Review: Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

The Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is mild yet effective – perfect for sensitive skin. Its hypoallergenic formula is packed with vegetable oils that gently cleanse, moisturize and protect.


Hoping to find a makeup dissolver for part one of my double cleanse, I picked up Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, believing that all of its heavy oils would succeed to gently breaking down my makeup without making my face feel stripped. Unfortunately for me, this product was quite unsuccessful in this endeavor, despite it being a pleasure to apply and lather. Not only did this fail to dissolve my makeup, but due to its concentration on heavy oils and fragrance, I was less inclined to use this product as the second step in my cleansing routine. In the end, I used this mostly as a post-workout cleanser or for days when I didn’t wear makeup. It’s an awkward but not unpleasant product.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate , PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate , Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil

Significant Pros

  • Jojoba Seed Oil (moisturizing)
  • Soybean Oil (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)
  • Sesame Seed Oil (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)
  • Black Currant Seed Oil (moisturizing)
  • Shea Butter (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)

Significant Cons

  • Fragrance (irritant)
  • Polysorbate 20 (fungal acne trigger)
  • Isopropyl Myristate (fragrance and fungal acne trigger)
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (fungal acne trigger)
  • Soybean Oil (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)
  • Sesame Seed Oil (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)
  • Cranberry Seed Oil (moisturizing for those without fungal acne)

The Takeaway

I would advise to skip over this product. Despite the pleasant application experience, it doesn’t do its job to dissolve makeup if it intends on being a 1st step cleanser, and when it comes to 2nd step cleansers, there are better, cheaper alternatives (like Krave Beauty’s Matcha Hemp Cleanser). All in all, while this product may be good for those who don’t wear makeup and aren’t worried about any residual product affecting fungal acne, its hard to justify spending near $20 on a somewhat adequate product.

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