Kiehls Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil : Review


Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing the new addition to the Kiehls skincare lineup – the Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of their star products and the Cleansing oil has ingredients along the same lines – but with a lighter texture that breaks down makeup and emulsifies with water to give squeaky clean skin. Price – Rs 3200 for 175ml.


Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil


The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil comes in a blue translucent plastic bottle with a lockable pump. The texture of the oil is lightweight and silky, it doesn’t feel too viscous or heavy on the skin. It has a faint scent of Lavender, much like the facial oil concentrate. You need 2-3 pumps of this to remove all makeup from the face. Like all cleansing oils, this needs to be gently massaged on dry skin to break down makeup. Because its an oil, it works on stubborn, waterproof makeup as well. After massaging for 20-30 seconds, you need to add a little water and the oil emulsifies at this point, turning milky. Once you rinse with water, it washes off completely without leaving any oily residue on the skin. The skin feels really clean, supple and nourished post use.

The base of this oil is a blend of lightweight esters (like ethylhexyl palmitate, a palm oil derivative) and silicones, which is why it feels so light on the skin. The Lavender adds a soothing feel to it though it may irritate very sensitive skin (fragrance/essential oils can sometimes irritate sensitive skin). On the upside, it contains Squalane (a lipid with natural affinity for skin) and Evening Primrose Oil (rich in omega-6 fatty acids), both of which are excellent for the skin. It is also free from sulphates and mineral-oil, and is non-comedogenic (so it won’t clog pores!). It is ophthalmologically tested, so it can be used in the eye area.

I’ve used several cleansing oils in the past and they generally vary in terms of how well they emulsify. The Kiehls Cleansing oil emulsifies very well with water i.e it produces plenty of emulsion and rinses off completely from the skin, without leaving any greasy feel behind. It also does an excellent job of breaking down heavy makeup. Because it doesn’t leave any residue, it doesn’t necessarily need a follow up cleanser but since I have oily, acne-prone skin, I am serious about cleansing and follow this up with a mild, gel-based cleanser.

Overall, this is a really effective and nourishing cleansing oil that removes all makeup without difficulty and leaves the skin clean and replenished. I love that it doesn’t leave any greasy feel on the skin and I would recommend this to people of all skin types (except those allergic to fragranced skin care). This is now available across Kiehls stores in India. If you’re looking for a new cleansing oil, do give this a try!


Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil


Hope you found this review helpful!

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  1. Wow! New cleanser in the market that removes stubborn makeup too.. Your post got me excited to try this one but the price is too steep considering 2-3 pumps are required for each use

  2. Hiiii dear it’s little bit early .currently I have combination skin with spots which is on my c jone so what is ur recommendations for me .like cleanser scrub moisturizer or face pack etc..
    Recently I m using kama ayurveda hydrating creame but this product is totally waste of money for me.

  3. Kiehls products have beautiful luxurious packaging! 😍 Their midnight recovery concentrate is in my wishlist since long. I would love to splurge on it someday! Not sure if I am going to try the cleansing oil though. Great review ankita di!

  4. Hi Ankita, what are your thoughts on the eye serum from the Kiehl’s midnight recovery range? I am wondering whether to invest in it or not.

  5. A little on the expensive side but if it removes all traces of makeup without irritating skin this will definitely be a savior for many.

  6. Nice review Ankita. I Love Kiehl’s. They have the most luxurious packaging and its most effective skincare in high end brands.

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