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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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