Kanebo Naive Cleansing Oil


42 reviews

78% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$


Mineral Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisotearate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Water, Fragrance, Olive Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil

on 5/24/2015 4:36:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

this cleansing oil removes even the most stubborn makeup effortlessly and for that i'll give it 4 lippies. the only downside to it is that you will still have to double wash with a facial wash otherwise your face will be left oily and greasy.

on 4/18/2015 11:13:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love this oil cleanser! I use this as part of my two-step cleansing routine. This oil is my first step, then I follow with micellar water. It powers off my makeup and leaves my skin clean, but not stripped. I buy my Naive Cleansing Oil at the local Asian market ($9-13). I love how it emulsifies my makeup and turns milky when I add water to my face. That's how I know it's working. This cleanser rinses right off with several water splashes. No face cloth needed, no scrubbing. A little product goes a long way. I mainly use the olive version (green bottle). I've used the orange versio, but the green bottle is the best and is much gentler on my combo skin.

on 3/14/2015 4:03:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

This is a great inexpensive cleansing oil. I prefer using cleansing oils to remove face and eye makeup, especially during the winter time when my skin is a bit more dry. All you do is massage the oil into dry skin, add a little bit of water which it will turn into a milky consistency, continue massaging into skin and then rinse off. I do not recommend using this in place of a regular skin cleanser. You should always follow up with a regular cleanser after using this product, especially if you have sensitive/acne-prone skin.

-Affordable price
-Comparable to high end cleansing oils
-Can remove waterproof mascara (may have to let it sit in a bit)
-Did not irritate skin/cause break outs
-A little goes a long way; it'll last you a long time
-No strong chemical smells

-Hard to find unless you buy online or have Asian cosmetic stores nearby (I usually buy it from sasa.com or my local Japanese/Asian supermarket)

on 9/4/2014 4:44:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I like this product. I've borrowed high-end oil cleansers from friends when I stayed at their places, and frankly this plebe does not see a difference between the fancy $40 brands and cheap Japanese drug store products. Sue me.

No, this isn't an olive oil cleanser. Yes, this contains mineral oil. By all means do your research (go to a public library and use their network to access pubmed to read actual scientific trials and results) to decide for yourself whether you should use it on your skin or not. Don't go by what Cosmo readers leave on cosmetics sites. (To be fair, I wouldn't just go by what the FDA says either, no offence to reviewers.)

I don't have a problem with the mineral oil, especially since I'm washing it off my face anyway. I like that this product has VERY FEW INGREDIENTS - with skin as sensitive and reactive as mine, the simpler the better. I use this to take off my BB cream, powder and physical sunblock, and it does the job effectively. I don't use mascara/eyeliner often, but this does a decent job if you have patience. Like all commercial oils, this emusifies into a whitish lather once you've mixed it with water. I think it rinses off clean, but I always follow by using my Ponds Evening Calming wipes (purple package), and then rinse my face with water again. I haven't broken out from that.

Comparison with other oil cleansers I've tried:

-MAC Cleansing Oil: Used once - it smelled weird and this washed off the hardest out of all of them.
-DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: Thicker than Softymo and Kanebo, dried out my cheeks and the palms of my hands. That irritated my skin. WTH. >:|
-Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil: Thicker than Kanebo but lighter than DHC. Has a scent to it but it doesn't irritate my skin. It's a bit more drying than Kanebo but not a huge dealbreaker. Usually retails for less, especially if you have a Mitsuwa handy.
-Kanebo Naive Cleansing Oil: Lightest of all oils, so it's quite runny (I didn't expect that when I first used it and the oil spilled from my palm), but it still lasts quite a while. I prefer Softymo's nozzle, but the cap in this lets you control how much product you use, so it's handy. Easier to rinse off than Softymo, no scent.

Hope that's useful to people x

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/6/2014 3:24:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is my go-to cleansing oil. I can get it for around $10US at the local Japanese market and it's got the fewest ingredients that I could find so far for most cleansing oils I've seen so far. I've tried Shu Uemura and MAC, and I still like this more than those. I recommend it as a starting point if you're interested in trying cleansing oils because of the price.

-relatively cheap
-gets makeup off (sometimes I have to let it sit for certain mascaras)
-smells nice (well, I like it anyway, hehe...)

