Review: Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin [or An Ode to the Best Thing since Multi Grain Sliced Bread]

20141106_143036Sometimes the best products are taken for granted and you end not forgetting to review it for your blog. Well not this time! All hail the Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin. It is the best invention since multi-grain sliced bread!

It is a viscous, thick oil that cleans all my makeup however waterproof/resistant/non-budge they are.

There’s no tugging as the thick oil does the work for you, just help if along with a little massaging. I couldn’t even imaging going back to cleanser and cotton square which feels harsh now.

After sufficiently spreading the oil all over your face, and massaging all around, it rinses squeaky clean with water and very minimal effort. This is my main gripe with other cleansing oils – they all seem to leave a thin film of something-something. And believe me, I’ve tried many, many brands, especially those more accessible in Indonesia.

Go to town with eyeliners as this thing don’t ever sting my eyes! Of course you shouldn’t squirt it into your eyes, but I’ve never found it to sting or give blurry visions if I get a little into my eyes while cleaning up remnants of tight-lining.

Priced competitively and gives the expensive products a run for their money, e.g. Shu Uemura’s over-hyped snake oil. I’ve encountered at least 4 people who switched to Muji from Shu. It is about $20 for 200ml; a 200 ml bottle lasts me at least 6 months. I only use it on days I wear makeup. Calculating, if per use is 1ml, then a bottle is 200 uses (or about $0.10 per use), so 6 months is about right.

For those so inclined, find the list of ingredients here. If you read Japanese, obviously you can read it on the bottle; I don’t, so I’ve crossed check that list with what other bloggers/sources say and indeed the list seems accurate. The sensitive skin one is olive oil-based, just in case you’re one with an actual sensitive skin, though no guarantees it will 100% with your sensitivities.

Anything not to like? That it’s not easily available, and not at all available at Muji stores Indonesia. Recently, even the whole island of Singapore don’t stock it, it seems. In Manila, three stores were called up before I located six bottles. If this thing got discontinued? I will swear myself of multi grain sliced bread. 🙁

What about the other variants? For many years I did not even try the other variants because the sensitive skin one works so well already, I couldn’t imagine anything working even better. It’s that good. Then I decided to buy a travel of the mild one. It cleans as well, but the squeaky clean feel after rinsing that I love? Not as satisfying as the sensitive skin one.

Go try and thank me later.


Edit 14 January 2015

Here are ingredients for two variants:

muji sensitive skin cleansing oil
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

muji mild cleansing oil
C13-16 Isoparaffin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethyl Oleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triolein, Dipropylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tocopherol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Juice, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Glycerin

4 thoughts on “Review: Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin [or An Ode to the Best Thing since Multi Grain Sliced Bread]”

    1. hi raissa,

      there’s a few cleansing oils w/out mineral oils now in the jakarta market, e.g. the body shop camomile cleansing oil (soy oil-based) and hada labo’s cleansing oil (olive oil-base). i’m still hoping muji’s will come to our shores soon, but in the meanwhile, i can rest a bit easy and not hoard so many bottles with the alternatives now available here.
      thanks for stopping by!

      1. Ah I have tried the hada labor one, and quite disappointed because it didn’t cleanse my face as better as the one with mineral oil. But i’ll give a try once again 🙂

        1. Try the Body Shop Camomile one, it’s a bit better than the Hada Labo one I think, maybe because it’s thicker so can drench and envelope the gunk better. *my theory*

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