Review: Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

December 2, 2020

So last week’s chat about Korres Rose Moisturiser has left me with florals on the brain, and as such the cleanser I’ve reached for the most this week has been the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This beautiful cleanser is just as effective as it is joyful to use. A bright coral hue, this transparent gel smells instantly of delicate roses the second you take off the lid. Subtle but distinct.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

What Makes It Special:
Don’t let the ‘gel’ word fool you, this isn’t your typical splash-off gel cleanser. This thick and luscious balm melts within seconds to create a luxurious and nourishing oil. Loaded with Vitamins A, C and E to restore and protect, and Pumpkin Enzymes which brighten and deeply clean, the blend also contains Chamomile and Rose which give it that subtle, but delightful, floral scent.

This was the original cleanser of its type. Oskia were the first company to perfect the gel to oil formulation, and it’s been an award-winning, bestseller ever since.

Why I Like It:
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel isn’t a cleanser that I reach for every day, but I’ll always have this in my bathroom drawer. This is the perfect product for when my skin is looking dull because it instantly brightens, and rectifies unbalanced skin as it cleanses without stripping. But its real claim to fame, in my opinion, is how amazing it is on dry skin. The way the gel melts so perfectly into a smooth oil, and hydrates and softens the skin while still cleansing it, it really is a special kind of skincare magic. And for that reason, this is always the cleanser that I use when I have that dreaded Winter cold that leaves your nose sore and flaky, this stuff was made for dry and broken skin.

What I Don’t Like About It:
The packaging really bugs me because I have no way of seeing how much is left, and it takes up way more space than any other 100ml cleanser I have. Having said that, definitely don’t try and take the pump off to see how much product you have left… trust me. I did and I ended up wearing at least four faces’ worth on my clothes.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Apply a small pump worth all over your face as a first or second cleanse (don’t waste this on removing makeup, second cleanse all the way!) and gently massage in. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Follow up with the rest of your routine. For me the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is an evening cleanse, it’s probably a little heavier than I need from my morning cleanse.

Product Claims:
Deeply cleanses pores – leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed
Removes makeup and daily grime – agree
Improves the appearance of sun-damaged, dry and mature skin to reveal soft, supple texture – leaves my skin soft and supple, but my skin isn’t mature or sun-damaged, but I can confirm it is great for dry/unhappy skin.
Enhances the lipid barrier to soften and nourish – agree

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Sucrose Laurate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Benzyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose Stearate, Rhodinols, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Dehydroacetic Acid, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood) Wood Oil, Cymbopogon (Palmarosa) Martini Oil*, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalooliferum Wood Oil, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil *, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil *, Anthemis Nobilis (Camomile) Flower Oil *, Sucrose Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil *, Jojoba Esters, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).
* Organically Certified Ingredient.
** Component of natural essential oils.

Available From:
Cult Beauty

35ml – $30 / £15.00
100ml – $70 / £35.00

Absolutely. Although I’ve complained out the packaging, I should point out, that this actually lasts a really long time, but I can most definitely see a repurchase in my future.

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