Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil


116 reviews

83% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$


Mineral Oil, Peg-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclomethicone, Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol ******Not sure what the above is...I think the ingredients should be: oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, mineral oil, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, triethyl hexanoine, cyclomethicone, orange oil, tocopherol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, glycerin, polyglyceryl-2 diisostearate, trilaureth-4 phosphate, water, phenoxyethanol

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on 6/8/2017 1:26:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

PACKAGING: pump bottle, does have a refill pack which is very cheap & convenient to repurchase
SCENT: citrus-y at first, as you start to rub it in it does have a distinct smell that most petrolatum-based products have
TEXTURE: oily but not too thick
PERFORMANCE: works great to remove all makeup (base, eye, waterproof mascara...). Does foam up when in contact with water but not too much, leaves a residue on the skin

I've used 1 bottle & 1 refill pack of this and decided that it's time to move on. It leaves a residue on my skin and I never had the same experience using the Innisfree apple juicy cleansing oil, although that one stings my eyes. I could have picked other cleansing oils from Kose that's not as deep and heavy as this one but they don't remove eye makeup too well. Still good & cost effective for those with dry skin to try out.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I should preface this by saying that this is the first cleansing oil I've tried. I've been aware of the increasingly popular two step cleansing routine for a while, but I was really resistant to it because it sounded so fussy - a pre-cleanser cleanser? But then it became clear to me that if I wear makeup every weekday, without a makeup remover my skin wasn't getting cleaned properly, and a lot of the liquid drugstore makeup removers end up being expensive (considering how quickly you go through a bottle) and drying.

Anyways, I checked out oil cleanser reviews on MUA before settling on the Kose Softymo Deep as having the best reviews for the price. I use it every evening on the days I've worn makeup, according to the instructions (apply it on dry skin before emulsifying with water and then rinsing), and then follow with a regular cleanser (most often Cerave Hydrating Cleanser).

For starters, this really does remove every bit of makeup. It's very satisfying to be able to use the same product all over your face, and although I was concerned at the beginning about using it around my eyes, I've never experienced a bit of stinging or discomfort.

I haven't been breaking out while using it, though I'd imagine that's a possibility if someone were to use this as their sole cleanser. I'm surprised that some people report experiencing dryness with this. My skin tends towards dryness, but it has improved, if anything, while using this cleanser. It feels much, much gentler on the skin and eyes than other makeup removers.

The value is one of the most appealing things. I've had this for a couple months now, and I anticipate the bottle lasting for 5 months give or take, using it maybe 5 or 6 times a week. Also, most western makeup removers need to be used with a cotton pad, which adds to the expense. With cleansing oil you don't need extra supplies.

Bottom line, I wish I began using an oil cleanser sooner. I now consider it an essential step in my routine. While I can't yet compare it to other oil cleansers, Kose Softymo Deep has really fit the bill for me for its effectiveness in removing makeup without drying or irritating my skin, and at a good price.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 7/9/2016 8:34:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I’ve tried quite a few cleansing oils (including Shu, Dermalogica, Mac, Fancl, Boscia, SKII, DHC) and Fancl was my favourite for years, closely followed by Boscia. I was looking to save some money & someone on the skincare board recommended this. It’s has a thinner texture than Fancl but it also leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. I think I prefer the thicker texture of Fancl but the price difference is significant and this is a minor issue considering that it removes makeup and sunscreen just as well and rinses clean the same way.

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on 11/22/2015 5:36:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

Love this stuff.
I used to always use fancl MCO but it comes in such small bottles and can be quite expensive to always have to buy it.
This is a great replacement- gets rid of makeup (eye shadow with primer all gone!) and doesn't leave any residue. I use this on dry skin every evening before a shower, so makeup is all but gone by the time I use Purity cleanser. So I can't attest to how well it works on its own, but for my routine it's perfect.
Doesn't seem to make my skin any softer, but for the super cheap price (like 7$ or less plus huge refills) and it works.
Unless I come across a stash of cheap fancl or my income surges, I'll continue to buy this one.
So, asides Fancl, this is better than Josie Maran CO; Aesop CO; Shu Uemura; elemis melting cleansing gel (I'm sure I've tried heaps more, but can't recall them all now). Am yet to try DHC and Babor ones.
Probably the dermalogica precleanse is better than this, but for the price it's not worth it.
My skin is oily, acne prone and sensitive (extra sensitive owing to retin-a cream).

ALSO: This stuff is great at removing wax residue! After waxing, just massage some of this on and it gets rid of it :)

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on 11/28/2015 3:46:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

HALLELUJAH! Before this product I had used Garnier's cleansing oil and it had been a poor experience, clinging to my skin and not washing clean. Too many American brands are selling cleansing oils as a way to aid moisture to your skin while cleansing but my personal experience is that that's a bad idea, why would you want a product to hang around after washing off with water and possibly trapping bacteria and makeup underneath? (Just my opinion). However, this is exactly what I wanted from a cleansing oil. It is slippery enough that one pump can make do for my entire face, it easily softens up all of my makeup even my eye makeup that is waterproof. After adding water it emulsifies beautifully and washes away with almost no trace just by slashing water and not needing to be rubbed harshly. I would recommend using a mild foaming cleaner afterwards for the infamous 'double cleansing' method made popular by South Korean beauty gurus. You can find this for about $7-11 US depending where you buy.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Brown

