I was exclusively using Sulwhasoo (雪花秀) skincare products up till around 2 to 3 years ago where I got “seduced” by other brands. The Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil has always been one of my favourite products but I just never got around to using it again until a few months ago when I was at the airport and saw it being offered at a great price at the duty free shops. I immediately bought 2 bottles of it and went at it as soon as I reached home. So, how did it fare after me not using it for a few years? Was it as good as I’d remembered it to be? Before we continue, let’s just check out its ingredients list first.
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
How does the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil fare?
As I had stated as above, I had not used it for a few years but I bought this product solely because of its great price at the duty free shops and also because I remembered liking it a lot when I was using it previously. And I must say that it has really performed up to my expectations!
You’ll need to use this cleansing oil using dry hands and face. Just pump out 3 pumps of this product and really massage it all over your face to lift away all the makeup, sunscreen and impurities in your skin. Then you’ll slightly wet your hands and emulsify it. What I really love about this product is its ability to emulsify so easily with just a little water. You’ll continue to use more water to emulsify the product for another one minute and then rinse it off with plenty of water. It should rinse away cleanly without any residue. Although I usually use a separate eye and lip makeup remover (those bi-phase liquid ones) but I’ve tried using this product to remove my super waterproof mascara and eyeliner and it performs splendidly. In fact, this cleansing oil is one of the very few cleansing oils (and even cleansing balms) that could remove all traces of my Heroine Make super waterproof mascara and not leave any residue behind. It comes in useful when I’ve had a long day (or drunk! LOL!) and just want to get everything off my face in quick double time.
Even though I love the smell of this cleansing oil (which is a musky oriental medicinal smell), I’ve noticed that some people might not be too receptive to it. However the smell doesn’t linger and in fact I think that you won’t even smell it after you’ve used this product for some time. The texture of this cleansing oil is also thinner than I remembered but it doesn’t detract away from its main function – which is to cleanse. And boy does it cleanse well! So yes, I would highly recommend this product to everyone who has the budget to accommodate Sulwhasoo’s products into their skincare regime. I highly doubt that your skin would regret it even though your wallet might!
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from the Shillia Duty Free at Changi Airport. It was retailing at S$30.10 (200ml sized) per bottle.
In Singapore, you could find Sulwhasoo at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.
It retails at S$50 (200ml sized) at the usual beauty counters.
Thank you for reading!