Dermalogica Precleanse Might be The One…

You should know by now that I am a cleansing oil user. I have been searching for one that I really like, and you know what? I might have found it! I was recommended Dermalogica Precleanse by quite a few people I know, and when there was additional discount at strawberryNet, it was a sign 😉



Before I start with my own review, here is what the brand has to say:

A lightweight Olive and Apricot Kernel-based cleansing oil, fortified with Kukui Nut, Borage Seed and Rice Bran oils, that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface. The hydrophilic (water-loving) formula enables PreCleanse and oil-based debris to be readily rinsed away without leaving behind any greasy residue. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

This 150ml bottle looks a bit small initially, and the dispenser is a nozzle instead of a pump which I’m used to. I don’t mind either way, but one good thing I can think of is when it is about to run out, I can stand it upside down to get the most of what is left. I doubt I can do it with a pump dispenser.



I use this every evening whether or not I wear makeup. I wear sunscreen of SPF50 daily, so this will take everything off. This oil has a lovely light citrusy lavender scent that I find very soothing and relaxing after a long day at work. I use it like any other cleansing oils, on dry hands and face. I massage it all over my face for about 30 to 60 seconds, focusing more on congested areas. I would then wet my hands and continue massaging. The oil will emulsify into a very light milk which is easily rinsed off with lukewarm water. I love to double cleanse, so I always follow this with another cleanser before my toner, serums and moisturiser.

The oil is not as thick as Shu Uemura’s and the scent is not as strong as Bobbi Brown’s. There is no oily residue which I am grateful for because knowing myself, I would scrub my skin like crazy to get rid of it. Instead, my skin is left soft and CLEAN, without feeling dry or tight. I read some reviews saying that it is drying to use it daily, but so far, on my normal skin, it is all good. It is said to be gentle enough to be used on eyes, but I have always prefered using a separate makeup remover for that delicate area. Furthermore, I’ve tried removing my waterproof mascara and it was a b*tch (ahem, excuse me!)



I know when my product loyalty is in question, I tend to stray, and I really blame it on my curiosity, but this one is something I know I’ll go back to. It doesn’t break me out, doesn’t strip away my natural oils and my skin has been loving it. This is quite a popular cleanser and I think some of you might be loving it already. Anyone of you have any adverse experience on this? Or is this 100% good? Do tell 🙂


xoxo Lily