In what is fast becoming my series of blog posts on all things Roselli, here’s my next review of Sonia Roselli’s perfect and perfectly petite skin prep line.

And what I may have failed to mention before is that I truly feel this may be one of the only skincare lines you need if you’re over 40.
In fact, Sonia’s line is designed with you in mind.

So buckle in, and get ready to be transformed. Or at least see your skin transformed.

Introduction to the World of Cleansing Oils

If a cleansing oil is something of a new of foreign concept to you. I hope you are open to listening, and maybe even giving it a try.
A cleansing oil can be vital in your skincare routine due to it’s ability to cleanse your skin effectively, while maintaining moisture.

A cleansing oil can really work at removing impurities, sunscreens, dirt, makeup, excess oil (my oily skin friends – it’s true!) without stripping your skin of it’s own natural oils. It’s also a fast friend of dry and sensitive skin.
So, it’s basically win win for your skin. Regardless of it’s type.

Who is Sonia Roselli?

If you love skincare and are more than just a casual beauty enthusiast, you should be aware of the incredible human being that Sonia Roselli is.

If not, let me give you the Reader’s Digest version.
Sonia Roselli is well-respected in the beauty world and highly passionate makeup artist in her own right. And after a successful makeup career spanning over two decades, she is now most well-known for her high-quality skincare products that make up the line of Sonia Roselli Beauty.

It is evident when you use these products that they come from the heart, and not just someone making a quick buck from putting out yet another line of moisturizers.

Sonia Roselli is most definitely a case of quality over quanity. With her range featuring bespoke products that you can count on both hands, you just know they are made out of necessity, from her own decades of experience.

And might I add, her products are truly a gift for us over 40 crowd. Sensitive, dry and combatting the effects aging has on our skin. Sonia Roselli products are made for us!

But we’re here to hone in and get razor focused on this great product, the Japanese Clenasing Oil from Sonia Roselli.

So let’s get started.


clear bottle with light pink cleansing oil in it
The gorgeous Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil

The Concept of a High-Quality Cleansing Oil

Let’s get into why a cleansing oil can be so effective in your routine. And what exactly a high-wualtiy cleansing oil can do for you.

Effective Makeup Removal

Where a traditional facial cleanser may struggle to completely remove all your longwear and waterproof makeup, a cleansing oil has basically got it beat.
Cleansing oils can easily break down stubborn makeup products and are also a great first-step if you are into your double cleansing.

Deep and Gentle Cleansing

As we explored earlier, an oil-based cleanser is not only highly effective, but does so gently because it cleanses your skin of makeup and dirt without stripping away moisture and the natural oils your skin needs.

Balances Oil Production

If you use a harsh foaming cleanser, it can result in stripping your skin of it’s naturally occuring oils. And this, in turn results iin your skin producing more oil to compensate.

But a cleansing oil is going to cleanse your face without stripping away any oils in your skin. And in doing so, helps keep the oil balance in your skin level. And as a result, your skin should see less breakouts.

I know it sounds hard to believe, but it’s true!


Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil

Especially from you in the back row, perhaps your skin errs on the oily side? Well, to put you at ease, yes, you can use oil on your face! But please don’t despair, as what makes Sonia’s products so exceptional is that they are carefully crafted for every single one of us to use.

Presented in a sleek, clear bottle, with the soft pink tone to the oil, Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil is both feminine and understated in appearance. Like all of Sonia’s products, there’s is not a trace of pretentiousness here.


Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil Key Ingredients

  • Japanese Spring Water (for hydration and purifying your skin)
  • Yuukari Yu / Eucalyptus (which provides a refreshing scent and is purifying)
  • Cetyl Ethylhexanoate (an emollient that will leave your skin silky smooth)
  • Prunus Mume Fruit Extract (antioxidant extract that also provides hydration)
  • Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract (holds anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Papain (an enzyme that helps gently exfoliate and brighten your skin)
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Coconut Palm) A surfactant and emollient derived from coconut oil.
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (aka green tea extract contains antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory benefits)
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract (conditions and smooths your skin)
  • Olive Fruit Oil (skin conditioning emollient)
  • Tocopherol (a type of Vitamin E which is used for its antioxidant properties)
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil (light fragrance, also known for its antiseptic properties)


Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil Review

Japanese Cleansing Oil is truly a winner in a crowded world of cleansers. 

And if you like to indulge in a double cleanse, then this should definitely be part of your skincare regime. Sonia Roselli’s JCO (as it’s known) will take care of your makeup removal and cleansing oil needs in one fell swoop. 

And it will leave your skin feeling fresh, and not at all oily or greasy after the fact. 

Let’s find out why. And how!


white and pink labeled pump bottle
Buying Options

Japanese Cleansing Oil

Cleanse and Hydrate Kit

Everyday Essentials Kit

The Healthy Glow Kit

Pros: The Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil is a gentle and versatile cleanser. An effective makeup remover and all-round cleansing oil. Easy to use, and fast to get to work as well.

Cons: If you are averse to oils, you might be put off trying this, but I beg you, please be open to the world of oils.

Benefits of Japanese Cleansing Oil

Effective and Efficient Removal

It will take about a minute to apply, massage, and remove Sonia Roselli’s Japanese Cleansing Oil.

That’s it! And the oil formulation will break down even the most stubborn product that’s been on your face all day and all night with ease.

No excuses for going to bed with your smudged mascara under your eyes. .

Deep Cleansing

The Japanese Cleansing Oil will penetrate deep into your skin’s pores to remove any impurities and debris that can be left on your face. (sorry, it’s true!)

