Review – Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are probably my favorite products to use. There’s something about mushing around all your makeup after a day of carefully avoiding face contact that is therapeutic for me. There’s no harsh scrubbing with a wipe, no dragging cotton rounds over your skin. There’s only a relaxing massage all over to dissolve everything, and then all the dirt and sunscreen and makeup just rinses away. It’s so easy and it works so well. Innisfree’s Apple Seed Cleansing Oil lured me in with a promise of a juicy apple scent on top of everything I love about oil cleansers. Let’s see if it lived up to expectations.

innisfree apple seed oil

Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

Innisfree’s Apple Seed Cleansing Oil is a first step cleanser that removes makeup, sunscreen, dirt and oil. It should be massaged onto dry skin, emulsified with water and then rinsed. It can be followed up with a second step water-based cleanser.

Note that this oil cleanser is a reformulation of the Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil, and is not the same product.

  • Size: 150 mL
  • Price: $20.70 CAD +shipping
  • Texture: A thicker, slightly viscous oil
  • Scent: Starts out like candy apple, quickly disintegrates into bitter plastic
  • Packaging: Medium sized clear bottle with pump
  • Longevity: ~4 months at 2 pumps daily

innisfree apple pump


Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), PEG-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Oil (99.5 ppm), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu (Satsuma) Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera (Prickly Pear) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Fragrance.

CosDNA breakdown. Coconut oil scores a 4 for comedogenicity and 1 for irritation, and butylene glycol gets a 1 for comedogenicity. Coconut oil is highly comedogenic for a lot of people, so watch out for that if you are one of them.

Nothing too out of the ordinary for the rest of the ingredients. This is a concoction of oils, emolients, emulsifiers, and some botanical extracts thrown in.


innisfree apple cleansing oil

The cleansing oil comes in a translucent green bottle with a pump. The pump functions nicely, however it’s not possible to use without picking up the bottle and aiming the pump into your palm. For convenience I like to be able to leave the bottle on the counter, put one hand under the pump and push the pump with the other. The nozzle is too curved and points the product nearly straight down instead of outwards into my hand.

This oil itself is quite a bit thicker than other oils I’ve tried in the past. I need two full pumps of this to get enough slip on my face, which means I end up going through the bottle a lot faster than something with a thinner consistency. (Maybe that’s a blessing because now I’m almost done with it!)

The scent definitely starts out as a sour candy apple smell, but almost immediately after starting to massage it into my face the apple scent completely disappears and the oil starts to smell extremely bitter and like chemicals. Almost like burning rubber or plastic?  The scent is not that strong, so I can totally ignore it if I’m not thinking about it. Boy, was it a disappointment though when I first cracked this open and enjoyed the smell of apples for all of 1.5 seconds before being left with a miasma of despair on my face. It was a real unfortunate change coming from my previous Re:cipe Green Tea Cleansing Oil, and it made the Innisfree oil a lot more difficult to enjoy.


innisfree cleansing oil performance
Left to right: Makeup applied, oil applied, massaged, emulsified, and rinsed.

This cleanser was not all that great at removing makeup. It’s most clear in the middle picture above, you can see that there were definitely bits of eyeliner and mascara that were not removed, even after emulsifying and rinsing. You’d think that with how thick this oil is, it would at least be able to take off mascara.

I don’t wear eye makeup that often these days, but when I do I definitely have difficulty getting it off with just this cleansing oil. I always have to follow it up with something on a cotton pad to clean all traces away, which is a pain. Again, my previous cleansing oil had no issues cutting through even my most long-wearing makeup, so moving over to Innisfree’s oil has absolutely been a downgrade.

Would I Repurchase?

I’ll give you three guesses… This oil cleanser doesn’t have a whole lot going for it, does it? It doesn’t smell good, it’s thick and gets used up quickly, I can’t work the pump without picking up the bottle, and it even has trouble removing eye makeup.

It just makes me sad, man. I’m not expecting every cleansing oil to magically wipe away anything it touches. I can be forgiving of a lower performer. But if it’s not going to do it’s job well, it should at least be fun to use! This was a failure on all counts. I patiently await my next haul when I can grab another bottle of my Green Tea cleansing oil that I miss so much.


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