I love cleansing oils. I think it’s safe to say I’ve tried and tested a few - from Asian to Western brands, from eco to regular brands. My favorite type is the emulsifying kind that removes even stubborn eye makeup, but lately I’ve been venturing to some oils and balms that need a wash cloth to remove. Today’s product, Senja Cosmetics’ Sleek Cheek Cleansing Oil is one of those. This product was sent to me and I'm happy to feature more Finnish indie brands on the blog, I hope you enjoy!
Senja Cosmetics and Sleek Cheek Cleansing Oil
Senja Cosmetics is a new Finnish eco beauty brand launched in Fall 2018 by a woman called Senja Parkkinen. Like many green beauty entrepreneurs she didn’t find products that performed the way she liked, so Senja decided to make her own. The inspiration is from Finnish woods, its herbs and berries, which are some of the cleanest in the whole world. Senja Cosmetics Sleek Cheek* is her 1st oil-based cleanser with 100% of the ingredients natural origin and 35% of organic farming. 39€ / 100 ml available at SenjaCosmetics.com and House of Organic (FI)*.
Using the Sleek Cheek Cleansing Oil
To be honest I wasn’t thinking much about this oil once I first saw it. I’m so used to fancy, premium eco beauty packaging that a simple plastic pump bottle didn’t catch my attention. Despite the simple design I like a good pump bottle that locks itself by turning the cap. I have a friend whose name is also Senja, so I thought this line was cute and gave it a go.
As much as I love eco cleansing oils (Tata Harper, Josh Rosebrook) they’re often so expensive I don’t dare to use them for removing my makeup. Senja Cosmetics is a medium premium brand and since this cleansing oil doesn’t emulsify with water I decided to give it a go and use it for makeup removing with a warm, damp wash cloth (I like Ren cloths, which I purchase from Selfridges or Cult Beauty). I use a generous 1 1/2 to 2 pumps of the oil, massage my face (even the eye area) and then wet the wash cloth with warm water, squeeze out excess and wipe my face. This oil takes off everything - even my stubborn Japanese Heroine Make mascara. No traces of foundation, brow makeup, nothing. I’m seriously impressed!
The oil is pretty odorless, medium weight and has only a faint smell. No color. There’s a little bit of parfum in this product, but I find the scent more like how I imagine the ingredients to smell like.
(By the way.. that’s my oily, dirty face in the image above! Not the fully cleansed one!)
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil**, Linum Usitatissimum (linseed) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate*, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate*, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate*, Polyglyceryl-6 Ricinoleate*, Aqua*, Vaccinium Myrtillus (blueberry) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea (lingonberry) Seed Oil*, Phenethyl Alcohol*, Parfum (natural)*, Linalool*, Limonene*
*Natural ingredient **Ingredient from organic farming
The first ingredient is a pretty common one in skincare: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, which is a combination of glycerin and often coconut oil. However, this ingredient has much lower comedogenic rating VS coconut oil, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. The second ingredient is Sunflower Seed Oil, followed by Linseed Seed Oil. Sunflower Seed Oil may sound common, but it’s a rich emollient and skin replenishing and soothing properties.
Linseed Seed Oil is very high in Linoleic Acid - an essential for building ceramides, which help to retain moisture and fortify a barrier for the skin. To my knowledge Linoleic Acid is also very close to skin’s natural sebum and can be balancing for people with oily skins or acne, but I need to look into this some more.
The highlight ingredients of this cleanser are definitely the European Blueberry and Lingonberry Seed Oils. Please notice that when I speak about blueberries I mean the wild forest blueberries - not the fat, pale kinds you can buy at stores. Finnish berries are the true Nordic “superfoods”, antioxidant, vitamin, mineral and flavonoid bombs for the face (and body). Antioxidants are excellent in “anti-age”, soothing and caring properties. Lingon berries are also high in arbutin, a skin lightening/brightening ingredient. Although these oils are not on your skin for long and a bit lower in the INCI list, I think they’re an excellent add to the mix.
Parfum, Linalool and Limonene aren’t the best suited for people with very sensitive skins, but since they don’t stay on the skin for a very long period of time you could try and sample this oil. The cleanser also rinses very clean.
The active ingredients of this cleansing oil are pretty nice and impressive, but I’m most excited about the great performance of this oil! No residue, just clean face. If I’m wearing a tons of mascara and liner I use Clinique’s Take The Day of Cleansing Milk* for final clean, but Senja Sleek Cheek does excellent by itself. The price point is not cheap, but moderate and I will definitely purchase a new once I run out!
What’s your favorite cleansing oil to date? Are you interested in hearing more about Scandi/Nordic indie brands?
*This product was gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are my honest and my own!