Review: Beauty of Joseon – Ginseng Cleansing Oil

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK / Ohlolly: LINK

Price: £ 23.97 / $29.82

Volume: 210ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it + What does it do?: A cleansing oil containing Ginseng and Soybean oil (high in oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid which is beneficial for the skin), that aims to dissolve makeup, ‘unclog’ pores and not dry out the skin. It should apply smoothly and provide a light ginseng scent.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.

What I think: I agree. It’s not too thick and washes off easily so oily skins shouldn’t find it too uncomfortable. Also, this doesn’t strip the skin uncomfortably so, so Dry skins could use this.


Vegan?: Yes.

Cruelty Free?: Yes.

How long does it last after opening?: 6 months.

pH: N/A (as this is an oil)

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a large pump. It’s easy to use and dispense.


Directions: ”Apply a proper amount onto a dry face; keep massaging until makeup and impurities are fully melted/removed. Then wash off.”

How I use it: I use this to wash off makeup, even heavy-duty makeup. I use about 3-4 full pumps for heavy makeup and to also cover the neck and eyes adequately. It takes the longest to melt my eye makeup off and I often need another cleanse to fully remove my waterproof mascara.

Key Ingredients: 50% Soybean Oil (emollient): Contains 48-59% linoleic acid (barrier reinforcing), 17-30% oleic acid (conditioning) and also some (4.5-11%) linolenic acid (anti-inflammatory) / 0.1% Ginseng Seed Oil (Emollient and Antioxidant) / Turmeric Root Extract (Brightening and Soothing) / Olive Oil (antioxidant) + Sunflower Oil + Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil + Bixa Orellana Seed Oil (Emollients i.e. moisturising).

Note: Ginseng contains saponins which exhibit antioxidative properties (i.e. skin protecting and soothing).

Full Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Panax Ginseng Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Mela Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Mela Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Berry Extract

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: A lightweight oil. It doesn’t feel thick or gloopy. It’s very similar to the Youlief Key Cleansing Oil (Review HERE) and also the Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Oil. It’s easy to massage this and spread this along the skin.

Sticky?: No (see Video Swatch Below).

Greasy?: Yes. But not very thick.

  • As you can see, this isn’t opaque, it’s not very yellow/brown and it is oily! There’s no beads in it. It has a smooth texture.

Swatch Comparison: No Product (Left) VS Product (Right)


Video Swatch

  • Hopefully you can see the lightweight nature of this oil.

Does this turn milky when water is added? How easy is this to wash off?:

  • As you can see; this oil turns milky (emulsifies) when water is added. It becomes thin and is easy to wash off. There is no greasy residue left on the skin.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No.

Summer or Winter?: Both.

Stings the eyes?: No. I can massage my eyes to dissolve makeup.


Makeup Removal Test:

(Rubbed on the skin for 30 seconds. Applied water and then rubbed for another 30 seconds, then washed off. No towel drying)

Lip Liner / Liquid Lipstick / Regular Mac Lipstick / Urban Decay Lipstick / Black Eyeliner
  • As you can see, this is pretty decent at removing makeup! In my own experience; this has been good even at dissolving heavy-duty makeup. However with waterproof mascara, I require a second cleanse (even though I massage the eyes for quite a while in the first cleanse).

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free. However, I know they say this has a subtle scent of ginseng, but to me, as someone who uses mainly unscented products; this smells strongly of Ginseng. It really reminds me of the I’m From Ginseng Serum. If you don’t like the smell of Ginseng, then you may not enjoy this product (as I smell it while I rub it on and when I’m washing it off).

How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: Another 2-3 Months.

The Effect?: Cleansed skin with most of my makeup dissolved (I have to go in again for waterproof mascara).

Does this Dry out the skin?: No! – I’m surprised as I thought this would make my skin feel tight (oily-combo skin), but no; this didn’t make my skin feel uncomfortable after washing.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Easy to wash off (goes milky)
  • Can remove heavy-duty makeup (eyes need a double cleanse)
  • Didn’t sting or irritate my skin
  • Didn’t dry out my skin after cleansing

What I don’t like:

  • Strong smell of Ginseng
  • Still require a double cleanse to fully remove waterproof eye makeup/mascara

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (slightly closer to 3.9) /5 – This is a good cleansing oil! I’m still unsure about whether I like the ginseng scent. I really appreciate how it doesn’t make my skin feel very tight and I’m pleased with the decency of this product at dissolving makeup. It’s almost as good as the DHC cleansing oil but not as good as the Hylamide Makeup Remover (Swatches + Review HERE).

Would I repurchase?: I’m 50/50 on this as I’m not a biggest fan of the scent, but I like makeup dissolving efficiency of this.

Dupe?: The Skin1004 Centella Light Cleansing Oil is similar in texture, however that contains Fragrance / EO but it is both Vegan and Cruelty-Free

  • The Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Oil is also similar in texture and is also Cruelty-Free and Fragrance + EO Free (however I think this BOJ cleansing oil is better at dissolving makeup)

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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