DHC Cleansing Oil vs. Kose Softymo Review

Today I’m comparing two Japanese oil cleansers: The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28 | gifted by jbeauty e-commerce site Glowie Co) and the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (purchased for $9 from Amazon). I always use these as the first step of a double cleanse. An oil-based cleanser breaks down makeup, and I follow up with a gel cleanser as a second step.

DHC Cleansing Oil vs. Kose Softymo Review

Makeup Removal

Both do a great job at removing makeup and emulsify when coming in contact with water to ensure a thorough wash. So it’s a tie here. DHC: 1, Kose:1.

Hydration

Neither leaves the skin feeling stripped or leaves any residue. DHC has a thicker consistency. It’s lovely, almost velvety, and feels like it’s actively conditioning my skin. I can tell that the Kose version is thinner; It doesn’t make my skin dryer, but it’s not moisturizing it either. I think texture is also a matter of personal preference, but I could see DHC winning this one. DHC: 2, Kose: 1.

Scent

DHC has a stronger scent than Kose. While Kose’s smells like a citrusy vegetable oil, DHCs smells a bit like a funky olive oil. DHC: 2, Kose: 2.

Price

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil retails for $28, which is 3x the price of the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil, which is only $9. DHC: 2, Kose: 3.

Verdict

When you take price into account, the Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil is clearly a better value than the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. While the latter feels thicker and more hydrating, I’m not sure if that alone is worth tripling the price.

I received the DHC cleanser free to test.

· dhc · kose · jbeauty · cleansers · under-20

Paula’s Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 Review

My new holy grail sunscreen is one that’s been tearing up YouTube and Instagram - It’s the Paula’s Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid ($33 | gifted). It’s a sheer liquid that absorbs quickly, hydrates, and provides SPF 50 coverage with no white cast.

Paula’s Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 Review

Key Ingredients

This is packed with antioxidants such as green tea, goji berry, grape seed, and elderberry. It uses a mix of chemical and physical filters, including avobenzone and octinoxate. Some of these chemical filters are not reef safe, so don’t wear this to the beach.

Experience

I love how this performs with the milkiness of a kbeauty sunscreen, but without the fragrances or essential oils. This does have a very slight sour scent on initial application, but everything else about the experience is great. It leaves something between a matte and dewy finish and no white cast.

Paula’s Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 Swatch

Verdict

I would definitely purchase and recommend. It’s hard to find a SPF50+ sunscreen that’s lightweight, fragrance-free, and colorless, but Paula’s Choice hits all the right notes!

I received this product free to test.

· paula's choice · suncare · holy grails

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Review

One of the best things I did for my skin was start to wear sunscreen everyday. While I normally use Asian sunscreens, when Clarins gifted me a sunscreen that promised no white cast and was formulated specifically for warding off urban pollution, I had to put this into my rotation. Here are my thoughts:

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Review

Key Ingredients

This has a mix of physical and chemical filters, with its main filters being titanium dioxide and oxybenzone. According to enraged online reviews, this sunscreen used to be completely physical. I haven’t tried the version of this product pre-formulation, so I can’t compare - but do note that the chemical filters this sunscreen uses are not reef safe, so keep that in mind if you’re choosing a suncare for the beach.

This product features additional ingredients that are more skincare focused, such as antioxidant cantaloupe melon and blackcurrant extracts. As far as I can tell, the Exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex” is branding for their combination of white tea extract and a plant called succory dock-cress. These are soothing ingredients, but I wouldn’t go so far to say that they are anti-pollution.”

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Swatch

Experience

I like how emollient this sunscreen is. It’s a white watery substance that sinks in easily, doesn’t pill, and leaves no white cast. This definitely leaves your skin on the dewy” side - I have to matte this down with powder. There is a slight floral fragrance that is very pleasant.

Price

This is in the splurge category, clocking in at $43 for 1.7 oz (50 mL) at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Ulta.

Verdict

This is a perfectly fine SPF 50 sunscreen. While I am skeptical about its specific anti-urban pollution claims, I found this to feel very emollient and soothing. However, for $45 at @sephora, it’s definitely a splurge.

I received this product free to test.

· clarins · sephora · suncare · french

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