Skincare | Bravura, Su-Man & DHC Cleansing Oil Review


I test out A LOT of cleansers, and i think its fair to say that i am officially a cleanser addict. It was not actually until i was introduced to oil-based cleansers, that i really started to enjoy cleansing my face and my evening skincare routine. For years i had been 'punishing my skin' with excessively foamy, astringent, alcohol packed cleansers that stripped my skin; because i was 'uneducated' about skincare, didn't study the ingredients lists and i followed recommendations that we are taught here in the west. Cue the Eastern double cleanse system featuring oil based cleansers....

Suffering with oily skin, for years i felt that i had to strip my skin to get rid of the sebum/oil i was producing. When in actual fact little did i know that i was creating more oil. My face was producing more oils to replace what i was removing. As i have gotten older i have learnt to embrace my oily skin as it wont be around forever. It is the oils in my skin that make my skin look so supple and young - which is why those with oily skin tend to look 'younger' for longer. The more hydrated and plump the skin is, the less prone to breakage and wrinkles.


Now you are probably thinking "Won't and oil make me more greasy?" The answer is no. Oils are brilliant because 'oil attracts oil'. meaning that it can penetrate the skin ( through our pores and follicles ) a lot deeper to hydrate and remove dirt and grime. Many of us with oily skin fear using oils, when actually oils are perfect for our skin type as they can help to balance out sebum production. Chances are if you are really oily, or find that you are combination ( ie oily in certain areas ) your skin is most likely dehydrated. Therefore the more you hydrate it, the less oily you will be. Not only are oils be great for cleansing they are also great for hydrating the skin - if you know which ones work best with your skin type ( some oily skin recommendations here ). There are so many different kinds of oils out it can seem a little overwhelming, so do your research to figure out which oils will work best for you. Once you figure out which oils work best with your skin type they are easy to incorporate into your skincare routine and the best way i have found to introduce oils into your skincare routine, is through an oil-based cleanser. Oil based cleansers work better than foaming agents because they can breakdown and dissolve tough products like sunscreen, liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascaras, deeply nourishing the skin at the same time. Which foaming cleansers cannot do.

So what do oil based cleansers do? Most apply like an oil on the skin and emulsify into a lightweight milk upon contact with water. This makes it gentle enough to go over your eyes and prevents you from really tugging at the skin, you can just gently massage it in and rinse off using a damp cloth. Tugging too much on your skin can cause damage and also create premature wrinkles. I swear by oil cleansing and due to a good skincare system i have no wrinkles just shy of 32.

My oil cleansing love affair all started with the DHC deep cleansing oil.  After seeing a friend mention it i quickly logged onto the DHC website and purchased the largest size. It arrived speedily and i have been hooked on oil cleansing ever since! Skin incorporating oils into my skincare routine my skin is the most balanced it has been my whole life. I now own atleast a dozen oil based cleansers including some from brands like Elemis, Dermalogica, Banila Co & Decleor. However the ones i am about to share with you are my personal favourites......

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Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel-Oil - £40 for 125ml - Link

Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel-Oil

This is pure AMAZING luxury! The Su-Man Purifying Cleansing oil applies like rich gel and turns into a smooth oil upon contact on the skin. Once water is added it emulsifies into a light, nourishing milk. Though this does list fragrance half way up the ingredients list ( something i usually try to avoid ) the smell is not over powering due to the light notes of Rose and Honey which reminiscent of a 'relaxing spa', and i don't find that it irritates my skin or my eyes. I really enjoy pampering my skin but massaging this in for a good 6 minutes, my skin is left looking bright and feeling clean, smooth, refreshed and extremely baby soft! If you are wanting a cleanser to not only clean your face but pamper and nourish it, then i highly recommend the Su-man purifying cleansing gel-oil. Out of all my cleansers this is my number one go-to luxury oil. I tend to use this in the morning when i want the benefits of this on the skin and don't just want to waste it straight down the drain. Su-Man skincare products can be found through Cult Beauty ( One of my all time favourite websites ). I discovered it through a random blog and decided to take a gamble with an unfamiliar brand. Something i am very pleased that i did, as i have fallen hard for this brand and so far have loved every product i have tried. Despite the Purifying Cleanser only having only 4 reviews on the Cult Beauty website, having all four rate it 5 star's says it all! Su-Man skincare is definitely an underrated luxury skincare brand that deserves much more recognition in the beauty community. 

