The Sample: TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (Review & Photos)

26 Feb

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How many of you out there have oily skin? Now, of those of you with oily skin, how many of you have been conditioned to believe that oil is evil and should avoided in your skincare products at all costs? Until fairly recently, I completely agreed. It wasn’t until recent years that the idea of using oils on ones face–whether it be oil treatments or cleansing oils–really took off. Before that, oil of any kind was generally regarded as almost a bad word–especially for those of use with oily and/or acne-prone skin. That’s why when I started hearing about cleansing oils being all the rage for regular makeup users–revered for their ability to completely remove every last trace of makeup from the eyes, lips, and face–I was understandably skeptical. I thought there was no way it would work for my skin type. Slathering oil all over your face and then just expecting it to rinse clean away? Please. But as TATCHA was kind enough to send me their Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, I figured I’d give it a go and if (or rather, when) it didn’t work out, I could just pass it on to my mom.

Described as “a beautiful blend of camellia and rice bran oils. [It] melts away even waterproof makeup leaving skin fresh and pure.” The cleanser is packaged in a beautiful, opaque pearly-white plastic bottle.  As you can see from the picture below, you break the gold seal to open up the box with the lovely faux-wood detailing. Inside lies the bottle of cleanser wrapped in tissue paper that has a thoughtful note as well as instructions printed on it. I love that TATCHA thought of so many sweet little details–they really add a nice touch! The bottle has a removable cap and a pump-top dispenser underneath. It’s easy to use and control the amount of product you want to dispense.

The consistency of the cleanser is very light and fluid. It’s not so thin that it runs right off the hand but it’s definitely not as thick as richer oils like olive or jojoba–it’s the absolute perfect in-between! The cleanser is completely clear and quite silky. It feels (and smells) absolutely heavenly on the skin!

The cleanser has a very light, delicate scent to it–almost impossible to describe really. It’s very fresh and almost has that same invigorating, herbal bite that lavender oil has (this does not mean it smells like lavender!), and I mean that in the best way possible. For the scent-sensitive, it’s not a cloying scent at all and once you’ve rinsed the cleanser away, the scent disappears.

I had never used a cleansing oil before, so I was sure to read the directions properly before using (there is also a great video on TATCHA’s site demonstrating how to use it). Good thing I did–the directions say to start with dry hands and a dry face. That was news to me–I had no clue that was the way you’re meant to use cleansing oils! Dispense 1-2 pumps of cleanser into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together to spread and warm the product. Then, gently massage the product all over your face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and you’re good to go!

What was most surprising was that once the water mixes with the cleanser on your skin, it emulsifies into a milky fluid. It felt really nice and gentle on the skin! I was also pleasantly surprised that once I was done rinsing, my face was 100% free of any product and/or oily residue. It rinses completely clean away! It was the cleanest my skin has ever felt after just cleansing alone, which makes sense considering like dissolves like (a process that Larie of Eye Heart It has so eloquently explained here), and I have the oiliest skin around!

This is how the cleanser looks emulsified•

The One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil removes pretty much all the makeup from my face. I do have just a tiny bit of black smudging left under my eyes from my mascara, but I just do a quick swipe with eye makeup remover and it’s all good. Still, since I began using a cleansing oil, I’ve found that I use a lot less eye makeup remover. A 5.5 fl. oz. bottle used to last me a little over a month. Since using this cleansing oil, a small 1.7 fl. oz. deluxe-sample sized bottle has lasted about the same amount of time!! You do the math. (No really, because I can’t! :P). After using this product for about a month and a half, I have experienced no breakouts–only soft, thoroughly cleansed skin.

I have nothing but love for this product. It’s really amazing in every way–the packaging, the smell, the consistency, the efficacy, the ritual…it all makes for an incredible experience. TATCHA’s cleansing oil really turns an otherwise ordinary cleansing routine into a luxurious mini spa treatment. I’m so impressed by this product and so thankful to the brand for making my first experience with cleansing oils such an enjoyable one! I can’t wait to tell you guys about the other products I’ve tried from the brand, so please stay tuned!

