Nutty-Luscious Skin Cleanse + Nourish!


So, you follow the golden rule of never sleeping with your makeup on.That’s a big score. Now, what’s in your makeup cleanser?

I was pretty chuffed with my ‘I-always-cleanse-before I hit the bed’ routine , till I decided to check on the list of ingredients in my top notch-popular-brand makeup remover. Cyclomethicone, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Fragrance, D Panthenol, Di Sodium EDTA,Di Pottasium Hydrogen Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, among some others.

Ting- a-ling. Alarm bells.That certainly got me uncomfortable  pretty worried. Nothing on the list logically felt or sounded like it would be doing my skin any great favors! And of course, some of the ingredients there have known harmful effects on health.

So , I ran an ingredient check on the wonderful EWGs Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database*.  Here’s the revelation on some of these un-pronounceables   – Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol , DMDM Hydantoin and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate have a Moderate to High Health Hazard Score (Scored from 0 (low)-10 (high) they rated an alarmingly high average of 6 , with a couple of them scoring a dangerous 8), that could lead to health complications on prolonged use. For most of the others on that list above there’s little or no research data available,  which effectively means we do not know how they really impact our health.

And one thought that there was someone running a check on what the consumer is slathering all over herself/himself. Or that at least these big brands would be conscientious. Turns out, nobody is much bothered.

Naturally, I switched loyalties.

To mama nature. Specifically, to ‘plant’ derived oils –  of the green variety , not the ones that manufacture bottles of chemical concoctions! How could I argue with options that look like this

Beauty in a nut! (Image Source :


1. Have a one or two ingredient list that sound like ‘Jojoba’ or ‘Coconut’ or ‘Sweet Almond’ or ‘Apricot Kernel’ or ‘Olive’! Zen beauty in a nut.Yum.

2. Removed the most stubborn makeup (How was that Mascara & Lipstick removal marathon the other night, beautiful? :))

3. Beyond just cleansing, nourished my skin – plumping it with all those wonderfully moisturizing & healing nutrients.

4. Were quicker to use ( also making my post – cleansing moisturizer redundant)

5. Last but definitely not the least – made me feel like Jane of the Tarzan fame ( obviously she was depending on those jungle plants for her cleansing routines and well, we all know how it got Tarzan going.Ahem.)

So, all I do now is scoop out a little dollop of my favorite plant – based oil , massage all the gunk away ( or swipe with a slightly moistened cotton pad ), splash some water on my face to remove any excess oil and follow it up with a nice pat-dry. 

Cleanse, check. Nourish, double check., Hydrate, you bet!  It is preferable to use Cold Pressed Oil ( which is not subjected to intense heat treatments that destroy the natural goodness). Also, do a patch test to check for any sensitivity to the ingredients. 

Here are my fav 4 facial cleansing / massage oils:

1. Jojoba Oil


A favorite of the natural cosmetic industry, Jojoba (pronounced ‘Ho-ho-bah) is derived from pressed plant seeds or beans of the Jojoba plant & is chemically similar to our own natural sebum , allowing it to absorb readily & easily into the skin. Apart from being an excellent. lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer, it also has known anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties. Recommended for all skin types.

2. Almond Oil

almond oil
Cold pressed Almond Oil

This is a Vitamin E powerhouse – a potent antioxidant, with a high fatty content. It has up to 77 % Oleic acid (more than olive oil) – a form of Omega-9 fatty acid and is a fantastic emollient that penetrates well, without leaving greasy residues. It’s recommended for all skin types.

3. Coconut Oil

coconut oil
Organic and preferably, Virgin

Ah! This is home turf. While the world’s adopting this gorgeous nut oil as a natural beauty staple – we have bathed in , slathered on and eaten it too – for centuries. Excellent overall skin conditioner with Vit E and Anti viral,  Anti bacterial,  Anti fungal properties. It’s also a natural sunscreen! Economical and easily available too, but might be a tad heavy for oily skin.

During winters, when the oil solidifies, store in a small jar with a scoop. A little rubbing between the fingers melts it for easy use.

4. Apricot Kernel Oil

Great for delicate eye & neck areas
(Image source – Internet)

Similar to Sweet Almond Oil, this is excellent for the delicate eye & throat area.It’s recommended for use in eye creams and facial elixirs for oily-normal and mature skin due to its skin tightening ability and slight astringent quality.

All the above oils are available at and at leading natural & organic product stores in the city.

*The Environment Working Group (EWG) is USAs most effective environmental health research & advocacy organization and its Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database is an exhaustive resource for cosmetic ingredients and their safety quotient.Read more at

Do you use a plant oil for your makeup cleansing needs? Drop a comment and share your Naturally Lush secret!


  1. Hey Vandana,
    First of all.. love the new look and concept you’re doig.. you have to link it up to – we have so much to share 🙂 especially the organic store list which will likely cover all your products!
    Secondly, I’ve been using a (home made) coconut & ghee scrub all winters, and its been awesome – must share with you 🙂 Whenever I can, I’ll send it across – and you can make it if you feel it works for you! Coconut seems to be the most under-rated beauty nut these days 😦
    Cheers, and all the best!


    1. Thanks V, always good to hear from you and I will get around to using eSvasa’s super database soon! The coconut-ghee scrub sounds great and its amazing how Coconut is now taking over the western world, just like Yoga did!


  2. hey! you could try this …massage the oil, then just cover your face with a hot/ warm towel….leave on for 15 secs and wipe it off wth the towel…radiant skin guaranteed…also reduces blackheads


  3. Made an amazing read Vandana, and an eye opener as well. As soon as I get off this blog post am going to check the ingredients of my cleanser. I am sure the results will not be dramatically different from yours. Keep the posts coming. Cheers and all the best.


  4. Made for an amazing read Vandana; and an eye opener as well. As soon as I get off this blogpost am going to check the formulation of my cleanser. I am almost certain the results will not be dramatically different from yours. Keep up the good work and the posts rolling in. Cheers and all the best.



  5. Hey Vandana,

    It’s really shocking to read about make up cleansers….I’m really horrified to use them now …definately buying these oils . Doing a very good job .. Keep it up


    1. Hey Nitee, thank you & so nice of you to stop by.. yes, it is very shocking, outrageous in fact. And till the time regulations are put in place, its best to switch to natural & organic options!Let me know how it goes with the oil based cleansing 🙂


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