I REALLY wanted to like this b/c of Decadence's review, who also uses retinols like me (tho I use retin-a and Duac) and I too found the DHC CO too drying as well, but surprisingly enough, I found this Kosymo product even MORE drying than DHC deep cleansing oil! Also irritating. Maybe it was the fragrance (I'm starting to notice a pattern w/ me). My skin just felt irritated and more dry when using this. So if you're sensitive to fragrance or something, use this product with caution.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Softymo is a good substitute for DHC Cleansing Oil, which I like and have been using for years. They advertise you should do "Double Cleansing" which is oil first, then a soap on your face to remove makeup and other dirt. It works well. The oil takes off makeup better than soap does--you won't find that pinkish residue on your face towel if you do double cleansing. The cost of the DHC oil is a bit high even with loyalty discounts, so I tried Softymo. It smells a bit like orange because it has orange oil in it. It is a bit heavier in consistency on the face than the DHC, so if you are switching over, you'll notice it's not quite the same. It works the same, however. Takes off my eye makeup (mascara, shadow) perhaps even a touch better than DHC. I use DHC Washing Powder (usually) or their Mild Soap afterwards. Takes a bit more lather to remove all the oil. The price is far less and I got it onlne, because our nearest Japanese/Korean gigantic market is an hour away. The bottle is all in Japanese (and it's very cute looking for some reason) but you know what to do, even if you read no Japanese.

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on 4/6/2015 12:53:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Formula: I've been using this or the sister Kose Softymo White Cleansing Oil (whichever is in stock at local NYC Japanese grocery stores) for over 5-6 years now (see below for other oil cleansers I've tried). I find very little difference between the Deep and the White versions in terms of cleansing and (nonexistent) whitening ability. If you look at the ingredient lists, they're pretty similar.

This CO is great for removing Japanese sunscreens, long-wear MU or waterproof masacara with little effort; with a little more work involving massaging your face for at least a minute, this also works well to remove the even more tenacious Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ SPF 50+ (w/ superveil 360 technology) sunscreen (I find the Shiseido USP Wet Force sunscreen adheres to my skin much more tenaciously than even the Japanese waterproof/sweatproof sunscreens I use on a daily basis; the Shiseido USP I use for daily workouts only). If I'm in a rush and I don't take the time to thoroughly massage the CO to dissolve the Shiseido USP, after rinsing and then washing residue with a mild foaming cleanser, i can smell the Shiseido USP reacting with whatever I put on my skin post-rushed-cleansing. Note: this is true of any CO I've tried - even Shiseido's Ultimate Cleansing Oil doesn't dissolve the Shiseido USP sufficiently if I rush through cleansing...

Usage: I use this post workout to remove Shiseido USP sunscreen in the morning. I use it to remove my regular JP sunscreen in the evening. I always massage the CO for at least a minute, rinse thoroughly, and then followup with a mild foaming cleansing in the AM and the PM.

Price: not the cheapest JP drugstore brand but still pretty cheap at least in the NYC JP grocery stores and even cheaper if you purchase the refills. Def cheaper than department store/Sephora brands. I sometimes order form Amazon.com which currently has the cheapest pricing ($9-10 per pump bottle and refills are even cheaper).

Packaging: The pump bottle definitely leaks even if you keep and use the collar to prevent the pump from shifting during travel. On business trips, I either transfer some over to a travel squeeze bottle or rubberband a papertowel over the pump and then stuff the whole bottle into a ziploc bag.

Despite the COs I've tried, this has been and continues to be my go-to CO. So far, I've tried:
Shiseido's Ultimate Cleansing Oil (US department store cleansing oil) - great at removing everything but expensive and the bottle leaks.
Shiseido Perfect Oil (JP drugstore cleansing oil) - pretty decent at removing sunscreens and makeup but I felt that it didn't cleanse as well as the other cleansing oils I've tried. It also left the most residue compared to the other COs,
Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil - I use acids, retinol and weekly/monthly peels. This Boscia CO totally stung my face so after 2 tries, I donated it to my sister who loved it (she has virgin skin that has never felt a drop of acid/retinol).
DHC CO - expensive and def not worth the price imho. This felt really thick and I felt that I was midly tugging at my skin when massaging the CO into my skin. It also left my face feeling dry as all heck after rinsing off. I tried a small bottle and never repurchased.
MAC CO - I forgot the particular version I used but similar to the DHC CO, my face started feeling very dry after rinse off. I did finish the bottle since I could return it (I bought on a business trip in the UK), but am not tempted in the slightest to purchase it again.
Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil - gentle but not worth the expense. Also with all natural ingredients, I worry that the old will go rancid during hot, humid NYC summer months (I shut off AC while I'm at work/out...).

Summary: Cleansing-wise, this is interchangeable with the White version. They both work well and are cheap so I haven't been tempted to really try any more COs for the past 5-6 years. Definitely worth repurchasing.

25 of 25 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

This cleanser is ok. It's a good deal for the amount of product you get. I usually get the orgins oil cleanser but I find that its drying my skin a bit and I use my oil cleanser as a double cleanse process. This removes the makeup and I follow up with either my cle de peau or my clarins shea cleanser. I find I have to rub my eyes more to remove my eye makeup and waterproof liner and mascara. Its ok. I am on the fence about repurchasing may try another oil cleanser.

on 4/8/2015 7:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've been using cleansing oils for years. I've used shu uemura (pink bottle) and DHC cleansing oil and decided to try this out since it was cheaper. Every time I use this it remove all my eyes and face makeup but it break me out :( so it's a no for me. I have sensitive combo skin, sadly it didn't work for me.

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