[Review] Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review:

I admit that I have a mild obsession with cleansing oils… especially cleansing oils which work particularly well for my sensitive yet acne/clog-prone skin. And after quite a lot of hesitance due to the relatively hefty price tag, I gave into the brand hype and got my first Klairs product. But did it live up to its sensitive skin-friendly claims?


Dear, Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil for mild and deep cleansing with the ingredients extracted from natural black grains.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil.

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Star Ingredients:

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: Provides long-lasting moisture and balances oil production in the skin. Also suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin due to its gentle and anti-inflammatory properties. Also a natural makeup remover.
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil: Rich in vitamin E, which a powerful antioxidant, and may help reduce skin inflammations. Also works well as an emulsifier due to its molecular properties.
  • Sesamum Insicum (Sesame) Seed Oil: Has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As it is rich in fatty acids and linoleic acid, it is an effective moisturiser for the skin. Also able to penetrate deep into the pores of skin.
  • Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil: High vitamin C content, hence provides great antioxidant benefits. Also anti-inflammatory and may help lessen facial redness.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter): Considered a Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) as its structure and function resembles the lipid content of the skin. Hence, it is a good emollient and moisturiser which helps repair the skin.
  • Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil: Also known as andiroba oil. Naturally contains limmonoids, which help to renew the skin and reduce inflammations. Also effective at moisturising dry, cracked skin as it is a NMF.
  • Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil: Provides anti-aging effects while moisturising and strengthening the skin due to its high antioxidants and essential fatty acid content. Also anti-inflammatory and thus is able to soothe sensitive skin.

Volume: 150 mL

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

How to use:

Take an adequate amount of Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil onto the palms of dry hands. Gently massage over dry face in order of forehead, nose and cheeks. After massaging, do not wipe off with tissue but rinse off with lukewarm water for 2-3 times.

For deeper cleansing:


  1. Start with dry hands and a dry face, and lightly massage the cleansing oil onto the skin.
  2. Scoop out a small amount – about the size of a dime, of the Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish.
  3. Thoroughly massage to exfoliate and remove excess sebum and unnecessary wastes.
  4. Dissolve the oil with water and continue massaging in a rolling motion.
  5. Rinse with water and use the Gentle Black Sugar Charcoal Soap to wash away any remaining oils.

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

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review:

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Packaged in a tall, slim pump tube, the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is truly one of the more aesthetically-pleasing skincare products I’ve had the pleasure of using. The translucent tinted plastic bottle is light yet study, and fairly comfortable to hold. I also appreciate the stopper attached as it makes the product more travel-friendly.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

In terms of the cleansing oil itself, it definitely has a distinctive herbal scent due to the various oils used in the mixture, which I find to be very pleasant. I really do enjoy using this to provide a smidge of aromatherapy after a stressful day as it doesn’t smell artificial at all. Texture-wise, the oil is light and watery – prone to dripping, yes – and is colourless. As I prefer lighter cleansing oils, I definitely fell in love at first usage.

In the set of swatch photos to show the efficacy of the oil, I only tested it out on my most long-lasting products. From top to bottom: Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara, The Face Shop Inkgel Pencil Liner, Peripera Peri’s Ink Lip Tint, Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

As observed, it managed to wash away my stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner. While it was less stellar in ridding my liquid lipstick and even more so the lip tint, I still find it commendable as those lip products are truly a pain to remove most of the time. However, if you’re a light makeup user and/or just intend to use cleansing oils to wash your face while using a separate lip and eye remover, the Klairs oil is definitely good enough.

An important thing to note, though, is that as it is recommended especially for sensitive skin, washing off the cleansing oil leaves a sort of “film” on the skin. This is probably to avoid over-drying the skin and irritating it even more. So for those who dislike this result, I do advise you to turn away. But, if you’re still keen, I can assure you that following up with your second (water-based) cleanser will mitigate the “filmy” feeling easily.

Overall, I’d rate this a 4.5/5. I honestly really enjoyed using this cleansing oil as it managed to clean makeup and/or sunscreen residue effectively, while also helping to unclog my pores which resulted in less closed comedones (CCs) overtime.

However, I’m choosing to dock a half mark due to its hefty price tag as it is definitely not the most affordable choice for a student like me. I can definitely say that I’d repurchase this cleansing oil in a heartbeat if I see it on sale, though!

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5 thoughts on “[Review] Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil”

    • Hi! Not sure if you’ll see this as it’s super late (sorry!!), but I feel that Hada Labo might be a better choice for oilier skin types~ The Klairs Cleansing Oil is thicker and more moisturising, so it might be too heavy for oily skin. However, if your skin is more on the sensitive side, I’d definitely recommend the Klairs. 🙂

      x Alisa

  1. very goog review, thanks!. I would like to know if you prefer the Klairs or the iUNIK calendula cleanser, knowign that both are for sensitive skin


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