DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | Review

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review:

Touted as one of the more famous Japanese skincare products, DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil is hardly a surprising sight in the eyes of skincare aficionados. Boasting a minimal ingredient list which relies heavily on Virgin Olive Oil to rinse away makeup, it looks like the ideal cleansing oil for those with sensitive and problematic skin. However, does it live up to the hype?


  • A botanical cleansing oil that gently protects skin while removing makeup and unclogging pores thus revealing radiant skin.
  • Lipophilic when blending with makeup but hydrophilic when mixed with water thus making it easy to wash off.
  • Contains Virgin Olive Oil, Rosemary, Liquorice derivatives and beauty essences such as Vitamin E.
  • Fragrance, additive colour and paraben free.


Olive Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Rosemary Leaf Oil.

Ingredients are minimalistic and relatively clean. Per Cosdna, the only potential comedogenic (ie. pore-clogging) ingredients are Olive Fruit Oil and Tocopherol, which are both rated a 2.

However, as everyone’s skin is different (YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary), it may not be a cause of concern at all. So, it’s definitely advisable to keep track of ingredients in skincare to avoid personal skin triggers.


Available in three sizes: 6.7 fl. oz, 2.3 fl. oz, 1 fl. oz

How to use:

  • Dispense 2 to 3 pumps on a dry hand and apply the oil on a dry face.
  • Blend it well with your makeup and massage for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Add water bit by bit while massaging the face to emulsify the oil.
  • Wash off with cold or warm water.

My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review:

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Packaged in a transparent pump-bottle, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil looks sleek and minimalistic design, and would fit in/or any skincare cabinet/sink quite easily.

Despite this, it is advisable to store the bottle away from wet places such as bathroom as the quality of the oil may change when water is mixed in the bottle.DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

With colour reminiscent of true olive oil, the DHC definitely has strong notes of the aforementioned. As it claims to be “fragrance, additive colour and paraben free”, this comes as no surprise at all.

Dispensing 2-3 pumps of the oil as instructed, I find that the consistency is quite viscous and/or leans more on the medium-heavy side of traditional cleansing oils.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Thus, if face is not sufficiently coated with the cleansing oil, it may cause irritation for those with sensitive skin (due to accidental tugging of the skin).

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In my experience, the recommended number of pumps is enough to comfortably coat my face. Following the instructions, I find that it emulsifies well into a milky colour and watery consistency before it washes off most of my makeup cleanly.

However, due to its fairly oily texture, I do feel it leaves behind a slight residue sometimes. It does not strip my skin at all, though.

To test out the efficiency of the DHC, I’ve done a short test with a couple of makeup products I tend to use fairly often.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

However, note that all products were heavily swatched on my arm to show maximum effectiveness. So while it looks as if the DHC performed poorly, I can assure you that unless you wear heavy makeup, the cleansing oil does wash away makeup quite well (as proven by the Etude House lipstick). Also note that the Rimmel lip colour and Kiss Me Heroine Make mascara are very long-wearing.

However, if you love your long-wearing makeup like me, you’re better off searching elsewhere!


3/5. Overall, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a safe cleansing oil if you’re not allergic or sensitive to olive oil, but I do not think it is worth the hype. I have used this oil on and off for a few months now and can safely say that it does not cause acne for me (however as always, YMMV).

I also feel that while it takes off daily makeup quite well, it definitely needs more effort to wash away long-wearing, heavy makeup. Due to this, I do not think the price matches its efficiency, and will thus not repurchase.

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