DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review | Spanish olive oil + Japanese ingenuity

For a long while now, I've been an avid user of cleansing oils. I can't even remember the last time I used a regular makeup remover that wasn't for swatches! Once I tried cleansing oils, there was no turning back. Their gentle yet extremely thorough way of cleaning off my day face cannot be matched and I've been fortunate to find some great options. Recently, I discovered a new cleansing oil to add to my buy-again list: the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

Until I'd tried this oil, I'd never even heard of the brand DHC. Originating in Japan, DHC, which stands for Daigaku Honyaku Center, is actually a well-known direct sales company specializing in beauty and food products. Founded in 1972, DHC actually started off as an educational company, but when founder Yoshiaki Yoshida discovered the restorative health benefits of olive oil while visiting Madrid, he immediately took some home and pivoted his business into skincare.

Now DHC is well-known across Asia for their plant-based range of cleansers, moisturizers, serums and fine food products based off of this exceptional olive oil. You can purchase DHC products online, through their sales reps or through certain sellers. For us Canadians, DHC is available only online.

The Deep Cleansing Oil is a typical cleansing oil. You massage it onto dry or damp skin and it will emulsify away all dirt and makeup and prepare your skin for cleanser. The Deep Cleansing Oil, like all cleansing oils, never makes your skin feel tight, irritated or dehydrated. Its special mix of oils actually makes your skin feel better by coating it in a rich layer of emollients.

The primary ingredients in the Deep Cleansing Oil are:
  • Olive fruit oil - an emollient with antioxidant properties
  • Capryli/capric triglyceride - an emollient
  • Sorbeth-30 tetraoleate - an emlsifier and surfactant that helps dirt and oil mix together with water so it can be easily rinsed away. Most cleansing oils contain such an ingredient as this acts as the primary cleansing action.
  • Pentylene glycol - a humectant
Other ingredients of note in this oil are rosemary leaf oil, which is said to have skin conditioning properties.

At just under 200 ml, a single bottle retails around $28, which puts it around the same price and size as my other favourite cleansing oil, the L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil. Compared to that winner, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is good, but not quite as fantastic. Don't get me wrong, this is a very solid cleanser. One pump is enough to cover my face in a thick, slick layer of oil and is enough to thoroughly dissolve all sorts of makeup, even waterproof mascara. The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil rinses away easily and leaves my skin feeling soft. I think the only area where the L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil edges out this one is that I found the L'Occitane oil to be a step above in terms of luxuriousness. The L'Occitane oil coats my skin in a comforting layer of shea and that really elevates it above this equally effective, but not quite as pleasurable oil.

Final Verdict
Buy - Would I purchase the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil again? Absolutely. Was it my favourite cleansing oil ever? No, but only because the competition out there is fierce!

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