Double Cleanse Battle – Physician’s Formula Cleansing Balm or Oil?

I’ve been a fan of double cleansing for a couple of years and have been raving about Physician’s Formula’s The Perfect Matcha 3-in-1 cleansing balm for a while. It’s truly a great product and does a great job at removing makeup, dirt and oil.

I recently came across Physician’s Formula’s Cleansing oil during a trip to CVS to stock up on my cleansing balm — I got both.

Physicians Formula cleansing balm and oil

Although I was on my third refill of the cleansing balm — if it ain’t broke, why fix it? — I just love trying out new products so I decided to give the oil a try.

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First, let’s get into some deets about both products. They’re both drugstore finds so you should be able to find them at CVS or Kroger – purchased at both stores.

Hypoallergenic, Fragrance free, Parabe free gluten free Dermatologist approved Vegan Cruelty Free

Physician’s Formula The Perfect Matcha 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm

The cleansing balm runs about $12. It comes in a round tub and includes a small spatula to scoop out the product. You scoop a small amount and apply to your face, gently rubbing in circular motions. You may apply to closed eyes in a downward and outward motion.

You can rinse off with water or wipe off with a damp washcloth. Because this product has a Vaseline consistency, I prefer to wipe it off rather than rinse with water.

The balm does a great job of melting off my makeup and even my mascara. Although I don’t use waterproof-mascara, it’s still difficult to remove, but this balm does a great job.

Scoop of Physicians Formula cleansing balm
consistency of Physicians Formula cleansing balm

After I wipe the balm off my face, I continue the second part of double cleansing with a mild cleanser.

PROS: Easy to use, leaves skin hydrated, removes stubborn makeup. Non-Comedogenic, Ophthalmologist Tested, Vegan and Cruelty-free

CONS: Small amount ( I get maybe a month max use out of it), contains fragrance.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Double Cleansing Oil

picture of physicians formula cleansing oil
consistency of physicians formula cleansing oil

The cleansing oil comes in a bottle and pumps out the product. It’s a bi-phase (double cleanse) oil that combines a cleansing water with a purifying oil to help clean, restore, and nourish the skin in one easy step, according to PF’s website.

To use, you shake the bottle to mix both ingredients and apply a couple pumps to dry hands. Then apply to dry skin and work in circular motion. The product warms up on application to make it easier to remove makeup.

The instructions on the bottle indicate to rinse off the product with warm water. I did not like how this made my skin feel. It’s water would bead on my face and it did not rinse my makeup off. I prefer using a damp washcloth to remove the product. I also noticed that even after following up with my usual cleanser, my face still had makeup residue.

PROS: Organic, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-Free, Gluten Free, Vegan and Cruelty -Free

CONS: Leaves skin oily, doesn’t take off all your makeup, doesn’t emulsify, hard to rinse off.

Cleansing Oil v. Cleansing Balm

After using both products a few times, I will have to say that the cleansing balm beats the oil hands down. The balm is easy to handle and less messy than the oil. The balm also does a better job at melting off my makeup than the oil.

Going forward, I will continue to purchase the Physician’s Formula cleansing balm because of it’s ability to get the job done and its affordability.

I am definitely a lover of cleansing balms, however, Physician’s Formula is not considered a clean brand exclusively. If you’re looking for a clean brand that delivers the same amazing results, I would recommend Farmacy’s Green Clean. This product is a little pricey at $34 compared to the $12 for the Physician’s Formula.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup meltaway cleansing balm

However, Farmacy’s ingredients include turmeric and moringa extract which helps remove impurities, sunscreen residue, and fight the effects of pollution. It also contains papaya enzymes which naturally exfoliate pores.

Whichever you choose, I highly recommend starting a double cleanse regime today. Not only will it keep your skin looking healthy but it will help with clogged pores, and dull skin. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since starting to double cleanse and really enjoy how hydrated and supple my skin feels. Do you have a current double cleanser that you enjoy? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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