Beauty – Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil

I am a heavy user of makeup and a very important thing every makeup user should be aware of is proper makeup removal.

In my early years of makeup usage, I wasn’t aware of the importance and improper removal resulted in clogged pores and breakout.

Some people will say that makeup is bad for skin. This is a myth! Makeup is usually formulated to be non-comedogenic and will not clog pores, UNLESS you do not remove everything thoroughly (or even worse, not remove it at all). Leaving residue of foundation or even sunscreen (yes, you need to remove sunscreen with a makeup remover) on your skin overnight is the culprit for clogged pores.

When I learnt about the importance of makeup removal, I started using cleansing oils because this kind of remover is known to be the most powerful and can remove everything! This includes the most waterproof makeup like mascara. Only with cleansing oil will I really believe that everything is thoroughly removed from my face. Oil cleanser is my favourite and I use it whenever I have a face full of makeup! The process is usually quicker for me than the wipe off sort of makeup remover and that is important for impatient people like me.

Introducing the new Deep Clean Cleansing Oil by Neutrogena!

They have 2 variants – green one for Hydrating and pink one for Brightening.

Both the Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil and Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil by Neutrogena are formulated with a non-comedogenic micro emulsion that consists of water, oil and surfactants and will transform into a soft cleaning milk when in contact with water. This product not only removes makeup but also deep cleans with skin hydrating and skin brightening benefits, nourishing the skin while removing 100% of makeup and 99% of dirt and impurities from the skin.

Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil contains cucumber extract which is a potent humectant (a hygroscopic substance which draws in water) and is a good choice of naturally derived moisturising agent.

As for the Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil, it is formulated with mulberry extract, which contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and niacin (Vitamin B). Ascorbic acid brightens and lightens skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, the naturally occurring enzyme that catalyses production of melanin pigment in the skin. Niacin is known to inhibit melanin transfer, so working together the overall skin tone will brighten when new skin cells are produced.

Each bottle is 200ml and this is a good size because I personally took 1 year + to finish my previous 450ml size cleansing oil and halfway through the smell sort of changed. Oil being oil will turn rancid when opened and are exposed for too long, so 200ml is perfect for about 6 months of usage!

For those who are concerned about the country of origin, this product is Made in Korea.

Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Some people think that cleansing oils are too powerful and can strip off the skin’s natural oils while removing all makeup but the new Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil by Neutrogena
serves to hydrate the skin while removing makeup, so no worries about dry skin!

I intentionally applied some hard to remove makeup products to put this cleansing oil to the test.

On my hand I have M.A.C Studio Fix Liquid Foundation (this is a long wearing formula aka water resistant) all over and 2 big dots for visual purposes, M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick (super long wearing), Urban Decay blue pencil eyeliner, Lancome Kohl brown eyeliner and Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara (super hard to remove!).

I pumped a bit of the Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil
on the makeup and then spread it with my fingers, dissolving my makeup. I cleaned it up with water to emulsify the oil and with rubbing, even the super waterproof mascara came off! For a cleansing oil, I was happy with how it could clean off makeup effectively and washed off easily when rinsed with water. The last thing I’d want is my face to be oily from the cleanser and I’m glad it didn’t happen here.

My hand felt very clean, non-greasy but supple and hydrated. This product delivered its claim – it cleaned off all makeup and hydrated my skin at the same time.

Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil

I am personally into skin brightening/ whitening skin care so this variant seemed suitable for my skin care needs.

Using a different waterproof mascara this time, which is even harder to remove.

The mascara made my whole hand black after rubbing in the oil, but when rinsed with water, everything came off without staining my skin and my hand turned out spotlessly clean with the Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil!

Brightening effect will take place when the skin produces new skin cells so the effect is not visible immediately. A month or so of continuous usage at least is required.

After testing on my hand and seeing how effective it is with no adverse reactions to my skin, I decided to try it on my face. Here, I have a full face of makeup.


I used 1 full pump of the brightening variant and spread the oil with my hands all over my face. Remember to always use your hands, dry if possible. Cotton pads are not necessary!

(My hands were really oily hence it wasn’t convenient to hold my camera.)

After dissolving most of my makeup, spending more effort with the waterproof mascara, I emulsified the oil with water and rinsed my face like usual. In Asia, double cleansing is common, so I will follow up with my usual facial cleansing foam after makeup removal with cleansing oil.


Pardon the clip in my hair, I had to keep it up while cleansing.

Except for the waterproof mascara, everything came off really easily. The mascara needs a little bit more time but it came off eventually. I would use a separate eye and lip makeup remover usually but if I only had the Deep Clean Cleansing Oil on hand, it will work too.


Overall I am satisfied with the performance of the new Deep Clean Cleansing Oil and will continue using it to remove my heavy makeup!


Both variants of the new Deep Clean Cleansing Oil (200ml) by Neutrogena are now available at Guardian and Watsons for $29.90.


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