Go-To Skincare's Fancy Face cleansing oil is here. We tried it to see if it's actually... fancy.

Hear ye, hear ye. Gather round, beauty addicts, skincare aficionados and… curious people.

Aussie skincare brand Go-To, founded by author, entrepreneur and former Cosmopolitan beauty editor Zoë Foster Blake, has just released a brand new product.

It’s called Fancy Face and it’s a nourishing oil cleanser.

You can watch the promo for Go-To’s new baby, Fancy Face, in the video below. Post continues after video.

Video via Go-To

Described as a “luxurious botanical cleansing oil that delivers spectacularly clean, super soft skin,” Fancy Face does sound very fancy indeed. You might have questions, though.

What is Fancy Face? What is a cleansing oil?? How is an oil cleanser different to the cleanser I already have??? Do I need an oil cleanser?!?!

From how it works to what it’s actually like to use, keep scrolling for everything you need to know about Go-To Skincare’s new cleansing oil, Fancy Face.

What is Go-To Fancy Face?


Go-To Fancy Face is a very lovely cleansing oil. Different to the brand’s first cleanser, mousse cleanser Properly Clean, this product is an oil cleanser, meaning it uses oil to grab onto all the gunk on your face. (More on how that works in a bit.)

The nourishing formula is made from camellia, sunflower, sweet almond, argan and passionfruit seed oils, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Things you won’t find in the bottle include silicone, parabens, PEGs, sulfates (SLS/SLES), GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic colours or fragrances, and the product is not tested on animals.

For $45, you get a 100ml bottle of the cleansing oil and one muslin (thin cotton) face cloth. You can buy Fancy Face in Australia from the Go-To website and online at Mecca, or in-store at Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Maxima.

Why do you need a cleansing oil?

No one needs anything, but cleansing oils are pretty great.

They work by attracting, binding to and then dissolving sebum, makeup particles, dirt and the natural oils on your skin. Put simply, oil likes oil. After massaging the cleansing oil into your skin, you simply wash it off, along with any gunk and grime.

Plus, unlike a foaming cleanser or some toners, cleansing oils can break down your makeup and moisturise your skin at the same time. Clever things.

A cleansing oil is also the first step of a face-washing technique called double cleansing, which involves, you guessed it, cleansing twice to properly remove makeup and debris from your day.

If you’re someone who enjoys wearing a lot of makeup every day or uses a mineral zinc-based sunscreen, using a cleansing oil will help get everything off your face faster, and without irritating your skin. If you like/can be bothered, you can then do a second cleanse with a cream cleanser for a squeaky clean face that doesn’t feel tight.

You can learn more about different types of cleansers and what they do in this episode of the You Beauty podcast below, post continues after audio.

How to use Go-To Fancy Face.

According to the brand, the best way to use the Fancy Face cleansing oil is at night. Apply three pumps of the stuff into dry hands and massage into your dry face in circular motions for at least 30 seconds. This is the bit that feels nice but also starts breaking down the gunk on your face.

You can then rinse the muslin cloth with warm water and use it to wipe your face clean, or you can just rinse the oil off with your hands before drying off with a towel.

My Go-To Fancy Face review.

So, what is Fancy Face like?

If you’ve never used a cleansing oil before or are looking to upgrade from soap and water, you will find Fancy Face very fancy. Seasoned oil cleanser users and skincare buffs might not think it’s as fancy as an exxy facial tool or a retinol serum, but as far as cleansing oils go, it’s quite wonderful.

Aside from the cute peach packaging and handy pump nozzle, the great thing about this particular cleansing oil is the texture. Compared to other oil cleansers I’ve used that can feel thick, sticky or gluey, Fancy Face is thin and colourless, and doesn’t leave behind a greasy layer on your skin once you’ve rinsed it off. It’s neither irritating nor stripping and fans of the brand’s Face Hero face oil will love the scent – a subtle, balmy coconut/tropical holiday fragrance.

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Here's the fanciest photo I could take of my Fancy Face. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.

I also reckon it does an excellent job of removing makeup, mascara included, if you do as instructed and massage it into dry skin. The result is fresh, cleansed skin that feels soft, hydrated and ready for a second cleanse OR any serums/moisturisers in your nighttime routine.

As for the included muslin cloth... don't judge me, but I'm not the biggest fan of face cloths. Even fancy muslin ones. I find them - Go-To's included - a bit scratchy for my easily-irritated skin, so prefer washing this product off with a big splash of water like they do in cleanser commercials. If you like them, though, you can buy more of these cloths (they're called Posh Cloths) separately.

Price-wise, $45 is more expensive than a lot of popular chemist brand cleansing oils, but it's standard compared to similar products from other natural beauty brands.

Final thoughts on Go-To Fancy Face...

If you don't normally wear lots of makeup and avoid smoky eyes and waterproof mascara, adding a second cleanser to your routine probably isn't necessary.

Everyone else - especially those with dry skin or who simply love trying new beauty products - you'll get along with Fancy Face just fine.

In closing, I'll ask you this:

Does everyone need Go-To's $45 Fancy Face? No. But it's 100 per cent OK to want it and enjoy every sumptuous second of using it.

Feature image: Supplied/@theamyclark.

Have you tried Go-To's new Fancy Face cleansing oil? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!