»»Pricing: $48/5.1 fl. oz. (150 ml.)

»»Availability: and

»»Recommended for: all skin types!

»»Overall Rating: A+


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

50 Responses to “The Sample: TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (Review & Photos)”

  1. Teri February 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    This looks like a gorgeous brand! I have oily skin and thought the same thing about oils but I’m a total convert now. They are just so amazing on the skin without making my skin even more oily. Great review Becca! ^^

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks Teri!! And do you use a cleansing oil too? If so, which one?? I am so thrilled that I actually LIKE cleansing oils (I was scared of them for so long :P) that now I’m really curious about other brands’. I’m really happy with TATCHA’s I just wonder if all the other brands’ are as good :P

  2. Sunny February 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh yeah, this is definitely a product I’d love to try from Tatcha! Glad to hear it works well for you. Oil is definitely not a bad thing when it’s done right!

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Oooh you definitely should! I am so blown away by this cleanser–it’s incredible! And the amazing thing is, it really and truly is suited for every. single. skin type! It really does a good job at getting at ALL my excess oil but if someone with drier skin were to use it, it just wouldn’t have that oil to dissolve and would wash gently away. What’s also amazing is the amount of eye makeup remover that I save when I use this stuff–liquid gold, I tell you!! :D

  3. Procrastinator February 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Tatcha’s one of those brands that I’ve slotted into my “dream bathroom” — you know, the one I’d have if money and expiry dates were not issues. Although, for 150 ml, I don’t think $48 is that bad! …Good god, something is very wrong with me.

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      LOL! I know–*when* I repurchase this, it will be the most I have EVER paid for a cleanser. I always told myself that cleanser was something I would always buy from the drugstore since cleanser is so “unimportant” (compared to serum, at least, which is where I like to spend the money). But dang it, this stuff is just so amazing!! *sigh* that’s gonna hurt in the long run :P haha

      • Procrastinator February 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

        Or be really GREAT in the long run… =P

        • becca February 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

          Hahaha! Painful but well worth it!! :D

  4. Gummy February 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I think Tatcha has some of the most gorgeous, detailed and thoughtful packaging around…even down to the handwritten note!!! Really amazing, and even more beautiful to look at and open!!! I have a couple of samples of this Camellia Cleansing Oil. I keep meaning to try them…after reading your review I definitely will!!! Camellia Oil is one of the other oils I got in my 2nd oil sampler pack…I’m extra excited to try it out if it makes such a great base for cleansing!! Awesome review!!!

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank you thank you, dear Gummy!! :D Yes, you definitely need to try it ASAP–it’s really amazing stuff! And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the pure camellia oil! I was thinking about what we had talked about with rice bran oil when I was looking over the ingredients again for this cleanser. I really have high hopes for pure RB oil for my skin and now, maybe even camellia oil! :D Yay!

  5. Lily February 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I tried this and I remember it was pretty good. I still love my Dermalogica Precleanse though :-D

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Oh just Googled that one–I didn’t know Dermalogica had their own cleansing oil! It actually sounds really good. I was a little nervous reading the ingredients though–olive and apricot oil sounds so rich, I would be scared it would break me out. I like TATCHA’s because it is so, so light! Still, I am curious about the Dermalogica and might have to give it a try one day!

  6. Paige February 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Tatcha’s overall brand look has been tempting me to give them a try but I have to be very cautious with trying anymore cleansing oil now. My skin is oily and acne-prone and I tried Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil twice, both results in acne flare-ups for me. I guess I’m one of the rare ones whom cleansing oil doesn’t work for them :(

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Paige!!

