Rated 4.53 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review please don't ever discontinue this product Kiehls
I have tried MANY cleansing oils/balms through the years and this is now my favorite. I wear a full face of makeup including waterproof mascara/eyeliner and this removes it all. I take about a pump of product into my hands, warm it up then gently massage onto eyelids until I feel my makeup melting away. It does not sting like some oils do when I peek to see if I've melted all the eye makeup off. Then I take 2 pumps of the oil for the rest of my face. It smells exactly like the Midnight Recovery Oil, but the texture is lighter. When you wash the oil off, it comes off without feeling any residue unlike some oil cleansers where you can still feel like there's a layer of oil left on your face (particularly the ones that have mineral oil. this one doesn't). I will still use my clarisonic with a non-oil cleanser like Ultra Facial Wash or Calendula face wash to get a deeper cleanse after using the Midnight Recovery Oil Cleanser. I'm not sure how long it will last me if I use about 3 pumps once a day, but honestly, I don't mind spending a little more for this excellent product vs. using the drugstore cleansing oil I've been using that is totally sub par to this. Thank you Kiehls! love this stuff!
Most Helpful Critical Review Disappointed
I use Keihl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beatifying BB for the base of my daily make up, and the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil simply does not remove it adequately at the end of the day.
Reviewed by 120 customers Fragrance
Lolobeautyglam from Chicago, IL
It does what it's supposed to do use it as my first cleanse to take off my makeup / any dirt from the day. I also haven't had any breakouts or anything from using this cleanser. The only downside is the fragrance it is too strong. For the price there are better cleansers and makeup balms than this.
it's a no for me
Amber from Maryland
wow the fragrance is like nothing I've ever experienced in a skin product before. extremely overwhelming and once I sucked it in, it was hard to breathe for a minute after. I could not get this off my face quick enough. also it burned my eyes.
Angee from Baltimore
Smells so good. Feels nice. I look great in the am
adriellem from Montana
My friend bought me a deluxe size of this as a gift, and I was like, "What do I even use this for?" ...then... I tried it, and now, I am a changed woman. I bought a full size now, and a little goes a long way. I use it after micellar water to remove most of my makeup, then this comes in and gets every little piece away. My skin feels so soft and clean afterwards, and possibly best thing ever, it rinses off so easily. There is no grimey residue at all. I have pretty dry skin and this works great, but my friend who gave it to me has oily skin and says it is his holy grail. Odd added bonus: my boyfriends likes how my face smells after using this.
Georgia Mom from Marietta, GA
I received a deluxe sample of this cleansing oil in a Birchbox. I thought, "Clean my skin with OIL?? That's crazy talk." Then I tried it and wow! Like does attract like, and I like this cleansing oil. Now it's the first step of a double cleanse, especially when I'm wearing makeup and a permanent staple in my beauty routine. The full-size lasts a long time.
Hrivas37 from undisclosed
I have used many cleansers and this is the only one that will not dry my skin or make it feel rough. I have sensitive and dry skin, so the fact that it doesn't strip my skin makes me happy. It is also a great make up remover!
Gentle on the eyes
Kastriona from Ny
I loved this oil cleanser! I have sensitive eyes due to lasik so I have to make sure any product I use around the eye area will not irritate my eyes. I only bought this item because I liked the midnight recovery face oil. I had zero expectations because no oil cleanser seemed to have worked on my skin for me and I have been on the hunt. Now, the hunt is over. I love this cleanser so much!!!! It removes gel eyeliners and mascara easily.
best oil cleanser
lahren from nj
I don't get the comments that say it doesn't remove eye makeup, this stuff is brilliant, it removes everything easily. I have at least 10 cleansing oils and have tried many more and this is always my go to. I highly recommend!
Nikki from Texas
gentle make up remover or pre cleanse that smells relaxing and fresh right before bed.
Love the product, just don't have it shipped
PearlN from Maryland
I use this year round for makeup removal and it doesn't cause my combination skin any problems as some others do. In dry wintertime, I often use for general cleansing at night, followed by moisturizer and my skin is less dry feeling in the morning than when I don't use it.
This is such a treat after a stressful day!
Kaylajoy1984 from Saint Paul, MN
I initially tried this in a holiday gift set and I had always been curious about it and the serum.
This was love at first use. The scent is just enough to be relaxing but it's not overwhelming. If you've tried other lavender/botanical type scents, you'll know what I mean. It goes on smoothly, and a little goes a long way. I use a hot washcloth and just let it and the oil soak into my skin for a minute.
Very relaxing and just a great way to wind down before crawling into bed.
