Review: Pyunkang Yul – Deep Cleansing Oil

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK / Oh Lolly Beauty: LINK

Price: ~£21

Volume: 290ml (quite big!)

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A deep cleansing oil that aims to dissolve makeup while soothing the skin and retaining the skin’s moisture (without that feeling of tightness). Using Jojoba and Sunflower Seed Oil (providing skin-beneficial fatty acids to the skin) and Cica + Tea Tree to soothe the skin.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.

What I think: I would agree. This isn’t to thick or heavy and doesn’t make the skin feel greasy afterwards, and with the lack of fragrance/essential oils; this isn’t too bad for sensitive skins either. The inclusion of Tea Tree (very diluted) means that oily skins + acne-prone skins could also experiment with this.


Vegan?: Yes.

Cruelty-Free?: Yes.

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.

pH: N/A (As this is an oil product).

Packaging: big plastic bottle with a pump that sticks out. This also came with a plastic hygiene ring that helps stop this from pumping when travelling with this. However I found that this product still leaked a bit from the pump, so I would be nervous to travel with it.


Directions: Pump a decent amount onto the palm of your hand and massage onto dry skin. Then rinse with lukewarm water to emulsify and wash off easily (From the Website).

How I use it: I used this to melt/remove my makeup, using 3 pumps to make sure I could really massage my eyes to remove my waterproof mascara and eyeliner. This emulsifies when water is added so it’s easy to wash off (but it stings my eyes when emulsified so I have to wash it off). I have to go in with a second cleanse to try and remove my waterproof eye makeup (and it still doesn’t remove it fully then), so then I go in with another cleansing oil or cleansing balm to fully remove the eye makeup.

Key Ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Anti-blemish) / Avocado Oil + Olive Oil (Antioxidants) / Hyaluronic acid (Hydrating) / Cica + Green Tea + Coptis Japonica Root Extract + Tea Tree (Soothing and Antioxidants) / Macademia Oil + Sweet Almond Oil + Sunflower Oil (Emollients).

Full Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Water, Diisostearyl Malate, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: A lightweight oil! It’s easy to spread and massage along the skin.

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: No oily or greasy residue when this is washed off.

  • As you can see

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

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

Summer or Winter?: Both.

Does this sting the eyes?: No. Unless it’s emulsifies (when you add water) and rub the eyes, it could sting.


Video Swatch:

Does this turn milky if water is added? (Emulsifies):

  • As you can see this does emulsify (turn milky) when water is added, which makes this very easy to wash off without leaving a greasy residue. It thins out this product as well (massage when dry, not wet).

Fragrance?: Fragrance and EO Free (Containsa small diluted amount of Tea Tree oil). This simply smells of an oil (as this contains Avocado, Sunflower and Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oil).

Good at Removing Makeup?:

  • Overall this Cleansing oil is pretty good at dissolving SPF And Foundation etc, it’s just not that great at dissolving my waterproof eye mascara and/or waterproof kohl/eyeliner. I have to go in with2-3 cleanses for the eyes. However it’s fine at removing non-waterproof products.

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: Another 3 months (it’s a big bottle!)

Does this dry-out the skin?: It’s not very stripping, but it’s not as gentle as the Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Cleansing Oil (Review HERE).

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Lightweight
  • Emulsifies (easy to wash off)
  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • Didn’t dry out my skin

What I don’t like:

  • Difficult to travel with (worried it’ll spill due to the nozzle leaking consistently)
  • Pump / nozzle isn’t my favourite shape and/or mechanism compared to other pump cleansing oils.
  • Not amazing at waterproof eye makeup removal (I ended up double cleansing with this and using an extra eye cleanser)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – This is definitely a gentle cleansing oil! It’s lightweight, I love that it’s easy to wash off and it’s great at removing SPF! It’s not that particularly hydrating however, I find the pump leaks (can’t travel with it) and It’s not that great at dissolving my waterproof eye makeup.

Would I repurchase?: No.

Dupe?: A more efficient and less-stripping cleansing oil is the Beauty of Joseon – Ginseng Cleansing oil (Review HERE).

The Kose Softmyo – Speedy Cleansing Oil is also just as thin and slightly more efficient at removing makeup (Review HERE).

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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