Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel // A review

As a first review I would like to talk about this highly praised cleanser by Oskia, an award-winning British brand. I’m sure that if you follow some of the British YouTubers (CarolineAnna and Suzie, just to mention a few), you may have heard of this.

Bear with me if you want the know what all the fuss is about.

What it claims to be:

A new generation non-foaming cleansing gel-to-oil that melts into skin to quickly and gently remove impurities and makeup while actively illuminating and nourishing to reveal balanced, clean, fresh, radiant skin that feels soft and smooth. Wonderfully rich in vitamins and enzymes.

What it is: a luxurious orangey gel cleanser that comes in an elegant plastic white bottle and in a single pump provides the right amount of product that you need.

What it claims to do:

Deeply cleanses pores, removes makeup and daily grime, thoroughly removes dull and dead skin cells without irritation for a balanced complexion, improves the appearance of sun damaged, dry and mature skin to reveal soft, supple texture, fortifies and protects the skin against free radical & environmental damage, improves elasticity & firmness, enhances the lipid barrier to soften and nourish.

What it has insideVitamin A Palmitate, Vitamins C & E, Fermented Pumpkin Enzymes, Starflower Oil, Vitamin B² & Magnesium and much more.

Pretty ambitious for a cleanser, right?

What it does: I’ve never used this cleanser to take off my makeup as I think it would be a great waste to only use it this way. I have used it throughout recent months either as a morning cleanser or a second cleanser (if you don’t know what a second cleanser is, we’ll get to that later on the blog, I promise). I only ever apply it on dry skin and massage for a minute or so on my face. The texture is more like an oil, doesn’t foam and doesn’t roll on your face. I must say it really feels luxurious and you will enjoy cleansing your skin with it. When I have more time I let it sit on my face for a few minutes while I make myself a cup of tea or make the bed; considering the price and the rich ingredients it contains, you should let your skin get the most out of it. I take it off using a warm, damp flannel, that way there is no residue left. After that my skin feels great, not dry and perfectly cleanbrighter and healthier, dare I say! ORCG claims to be for all skin types, but just so you know, I have combination skin, slightly oily on my nose and dry on my cheeks.

Price:  100 ml, £28 or around 30€ on beautybay (where I bought mine). Certainly an expensive product.

Overall judgement: I cannot recommend this product enough, it is the best cleanser I have ever tried so far and nothing has ever felt so good on my skin. It is an investment as the price is high and I can totally see why people wouldn’t like to spend this money on a cleanser. But let me say a few things in favour of Oskia: first, my bottle lasted me around 6 months (quite a while!) and second, cleansing is the most important part of any skincare regimen, so your money is better spent on something like this than, say, a moisturiser. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel did make my skin look better and cleaner.

Have a good day!



*I purchased Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel with my own money. I have been testing this product on my skin for more than 6 months. This is my honest and unconditional review. Nevertheless, keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and something that works for me may not necessarily work for you in the same way.

Full list of ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Citronellol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool, Retinyl Palmitate, Ci 77491, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate

  • Cat L

    Great review! I haven’t tried anything from Oskia but they are high on my list! After reading your review, I think I will start with the cleanser! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Thanks to you! This is a great cleanser, expensive but still not as much as many others (like tata harper, eve lom, may lindstrom etc..). I swear the first time I used it I had the precise feeling of something luxurious on my face, which I had never felt before. And it lasted me months, that is great 🙂

  • Kelly

    What a great in depth review! I really want to try something from Oskia as I have heard so many great stories about the brand but have never tried something myself. I have pretty dry skin that tends to look a little dull, so a rich oil-like cleanser might just do the trick.

    Kelly Knows It | A lifestyle blog

    • Hi Kelly! Thanks for the comment. I think that if you have dry skin you’d love this cleanser, it’s the perfect texture for this kind of skin (same as mine) and though it’s pricey, mine lasted many months! I’m going to have a look at your blog now 🙂

  • Lucy Dorling

    Fabulous review, I would love to try this but unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretch that far. Still love reading about all these lovely products though! Xx

    • I know Lucy, it’s a pricey one. But you know, because we’ve just talked about this on instagram, that there are many great alternatives for less. Infact, this is one the few expensive skincare product I have ever bought. I promise you’ll see cheaper products reviewed soon here 🙂

  • I absolutely love this cleanser too and have now hooked my mum on it as well. When in doubt, I always go back to this. As a brand, Oskia are pretty awesome. I love their Micro Exfoliating Balm as well. It’s quite nourishing and buffs the skin gently at the same time. 🙂 x

    • I have only tried this cleanser but I would love to try their face mask (can’t remeber the name, but it’s the only one they have), and their brand new serum (the orange one, for dark spots). The only problem is that everything but this cleanser is very expensive and I’m scared of buying something that will not be worth it. And there are many products that have affordable dupes that work almost as good as them.
      Thanks for the comment, I would love to read a review on the micro exfoliating balm, let me know if I can find it on your blog 😉 xx

      • Ah, the Renaissance mask? That’s quite a good one but I found I got more of a radiant skin glow using the Pixi Glow Mud or the REN glycolactic mask. And I also want to try the new serum they have out for my acne scarring but yes, it’s quite pricey so I’m holding off for now. Here’s a link to one of the posts where I talk about the micro exfoliating balm. http://www.prettynotincluded.com/2016/03/the-best-physical-exfoliators.html (yes, I really do think it’s one of the best physical exfoliators out there.;p xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    I really agree with you here, I love the Oskia cleanser. I used to think this was a really overhyped product but I was completely wrong, it makes my skin look so much brighter and more vibrant.


    • Hi, same for me 🙂 I know it’s expensive and I always consider the “price factor” when talking about any product. Of course for most of the people money don’t grow on trees and we don’t all get sent products. I think is also a great ‘pro’ of this cleanser the fact that it lasted me a lot of time (and I’m talking about months…) 🙂
      Have a good day Julia!


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  • skin ritual

    Hi Silvia ,

    Glad I read your review, I was thinking of buying the cleanser for so long . Now I can safely make the purchase . Thanks again !

    • Hi Molly!
      I’m sure you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it !
      You will love Oskia even more 🙂

      Have a good day!

  • I really love the sound of this and need to buy it!

    Parie x


    • Yes Parie, this is great give it a try if you get the chance x

  • Amy – Pamperedprune

    Love this post 🙂 I really like cleansing gels and I always think it’s worth spending money on skincare products like this x

    • Hi Amy, this is a gel that turns into a luxurious oil and I highly recommend it. Is really worth it! And I’m someone who is on a budget, but this was totally worth the money! Thanks for stopping by xx

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