Review: Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil



***This review is not sponsored. Everything written is my own opinion, and if you are to use this product remember YMMV. 


One of my favorite steps during my skincare routine tends to be one of the first steps as well. Wheather it be a normal weekday after the gym, or a weekend after a night at the bar or going out with friends I just adore using a cleansing oil to remove the sweat, makeup, and dirt that covers my skin.

When looking into oils and balms I’m always looking for something that will get rid of the water-proof makeup I wear, while also being gentle and cleansing deep into my pores. In the end, I was looking for something that wouldn’t dry out my skin, clog my pores, or leave a film residue but was also a tough fighter against waterproof eyeliner and glitter eyeshadow.  I decided to see if Illi’s cleansing oil was up for the challenge…


  • Deep Cleansing
  • Makeup removal
  • Skin Hydrating
  • Animal Cruelty Free
  • Anti-Aging ingredients to improve skin elasticity


Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Natto Gum, Dextrin Palmitate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Butylene Glycol, Water, Fragrance

Read CosDNA report here.

If you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see a lot of great Hanbang ingredients like Ginseng, camellia leaf, and seed oil, as well as natto. The other thing I wanted to point out, however, is that this product contains Isopropyl Palmitate. While it works as a great emollient in products, it can also clog pores depending on skin type (such as oily skin) or how much is in the product itself. That being said, I have combination skin and have never had a problem with this product.

How to Use:

Cleanser removes missha bb cream, Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, and Tarte Waterproof mascara. When rinsing with water, it turns into a milky emollient before leaving the skin clean and soft.

Suggested Use:

  • Pump a small amount of oil (1-2 pumps) into the palm of your hand
  • Gently massage your face with oil until your makeup melts away.
  • Rinse with warm water or gently wipe oil off with a soft cleansing tissue.

What I do:

  • (optional) Water cleanser to remove make up
  • Pump once into the palm of my hand
  • Gently massage face, ensuring that any left over makeup or grime gets picked up
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Follow up with water-based cleanser

How it Worked for Me:

Before this oil, I’d used two other oil based cleansers and found that I had a really big problem with residue being left behind or makeup not coming off fully. Not only does this oil get rid of makeup very easily, it doesn’t clog my pores or leave my face feeling dry or filmy. On the contrary, my face felt softer after using it for a few weeks, and has continued to work well for me even when other products in my routine have come and gone.  I really don’t have a lot to say on this product; it just works. I love it.


  • Gentle
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Hanbang
  • moisturizing
  • Anti-aging ingredients
  • Removes all makeup, including water proof
  • Deep cleansing
  • Removes dirt and sebum from pores


  • Price is a bit higher than other oil-based cleansers
  • Has a bit of fragrance, if you’re not into that sort of thing

Final Rating:

Rating Scale

  • 1-Bad, had a reaction, would not buy again
  • 2-Did not work
  • 3-Worked, but nothing special
  • 4-Great product, but has the potential to be replaced
  • 5-Holy Grail, it’s the cat’s meow!

Noona 5

This product does everything it claims, removing dirt and sebum from deep within pores, while also leaving the face clean and soft. I would repurchase, it’s been a constant in my routine for months!  

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