innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review

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This review is for the innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil.

What is it?

The innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil is an oil-based cleanser. The first step in a two step cleansing routine if you are familiar with double-cleansing. Not only do oil-based cleansers help remove oil-based debris from your skin, but they’re also amazing makeup removers. So if you’re looking to try out an oil-based cleanser or are in the market for a product that will remove your makeup, keep reading!

First Impressions

The innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil comes in a 150ml bottle that is tinted a light green. It also comes with a little “stopper” that prevents the pump from moving when you are not using the product. I really like this  small addition since it makes travelling with it way easier. You don’t have to fear an oily mess inside your toiletries bag!

The product itself greets you with a really nice citrus-y scent. I personally do not find the scent to be strong or overpowering. If you are extremely scent-sensitive you might be bothered by it. I actually look forward to the scent, it smells really refreshing and is nice both first thing in the morning or after a long day.

The consistency is that of a medium-thick oil, think a mix between jojoba oil and olive oil. It’s not too thick in that it’s difficult to spread, nor is it too runny in that it slides off your fingers before you even make contact with you face! I’m quite happy with the consistency. Generally I use about 3-4 pumps of product to get my desired amount. Though, keep in mind that’s removing a full face of makeup. In the morning I typically only use 1-2 pumps.

Does it Work?

I’m happy to report that the innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil does, in fact, work! It did everything I was looking for. It’s gentle, non-irritating (on my fairly reactive skin), and most importantly it removes ALL of my makeup, including hard to remove mascaras.

How to Use

I pump (2-4 pumps or so) the product into my hands and slowly apply it to my face in small, circular motions. How much makeup I’m wearing that day will influence how long I massage the product for. Generally it’s anywhere between 45 seconds to 2 minutes (more if I’m really trying to pamper myself). I focus on areas that have heavier makeup, including my eyes since mascara can often be the trickiest thing to remove fully.

After massaging I put a little water on my fingertips and continue to rub the product. You will start to notice the product turning white (emulsifying) and coming off fairly quickly. Following this I’ll  splash larger amounts of water on to my face. It’s kind of amazing how well everything just  falls off. All the day’s makeup gets washed away in a milky solution and my skin feels great.

As someone with dry/dehydrated skin I can say this does not leave my skin feeling dry, which is a problem many people have with cleansers. Of course I then follow up immediately with my water-based cleanser and voila! Skin is clean and happy.

To show you how it works, I loaded my hand with makeup. This includes some highlighter, foundation, mascara, and the brightest lipstick I had.
I massaged the oil in for probably 2-3 minutes. The toughest things were the lipstick and mascara, though funny enough you’d never rub either of those things directly on your face…
After I added some water and massaged some more.
The final results. My skin was still a little pink from that crazy bright lipstick. I don’t really recommend rubbing bright orange lipstick on your skin. However, after I cleansed my hand with my normal water-based cleanser it was totally bare.


Overall, I’d say this has a pretty bare bones ingredient list. It doesn’t contain fatty alcohols or any major skin-irratating ingredients. Of course everyone’s skin is different and it’s important to know what ingredients your skin reacts/doesn’t react to. Check out the CosDNA ingredient analysis here.

Repurchase? Holy Grail?

I have already repurchased the innisfree Olive Real Cleaning Oil 3 or 4 times. Although I’m pretty happy with it, it does not get Holy Grail status. I will continue to test out other oil-based cleansers in the future, though I know I can always revert back to this one.

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