Can’t Live Without: RMK Cleansing Oil N

by PJ on Sunday, January 20, 2008

in _Can't Live Without, -RMK, all about Japanese cosmetics, skincare, skincare - cleansing/toning, stash focus

(RMK Cleansing Oil N)
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RMK Cleansing Oil N is the cleansing oil of my choice before and after I was using the cheaper Boots Botanics Essential Oil Wash Off Cleanser, and this is one of my favorite makeup removing products.

To be specific, Cleansing Oil N, out a couple of years ago, is the new version of Cleansing Oil. But I don’t feel that there is any substantial difference between the two versions. Both are equally great.

Like most other cleansing oils, this one cleanses very effectively and melts all water-proof makeup. But three aspects of this cleansing oil stands out for me:

1. It emulsifies very well upon rinsing. There are several cleansing oils I have tried that don’t emulsify very well and leave a greasy film. Even after using a face wash, sometimes my face still feels somewhat greasy. This one leaves the skin very cleansed and fresh. Very occasionally I even forget to wash my face with a face wash immediately afterwards.

2. It is very gentle for my eyes. A couple of cleansing oils that I actually really like can leave my eyes dry if they get into the eyes while dissolving eye makeup. This one is very gentle for the eye area and never feels irritating.

3. With mainly olive, avocado, and grape seed oil, the texture is very light and it spreads wonderfully easily. I find that I don’t need as much per appplication, compared with other cleansing oils.

I am very glad that RMK became available in the UK several years ago, so there was no doubt which cleansing oil I was going to switch (back) to after the Boots Bonatics Oil Cleanser was discontinued.

(Note: Currently, UK is the only place outside Asia where RMK products are available.)

Updated on January 27, 2008:

In the comment section, Jami from Bionic Beauty asked about the ingredient list of this cleansing oil. So here is the full ingredient list of RMK’s Cleansing Oil N that I happen to have saved for future reference. (Please click on the photo for a much larger version.)

(the full ingredient list of RMK Cleansing Oil N,
on the back of the outer packaging)

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Iry Monday, January 21, 2008

Currently I’m using Bentint on my cheek :), and I find that my cleansing oil has hard time washing off the stain.

I’m wondering if I should use stronger cleansing oil but I also afraid that it will be too oily for my skin.


PJ Monday, January 21, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

I tried a Fancl travel set several years ago and it included the Mild Cleansing Oil. I did like it. But I was already very used to using this one by RMK at the time (which I did also slightly prefer) so I didn’t switch to it.

At the moment, obviously, it is much easier to get the RMK one here. It is retailed at 22 pounds in the UK and 3150 Yen in Japan (about 30 USD). Again, things are just more expensive in the UK…:(

Thank you very much for posting your comment again. :)


PJ Monday, January 21, 2008

Hi Iry,

I have not used Benetint before, but I have used a couple of lip stains a long time ago. I found that it was a little hard to take the color off completely with anything. I am guessing that it is due to the vegetable dye that might be included, like the extract from beetroot perhaps.

I try not to get too worried over this, but, at the same time, I haven’t bought any staining makeup items for years…

Have you tried using a eye/lip makeup remove to take off Benetint? It might help a little…

Thank you for sharing your thoughts again! :)


Kng Suan Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hi Iry,

I use Benetint on my cheek too but have not problem removing it. As much as possible, I try not to use Benetint directly on the skin. I put it on after foundation, so that the stain is applied on and “adheres” to the foundation rather than the skin. I would think that this helps in removing the stain.


nicola Tuesday, January 22, 2008

i’d be interested to use this cleansing oil! and being at 22 isnt to bad considering the shu uemura cost probably double. i cant remember where i saw RMK selling Uk.. probably london selfridges??
yeah DHC one is a capable cleanser but i imagine RMK one being alot better! i tried out the Fancl one too with the washing powder it was ok.

Oh my parcel from everyday mineral hasnt arrived yet but ill let u know once i try it all =D


PJ Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

This is a very good tip! Thank you very much for posting it! :)


PJ Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hi Nicola,

RMK is currently available in the UK in Selfridges in London, Selfridegs Trafford Centre Manchester, and House of Fraser Glasgow. (You can see this list on RMK’s global website. I have put a link to the site in my post.)

Just for your reference, the RMK Cleansing Oil N is 22 pounds for 175ml. I think the Shu Uemura ones that are more expensive are also a lot larger as well…

Personally, I prefer the RMK Cleansing Oil to the DHC one…

(I happen to have tried the Fancl washing powder too. It was okay.)

Thank you for posting your comment again. I look forward to hearing what you think about Everyday Minerals! :)


Bionic Beauty Sunday, January 27, 2008

Do you have a list of the ingredients ? Pretty please? I’m wondering if there is any glycerin in there. If not, I might have my friend send me some.


PJ Monday, January 28, 2008

Hi Jami,

For your reference, I have put up a photo of the full ingredient list of this cleansing oil. Hope the photo looks clear. :)

Thank you very much for posting your comment! :)


Charlotte Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hm, I’m curious to try this cleansing oil after reading this post & comments. (I’ve been a long-time DHC Cleansing Oil fan.) But, I live in the US and after checking out RMK’s site, don’t see a way to purchase it. Maybe you know something I don’t?


PJ Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hi Charlotte,

Thank you for posting your question!

The RMK website, as with most official websites of Japanese cosmetics brands, is for information only and doesn’t offer on-line ordering.

But if you are interested in trying out this cleansing oil, do please check the relevant information on another post from my blog. Hope it will be of some help for you!

Thank you for posting your comment on my blog!


Anonymous Friday, June 13, 2008

Hi pj, I’ve just found out about your blog. Its awesome! Im always interested in Japanese cosmetics products but always a little confused on which to choose. There are sooo many brands and they have different functions but all look similar.
I think I will probably start buying products you’ve reviewed ;D (if I can find them!)

