Oil Based Cleanser Reviews

I have written a blog post about the benefits of oil as a cleanser and oil based cleansers, and here are some reviews of some of the better known products.  These aren’t products I use myself as I don’t have oily skin and I very rarely wear make up, so I thought I would look at some of the online reviews and select ones that look like they are done by genuine beauty enthusiasts.

Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil

This product claims to be a pioneer in the field and has some top name celebrities endorsing it.  The ingredient list does not suggest anything out of the ordinary, but it does seem to be well liked.

ingredients: paraffinum liquidum / mineral oil , zea mays / corn germ oil , polysorbate 85 , carthamus tinctorius / safflower seed oil , sorbitan trioleate , ethylhexyl stearate , simmondsia chinensis / jojoba seed oil , persea gratissima / avocado oil , sea water , glycerin , tocopherol , limonene , canola / canola oil , linalool , c12-15 alkyl benzoate , dicaprylyl carbonate , isopropyl myristate , ethyl oleate , brassica oleifera / rapeseed seed oil , butylphenyl methylpropional , citrus amara / bitter orange peel extract , solanum lycopersicum / tomato extract , capsicum annuum fruit extract , parfum / fragrance

The polysorbate 80 and sorbitan trioleate are the surfactants that make the oil easy to remove and help shift make up.  There are a number of variations but I doubt that the different flavours make much difference to its performance.

Here is a more conventional blog review from the  A Beauty Addict blog

If you feel like reading overblown hype produced by the company’s marketing department you will find it here.


Overall, a well liked product judging by what people say about it online.

DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil is a vegetable oil only offering so it should be good at mimicking sebum and stopping your skin from producing more sebum.

olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil

Its a lot more natural than the names probably suggest.  Caprylic/capric triglyceride is simply purified coconut oil, tocopherol is vitamin E and stearyl glycyrrhetinate is a licorice derivative with a mild anti-inflammatory activity.

It gets the thumbs up from LilyLipstick.


The company’s own information on the product is unbelievably cheesy.


Dermalogica Precleanse

Dermalogica Precleanse

This is one I have actually used myself and found it left my skin feeling good about itself but I couldn’t say it did anything for how it looked.

Beaut.ie have given this product a very positive review.


Dermalogica’s own description of it is a reasonable description.


If you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them, add them on the blog post. (http://colinsbeautypages.co.uk/oil-based-cleansers/).  For even more oil based cleanser reviews see my list of oil based cleanser blog posts.

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