Ingredients - Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Sucrose Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Linoleic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Sucrose Dilaurate, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Salicylic Acid, Propanediol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Benzyl Salicylate, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Eugenol, Limonene, Croton Lechleri Resin Powder Extract, Linolenic Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract.

Shop Su-Man Products here - Follow Su-man Hsu on Instagram here - Check out the Su-Man website here.


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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - £21.50 for 200ml - Link

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

The oil that started it all. DHC is a very popular Japanese skincare brand, little did i know purchasing this product would start a huge love affair with the brand.The DHC Deep Cleansing oil is iconic and the company’s most popular product to date. In a nutshell it's basically an Olive Oil cleansing oil that does a fantastic job of removing makeup extremely well whilst containing other skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin E. It has a rather small ingredients list for a non natural skincare product, which i must say i actually like. Sometimes its the most simple products that work the best, you don't always need tons of fancy ingredients for a product to be effective. To make the olive oil work as a cleanser, it is blended with a emulsifying agent ( sorbeth-30 tetraoleate ) to provide a greater cleansing ability than just cleansing with an oil alone; but also because oils are great at removing makeup, but they aren't really all that 'cleansing'. Therefore the cleansing agent makes it easier to rinse  and will also help to prevent congestion. I did notice that the last ingredient is Rosemary Oil. Rosemary oil can have great antioxidant benefits for the skin, but it can also cause irritation or sensitizing reactions. However the amount contained is not enough to cause to cause an adverse reaction. Just in case i avoid applying the oil to my eyes and will use the milk once emulsified to go over my eyes. The DHC deep cleansing oil is rich in vitamins and economical. It leaves your complexion nourished, soft and feeling nurtured, never feeling dry or greasy. I love using this throughout the cooler months when i wear heavier makeup.

Ingredients - Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil.


Shop DHC Products here - Follow DHC on Instagram here - Follow DHC on Twitter here.

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Bravura London First Cleanse Oil* - £14.50 for 150ml - Link

Bravura London First Cleanse Oil

The Bravura first cleanse oil is probably my most reached for daily makeup remover. It is the most lightweight fluid oil in my skincare cabinet, making it the most convenient for just quickly cleansing, when i am not wanting to do a full face massage. Those with oily skin will love this oil especially! The cleansing oil gently removes all traces of make-up and impurities without disturbing my faces natural oil balance. I find this cleanser removes dirt a lot quicker than any of the other oil cleansers i have, which makes it perfect for anyone who finds themselves short of time in the evenings, or for anyone who just hates the idea of adding another step into their cleansing routine. Just like with the two previous cleansers, it emulsifies into a light milky cleanser for quick and easy removal when it comes into contact with water. Unlike with the two previous oils i don't always have to use a cloth to remove this, and i love how it won't leave a film behind on the skin. The Bravura first cleanse oil contains nourishing agents like safflower, avocado and chamomile. Then there are also certified organic lavender and rosemary oil's which help to relax the senses. My skin is always left feeling clean, soft and nourished. So, if you are after an affordable, simple and fuss-free cleanser that is super effective then look no further.

Ingredients Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride(From Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate (emulsifier), Tocopherol (Vit.E), Anthemis Nobilis Oil* (Roman Chamomile Essential Oil), Lavandula Officinalis Oil* (Lavender Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*.


Shop Bravura Products here - Follow Bravura/Amanda on Instagram here - Follow DHC on Twitter here.


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Swatches L-R: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil - Bravura First Cleanse Oil


What are your favourite cleansing oils? I would love to know...


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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