First Aid Beauty's Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser offers something fresh to what seemed to be an exhausted product category—the cleansing oil. Packaged in a bottle with a pump-style container, its fragrance-free moisturizing blend of emollients removes makeup with ease, yet rinses quickly from skin. Best for normal to dry skin that's not prone to breakouts, this is also worth trying if you have sensitive skin, including from rosacea.
First Aid Beauty included multiple non-fragrant plant oils, such as jojoba, sunflower, meadowfoam, coconut and avocado. You'll also find added anti-irritants (licorice root extract, green tea), though such ingredients have limited benefit in a rinse-off formula. This base provides a similar experience to traditional cleansing oils, yet Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser has a few tricks up its sleeve that differ from what we've seen offered from other brands.
Rather than rely on oils alone—which are effective at removing makeup, but aesthetically unpleasant for some—First Aid Beauty added a few thickening/emollient ingredients (ethylhexyl palmitate and polyglyceryl-6 distearate). These emollients help create its cushiony "milk oil" texture and provide the added benefit of rinsing quickly from skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.
One small note—a slight caveat—the pump is a bit of a frustration. The fluid nature of this formula means a tube is out of the question, as is a pour spout, but the amount dispensed in each pump is quite small. We found it took nearly ten pumps to dispense enough cleanser for our PM routine. While this isn't a deal breaker, it's something that we hope can be improved.
Pump aside, for its unique formula, lack of fragrance and appropriateness for sensitive skin, Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser easily earns our highest rating and is absolutely worth considering.
First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance
Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.
Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.
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