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Pristine Oils - Custom Cleanser.

19 June 2014
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Trevor from Pristine Oils regarding their products and it was perfect timing too, I was in need of an oil cleanser so I happily took up the offer.

Now just so we are clear; I actually paid for this product but I did receive a discount.

The concept of Pristine Oils is to offer people a customised cleansing oil to suit your specific skin requirements so regardless of having dry, oily, acnaic, combination or normal skin, Pristine Oils can help you find the right type of oil cleanser for you. They also offer pre-made cleansers, organic pure oils and their newest addition to their range; 'Before You Go' toilet sprays (which I've had the pleasure of trying recently and they are surprisingly good! If you guys are interested in a little write up about them let me know).

When it comes to choosing the right custom oil cleanser for you you have two options:
A) Browse through the organic oils that they have on offer and choose your combination based on their benefits.
B) Contact Pristine Oils and they will help you to create your perfect combination based on your concerns and needs.

I opted for assistance with choosing my blend and I was really surprised by how they took oils from cleansers I loved and combined them to make my ultimate all rounder. My personal blend is a combination of 20% Grape Seed, 30% Apricot Kernel and 50% Rosehip.

Your oil comes to you in a nifty black post satchel, I mention this because I feel really fancy and special when the postie hands over a snazzy looking package, perhaps that's just because I'm a bit of a weirdo.
Inside your package you'll find your custom cleanser, but they don't just whack together your blend and send it off, oh no, they even customise the packaging for you.

As you can see they named my blend after me and they will name your blend after you too, or any other name you may desire. Permit me to be narcissistic for just a second and look at my fancy cleanser!! They also printed my blog address on there, be warned though; raincoats are not provided for ego explosions.

When it came to using my cleanser I was surprised to find the bottles are plastic, I was expecting glass to be honest but after dropping my bottle in the shower the first time I used it I said a little prayer of thanks for obvious reasons. The pump that the bottle comes with works really nicely, it's smooth and dispenses just a small amount of product so you have full control over using a lot or a little (I like a lot!). My blend removes makeup really nicely and leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and, the most important thing for me, hydrated.

My first concern with using new oil cleansers is breakouts, usually it's not a problem for me but I've had a few issues with heavier blends and balms in the past, so I keep a really close eye on what my skin is doing for the first 48 hours of use, with this particular blend there was no need for concern. Following Trevor's recommendation of using a microfiber cloth while cleansing I also saw a reduction in blackheads and the breakouts I was experiencing before using the cleanser completely disappeared.

I've been using this cleanser as a pre-cleanse (makeup remover) and final cleanse, it makes light work of my makeup which is majorly important to me when it comes to oil cleansers.

  • Removes makeup well.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
  • Controls breakouts.
  • Multi-functional - Can be used as a makeup remover & facial cleanser.

  • Doesn't emulsify, this doesn't actually bother me but some people may not like this.

I'm loving my custom cleanser, I think it's so clever to offer a service where people can get a cleanser that is suited to their specific concerns without breaking the bank. Knowing the the ingredients in my bottle are organic and not full of other junk is a bonus too, I'm not majorly on the organic and natural bandwagon but I know a lot of people look specifically for products like this and I'm pleased to say I've had nothing but a good experience with my custom blend.

You can find more information on the Pristine Oils website.

Is a custom cleanser something you would be interested in trying?

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6 comments on "Pristine Oils - Custom Cleanser."
  1. Interesting that you were offered a discount, I was told i'd have to buy a pre-made cleanser and then recieve a custom made one free. This didn't really interest me as I didn't want to purchase new cleanser, nor did I want two.

    Glad to hear you've had great results with the product though!

    1. I was offered a custom made cleanser for the price of a pre-made one, so that was how my discount worked out. For me it was convenient because I was researching other oil cleansers and actually had my eye on a REN balm so I just took up the opportunity to try something new.

      I am pleased with the results though so it was a worthwhile purchase for me :)

  2. This sounds like an interesting product. I love rosehip oil as a serum but have never considered using it as a cleanser.

    I've been thinking about trying oil cleansing but I read that you would have to stick to oil cleansing and give up sulphate-based cleansers to reap the full benefits... but I have so many cleansers that that would be pretty hard. ;) What are your thoughts on that?

    The bottle looks very nice, and you're right - the packaging looks pretty snazzy. I also love receiving nicely-packaged stuff in the mail. Anywayz, I will definitely give Pristine oils a look.

    1. Before I started oil cleansing I used foaming cleansers, they were a favourite of mine and I never considered changing or thought that I would want/need to. I ended up with some skin issues which lead to medication and that finally led to super dry skin, that was when I started using cream, oil and balm cleansers regularly.

      I noticed a change in my skin really quickly, it felt more hydrated after the first wash and it did take a little getting use to but I really had no choice other than to stick with it. If you are thinking about giving it a go, allow a week of regular use at least before you decide if you want to continue or not.

      When it comes to cutting out sulphate based cleansers completely, I didn't do it, I still use them occasionally now but what I found was that I don't generally like them as much as I like cream, oil and balm cleansers, it was like my skin decided that it liked these hydrating cleansers better so when I don't use them I can really feel the difference.

      A lot of people like to make it sound like you have to 'go hard or go home' when it comes to using certain beauty routines but it's a load of crap! Do what your skin responds well to, if you have a whole bunch of foaming cleansers and your skin responds well there is no reason to change, if you want to try out an oil then there is no reason why you can't incorporate it in to your routine.

      My advice would be to buy a mid priced cleansing oil that is suitable for your skin, try it for a week (morning and night!) and assess at the end of that time, if you're still on the fence give it another week, if your skin is anything like mine you will know pretty quickly if you like the results, I noticed a difference in the softness of my skin, the way it didn't feel tight after washing and over a longer period of time a sort of plumping that came with the increase in hydration.

      I would make the full switch myself but I still enjoy trying out foaming cleansers because some are just plain fantastic! My routine now consists of mostly cream, oil and balm cleansing with the odd foaming cleanse tossed in (probably 2 out of every 10 washes).

      Good luck and if you have any more questions feel free to ask :)

    2. Thanks so much for giving such detailed advice! :) Two weeks sounds like the perfect trial time, so I think that I will give it a go. I can't see myself giving up foaming cleansers completely, but I've heard so many good things about oil cleansing that I'm eager to try it out. Thanks again for the advice! :)