My first foray into the world of cleansing oils started with Japanese cult favorites, Shu Uemura and DHC.
My Shu Uemura experience was positive and I’ll review it below, but I wasn’t sold on the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. This version not only looked like an oil (yellow in color), it also had an unpleasant smell and oily, thick texture. This oil has gotten rave reviews so apologies to the DHC lovers.
I love the idea of a cleansing oil because of the ease of use.
A cleansing oil when formulated correctly, goes on dry skin smoothly, melts all makeup off, emulsifies into a milky liquid upon contact with water and washes off without a trace of residue.
This, my friends, is the magic of cleansing oil. It is NOT smothering your face with pore-clogging oil causing breakouts. Cleansing oil goes on and it goes off taking all makeup with it.
Note: Some people have reported a sensitivity to cleansing oils with mineral oil in them. I have super sensitive skin, but haven’t had an issue with mineral oil. The Elizabeth Dehn One Love Organics Cleansing oil and the Tatcha Camellia cleansing reviewed below are mineral-oil free.
Here is a review of four cleansing oils that I’ve tried recently:
Mineral-Oil Free Cleansing Oils
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate, Polyglycerol-3 beeswax, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil* (and) lecithin* (and) Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) Papain*, Carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, Tocopherol (natural non-gmo vitamin e), Proprietary natural & organic fragrance
Price: $38.00/4 fl oz – $9.50/fl oz
Cleansing Power: Decent, but it has the weakest cleansing strength out of the 4. It doesn’t remove heavy foundation or eye makeup so that’s a no-no for me.
Scent: Amazing. Pina Colada!
Texture: Thickest texture out of the 4. I prefer a thinner texture, but not watery.
Overall: I’d give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I LOVE this for light makeup days and it has the cleanest ingredient list out of the four above.
2. Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil (The WINNER!)
Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.
Price: $48/5.1 fl oz – $9.41/fl oz
Cleansing Power: Gets everything off if you massage the oil well.
Scent: Pleasant, clean scent.
Texture: Thin, but not watery. Perfect IMO
Overall: I’d give this a 4 1/2 stars out of 5. It would be perfect if the ingredient list was a little cleaner (looking at you phenoxyethanol!) Absolutely will repurchase.
Regular Cleansing Oils (Contain Mineral Oil)
Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral oil zea mays / Corn Germ oil carthamus tinctorius / Safflower seed oil peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate ethylhexyl stearate simmondsia chinensis / Jojoba seed oil persea gratissima / Avocado oil dicaprylyl carbonate ethyl oleate c12-15 alkyl benzoate isopropyl myristate isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate isostearic acid arginine stearyl glycyrrhetinate tocopherol capryloyl glycine sea water sorbitan trioleate polysorbate 85 glycerin capryl glycol / caprylyl glycol linalool parfum / fragrance
Price: $36/5 .1 fl oz – $9.41/fl oz
Cleansing Power: Gets everything off.
Scent: Neutral/No Scent
Texture: Happy medium
Overall: 4 stars for the cleansing power. Ingredient list is NOT clean.
4. Shiseido Perfect Oil (found on Amazon)
Ingredients: Isostearic Acid, Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Water, Peg-10 Isostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-12 Diisostearate, Peg-8 Diisostearate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Fragrance.
Price: $12/5.1 fl oz – $2.35/fl oz
Cleansing Power: Gets all makeup off.
Scent: Neutral/No Scent
Texture: On the watery side, but still works well
Overall: 3 stars. This is a bargain compared to the other oils, but the ingredient list leaves much to be desired. It hasn’t, however, caused any breakouts.
I may not try anything new in the near future because I am happy to repurchase the Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil for now.
FYI, Tatcha will be having their 20% Friends and Family Sale online at www.tatcha.com from November 28th – December 8th. I’d recommend trying out the Ritual Discovery Kit for $59 if you want to try out a 2-week sample kit containing their cleansers (powder and oil), brightening serum, and moisturizer.