At first, this really, really freaked me out. I kept thinking of that scene in The Matrix when you see all of the people being farmed in those pods, or like when old-@ss vampires seek out newborns to drain because it gives them extra strength for a clan war or something…
Anywho! Overactive imagination much?
What were we talking about? Cleansing oil??
To use Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil ($39 for a 4.9-oz. bottle), apply a small amount to your face while your skin is dry (don’t dampen your skin first with water — that’s the key), massage it in, and then rinse with water.
As for the whole placenta thing…the kind used here in the ingredients is called Marine Placenta.
And because knowledge is power, I did a quick search on “placenta,” specifically “marine placenta,” and apparently it’s an ingredient often used in beauty products as a humectant (used to keep things from drying out). It’s derived from salmon eggs (source and source).
Just a little random Thursday night food for thought if ingredients interest you…
“This lightweight Japanese oil cleanser combines the mysteries of the deep with the secrets of the Lotus flower to both sweep away makeup and rejuvenate skin, leaving you as seductive as a Siren. Enriched with amino acids and polysaccharides, Marine Placenta helps promote a sea-change in stressed skin — minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and pores while helping your skin look flawless.”
— from the bottle
As for the cleansing oil itself, it works! It’s very thick, rich and smells like roses, and it gets the job done. It removes everything, including the hard-to-remove stuff like waterproof liner and mascara.
It feels and performs like DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil, which I absolutely love (I keep meaning to review it, but every time I remember to do so, I’ve usually just finished a bottle, whoops!).
My combination dry/oily skin responds well to Rebirth of Venus, but I think I prefer DHC’s oil overall. I like this, too, especially the rosy fragrance. It’s another option, but I think DHC’s is a little more moisturizing, and my skin needs all the moisture it can get.
If you’re interested, Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil is available now online and at Neiman Marcus.