      I know it’s REALLY easy to get scared away when you have very acne-prone skin and experience a bad reaction to a product but I just looked up the ingredients to Shu’s cleansing oils and I think the reason why it caused such bad breakouts is because they are all mineral oil-based. I also am seeing that they contain jojoba oil, as well as safflower and a few other types. My acne-prone skin HATES those richer oils (especially jojoba!), so I bet if I tried the Shu one, I would break out too. I know that everyone reacts to products differently but I think it’s safe to say that if ANY cleansing oil will work for you, it will be TATCHA’s. It’s really REALLY light and contains a blend of camellia and rice bran oils–2 really light ones. My skin breaks out very easily but so far, I have had no issues with this one! Anyway, I hope that helps! Please let me know if you do decide to try it–I’m curious to see how it will work for you :)

      • Paige March 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

        I think it is both the mineral oil and heavy oil that caused me to broke out. There are many versions of Shu’s cleansing oil. I tried the yellow one at first and the pink one on my second try. I believe the pink one is geared toward acne-prone skin and it does not have mineral oil in it. Still, the product caused me to break out after continual usage for a few days.

        I was not aware of the differences in oil: rich vs. light. Since the lighter oil Tatcha works for you, I think I will give it a try. I’ve been wanting to try something from Tatcha anyway. Wish me luck on it ;)

        • becca March 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

          Oh really? I guess I didn’t check the ingredients for the pink one–I looked at the ingredients for a few others and when I saw they were mineral-based, I assumed all of Shu’s were too. That’s too bad the acne-prone skin version didn’t work for you either.

          As for rich vs. light, an example I would use is, say, olive oil vs…I don’t know, eucalyptus or something. It’s not as rich/heavy. They don’t moisturize the skin as much and, in my experience, are better for oily, acne-prone skin. I hope you do give that TATCHA a try–it’s really really nice! Good luck and let me know what you think! :)

  7. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty February 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Really tempted to try this Becca! I’ve been using Shu and it works great for me in removing makeup. But I must agree that it has richer types of oil and leaves a lightly greasy layer after cleansing. So I use another cleanser to remove the oil residues. After I finish Shu, I switch to TATCHA! Thanks for the excellent review xx

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Aw that’s too bad it leaves a greasy film after :/ I have heard so many good things about Shu’s cleansing oils but now, after reading some of these comments and looking at the ingredients list online, I definitely think I would break out from using it. I totally expected TATCHA’s to leave a greasy film too because I had never used a cleansing oil before but I swear, it rinses completely clean–ZERO residue of any kind is left! Definitely do give it a try and let me know what you think! I hope like it as much as I do!! :)

  8. Kelly February 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I love cleansing oils! I think every oily skinned girl should have one in her arsenal. This looks so lovely. I am currently using a Boscia cleansing oil and I have a brand new Shu Uemura one in my bathroom closet so I don’t need a new one anytime soon but I definitely want to try this out once I am out.

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      Ooh just Googled the ingredients of the Boscia one–that looks nice! Do you have acne-prone skin, Kelly? Because I see that it contains jojoba, which is usually too rich for my skin, but I guess there’s not too much of it in there. There’s also eucalyptus oil, which my skin is okay with and which could balance it out…I’m definitely intrigued now!! :)

  9. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) February 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Haha for a second I thought the brand was called CAPTCHA. ;) The packaging looks so luxurious! I adore oils for removing makeup… but I’ve never used them to cleanse before. I’ll always wash my face with a gentle cleanser like CeraVe after using oils. I don’t know anything about rice bran oil as an ingredient, that’s one oil I don’t think I’ve come across. This sounds very promising.

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

      LOL God no–no CAPTCHA for me, thanks!! :P haha

      I always thought of cleansing oils as just being good for removing makeup too, but this one truly is a great all in one. I think it especially is nice for me though because I have such oily skin and it really dissolves all that! I don’t know what I expected from a cleansing oil but this certainly wasn’t it! This one is just so…light and fresh and clean-feeling!! :D

  10. Makeup Morsels February 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    I LOVE their blotting papers so I bet their skincare line is just as good. I’m so glad to hear you’ve jumped on the oil skincare train hahahha, I think you should try oil moisturizers next. And yes! Always apply with dry hands on a dry face, I didn’t know that when I first started using oil cleansers, but it makes a huge difference when you do. Lovely review :)

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

      I have the blotting papers too so I can’t wait to give them a try!! :D And yes, I’m so happy that I finally was brave enough to try a cleansing oil…and that the risk really paid off! SO impressed with this one–you must try it if you can, MM!

