#Nomakeup Replenishing Cleansing Oil
Tula’s #Nomakeup Replenishing Cleansing Oil seems like a promising entry to the category – a cleansing oil that contains no irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, it cannot work as claimed, so it’s one we don’t strongly recommend.
As with most of Tula’s other products, this has smart packaging: an opaque bottle that protects what’s inside from light and air. As described, this an oil that doesn’t feel particularly heavy, and is easy to smooth across skin.
The oil here isn’t fragrant; rather it’s soothing rice bran oil. It’s accompanied by microbiome-strengthening probiotics, a skin-replenishing ceramide, and hydrating algae extract and lactic acid. It’s one of the gentler formulas we’ve seen in a cleansing oil.
Problematically, though, it doesn’t do a good job removing regular makeup, to say nothing of waterproof formulas. Even using double the recommended 2-3 pumps of product, makeup isn’t removed or melted, instead it just becomes smeared across skin.
Rinsing with water doesn’t help much, either: after rinsing skin still feels somewhat oily, instead of simply moisturized, meaning this isn’t a good option for oily or combination skin. A secondary cleanser is necessary, and while double cleansing is often used with oil cleansers, in this case it’s required.
While we like that this skips out on fragrant or irritating ingredients, so if you like using an oil cleanser, but don’t wear makeup, this is a great choice. However, if you’re looking for something that can actually remove makeup, we strongly suggest one of the products on our list of best cleansers instead.
- Includes non-fragrant rice bran oil.
- Contains probiotics, a ceramide, and hydrating algae and lactic acid.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Cannot remove makeup as claimed.
- Leaves skin feeling oily after rinsing.
A makeup remover & face cleanser in one. This lightweight, fragrance-free oil cleanser gently dissolves stubborn makeup & pore-clogging debris while helping to replenish hydration, leaving skin feeling smooth & soft. Won’t clog pores & suitable for all skin types (even oily skin!).
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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