07.07.2015
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Argan Cleansing Oil
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6 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:07.07.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This standard cleansing oil contains an emulsifier ingredient that, when mixed with water, makes the oils in the product become milky and easier to rinse.

Cleansing oils are an option to remove makeup if you have normal to dry skin, but this one is less desirable than many others because it contains grapefruit oil. Like all citrus oils, grapefruit can cause irritation and is especially problematic to use around the eyes. Its inclusion makes this cleansing oil a poor choice.

Pros:
  • Removes makeup and doesn't leave a strong greasy residue.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Contains fragrant irritant grapefruit oil, which can cause collagen breakdown and is a problem for use around the eyes (getting any citrus oil in the eye is painful).

More Info:

The plant oils in this product cannot "renew every layer of skin," as claimed. Cleansers cannot penetrate to each layer of skin, nor would you want them to, because the lower layers of your skin don't need to be cleaned.

All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a miracle or a must-have for your skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that's best for dry skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.

Claims

Washing your face with oil? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Because the oil in question is 100% Pure Argan Oil, a powerhouse of nourishing, skin-repairing essential fatty acids and antioxidants that purifies as it soothes. Leave behind the drying soaps and abrasive scrubs and hop on the oil cleanser bandwagon. In a word (or two): it works.

Ingredients

Hellanthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Polysorbate-80, Polysorbate-20, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Arganla Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Pomelo Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol (Antioxident), Sucralose.

Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities—some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.

Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants—but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredient’s in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it’s less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.

We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing—and there isn’t anything wrong with that—it doesn’t talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren’t so natural. There isn’t anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.

As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique—see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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07.24.2015
Is citrus in a cleanser really so bad?

I got this only a few days ago, but my skin feels amazing after using it. I gave 2 stars for value simply because $30 is an awful lot for me. I also love the citrus smell. For the Beautypedia people: You always say that salicylic acid (or whatever other ingredient) in a cleanser is useless because it stays on your face for such a short period of time. But then can't the same be said for the citrus? Would it really stay on the face long enough to cause any collagen breakdown?

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07.24.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there! Unfortunately, it's an ironic truth that most beneficial ingredients need time to work on skin, while potentially harmful ones need little time at all to do their damage. It is true in a cleanser, the risk is lower for most potential irritants (the exceptions being essential oils, which tend to linger on skin versus extract-based fragrances). That is the unfortunate case here, where not only is the fragrance an essential oil form, it is also further blunted from rinsing easily off skin due to the emollients in this formula, i.e. the argan, sunflower and safflower oils. This would be a FAB product without it, but with it, it's a $32 shot to the face, unfortunately.

Speaking of FAB, one alternative that is much better for what it doesn't have in it is the First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser. It is absolutely one of the best oil-style cleansers on the market. - Nathan

—Admin
03.30.2015
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The photo is not JM Oil it's Pre de Provence

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Scarlett A.
03.30.2015
ONE star?

This costs average $$ & works perfectly.

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Scarlett A.
05.02.2014
No Grapefruit Oil

Just wanted to point out that there isn't grapefruit oil in the ingredients listed. Only grapeSEED oil. Since that is what made the product have a low rating, I thought this should be pointed out.

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A.Boleyn
05.02.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thanks for your comments! While this cleansing oil does contain grape seed oil, it also contains grapefruit oil (which is listed on the ingredients list by its Latin name, citrus grandis peel oil).

—Paula's Choice Research Team
09.18.2013
Excellent

Totally removes makeup including waterproof mascara. Leaves skin soft and radiant.

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CLL
08.02.2013
olive oil not for everyone!

This oil was hard to evenly distribute on a dry face to even start the ocm method. It did not feel as if it washed off completely and did not moisturize my face at all. After using it for 3 weeks I ended up with nicer skin as a result of ditching foaming harsh cleansers but also tons of bumpy pimples under a few layers of my skin just itching to surface and even tons of white heads which i never get that are also below the surface of my skin. Terrible ratio of ingredients...

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