I picked up the Hada Labo Olive Oil Cleansing Oil online quite a while ago and as with all things fated, it came in quite quickly thereafter. And at a cheaper price too. Would I never learn? Well no, I never do 😛
But anyway, we first saw the Hada Labo water based makeup remover come in a while ago. I had the impression initially that it was an oil cleanser. I was mistaken. It is water based, and although it does remove light makeup, it does not work very well for waterproof or stubborn makeup.
Enter the new Hada Labo Cleansing Oil.
The new cleansing oil is olive oil based, and contains the signature Super Hyaluronic Acid so it does not dry out your skin even as it cleans off makeup. The bottle, to easily distinguish it from the other one, is yellow (to mimic the colour of oil). The oil itself when pumped out however, is clear.
I was a little on the fence about the Hada Labo Makeup Remover. Does this one fare better for me?
Well I will have to note that the Hada Labo Cleansing Oil contains extracts of olive oil. There are quite a few brands out there that use olive oil extracts in their cleansing oils. But the sad truth is that my skin hates olive oil.
I can and will happily dip my bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar (delicious!) but my foray into using extra virgin olive oil oil cleansing, and the popular DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on my face spelt disaster. Prolonged use of anything with olive oil extract usually results in clogged pores, cystic acne and breakouts.
This one is no different. At the initial stage, I liked it. It is smooth and cleans off the most stubborn of makeup well without drying out the skin. It also emulsifies quite easily. If you aren’t familiar with how to use cleansing oils, best read my tips here.
After a week using just this cleansing oil, I started noticing clogged pores around my chin area and cheek. I went for a facial and my facialist was quite upset at my very congested skin. Well, so was I. I tested it again and true enough, after a week, it clogs up my skin. I’ve used lots of different cleansing oils, but the ones with olive oil extract always does this to me. So, it isn’t a criticism of this cleansing oil – its just that my skin can’t handle it.
In a nutshell
A light textured, smooth cleansing oil that does not dry out the skin and cleans off makeup and dirt very well. Takes a while to emulsify and clean off, but leaves skin feeling smooth and clean. However, prolonged use clogs my pores and breaks me out.
Pros: Light texture, Does not dry out skin, Removes even waterproof makeup, Affordable
Cons: Clogs my pores and breaks me out
Here is the ingredient list that I could extract from the label of the bottle
So, since it breaks me out, what do I do with it? Why, use it of course. The difference is that I alternate it with a different oil cleanser and then, it is somehow alright. I just have to be careful not to use it over a few days, or I will then risk clogging my pores. It always starts around my chin and then goes bonkers after that.
You will have seen this around already – its been out here for months. Some of you might also have already tried it. What do you think of it? Do you like it and does it do all that it promises for you?
Hada Labo Olive Oil Cleansing Oil retails at RM49.90 at most major pharmacies