Saturday, July 14, 2012

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

We haven't gone in-depth with my skincare practices, which considering my own routine, should really be a greater part of Messy Wands. I was a skincare junkie way before I was ever exposed to makeup – my mother (and well, the policies of Malaysian high schools) forbade me from wearing makeup till I was 18 years old, but like most Asian women she is very particular about skincare, thus I was too.

I think even as a teen I had expensive tastes (unfortunate but true). My mother first gave me some Clinique, but the toner burned my skin and the moisturizer felt clammy. After experimenting with miscellaneous brands, we stopped by Shu Uemura, and that was where I had my first skincare routine designed.

That story promises to be a long one (think cleansing, toner, serum, moisturizer), so we won't delve into that just yet. The point is Shu Uemura is famous for their oil cleansers, thus I have been using the oil cleansing method to clean my face since as long as I can remember. After I started using makeup, they became absolutely indispensable.

For those unfamiliar with the oil cleansing method, here's how it's done:
  1. Start with dry hands and face. This is very important because the water emulsifies the oil to remove makeup, and you don't want it to happen before you have the chance to get the oil on your skin.
  2. Pump enough of the cleansing oil (usually two pumps for me) into your hands and apply to the face. Rub gently to work the oil onto the skin. Concentrate on needed areas, such as eyes and lips.
  3. Wash off the oil on your hands.
  4. With just wet hands (not cupping water), gently rub your face in circular motions. You'll notice the oil will turn white as it emulsifies.
  5. When all of the cleansing oil has emulsified, wash face as usual.
The trick is using enough of the cleansing oil to cover the entire surface of your face. If you use too little, the method will be less effective and leave some residue, which feels... oily. The oil cleansing method is by far the cleanest and easiest method I've used to remove makeup, bar none.

I was sent the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to review, and I'm glad to report that I liked it. The oil is lighter in texture than most Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils and as far as my nose can discern, has no fragrance. Two pumps is enough for my entire face and it removes my makeup without fail every time. I did find that my face was particularly dry when I started using it (transitioning from the RMK Cleansing Balm), but after a couple of uses I no longer felt the tightness.

It is much more affordable than just about everything I feature on Messy Wands, and because it's so (or relatively) cheap and effective, I also use it to get rid of arm swatches. It's easier and better than using cotton and makeup remover because I don't have to scrub as hard and leave red marks on my arm, which delays photographing. In short: a beauty blogger's godsend.


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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is available in various sizes from $4.95 to $26 at For another in-depth review, check out Nouveau Cheap's post.

The product in this post was sent to me by a representive of the brand for editorial consideration.


  1. This is SUCH a sensation in Taiwan. I remember being really curious about it when I was young, but you know the story with oil cleansers. Some swear they are absolutely the best, others complain about getting breakouts. As a result, I never really tried any until recently (currently testing the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil). So far so good! I think many who complain about getting breakouts probably don't emulsify properly (though of course it could be the cleansers as well). In any case I'm now ready to make the leap and switch to oil cleansers! Will look into this one when I'm home :)

  2. I'm really glad I purchased this in the past because the oil is much lighter than any other oil removers I've tried. Glad you like it!

  3. I'm a big fan of oil cleansers since I read of Paris B's routine on MWS, and have enjoyed using the ones by RMK and Kanebo (Blanchir). I think this is my first ever comment so it's probably apt to share how informative I find your writings and how much I look forward to more skincare + stalwart core make up product reviews from you in the near future :)

  4. Sunny- I agree. I think those who suffer from breakouts probably didn't emulsify properly. It definitely comes with a learning curve. I think I spent at least six months of using too little when I first started (the Shu one was so expensive that I didn't want to waste ><). Anyway, I've been told that to *really* make sure the skin is clean, I should use another type of cleanser (cream/milk etc) after oil cleansing to make sure I've got everything off. I do this when I feel like pampering myself... or when another cleanser is readily available :D

    Rainy Days and Lattes- it really is!

    Sher Reen- thank you for the comment! Made my day (even though it's quite early here) :D

  5. That's it--I'm just too curious now. I think I will have to get my hands on some kind of an oil cleanser to try out for the first time. I've always been scared (I have oily, acne-prone skin) but SO many people swear by it that it's worth a shot

  6. Oooh, this seems awesome! I'll have to check it out. Thanks, WandZ!

  7. I didn't know you were Malaysian!! I LOVE reading your blog (: I am Malaysian too (moved here when I was 12). I like to see how makeup looks on you b/c I think we have almost the same skintone. Going to get my hands on some Burberry blush and maybe more e/s (my hubby just doesn't know it..yet)!

  8. I didn't know you were Malaysian!! I LOVE reading your blog (: I am Malaysian too (moved here when I was 12). I like to see how makeup looks on you b/c I think we have almost the same skintone. Going to get my hands on some Burberry blush and maybe more e/s (my hubby just doesn't know it..yet)!

  9. This cleanser broke me out. I'm using Dermalogica Precleanse now and I love it, even better than the Shu Uemura oil cleansers!

  10. I LOVE this oil. Thanks for the tips on how to use the oil. My mom bought me the one with the asian packaging and I couldn't really get how to properly use it. I also love this oil for deep cleaning my make up brushes. It gets all the make up off!

  11. It's the original and the best. I'm not crazy about the price, but I repurchase every time I run out!

  12. Love DHC! I am 57 and have been using it for many years. The oil cleanser strips the makeup and dirt right off and leaves your skin feeling great. It also kept my face from getting as oily during the day since I wasn't stripping it! I have since gone on to try their makeup and have again fallen in love with it. Perfect! Try the mini sizes.

  13. Once I get through the millions of cleansers I have squirreled away, I swear I will buy this as my first cleansing oil. This concept of the oil emulsifying to remove makeup seems wonderfully magical.

  14. I would consider using it since it's all natural.

  15. I love this oil. It works better on me than the she uemuras' though i do like the latest ultime 8. It's simple, more affordable (not cheap if compared to drugstore brands), fast, cleanse thoroughly. The best i've used so far and i always have a bottle (or two) on hand even if i sometimes stray onto other brands/cleansing products.
    It's my trusty favourite.

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