  11. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog February 27, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    I have oily skin but I think oily products are quite good for my skin if used in the correct way. This sounds like a great product.

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 1:22 am #

      I definitely agree, Angela! I totally believe that the right kinds of oils can be really good for oily skin. I have yet to find my perfect oil treatment for my face but I guess now I have the perfect cleansing oil!! :) Do you have a favorite oil treatment that you would recommend?

  12. Larie February 27, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Tatcha packaging is just so beautiful! Elegance, pure elegance. I don’t have oily skin any more, but I still love using oils and cleansing milks for makeup remover!

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Agreed–their packaging is crazy amazing! So thoughtful and incredibly detailed and wonderfully luxe! And you don’t have oily skin ANYMORE?! LUCKY!!! :P

  13. Beauty Box February 27, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Wow new cleansing oil with camellia oil – I’m surprised that they would use this ingredient! Do you know that camellia oil is usually used as a hair oil in Japan? But like most oils, I suppose it can have multiple uses with no dire side effects, e.g. jojoba oil. I’m def a fan of cleansing oils, and my current fave is Shu Uemura!
    I think oils are also great for removing eye makeup gently and no cotton pad is needed! I esp love Heroine Make’s natural oil blend for stubborn mascara. The trick is to leave it on your lashes, go brush your teeth, and it would just wash off like a dream. I always follow up with a facial cleanser though.

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      LOL really? Didn’t realize that. I mean I knew that camellia oil is used in some hair products but I didn’t know that in Japan, it was designated to mainly that use alone! It might seem strange to you but really, try it. It’s a very, very light, fresh blend! I think it works quite well :) As for leaving it on your lashes while you brush your teeth, that is brilliant. Why on earth did I not think of that?! Ha! I will definitely try that later tonight! Thanks dear! :D

  14. Taylor February 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I quite love the packaging and I’m glad to hear its working so well for you. I love the whole process of removing makeup with oils or balms, it’s my ‘me’ time :-)

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Definitely get that! Even though my routine from start to finish is probably 45 mins. so I REALLY don’t need any more “me time” :P haha but still, I just love the whole ritual of it! It’s so nice and relaxing :) What cleansing oils do you use, Taylor?

  15. Emi at Project Swatch February 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    YAY CLEANSING OIL! I’m glad it worked out so well for you – I’m a cleansing oil semi-evangelist at this point, I love it SO much. The first one I tried was Shu’s, and I’ve just stayed with that, because it works really well for me. Cleansing oil is the only thing that removes all my makeup yet doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s really kind of neat how it works for the oily skinned and the dry skinned both!

    And someday, I will try Tatcha skincare . . . it’s just so *pretty*!

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Haha yay! I was curious to try the Shu one but then after talking to some ppl about it in the comments and reading the ingredients online, I decided that it’s probably best if I stay away. They all seem to be mineral oil-based and it seems to break out those with acne-prone skin :/ I’m really glad it works for you though! Does it leave any kind of residue on the skin after? And how is the consistency to you–thick? Medium?? I’m curious! :D

      And YES, definitely try TATCHA one day soon. Everything I’ve tried is so spectacular–I am truly, truly amazed!

  16. Tracy@Beauty Reflections February 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    This sounds lovely! I wish it were more readily available here though!

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Aw me too, Tracy! That’s too bad :/ I hope they expand soon–which I image they will since the brand seems to really be taking off :) Of course, if you ever need my help getting a hold of anything, let me know!! :D

  17. Meryl @ Memoiselle February 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Thanks for introducing this brand to me! I have never heard of Tatcha products but would love to explore more! Currently I am using my Neutrogena cleansing oil and it works pretty fine for me, I think I will try another brand when I have finished my current one.

