Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil provides a deep clean without irritating skin. Plus, it’s formulated with natural oils rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for soft, smooth, healthy skin.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while (thanks!), you know that I’m a big fan of Klairs skincare products. Just do a quick search for Klairs in the search box and you’ll see what I mean.

I reviewed their Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil a while back and found it too lightweight for my needs though. So I was a little disappointed about that.

But today I’m reviewing their Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil and I’m very excited to try this version, which promises a deeper clean.

What is a cleansing oil?

A cleansing oil is used as the first step of a double cleansing routine

Using an oil-based cleanser removes oil-based impurities that water-based cleansers might not effectively remove. Examples include: make up, sunscreen, sebum and pollution.

When choosing oil-based products, you want one that contains an emulsifier. 

What this means is the product turns milky when a little bit of water is applied. This action not only helps lift off the impurities, it also makes the cleanser easier to rinse off.

Also pick one that’s gentle on the skin and formulated for your skin type. 

The last thing we want to happen is to dry out our skin by using cleansers that contain ingredients that are too harsh.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil ingredients

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil contains natural oils that provide a deep but gentle clean without irritating sensitive skin.

  • Black bean — for oil control and skin soothing
  • Black sesame — rich in antioxidants
  • Black currant seed — packed with vitamins and minerals good for the skin

The complete Klairs Cleansing Oil ingredients list is below (source):

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

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil vs Fresh Cleansing Oil

If you’re wondering how the deep cleansing oil and the fresh cleansing oil differ from each other, Wishtrend came out with this handy guide.  

Check it out and see which one is right for you.

klairs gentle black deep cleansing oil vs fresh cleansing oil
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Other things to know

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review
  • Packaging. This product is available in a 150-ml plastic bottle with a pump. Although it comes with a stopper so you don’t accidentally pump oil all over your clothes when traveling, I still find it a little awkward to bring because of its size.
  • Fragrance. This is mildly scented, but not bothersome at all. 
  • Texture and Consistency. This cleansing oil is still on the lightweight side but definitely thicker than the fresh cleansing oil. It comes out clear and spreads well. It also emulsifies with a little bit of water.
  • Skin Types. Klairs recommends this oil for dehydrated and flaky skin. It’s also formulated to be gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.

How to use Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

I use Klairs cleansing oil as my first cleanser at night. 

I dispense 2 full pumps of product into my dry hands and gently massage all over my dry face. After about a minute, I rinse with lukewarm water.

What I like about Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

  • Deep clean. Unlike the fresh cleansing oil, I feel like I’m getting a deeper clean with this oil. And my skin looks brighter and feels fresher after use.
  • Soft and smooth. My skin also feels soft and smooth after cleansing. No dryness or tightness at all.
  • Gentle and non-irritating. I haven’t had any bad reaction to this oil cleanser either. I’ve been using it every night for almost a month.

What I don’t like about it

  • More product needed. Unlike other oil-based cleansers where I only need to use minimal product, with Klairs cleansing oils, I always have to use more. I find myself running out of product as I go through my face so I always use 2 full pumps.
  • Hard to rinse. I also find this product a little difficult to rinse. Even though it emulsifies, it still takes me a relatively long time to completely wash off.
  • Slimy film. And even after rinsing, there is some kind of film that gets left behind. It feels slimy and weird on my skin. It does go away eventually.

Do I recommend Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil?

In a rating scale of 1 to 5 — 5 being awesome — this product is a 3 for me

I thought I’d love this product more than the fresh clean version but that’s not the case.

While I like that I get a deeper clean with this, I don’t like that slimy filmy feeling it leaves behind. It might be part of the moisturizing effect this cleanser has but I’ve tried other cleansers that softens and smoothens my skin without any filmy residue.

I also don’t like that I need to use more product than, for example, DHC Cleansing Oil or Hada Labo Oil Cleanser.

But this is all likely due to my skin type as well. This is formulated for dry skin so it’s probably not the ideal fit for my combination skin.

If you’re the right skin type though, this Klairs cleansing oil might work for you. It’s a beloved product with many glowing reviews.

Check it out at Wishtrend by clicking this link (affiliate).

As always, remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa.

So before trying a new product, it pays to do a little bit of research first. Pay special attention to ingredients that you might have a reaction to.

And doing a patch-test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.

Happy skin experimenting!

Deep Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin and Sensitive Skin

Have you tried Dear Klairs Cleansing Oil? Did it work for you? Will you recommend it?

This cleansing oil is also great to use with Klairs Black Sugar Scrub. Have you tried that combo?

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4 thoughts on “Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil Review”

  1. Looking at the comparison, the deep cleanser would likely be better for me. But if it leaves you feeling slimy I think I would want to clean my face afterwards which defeats the purpose.


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