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Top 31 Best Japanese Cleansing Oils to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best cleansing oils. We then chose the 31 most popular products and tested them for the following:

1. Cleansing Power
2. Hydration (that is, how hydrated your skin is after cleansing)
3. Ingredients

We also consulted a researcher about options for folks with sensitive skin and rounded out the article with tips on how to use and wash off cleansing oils. What we ended up with was a definitive list of and buying guide about the best Japanese cleansing oils available online (and in drugstores).
  • Last updated: 12-17-2019
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Top 31 Best Japanese Cleansing Oils Available Online

We tested the cleansing oils out on waterproof makeup. We applied the products and made note of whether or not they were drying. We asked a researcher to look over the ingredients with us and judge how gentle they were. And based on their performance on our tests, we ranked the top 31 Japanese oil cleaners available online.
※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
1
Japaneseドクターシーラボナ チュラルクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration5.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score5.0
2
Japaneseファンケル マイルドクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsYes
Cleansing5.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score5.0
3
Japaneseカウブランド 無添加メイク落としオイル
Double-CleansingRecommended
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration5.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score5.0
4
Japaneseナイーブボタニカル クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score4.0
5
Japanese洗顔専科 オールクリアオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score4.0
6
JapaneseTHREE バランシング クレンジング オイル
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing3.0
Hydration5.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score4.0
7
Japanese肌ラボ 極潤オイルクレンジング
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score4.0
8

MUJI Mild Oil Cleansing

$13.67

Japanese無印良品 マイルドオイルクレンジング
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score4.0
9
Japaneseアテニア スキンクリアクレンズオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsYes
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score3.0
10
Japaneseミュオ クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score3.0
11
Japaneseビフェスタ クレンジングオイル ポアクリア
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score3.0
12
Japaneseビオレ ピュアスキンクレンズ
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score3.0
13
Japaneseシュウウエム ラアルティム8∞ スブリム ビューティ クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsYes
Cleansing2.0
Hydration5.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score3.0
14
Japaneseキュレル オイルメイク落とし
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score3.0
15
Japaneseビオレ メイク落とし パーフェクトオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients1.0
Overall Score3.0
16
Japaneseハイピッチ ディープクレンジングオイルW
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score3.0
17
Japaneseソフティモ スピーディクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing5.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score3.0
18
Japanese雪肌精 トリートメントクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients1.0
Overall Score2.0
19
Japaneseクレンジングリサーチ AHA オイルクレンジング
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients1.0
Overall Score2.0
20

shu uemuraAnti/Oxi+ pollutant & dullness clarifying cleansing oil

$33.76

Japaneseシュウ ウエムラ A/O+P.M.クリア ユースラディアント クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsYes
Cleansing2.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score2.0
21

ERIDEN Cosmeticsohisama de tsukutta Cleansing Oil

$11.82

Japaneseエリデン おひさまでつくったクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing1.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients5.0
Overall Score2.0
22
JapaneseDeve オリーブ&アルガン クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUncertain
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing3.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score2.0
23
Japaneseロゼット ライスリリース クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingRecommended
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing3.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score2.0
24

Argan Beauty Morocco ArganCleansing Oil

$21.16

Japaneseアルガンビューティー AGBクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing2.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score2.0
25
Japaneseちふれ クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing3.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score2.0
26
Japanesedプログラム ディープクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsYes
Cleansing1.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall Score2.0
27
Japaneseイプサ クレンジングオイル EX
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetYes
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing2.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall Score2.0
28

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

$58.36

JapaneseSK-II フェイシャル トリートメント クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing4.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients1.0
Overall Score2.0
29
Japaneseファーマアクト 無添加クレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingRecommended
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing2.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score2.0
30
JapaneseDHC ディープクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingNecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing2.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients0.0
Overall Score1.0
31
Japaneseソフティモ ディープクレンジングオイル
Double-CleansingUnnecessary
Can be Applied WetNo
Eyelash ExtensionsUncertain
Cleansing1.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall Score1.0

How We Tested Our Products

We determined that the best cleansers need to be strong enough to rid your skin of all makeup, whether you wear light powder or thick, waterproof items. However, they can’t be so strong that they’re dehydrating. Finally, they should also be made up of ingredients commonly recognized as safe (even for sensitive skin) for peace of mind.
This is how we tested for those factors.

