Bring It Back! Boots Botanics Cleansing Oil

by PJ on Thursday, November 22, 2007

in _Bring It Back, -Boots, skincare, skincare - cleansing/toning, stash focus

(Boots Botanics Essential Oil Wash Off Cleanser;
with a separate pump dispenser)

This time, in my “Bring It Back!” Series, I am not going to talk about a whole line of cosmetics. Instead, I am focusing on a very good and affordable makeup remover that has been discontinued.

Boots has various lines of skincare and makeup ranges. While one of my favorite Boots lines is No. 7, it doesn’t have a cleanser that I really like. On the other hand, the slightly cheaper Botanics line used to have the Essential Oil Wash Off Cleanser (seen above), which is a great overall cleanser for me.

It works just like other cleansing oils like Shu Uemura’s, as it takes off all the makeup, including water-proof items, at one go. I tend to like cleansing oils because they involve much less tugging and massaging than most cleansing milks, and they are much more gentle on my sensitive skin.

What was also fantastic about this cleansing oil is that it used to only cost 2 GBP (about 4 USD). Even though I slightly prefer RMK’s cleansing oil, this one only cost about one-tenth of its price at the time and I would gladly keep using this if this were still available.

I stocked up quite a few when it was being phased out, and now I am on my last bottle. My only minor complaint is that if it gets into the eyes, it can sometimes make them feel a little dry afterwards. (This is why I slightly prefer RMK’s.) But it is not something that bothers me very much.

The Boots Botanics line seems to still be doing well and there have been new items added to the lineup every now and then. I do hope Boots will consider adding a cleansing oil back to Botanics or any other skincare line…

Related post:

Another Boots product that I love using:
Boots No. 7 Gentle Renewing No Grains Exfoliator
(Find out how it actually works.)

Some “Bring It Back!” highlights:

Shiseido’s Inoui ID

Cynthia Rowley

Calvin Klein (See the new counter in Hong Kong!)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous Thursday, November 22, 2007

What? No! We just got the Boots Botanicals line in Canada this fall — I’ve only just fallen in love with the cleansing oil. :(


PJ Friday, November 23, 2007

Hello there,

That’s quite interesting, because I have been suspecting that some discontinued products from Boots Botanics are sold in the US.

The Boots Botanics makeup products were discontinued around three years ago in the UK, but I see that they are sold on the Target website in the US.

So the cleansing oil is sold in Canada. I am quite surprised, since it has been discontinued for a couple of years in the UK as well…

I am not sure what to suggest, since I don’t know if the cleansing oils sold in Canada are freshly made or are from the old stock in the UK….

Obviously I am still using it, and, with a high oil-based content, they should be relatively stable. But do be on the alert side, and keep me posted with your observations.

Thank you for leaving your comment! :)


MandyPandy Saturday, November 24, 2007

A $4 cleansing oil?!? *sobs* I’m heading to Target today to check for that one! With our (the US’) luck, it’ll probably cost like, $15 and a kidney, though.


PJ Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hello Mandypandy,

Let me know if you do see this one in Target, since I checked the Target website as I was writing this post and I didn’t see it there.

I also noticed that it was mentioned somewhere else that it used to cost 3.5 pounds in the UK (about 7 USD). But I did remember it cost 2 pounds when I was buying them. But, either way, it was a very affordable cleansing oil at the time. I am sure it would cost a bit more if they brought it back…

Thank you for commenting again! :)


Anonymous Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hey hey…

They actually sell it in Thailand for 360 Baht … a lot of the BOOTS products are made in Thailand so I think that they are just not offering it in the UK anymore.

It is quite good though..:) comparable to Shu and DHC


PJ Friday, February 29, 2008

Hi there,

I didn’t know that this is sold in Boots in Thailand. Thank you very much for telling me this!

Yes…I have tried the cleansing oil from Shu Uemura and DHC, and I definitely prefer this one. (Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil (regardless of the version) seems to always leave some greasy residue that I don’t like.)

Thank you for posting your comment! :)


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