BFD Cleansing Oil
Fourth Ray Beauty’s products are hit or miss (mostly miss, unfortunately!), but BFD Cleansing Oil is one of its better offerings, save for one misstep.
Like most cleansing oils, BFD is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a pump. The oil is somewhat thin, so it’s easy to spread across your face as you cleanse. We found it did a remarkable job removing dirt, oil, long-wearing makeup, and sunscreen while rinsing cleanly with no oily residue. Instead, skin’s left feeling softer and smoother.
For the most part, the oils here are tried and true non-fragrant options: sunflower, safflower, camellia oleifera (green tea), and grape seed oil. Very nice!
But (and you knew there was a “but” coming), fragrant juniper berry oil is also included. While this cleanser is rinsed from skin, the fragrant ingredients still have some potential to cause irritation, and this is especially true if you want to use this around your eyes to remove makeup.
Even so, this is still a good cleansing oil (especially considering the relatively low price); just make certain to take care when using it in the eye area.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, long-wearing makeup, and sunscreen.
- Rinses cleanly without a greasy feel.
- Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother.
- Contains fragrant juniper berry oil, which has the potential to irritate skin and eyes.
Instantly lifts and removes traces of makeup, dirt and pollution revealing healthy, clean skin. Formulated with Camellia, Juniper Berry, and Meadowfoam Seed oil providing skin with nutrient-rich antioxidants. BFD easily washes away surface debris without stripping natural moisture - leaving skin soft and cleansed!
With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”
Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.
When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.
Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.
You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.
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