Review: Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil

Where to purchase: Available on HERE – you can use my discount code: CVQFZA to receive % off.

Price: £19.12

Volume: 200ml (There is a smaller size available if one wants to sample)

Made in: Japan

What is it?: A Cleansing Oil Made for Sensitive Skins

Brand Description: A ”skin-friendly” Olive-oil based Cleansing oil – ”The Oil part of this cleansing oil is 100% plant based, consisting mainly of olive oil. Making it gentle on the skin” (from the Muji website).

Supposedly Good for: Sensitive Skins

What I think: I think this could be fine for all skin types. I just think if you have tight/dehydrated skin, this may not be great as when washing this off, it it does take just a bit (not all) moisture from the skin.


Vegan?: Not stated

Cruelty Free?: Muji as a brand doesn’t seem to be cruelty free

Packaging: Plastic Bottle with a pump. There is also a safety bit you slot in where the pump is, to prevent the product pumping if you’re travelling with this.

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Directions: ”Take an appropriate amount, and massage to mix well with the makeup or dirt. Then, thoroughly rinse with cold or warm water.

How I use it: I use this as a First Cleanse when removing makeup – it helps dissolve my waterproof makeup.

Key Ingredients: Olive Oil (Also an antioxidant), Purslane (Portulaca Olearcea) Extract is an antioxidant + is soothing. Glycerin promotes skin barrier health.

Full Ingredients: Olive Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Purslane (Portulaca Olearcea) Extract

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This has a typical cleansing oil feel. It definitely feels thinner than the Dear Klairs Cleansing Oil (Review HERE), and Thicker than the DHC Cleansing Oil (Review HERE). It’s easy to apply, to massage in and wash off. Thankfully, this emulsifies so it becomes milky and is easy to wash away.


YOUTUBE VIDEO: Swatching the Muji Cleansing Oil AND Using it for Makeup Removal!

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Fragrance?:  This doesn’t contain EO or added fragrance, but contains fragrant ingredients like: Olive Oil , Octyl Palmitate and Grapefruit Seed Extract. So this smells of an oil (definitely less potent than the DHC cleansing Oil (Review HERE) and doesn’t smell artificial like the Klairs Cleansing Oil (Review HERE).

Good at removing makeup?: As you can see in the Youtube Video above – this is good at melting makeup! I find that I can rub this in the eyes and dissolve waterproof eye makeup. This is better than the Klairs Cleansing Oil in terms of makeup removal, but not as effective as the DHC Cleansing Oil. This isn’t great at removing lip tints.

Stings the eyes?: No


How long have I been using this?: For a month – will use until completion.

The Effect?: Cleansed skin, with seemingly no oily leftover residue. This doesn’t leave the skin moisturised post-cleanse BUT it at least doesn’t make my skin feel painfully tight. It just doesn’t feel hydrated. I think it does an effective job at removing my eye makeup, but with any cleansing oil – I always have to go in with a micellar water after to remove makeup from my waterline completely.

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What I like:

  • Good at removing makeup (even waterproof makeup
  • Doesn’t sting my eyes
  • Easy to wash off (emulsifies)
  • Doesn’t smell strongly of anything (just smells of oil)
  • Didn’t irritate my skin

What I don’t like:


Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – A good cleansing oil! I like that it doesn’t smell strongly of anything and that it does dissolve makeup pretty adequately! I do find it just a bit too thick (I prefer the thinness of the DHC Cleansing oil). I like that it is easy to wash off and that it doesn’t sting my eyes. I think sensitive skins could enjoy this, and also oily skins. I think dry skins could use this as a first cleanse, but may feel too tight using this as a first and second cleanse.

Would I repurchase?: If I couldn’t get the DHC, I would.

Dupe?: I think the Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil (Review HERE) is quite similar to this (but that is a lot more fragrant) – I do prefer the packaging from Neogen better I think.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.


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