The Budget-Friendly Suit-All Simple Cleansing Oil

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review

I picked up this not-insubstantial bottle of face-cleansing oil for two pounds. Two pounds! Granted, it was on offer (this was last year, I’ve never seen it as cheap since) but even at the full retail price of £6.99, it’s still quite the bargain.

I’m not sure what to say about Simple’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil* other than the fact that it removes makeup well and rinses completely clean; it’s relatively basic, with a grape seed oil base and no added perfume, but so are many of the higher-end cleansing oils. If you just want to get the job done and don’t want to rinse a load of cash down the plughole then this is a good budget buy.

Not that I’m throwing any kind of shade on more expensive cleansing oils; there are some absolutely beautiful ones with gorgeous blends of essential oils and added bells and whistles that make the task of taking your makeup off an utter joy. But if you’re looking after the pennies and want something straightforward without any frills, I can tell you that the Simple oil does the job just fine.

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review

It doesn’t sting my eyes, which is a massive cleanser bonus point in my book; I want to be able to massage it in all over and break down my mascara and liner so that it smears down my cheeks and I look like Alice Cooper. Easily pleased, me.

The Hydrating Cleansing Oil is also lightweight – easy to apply, easy to rinse clean. No oily afterparty but – and this is equally important – none of the stripped, tight feeling that some cleansers can leave you with.

You can find it at Superdrug here* – at time of writing, it’s better than half price at £3.39. Not quite two quid, but almost there…

For a budget-friendly alternative (though not quite as budget-friendly as this one!) take a look at the Camomile Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop* – the cleansing balm in the same range is also excellent.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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  1. Mel
    June 6, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Yes! I’ve just started using this. It’s fab. I have quite sensitive eyes and this doesn’t bother them. The Body Shop one did, sadly and it’s a bit too strongly scented for me. My other fave is the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm but that’s about five times the price of the Simple here in Oz, so will save it for travelling now that I’ve found this one. The Simple Micellar Water is also great.

  2. June 6, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    As much as I do enjoy splurging on my cleansers, it is great to have an affordable option that works just as good. Especially my first cleanse is one I go through quite quickly.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  3. Alanna
    June 7, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Does anyone have an opinion on the Burt’s Bees cleansing oil? Priced right down the middle of the Simple one and the Body Shop one.. I’ve never seen the Simple one in Canada so I’m curious.

  4. Lula
    June 7, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I bought this one on your recommendation (think you were going away and forgot to pack a cleanser?) And yes I agree it’s a brilliant budget buy. I love that is rinses of so easily as some oil cleansers I have had feel like you need Fairy liquid to remove the grease (don’t worry I’ve never done that!)

  5. Maurice
    June 7, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Ooh will try this – im a long devoted user of the Superfacialist Vitamin C cleansing oil, which when on offer in Boots or Sainsbury’s comes in between Simple and Body shop price wise :0)
    Will be interested to see how they compare..

  6. Ola
    June 7, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I love cleansing oils and looking like Alice Cooper is definitely a big YEEEESSSSS!!!

  7. June 11, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    This product is AMAZING! I bought in December because I had areas on my face on the creases of my nose and at the corners of my mouth that were really dry and scaly and my cleansing routine seemed to aggravate it but I still needed to cleanse the rest of my face. I added this to my routine and goodbye dry spots almost overnight. It makes my skin so soft, I just love it!!!

  8. Mansi
    June 13, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I’m more into balms- but picked up Muji’s sensitive cleansing oil on a whim and it’s rather good. Another affordable option!

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