Best Cleansing Oils in India – 2023 Edition

Last updated on 14 January, 2024

Many people associate “cleansing” to a foamy lather which gets rinsed with water and gives that squeaky clean feeling. With each new discovery and experiment in skincare world, this isn’t the only way as of today!

Oil Cleansing is a type of cleansing wherein oil is used to cleanse the skin. Many people have turned to oil cleansing method as a way to remove makeup, soothe the sensitive skin and reduce breakouts. The basic idea behind using oils for cleansing is that “like dissolves like.”

Best Cleansing Oils in India

Cleansing Oil in India

  1. See Love Cleansing Oil
  2. The KLAIRS’ Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil
  3. L’Occitane’s Facial Cleansing Oil
  4. Suganda Squalane Cleansing Oil
  5. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  6. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Rich Cleansing Oil
  7. Conscious Chemist Ultra Light Oil to Foam Cleanser
  8. Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil
  9. Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil
  10. Inveda Stubborn Makeup Cleansing Oil
  11. The KLAIRS’ Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil
  12. Forest Essentials Makeup Remover Oil

See Love Cleansing Oil

Finding a good oil cleanser that doesn’t clog pores and rinses away with zero oily residue is hard to find and See Love is definitely the one. I absolutely like the silky texture, awesome fragrance and superb emulsification of the cleansing oil. See Love Cleansing Oil is an oil cleanser that gently yet effectively and thoroughly washes the sunscreen or makeup from your face while leaving it clean, refreshed and radiant. If you are into double cleansing regularly, do try it once and thank me later! Price – 1300 INR for 120ml

How to use – Use 2 pumps on a dry face face and massage onto the skin. Leave for a few minutes and wash off with water. For oily and combination skin: Use it as part of a double cleanse

The KLAIRS’ Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil

Klairs Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil is gentle enough to use everyday and is formulated with natural oils like sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, jojoba seed oil and black currant oil. This oil cleanser is lightweight and due to the thin consistency, one doesn’t get that oily feeling while using it. On the other hand it doesn’t emulsify that much, but easy to rinse off and doesn’t feel like it has left a greasy, oily residue behind. Klairs Fresh versions is recommended for oily-combination skin and those who feel oil cleansers are too heavy. It has a hypo-allergenic formula for sensitive skin as well since it’s fragrance free. Definitely one of the best cleansing oil in India. Price – 1700 INR for 150 ml

How to use – Take an adequate amount of Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil onto the palms of dry hands. Gently massage over the dry face in order of forehead, nose and cheeks. After massaging, do not wipe off with tissue but rinse off with lukewarm water for 2~3 times.

L’Occitane Facial Cleansing Oil

L’Occitane’s Facial Cleansing Oil is a pH friendly make-up remover leaves skin clean, smooth, energised and purified. The formulation consists of anti-ageing immortelle and soothing calendula flowers from the south of France! It not only imparts a healthy-looking glow while removing waterproof makeup and impurities but also softens the skin day by day as you use it. The best part about the cleansing oil is that it is non-comedogenic and tolerance tested under dermatological and ophthalmological supervision. Price – 400 INR for 30ml

How to use – Apply with fingers to dry face, including the lips and eyes. Gently massage, then add some water to transform the oil into a milky emulsion. Rinse off with water.

Suganda Squalane Cleansing Oil

Suganda Squalane Cleansing Oil is a squalane hemp-based cleansing oil that helps to break down impurities and deep cleanses the skin. Light weight consistency, easily emulsifying, no need of second cleanse, affordable price even with more quantity, easy availability is something which people look out for in a cleansing oil. Suganda cleansing oil ticks all of these boxes. If you have oily, acne prone skin give this cleansing oil a try. This one is an Indian brand cleansing oil in India. Price – 550 INR for 50ml

How to use – Use 2 pumps on a dry face face and massage onto the skin. Leave for a few minutes and wash off with water. For oily and combination skin: Use it as part of a double cleanse

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is raved for all the right reasons! Right from the minimal ingredients’ list to easy emulsifying formulation to organic olive oil as base ingredient. The product ticks all the boxes for being the best oil cleanser for any skin type. DHC Cleansing Oil is an oil cleanser that gently yet effectively and thoroughly washes the sunscreen or day from your face while leaving it clean, refreshed and radiant. If you are into double cleansing regularly, do try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil once and thank me later! Some might find the product pricey and it also stings the eyes a little. Price – 699 INR for 30ml

How to use – Apply to dry skin, massaging in a circular motion to dissolve makeup. Rinse with lukewarm water or wash off with a foam cleanser.

Best Cleansing Oils in India

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Rich Cleansing Oil

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Rich Cleansing oil is formulated with rice extract, rice bran oil and kukui seed oil. It is a smooth, rich textured and deep cleansing oil that gently removes heavy makeup from the skin. It provides skin with rich moisture and nourishment. This rich cleansing oil is formulated without mineral oil. This gentle yet moisturizing rich deep-cleansing oil is suitable for normal to dry skin. This one is a raved cleansing oil in India. Price – 1190 INR for 150ml

How to use – Apply an appropriate amount onto dry hands and gently smooth over dry face to dissolve makeup. Add water with fingertips and massage to remove makeup. Rinse off with water afterwards.

Best cleansing oil in India

Conscious Chemist Ultra Light Oil to Foam Cleanser

This castor oil based cleanser melts away makeup, sunscreen and dissolves impurities. It does leave a little oily film on your skin and needs to be followed up with a second cleanse. It makes the skin clean, soft, and radiant. Moreover it helps to keep the skin barrier by helping to maintain moisture levels. This reformulated product doesn’t sting the eyes at all. Additionally it is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic too. Price – 499 INR for 100ml

How to use
Apply to dry face using clean dry hands and massage into skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water and follow with water-based cleanser.

