Review of the Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

inkey list oat cleansing balm

About The Inkey List

The Inkey List, founded in 2018 by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry, with the belief that beauty products should be easy to navigate and understand. They created products with labels to analyze what it is exactly, the benefits it offers and what you should and shouldn’t mix it with. 

They currently only have 19 skincare products to target different skin concerns such as oil control, sensitivity, acne, dryness or dullness. Most of their products have popular ingredients including vitamin C, retinol, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid.

Three of the products, polyglutamic acid, multi-biotic and heptapeptide, stand out more than the rest of their products because no one has seen anything like them in the skincare industry. They also recently came out with a product that has succinic acid in it, the Succinic Acid Acne Treatment, which also has never been done before. This one, though, went viral on Tiktok and sold out very fast.

This skincare line puts its customers first, focusing on keeping costs down while offering high-quality ingredients. They also have formulas that really work and aren’t complicated or difficult to understand.

Every product the brand sells is under $15, which makes it very affordable. You can find The Inkey List’s products on their website or at Sephora

Many dermatologists and skincare specialists have compared it to The Ordinary because of its prices and ingredients. While both brands are very similar, their packaging is very different. The Ordinary has a clinical approach with names referring to specific ingredients, while The Inkey List breaks down each ingredient, along with a clear description of the results it gives.

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

This product is a luxurious cleansing balm that gently dissolves makeup and excess oil without stripping sensitive, irritated skin of the moisture it needs. This makes it ideal for sensitive skin types.

The Ingredients

There are only a few ingredients in The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm’s formula. The main ingredients are sweet almond, sunflower and oat kernel oils, which are fatty substances to dissolve impurities. Emulsifying ingredients are present to allow an easier rinsing. 

The sweet almond oil is made from almonds after the oil has been pressed. It is used as an abrasive and a bulking agent in soaps and other cleansing products for the skin. 

Colloidal oatmeal and oat kernel oil are in the formula for their soothing effect. The 1% colloidal oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the appearance of redness and soothes irritation as well. The 3% oat kernel oil also gently supports the skin’s moisture barrier, keeps it smooth and clear of any blackheads. This oil can help restore the skin’s pH levels and it is non-comedogenic. This means it won’t clog the pores.

Review of the Oat Cleansing Balm

I always get a little worried every time I use a cleansing balm because I have oily, acne-prone skin. I’m always scared that the product is going to clog my pores and make my skin look worse. I was excited to try this one out in particular, though. It seems to be the only cleansing balm on the market right now that is very affordable.

The texture of the Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm is not creamy as I would normally like a cleansing balm to be and it was a bit greasy. On the brand’s website, it says you should use the size of a raspberry to get the job done but I found I had to use a larger amount of it to be able to massage it all over my face. It ended up leaving my face and my hands feeling greasy afterward.

It also did not get my eye makeup off, I had to use a different product to remove it. Usually, with cleansing balms, every little spot of makeup easily glides right off but this one didn’t do the trick. 

The product I used is called Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly. I know it’s not normally used to get eye makeup off but all you need is a tiny dot of it and it will get every piece of stubborn mascara off so easily. It also has lasted me a long time, I would say about a couple of months since you only need a tiny amount of the product.

This cleansing balm did not smell pleasant as well. It is supposed to be unscented. I typically don’t use scented skincare products in general because the fragrance can irritate my skin but once it was on my face, it had an oily scent to it.


Overall, it was a decent product that I will continue to use until I run out to not waste it but I will not be purchasing the product again. I would say, though, you are getting what you paid for since it is very affordable. It did kind of get the job done, I guess just not in the way I would like it to.

It comes in a tube which is different than all of the other cleansing balms I normally use, which made it easier to get the product out. I found no other benefits of the product except that one. I usually love any product the Inkey List makes but this one was not the one for me.


I would choose other cleansing balms, though. I highly recommend using a cleansing balm to get your makeup off instead of makeup wipes. It’s more sustainable that way. Incorporate a cleansing balm into your nighttime skincare routine is also a good thing to do if you want to make sure all of your makeup and any dirt you have accumulated during the day is completely off of your face.

One cleansing balm that may be a better option is the Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm. This one is $18, which is just a little more than the Inkey List one but still not that bad. I talked about this one in my article, 8 of the Best Versed Products, so you can read more about the product on there.

Another cleansing balm alternative is the Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm. This is a popular cleansing balm, it has won an Allure Best of Beauty Award and a Byrdie Skincare Award. The product is $38. The balm is definitely pricier than the Inkey List one but it is a great, high-quality product. I believe it’s definitely worth the price. The brand also has other products that are just as great such as their Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel.

Other options are the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original ($20) and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm ($64). Both of these are also really popular, many dermatologists recommend using the Elemis one in particular.


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