A dry winter skin saviour: Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil

I definitely understand the pain of having dry skin now that I’ve lived in the Midwest for the last several years.  For those of you who also live in cold weather country, you know how seriously COLD it’s been around here lately.  It was -35 degrees with windchill earlier this week in Chicago!  My California-born blood just says no to that.

Anyway, I didn’t even mean to purchase the “dry skin” version of Garnier’s new Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil, but I’m now glad I did- it does wonders on skin that has to face freezing temps.  If you’ve been looking for a cleanser than leaves your skin feeling hydrated- not stripped of moisture- stick with me through this post!


I picked up the Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil for dry skin when I was visiting home in California for a few weeks, and sadly this didn’t make it back to Chicago with me- it’s not very travel friendly (you can “lock” the pump dispenser, but oil will still leak).  I do plan to buy a new bottle as soon as possible, though!

This is my second foray into cleansing oils, my first being a sample of Dermalogica’s Precleanse.  Because of this I really can’t compare Garnier’s version to other popular oils on the market, but I do enjoy it and think it’s a good budget option.

The directions on the bottle recommend applying two pumps of product into your hands and massaging it onto your skin/eye area.  Once it feels like you’ve broken up most of your makeup, you can begin to rinse with warm water until the oil is completely removed.


Here’s what I loved:

  • Begins breaking down makeup on contact
  • Removes heavy eye makeup (non-waterproof mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, base), so it’s a cleanser and makeup remover in one
  • Light, non-irritating fragrance
  • Removes all face makeup, including foundation, concealer and blush (I tried using a cleansing cloth after rinsing and no makeup residue was leftover)
  • Doesn’t “strip” skin

This does leave what I’d call a very slight “film” on the skin, but nothing that feels heavy or sticky (like you haven’t completely washed your face)- it just makes my face feel more hydrated instead of being stripped of moisture.  If you have oilier skin, I would recommend trying the version for oily skin types; I imagine it is formulated a bit differently.

This Garnier cleansing oil has been wonderful for my skin during this unbelievably cold winter.  For anyone else who has felt the need to switch to a more “hydrating” skin care routine, I think this is a great cleanser to try (I love that it’s a 2-in-1).

You can find Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil at Target stores for about $5.99/4.2 oz (it’s a few dollars more at drugstores, so try finding it at Target if you can!).

Have you picked this up yet?  Tried any other cleansing oils that you like (or olive oil?  I’ve been meaning to try that!)?  I’d love to know- thanks for reading!

  • SavannahPerry

    Um -35 degrees?!! That literally makes me want to run and wrap myself in blankets. And to think I’ve been whining about the 40 degree weather FL is experiencing!
    This sounds like a good product and I bet it really is great for dry winter skin!

  • Miss. Louise

    I had an awful experience with the Origins cleansing oil (and it wasn’t cheap!! :(

    I’m willing to give a drugstore brand a try though! Great post and I hope things get warmer out there! This winter has been crazy! We got snow in North Carolina (Rarely happens twice in a row!)