June 23, 2011

Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin


You might wonder why on Earth I would purchase a skincare product from a store that specializes in items for the home.  Well, I've read some reviews online about this cleansing oil and all were positive.  So I decided to give it a go and find out if it can give Shu Uemura a run for it's money.

Muji's Cleansing Oil comes in two variants - for normal and sensitive skin.  The one for normal skin contains a Palm Oil Derivative and Castor Oil.  Whereas the sensitive skin formula contains Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (a Mineral Oil substitute), Olive Oil and in the UK formula, Jojoba Oil.  I chose the one made for sensitive skin.

Can people with oily skin use this?  Definitely.  Oil Cleansers won't make your skin oilier.  The oil in these cleansers sort of act as a glue and draw out the sebum and dirt present in your skin.

A pump and a half is enough for my entire face and neck area.  The way cleansing oils work is that you have to take the product and spread it all over your dry face.  You then wet your hands and massage your face - what happens is that the oil becomes milky.  Finally, rinse.  Some people like to use a gentler cleanser afterwards.

Two things I do not like: Compared to Shu Uemura, there are times that this feels grainy.  It also has a synthetic smell.  I can live with it but some people may not like this.

What's nice about this product is that it gets the job done.  My skin feels squeaky clean sometimes, a little too tight.  Some say that this can replace an eye makeup remover.  In my case, I still find it difficult to do without having to rub the eye area.  I recommend using a separate eye makeup remover especially when wearing waterproof mascara.

Muji's Cleansing Oil is the most affordable one I've tried so far.  If you're on a budget, this is something you may want to try since it does what it's supposed to do.


  1. How do you find the texture as compared to Shu's? I've been thinking of getting the travel-sized ones on my next trip to Duty Free, just to see how they'll compare since I've never tried Shu. The normal variant is a lot more runny than the sensitive skin one.

  2. Shu is lighter, smoother and runnier compared to the sensitive skin variant. So I'm guessing it's the same as the regular one. However, the ones from Shu are scented - different scents for each color. The yellow (advanced formula) and green (anti-aging) have a faint scent. The purple (brightening) one has a strong floral scent.

    Btw, get Shu outside of the Philippines, it's much cheaper!

  3. I feel iffy about putting oil on my face. Is that an issue?

  4. Hi Mitch! I felt the same way for a long time - I literally had a bottle of Shu Uemura's oil sitting in my bathroom (gift from a cousin) for 2 years before I started using it. And I only did because sayang eh!

    There are a lot of cleansers that will provide the same results without the oiliness. It's just a matter of what's hiyang for you ;)

    With cleansing oil, provided you follow the instructions on how to use it, your face won't feel oily afterwards. It won't make your face oilier either.

    Hope this helps! :)

  5. I use mine for OCM :) Before I slather this on my face, I nuke some water in a microwaveable container and submerge a face towel in it. I massage the oil on my face and use the warm towel to get the oil off my face. Best fresh face feeling ever. I usually do this on a Saturday or a Sunday :)


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