Review: ma:nyo Pure Cleansing Oil

This year, ma:nyo as a brand and its Pure cleansing oil in particular were all the rage here in Korea. They were being pushed by in-store advertisement, influencers, bloggers and beauty aggregate review site 화해. Now that I am reviewing this oil, I will come right out and say it: I think the brand is getting too much hype. I am currently testing another product in their range and I just cannot see it working for me either. But before I get ahead of myself:

Conveniently, I ran out of my previous cleansing oil around that time (in case you’re interested, it was Innisfree’s Apple Seed Cleansing Oil which I reviewed here) and as I was on the lookout for a new cleansing oil anyway, I decided to get this one.

・What it is: ・

This is a cleansing oil to help you remove oil soluble makeup, sunscreen and skincare.

The pump is secured through a plastic lock so it is safe, or at least less likely, from spilling while in transit.


Nice but not HG status.

・Price & Availability: ・

I have seen ma:nyo retail at both Olive Young and Lalavla. Their range goes on sale often enough. You can probably get the brand from e-retailers too but as you know, I hate online shopping when it comes to cosmetics.

I got my bottle for ₩19,500 on sale, it usually retails for ₩29,000.

・Size/Quantity: ・

The cleansing oil comes in a 200ml bottle, a pretty standard quantity. Most cleansing oils I’ve seen come in 100-200ml bottles like this one.


So right off the bat, both cosDNA and Skincarisma throw up some acne triggers, in particular fungal acne triggers and sensitising ingredients. These may help explain why fellow blogger Angela experienced some breakouts when she first started using this cleansing oil – read her review over here.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Isoamyl Laurate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract.

Source: cosDNA
Source: Skincarisma


Just regular pump packaging. The plastic bottle is tinted yellow while the actual oil is clear.

・What the company says:・ 

Golly, these guys never stop with their self-promotion on their website. I guess it is understandable, but I got tired of their nonstop rambling. If you really want, you can check out them going on and on on their company site, here is but an excerpt (perhaps 10% of what they say in total on their site about just this one product):

This organic cleansing oil is a rich nourishing complex, enriched with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins. A light, nourishing, cleansing oil does not block pores, effectively treats blackheads and acne. Due to its texture, the oil penetrates deep into the pores, dissolves and pushes contamination outside, activates the deep cells of the skin, strengthening its protective layer, smoothing wrinkles and improving tone. This effective, multitasking cleanser removes the makeup and skin impurities while providing essential moisture level.

Hydrophilic Pure Cleansing Oil – ideal for all skin types, the non-greasy texture leaves skin feeling moisturized – never tight or dry.

The product does not contain artificial ingredients!

How to use: squeeze the oil into your hand using the pipette and apply it to the dry skin with light massage movements. Moisten hands with water and continue to massage until mixture becomes milky color and will not dissolve all the makeup. Rinse off with warm water, further clean the face with foam cleanser. This oil is recommended for daily use when cleansing the face of makeup.

Best before: see the packaging (two years from the date of manufacture, 12 months after opening).


In terms of weight, this is definitely one of the heavier cleansing oils I have used, which makes for a less runny product and thus, means it is less prone to produce wastage.


The scent is a bit of a herbal-citrusy one which I found pleasant enough to use. I am guessing that the scent derives from the lavender and orange oil. It gives the oil a bit of a spa feel and is very relaxing at the end of a long work day.


As with all my cleansing oils, this one does not have to work super hard to impress me seeing as I use both a waterproof eye makeup remover and a micellar water to remove most of the visible makeup and sunscreen.

That being said, I learnt from my last oil cleanser review, where I felt that actual photos of its performance would have added greatly to the review overall. Therefore, I chucked some gel eyeliner, waterproof mascara, liquid eyeliner and foundation on bare skin for your viewing pleasure:

Next, I dripped some cleansing oil on top:

… then I massaged in the cleansing oil…

… and then I rinsed my arm with water.


And this, friends, is why I strongly advocate an eye makeup remover and a micellar water prior to going in with any first or second step cleansers, generally speaking, but also with particular regard to this one. While the foundation removed easily enough, the eyeliners and the brown mascara certainly did not budge much. Considering that I had only let them dry for 15 minutes prior, i.e. for less time than I would usually have my makeup on, I am not terribly impressed by its cleansing powers.

I would therefore continue to recommend that you use makeup remover of some sort before you use this oil cleanser.

At the same time, this left my skin soft and smooth and I felt invigorated when massaging in this oil. This removed remaining traces of makeup well and my skin never broke out nor felt dry. It had enough slip to not be absorbed into skin and stayed on my skin so I could give myself thorough oil massages.

Even when I rinsed off the oil and waited for a bit e.g. because I had to hang laundry or wanted to eat something, my skin did not feel dry in between my skincare steps.

・Final Thoughts:・  

This cleansing oil is on the more expensive end of drugstore cleansing oils and Korean brands come out with new ones all the time, I doubt that I will be going back to this one in particular. It was ok but not outstanding and like I mentioned above, overhyped.

Personally, organic and natural ingredients like those touted by the brand mean nothing to me. I would not put lemon juice on my face undiluted even though it is all natural either; I have no problems whatsoever with synthetic ingredients. I cannot find a good enough reason to keep coming back to this.

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3 thoughts on “Review: ma:nyo Pure Cleansing Oil

  1. Wonderful review! Glad I put the curiosity to rest but like you I really can’t find any reason to return to this!

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