province apothecary | moisturizing cleanser + makeup remover

province apothecary moisturizing cleanser + makeup remover

I really, really want to just say “forget about ’em” when it comes to luxury cleansing oils.

The minimalist in me says, “Girl, just use jojoba oil. Quit being fancy. You’re tired. Go to sleep.”

The beauty addict in me counters with, “Girl, you spent all that time applying that makeup. Spend some time massaging your face with a gorgeous oil and take in the whole experience. A cleansing oil is just as important as the wash that comes after.”

While both parts of me are absolutely correct, the beauty addict in me has a slight edge. I thoroughly enjoy using thoughtful oil blends to cleanse, massage and wind down at night.

One that I went through super quickly is Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover.

province apothecary moisturizing cleanser + makeup remover

{Province Apothecary sent me a sample of its Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover to review. It costs $16 for a 30 ml glass pump jar. Photo Courtesy Province Apothecary}

This sweet Canadian line, created by certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist Julie Clark, is committed to creating nourishing, balancing skincare that takes advantage of organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted ingredients.

For someone like me who craves balance in both life and skincare, this appeals to me, and especially in winter. My skin craves balance, yet needs the right boost of moisture and nourishment. It’s quite an art to achieve, and very few brands can get the formulations right.

Made with my ever-so-cherished organic jojoba oil, Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover slips in organic sunflower seed oil, organic avocado oil and organic evening primrose oil, some of my absolute favorite oils for acne-prone skin that provide that slip-n-soothe that you need when your skin is feeling finicky.

While I imagine we’ve all been reading up more on the value of linoleic and oleic acids for acne-prone skin (THE blog post to read if your skin is troublesome like mine), I do see value in using some heavier oils, such as avocado oil, on the skin in winter.

You just need something that’s heavier to get in there and quench your skin’s thirst without throwing it into overdrive.

Even greaseballs like me get flaky and dry in extremely cold weather, and these extra-nourishing oils, coupled with an evening facial massage, can provide great, gentle exfoliation and softness to the skin.

What I love about Province Apothecary’s specific formulation is just how hydrating it feels during the makeup-removing massage, yet it’s not overly thick or gooey. If you’ve ever cleansed with a castor oil mix, you know that gooey feeling I’m talking about!

Here’s everything inside Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover:

Sunflower Seed Oil*,  Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petit grain. *Certified organic ingredient. Our Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic)

In addition to the effective carrier oils, the thoughtful inclusion of bergamot, frankincense and lavender leaves skin feeling deeply cleansed, toned and calmed. Bergamot is known for cutting through congestion while frankincense tones.

I think by now we all have come to appreciate the wonders of lavender as a blemish-healer and skin soother, and it’s no different in blend, besides the fact that it has an amazing posse of oils to fight finicky skin!

As I continue to streamline my beauty routine, I will without a doubt continue to stock a huge bottle of un-sexy, un-fancy organic jojoba oil for all my everyday needs.

But that won’t keep me from having a nice oil cleanser in stock for those nights I want to wind down in style and truly get a big picture of benefits from various carrier oils and essential oils that I don’t always keep on hand.

Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover is one I would restock. The scent is light and clean — not overly perfumed at all, but if you’re sensitive, is available in an unscented version — and doesn’t compete with my various skin oils and serums that I layer on after cleansing.

In fact, it complements most of them quite nicely, as bergamot, lavender and frankincense provide the base for many of my favorite skincare treats!

Have you tried anything from Province Apothecary? What’s your philosophy when it comes to skin cleansing oils? Do you choose blends? DIY it? Use a straight carrier? Tell me in the comments! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • I am a big fan of the oil cleansing method and also found Minimalist Beauty’s post very helpful for my also acneic skin. Province Apothecary sounds absolutely lovely, and I hope I can try them out soon.

    • Yes! What are your favorite oils to use when oil cleansing? I am never without jojoba or argan oil!

      • Lately I have been using safflower, evening primrose, or grapeseed oil, but jojoba is also great. I’ve also been trying out blends to see which works best for my skin.

  • Marcella

    I think the inner war between minimalist and beauty addict is so very true! I know I have a habit of reaching for a sexy fancy cleansing oil because it makes me feel better (so shallow!).

    Laurel’s Oily/Combination Skin Cleanser isn’t really labelled as a cleansing oil per se but I find that the blend of safflower, sunflower, jojoba, and coconut oil really works for me. I think the honey and a little bit of clay does the job too. I hardly see breakouts anymore.

    • It’s so hard! I love luxury, but sometimes you have to draw the line somewhere. I guess that’s called a “budget” :P

      That’s a fantastic testimonial about Laurel’s cleanser! I have yet to try it. Le sigh. So many amazing options out there! Green beauty has arrived :)

  • I’m a huge fan of this cleanser from moment one of applying it to my skin. It just feels different. Glad that you love that Minimalist Beauty post too. Talk about green beauty having arrived…your blog roll over there is getting longer and longer. Always grateful to you for including me! XO

    • Of course, my dear! I love your blog and your voice and your leadership! You are a social QUEEN! It’s been so fun to see the new green blogs popping up, and it’s hard to keep track of them all sometimes! Blog rolls…once you find one, you can find us all! xoxoxo

  • pjancakes

    This cleanser, this brand *_* I love them so much.

  • lightly lumay

    LOL! This is precisely the argument I have with myself — luxury oil cleanser vs. coconut / olive / jojoba. My current love is Tatcha’s cleansing oil, but ‘m always happy to discover other options.