DaniT from Nc, USA
What an absolutely fantastic product! I got it in a great little sample pack of all Keihl's products. I was apprehensive to use it, as I have never used an oil as a face wash before. However, after recently starting to use retinol, my skin has been dry and peeling, and I was willing to use anything that could help provide some relief. I was very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this smelled, how gentle it was on my skin, and how un-oily it was! It even took off my eye makeup and did not cause any pain in my eyes whatsoever. It was extremely gentle, and was very similar to the Dermalogica pre-wash face wash, which essentially dissolves your makeup. I still used a foaming cleanser afterwards, but this was such an excellent product to gently get everything off my face, and I think you would be fine using it alone as a face wash or makeup remover.
Great for removing makeup
Dee from Los Angeles
This is my go-to for gently removing makeup at night. Feel great. I prefer this over the concentrate.
Simply the best
Hillbilly Fashionista from WV
First I rarely write reviews unless I truly believe in a product!! This is a great oil based cleanser to remove all traces of makeup. Now that I can purchase in my local Ulta and not have to order it I will continue to use this cleanser. So thin & light but yet so powerful to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup. Even though it seems to be pricey, the 5.9oz bottle lasts me 3 months and I remove makeup nightly. You will not be disappointed with this cleanser!
My favorite night time cleanser
Makeup lover from Asheville NC
Works great to remove make up, sweat and impurities from your skin. Leaves skin feeling dewy and fresh. Follow up with the midnight recovery oil. Will buy again!
Seriously the best!
DaniH from Firestone, CO
I was super hesitant to buy this at first but I'm now on to my 2nd bottle. This cleaning oil is the best! Doesn't dry out my face and leaves my face looking fresh. I always follow up with Midnight Recovery Oil. Seriously can't go wrong with the duo.
On my 2nd bottle
FranL from Colorado
I keep trying other face washes and keep coming back to this. It is by far the best I've found for taking off a full face of makeup but also so gentle on my skin.
Love how the makeup melts away
Jess from Milwaukee
No matter how thick my makeup is, a pump or two is enough to just melt it all the way. Even just a few more pumps helps melt away the shame and raccoon looking *$$ with a scent to resurrect my hungover self enough to start the day in 2020. And even though my insides feel like the bad choices of tequila shots, I know my skin looks and feels loved.
Don't understand the rave reviews
Amanda from San Diego
I don't understand how so many people think this product is great. I've been using it since June and haven't been able to get over the weird, rancid-like smell it has. I can smell the "botanical" aspect, but there's also something really funny about it, and it's not good.
This product will remove face makeup fine, but it will not remove my eye makeup (tested with Benefit Rollerlash, which is difficult to remove — so I had low expectations, but also it couldn't remove my Smashbox Full Exposure and cannot remove Fenty eye primer). When putting it all over the eyes as needed to remove makeup, it will seek into the eyes because it's so thin, and it will sting. When I use it before bed, I wake up with very irritated, uncomfortable eyes.
Additionally, the product is very, very thin, making it slightly more difficult to apply than other cleansing oils or mills as it runs down your hands so quickly. I think this is partly why it gets in the eyes. It washes away nicely enough, doesn't get milky at all (if you don't like that) or leave any residue. Once my face dries, I have to immediately scurry to my moisturizer because my face is immediately so tight and dry.
Lastly, I got the full-size bottle, and although it has a twist cap for on/off, it WILL leak in your luggage. I have also tried putting it into other containers for travel, but you must make sure that they're a good liquid container. I've had it seep out of other containers with screw lids; the thin slippery formula can just go through them!
I'm going back to Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil. I so wish I had not purchased the full size of this Kieh's product. What a waste! :(
yc61 from Walnut, California
This is the best cleansing oil I've ever used. The only downside is the price.
not so great for removing makeup
kelly p from augusta, ga
i got this to start double cleansing because a face wash alone is never enough to get my waterproof mascara & eyeliner all the way off. i thought using an oil first would help, but this hasn't really, even with using a lot & really rubbing it in. it feels very nice on the skin and smells fantastic but doesn't help cleanse like i hoped it would.
Doesn't remove eye makeup
Cherry86779 from East coast
Even if you rub hard it can not remove any eye makeup. Not eyeliner or regular mascara (not waterproof) but it does remove face makeup nicely. Also it's a strong distinct scent. Wouldn't buy again.
Does much more than what it says! Awesome!
Pari3 from undisclosed
I have been using this product for two years (every night) and I will continue using it forever... It is definitely a life changer.
ktlh2 from Hill Country TX
I had been a long time user of Neutrogena wipes. I received this through a special purchase choice and love it. Keep by my sink and 2 squirts is all I need to dissolve all the makeup and dirt from the day.
Cissy from Illinois
Just bought today, used to remove all of my makeup, & when I used toner cotton round didn't have any makeup on it! I've never had any cleanser remove makeup completely!