The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil

I just purchased my second bottle, which tells you there is more good than bad (and ugly).

I've used MAC cleansing oil for years, but I've always been frustrated with the packaging as it does not travel well - even if the pump has a lock, it can be easily undone during transit and oil is one of the last things you would want to spill all over your luggage. So one day I "accidentally" wandered into Fancl and decided to give their cleansing oil a try.


Gently yet thoroughly removes all traces of tough and long-lasting makeup including waterproof mascara using nano-technology. Gives a fresh clean feel with no oily residue.

The Good:
+ It removes all traces of makeup, with very little effort. Even Majolica Majorca mascara, the most stubborn product in the universe (other cleansing oils require a bit more assistance, i.e. furious rubbing, to eradicate it).
+ Fragrance-free. Not that I have sensitive skin, but we could all do away with unnecessary additives.
+ I love that it comes in a 60 mL bottle (there's a 120mL version which I don't recommend for reasons to be explained later). I actually prefer all my skincare to come in tiny doses. Sure, jumbo bottles are more value for money, however with the heat and humidity and the risk of contamination (especially true with jar packaging) I would much rather purchase a fresh batch every couple of months.
+ The flip-top bottle is spill-proof which makes it travel-friendly
+ Cheaper (price per mL) than other popular brands such as MAC and Shu Uemura
+ If you purchase in-store, they usually give you a lot of freebies tee hee ;)

I also did not experience any breakouts or clogged pores after using, but do note that I always follow it up with a foaming cleanser (and my Clarisonic).

The Bad
+ The texture is quite gloopy. It's not the type of product that you apply on your face and you go "oh, this feels very nice". In fact the more likely reaction is "ick". But it shouldn't be a problem if you're used to cleansing oils and balms.
+ Preservative-free. Well technically that's a good thing, however a bottle can only last four months after opening. Considering it takes me a full year to go through my MAC cleansing oil that is quite an imposition. And that is also why I do not recommend the full-sized bottle - I have used this product every single day since I purchased it, and even then I had a little bit left on my travel-sized bottle by the time it expired. Imagine how much slathering it would take to finish the big bottle before it goes rancid.

The Ugly
+ None that I could think of - it's a keeper. ;)

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