Best Cleansing Oils in India

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil dissolves make-up, dirt and impurities with lightweight oil cleanser that gently cleanses and hydrates the skin. Formulated with freshly double-squeezed Jeju green tea extract and green tea root extract filled with natural cleanser saponin. The Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil cleans, hydrates and revitalises the skin and gives soft, supple and glowing skin instantly. Beauty Green Tea from Jeju is the main active ingredient, a variety highly-enriched in excellent moisturizer amino acids. Price – 1400 INR for 150ml

How to use – Pump once or twice in your palm and gently massage onto dry face, wiping away make-up. Put a small amount of cleanser in your palm with a splash of water, gently massage until a light lather forms, and wash off with lukewarm water.

best cleansing oil in India

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil

Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil is infused with legendary Moroccan Argan Oil. The Moroccan Argan Oil infused rinse-off cleanser melts into the skin and gently removes long wear and waterproof makeup, dirt and pollution. This cleanser when in contact with water transforms into a milky solution and deep cleans the pores leaving your skin nourished. This has a lightweight cleansing formula that will give you nourished and radiant skin. Lakme is a drugstore based cleansing oil in India. Price – 449 INR for 50ml

How to use – Take 3 to 4 pumps of cleansing oil into the palm of dry hands. Gently smooth over dry face. Wet face to transform oil to cleansing milk. Rinse thoroughly.

Inveda Stubborn Makeup Cleansing Oil

Inveda Stubborn Makeup Cleansing Oil removes all traces of make-up or impurities in one step.It is rich in protective oils and it won’t dry out the skin or leave it greasy. Its melting texture transforms into milk when in contact with water. It gives a perfectly clean skin which is clear, soft and soothed without any greasy film. It has Olive Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, HazelNut Oil, RoseHip Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil. Price – 695 INR for 100 ml

How to use – Pour a few drops in the hands and apply to dry face and eye contour. Gently massage until impurities are removed . Rinse off with water. Can be also applied using a cotton pad.

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover Oil

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover is infused with Jasmine essential oil, Wheat germ oil, rose essential oil, jojoba oil along with some beneficial ingredients It is specially designed to cleanse different types of makeup. It leaves the skin nourished and cleans the makeup in one swipe. The brand claims the makeup remover oil nourishes the eyelashes. This cleansing oil in India by Forest Essentials is pretty affordable! Price – 795 INR for 100 ml

How to use – To Remove Makeup. Follow with a Cleanser. Add the makeup removing oil onto a damp cotton wool to wipe off face and eye make-up. Repeat if necessary. Rinse with water. Apply a cleanser if required. Pat dry.

Traditional oil cleansing is done with pure oils and a washcloth dampened with warm water. Some people who ardently follow a K-beauty regimen, also follow their oil cleanse with a gentle face wash to remove any oil residue.

Some benefits of using an oil cleanse are

  1. It lifts excess sebum
  2. Cleanse out clogged pores
  3. Reduce blackheads and whiteheads
  4. Remove dead skin, pollutants, sunscreen and makeup

Makeup removers or cleansing balms or cleansing oils are often formulated with oils because of their ability to lift oil-based and waterproof formulas. Today we will be checking only the best cleansing oils available in India. Many people who don’t like thick balm consistency for oil cleansing often use cleansing oils.

How to use a cleansing oil?

  1. Apply the oil to your dry face. Use the fingertips to gently massage the oil into the skin for a minute or two to remove impurities like makeup and dead skin cells, and let it penetrate the skin.
  2. Use a damp, warm washcloth to gently wipe away the oil. Be careful not to put much pressure. A soft washcloth is good. You can also rinse with warm water if you want some of the oil to stay on your skin.
  3. Pat dry with a towel and apply moisturizer if you feel the need.
  4. There are two ways to use a cleansing oil. One involves removing the applied oil with warm water or a wet washcloth. However in K-beauty what follows is oil removal with a gentle cleanser to remove any leftover oily residue.

K-beauty double cleanse

  1. If you’re prone to acne or oily skin Follow the first three steps above for a basic oil cleanse.
  2. Wash with a mild face wash that won’t strip your skin of its new hydration
  3. Pat dry with a towel and apply moisturizer if you feel you need it.

Before you try any oil cleansing method, test the cleansing oil on a small patch of your skin for a couple of days to see how your skin reacts.

How to choose a cleansing oil?

Now that so many K-beauty brands as well as Indian brands have added a cleansing oil to their line, it is difficult to decide on which one to go for. This list of best cleansing oil in India will help you choose a well formulated cleansing oil for your skin type. Most cleansing oils these days turn into milky consistency when they come in contact with water which is called as emulsifying the oil. If the oil which you are using doesn’t emulsify with water, you may remove it with a washcloth dipped in lukewarm water.

We hope you find this list of Best Cleansing Oil in India useful. For comments and feedback please leave a message in comments box.

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About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.

5 Replies to “Best Cleansing Oils in India – 2023 Edition”

  1. I had used inveda cleansing oil and it was really good.

  2. I want to try the face shop rice cleansing oil, so far i have used only the body shop chamomile one, that is good too.

  3. An interesting detailed information as usual. I've used The Face Shop and Greenie Mill Cleansing oils and they're super awesome. Innisfree Apple Seed oil is in my wishlist since long time.

  4. Klairs deep cleansing oil is love!

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