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04 October, 2013

Current Fave: Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil

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Hey everybody!

I did a mini review of Innisfree's Apple Juicy Cleansing oil when I first bought it in July, but since I'm still totally loving it a couple months on, I thought I'd do a more detailed review with all the "Apple Juicy" details. HA HA HA! Oh my.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil


The cleanser is 150mL in size and comes in a bright green pump bottle. Just in case you've never heard of Innisfree, they're an inexpensive Korean brand featuring "natural" extracts in their skincare and an eco-friendly concept. Their products don't have the cutest designs in the big wide world of Korean cosmetics packaging, but they are often of decent quality for the price and I think they are functionally attractive, if that makes sense.

I use oil cleansers like a lot of people do - as the first step in a "double cleansing" routine to help remove makeup. If you've never done double cleansing with a cleansing oil before, let me explain: You massage the oil onto your (dry) face, which helps loosen up grime and makeup. Once you're satisfied that you've loosened up most of the crud, you rinse it off. Oil cleanser is not the same thing as using straight oil on your face or what is commonly known as "the oil cleansing method" - Oil cleansers such as this one are designed to emulsify when mixed with water, making them easy to rinse off while leaving very little (or no) greasy residue. A lot of people will follow the oil cleanser step with a foaming or creamy cleanser to get any last bits of dirt off - hence the term "double cleansing".


I actually never noticed the "this line offers softness and healthy radiance to your skin like a freshly washed apple" tagline until I was editing this photo. Hmm. I'm not sure I want my skin looking like a freshly-washed apple, but I do like the idea of a cleansing product that smells like apples, and this fits the bill nicely. The scent is incredibly tart and vibrant, but not in the way that makes me feel lightheaded or sneezy like some fragranced products do. After you rinse the product off a little bit of apple smell remains on your skin, but not in an overpowering way.

If you like your apple-scented products to contain actual apple extract, you're in luck because this one does! I couldn't get a clear picture of the ingredients list on the label, but I checked it against this COSDNA listing and the ingredients listed there match what's on my bottle. One thing that should be noted about the ingredients list is that it's "4-free": Free of mineral oil, artificial colors, animal ingredients and ethanol. Makes sense for an eco-friendly brand.

Edit—here's a plain text ingredients list:
CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, POLYGLYCERYL-10 DIOLEATE, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), PEG-8 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE 

Here's a close-up of the pump:


The nozzle is very thin and doesn't overdispense the product. I find that one to two pumps are enough for my face, so I would say the design of that aspect is just right. Also, see that little plastic ring below the pump? That comes off. It's basically a "safety lock" that keeps you from accidentally pressing the pump and squirting oil everywhere when you're rummaging around in your basket of bathroom crap. Everybody has a basket of bathroom crap, right? Anyway, it's a small touch but a useful one, because if it wasn't there I probably would have emptied half the bottle onto the back of my toilet on accident by now.

Here's what the oil looks like straight out of the bottle and then emulsified:


No artificial color, right? As you can see, the cleanser changes from clear and oily to white and milky once water is added.

So that's all well and good, but my two favorite things about Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil are (a) how cleanly it rinses away when you're done and (b) how well it removes makeup. Check out how it fares against liquid eyeliner:


See that? Not only did it get off 99% of the eyeliner, but it also didn't leave any greasy residue. Now, I'm going to be honest - if you wear waterproof mascara and/or a ton of eye makeup you might want to use an additional eye makeup remover before you start in with the cleansing oil, but this actually does quite well by itself in a pinch.

Would I purchase it again? Most definitely. There are other oil cleansers on my wishlist, but I like this one so much that I'm feeling conflicted about buying them. Life is tough, I know.


Bottom line: Innisfree's Apple Juicy is an effective oil cleanser and makeup remover with a wonderfully refreshing scent. It might not be heavy enough for people who use oil as a sole cleanser, but as part of a double cleansing routine it's A-OK in my book.


Where to buy:

...and pretty much every other K-beauty e-tailer that sells Innisfree. FYI the prices listed above are for a 150ml bottle—there's also a 300ml jumbo bottle available for $23 + shipping if you really, really love the stuff.

Do you use oil cleanser? What are your favorite cleansers?
 

18 comments:

  1. I'm so looking forward to getting this into my skincare routine, I read awesome reviews about it

    nice review ^^

    X Laura

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    1. Excellent! I hope you end up liking it as much as I do. :)

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  2. Do you happen to have the ingredients list of the cleansing oil? I'm curious to know whether or not it contains mineral oil. ^^

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    1. Hi Anton - No, it does not contain mineral oil. You can find a full list of ingredients here.

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  3. Oh it seems a very good product and you make me want to try it ~ !!!
    Maybe I will buy samples soon...
    Chibilaria ღ Cute Random Lifestyle and Beauty Blog

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    1. I really do like it! Getting samples is good way to test it because you can always use them for travel purposes if you end up buying a full bottle. :)

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  4. I don't use cleansers often, but it does seem effective. And I've got a new found respect for Innisfree products since I did some brand research for one of my recent posts and found out just how environmentally friendly they are.

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    1. I've really like what I've tried from them. I actually wasn't sure if they were actually really eco-friendly or if it was just greenwashing, but it's nice to hear that it's the former. :)

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  5. I have tried Boscia, Laura Mercier and Shu Uemura. They are all good.

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  6. I WANT THIS!!! Found your review on reddit and I'm hooked on all the products you've been reviewing :)

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  7. I wrote this a review a few months ago but I'm still loving it! I just bought another bottle. :)

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  8. Whoa! It really does what it's supposed to do! That's awesome!

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  9. Ok--this may be the thing that gets me to embrace double cleansing. WOW--this sounds OUTSTANDING. And yummy apple scents are the best. Hmm...I'm so getting this--thank you!!!

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  10. Indeed it does! I think you can sometimes find sample packets of this on eBay and places like that... worth a try if you're so inclined!

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  11. Haha, glad to enable! Seriously though, this is probably my favorite cleanser EVER. It gets off makeup, rinses away cleanly, and smells like DELICIOUS APPLES. What more could one possibly want?!

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  12. Waaaa--seriously, it was an instabuy when I read your review. I really want my night routine to feel luxurious and not chore-like, and this sounds like an amazing way to get clean. I was resisting the double-step cleansing method, but I think you've made me a two-stepper. ahahahah

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  13. this product can make face skin dry? because i have been use other product and feel so dry after using it.

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  14. No, this doesn't make my skin feel dry. I always use moisturizer afterwards though.

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