⋆CHINOSHIO Clear Cleansing Oil⋆
This product really deserves it’s own full-fledged, review, because I’m SO into it, but wasn’t able to find any other reviews of it prior to taking the plunge and buying it, myself. I was sold on the fact that there’s another cleansing oil by this same brand that’s quite popular in Japan, and this specific product was advertised as smelling like lavender (an affinity which I believe I’ve mentioned before)
The good news: It works wonderfully, grit city, gets off makeup, love it.
The bad news? It smells more like cinnamon sugar to me than lavender, really– but that’s not even actually bad news to me personally, because I adore cinnamon just as much as I do lavender!
⋆Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil⋆
This photo file is literally saved in my hard drive as ‘THATlaneigebottle.png‘, because I take personal issue with this bottle. The very top pump piece gets stuck in the downward position a lot, or pops off entirely, and just generally oozes greasy oil onto your hands and your countertop and bathroom in general as you struggle to handle the bottle and get anything of use out of it, at all.
The product itself is pretty okay– strongly scented of yuzu or some other generic citrus, to the point where I’d put up a red flag for anyone triggered by heavy fragrance– but for me, it’s fine, and gets the job done fairly well. On the off chance that every bottle of this product is so tricky, though–definitely not at the top of my repurchase list.
[editor’s note: this photo. did not want to load. it took 7 attempts at loading and reformating this post just for a PICTURE of the bottle that gives me trouble in real life. I eventually re-saved the file as ‘PLS.png’ hoping that would help… how is this cleansing oil a bitch to me even as a .png file lmao??]
⋆Kose Softymo White Medicated Cleansing Foam⋆
Back when my boyfriend lived in San Jose, I picked this up at a local Mitsuwa so I’d have a cheap facewash to keep at his parents’ house, and not have to tote one back and forth on my frequent train + bus trips to his city. I picked this product because it was SO CHEAP (I believe some $7 at Mitsuwa, while in Japan it’s a dirt-cheap￥300– less than $3USD), and I trusted the brand name + line ‘Kose Softymo’ because their cleansing oils are popular by word of mouth, and I’d tried and liked them before.
I still can’t believe something this cheap works this well, but my face just seems to love all of the washes from this line– Kose Softymo Hyaluronic Makeup-Removing Cleansing Foam, Kose Softymo White Makeup Cleansing and Facial Foam– I’ve been through many bottles,and have multiple for different uses– all good and reliable– but this is the one I’ve been using recently and had on hand for this review page.
Though the pH values of those I tested are collectively higher than the ‘recommended/ideal’ value, I soon realized that it still does everything I want a cleanser to do for my skin. It makes a gentle but smooth lather on my face that clings to my skin, and washes off easily, leaving no filmy feeling behind. My skin feels moist and clean, but not dry or squeaky clean– so, it hits all the marks! No need to pH test every expensive cleanser on the planet if a $2.78 face wash does what you need it to do, I eventually realized. And since then, it’s been happily ever after with me and the Kose Softymo line of face washes~