August 11, 2014

beauty scoop | corpa flora beaute divine camellia facial cleansing oil

My personal breakthrough moment in green beauty happened several years ago when, fed up with my oily, acneic skin, I decided to give oil cleansing a try.

A bottle of jojoba oil and some purged pores later, I deemed myself a convert once my skin settled into a less-congested, moisture-balanced state.

I’ve been loving on facials oils ever since, and while I keep a large bottle of jojoba stocked at all times, I enjoy exploring more complex oil cleansing treatments that combine several beneficial oils and emulsifiers.

One of my recent discoveries and new favorites is Corpa Flora’s Beaute Divine Camellia Cleansing Oil.

corpa flora beaute divine camellia facial cleansing oil

{Canadian boutique and spa Glam Goes Green sent me a sample of Corpa Flora’s Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil to review. It costs $37 USD for a 4-ounce glass pump bottle. Sample size pictured.}

Corpa Flora combines camellia oil with sunflower seed oil, rosehip extract, cypress oil, lemon myrtle oil and rosemary leaf extract into its Beaute Divine Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil to create a cleansing oil that melts away makeup and unplugs clogs pores without irritating the eyes or skin.

It has a cheery lemon-citrus smell that’s not too lemon-y thanks to being cut with rosemary. Overall, it’s a pleasant, clean scent that’s not overpowering.

The facial cleansing oil glides onto the skin as any other straight carrier oil does, and though it combines several oils and extract, remains lightweight and slippery enough to massage into skin without much effort or tugging.

What sets Corpa Flora’s Beaute Divine Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil apart from straight carrier oils is the fact that it contains Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, a safe emulsifying ingredient that causes the cleansing oil to become somewhat milky when mixed with water.

For those new to oil cleansing, this is a nice, comforting texture that makes you feel as if you are still using a somewhat traditional cleansing method.

corpa flora beaute divine camellia facial cleansing oil

I, however, don’t really care for or require emulsifying agents in my cleansing oils because I’ve been oil cleansing for years and am used to it. But it is a nice touch.

So when I use Corpa Flora Beaute’s Divine Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil, I skip the whole “splash your face with water to get a milky emulsion going” part and instead continue to massage my face to ensure all my makeup and sunscreen is removed and then go through about three rounds of hot compress-wiping to remove everything.

I then do a second cleanse with a more traditional (but still green!) foaming cleanser or soap.

Here’s everything that’s inside Corpa Flora Beaute’s Divine Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil:

Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate**, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract* Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil,* Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (and) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*. * Organic 74.5% ** PEG-free emulsifier ECOCERT certified.

Overall,  I enjoyed using Corpa Flora’s Beaute Divine Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil during the past month. It came with me on several trips (love these great sample sizes!), and I’d repurchase it again to enjoy the lovely scent and texture.

Have you tried anything from Corpa Flora? What do you look for in an oil cleanser? Do you prefer straight oils for cleansing or blends like this? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • http://dreamandscheme.wordpress.com Dream & Scheme

    I have a similar skin type to you, oily and acneic, and have oil cleansing to thank for my more balanced skin. This seems like a great product to try!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Do it, do it! And tell me what you think! It’s a nice one.

  • mangomadness

    I haven’t tried anything from Corpa Flora. I look for non-comedogenic plant oils and a mild emulsifier in an oil-based cleanser.

    After I finish The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil I’ll try Silk Naturals Apricot Cleansing Oil or make a DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Oil (organic grapeseed oil and Cromollient SCE).

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I have yet to try anything from Silk Naturals … you recommend? What did you think of the Body Shop cleansing oil?

      • mangomadness

        I haven’t tried anything from Silk Naturals yet. I really like The Body Shop Cleansing Oil.

  • http://www.ediblefacial.com/ sarita coren

    The ingreds and aroma sound wonderful! Cypress is a draw as is camellia oil. Lately I’ve gone back to my Rosa y Fruta organic cold-pressed camellia oil and the line’s emulsifying cleanser which I like a lot. Camellia is such a beneficial oil even when served neat. With the addition of rosehip and sunflower oils, the Corpa Flora oil sounds like a winner!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Ooooh, haven’t tried / heard of Rosa y Fruta … sounds like a nice line! I will check that out. Camellia oil is just a gem. I really love the feeling of it. I’m also kinda crazy about rosehip oil as a treatment. We are so lucky to have these gorgeous green ingredients!

  • http://thenotice.net Rae // theNotice

    Oh, man — I LOVE cleansing oils that foam. This one sounds great!!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Which ones have you tried? TATCHA’s is great, too!

      • http://thenotice.net Rae // theNotice

        Ooh, I haven’t tried theirs yet! But I do have a small bottle of it in my product closet — I’ll give it a go tonight :)



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