Whenever we see the word “mild” affixed onto a cleanser, there’s a few questions that come to mind. Is it really mild? What are the ingredients? Does it have any cleansing power at all?
Our editing department purchased FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil and sought to answer the above questions. We also compared it to products from other brands, including DHC–more on that below.
FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil
What is the Selling Point of FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil?
FANCL’s oil cleanser is supposed to work on makeup, clogged pores, and rough skin. Though it packs a lot of cleansing power, it doesn’t strip skin of moisture; in fact, during testing, it even reduced the appearance of fine lines caused by dryness. It also was formulated with basic ingredients safe for a wide range of skin types.
How to Use it
You dispense about two pumps into the palm of your hand, then apply to your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, and around your eyes (in that order). Gently massage into skin using circular motions.
After all the dirt and makeup has been lifted from your face, collect a bit of lukewarm water in the palm of your hand. Massage that into the cleanser (which should still be on your face), until it becomes a milky emulsion. Then rinse. Since oil repels water, oil cleansers rinse off cleaner after they’ve been emulsified.
To work effectively, FANCL’s cleanser needs to be “fresh.” You should finish up a bottle within 120 days after you open it. Since this is an additive-free and therefore preservative-free product, we would heavily recommend against using it expired.
There’s even a space on the back of the bottle where you can make note of the exact day you break open the seal, so you have no excuse if you do pass the 120-day limit.
Putting FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil to the Test
We had a group of editors put FANCL’s cleansing oil to the test. Specifically, we were looking for the four following factors.
Test ①: Cleansing Power
Test ②: Ease of Use
Test ③: Effect on Skin
Test ④: Ingredients
Test ①: Cleansing Power
Checking just how much the cleanser can cleanse.
Works on Waterproof Items
We tried the cleanser out on the following products.
Products We Tested on
- Waterproof Mascara
- Shimmery Eyeshadow
- Waterproof Eyeliner
- Lip Tint
- Liquid Foundation
All it took was a gentle massage with the pads of our fingers and makeup slid right off. Most cleansers leave us scrubbing at waterproof items (which isn’t good for skin), but that wasn’t the case with FANCL’s cleanser. Even waterproof mascara left behind zero residue.
Can be Applied onto Wet Skin or with Wet Hands
The cleanser emulsified easily and rinsed off quickly. It also didn’t lose any cleansing power when we applied it onto wet skin, so it’s one of those rarer oil cleansers that can be used in the shower. However, note that it will take longer to work.
Cleaned up the Pores on our Nose
The cleanser helped clear up our pores and blackheads. It worked especially well on the clogged pores at the sides of our nose, leaving skin there soft and smooth.
While this won’t solve all your blackhead problems with a single use, as long as you’re consistent in your cleansing, you should notice improvements in your skin over time.
Test ②: Ease of Use
Checking for things like smell, texture, and application.
Faint Smell and Slick Texture Make for a Smooth, Easy Cleanse
This had a slick, gel-like texture and a light, inoffensive smell. It was also just thick enough keep from trickling off skin.
Application was smooth, and we didn’t feel any unpleasant pressure even when we were cleansing fine, delicate areas, like the corners of our eyes or the sides of our nose. But there’s still friction there, however slight, so don’t spend forever cleaning. Your entire face should take less than a minute.
But You Still Need a Face Wash to Clean Deeper into Skin
You do have to follow up FANCL’s cleanser with a face wash. However, because the cleanser itself was so easy to use, we didn’t mind too much. The entire process took us maybe three minutes.
FANCL says as much on their site, but the Mild Cleansing Oil is mainly formulated to work on oil-based makeup products. It doesn’t clear away dead skin cells or sebum. That’s where the face wash comes in.
Compatible with Most Eyelash Extensions
If your extensions are attached with a cyanoacrylate-based glue, then this cleanser shouldn’t give you any issues. It may compromise the integrity of other adhesives, so if you don’t know what’s in your lashes, ask your salon.
Make sure you’re applying cleanser with the grain of your lashes (from root to tip) instead of across them.
Test ③: Effect on Skin
Making sure it won’t irritate skin.
Doesn’t Dry out Skin
Skin felt moisturized right after cleansing and for a good amount of time afterwards too. There was no tightness. We’d say this is mild enough for dry skin and for winter use.
Unlikely to Cause Irritation or Breakouts
In our case, the day after we tried out the Mild Cleansing Oil, we didn’t have any skin issues. No breakouts, no rashes. One of our editors had some acne on her chin from before testing, but that didn’t get any worse either. Rather, we’d say skin felt softer and healthier after use.
But all of our editors have pretty healthy skin to begin with, so if you know you’re sensitive, it’s still safer to consult a skincare professional. The cleanser has been certified non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.
Test ④: Ingredients
So you can be sure there’s nothing you’re sensitive to.
Only Features Ingredients Generally Recognized as Non-Irritating
FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil is free of preservatives, fragrances, petroleum-based surfactants, and UV absorbing ingredients. As its name suggests, it’s formulated to be gentle and suitable for a wide variety of skin types.
The cleanser’s main ingredient is cetyl ethylhexanoate, an ester. It’s an oily liquid and is milder than the mineral oils found in most drugstore cleansers. It can be a bit stripping on certain skin types, so be sure to follow up with a good moisturizer, always.
The Final Verdict: Gentle on Skin, Tough on Gunk. FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil Gets our Seal of Approval
FANCL’S Mild Cleansing Oil is suitable for a huge range of skin types and works on waterproof and other oil-based products. It made skin feel softer and pores look cleaner.
While you do have to follow up with a face wash, we liked that you could apply the cleanser with wet hands. It was also eyelash extension-friendly.
Curious about How FANCL’S Mild Cleansing Oil Compares to Other Products?
We actually wrote a comprehensive buying guide about and reviews on over 30 Japanese cleansing oils. If you’re curious about how FANCL stacked up against other famous brands, such as DHC, then click the link below.
We put FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil to the test. We were impressed by how well it cleansed and how gentle it was on skin. Overall, it’s a worthy purchase.
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