Review – Re:cipe Green Tea Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are something I will always be grateful to Asian Beauty for introducing me. Before that, I don’t think I was ever quite clear on how to actually remove makeup. Here in the west, two-step cleansing is not something anybody really does, and so our cleansing products center around being able to both remove makeup and cleanse the skin in a single step. In my opinion, most of them aren’t very good at that. I’ve never felt like I truly removed all of my makeup before I started oil cleansing.
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Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

Re:cipe Green Tea Cleansing Oil is an oil-based cleanser infused with real green tea leaves. It should be massaged into dry skin to dissolve oil, dirt, makeup, and sunscreen, then massaged with water to emulsify before it can be rinsed cleanly away.

Quick Stats

  • Size: 200 mL
  • Price: $23.71 CAD
  • Texture: A thin oil, leans on the watery side
  • Scent: Fresh, real green tea scent
  • Packaging: Tall pump bottle
  • Longevity: ~8 months at 4 pumps/day (my bottle does not pump much product)

Ingredients

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Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Propylene Glycol, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance

CosDNA breakdown. Jojoba and olive oil are flagged as 2s for comedogenicity, and isopropyl palmitate flags as a 4. Isopropyl palmitate also receives a 1 for irritation, and jojoba seed oil gets flagged again as 0-2.

What really drew me to this was the presence of real green tea leaves in the bottom of the bottle. As I’ve said before, I adore green tea as a skincare ingredient, and this is about as authentic as it gets. This one is marketed more towards oily skin types, whereas the Rose version is marketed for dry skin types like myself. I didn’t fancy the scent of rose nearly as much, though, so I opted for the lighter version instead.

User Experience

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I do like the hand-drawn aesthetic of the packaging for this cleanser. It also comes in a pump bottle, which I always like because pumps are so easy. The great thing about this pump is that the nozzle is long/straight enough that I can pump the product into my hand while the bottle is sitting on the counter, and I don’t have to pick it up. That little bit of convenience means a lot to me.

The downside is that the pump doesn’t seem to dispense very much product. This could be completely due to a slightly faulty pump on my bottle, but I don’t really have a sure way of knowing that until I buy another. Anyway, the result is that I have to pump 4 times to get enough product, and the first pump is always air. I don’t mind it so much, as the pump still works, and I still easily get enough oil out; it’s just something to note.

Also, some people experience their eyes getting blurry after using a cleansing oil to remove eye makeup. I can’t say I’ve ever noticed this problem with this cleanser, but I rinse it off in the shower at night. Maybe the water is enough to clear the oil out of my eyes, or maybe I’m in the shower long enough for my eyes to blink the oil away before I get out. Either way, if it does indeed blur my vision, it’s not enough for me to be bothered by it.

So much of what draws me to a product essentially boils down to how much fun I have using it. All cleansing oils for me definitely have a built-in fun factor because I get to smear my makeup around and look super gross before I rinse it off. The next biggest factor is probably the scent. (I talk about scent a lot apparently. I had no idea it affected my opinion of a product so much until I started writing it down!) The scent of this cleansing oil is awesome. Unlike the artificial, vaguely green-ish scent of the products in Innisfree’s Green Tea lines, this cleanser smells exactly like real green tea leaves. Not all that surprising, since there’s, you know, real green tea leaves right there in the bottle. Still, the scent is fantastic and totally makes this cleanser a joy to use.

Results

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Top to Bottom: MAC Eyeshadow in Fig. 1, Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. Left to Right: Makeup applied, oil cleanser applied, massaged, emulsified, rinsed.

This cleanser is pretty dang good at removing makeup. After the initial massage, it looked like some of the heavier eye makeup might persist, but the cleanser comes through and removes all traces once it is emulsified with water and rinsed. Even the lipstick is blasted away, and this shade is a very pigmented, dry, and long wearing formula. In my days of relying on cleansing wipes to remove makeup, I would scrub at my lips to remove this and I still don’t think it ever came off as cleanly.

Would I Repurchase?

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As you can see, I’ve used a lot of this cleanser. I’ve had no problem using it everyday for the past 6 months or more. I even use it when I have no makeup or sunscreen on, just because I like double cleansing with it.

Now that I’m testing a different cleansing oil with a much worse scent, I am heavily leaning towards yes for this one. I’ll spend some time away from it, as I’ve got a cleansing balm coming my way that needs my attention. We’ll see if I get some yearning feelings down the road. I highly suspect I’ll be returning to Re:cipe’s Green Tea Cleansing Oil eventually.

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