Removes Makeup

As the first step of any skincare routine, your cleansing oil will immediately go to work on your skin.

It’s best applied with dry hands and onto a dry face. Just a couple of pumps of Sonia’s JCO will be plenty.

Cleansing Oil is not only going to remove your makeup, but any dirt or grime, sunscreen, or anything else on your face.

The reason that cleansing oils should be your go-to for makeup removers is that the oil is more efficient at breaking down makeup products. More so than a water-based remover, or, heaven forbid – a makeup wipe!


Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil contains nourishing ingredients such as Olive Oil.

And Olive Oil is known to be super hydrating and will provide moisture all the while removing your makeup.

The Vitamin B 12 in the cleansing oil (what gives Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil its beautiful, soft pink hue) is going to reduce dryness in your skin as well.

Preserve your Skin’s Barrier

A high-quality cleansing oil, like this one, will do it’s job of cleansing your skin without disrupting your face’s delicate skin barrier functions. Essentially, working at keeping your skin strong as well as supple.


Yes, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil is great for oily skin.

In fact, this product will reduce blackheads and clogged pores. It will also help minimize the oiliness of your skin if that’s what you’re dealing with.

But how does it reduce oil and blackheads?

Well, the beauty of oils is that they are attracted to each other. So when you apply Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil to your face, it is going to bring with it the excess oils that are already on your skin.

Magic, right?


Prepares Your Skin for Skincare Products

A good cleanser like Sonia’s essentially helps prepare your skin for the products and steps to come, by helping increase the absorption rate of your folliwng skincare products. It can create a big difference in making your skincare products work better, by being more highly absorbed!


“I’ve been around the block in my 65+ years and this is truly a game changer for me. Love this product!”

Donna P – Sonia Roselli Cleansing Oil Fan and Reviewer on Sonia Roselli Website


You can check out plenty more rave reviews on Sonia Roselli as well.


almost empty Sonia Roselli cleansing oil with pink liquid
My Cleansing Oil is soon to become an empty!


How to Use Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil

Like all of Sonia’s skin prep products, the Japanese Cleansing Oil wears the hat of multi-tasker with pride.

It’s primarily a cleansing makeup remover.

But the Sonia Roselli Cleansing Oil definitely moonlights rather successfully as a moisturizer, a cleanser, and a mild exfoliant. It controls acne/blackhead/oily skin, and can also be used as a facial massage oil (Sonia even recommends using it with your Clarisonic).

Here’s how to use it:


Shake the Bottle Well

Remember that Japanese Cleansing Oil is made up of both oil and water-based ingredients. That means it needs a little shake up to get everything evenly mixed together and ready to get to work on your face.


Pump 2-3 times into Your Hands

Yes, that should do it. If you have particularly heavy makeup on, maybe try 4-5 pumps.


Massage Into Your Dry Face

You heard me right. Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil should go straight onto your dry skin. Spread it evenly over the areas you wish to cleanse.


Massage Gently Until You Dissolve Your Makeup

Use circular motions, massaging the oil gently into your face. So good for your skin’s circulation, while the oil works to break down everything on your face, incouding any heavy eye makeup.


Rinse It All Away

Once you’re happy with the oil having worked its magic, it’s time you rinse with warm water. Remember, don’t go too hot, that can be really bad for your skin! The oil will actually become emulsified by the water (be mixed into to become one solution) and turn into a milky liquid that will finally be washed away as you finish. Your face should feel radiant, super squeaky clean, soft, and fresh!


Next Steps

Sonia recommends following Japanese Cleansing Oil with Water Elixir – which is, among other things a liquid moisturizer. So depending on how much time you have, or whether you are following a full skincare routine, water elixir can be a very good idea for your next step. A very easy step. And it feels so good, too!

Skin Types and Suitability

Sonia recommends Japanese Cleansing Oil for most skin types. And it is formulated to be both effective and gentle on oily, dry and combination skin.

It is incredibly effective at removing makeup and sunscreen.

She does mention that certain acne-prone users, if you have particularly sensitive skin issues, or a roascea flare-up, you may find that certain oils can cause flare-ups, and exacerbate your skin’s sensitivities. As always, a patch test is the best jumping-off point.
You may well find you have no problems at all.


Japanese Cleansing Oil Alternatives

Here are some of my top picks for Japanese Cleansing Oil alternatives:

Shu Uemera cleansing oil

Known for its luxe makeup removal capabilities, Shu Uemera popularized cleansing oils.

tatcha pure one step camelia cleansing oil

Tatcha is known for Japanese-beauty inspired, high end products. Made from camelia oil, this cleansing oil will nourish and hydrate your skin.

sk ii facial Treatment cleansing oil

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I hope that there’s been something beneficial that you’ve picked up from this post.

Whether you’re an old hat at the cleansing oil game, or you’re looking to try it for the very first time. My advice is, do give it a go. Particularly if you’re over 40.

Oil-based cleansers have a lot working in their favor, and honestly, I don’t ever think I’ll go back now.

I actually love the feeling of my skin after I’ve cleansed with oil. It removes everything that’s on my face – efficiently and fast. My eyes aren’t left stinging and red and milky-visioned. And my skin is clean and plump feeling!

All of this without being heavy or feeling like it’s going to create more drama on your face than you are trying to get rid of!

Honestly, if you have not experienced using a cleansing oil to remove your makeup, you should really take a chance.

And starting with the Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil cleanser is a safe bet. Let me know below if you’ve used a cleansing oil. What’d you think? I love hearing 🙂

white and pink labeled pump bottle

sonia roselli cleansing oil

Just in case you missed it earlier, here is the beautiful cleansing oil once again for you to check out.


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