What is a Cleansing Oil?

Back when cleansing oils were first introduced to the Western market (thanks to MAC), a lot of people had doubts. How do you wash makeup off with oil? Doesn’t oil make your face greasy and cause breakouts?

The truth is, cleansing oils have been a beauty staple among Asian women for a very long time. They break down and melt away your makeup like no other and most of them contain emulsifiers so when they come into contact with water, they turn into a milky white liquid that can be easily washed off.

The key to using cleansing oil is to make sure your face and hands are both dry. Take a pump or a few drops of the cleansing oil onto your palm, spread it all over your face and massage gently. Wet your fingers, massage all over your face again. Rinse off with water and ta da! Makeup-free face!

If your skin feels greasy afterwards, follow up with a gentle cleanser as suggested by the double cleansing method in the Asian 5-Step regimen!


  1. can you purchase the DHC cleansing oil anywhere besides online and asia?? do you know any stores that might sell it in the US??

  2. hey! my goodness, your site is awesome :] i love to checking this site every week to read your updates. thanks so much! i’ve noticed that you mentioned in a few entries that you had dry skin. i have the same problem, and unfortunately my skin tends to be flaky. when i use my foundation whether its liquid or pressed, its still VERY dry and gross. >:[ can you please recommend a regimen or some products for exfoliating and moisturizing skin? thank you sooooo much! <3

  3. Hi, I would like to order this online too, but i don’t know how to order them online. Is there an english site for it?

  4. do you like any of the other dhc products? i was looking at their website and they have a set for $75 for the cleansing oil, soap, moisturizer, and one other thing. i was just wondering if you’ve tried any of their other products. thanks!

  5. thks for the wonderful reviews. cant wait to get my hands on the dhc to try. too bad, there isnt any i can get in SG. 😛

  6. Thank you for the blog on the DHC Cleansing Oil. It was pivotal in helping me decide to give DHC skincare a try. I recently developed sensitive skin. Quite frustrating especially for one who used to switch and mix and match skin care products on a regular basis since the age of 13. I never had major breakouts/pimples (even in my teens). My skin was dry because of my nearly non-existent pores but it always behaved. Now in my late 30’s my skin decided to become fussy (but my pores are still nearly non-existent, thank goodness). I now have occasional breakouts and irritation. So, I decided to pick a skincare line and stick to it. I just got the DHC Cleansing Oil (and the other DHC Q10 products I also ordered). Last night was the first time I’ve ever used DHC and an “oil” to cleanse my face and neck. The cleansing oil wasn’t runny (I didn’t have to apply so much product) nor drying at all. I used it again this morning. And I HAVE to rave about this product. Oh my gosh! I didn’t know I had white heads on my chin until they started to come out this afternoon. Just only after 2 uses, my skin is responding positively to this product. Incredible! I love this product and I’m excited to continue being a DHC customer. Can’t wait to tell my family and friends all about this product!

    Jenny, there is a DHC retail location in California:

    Marukai Pacific Market Store
    1620 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Retail #1, Gardena, CA.
    (310) 324-1035
    Mon – Sat: 10 AM to 7 PM
    Sun: 10 AM to 6:30 PM

    Thank you again for your blog.

  7. Have you tried Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Cleansing Oil? It’s not available in the States, but I picked up two bottles when I was in Hong Kong. It works really well, and is around 100HKD =)