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Aw I’m jealous! It seems that drugstore brands like Neutrogena, L’Oreal, etc. make a lot better skincare products for Asia then they do here in the U.S. It seems that their sunscreen formulations are thinner and more suited to oily skin (which I like) and they have a wider range of products available. Neutrogena doesn’t offer a cleansing oil here–I would be very interested to try it if they did! :D

  18. Claire February 28, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    I love cleansing oils! I wanted to try this so bad, my only concern would be that I’ll use it up too fast and have to repurchase and I don’t like spending too much money on skincare, haha. Soft skin sounds good though ;D

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 1:47 am #

      Well the good news is you only need a tiny amount–this stuff is potent! And with a 5.1 oz. bottle, it will last you quite a while, I think! I do know what you mean though. I don’t mind spending money on serums and eye creams, etc. but I have never been one to spend so much on cleanser. I’ve always just used drugstore brands because in my mind, it’s only on your skin for a minute or 2 anyway so why bother?! :P But really, this stuff has made me change my tune. It’s just so darn effective and SO fun to use!! Try it, Claire–you will be hooked and never go back, I swear!! :P

  19. Tina @ My Highest Self February 28, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Even though I have oily skin I have tried a few cleansing oils and they just did not work for me. I LOVE the packaging on this brand, going to check out what else they offer!

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Which ones have you tried Tina? And what didn’t you like about them?? I don’t know if your skin is acne-prone as well but I swear, this stuff WORKS. It is seriously the most clean my skin has EVER felt after cleansing, which I did not expect from an oil, of all things. I know it’s kinda pricey, but they also do have some starter kits on their site that you can try. I also had a small 1 oz. bottle of the cleansing oil to test and that lasted me quite a while! :)

  20. Joyce (bronzerbunny) March 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    EEEE becca this sounds SOOO good. OY. i don’t want to want expensive skincare! lol

    • becca March 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Haha I know–it SUCKS when you fall in love with a skincare product that is SOOOO amazing but also really pricey! :P I remember the first time I bought Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, I think it was the most I’d ever paid for a single skincare item up until that point. It’s a lot to choke down but what can ya do–if a product works well for you and you actually enjoy using it, it’s definitely worth it! Not if but when I repurchase this cleansing oil, it will be the most expensive cleanser I’ve ever purchased and it will take some getting used to but I love this stuff so much, I swear it’s worth every penny!! I highly recommend trying this brand out, Joyce! They have some great starter packs available on their site (includes samples of all their best stuff and it’s very affordable!). I know that you’ve mentioned you’re bad with washing your face at night but maybe if you used a product that was more fun to use and offered a more luxurious experience like this cleansing oil, it would help you to remember (plus if you spend that much on a cleanser, you definitely won’t want to let it go to waste!! :P)!

  21. Liz March 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Damn TATCHA and their gorgeous packaging!

    I was terrified of oils for a long time, but I’ve been using an old Laura Mercier oil cleanser for the past few months to remove makeup. I’m paranoid about leaving any trace of it on my face, so I cleanse a second time with the Clarisonic and swipe some toner afterwards. But yeah, no breakouts or freakouts either on this end! I think it’s a matter of finding the right agent that works on your skin along with maintaining diligent care throughout the rest of the skin prep steps. :)

    • becca March 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Oooh I am curious about the LM one now! I’ve heard Bobbi Brown’s is good too. Both BB and LM are two of my favorite brands so definitely need to give those a try! I agree though–it really is finding which ones work for you. I was SO against oil for the longest time and when oil treatments started to get big, I finally caved and tried a few. Some of them aren’t so bad at all. I haven’t found one I absolutely love but I hope to this year :)

  22. Jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty March 10, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Another rave about TATCHA skincare! Sooo want to try it out :) I’m a big fan of cleansing oils when it comes to removing makeup, they are just a breeze to use and skin feels like it can breathe again!

    • becca March 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Really? What’s your favorite? This is my first one and I can’t believe I didn’t give them a try sooner. I don’t know if they all make skin feel this squeaky clean and nice but gosh do I love TATCHA’s!! :P

  23. Alison April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve probably mentioned this to you before, but I have oily skin and absolutely LOVE cleansing oils! I’m dying to try this one – it sounds gorgeous!

    • becca April 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Oooh which ones are your favorite, Alison?? I am very curious about trying more cleansing oils now…though I am just so happy with TATCHA’s version that it’s hard for me to imagine any other cleansing oil coming close :P

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