I have tried DHC, MAC and Shiseido cleansing oils before and liked Shiseido the most. Because it is not as thick as DHC and not as runny as MAC. I observed that thicker cleansing oils can be drying, and hard to rinse off.
This one is thicker than Shiseido. So, I was disappointed at first but then I found a way to adjust its viscosity to my preference. First, I use less product: I use 2 pumps with Shisedio, but only 1.25 pumps with this one. I moved the product to the Shiseido pump bottle, so the comparisons are accurate.
Then I use a method a learned at Clarins web page for applying products, you can watch the videos yourself. I rub the product between my two hands to warm it up and melt it for a couple seconds. My palms and my fingers are covered with the product. Then I gently press, and then rub my hands to my face. This way, I can get only 1.25 pump of the product to cover my whole face easily. The result is not drying as using more product, and it is easier to rinse. I did not see any decrease in cleaning performance, but I only use it to remove sunscreen.
I follow with a very mild cleanser (Darphin milk) as I do with other cleaning oils. I did not read anything on "how to use" that requires two step cleaning for this product, but I still do, because I am acne prone. I should actually call it "one and a half" step cleaning. Because I use very little of the second cleanser, and apply it for a very short time.
I will be using this cleansing oil because it is the cheapest one I could get. I paid $9 a bottle at the body shop website. There is always some discount at the body shop website, and when I checked it was 40 percent.