Battle of the Cleansing Oils


I bought these three cleansing oils in Tokyo and decided to test all three to see which one was best.

In this battle we have Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil, Shu Uemura Skin Purifier in POREFinist and Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil.

In the photos I have put on my best eyeliner (Dollywink!) and some lipstick. I rubbed the oil lightly over it for 10 seconds only and then rinsed. I will include a link to the ingredients of each product and highlight the known irritants. Then finish with my personal opinion on each! Who will be declared the winner…?

First: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil ~ $11-20
CosDNA: Two irritants are listed – Tocopherol (Vitamin E compound) and Jojoba Oil.

I have read accounts by numerous people that love this oil and just as many that get break outs from it.
As you can see above it cleans make up perfectly. There is no oily residue left and no remnants of eyeliner or lipstick. It smells like oranges in a nice, clean way and I found that it does not sting my eyes if the oil gets near them (like when I’m cleaning off my brow products). Personally it has not broken me out and I really like its effectiveness! I would say it’s pretty affordable and will last a long time since you only need 1-2 pumps each time.

Second: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier in POREFinist ~ $60+
CosDNA: I could not find a direct breakdown of this particular oil since they sell a variety. I looked through their other ones and some ingredients that pop up across the board that are possible irritants are Isopropyl Myristate and Tocopherol. The former has a fairly high level of possible acne (5).

I read basically only good things about Shu Uemura oils. Maybe it was the one I bought, instead of the classic, but I didn’t think it was super wow excellent. You get a huge bottle which is nice, especially for the hefty price tag. It smells… kinda like potpourri or something to that effect. A bit woody and flowery at the same time. I’m not a huge fan of it. The oil is very thin and runny. It cleaned make up off perfectly but only after rinsing, so not as well as the Softymo. I find it leaves a bit of an oil residue after so following with another cleanser is a must. In terms of perfecting pores and controlling sebum as it seems to be marketed for, I didn’t see it really.

Third: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil – $25-40
Ingredients (Chrome can translate it for you): In it’s current formulation there is only one irritant Tocopherol. Though Meadowfoam Seed oil could also create a reaction if your skin is sensitive to it.

The make up test was pretty much failed. It couldn’t get through that eyeliner. I did rub a bit extra in rinsing and still no good. Another runny oil except I don’t think this one really has a scent. So if you’re not a fan of scents or eyeliner this may work well for you. The price for such a little bottle on ebay is pretty steep though. Overall, I was pretty meh about this one and don’t have much to say about it.

With the least and less affective irritants, pleasant scent, excellent cleaning power, cheap price point and no residue the winner has to be Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil! Weird how the post actually ended up best to worst, in my opinion. I didn’t mean it that way haha. I’ve been using the Softymo for awhile now and I’m really enjoying it. I will probably continue to go through each of these products until they’re all finished before I repurchase though. They mostly all do their job. So there’s no clear fail amongst the three. It’s really up to your skin, your likes and what you can afford!

I hope this has been useful. I’m starting work on my thesis now so my blog posts will be spotty for awhile but when I want to procrastinate I will post something up!
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