Test ①: Cleansing Power

Test ①: Cleansing Power
We applied makeup to the back of our hands, then used the cleansing oils on them. (We purposely chose stubborn items to test on–see below.)

  • Waterproof mascara

  • Eye Shadow

  • Waterproof Eyeliner

  • Lip Tint

  • Liquid Foundation

After we had rinsed off, we checked for any residue and graded each product on a five-step scale. We found that mineral-oil based cleansers tended to be the most powerful.

Test ②: Hydration (How Hydrated Skin Was after Cleansing)

Test ②: Hydration (How Hydrated Skin Was after Cleansing)
We used a moisture analyzer and measured water levels in our skin before application and five minutes after. We then compared the figures and graded each product on a five-step scale.
Generally speaking, mineral oils absorb a lot of oil and leave skin more dehydrated. On the other hand, corn germ oil was moisturizing. Both of the shu uemura products we tested, which featured corn germ oil as their first ingredient, left skin feeling smooth and supple after cleansing.

Test ③: Ingredients

Test ③: Ingredients
We had a specialist who used to work in cosmetics R&D look at all the products. She considered the harshness of each ingredient and whether or not a specific formulation was suitable for sensitive skin. She then graded each cleanser on a five-step scale.
※Keep in mind that a low score doesn’t equate to a dangerous product. It simply means that it was judged to be possibly irritating for folks with sensitive skin.
We learned that cleansers based off of naturally occurring fats and oils (such as those found in plants) and ester oils, with a simple ingredients list, were most suited for sensitive skin.
On the other hand, cleansers that contained multiple plant extracts and botanical oils had a higher chance of triggering a reaction, depending on skin type. This holds true even if the cleanser is all-natural or plant-derived. That’s why it’s so important to read the full ingredients list and not get suckered by words like “organic” and “botanical.”

Tips on How to Choose a Japanese Oil Cleanser – Buying Guide

Here are five big things to look out for.

① Learn about the Types of Oils

Oil cleansers are usually made up of mineral oils, esters, naturally occurring oils and fats (usually plant-derived), or a combination of the three. The main properties of a cleanser are determined by the first oil on the list–that is, whatever type of oil is present in the largest quantity.

For Heavy Makeup: Mineral Oils are the Most Powerful Cleansers

For Heavy Makeup: Mineral Oils are the Most Powerful Cleansers
Mineral oils※1 are, well, the most oily, so as cleansers, they tend to leave behind little to no makeup residue. If you use waterproof items on a regular basis, a mineral oil-based cleanser is your best bet.
They can be cheap too; some drugstore brands start off at just a few hundred yen (a couple of bucks). However, depending on the source, some mineral oils can be difficult to rinse off with warm water, so you’ll need to finish up with a face wash. They also can deprive the skin of essential oils and moisture–so they’re not the best choice for folks with dry skin.
If any of the following heads the ingredients list, you’ll know you have a mineral oil cleanser on your hands.
Common Examples of Mineral Oils

  • ミネラルオイル : Mineral Oil

  • イソヘキサデカン: Isohexadecane

  • 水添ポリイソブテン: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene

  • スクワラン: Squalane

If You Want to Save Time: Esters Don’t Need to Be Followed by a Face Wash

If You Want to Save Time: Esters Don’t Need to Be Followed by a Face Wash
Esters aren’t quite as strong as mineral oils, but they are still effective cleansers. They don’t oxidize easily and bond well with skin (or rather, the gunk on your skin). There’s quite a few ester-based products that don’t require double-cleansing–that is, you don’t need to follow up with a face wash–which can save you time.
Esters can also strip your face of its natural oils, though not to the extent that mineral cleansers do. We still recommend finishing up immediately with a good moisturizer.
If any of the following heads the ingredients list, you’ll know you have a ester oil cleanser on your hands.
Common Examples of Esters

