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Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Creamy Soap Reviews

August 5, 2010

Proper cleansing is the first step to clear skin, which is why I have been practising the Asian Double Cleansing routine for over 10 years now. The routine involves using two complimentary products, normally a cleansing oil to dissolve makeup and sebum followed by a creamy/foamy soap to remove residue and gently exfoliate. I have tried all kinds of products out there and my newly discovered Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Silky Purifying Creamy Soap, are handsdown the best!

The Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil contains Koishimaru Silk to keep skin moist and natural Almond and Orange oils to blend with makeup and oily impurities so they can be drawn out to the skin surface and washed off easily. It felt very lightweight, making the massaging experience super great. Once the oil came into contact with water, it emulsified nicely and washed off effortlessly without feeling greasy. It also did an excellent job removing my makeup and any residue my eye makeup remover did not take off.

The Creamy Soap, which is a cream cleanser, also contains Koishimaru Silk, along with Brown Sugar Extract, Quillai Extract and Kanzo Powder to wash away any remaining impurities and for anti-inflammatory purposes. It was pretty thick so a small amount was all I needed. It lathered up very nicely into a foam and again washed off easily without leaving my skin feeling tight.

I have been using this combo every night for a month now and my dehydrated combination skin has never looked better. It feels clean, smooth and soft and the clogged pores that I get every now and then have returned less frequently too! Must keep on using them!

The Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Creamy Soap are available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus for $50.

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  • Reply Angelina August 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    this is very exciting!
    unfortunately we dont have Kanebo in Australia!
    is this an international line? or they sell in Jap too?
    cos i am going to Jap end of the year, and I will definitely get them!!

  • Reply jenny August 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

    yay for the review! i’m using the cleansing oil too 🙂

  • Reply luxebeautygirl August 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Hi Angelina,

    You can purchase the SENSAI Step 1 and Step 2 cleansers online at: or by calling the Bergdorf Goodman counter in NYC at +1.212.872.2537.

    Kanebo the general brand is sold in Japan but the SENSAI collection from the larger Kanebo company is only available in the USA, throughout Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, etc.), Russia, the Middle East and in Africa but not in Japan.

    I hope this helps! The SENSAI team at the Bergdorf Goodman counter are extremely helpful in helping you choose the right cleanser types for your skin!

  • Reply Angelina August 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    thank you luxebeautygirl

    but they do not ship outside of USA 🙁

  • Reply luxebeautygirl August 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Hi Angelina,

    You can also get SENSAI in any of the countries listed on their global site if you are vacationing there next or have a friend who lives there, maybe they can help!

    But as for immediate purposes, I used to live in Japan and know that drugstores and beauty shops there also offer a lot of other double cleanse cleansers from Kanebo’s sister brands. Try the Free Plus line from Kanebo. They offer a similar double cleanse system that you can check out here: (Sorry it’s Japanese but at least you can check out what they look like!)

    Hope this helps in your search for fabulous cleansers and clean, healthy skin!


  • Reply Rain August 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Do You think it would be good for removing an Asian BB cream?
    Thank You in advance:)

    • Reply Phyllis August 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Yup you can definitely use this to remove BB creams.

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