Dr Lewinn is an Australian skincare brand that’s quite well known in Australia for their anti-ageing range. I’ve been using their cleansing oil for a few months (almost finished one bottle) and I’m ready to share my thoughts on it with you. As usual, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, POE (20) Glyceryl Triisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance, Backhousia Citridora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil
Note that there’s no mineral oil in it and it consists mainly of plant oils.
Personally my skin doesn’t break out from mineral oil nor do I think that it’s some “toxic” ingredient that should be banned. My beef with it is that it’s really one of the cheapest ingredients that you can put into your product (it’s literally a by-product of the petroleum industry) and provides no benefits whatsoever to your skin. Many other plant oils would have done better without much cost difference. That’s why I would not buy the famous Eve Lom Cleanser. Its very first ingredient is mineral oil. For the kind of price that they are demanding (S$215 for 200ml sized), it’s a shame that they are not giving you better ingredients.
How does the DR. LEWINN’S Essentials 4 Fusion Cleansing Oil fare?
Dr. LeWinn’s claims that their 4-Fusion Cleansing Oil is a cleansing oil that clears make-up and impurities, leaving skin supple and soft. It is formulated with a unique fusion of botanical essences. Rosehip oil encourages regeneration and deeply hydrates skin, tamanu oil helps skin become firmer and boosts elasticity while argan oil nourishes and protects.
I have been using this cleansing oil in the evenings to cleanse my makeup and sunscreen after my Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm was used up. To me, I like that this cleansing oil is relatively fuss free and really helps to remove my makeup (even if I put on heavier makeup) thoroughly leaving it smooth, soft and clean. I tried using it to remove my super waterproof mascara but sadly it didn’t work too well and I still needed to use a bi-phase eye makeup remover. I’m not too fussed about that though since I use a dedicated eye makeup remover anyway. You use it just like you’ll use any other cleansing oil. I’ll usually use about 3 ~ 4 pumps of this product and massage it with my dry hands to my face. Then I’ll emulsify it using some water and rinse it off completely once the emulsification is done. The good thing about this product is that it rinses off clean even if you do not use a flannel to remove it. If you are sensitive to smells, I do need to caution you that this product doesn’t smell too good. Due to the inclusion of rosehip oil, it smells just like what rosehip oil does (which is a slightly off sourish smell).
However, I do need to rant about its packaging. It’s housed in a normal plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The thing is, somehow the oil actually leaks through the sides of the silver cap over time. It happened so slowly that I only noticed what happened when I looked at it closely after using it for around one month. I place this product near my basin so the mess doesn’t affect me too much but it’s just annoying nonetheless. This also means that you cannot travel with this product in its current packaging. I do not know whether I got a bad batch or is this problem common with this product.
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from TNS Skin Lab online. It retails at RM126 (200 ml sized).
Thank you for reading!