OCM stands for oil cleansing method, and while it may sounds like that and using a cleansing oil is the same thing, it’s actually not. Today’s post will highlight the difference between OCM and using an oil cleanser, plus feature a review on the Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil.
OCM involves using one or a combination of oils to cleanse your skin. Common oils include mineral oil, sunflower oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and sweet almond oil. Then like a regular cleansing oil, you massage your oil of choice over your face to dissolve makeup, sebum, and any oil-soluble gunk on your skin. But since you’re using pure oil without any emulsifier, you must wipe off the oil with a cotton pad or wash cloth. Rinsing with water alone won’t work because oil and water naturally repel each other. A second cleanser is also highly recommended to help remove any oils left on your skin.
Cleansing oils often use a common oil as a base, but include emulsifiers to help bind the water and oil together. That’s why when using cleansing oils, it’s important to start off with dry skin, massage, then add a bit of water first to allow the cleansing oil to emulsify – ie. turn into a milky consistency. Once it has emulsified, you can rinse it off with water, no wash cloth required. Second cleansers are optional when using cleansing oils as long as you’ve allowed the oil to emulsify first before rinsing.
Because I’m lazy, I tend to stick with cleansing oils. I’ve reviewed the cult classic DHC cleansing oil before, and today I’m going to review another Japanese cleansing oil – the Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil.
Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil
- What is it
- A no-frill cleansing oil without any fragrance, parabens, or mineral oil (mutenka means additives-free in Japanese).
- First Impression
- It’s pink and has a heart on it. And the brand’s name is called “Cow Brand.” Yes I’m a sucker for frivolous details.
- How I use it
- I use 2 pumps to gently massage my face every evening. Add a bit of water, wait for it to emulsify*, then rinse.
- Best suited for
- All skin types except acne-prone
- Size & Price
- 5.07 oz – $10
- Where to buy
- Amazon, Rakuten
So the interesting thing about this cleansing oil is that it actually doesn’t contain any of the common oils as base:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Triethylhexanoin, Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Peg-12 LAURATE, Dipropylene glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ceramide NS, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a synthetic ingredient derived from palm oil that has none of the heaviness of traditional oils. It’s lightweight, spreads easily, but unfortunately, it’s also pretty comedogenic. On the plus side this cleansing oil does contain ceramide, which can help build and repair our skin barrier. But since this is a cleanser, I doubt the ceramide will be on your skin long enough to have any effects.
All in all there’s really nothing that stands out ingredients-wise, just your standard emulsifiers and a few fatty alcohols. Despite the brand being called “Cow Brand”, there were no milk related ingredients in this product.
Because I’m a huge packaging snob, I have to admit that I bought this mostly due to the packaging. It’s pink and has a pink heart on it! Cuteness factor aside, it comes in a nice pump bottle, which is pretty standard for cleansing oils.
Compared to the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, the Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil is lighter and more watery. Texture-wise I do prefer this one, but for some reason this is ridiculously difficult to emulsify. Instead of turning into a milky white consistency when I mix it with water, the texture simply becomes lighter and more liquid. Some of the oil does eventually emulsify, but then I’m wondering, what’s going on with the rest of the oil?
I’ve tried everything. Adding only a tiny bit of water. Adding lots of water. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to reach that water-oil nirvana. Luckily this cleansing oil rinses off nicely, and there’s no oily residue or film left on my skin. But because the emusilfying process is so weird, I always follow with a second cleanser to make sure I remove any left over oil.
On the plus side, the Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil does a great job of removing makeup. It struggles with eye makeup though, but I always recommend a separate eye makeup remover anyways. Since it’s additives-free, it’s also pretty gentle and good for sensitive skin types.
Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil
Overall the Cow Brand Mutenka Cleansing Oil isn't a bad cleansing oil, especially for the price. I would prefer my cleansing oils to actually use an oil as a base, not a comedogenic derivative. However, the deal-breaker for me is the the half-assed emulsification, and for that reason alone, I will not be repurchasing this.