-leaves a film (handy when you live in dry areas, like NYC in the middle of winter, kind of annoying if you're somewhere humid)

-deceiving about the olive oil part (aren't they all? lol). olive oil is pretty far down the list of ingredients. oops
-not easy to find

I have sensitive, acne-prone combo skin that leans a little on the dry/dehydrated side, and this has caused no problems for me. I don't know HOW, as it should, but it hasn't. I should note that in the winter I don't use another cleanser, and in the summer I use witch hazel afterwards due to humidity.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 5/29/2014 2:13:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought this on a whim when I was visiting family in Japan. Most of my previous cleansing oil had leaked in my luggage, and I was going to try this one when I came home. I love it! Wish it didn't have mineral oil, which is probably why it was only about 500. I follow with my CeraVe foaming cleanser. Overall a great makeup remover, and I like that the tip slowly drips out oil. It looks like it'll flood out, but it doesn't.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 5/20/2014 4:17:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I was recommended this product as a good oil-based makeup remover. Now, don't get me wrong. This product did exactly what it was supposed to do, which was remove all of my makeup. It didn't irritate my skin or eyes. The reason I DO NOT recommend this product is because it contains mineral oil. Mineral oil is bad for the skin. It is a big ingredient that's notorious for clogging the pores and causing breakouts because it prevents the skin from breathing.
My tip -- if you really have your heart set on this product, just use pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil in its place. It literally does the same thing just as effectively, and olive oil will not clog your pores and is much better for your skin. It's also way, way cheaper. Trust me, Olive oil makes a great makeup remover and works just the same way this product does.

on 5/11/2013 7:37:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I had no idea this brand was added to MUA, I definitely would've written a review sooner.

This is THE BEST and ONLY way I remove my makeup - face makeup and waterproof mascara and eye makeup. This cleansing oil is highly effective and depending on how much mascara or foundation you have on, it could take very little to remove it all. It's one easy, quick step at the end of the day.

I bought this on my trip in Hong Kong back in 2010 and never looked back since then. I have used the Olive Oil version, and the Orange. I do think the Orange one can irritate the eyes, but the Olive Oil does not at all. I get this stuff into and onto my eyes, gentle and slowly rubbing the waterproof mascara off my lashes and it does not irritate or sting my eyes. I do have slightly sensitive eyes so I find the Olive Oil version to be much more superior than the Orange. The Orange smells of citrus and smells nicer (which the Olive Oil has no scent), but the Olive Oil is a safer choice, in my opinion.

I buy this off of SASA.com and it is shipped from Hong Kong, and they frequently have international free shipping so that's aweeeesome. Last time I bought from sasa, i got 3 backups and it'll be a looong time before I buy another couple backups. My skin is acne-prone, sensitive, and combination, and this doesn't give me any problems to my skin or eyes. I LOVE this stuff because not only is it cheap, it's effective and it's only ONE step in my makeup removal routine. No more cleansing wipes and eye makeup removers. I do and always will use a facial wash afterwards though. It is still an oil that needs to be removed as well. But this isn't a problem for me because it's what I did with makeup wipes as well. if you think using a cleansing oil and then a face wash is a two process method, then it doesn't sound as appealing to you. but to me, washing my face is a vital step, regardless of how I remove my makeup beforehand.

I swear by cleansing oils because it's just so easy. I have tried multiple brands and this is just as good as shu uemura, shiseido, etc., which are highly luxury brands. Please do not waste your money on high end cleansing oils, just get this amazing stuff that is just as good for a fraction of the price.

- effective
- no irritation
- no break outs
- removes waterproof makeup (eyes and face)
- cheap (less than US$10 off sasa.com and it's probably cheaper if you buy it in-store)
- travel friendly packaging
- little to remove the makeup, so it'll last a long time

- have to buy it online or overseas


2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 8/30/2012 3:16:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Before this, I have used lots of make-up removers: neutrogena, lancome, sonia kashuk, olay...etc. I was introduced to this by a Japanese friend. She swears by this product and I wanted to give it a shot too. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! It is so easy to use, I just pour some product on my clean hand and rub all over my dry face. No need for cotton pads or Qtips. It takes away foundation, eye make-up, even water proof mascara (which I always find it really tough to take off with other products, especially because I want to be gentle around my eyes). I do use another face wash after this cleansing oil to make sure nothing (oil or makeup) is left behind. I really like this product. It is so much cheaper than MAC or any other oil cleanser and it is also a very well known Japanese brand. I will be purchasing this again and again!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 11/13/2011 6:54:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I was looking for a simple cleansing oil to wash off my mineral makeup and after seeing so much raves about this product on youtube, I decided to purchase it at a local Japanese supermarket. It does melt away my mineral makeup, however, this product is just not suitable for my skin! Apparently this cleansing oil is made up of mineral oil and my skin reacted to it. It left a film behind and after using it 2-3 times, my pores were clogged, making me break out. I stopped using it, hoping that it was something else that made me break out. Two weeks later, I used it again and this time, it gave me little tiny red bumps on my nose along with the breakouts I got 2 weeks ago. I will never use or purchase this again. It's just sitting in my bathroom now. I think I'll just use it to clean my brushes since it does a good job of getting mineral makeup off.

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