Huangjisoo Cleansing Oil
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Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

the claim

The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil claims to be the perfect pure cleansing oil that gently removes makeup and sebum without irritating the skin.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

the science

As expected, a number of oils are included in the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil, all displaying high fatty acid content and antioxidant properties. None moreso than Apricot Kernal Oil which acts as an emollient to assist in the maintenance of the skin barrier and retain moisture without congesting pores. It also contributes to the fight against acne, inflammation, ageing and dryness. A good source of Vitamin E, it helps to combat free radicals while Vitamin C content promotes collagen production. Similar properties permit Jojoba, Macadamia Nut, Evening Primrose and Green Tea Seed Oils to provide an emollient effect and help restore good skin health.

According to aesthetic plastic surgeon Paul Lorenc, MD:

Olive Oil is great for breaking down waxy substances like waterproof mascara and eyeliner. With the added benefits of antioxidants and a hydrating squalene, it moisturizes the delicate skin in the eye area, plus nourishes eyelashes the same way conditioner works on the hair.

Some of the oils also contribute antibacterial, antifungal and/or antiseptic properties. Calendula Oil helps to soothe and calm irritated skin. Mainly comprising Limonene, (up to 95%), Bitter Orange essential oil is included to impart natural fragrance as well as assisting to clear skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and fungal infections.

Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate is used primarily to encourage other ingredients to dissolve. It also helps mixing to occur between water and oil, and oil and dirt, allowing them to be whisked away more easily. Tocopherol (Vitamin E), boosts the antioxidant power.

the ingredients

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Tocopherol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil Ingredients

the packaging

The cleanser comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser and protective clip to guard against accidental discharge.

the analysis

Ideal assessments are returned by both the CosDNA and EWG resources, rating the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil a low hazard product.
Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil CosDNA Analysis

the application

Pump oil onto dry hands and massage over dry skin in gentle, circular motions. Splash skin with warm water and continue to massage. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat to dry.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil Application

the scent

The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil has a natural scent.

the cost

A 180ml bottle of the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil is sold for USD$32.00.

the availability

Huangjisoo products are available from the brand’s wesbite.

the expiry

The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil has a three year shelf life and must be used within 12 months of opening.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil Expiry

the performance

Firstly, to the packaging. The plastic bottle resembles the other cleansers from this brand in shape, however, the total transparency allows the oil to be the star from the onset. A beautiful yellow colour radiates through the surface. The bottle incorporates a protective clip that sits under the pump head to prevent unintentional discharge, however, I found that this was a little cumbersome to use, and besides, I don’t think anything makes this bottle particularly travel friendly. I always prefer balms for portability. There is a warning to keep the product away from direct light so perhaps an opaque or at least tinted plastic would have been a more practical storage solution to reduce the risk of product degradation. Nonetheless, I usually keep my oils in a cabinet so this didn’t impact me in any way.

The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil comprises 99.5% natural, organic ingredients and has received EWG verified authentication which rates it highly, all components returning a safe green grading. As such, it is suitable for all skin types, although those sensitive to essential oils should note the presence of Bitter Orange. The cleanser has a light scent imparted by this inclusion. It’s neither offensive nor pleasant for me. I think Orange Oil was necessary to disturb its near cooking oil type of smell.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil
I used this continuously for several weeks as my first step cleanser in my evening routine, to remove sunscreen, makeup and general impurities. I like to apply around 4 pumps on dry hands and massage it into all parts of my face including lips and eyes for several minutes. It has a lovely silky texture that allows it to glide effortlessly, delivering satisfying application. Once makeup is sufficiently dislodged and pores given a thorough clean, I emulsify the formula with warm water, rinsing my face until completely clean. After patting dry, skin looks and feels clean without any sense of tightness.

The highly emollient oils in this cleanser ensure that the moisture barrier is supported during the cleansing process. They encourage it to remain intact and promote repair as needed, so an ideal choice for dry, compromised or sensitive skin. Furthermore, there is no cloudy vision resulting from using this on the eyes which can sometimes be the case with oils and particularly balms. In fact, the product is rinsed off thoroughly without any greasy or oily residue.

As a makeup remover which is a principle task for a first step cleanser, it works well with everyday coverage, however, it did struggle to remove long stay lipsticks and some eye products as can be seen by the process shown below (progress shown top to bottom, left to right). Remnants of lipstick, brow pomade and the slightest mascara stain can be noticed after wiping clean with a cotton pad. I did find myself rubbing quite aggressively in order to dislodge some makeup without the introduction of a cotton pad. The additional friction cotton pads and washcloths create simplifies removal.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil Performance
It successfully cleaned off sunscreens and also stimulated sebum to dislodge during massaging. I can’t say it contributed to a reduction in blackheads but definitely saw reduction with regard to whiteheads. Oils in general can improve the state of comedones as part of a solid routine that also incorporates a regular acid toner/treatment in addition to remaining non-comedogenic steps.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

the conclusion

I enjoyed the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil for its gentle nature, safe composition, silky application and good results. I found it struggled with heavy or stubborn makeup so I would probably opt for a more effective makeup remover for such cleansing. However, I enjoyed using this as a daily first step in my evening routine where my everyday makeup was not a challenge and think it would be suitable for all skin types.
Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

the summary

Pros Cons
Highly organic, CosDNA and EWG approved formula Only available online for Australians
Cute packaging Not suitable for travel
Removed daily makeup effectively Struggled with stubborn makeup
Removed sunscreen and cleansed pores well
No greasy or oily residue
Gentle on the eyes (no cloudy vision) and lips
Suitable for all skin types


the references

Huangjisoo website
Does Apricot Kernel Oil Benefit the Skin? Kristin Dorman
Ask a Dermatologist: Can You Use Olive Oil for Your Skin? Maya Allen
Jojoba Oil Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate Truth In Aging
Benefits and Uses Of Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil) John Staughton (BASc, BFA)
Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil in Skin care Samantha Miller
All About Evening Primrose Oil New Directions Aromatics
Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Flower Oil The Skincare Chemist
Bitter Orange Essential Oil – The Secret is in the Peel MONQ



the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.

This product was provided to me free of charge by Sophie’s Beauty Box for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Sophie’s Beauty Box, Huangjisoo, any of its representatives or any other third party.


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