  • エチルヘキサン酸セチル: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate

  • パルミチン酸イソプロピル: Isopropyl Palmitate

  • パルミチン酸エチルヘキシル: Ethylhexyl Palmitate

  • ミリスチン酸イソプロピル: Isopropyl Myristate

  • トリエチルヘキサノイン: Triethylhexanoin

If You’re Worried about Damage: Naturally Occurring Oils and Fats are Gentle

If You’re Worried about Damage: Naturally Occurring Oils and Fats are Gentle
Naturally occurring oils and fats are derived from plants and animals–think olive oil or horse oil. These fats are similar in structure to human sebum, so they blend well into skin. The products do tend to be more expensive (a few thousand yen or tens of dollars), but fat/oil-based cleansers are the gentlest around.
Even if you should fail to rinse off every last bit of a fat/oil-based cleanser, the residue will simply act like sebum and help moisturize skin. They’re the safest choice for those with dry or sensitive skin.
If any of the following heads the ingredients list, you’ll know you have a fat/oil-based cleanser on your hands.
Common Examples of Naturally Occurring Oils and Fats

  • オリーブ油: Olive Oil

  • ヒマワリ種子油: Sunflower Seed Oil

  • メドウフォーム油: Meadowfoam Oil

  • マカダミアナッツ油: Macadamia Nut Oil

  • トウモロコシ胚芽油: Corn Germ Oil

  • コメヌカ油: Rice Bran Oil

  • アボガド油: Avocado Oil

② Know Which Ingredients are Safe for Your Skin and Which are Not

② Know Which Ingredients are Safe for Your Skin and Which are Not
One of the main culprits behind sensitive skin is a weakened barrier. A weakened barrier means you’re more susceptible to triggers, which in turn means you should be trying to avoid anything harsh or potentially irritating.
Don’t be lulled by that “additive-free”※1 label, however. If a product is free of just one certain additive (artificial dyes or fragrances, for example), it can claim to be additive-free; it doesn’t matter if contains hundreds of other potentially triggering ingredients.
That’s why it’s important that you check specifically for what a product is free of. Cleansers free of the following ingredients are generally deemed to be mild enough for sensitive skin.

Common Examples of Ingredients too Harsh for Sensitive Skin


  • アルコール (エタノール): Alcohol (Ethanol)

  • 合成香料: Synthetic Perfumes/Fragrances

  • 合成着色料: Synthetic Dyes

  • 防腐剤 (安息香酸、パラベン類※2): Preservatives (Benzoic Acid, Parabens)

※1 無添加: additive-free
※2 パラベン: parabens (note: not all parabens are irritating. Many brands are dedicated to the safety of their products and conduct vigorous tests to ensure that their formulas are gentle. However, items that contain a large amount of parabens or parabens that are highly antibacterial can sometimes act as triggers when applied to sensitive skin.

③ Figure out Which Products Require Double-Cleansing

③ Figure out Which Products Require Double-Cleansing
We mentioned this briefly in our conversation about esters, but many oil cleansers need to be followed with a face wash. This is the double-cleansing that heads most Japanese skincare routines (①cleanser ②face wash ③toner ④serum ⑤lotion ⑥cream).
But nowadays, you can find plenty of cleansers that can be used on their own※3. There’s a few benefits to these. They save you time. They save you money. You only wash your face once, which means less rubbing and less moisture loss. That makes these all-mighty cleansers especially suited for folks with sensitive and dry skin.
However, if your face feels greasy even after you rinse off or you wear thick makeup, it’s better to double-cleanse. Any extra gunk left on your face is only going to feed pimples, so we recommend monitoring the state of your skin and deciding whether or not you need an extra wash on a case-by-case basis.
※3 W洗顔不要: cleansers that can be used on their own (lit. double-cleansing is unnecessary)

④ Understand that Not All Products Can be Used in the Shower

④ Understand that Not All Products Can be Used in the Shower
Generally speaking, oil cleansers lose their efficacy when mixed with water. If you’d prefer to remove all your makeup while in the shower, then look for a product that says it can be applied wet※4.
The only thing is, when you apply oil cleanser with wet hands, it becomes more difficult to mix it into an emulsion. Oil cleansers work best after they’ve been emulsified (more on this at the end of the article), so we recommend applying your cleansers dry on heavy makeup days.
※4 「濡れた手OK!」「濡れたまま使える」: can be used when wet

