Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

★★ out of 5

Pros: Removes heavy, waterproof makeup

Cons: Doesn’t wash off easily

Available via Amazon/Wishtrend

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I don’t know why it took me so long to review this, but I started using the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil since last October and I’m almost done with the bottle now. Better late then never I guess! I love a good double cleanse routine so when I ran out of my trusty Banila Co. I decided to try out this Klairs oil cleanser.

What It Is

The Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is a mild, hypoallergenic formula featuring black bean, black sesame, and black currant seed oils. It functions to gently cleanse, moisturize, and protect the skin. Use this as the first step in your skincare to remove makeup and sunscreen. This cleansing oil sells for $23 (currently $20 on Amazon) and you get 5.07fl.oz. of product.

Ingredient Analysis

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

Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil used as a thickening agent and can be potentially irritating for those who have acne prone skin. There are conflicting studies regarding this ingredient so users beware.


Do people still use Shu Uemura’s oil cleansers? This oil reminded me of the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty formula! Klairs’ version has a slightly stinky herbal smell, but it’s not bothersome.  It has a medium consistency (lighter than the Tatcha cleansing oil), but becomes thick once water is added. I did not have any adverse reactions to this product. 

This cleansing oil does a good job removing stubborn, waterproof, thick makeup. What I don’t like is how thick it gets when you add water to emulsify. The directions provided by Klairs claims you can just rinse off with warm water 2-3 times, but in reality you need to have a wash cloth or go straight into your second cleanse. The thick formula clings to crevices so you have to be very thorough during your second cleanse to make sure you get it all off. It even builds up under your nails and rinses out in chunks. I mean you’ll definitely get clean skin since you have to be very thorough, but I don’t like the extra effort I have to put in.


I’ve had a pretty good streak with Klairs products so I’m a bit disappointed with this one. I wouldn’t recommend this oil cleanser because the formula could be better. I’m going back to my tried and trusted Banila Co. cleansing balm!