Before You Buy: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Product: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Price: $28
Where to BuyYesStyle

Using It:

Dispense a few pumps into your palm and rub into your face in circular motions. The oil will dissolve any makeup and grime, including eye makeup. Wet your fingers and massage all over your face, making the oil-based consistency turn into a white foam. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with your regular face cleanser as part of your double-cleansing method.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review:

While olive oil might be the first ingredient on the list of this cult-fave Japanese cleanser, it’s far from the pantry staple in its efficacy and consistency. I stocked up on several bottles on my last trip to Japan, and for good reason. The little bottle has a bit of an upmark in the US market, but YesStyle provides the product closest to the Japanese price point.

Unlike some balms and oil cleansers, this cleansing oil leaves absolutely no traces of residue after rinsed off, making it ideal for all skin types. Like other oil-based products, you should apply this on completely dry skin so it can emulsify everything on your skin before you mix it with water. It lathers up into a frothy emulsion which you can then rinse off like any other cleanser. Absolute magic!

True to its ingredient list, the texture feels like olive oil might if it were just a bit thicker. It’s fragrance and alcohol-free, making it ideal for sensitive skin. The beauty of the cleanser is it absolutely gets rid of every trace of makeup while leaving your skin moisturized and hydrated- no tightness here!

If you’re using the cleanser as part of a makeup removing routine, make sure to follow up with a second cleanser as part of the double cleanse method. The oil dissolves gunk and washes it away while a second cleanser gets deep in the pores to target the rest of impurities.

Why use an oil as a cleanser?

Your pores are filled with sebum, which are oil based. Oil and water don’t play well, but oil on oil mixes up! By using an oil cleanser on your face, the formula mixes with the excess sebum on your face to rinse it away. All oil-based impurities get targeted by the oil-based cleanser before the second water-based cleanser deep cleans.

Notable Ingredients

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil.

  • Its primary component is olive oil which is loaded with nourishing fatty acids, like oleic acid.
  • Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate allows the oil formula to easily interact with water, which contributes to its super easy instability!
  • While DHC Skin states they do not test on animals, they sell in mainland China and therefore allow animal testing through their affiliation in DHC China.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser

QV Bath Oil

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This cult favorite cleansing oil from Japan is gaining traction in the western market. But what makes it so popular that all the influencers and beauty editors always have a bottle on hand?

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review
  • Packaging/Design
  • Ease of Use
  • Affordability
  • Effectiveness
  • Value
  • Cruelty-Free
The Good

Excellent formula!

Sensitive skin friendly

The Bad

NOT cruelty-free

Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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