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About the product

What Is It:

Turn makeup removal from chore to indulgence with Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil. This herb-infused cleansing oil gently removes makeup and impurities with Job’s tears seed and tangerine peel extract, while apricot kernel oil removes dead skin cells for clearer, healthier skin. White birch promotes skin’s natural circulation and turnover cycle to restore a healthy glow. Gentle enough to be used around the eye and lip area, its smooth, gliding texture activates with water for a refreshing finish with no oily residue.

Our insight:

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil received a 5/5 Holy Grail rating from Fifty Shades of Snail:

“The Gentle Cleansing Oil lifted all that makeup and sunscreen off my hand with just a few passes of light massaging… As impressed as I am with the Gentle Cleansing Oil’s makeup-removal abilities, however, its emulsifying powers wow me even more. This stuff emulsifies like a beast. Just a touch with water and the oil turns thin and milky. I have used several cleansing oils and balms that needed real effort to emulsify. The Gentle Cleansing Oil, on the other hand, seems capable of emulsifying from nothing but a bowl of water giving it The Look from across the room. I’ve been using this product for over three weeks now and am amazed how easily it emulsifies. The good thing about a cleansing oil that emulsifies well is that it tends to rinse cleanly…And boy, does the Gentle Cleansing Oil rinse away well.”
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How to use:

Use as the first step of your nighttime skincare routine. Apply to dry face and massage gently to break up and remove makeup. Wet hands and massage again to emulsify. Rinse thoroughly and follow with your usual foaming cleanser.


Isopropyl palmitate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, PEG-8 isostearate, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, spirodela polyrrhiza extract, coix lacryma-jobi ma-yuen seed extract, castanea crenata (chestnut) shell extract, citrus unshiupeel extract, pinus koraiensis seed oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, camellia japonica seed oil, prunus mume fruit extract, nelumbo nucifera germ extract, squalane, dextrin palmitate, glyceryl behenate/eicosadioate, butylene glycol, fragrance

Brand info:

This prestige beauty brand, focused on hanbang ingredients indigenous to Korea, is as highly respected in its native land as it is abroad. Proof? Locals say its Ginseng Cream is something you’d gift to a potential mother-in-law. In its earliest iteration, that ginseng cream was what launched Sulwhasoo over 50 years ago. While helping his mother’s camellia oil business, Sulwhasoo founder Suh Sung-whan came to appreciate the power of traditional Korean herbs. Working with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine to blend traditional Korean medicinal herbs and methods with science-backed research, Suh founded the company that would become Sulwhasoo in 1966. All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are meticulously cultivated in AmorePacific’s herb farm, from the saponin-rich ginseng to white lily to East Indian lotus. Its signature formula of jaumdan, which consists of five potent herbs, targets the body’s Yin energy to fight dryness, dark spots, and inflammation. In 2004, Sulwhasoo became a best seller in Hong Kong, and in 2010, the prestige skincare line made its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman.

Reviews & Comments 6


My favorite oil cleanser. I won't repurchase unless it goes on sale because I don't really NEED such a high-quality product for cleansing-- all that goodness washes off-- but if it were cheaper it's the only thing I'd use. It's effective, it's thin enough that it doesn't feel gross, and it emulsifies and rinses off like a dream.


Another great Sulwhasoo product! I use it alone or in combination with/before washing my face with Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam (which I adore). It doesn't make my skin become horribly red as all the other products I have tried before, most of them from reputable brand sold by drugstores and targeted for atopic skin.


I really wanted to like this product a lot as I’m a hanbang fan and really like other Sulwhasoo products. However, it gave me bumps under my skin. After stopping all other new products I tried the cleansing oil again and the bumps returned. I kept trying to use this product, but each time I used it, the bumps came back. Still looking forward to trying other Sulwhasoo products.


Six layers of sunscreen seem to be completely removed with one rinse of this. I usually need two and a half pumps for my face and neck. The smell is sweet but not cloying.


I love this oil cleanser so much! I have yet to find a formulation that rinses away as gently or as cleanly as this, which is impressive considering it can remove a full face of makeup in no time at all! It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated witbout any irritation or buildup. Noticed a dramatic reduction in clogged pores on forehead after using this. Between the grit removal, the rich texture and the heavenly smell, this stuff is a treat to cleanse with!


As far as oil cleansers go, I have just a few expectations: good slip, nice emulsification, and a pretty smell. This one fulfills all of those for me and then some. I wear full makeup every day, but I use Bifesta makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. That means that I really use the oil cleanser to break down my foundation and underlying sunscreen. Sulwhasoo's oil has great slip and works well when oil massaging, but it's the smell that keeps me coming back. I tend to huff it deeply because it has a bit of a eucalyptus... Read more


I tried a sample of this and totally agree with you about the scent! It is the main reason I’m considering buying the full sized!


If you occasionally need that extra boost that comes from Sulwhasoo's skincaretainment, I'd highly recommend getting the full size. I just bought another one because I didn't want to open my travel size bottle. Funny thing is...I never travel. :) Consider yourself enabled!