I've used only one oil cleanser before but had such a good experience with it that I was eager for more. While double cleansing can be a hassle -- first with an oil cleanser (to remove makeup) and second with a regular cleanser (to remove excess oil and remnants) -- as a regular liquid/cream foundation wearer, removing all traces of makeup before bed is crucial. I was fortunate to be able to try Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil (£40.00, 150ml) which is sold at Harrods in the UK but not yet available at major Canadian retailers.
About Kanebo, according to Harrods.com:
KANEBO SENSAI believe nothing compares to the feeling of silk on your skin, which is why they combined the rare Japanese Koishimaru silk fibre blend in their revolutionary skincare range, exclusive to Harrods. Created to help skin realise its utmost beauty, the cutting-edge KANEBO SENSAI collection, including skincare, haircare and cosmetics, is designed to reveal a beautifully smooth, luminous and hydrated complexion, preserved and protected against external damaging factors.
About the product:
This oil-based make-up remover thoroughly cleanses with a rich and luxurious sensation.
- Oil based make-up remover
- Use with cotton wool to remove traces of make-up
- Suitable for all skin types
First thing I notice after pumping out a drop or two of the cleansing oil is its density compared to the old Laura Mercier I previously used. While I wouldn't go so far as to describe it as thick, it's definitely less fluid and feels slightly heavier. (But not as heavy as the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, based on a quick comparison in Sephora.) The second thing I notice is the fresh fragrance which is pleasing to my nose personally, but I understand the concern from those who are fragrance-sensitive. Like most oil cleansers, it's applied to a dry face and massaged gently into the skin over the layer of foundation and waterproof makeup. A drop of water added to the massage emulsifies the oil into a milk that breaks down makeup, which is then removed with warm water and cotton or muslin cloth. Standard procedure.
When used in conjunction with a cloth, my face is left clean and soft and I have no need to run through a second cleanse with another product. But when used without a wash cloth, it takes a long time for the oil to remove the layer of foundation, and even after a splash with another cleanser, traces of makeup remain on skin. Because I do enjoy using a wash cloth as a part of the evening routine, I won't have a problem finishing this bottle of Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Oil, which is only Step 1 in the Silky Purifying skin care routine from Kanebo. Because the brand isn't readily available here and my experience with East Asian products are limited to Shiseido and a little bit of The Face Shop, I do feel curious about the rest of the line and brand, especially their makeup.
But in looking at the price and ingredient list, I'm disheartened to find that for the equivalent of approximately CAD$65, mineral oil tops the list. I don't believe that mineral oil is quite as terrible as some believe (the debate rages on), but it's well known that mineral oil is not an expensive ingredient. But on the other hand, hydrolyzed silk and ginseng root extracts? You don't find that in too many products.
A quick comparison with other brands tells me that mineral oil usage in cleansing oils is rampant, including my previously loved Laura Mercier! Shiseido, SK-II, Lancome -- they all rely on mineral oil. (FYI, mineral-oil free cleansing oils are offered from Boscia, Josie Maran, Murad and a few others, for less than half the price of some of these brands using mineral oils, but I'm not sure what the going rates of jojoba and grape seed oils are.)
Compared to the Laura Mercier, I don't find the Kanebo Sensai to be as effective and probably wouldn't purchase it myself due to its hefty price tag, but it's not a terrible product by any means and does remove makeup well when I'm diligent enough to reach for the cotton cloth. Would be interesting to see if my opinion changes by the time this bottle is finished and lands in the empties bin.
Have you used Kanebo Sensai before? What's your favourite makeup removing cleansing oil?
Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Triethylhexanoin, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Squalane, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Alcohol, Ethyl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Silk, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Limonene, Linalool
Made in Japan.
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