My last Japanese cleansing oil, the famed DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, is down to its last five uses. Heartbreak! But will the Japanese-beauty streak continue? I’ve gotten Muji Cleansing Oil (PHP 300+) this time, to see if it holds a candle to its cult-favorite predecessor.
Quick Specs: 50 ml ; made in Japan
Five Things About Muji Cleansing Oil:
- What attracted me to this tiny bottle is its travel-friendly size and sturdy packaging. It’s a basic cylindrical bottle made of hard plastic that doesn’t get squashed inside your luggage. The snap lid fits tightly, so I didn’t experience any spills. I’ve been seeing full-sized bottles on the internet, but not in the store branches of Muji Philippines. (By the way, why doesn’t the local Muji bother with English labels on their beauty products?! How are people supposed to know what’s in them or how to use them?)
- Being able to emulsify a cleanser/cleansing oil properly is a big deal to me. Since using both DHC and Philosophy Purity, I’ve learned to observe how a face cleanser comes into contact with water. A highly emulsifying cleanser usually requires less product to take makeup off. It also feels less oily after the rinsing. Muji’s does not interact with water very well. (See photo below.) As opposed to Philosophy or DHC that both require damp skin for optimal melting of makeup, the Muji Cleansing Oil has to say pure and dry. Even then, it requires a lot of rubbing to remove makeup. Afterwards, there’s a slightly oily feeling to the skin that disappears once the face is dry. It’s residue, though, and I find it bothersome.
- Has a faint olive oil scent from the bottle, but the amount required to remove a full face of makeup doesn’t give off any noticeable scent.
- It doesn’t work on waterproof makeup, and it also didn’t fare well with a water-resistant eyeliner I was using. I cleansed my lids twice, paying special attention to the lash line area, but black smudges still remained.
- If it emulsified as well as DHC, then the PHP 300 + would sound reasonable.
Verdict: Its strongest point lies in its practical packaging design. I am left unimpressed by the formula, so now I’m off to try micellar water.