DHC is a Japanese brand that is mostly famous for its Deep Cleansing Oil. I’ve seen people rave about it on Reddit, so I wanted to find out what’s so special about it. 🙂
The DHC brand was founded in 1970s by Yoshida-san. He connected traditional Japanese herbology and skincare properties of Spanish olive oil. The brand follows the “wabi-sabi” philosophy – it believes in “finding beauty in imperfection” and loving your skin just the way it is, together with all of its imperfections.
I bought this mini set from a friend who travelled to Japan. You can find it on Amazon (here) but in Japan, it cost around €7. This plastic, see-through pouch contains the Deep Cleansing Oil, the Mild Soap, the Q10 Lotion, and the Q10 Cream, all in mini sizes. There should be enough product for one month’s use or so, but like always, your mileage may vary.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Held in a simple but cute bottle, this yellow oil has a thicker consistency. It allows for a good face massage even if you don’t apply a lot of oil. The texture sort of clings to the face well enough to clean it thoroughly and remove make-up. You apply it on your dry face, massage it in, and rinse with water. When you add water, it emulsifies into a lighter, colourless consistency that is easy to rinse off. I find it doesn’t dry out my face nor it does it leave residue.
It works really well as a make-up and sunscreen removal. I advise against using it on your eye area because it will sting if it gets into your eyes. This hasn’t happened with other oil cleansers so far, so the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is probably an exception.
Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil
The Deep Cleansing Oil is enriched with rosemary leaf oil (to invigorate the skin and lightly fragrance the texture), vitamin E (which acts as an antioxidant) and olive oil (to help maintain skin’s moisture barrier, and to act as an antioxidant). Some people mentioned that olive oil can clog pores and/or cause cystic acne. Personally, I haven’t had such experience but it’s still wise to try a sample first.
You can buy the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on Amazon for about $26.60.
DHC Mild Soap
Made with honey and olive oil, the Mild Soap is to be used as the second cleanser. While it’s translucent-white, it generally works as any other bar soap. You lather it in your wet hands and massage the foam into your face before rinsing it off.
Ingredients: sodium oleate, sodium palmitate, sucrose, sodium laurate, water/aqua/eau, glycerin, sodium myristate, sorbitol, sodium stearate, sodium behenate, tetrasodium etidronate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, alcohol denat., honey/mel/miel
I find it works really well and it removes the remnants of the first cleanser. Almost too well, in fact. After using this soap, my skin was squeaky-clean. It felt good for the first few days but I’m afraid it caused some (more) acne troubles on my cheeks. Now I’m discouraged to use it on my face, so I’ll use it up as hand soap instead.
You can buy the DHC Mild Soap on Amazon for about $16.13.
DHC CoQ10 Lotion
I will be completely honest – I don’t see much added value in toners (or lotions as they’re called in Japan). My wishes are fairly simple: I want the toner to moisturise my skin and calm it down after cleansing. The CoQ10 Lotion is “antioxidant-rich lotion toner that prepares skin for targeted treatments” and it is also quite good when it comes to moisturising. This fragrance-free, yellowish liquid (the colour is allegedly due to the coenzyme Q10) absorbs fast, leaving behind no stickiness. It’s particularly recommended for treating mature or sun-damaged skin, but my slightly dehydrated face reacts well to it, too. Having only a small amount of this lotion, I can’t confirm or deny its claims about firming and smoothing. I find it too expensive and not as effective compared to some other Japanese lotions, so I will not buy it in a bigger format.
Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, glycerin, sorbitol, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, ubiquinone, acetyl glucosamine, serine, sodium citrate, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, polyglyceryl-10 oleate, polyglyceryl-10 stearate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, lysolecithin, allantoin, citric acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, carboxymethyl chitosan succinamide, soluble collagen, hydrogenated lecithin, placental protein, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, tocopheryl acetate
You can buy the DHC CoQ10 Lotion on Amazon for about $37.00.
DHC Q10 Cream
The Q10 Cream is a lovely surprise. Due to its oil content, I expected it to be heavy and too oily. That didn’t turn out to be the case. The cream absorbs quickly, leaving behind a shiny but not greasy layer. I prefer to apply it in the evening for an extra pampering care but I don’t hesitate to use it in the morning, too, if my skin feels dehydrated or dry. All in all, it’s a nice cream.
Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated palm oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, stearic acid, pentylene glycol, glyceryl stearate SE, glyceryl stearate, batyl alcohol, ubiquinone, phenoxyethanol, arginine, behenyl alcohol, serine, dimethicone, tocotrienols, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil
You can buy the DHC Q10 Cream on Amazon for about $46.43.
Question(s) of the day: have you ever tried DHC products yourself? Which one is your favourite?