I was desperately looking for a daily cleanser that can remove sunscreen and foundation without irritating skin. As a loyal fan of Hada Labo’s Goku-Jyun (meaning “super hydrating”) Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, I chose to test the brand’s Goko-Jyun Oil Cleansing Makeup Remover.
Like all other Hada Labo products, the brand’s Oil Cleansing Makeup Remover is enriched with hyaluronic acid for hydration, and is free from mineral oils, alcohol, and artificial fragrances and colorings. It’s also mildly acidic to suit the skin’s pH level.
In addition, the formula includes pure olive oil to dissolve waterproof makeup, and jojoba seed oil for added moisture. The two oils also provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, respectively. However, the yellowish color that you see is not from the oils, but instead from the tinted plastic wrapping on the pump bottle. The cleansing oil itself is transparent and unscented. The serum-like texture is similar to the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.
Below is the full ingredient list from CosDNA:
Here’s how to use the cleansing oil:
1. Make sure your hands and face are dry.
2. Pump a sufficient amount of cleansing oil onto your palms and gently massage on face and eye area.
3. Dampen face to emulsify the cleansing oil.
4. Rinse thoroughly with water.
Pretty simple, right?
Don’t throw away the stopper – it allows you to carry the bottle on your travels.
This is how the oil looks like in a clear bottle.
To show the oil’s cleansing power, I swatched a combination of light and heavy makeup on my hand:
After initial rubbing
After rubbing with tissue paper
A white emulsion is formed upon rinsing with water.
As shown, the oil easily cleanses light makeup such as eyeshadow, blush, sunscreen, liquid foundation and lipstick, but struggles to remove mascara and lip tint. Removing those requires more rubbing. The good thing about this oil is that it doesn’t irritate the eyes. It also doesn’t leave skin feeling taut but creates a comfortable layer of moisture on top of skin.
I normally wear just sunscreen, foundation and lipstick, so one pump is enough to thoroughly remove all my makeup. I double-cleanse with Biore’s Foaming Facial Wash (Acne Care), followed by the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion or SKIN&LAB’s Red Serum. I switch between the two since it’s summer and my skin tends to go oily easily.
After using the cleansing oil daily for two months, I’d say its biggest advantages are that it’s non-irritating and inexpensive. I’ve consumed only 1/3 of the 200ml bottle, so I predict the whole bottle is going to last me 5 to 6 months. If you have sensitive skin and are looking for a mild cleansing oil, go for this product right now! The Mentholatum Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Oil Cleansing Makeup Remover is sold for US$17.90 at YesStyle.