The latest oil cleanser I’ve been putting to the test is the Maya Chia Great Cleanse Nourishing Supercritical Cleansing Oil (what a mouthful!). Maya Chia’s skincare range is centered around chia oil, known for its rich nutritional content including omegas and antioxidants. The chia oil used in their skincare is extracted from chia seeds via CO2 extraction – a method which results in the most pure, unadulterated, and nutritionally-intact oil. Their chia is sourced from select regions known for growing the highest quality chia and they are very select about which farms they work with.
Salvia Hispanica (Supercritical Chia) Oil, Helianthus annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil
What Maya Chia Says About It
“Effortlessly remove the day’s makeup for deeply hydrated skin that glows from within.
Nourishing supercritical chia oil restores moisture for supple skin and a more even complexion. Our proprietary blend of oils gently and effortlessly dissolves makeup and impurities completely. Soothing natural botanicals, such as German and Roman chamomile and lavender, calm the skin for a radiant glow.”
This cleansing oil has a lightweight consistency and I find it thoroughly removes any trace of makeup very well and with ease, including eye makeup. I use about 6 pumps for makeup removal and if I don’t have makeup to remove, I use 5 pumps for pore cleansing and facial massaging. It does cleanse the pores/loosen pore gunk okay, but in comparison to another cleansing oil that I have in rotation I find it doesn’t do as good of a job at pore cleansing because I don’t get as many “grits” (dried sebum plugs) with it. This cleansing oil is emulsifying which means that after cleansing, you can rinse it off with water! When rinsing it off with water it leaves behind soft, moisturized skin. I still prefer to wipe it away with a damp cleansing cloth for some exfoliating action at night, but the emulsifying factor is nice for a gentle, moisturizing cleanse in the mornings.
Scent. It smells strongly of lavender and when I first started using it, I didn’t mind it that much but now it’s become something that’s too overpowering for my senses and I’m not sure that I like the amount of essential oils it contains. I don’t really associate lavender with the image I have in mind of this cleanser and the Maya Chia brand, so I personally wish lavender could be eliminated from the ingredients, possibly along with the other essential oils.
All in all, this cleansing oil is well-performing and I like that it’s emulsifying because I can use it in the mornings as well without a cleansing cloth and it affects my skin the way a gentle cream cleanser would. It’s sort of a multi-tasker in that regard, which I definitely welcome to my skincare collection because it’s nice to have products that are great for any time of the day. I’m a big fan of the product bottle size (3.4oz/100ml) because I use it so much and so often and I’m not finding my bottle to deplete too quickly. It’ll cost you $34 which is a reasonable price for a product of this size and that’s a combo that’s hard to come by with eco-luxe brands. If you like emulsifying lightweight cleansing oils and enjoy lavender, this one might be for you!