Review: Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil

Oil + skin. It’s a combination I associate with couples massages, bodybuilding competitions and Other Things That Make Me Uncomfortable.

For a very long time, I was highly resistant to the idea of oil cleansing. As an acne-prone person, using oil to clean your face made as much sense as telling people that eating bacon is the best way to take care of your heart BECAUSE OIL IS THE DEVIL.

Turns out I was wrong. I just needed to try Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil.

What is an oil cleanser?

Oil cleansers are the first step in your one-two punch of proper PM skin cleansing.

The principle is simple: like dissolves like. Used as the first step of your evening skincare routine, oil cleansers easily dissolve the makeup, sunscreen and sebum that builds up on your skin over the course of the day. They basically sweep away the crud on top so a water-soluble cleanser can swoop in and gently clean your skin.

Even after I understood—and came to believe in—the soundness of the theory, putting it into practice wasn’t easy. I had trouble finding one that made the process bearable. I started using Banila & Co’s insanely popular Clean It Zero but it was just too stripping. By the time I completed my cleansing steps, my skin was painfully tight.

Credit where credit’s due

Frustrated by Banila, and desperate to find a new oil cleanser, my internet sleuthing led me to Vanity Rex’s amazing review of Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil.

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Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polysorbate, Sorbitan Oleate, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract

According to the cosmetic ingredient crowdsourcing website cosdna, ethylhexyl palmitate has a comedogenicity rating of 4.

Weird. Because according to me, this cleanser has a comedogenicity rating of Negative One Thousand.

Sorry, I shouldn’t be flippant. The truth is, ethylhexyl palmitate rates a 4 for a few reasons. According to Point of Interest, ethylhexyl palmitate has the potential to be comedogenic when used in high percentages, and is considered to be relatively safe when the amount used is under 5%.

How I use it

I apply one pump of Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil to my dry face and neck, and gently massage for about two minutes.

Then I emulsify the cleansing oil by adding a small amount of lukewarm water and massaging my skin. I spend about two minutes emulsifying the cleanser and rinsing off any potential residue.

Keeping my skin is wet, I then move on to my 2nd cleanser.

Other things you should know

Smell: It smells vaguely like olive oil. While not scent-free, it’s definitely fragrance-free.

Texture: Thick and non-drippy.

Final thoughts

I love this oil cleanser. It has a magical ability to break up sunscreen and makeup without drying my skin out.

What I’m left with at the end of the cleansing process is skin that’s soft, clean and happy.

Where to buy it?

A 200ml bottle cost me $14.50 + tax CAD at my local Muji store. You can also purchase it online here.


**Disclaimer: No compensation of any kind was received for this review. I purchased this product at full price with my own money. I’m just a fan!**

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