Monday, May 20, 2013

Face It: Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil

Recently, I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to review a product as part of  a collaboration between and Nature Republic for OnlyBeauty fans and bloggers. I am really excited to try out Nature Republic's Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil! Quite a mouthful though, so it will be called Cleansing Oil in this review for convenience sake.

Before reading on, you should know that I have dry and sensitive skin. Not exactly the best skin type to try out a lot of new products but when it comes to Korean products and the very popular Nature Republic, I didn't give it a second thought. Plus, when I went to pick it up, I was given this chamomile one which is suitable for sensitive skin! OMG, how perfect for me, it's as though they knew.

 A look at the back of the box

I am always on the lookout for products, and especially cleansing products, that won't dry out my skin. As they say, the foundation is the most important thing. If I can't even cleanse my face properly, there's no point spending hundreds on the rest of your skincare regime. 

The first thing I noticed about this product was the chamomile in it. I love chamomile in teas and other skincare products so it made me more interested in it. Then came the pretty yellow bottle! Now the cleansing oil is not particularly yellow in colour. The colour comes from the bottle. It has a very subtle scent, none of that cloyingly strong scents but a lovely one that smells sweet and calms you as you start your cleansing process.  

 Back of the bottle is yellow

 I also love that the box is printed with soy ink on eco-friendly paper and therefore can be recycled.

Even better, the box has Braille lettering to help blind consumers read the products

When it comes to Cleansing Oil reviews, I know most people would try it out on cosmetics. So as a bit of a rebel, I tried it on something else! Something more...permanent.

Instead of using cosmetics as an example, I tested it out on my stamp!

Going, going....see how it's gotten lighter

Almost gone!

Recommended Step-by-Step Directions
Step 1: Apply a few drops of Cleansing Oil on dry face with dry hands and massage it all over the face.

Step 2Wet hands slightly and massage face again in a circular motion, Cleansing Oil should turn milky when combined with water.

Step 3: Wash off with warm water

I think it worked pretty darn well considering I tested it on an ink stamp instead of cosmetics. And I am sure that it would work as well, if not better, on cosmetics since it is an oil-based cleansing oil! I also love how it is not as oily as compared to some other popular cleansing oil brands. I don't like it when I feel that oily coating after washing off so thankfully, this cleansing oil did the trick!

It's also a good size, 200ml, to ensure freshness. As someone who doesn't wear a lot of makeup everyday, this is important as I wouldn't want to waste a big full-sized bottle just because I couldn't finish it before the expiry date.

This is actually my first time trying out a Nature Republic product but based on my experience with this one, I'll definitely go back and try out more!

For more information, do check out the links below.

Nature Republic Malaysia 

OnlyBeauty Malaysia 
Nature Republic's Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil consists of 200ml and retails at RM 94.90

Disclosure: I was given the product above as part of the OnlyBeauty fans and bloggers collaboration with Nature Republic but was not compensated financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.


  1. I have dry, sensitive skin too and have only recently started using cleansing oils. Among the ones I've tried are: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (this one didn't bother my skin at all), Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (the grapefruit rind can be irritating), Laventine Olive Forte (which is very rich). This is my first Korean brand of cleansing oil and I could definitely tell the difference. It was much lighter in texture and I was expecting to have an allergic reaction but was pleasantly surprised. My skin feels soothed and clean without dryness or tightness. I can't wait to try more of the Asian brands. Any suggestions? Thanks again for your review.

  2. Hi MediterraneanMaven,

    Thanks for the great comment. I must say I have only ever tried 2 Cleansing Oil brands so far, this and Shu Uemura. Shu Uemura is a lot oilier in texture than the Nature Republic one above so it depends on which type you prefer. I sometimes have trouble turning the tap on with the Shu Uemura one but both have been good to me. No reactions and dryness. I hope you'll discover more Asian branded skincare soon!


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