The Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules are an item that I would never have bought for myself but has sat waiting in the wings for the perfect moment to try, as it looked like a product that would be perfect for travel. I decided to take these away with me to Rome at the start of March after looking through my cleansers and deciding everything else felt unnecessarily chunky for 4 nights away.
The Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules are available in a large pot, and this smaller-sized travel pack contains 14 capsules, and a travel case that holds up to 7 at a time. The capsules themselves feel like the old bath oil pods of the 90s and are a 100% vegetable-based bio-degradable material. The pods initially arrive in a separate bag which is handy to keep aside the second set of 7 after refilling.
The travel pod itself twists open easily to allow you to pick out a capsule with ease. The pod is palm-sized and slips into a makeup bag well, however, if I was being a little critical I wish it was maybe a little larger, with slightly smaller sized pod holes to be able to fit more in.
Whilst seven capsules seem perfect on the surface for a week’s holiday, I found as the only cleanser I took with me for a four-night stay, actually, I used the seven across the five days, as I’d want to refresh my face after a long day exploring or cleanse my face in the morning. I didn’t take the spare capsules with me which was an error on my behalf, but travelling with those, not inside the harder plastic packaging would run the risk of them squishing, so whilst I enjoy the concept, I think actually in reality if you’re travelling with this as your only cleansing product, you may be using more than a dose daily.
The capsules open up easily with the top “bobble” tearing off without too much pressure required, meaning the product didn’t ooze everywhere. The oil formula is nice and silky and whilst these look like a small dose when applied to a dry face and rubbed around there is plenty of product to do the job.
I found the Eve Lom Cleansing Oil formula to do a great job of removing makeup, and breaking down 95% of my makeup with ease. On the nights where I had heavier eye makeup I felt like I really could have done with a second cleanse to remove the very last pigmented black residue from the eye to avoid a lingering look of panda eyes, but, overall I was happy enough with the results for the product type and situation.
Rinsing the product off is easy, it emulsifies quickly and removes from the face easily. Formulated with fatty Omega acids, the skin feels plumped up, hydrated, smooth, and nourished after using, ready, and prepped for the next layers of my skincare regimen.
I often find oils can be too rich in fragrance often from the use of essential oils and borderline aggressive to use, but this one’s fragrance is very gentle, containing Abyssinian, Grapeseed, and Camelina Oils.
Practically, I enjoyed this product and have the last seven of these to enjoy for future travel. However, where this is iffy is the price – this travel set is £20, making the cost of 14 capsules work out at £1.42 each/1.25 per ml, which is astronomical even compared against the most expensive of cleansing balms (e.g the Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm is £58 for 90ml, making it 64p per ml). Here, you’re paying for the convenience of the product, and that convenience is expensive.
So whilst I’ll enjoy my last seven pods, there isn’t a way that I would be paying to repurchase the Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules, and instead investing in a nice pot to decant some of my AB Cleansing Balm into would be a better use of my money.