I recently went a few weeks without an oil cleanser, and felt like my whole world was falling apart. You’ll have to forgive my use of hyperbole, but good cleansers, especially oil cleansers, have changed my
life skincare routine and turned it upside down.
One of the reasons that oil cleanser is important is the role it plays in removing sunscreen, impurities, and of course, but in my opinion to a lesser extent, makeup. I don’t tend to judge cleansers too much on how they remove makeup as I often find none of them really do with my waterproof liner – I’ll use cleansing water or eye makeup remover for that step. However, for the rest of my face, the makeup statement rings true.
Think of oil cleansing as ‘like dissolves like’. The oils used in cleansing oils work to dissolve the ‘bad’ oils that hang around on your skin, and dirt along with it. You know that oil and water don’t mix from somewhere along the way in your oh so incredibly useful school science years, so it stands to reason that water-based cleansers wouldn’t bind with oil in any way, and remove it from your skin.
I am no scientist. But I know when I like things. And I like oil cleansing.
However, not all oil cleansers are one and the same. In my experience, some are more effective at removing said eye makeup, some are gentler, thinner, thicker – like all skincare, you can find one more suited to you and your needs.
Without further ado, let me present you with the Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleanser. I’ve used Hada Labo products for what feels like centuries now, simply because at least one product features in my routine at some point, no matter what I’m using. I find Hada Labo generally works wonderfully with my skin, and I appreciate the price of the products, along with their sensible, no frills formulas.
Here’s the ingredients list for their Gokujyun cleanser:
Ethylhexyl palmitate, triethylhexanoin, sorbeth-30 tetraisostearate, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, olea europaea oil, water, dextrin palmitate, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, simmondsia chinensis seed oil, BHT
The oils used in this cleansing oil are olea europaea, and simmondsia chinensis seed, otherwise known as olive oil, and jojoba seed oil respectively. Oil of Europe (*chest puffs with pride*) can actually be used alone as a cleansing oil, but I feel a bit icky about grabbing the same stuff I slather all over my tomatoes, so maybe it’s best this way at wonderfully inflated prices. Jojoba oil is pretty common in cleansing oils, and it’s rather suited to sensitive skin thanks to it being non-allergenic. The Gokujyun range claims to be great for sensitive skin, although as a dry to normal type I can’t vouch for this personally.
The texture of the oil is rather thin and watery for a cleansing oil, and it emulsifies really easily and quickly. Because it’s watery, you might feel that you need to use rather a bit, but a little goes a long way. Conveniently, the bottle is a pump style one, and I usually use one to two pumps when cleansing with it.
I’m actually pretty impressed by the texture of this cleansing oil, considering I really dislike the feeling of oil in my hands…even if just for a little while. I know, I know, that’s a bit of a strange complaint, but it really isn’t pleasant for me to hold a thick oily substance in my hands or rub it between my palms. So when I found that this was rather watery, I was certainly pleased.
As you rub the product into the skin, it melts away makeup easily and quickly. I love to use it in the shower for ease, but even washing my face in the sink, I find this is pretty fast at removing makeup and eyemakeup as oil cleansers go for me. With waterproof it’s a little harder and I’ve still not managed to ever get it all off, but a considerable amount is good enough for me. Here on my hand it all comes off, but eyes don’t behave the same every single time.
The best thing about this cleanser, however, as far as I’m concerned, is the fact that it doesn’t sting my eyes at all, or irritate them in any way. Of course, getting anything into your eye usually causes the same reaction for most, but I find that I have very sensitive eyes that often go red and itchy when faced with cleansing products. Not so with this cleanser.
Another bonus for me is that the cleanser lasts a considerably long time. I sail through cleansers, probably because I get a bit happy with pump devices, but this one managed to last me about five months. I could have made it last longer if I had willpower.
I’ve seen this cleanser priced differently, depending on where you live. In the US you really don’t have to pay much at all – on Amazon I’ve seen it for about $11. In the UK/Europe, a little more. Spanish Amazon has it for €24.99. eBay have it for varying prices between about $13-17. Steeper, but still a good price in my opinion. It’s annoying that we pay that amount but, well, supply and demand. I’d buy it at that price, and considering I spent the same amount to replace this oil with a new one I am not enjoying much so far, I really wish I had.
Once I finish my current oil, I’ll likely go back to this one. It doesn’t have any drawbacks in my opinion, and while it’s not exciting to use, the effects of oil-cleansing and the satisfaction a decent one can give you over time are certainly more titillating. A solid cleansing oil for more sensitive types, I’d say. As usual, well done Hada Labo – you know I’ll always sing your praises.