Epara Cleansing Oil

I stan a black woman owned beauty business like Epara Skincare.

Epara Skincare is a natural luxury skincare brand based in the UK. It was founded by Ozohu Adoh, a Nigerian, to meet the skincare needs of women of color.

Months ago, I squealed in excitement on Insta Stories as I unboxed the package Epara Skincare sent. I wanted to try the products stat, but couldn't because I have one face and was testing lots of stuff. It had to wait.

At the end of May, I finally got round to trying the Epara Cleansing Oil.

 Epara Cleansing Oil 

Epara Cleansing Oil 

 

Ingredients

Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aqua (Water), Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Plankton extract, Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol

Ingredient Yays

Pure plant oils like moringa, marula, argan, apricot kernel

Ingredient Nays

Essential oils like frankincense, ylang ylang. Fragrance components like Linalool, Limonene, Farnesol. Watch out for these if you have damaged or sensitive skin. For some, fragrance irritates the skin.

Tocopherol. For some, Vitamin E clogs pores.

Of course it's possible to be allergic to anything. Always test your skincare.

 The Ingredients

The Ingredients

 

Claims

A mild cleansing oil that improves the overall appearance and softness of skin.

The cleansing oil has glycerin, triglycerides, pure plant oils like moringa and marula which are emollient. Emollients are moisturizing ingredients that fill the ‘gaps’ in skin to make it soft and smooth.

My dry skin adores emollients, so yes, after washing with the Epara Cleansing Oil, my face felt soft.

 

It's highly nourishing, naturally active ingredients prevent irritation, regulate sebum, brighten skin and target hyper-pigmentation.

Any great cleanser should remove excess oil and the gunk that would cause irritation, so this isn't amazing to hear about the Epara Cleansing Oil.

As for brightening skin and targeting hyperpigmentation, I wouldn’t leave that to a cleanser even if it has licorice root extract like Epara’s.

A cleanser doesn't stay long enough on the face to properly target hyperpigmentation. I'd rely on a great serum instead.

 

Application and Feel

Unless my face feels icky, I use a facial cleanser once a day, in the evening. So that's when I used the Epara Cleansing Oil.

First, I would wash and dry my hands. Then dispense 2-3 pumps of the oil on clean hands to massage on the face and neck.

It's a clear oil that glides on the skin and smells so good! Earthy and warm, kinda like tea tree oil.

After about 10 seconds of massaging, I would wet my fingertips and go back to massaging. The oil would turn into a milky fluid that you can rinse away.

I noticed that the Epara Cleansing Oil took more time to remove makeup. You will need to double or triple cleanse to properly remove makeup.

After cleansing, I would carry on with the rest of my routine.

Initially, my face felt soft, plump and wonderful during this cold dehydrating weather. After 3-5 days of use, my face began reacting to the essential oils in the cleanser. It felt bumpy and sensitive and I wanted to weep, because I had fallen hard for the Epara Cleansing Oil!

I couldn't bring myself to toss or give it away. So now, I'm using it as a hand wash because my hands need serious moisturizing during the cold. The hands are softer and cuticles happier thanks to this cleansing oil and hand cream.

 

Packaging

A sleek 150ml plastic pump bottle. It's green in color with a black pump. I love this packaging, especially the pump.

  • It is hygienic, no hands touch the contents in the bottle.

  • The pump locks, so you don't have to worry about it spilling.

  • It's easy to get the product. You just twist and pump, don't have to worry about creating a mess with oily hands.

  • The pump also releases product well. It doesn't sputter or shoot stuff everywhere. (I'm sure by now, you can tell I hate messes.)

  • Lastly, the Epara Cleansing Oil looks good on any bathroom counter.

In my book, Epara Cleansing Oil gets top marks for packaging.

 

Who would benefit from this?

  • Normal to dry skin types
  • Anyone who has no issues with essential oils. I envy you.
 

Would I (re)purchase?

The Epara Cleansing Oil was gifted. I wouldn't make a purchase because it didn't work for me.

 

Cost and Where to Buy

Epara Skincare is based in the UK. If you're in Lagos or London, you can get the cleansing oil from:

As they continue to grow, you can check for other stockists on the Epara site here.

 

Will you be trying Epara Skincare? Let me know!