March 4, 2010

Inexpensive Cleansing Oil: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil White Review

‘ello dear chicklets!

Seems you’re all into the inexpensive cleansing oil deal at the moment and the Muse can’t blame you one bit. With the economy and Shu charging you an arm and one leg for a bottle of cleansing oil, who doesn’t want to seek out affordable options?

Check out Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil!

Jump it!

This is affordable, available (you don’t have to go to the end of the world and back to locate it), and it simply works. What more could a girl want?

Yes, the main ingredient is mineral oil…and yes I guess mineral oil is a cheaper ingredient but I absolutely have no problem with it.

The oil comes in several varieties but I find I really like Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil White version. You may have guessed already that the “white” is what gets me. This version promises to erase certain dullness as it cleans making skin whiter and brighter. Actually with continued use you will notice a little less dullness.

The oil is a nice consistency not too thick, not too runny, but just right. It has a fresh citrus scent that’s very subtle, nothing crazy, and no worries at all you won’t get eau de dish cleansing liquid with this.

The oil works as any oil. Simply rub onto a dry face full of makeup (including waterproof makeup), use a tiny bit of water to emulsify, and proceed to rinse. Done! Removes everything in one quick step.

Other affordable cleansing oil options sometimes don’t do a fab job getting waterproof makeup off but this works a treat. It rinses clean away, no oily, sticky residue, simply clean, hydrated skin. It’s gentle enough to use daily and on any skin types including oily ones (I know what a contradiction right? Oil on oily skin but no worries, it works, promise).

Of course, the best part of all is the fact that it’s so very affordable and can be found online for as little as $5 to $10 or even Asian markets, beauty shops, if you have a larger Asian community in your area.

Overall, it’s one of my fav affordable cleansing oils and does the job well.

Well worthy of a haul if you’re tierd of paying silly pricing on your Shu Cleansing Oil.

Loves it!

Muse Approval for purchase.

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Su

    I just ordered softymo deep cleansing oil since my shu oil cleanser is going to finish…
    I had to debate if I should just get shu or other oil cleanser like DHC/softymo/shiseido etc…
    I have tried softymo oil cleanser once (just one time) before so it came in top list…but I am not sure if it will be as good as shu for continuous use
    anyway since it is so much cheaper I ordered it to see..if it works yay for my (actually my mum’s) wallet lol

    • the Muse

      hey su I think you’ll be happy with it dear! nothing is as great as shu but honestly I can settle for cheaper, most are VERY good 😀

  • Marcy

    I read somewhere Muse that there is not that much of a point using whitening cleansers??? Not sure how believable that is, but apparently since you’re washing you aren’t really absorbing any goodness anyway, so you’re better off just using serums and the like?

    I am proud to be on the whitening bandwagon – after all I am asian and my canadian bf just doesn’t understand LOL – you have to review the Kanebo Freshel range sometime, cos me likey XD AND as you asked – I have tried my Naive Green Tea – ME LIKEY!!!

    • the Muse

      prob not marcy whitening in general is highly operated. whitening lotions, essence, etc… but I do find the the Shu whitening oil and a few others actually do well by my dullness 😀

      amen sista. I’m not Asian but still obsessed with being as white as possible, might as well be Asian 😀 hehe! yay glad you like the green tea 😀 I’ll def haul out the freshel range. my closet is like an Asian drugstore and I’m slowly working through reviews i’ve never done before 😀

  • Chung

    I don’t have that one but I do have the Kose softymo Deep Cleansing Oil which I LOVE. I image they’re probably pretty similar minus the whitening effect. They’re so good for the price, a total gem <3

    • the Muse

      couldn’t agree more chung! I have the deep as well and it’s pretty much the same 😀

  • Mandy

    I’m using this cleansing oil too! I was a bit iffy on trying it but it seems like many cleansing oils have mineral oil in them :\ I don’t think that parts bothers me most though. This one dries my skin up and makes it all flaky :X Maybe it’s just me or it doesn’t work well with my skin.

    • the Muse

      almost all mandy some don’t but 85% do sadly…it’s not really a big deal hun though unless you experience a bad reaction to it 😀 Oooo interesting sorry to hear it! I didn’t notice drying thankfully!!!!!! did you try the new mild touch from DHC?

  • jonnie

    I think I will try this when my current bottle of Shu runs out… can I put it in my gorgeous Moyocco Anno Shu bottle? 🙂

    • the Muse

      go for it jonnie! and you can even call it by shu’s name too! 😀

  • Vicky

    Hi if you live in new York which Asian market do you get these product from do u live in NYC becuz I do and I want to get a couple of product that you reviewed they look pretty intersting

    • the Muse

      hi vicky. Yes I live in New York. I pretty much go to all sorts of shops in Queens, K-Town, Canal Street, Etc….also in the Scarsdale area I’ve had great luck. For the most part though, online shopping always works best as it seems to be the cheapest.

      Hope this helps.

  • Melissa

    softymo softymo softymo i think i love that name it channels my inner 4 year old or something and put one my sasa cart but i “need” a few other things to hit the free shipping …softymo softymo

    • the Muse

      LOOL Melissa I heart the name too 😀 keep on holding on and I’ll give you more goodies to buy!

  • jylove

    would this take off water-resistant sunscreen? That’s what I need cleansing oil for. Thanks! BTW-I love reading your reviews~ ^.^

    • the Muse

      hey jylove thanks hun! 😀 glad you enjoy my babble. Mmmm water resistant yes it should do well with it. 😀

    • the Muse

      hey mayrei I believe I have that under my sink somewhere…that speaks volumes for it as my under my sink is a graveyard of sorts for unused skincare lol!

      • mayrei

        lol! Well I hope it doesn’t completely suck. Now you’ve got me wanting this Lotree cleansing oil so maybe I’ll try that one next time.

        • the Muse

          mayrei naaa! you’ll be good 😀 the lotree is lovely I think you’d likey 😀

  • Dream

    is this the one that when touches water it turn white???
    i had once tried my friend’s one and it turned like a slimywhite when touches water and i really like it
    but when i went and brought mine.. the ‘deep’ one
    its just oil and doesn’t turn into the white thingy??
    please answer.. 😉 thanks

    btw. im asian
    from Thailand
    and we have a whole lot of korean and japanese makeup here too! 😉
    (basically everything i think .. i LOVE it)

    • the Muse

      hi dream all cleansing oils turn while when water touches it 🙂 perhaps you purchased the cleansing milk and not the oil?

      You’re so lucky, sadly we have very limited access to Asian goodies in the US 😀

  • angela

    have you seen the description of this cleansing oil on made me giggle like a little girl LOL. u should so read it 😀

  • Jc Li

    hi… I’m searching for cleansing oil for dry skin, which one will you suggest? i see there are several kinds of kose softymo cleansing oil: pink bottle, this one n i don’t remember ^_^
    How bout shills sakura? have u tried it?

    • the Muse

      Nope Izumi. Best to use an oil based eye makeup remover prior to using the oil cleanser.

  • Izumi

    Ohk thanks. I’ve searched everywhere and even alot of oil based eye makeup removers don’t work on the majolica majorca mascaras which is so depressing because I’d love to wear them more! What do you use to remove them?

    • the Muse

      mm izumi I never have success removing ALL my eye makeup with oil cleansers. I use eye makeup remover first. My fav is Lancome Bi Facil but it’s pretty costly so Sephora Makeup Eye remover is pretty good as well (around 8 bucks) as well as MAC eye makeup remover.

      Hope this helps!

  • Jeanne

    Hi I live in canada. Do you know where I may buy this either online or in store?