Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Gel Cleanser Review Update

Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Gel Cleanser Review Update

Hi guys! Quick blog update: October is turning into a crazy month at work (again). I started preparing a bunch of posts in advance, so hopefully I will still have consistent content uploaded twice a week. But if I skip another post, it’s because I’m at work.

A few months ago I made a post on the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. I had actually been using it wrong, more as a cleansing oil, and used it properly for only a couple days before publishing the review. Obviously, I know more now and want to revisit the product.

For reference, I have mostly acne-prone normal-to-dry skin with an oilier chin.

The mishap:

I went into Sephora to look for a new cleansing oil during the VIB sale in April. I asked this one employee for a recommendation. He’s been very helpful and informative the other times that I’ve talked with him in the past, and I do trust him. From an offhand comment he made the last time I was in there, it seems he’s just not big on double cleansing. So I suppose there was just some communication mishap because I was looking for a first step of a double cleanser. He showed me the cleansing oils from Caudalie (which they were out of) and Fresh (which is expensive) as well as the Boscia oil-gel. And because I figured it was just an oil cleanser with a different formula, I did not look at the directions.

The price:

$28.00 for 150 mL/5 fl oz.

The packaging:

I still find this packaging very interesting and unique. Everything is a translucent white, meaning you can see the pink gel inside for a unique tint. The shape is very simple and looks fresh, modern, and cute. The light flower detailing on the front of the label also add a cute touch.

The ingredients:

Water, Diglycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Decyl Glucoside, Lactobacillus Ferment, PEG-75, C11-15 Pareth-12, Ethoxydiglycol, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide.

The use:

If my story above didn’t make it clear, I don’t use this as an oil cleanser. I believe Boscia has another makeup remover/oil cleanser specifically for this purpose. So instead it gets used as a normal cleanser. I don’t always use this cleanser, but do switch it around with an acne cleanser. If you’re interested in how, I recently talked about this in my Morning Skincare Routine.

I normally use one pump of product. You have to work to lather the product decently and add a bit of water. Personally, I don’t mind this at all, because more foam usually also means that a product is more stripping to my skin. It takes a lot for this cleanser to strip my skin. Sometimes, using too much product but not enough water can lead to feeling like I’m only rubbing the top layer of product without actually working the cleanser into my skin. That leads to my skin not feeling as clean. The closest experience I can think of is trying to rub in too much hand cream where your hands are just sliding together without being able to absorb any product.

The scent is a very nice fresh floral. I do like when skincare smells good, and the scent is from the actual ingredients (rather than added perfumes).

The results:

The cleanser does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. Unfortunately, that seems to be about the only good part of this. The cleanser apparently makes skin look healthier and younger, but I think my skin already looks pretty good.

It’s supposed to leave skin feeling hydrated, but it can still strip my skin. This probably has to do with adding water to my skin while removing oil. Over the past two months or so, I’ve noticed how hydrating moisturizers aren’t nourishing enough for my skin. The skin feels well-hydrated but not properly moisturized. It’s something I’ve noticed before, but this is the first time I’m wondering if my cleanser stripping away my natural face oils has anything to do with it.

And like I said in my first post, this doesn’t remove makeup all that well. For it to be more effective, you have to use a bit less water and work with it more.

The verdict:

I got off to a rocky start with the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. And things haven’t really improved. I tried, but at best it’s an average cleanser. At worst, any sort of benefits it offers don’t match up with my skin’s needs. I’ll finish off the rest of the bottle but won’t repurchase.

-xo, Andi

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