A tropical pineapple during the middle of winter? I know – how unseasonal! My first foray into the capsule collaboration between beauty blogger Elizabeth Dehn of BeautyBets and One Love Organics occurred this Fall during an extra special promotion that allowed me to dive in at once with the Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil/Makeup Remover and the Vitamin C Body Oil, as well as their Vitamin D Moisture Mist which will be for another review.
At this point you’ve probably read all the reviews describing these two oils as tropical paradise and I will add to this – regardless of whether it’s a pina colada scent or coconut-papaya the fragrance of these two oils is pure delight. I personally did not find it to be too fragrant or too sweet, just fun and effortless.
The Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover earns a lot of praise (a favorite of maaaaanny beauty bloggers) and I have to say I totally get it. Cleansing oils perform when it comes to removing make-up and sunscreen because the often times waterproof formulas are binded with oils for long lasting wear. Cleansing oils (and balms) are able to break down the oils thus the stubborn makeup and products we layer on our skin everyday. This cleansing oil has a couple more things going for it compared to others:
1. The fantastic, natural ingredients. Often times you fall in love with a cleansing oil and then read the instructions only to be disappointed by the fact that the good plant oils are either not there or pretty far down the list. Not this – good, natural plant oils begin the ingredients list and continue all the way through with Sunflower Seed base, pumpkin and papaya oils. These ingredients are not only high quality, they’re also entirely beneficial for skin so feel free to massage it around a bit before you wash off.
2. Emulsifiers. Green cleansing oils often are just oils that must be removed with a warm washcloth. Want something that can be washed off more cleanly? Try Tatcha or Boscia… but then be prepared for some iffy ingredients, well no more! This one has an emulsifier that allows it to more easily rinse off with water. So gone are the days of smoothing the make-up off only to be left with residue that is equally hard to remove.
While I’ll still follow this with an a cleanser to get into my skin for a deeper clean, I appreciate this as a first cleanse (aka makeup remover) and feel it does the job extremely well. I really don’t see too much other competition out there for this cleansing oil so I’m definitely going to recommend this to anyone looking for an oil to remove makeup/sunscreen that is green and yet easy to wash off.
The Vitamin C Body Oil is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion. One of the top ingredients is actually Shea butter, which renders the texture a bit on the thicker side of body oils. The first time I used it, I was surprised to see the mixed texture being pumped out. What this means is this Body Oil is serious about moisture. A potential drawback is that it’s definitely on the heavy side so I tend to mix this up but applying it to the parts that need heavy duty (elbows!) Sometimes when I really just need to indulge my skin and wrap it in moisture, this is a full body treatment but other times it can just feel too heavy and a bit much especially if I need to go into bed right away or go out.
This Body Oil is said to firm and brighten skin which I’m not sure if I experienced but to be honest, it’s harder to determine if my elbows or lower legs have become firmer or brightened – I can definitely say they feel great and smooth, never dry!
Both products come in pretty generous 4 fl oz pump bottles and I love the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics label. I think the cleansing oil is a must-have product, best in its category and at $38 there is probably no excuse not to put it on your purchase list. The body oil didn’t hit it out of the ballpark as much but it is still a good product, and if you have dry skin and are looking for something heavy, this will be the product you’re looking for, at $58 it’s a bit more costly though a pretty good deal for the size.