Happy Friday! Today I want to talk about a product that I’ve been using in my night time routine, which is the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This is a product that I picked up a couple of years ago, and it’s been sat stashed away until recently. It is still on the market for £6.99, and can be found in both Boots and Superdrug.
The state of Simple’s cruelty-free status seems to be of debate at the moment, as they have come out online claiming they’ve been certified as cruelty-free by PETA. However, other blogs online disagree with this classification or haven’t responded yet to this change. Ultimately, it’s up to you as the individual consumer to decide if you think Simple as a brand are cruelty-free by your criteria.
If you’re feeling confused, Simple is owned by Unilever, who also own brands and have an overall policy on testing where required by law. For some, this is a reason not to consider any brand under their umbrella as not cruelty-free. However, NYX as another example, is owned by L’OREAL who also have the same circumstances, but is considered cruelty-free by many in the beauty community in spite of it. This is what I think separates the cruelty-free community in to two different camps. I’m currently undecided about my stance on this, but as this is a purchase I made before I went cruelty-free, it’s not related to this.
As I’ve talked about it for long enough, let’s move on to the claims. I’m going to quote the bottle, but since it’s quite slim, it didn’t photograph very well.
“Our cleanser with pure grapeseed oil and vitamins A & E removes make-up and dissolves impurities while instantly hydrating your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. No greasy residue. For daily use.”
To me, the claim that it’s hydrating is immediately misleading. I wouldn’t call this hydrating, but it’s not drying. My skin can get by without moisturising if I’m really feeling lazy, but my skin will feel and respond better if I don’t cut out my normal night time routine steps. So it’s gentle on the skin, but I think to use the term “hydrating” implies it adds moisture to the skin, and I don’t really find that’s the case, as you’re meant to wash all traces of it from your skin.
In terms of the packaging, it’s a very slender plastic bottle, with a hard plastic cap. The slender bottle is nice as it doesn’t take up much space in my bathroom. The cap is easy to open but not so simple that it’ll pop open easily. As this sits on a cluttered space with my toothpaste, makeup brush drying stand, among other items, it’s easy for things to clatter together or knock other things over, so a sturdy cap is a positive in my books.
The dispenser is a small hole in the cap, which pours out the oil. It gives good control of how much you pour out, although it’s likely to require more energy. However, I don’t mind this as I’d rather work harder to get some product than the panic of trying to prevent product from pouring everywhere. It means I’m not wasting product, so that’s fine with me.
The oil itself is fairly watery, but has an ever so slight gel-texture to it that makes it easy for me to control. I typically pour a small amount into the palm of my hand, pat it across both palms and then start tapping all over my face, just to get it everywhere. Then I’ll dampen my hands with some warm water and use my fingers to very gently massage the entire face, including my eyes.
You look like a mess doing this, but then I’ll take one of my facial towels, soak it in warm water, and then start wiping away. After this first cycle, I’ll assess how my skin looks, and if I need to repeat this cycle, I will. Depending on whether I have a full face of makeup or any lingering mascara or eyeshadow, I’ll do a double-cleanse routine to make sure I’ve cleaned off everything. On days when I have lighter makeup, I only need to do this once though. As I typically do lighter makeup, it does mean I’m working through this product fairly slowly.
In terms of its place in my routine, this is what I’ll use on days I’m wearing mascara and/or foundation and don’t want to use half a dozen cotton rounds and my micellar water. This is more convenient in spite of the potential mess in my bathroom with water dripping everywhere, and it means I don’t need to replace my cotton rounds as frequently. For days that I’m wearing very minimal makeup, my current micellar water and cotton rounds are more convenient.
It’s been really fun to try this out, as I’m in a more experimental phase at the moment. It’s also nice to have some slight changes to my night time routine, especially as I love using the facial towels I picked up to go with cleansing oils or balms like this one. These are the Boots Face Cloths, which I have in the blue photographed above, but also a white one in my backup drawer. They’re very soft and gentle on the skin, and rinse off easily to use for double-cleansing. I wash them once a week at the moment, but I have two of them for if I need to wash them more frequently and want to have another ready to use between washes.
Overall, this is a nice cleansing oil, and if Simple is on your radar for brands you’re prepared to support, I think it’s a good option. As I described above, I’m still not sure where I sit in terms of my criteria for ‘cruelty-free status’ so for now I’m abstaining until I make up my mind. I will edit my cruelty-free policy post when that happens, and will make it very obvious where and when the edit was added.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.