6 favorite oil-based cleansers

We rounded up the top first cleansers and makeup removers that are consistent favorites in the skincare community. From oils to micellar waters to balms, we've got you covered, err, rather, uncovered. Take some of your day (or night) off with these makeup removers.


With November drawing to a close we've got some holiday parties on our calendar. That always means late nights and a need for a good makeup remover. Sometimes a face wipe just won't do. The products we collected are oil-based first cleansers that you can use to draw out dirt, oil, and makeup. You would follow this up with your water-based cleanser. We scoured the internet for the best first-step products to take off everything from your sunscreen to your glitter eyeliner. 

Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution, $16.90
This popular product is a cult favorite, being the first dermatological micellar water on the market. It removes water-resistant makeup and is gentle on sensitive skin. It's ideal for a light first cleanse or if you aren't wearing extremely heavy makeup.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil, $9.86
An affordable foray into K-Beauty first cleansers, this light cleansing oil gently removes makeup and impurities. If you need something more than a micellar water, this is a great oil that isn't too heavy on your skin.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $28.00
This cleansing oil is everywhere on Instagram. This olive oil-based cleanser removes dirt and oil while nourishing skin so that it's never greasy post-cleanse. This is perfect for dehydrated or dry skin. 

Heimish All Clean Balm, $19.00
This balm is often compared to the popular Banila Clean It Zero balm but Heimish offers tea tree oil in its formula, making it an excellent antibacterial. It's also a creamier formula that's spreadable and easy to use. The flip-top lid is a bonus for the extra lazy.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, $29.50
A tried and true favorite: this is the balm version of the eye makeup removing liquid. Use this as your first cleanse to wash off even the most stubborn eye makeup without tugging and pulling on skin. 

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, $34.00
Inhale a beautifully scented balm as you wash off the day from your face. Not only does it smell like lush, fresh greenery, but it instantly dissolves makeup and sunscreen, and leaves your skin hydrated and smooth.