without leaving a greasy residue. We were surprised, too: This really doesn't leave a greasy film on your skin, and it removes waterproof makeup, too!

The only drawback is the fragrance. It's not too strong, but fragrance in a cleanser (plus fragrance ingredients like linalool) put skin at risk of irritation and just aren't good for use around the eyes. Still, as long as you rinse thoroughly, it shouldn't be a problem. Otherwise, this inexpensive cleansing oil is worth checking out.

As for whether or not this type of cleanser is good for dry skin that's prone to breakouts, the answer: Probably not. However, because this rinses so well, you may want to experiment with it and see how your skin reacts. (Despite what you may have read, mineral oil does not suffocate skin or clog pores—in fact, the research shows it is a great healing ingredient for dry skin!)

  • Inexpensive.
  • Easy to use.
  • Removes all types of makeup with minimal effort.
  • Rinses without leaving an oily film.
  • The fragrance ingredients make it iffy for use around the eyes.
  • The company showcases the plant oils, but it is the mineral oil in the formula that is doing all the work. (This really isn't a con, just misleading marketing.)

Infused with nourishing Jojoba and Macadamia Oil, helps replenish skin’s moisture balance.


Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Zea Mays (Corn Germ) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isopropyl Myristate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Alpha-Isopropyl Ionone, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, F.I.L. D162171/1

Brand Overview

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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A Nice Option

I was given a sample of this at Walgreens and was able to use it simultaneously with the Eucerin Dry Skin Body Wash, which is a very similar product. Eucerin has the advantage of being fragrance free and cheaper, but they both performed great! Clean+ says to rub it on a dry face, and I do think it works better that way, since I mistakenly wet my face the second time and had some trouble getting my mascara smears off. This would be a decent second choice for silky, clean skin. All types;oily to0!

Reviewed by
Anon. in Seattle

I love this cleansing oil and it removes all my makeup in one swoop! I do use it to dissolve my eye makeup and mascara and it never irritates my eyes as I rinse it well. My dry skin feels so soft afterwards. I follow it up with my Dove Beauty Bar for sensitive skin. I know Paula doesn't love Dove but it has worked for me for years and together with the cleansing oil my skin looks great at 61:)

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Good For Oily Skin Too!!

Oil cleansers are great for oily skin too. They don't strip your skin of your natural oils, so your skin doesn't produce more oil to compensate. I use this cleanser nightly and love it. The fragrance is a little strong, but pleasant. I use a warm wash rag to wipe the cleanser off my face and it is so clean if I follow up with toner, my cotton square comes back completely clean. Amazing product for the price.

Reviewed by
Paula C
A great product for the price!

The review makes no sense. You say that for dry skin, it's a "good", and it is clearly marketed to people with dry skin. Your main objection is that it contains fragrances, but concede that since the product rinses off, that shouldn't be an issue. You list quite a few Pros and only two Cons. I found it to be very effective in removing my makeup and leaving my skin soft and moist. It hasn't made me break out. It doesn't irritate my skin or eyes. I love it and will buy it again. Please re-rate it

Reviewed by
Margaret W.
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