Muji Mild Cleansing Oil: A Review

The Muji Cleansing Oil has been in my routine for over a year now. I started off with the Sensitive version, which was thicker in consistency and more expensive. I found this Mild version easier to work with, but with the same effects so I stuck with this.

Claims: Contains olive oil and jojoba oil which helps remove makeup quickly. Infused with apricot juice and peach leaf extract as natural moisturizing components.
SELRES_237317ae-a881-46b3-8235-9907513It’s a bit difficult to find an ingredient list from the internet and the list on the bottle is in Japanese. And from Vanity Rex’s post, it seems that the English ingredients on the stickers cannot be trusted.
Ingredients list from Vanity Rex’s translation efforts:Hydrogenated polyisobutene, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Ethyl oleate, Sorbitan oleate, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Hybrid sunflower oil, Dipropylene glycol, Orange flower water, Water, Butylene glycol, Tocopherol, Peach leaf extract, Apricot juice, Glycerin, Propylparaben, Butylparaben
Ingredients from Skincarisma:C13-16 Isoparaffin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethyl Oleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Ozonized Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Triolein, Dipropylene Glycol, Rose Flower Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tocopherol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Juice, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Glycerin

TL;DR: A light, fragrance-free cleansing oil that removes virtually any trace of every makeup I own and emulsifies like a dream.

I have gone through my phase of experimenting with oil cleansing. The first I heard about it, I tried with coconut oil, basically available everywhere here, and that broke me out. I tried with a readily available locally sunflower oil, which was a pain in the ass to clean off (even with a foaming cleanser) and left a film which bugged the hell out of me. The same brand offered a lighter cleansing oil (also a sunflower oil base) but it was still difficult to remove and still left a film. I think I also tried with castor oil, mineral oil, and olive oil. It all boiled down to being difficult to remove (but not completely removing makeup), breaking me out, leaving a film, and that annoying residue fogging up my eyesight.

I didn’t even know that Muji was offering skincare. I came across this product through a recommendation on /r/beautytalkph.


First off, the product seems expensive at PHP675.00, but 50mL lasts me a month’s use, so the 200mL bottle lasts me four months. The packaging is amazing, sleek and minimal, and the pump works very smoothly. I love that there are lines indicating product levels. It only takes me one pump for a regular day, two-three if I wear makeup.

[ skincarisma analysis page ]

This uses olive oil as the base, and is fragrance-free, coloring-free, sulfate-free, and alcohol-free. I appreciate all these ‘-free’ things on my skincare. It does have parabens, though, if you’re wary of that.

On a regular day, I don’t use face makeup at all and I haven’t been using sunscreen. I still use a cleansing oil though because the pollution in my city is bad and I would want that out of my face at the end of the day. I always get grits whenever I oil cleanse, too, so I like doing it to avoid blockage and future breakouts.

I do my brows and a winged eyeliner everyday though, and this cleansing oil has no problem getting both of these things off as well as my liptints and matte lipsticks.

On days I wear a full face of makeup, it works well on waterproof mascara and doesn’t leave residue on my eyes.

This oil emulsifies really well and doesn’t leave a film, which is a common complaint on most oil cleansers available. It doesn’t leave my face feeling stripped after rinsing, and I don’t need a foaming cleanser to wash this off.

Mild Cleansing Oil (left) and Sensitive Cleansing Oil (right)

I first used the Sensitive version, which was a bit thicker in consistency and a bit more expensive. The Mild version is a bit more fluid and easier to work with, and works just as well.

EDIT: I was reminded by bornintothewildlife in the comments that this cleansing oil can be a bit drying. I have forgotten about this because I almost never feel it now, the rest of my routine is pretty hydrating. This doesn’t warrant a docked point from me, but, just a heads up to anyone wanting to try this out and for drier skin types. Be sure to hydrate a bunch after.

The Muji Mild Oil Cleanser gets a 10/10 from me, would recommend and have been repurchasing. At about PHP675.00 for a 200mL bottle and ~PHP900 (will double check, my bottle doesn’t have a tag) for a 400mL bottle, this product is a good value for the money considering it lasts me a long while and is everything I have been looking for in an oil cleanser.

6 thoughts on “Muji Mild Cleansing Oil: A Review

  1. Coconut oil is know to cause congestion in skin, which is probably why it broke you out 🙂 it’s one of the oils that actually ISN’T recommended for facial use (which is weird because the internet LOVED it a few years ago) 🙂 I’m glad you found something that works, this sounds brill xx

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  2. I feel like we have exactly the same skin type. Coconut oil made my face clog like crazy.

    Like you, I started off with the muji sensitive oil cleanser and then moved to the regular oil cleanser. So far it has been my staple in removing makeup. Unfortunately, it isn’t sold in the UK and I can’t find anywhere online that sells it :(.

    I bought mine (both the sensitive and regular oil cleanser) when I was in Japan, it was quite cheap there actually, equivalent to about £10. I find it can be a little drying so I need to hydrate after using this. Do you experience this?

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