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The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm, Review

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review

melt that makeup away


This post marks the start of the new series of the Inkey List reviews on this platform. I am sure most of us are familiar with the brand as it has been taking the skincare world by storm: their products are affordable, straightforward and [what seems to be a mutual consensus] effective. And, what is even better, you can easily create a personalized skincare routine without breaking the piggy bank.

Today we will take a look at the Oat Cleansing Balm.

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My Skin: dry/sensitive

About The Product

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The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm (9.99 USD; Made in USA) – is described as a luxurious cleansing balm with a lightweight texture and soothing feel. It comes in a generously sized tube containing 150 ml/ 5 oz of product. The key ingredients here are: Sweet Almond Oil, Oat Kernel Oil and One Percent Colloidal Oatmeal (all of which support skin’s protective barriers and soothe irritation).

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Oat Cleansing Balm is a product designed to remove makeup. Ideally, this would be the first [heavy duty] step in your “2-Step” cleansing routine – you dissolve makeup, sunscreen and excess oils right before using your regular liquid cleanser.

This balm has an ointment kind of texture to it with a slight yellowish hue. When it gets in contact with water it turns into a milky liquid and rinses off relatively quick. There is normally a minor product residue left on the surface of the skin (typical for most balms), which can be easily washed off with any pH-friendly cleanser of your choice.


Oat Cleansing Balm formula works well for dry skin. This balm effectively cleanses and calms my skin even at its most sensitive peak (as a professional swimmer, I often deal with a lot of extra dryness and irritation caused by chlorine). It does a fine job at dissolving makeup, however, I do not recommend using it to remove eye makeup in particular as it can blur your vision.


Somehow, the consistency of this balm happens to change over time. The product tends to separate, with oils coming to the surface (almost as if the balm melts inside). Also, this tube packaging can be a bit tricky at times as it is hard to squeeze the product out (or close the cap properly).

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Despite how much I enjoy this product’s soothing feel on my most sensitive skin days, I still think that there are some packaging changes that have to be done in order to perfect an overall user experience. Although it worked well for me, I do think that it would be so much better if Oat Cleansing Balm texture did not separate over time. The amount of product you get for the price is phenomenal, so hopefully with a few improvements it will have a potential to become a true staple. As for now, I give it B.

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