Review: Muji Oil Free Liquid Cleansing (oil)

Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle: LINK – Discount Code: CVQFZA

Price: £12.95

Volume: 200ml

Made in: Japan

What is it?: An ”Oil-free” cleansing oil (containing hydrogenated castor oil) for sensitive skin.

Brand Description: Containing Apricot juice + Peach leaf extract as ”Natural Moisturising components”, this fragrance-free and alcohol-free, mildy acidic (I can’t find the pH but I’m hoping it’s around 5.5) cleansing oil.

Supposedly Good for: All skin types including oily skins and sensitive skins.

What I think: This is oily, so of course dry skins may enjoy this. I do think sensitive skins could also find this easy to work with. In terms of oily skins, you could use this but be careful if you don’t like to use castor oil (has that kind of thick-oil type texture).


Vegan?: No (i.e not guaranteed).

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a flip-top lid. This leaks however. As when I lay it down and pick it back up again, the surface that I laid it down on has oil residue on it. So I would not recommend travelling with this as it may spill in your luggage.

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Directions: Take an appropriate amount (approx. 1 inch in diameter), and apply to the face, massage and rinse with lukewarm water. For more adequate makeup removal, apply this onto dry skin.

How I use it: I use this on dry skin as the first cleanse to dissolve makeup. Sometimes I also have to re-apply depending on how tough the makeup to remove is. I also have to use a lot more than stated to wash the makeup off. I use water to wash this off as it emulsifies, so it’s not too difficult to wash off.

Key Ingredients: Hydrogenated Castor Oil – an emollient, a surfactant and an emulsifier. Orange Flower Water is supposedly skin conditioning and a tonic. Apricot Juice is also supposed to be a humectant/moisturiser.

Full Ingredients: PG, water, polysorbate 80, DPG, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, PPG-10 butes-9, orange flower water, apricot juice, peach leaf extract, BG, glycerin, tocopherol, citric acid, sodium citrate, methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, butyl paraben.

Glycerin is in here to also add some moisture. This gets its oily texture from castor oil. So as you can see this product is mainly a thinned-out castor oil with some more surfactants and preservatives to stop the product from oxidising. It hasn’t irritated my skin.


Texture: As you can see from the video, it’s definitely thinner than regular castor oil. It’s spreadable.


Swatch: This definitely runs down the hand. It’s not sticky or tacky, but it’s definitely on the thicker side of cleansing oils. I’d put it on par with the Dear Klairs cleansing oil, and also slightly thicker than the DHC cleansing oil.


Good Under Makeup?: I used an Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick, a Mac Blue Lipstick and an Espoir Lip Liner to see if this product could dissolve makeup.


I applied enough oil to cover the products (applied onto dry skin).

My rule was I would only rub this for 30 seconds and see how well the products dissolved BUT the products barely budged at 30 seconds SO I rubbed for an extra 30 seconds, and then you see dissolving happening.

As you can see, with extra rubbing, the Mac Lipstick dissolved and the Lip liner was beginning to fade. Also the Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick also started to dissolve + fade (hence why you can see glitter dispersed in the oil.

NOTE: This is after washing off the product with water AND using a towel to pat the hand dry.


Comparison of Makeup removal effect – Before Vs After:

It’s definitely faded most of the products. I specifically chose these products as they are tricky to remove. And I think the oil did a decent job BUT this took longer than something more effective like the Juno Cleansing Balm (Review HERE).


Fragrance?: No added fragrance / EO – but does have that typical castor oil scent.

How long have I been using this?: For 1 month.

The Effect?: If I’m just removing SPF, this is fine. In terms of makeup removal, this would be effective if I spent a long time rubbing my face to remove makeup, but I have tried other cleansers that dissolve my makeup much faster in less time. So this sort of lifts the makeup off my face decently well, but I do need to go in again with this, or a cleansing balm in order to really dissolve the makeup adequately. In terms of skin-dryness – this doesn’t strip my skin of hydration which is good.

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What I like:

  • Emulsifies, so it makes it easier to wash this off
  • No added fragrance / EO
  • Easy to spread
  • Didn’t dry my skin out
  • Did not irritate my skin

What I don’t like:

  • Quite thick + Gloopy (Kind of feels like rubbing vegetable oil on my face) i.e. not a very luxurious experience.
  • This leaks – so it’s also not easy to travel with.
  • Not the toughest makeup removal (either have to re-apply OR keep rubbing this for a longer time).
  • Because this doesn’t remove makeup so easily, I usually have to use a lot more product than stated to try and fully dissolve the makeup. Therefore I end up using a lot more product than a cleansing balm or other cleansing oils.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3/5 – A decent makeup dissolver, but the texture is not ideal. Definitely better than the Dear Klairs Deep Cleansing oil in terms of washing off, but not as effective as the DHC cleansing oil and not as thin as it either. A better Muji cleansing oil is probably their Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil (Review HERE).

Would I repurchase?: I found this a bit too thick for my liking (even if it’s not difficult to wash off), I prefer lightweight oils and I also think other oil cleansers I’ve tried take less time to dissolve makeup.

Dupe?: There are no other ”Oil-free” cleansing oils I’ve tried. But the Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil is better if you want to check out a Muji Oil cleanser.

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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