DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: Is this better than the Shu Uemura one?

This was a last-minute airport purchase as I was speed-walking to my departure gate at Narita. I had a few loose coins which I typically save for boxes of Royce chocolate as pasalubong, but this time I gave in and finally tried DHC! It's a popular skincare brand in Japan but they're especially famous for their cleansing oils that some say are better than Shu Uemura. I think that it does give Shu a run for its money!


I can't recall how much this was exactly, but it's probably around 800 or 1000 yen or 400-500 pesos. It's a bit pricey considering that this is just a 70ml bottle. It's not quite as expensive as Shu Uemura but it's not exactly drugstore pricing - at least, the full-sized ones.


This is because the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is olive oil-based and unscented. It smells a little like olive oil which some complain about, but I find it to be a light odor. The texture of the oil itself is thin and spreads easily on dry skin. I use as much as two pumps when I'm removing a full face of makeup, but that already takes off everything including waterproof eyeliner and liquid foundation. I use less if I have less makeup.

In the photo set above, you'll notice that it can take off 95% of the waterproof products I used in just one pass. I make sure to massage the oil thoroughly on dry skin so that it breaks down the makeup I'm wearing. After the first rinse, the rest can be washed off with my usual facial cleanser since the pigments are already loose.


It works just as well as Shu Uemura for me, but Shu has a more pleasant scent and slightly thinner texture. Both wash off without any feeling of oily residue, and both don't cause me any breakouts or irritate my eyes. I think that I'll purchase a full-sized DHC bottle next time I'm in Japan since it's just more affordable!

Have you tried DHC before? What are your favorite products from the brand?

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Ingredients

olive fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosemary leaf oil