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Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser
Feels rich and comforting on the skin
Removes makeup while emulsifying well
Could be too rich for oily skin
Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser
We put Cocokind's Oil to Milk Cleanser to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
The first time I ever tried an oil cleanser I was floored. Never before had something so easily removed my sunscreen, foundation, and mascara. I had traditionally steered clear, as my skin is so oily and prone to breakouts—but once I experienced it, I was hooked.
Cocokind’s Oil to Milk Cleanser has been on my radar for a while (it has rave reviews online) although I hadn’t tried it until recently. But now that I have… wow. I get the hype: it’s seriously good. The formula—rich in organic oils and fermented oat extract—begins as a balm and transforms into a milk, whisking away dirt, makeup, skincare, and sunscreen like a dream. It’s comforting and effective, plus it works across a multitude of skin types.
When a product is this good I feel it’s important to share, so I’ve compiled all my detailed thoughts for you below. Keep scrolling for my review.
Best for: All skin types, but especially those who wear heavy makeup, skincare, and sunscreen
Uses: As a first cleanser or makeup remover
Potential Allergens: Essential oils
Byrdie Clean? Yes
About the brand: Cocokind is an American skincare brand founded by Priscilla Tsai. Tsai founded Cocokind after struggling to find sustainable, plant-based skincare that was suitable for her acne-prone skin.
About My Skin: Slightly dehydrated but prone to congestion
Lately, my skin has been quite temperamental, breaking out around the cheeks and hairline. I also just emerged from a six-month lockdown (I’m in Australia, FYI), so I've been wearing makeup for the first time all year. Regardless, I’m always looking for a cleanser that thoroughly removes all traces of makeup, skincare, and sunscreen. I also genuinely love an oil-based formula that leaves the skin clean and comfortable (as opposed to stripped, tight, or dehydrated).
The Ingredients: Organic oils and fermented oats
The Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser has a relatively short ingredients list, but everything that is included serves a purpose. It’s formulated on a base of sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, baobab oil, and oat kernel oil—all of which work to dissolve oil-based skincare and makeup products. There’s also a prebiotic fermented oat extract to help support healthy barrier function. Oatmeal in skincare is proven to have an anti-inflammatory effect while reducing itchiness and sensitivity, making it a great formula for sensitive skin types. And fun fact: Despite all the oat inclusions, the formula is gluten-free.
How to Apply: Massage into dry skin
There’s no trick here except to massage the product into clean, dry skin (but wet hands are fine). This allows the formula to really break down everything that’s accumulated on your face throughout the day without being washed down the drain. I personally like to seize this opportunity to perform a mini facial massage, too.
Next, add a little water to emulsify, ensuring that all tricky spots like the eyes and corners of the nose have been properly seen to. You can remove the cleanser with warm water or a damp cloth (or both, depending on your preference), before carrying on with the remainder of your routine. For me, this looked like a secondary gel cleanser, serum, and moisturizer.
I also want to point out that the consistency of this product is quite thick, so it’s not as runny/drippy/messy as others—a big yes from me.
The Results: Clean, comfortable skin
What’s so amazing about this product is how it rinses without leaving any oily residue (despite the fact it’s an oil). Because I break out easily, I get nervous about leaving certain ingredients on my face, but the Cocokind cleanser truly does wash away completely. What’s more, it leaves my face feeling soft and balanced, not stripped, tight, or flaky like so many other cleansers do. Shoutout to the fermented oat extract as well, because I’m 99 percent sure it helped to calm down some of the redness I was experiencing after using too many actives.
As far as its ability to actually remove stubborn makeup, I can’t fault it. From tinted zinc to waterproof mascara, this cleanser removed literally everything.
The formula—rich in organic oils and fermented oat extract—begins as a balm and transforms into a milk, whisking away dirt, makeup, skincare, and sunscreen like a dream.
The Value: Worth the extra dollars
The Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser is $18 for 2.9 fl oz, which I think is decent for a high-quality product. It contains great ingredients, comes in a thoughtful sugarcane recyclable tube, and does exactly what it says it will. You could probably find a cleansing oil for cheaper, but when you consider efficacy and experience, I think the Cocokind Oil to Milk cleanser is worth the extra dollars.
Similar Products: You’ve got options
Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser: As the name suggests, Laneige's Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser ($34) is almost like a milky oil hybrid that glides across the skin, dissolving all makeup, skincare, and sunscreen. It’s lightweight but really nourishing, so it's a nice pick for balanced to dry skin types.
The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm: The Inkey List's Oat Cleansing Balm ($10) also contains soothing oat extract, plus ceramides to support a healthy skin barrier. The balm is slightly thicker than a classic oil, and it seems to hold better on the skin after rinsing. Try it if you’re extremely dry or sensitive.
Paula's Choice Omega + Complex Cleansing Balm: Packed with jojoba and meadowfoam seed, the Omega + Complex Cleansing Balm ($28) from Paula's Choice is nourishing, comforting, and helps to replenish dry or stressed skin. It’s also fragrance-free and formulated to remove stubborn makeup (including waterproof mascara).
Overall I really love the Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser. The way it transforms from a balm to a milk is delightful, and it does a stellar job removing all traces of skincare, sunscreen, and makeup. Outside of that, it’s a great buy for almost all skin types and leaves the skin feeling (and looking) lovely. The price is great, the ingredients are nice, and it even comes in sustainable packaging. I will 100 percent be finishing the tube.
- Product Name Oil to Milk Cleanser
- Product Brand Cocokind
- Price $18.00
- Weight 2.9 oz.
- Hero Ingredients Fermented oat, oat lipid complex, grape seed oil and sunflower seed oil
- Full Ingredient List Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil*, water/aqua, sucrose laurate, avena sativa (oat) kernel oil, adansonia digitata seed oil*, sucrose stearate, tocopherol1, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, sucrose palmitate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, lactobacillus ferment
Feily A, Kazerouni A, Pazyar N, Yaghoobi R. Oatmeal in dermatology: A brief review. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2012;78(2):142.