One of the reasons I’m not a huge fan of wearing makeup is because putting it on requires an eventual removal of what, by the end of a long day, is a cakey mess. I must admit that Creo Super Antioxidant Foaming Facial Wash ($13 in the TIA shop) has made the whole makeup-removing process much easier. But it doesn’t take the place of a product whose sole purpose is ridding my face of little black specks of mascara that have migrated from eyes to cheeks, and concealer that is so smudged that it’s no longer fooling anyone.

It didn’t take any convincing on my friend’s part when she offered me her semi-used Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil. In fact, I pretty much grabbed it out of her hands. Recent Vapour reviews have made me pretty eager to try the company’s products.

Let’s talk packaging; it’s great. The airless pump is hygienically perfect for sharing (if you must) and probably for preserving the product, too. I do take issue with how small the package itself is, though. Or maybe it’s the price that’s the real problem. At only .98 oz and costing a pricey $28, I’m not thrilled. Serums (that work) can, in my opinion, be justified at high prices. But a makeup remover? The ingredients have got to be something special if I’m going to pay nearly $30 for a small amount of product that is formulated to come off, not stay on, my skin.

So…are the ingredients special? I’ll let you decide. I will say that there is absolutely nothing not to love in the Vapour Cleansing Oil formula. It’s basically a combination of several organic, plant-derived oils, meaning loads of antioxidants and soothing ingredients. Evening primrose oil is a nice addition, in that it is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and has been shown to help with inflammation, eczema, and scaliness. It hydrates, yet also calms acne-ridden skin. I’ll never say no to a little vitamin E, either. I’m most intrigued by the inclusion of horsetail, which is often used in hair care products. However, it is also used to strengthen and soften skin.

My skin loves Vapour Cleansing Oil; I experience no breakouts, milia or other ill effects you might associate with oil. Most importantly, it works. Boy, does it work. Makeup nearly melts off when I wipe the oil over my face. People might be put off by the excess sheen that is left behind, but since I wash my face after removing makeup anyway, it doesn’t bother me. Plus, I feel like it’s extra hydrating. A bonus is the light, pleasant floral scent.

To be honest, Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is not a bad buy for people (like me) who don’t wear makeup often; it will last a fair amount of time if you’re a sparse-user. The only risk of purchasing it is that you will probably find it so effective, that you will end up wearing a lot more makeup.

Ingredients: Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic/Bio Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Essential Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Essential Oil, Organic/Bio Borage Officinalis, Organic/Bio Helichrysum Arenarium, Organic/Bio Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)