⑤ Make Sure It Can be Used on Eyelash Extensions

⑤ Make Sure It Can be Used on Eyelash Extensions
Finally, make sure that your cleanser specifically states that it’s safe for eyelash extensions, if you have them※5. After all, your extensions are simply glued to your natural lashes, and a lot of mineral oil-based cleansers can weaken that bond.
However, there are plenty of options, mineral oil-based or not, that are extension-friendly. Just be careful, as some formulas will have disclaimers like “only compatible with general glues (such as cyanoacrylate adhesives).” So when you get a chance, ask your technician about what glue she or he uses on your lashes.
※5「マツエクOK」: OK to use on eyelash extensions

How to Best Use Oil Cleansers

Just a few tips and tricks.

Start Cleansing from Your Eyes and Lips

Start Cleansing from Your Eyes and Lips
If you feel like your cleanser’s not getting to all your makeup, try switching up how you apply it.
Start off by blending product into areas where your makeup is the thickest–namely around your eyes and mouth. When you try to cleanse your entire face at once, you end up mixing all that gunk together, which may result in more residue.
And the more time you spend trying to clean up that residue, the more you’re rubbing at and potentially damaging your skin. We recommend moving on to your foundation only after you’ve at least somewhat cleaned up around your eyes and lips.

Rinse off Only After the Cleanser’s Become a Milky Emulsion

Rinse off Only After the Cleanser’s Become a Milky Emulsion
First, apply cleanser as usual (dry), gently massaging it into your makeup. Once you’ve determined that your makeup has separated from your skin, collect a bit of warm water in the palm of your hand. The water should then mix with the oil on your hand, forming a whitish liquid. That’s the emulsion. Massage the emulsion into your face, then rinse off.
As you know, oil repels water. When you try to rinse off as is, you’re often stuck with some residue. However, if you let the cleanser emulsify first, you’ll be left with hardly a trace.

Products for the Rest of Your Japanese Skincare Routine

Products for the Rest of Your Japanese Skincare Routine
As we mentioned above, there’s typically six steps to a Japanese skincare routine. You use cleanser to rid your face of makeup. You then get rid of any residue and extra sebum with a face wash, prime with a toner, treat with a serum, moisturize with a lotion, and cap off with a cream. Learn more about some of the other products below.

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 31 most popular Japanese oil cleansers, and tested them all.
We’ve got moisturizing cleansers or cleansers that squeeze every last bit of oil out of your skin. We’ve got mineral oil-, ester-, and plant-based cleansers. We’ve got mild cleansers and powerful cleansers. We’ve gathered all the products; all you need to do is learn about your own skin and find your match.
Original by Rio Sasaki; Translation by Jasmine Li

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    We might not be able to prevent aging altogether, but we can still age gracefully. That feels like the consensus here in Japan, where anti-aging skincare is popular and constantly evolving. As time goes by, our skin undergoes certain changes–hormones are thrown out of balance, certain functions are dulled–and serums that you used once may no longer be as effective.So which serums a) target the signs of aging and b) will actually work for you? In order to answer that question, we ordered the 18 most popular anti-aging※1 serums※2 from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a skincare specialist and had her compare the following:1. Hydration2. ApplicationThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese anti-aging serums, essences, and ampoules.※1 エイジングケア: anti-aging (lit. aging care), which, in this article, refers to products meant to moisturize mature skin※2 美容液: serums, essences, and ampoules (all three are basically the same product, just with different concentration levels of active ingredients)
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    shu uemura Skin Purifier Ultime8 Cleansing Oil Review - mybest
    shu uemura’s Skin Purifier Ultime8 may be one of the best known Japanese cleansing oils out there. It removes makeup but hydrates dry, flaky skin. It feels rich but not greasy and, as the official site puts it, addresses “global skin concerns.”This time around, our editing department purchased a bottle of this miracle cleansing oil and put it to the test. We looked at cleansing power and hydration and analyzed the ingredients list. This is everything we learned.
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