On this post you mentioned that sometimes you forget to wash your face after using cleansing oil.
I thought we dont have to use cleanser after using cleansing oil!
Is that depends on the brands?


PJ Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hi there,

Thank you very much for your question.

There are indeed a lot of Japanese brands to choose from if you are interested in Japanese cosmetics. It can be a bit daunting sometimes. I hope my blog is able to help you with your choices. :)

In terms of using a face wash after the cleansing oil, I would say it is not absolutely necessary and that it depends on one’s skin type (not necessarily on the brand).

Most Japanese skincare lines that have a cleansing oil in the skincare lineup usually feature a face wash that is used both right after the cleansing oil in the evening (if you wear makeup) and in the morning alone. On the other hand, there is no face wash in Shu Uemura’s skincare lineup. (Ironically, I find Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils leave some rather greasy residue and I have to use a face wash afterwards.)

Most people I know that use a cleansing oil use a face wash afterwards. But if you get to try a cleansing oil, do experiment and see what works the best for you.

Hope it helps!

Thank you very much for reading my blog and for posting your comment. Hope to hear from you again! :)


winterberry-gal Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hi PJ!

I’ve been reading your blog for a few mths now and I tried the RMK cleansing oil as you recommended.

It’s good! I love the refreshing scent!
It removes all makeup nicely but sadly not for my stubborn waterproof MM mascara.

Previously I was using MAC Cleanse Off Oil; it was good but I was looking for a cheaper alternative.
Thanks to you and I found RMK’s.
RMK has proven to be equally effective and cheaper than MAC.



PJ Friday, August 15, 2008

Hi Winterberry-gal,

I am very glad that RMK’s cleansing oil is working for you! I have been using it for years and I really like it.

Too bad that it can’t remove the Majolica Majorca mascara. I have not tried their mascaras, but I have heard that they can be a little hard to remove.

I have actually been somewhat interested in MAC’s cleansing oil mainly because its per-ml price is slightly lower than that of RMK’s in the UK. But so far I haven’t tried it.

Thank you for leaving your comment. Hope to hear from you again! :)


Fi Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hi PJ!
I was just at the RMK stand today in Selfridges, they are doing a makeover session and if you buy two products, they will get a photographer to take pictures of you. Just make sure you check the pics they give you afterwards as although I had a lot of fun, I was given a beautiful photo of my eye, but not my whole face!
The event is 9-5 and is for another 3 days, so check it out if you have the time. The two young ladies who work there are absolutely lovely.

I have a feeling I should have taken a more detailed look at this post and comments, as I recently bought a huge bottle of Shu Uemura cleansing oil and feel intrigued to try the RMK one too now! You’re right, I do tend to use a toner after using the Shu Uemura one.


PJ Monday, September 22, 2008

Hi Fi,

Thank you for letting me know about the RMK event!

Most versions of Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils sell quite well globally, but unfortunately I don’t really like them very much. I usually feel that there are some others that work better for me, and RMK’s Cleansing Oil N is one of them.

If you do get to try RMK’s cleansing oil, do let me know what you think. (Occasionally the Selfridges counter has samples of the cleansing oil, but not always…)

Thank you for posting your comment again! :)


Fi Sunday, January 18, 2009


I went to the RMK counter in Selfridges today and got a sample of the cleansing oil. I put some on a cotton pad and used it to wipe off my eye makeup after and it worked well but I’m not sure if I’m meant to do that? I know that the Shu Uemura one advises to ‘avoid eye area’ so I’m not sure if I’m meant to use it that way?

I’ve only tried the oil once and it seems to work well, although I think I do like the colour and scent of the Fresh Shu Uemura one more although I then have to use a separate eye make up remover after.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated :)


PJ Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hi Fi,

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts!

The RMK Cleansing Oil, like many other cleansing oil products, are designed to take off all the makeup, including waterproof eye makeup and long-lasting lipsticks. If I am wearing full makeup (foundation, blusher, eyeshadows, and lipstick), I simply apply the oil all over my face (with my fingers), including the eye area and the lips, and dissolve all the makeup at once.

Sometimes, when I am at home (with no foundation on) and experiment with a bit of lipstick and eye makeup (usually right before showing), I would use a cotton pad to apply the oil on the lips to remove the lipstick but I prefer to use my fingers to dissolve the eye makeup with the oil. (I have tried using a cotton pad for a few times before. It works fine, but I find that it takes a lot of oil to saturate a portion of a cotton pad and to make the pad glide smoothly and gently across the eye area. I can save a lot of oil when I use the fingers.)

Hope it helps, and keep me posted if you have any other question. :)


babysaffron Tuesday, May 12, 2009

is this as good as it sounds? My problem is i’m not a heavy make up user and i’m looking for a new way to cleanse my face… since my face is very sensitive and sweats alot also…
I can’t used VCO which is very abundant here….
Thanks and i LOVE LOVE your blogs…


PJ Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hi Babysaffron,

I think, if you are not a heavy makeup user and if you have sensitive skin, a cleansing oil should be suitable for you since it should be able to take off all the makeup at one go.

This is still the makeup-removing product I am using and I have been very happy with it for years. If you would like to try something new for your cleansing routine, I do think this is worth trying.

Do let me know your thoughts if you have a chance to give it a try. :)

Thank you very much for posting your comment and for your kind words! :)


babysaffron Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hi..I would love to give it a try….but i have to track it first…I live in Philippines and have to wait for someone who will go to HK and get me one…
Thanks again.


PJ Friday, May 15, 2009

Hi Babysaffron,

I see. If you do get to try it, I would certainly be interested in knowing what you think. :)

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


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