Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

Not My Cup Of Cleansing Oil – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

December 22, 2012
Composed by : Bun Bun


We haven’t gone in-depth with my skincare practices, which, considering my own routine, should really be more frequently mentioned on Bun Bun Makeup Tips.

I’ll work on that, but in the meantime, it’s just much more fun doing reviews on skincare products that have a lot more to do with makeup. Like taking it off.

The other day I was going through this box of products that were either abandoned because they ceased working for me or were completely exhausted because they were so awesome. I shall make it a point to post on those products before the end of 2012. Heh.

I found in the abyss of the box the DHC Cleansing Oil and was sickened by the state of the remaining product.


Look at that dark brown stuff at the bottom of the bottle! EWWWW!!!! :S

What The Fuss?

Seeing the bottle again brought back unhappy memories we – the DHC Cleansing Oil and I – shared. Somehow, we never connected.

I was using the Fancl Cleansing Oil and after going through 4 – 5 bottles, I sought a change. The raving reviews of the popular DHC Deep Cleansing Oil finally got to me, and despite not being impressed when I tried it at the store and hesitating due to the hefty price of SGD40, I decided to bring it home.

And I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.

Even as I write this review now, more than six months after I gave up on it, the recollection of the negative experience from using this product still lives fresh in my mind.

For a start, here’s my skin condition:

  • Oily skin – Not just the T-zone, but all over the face, like the cheeks, chin, eyelids.
  • Acne-prone – Flawless what?
  • Scars
  • Pigmentation

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil has a much thicker consistency than the Fancl one, but it doesn’t equate to higher moisturization. In fact, my skin felt tight and dry after washing away the emulsified oil. I could imagine my skin cracking with each smile.

Pretty Packaging, Please?

In a world where companies over-enthusiastically fight for the consumer’s expenditure pie by coming up with fancy packaging completely irrelevant to product functionality, DHC chose to keep it simple. Just a clear bottle, a transparent sticker with the words DEEP CLEANSING OIL and golden oil that would look quite in place on a kitchen tabletop.

Being inherently attracted to all things pretty, I’d say bring on the superfluous! We need pretty packaging!

I have no idea why I convinced myself to pick up that bottle of packaging boredom. Alright, some might prefer to say it looks clean professional, but I’d take funky, cute, colorful, princessy anytime.

Smells Like…. X(

The smell… oh my god, the smell. Some people say it reminds them of a soft combination of olive oil, rosemary and lavender.

To me, it smells like decayed rubber. Okie, I don’t know how decayed rubber smells like, but it must be horrible. It reminds me of cod liver oil too, only worse. And to have to smear it all over my face made each experience such a nightmare.


Can anybody tell me why does it smell so weird? Here’s the ingredient list:

olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil

DHC => Breakouts And Bumps

Honestly, all these – the skin tightness, relatively high price, boring packaging, weird smell – could have been a little more bearable had the product actually worked. I never felt my skin was properly cleansed despite it feeling dry after washing with water.

Feeling clean and feeling dry are two different things. You can feel clean without having your skin feel like cracked soil.

By the way, here’s how you use the DHC Cleansing Oil:

Dispense into dry hands, then massage dry face to dissolve makeup, dirt and other impurities. Rinse thoroughly.

The greatest disappointment was that the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil broke me out and gave me bumps under the skin. The effects were not immediate because accumulation of debris from poorly cleansed skin takes time. Furthermore, because I have such bad skin in the first place and alternate my makeup products a lot, it was hard to pinpoint the exact product that caused the breakout and camel humps on my skin. In the end, I managed to found out the root of the sudden change in skin condition and discharged the DHC Cleansing Oil from my makeup removal routine.

The only DEEP thing the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil left me was DEEP pimples. =.=

I had three-quarters of the product left when I decided to stop using it.

While the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil brought convenience and deep cleansing to the lives of many others, I fail to see what the fuss is all about given all the factors mentioned above.

There are other cleansing oils that do a better job, smell better, priced lower, and are prettier. After the DHC Cleansing Oil, I completely stopped using cleansing oils and have switched to water-based makeup removers as far as possible.

Bun Bun rates the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil:


What do you use to remove your makeup? Have you had breakouts from a particular type of cleansing product? What do you think of the DHC Cleansing Oil?

If you’re good with scientific names, could you pretty please point out which in the ingredient list might have caused my breakout and bumps?


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