Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil Review

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Out of all the cosmetic brands in Seoul, Nature Republic has to be the one that has the most sales. They have sales days and Nature Day. Sadly, there aren't a lot of reviews on their products as compared to Innisfree, Etude House, Skinfood, etc. because it is still a relatively new brand. However, they are EVERYWHERE. Their image is that of a "Natural" type of brand like Innisfree. I've tried quite a few of their products and I'm quite satisfied with their quality for the price that they charge. Their cosmetics tend to be very affordable but some of their skincare can be quite expensive. They cover a range of different products and often have dupes of popular cosmetic products. 

Today I will be reviewing Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil (NN6413).  The reason I chose this one was because it had a Get It Beauty Sticker on it. I wanted to get the Green Tea one as well but the store I went to was sold out on that.

Claims: "Cleansing oil with the active ingredient of natural chamomile protects sensitive skin. This refreshing cleansing oil gently removes makeup without leaving a sticky residue behind. Its active ingredient of natural chamomile water protects sensitve skin from harmful materials and stress, moisturizing the skin and leaving the skin feeling soft and healthy."
7 Non Added Formulas

How To Use:
1. Dispense an appropriate amount (2-3) pumps on your dry palm and gently massage it onto the dry face.
2. Wet your hands with water, continue to lightly massage it onto the face until the oil turns into a milky color, wash off with warm water. 

CAUTION: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. (Uh oh... I've been using this as a regular cleansing oil and removing my eye makeup with it... I did that with my Shu Uermura Ulti8 and had no problems. However, this specifically says avoid contact with eyes.) Discontinue use if signs of irritation appears. Keep out of reach of children.

Price: Around 13 000Won / 200ml.

Packaging: It looks like a mini of the Shu Uemura 450ml bottles. 

Texture & Scent: The texture of this is of a light, runny oil which is very similar to the Shu Uemura Ultim8. It has a very soft floral scent.

1. Normally I take two pumps of this and massage into my face and on my eyes like I would with any other cleansing oil. It feels very slick and a bit heavier than the Shu Uermura Ultim8. I also find that when I use the Shu Uermura Ultim8, sebums pop out easily but that is not the case with this cleansing oil. I didn't feel any sebums popping out until after a minute or two. 
2. After massaging it into my face and eyes, I splash my face with lukewarm water. At this point, the product emulsifies into an extremely white milky liquid. It emulsifies much more than any of the other cleansing oils I've used before. My eyes get a bit blurry but they do not sting.
(After reading the instructions on the box, I don't recommend you to use this on your eyes.)
3. It takes quite a few splashes of water to rinse off the product from my skin and eyes because of the heavy emulsion.  It took off most of my makeup and left just bits of my eyeliner left.

Although this product claims to sooth and moisturize my skin, I don't really notice this to be more soothing than any other cleansing oil. I still love my Shu Uemura Ultim8 the most but that costs 128 000Won for 450 ml ( about $128) whereas this cost about 13 000Won for 200ml (about $13). I think this is definitely a good alternative but it's not the best alternative. I find that I prefer the Missha Bouquet Cleansing Oil over this. That cleansing oil really removes everything which is what I want m cleansing oil to do. 

On my arm in order of left to right is lip tint, concealer, lipstick, gel liner. As you can see the product is very liquidy. 

It easily emulsifies to a milky walk liquid when I add water. The liptint is still holding strong.

After a couple of rinses - you still need to rinse your skin a few more times. Traces of the liptint and the eyeliner is still present but the concealer and lipstick is completely gone.

Ingredients:  Please note that the first ingredient is mineral oil. I know that a lot of people don't like putting mineral oil on their face because it can clog pores. I'm still looking for a cleansing oil that doesn't contain it. If you know of one, please let me know!

What I Love About It:
- very affordable. Nature Republic is almost always having a sale. You can easily get it for around 10 000 Won or less during sales.
- cleanses away most of my makeup without leaving any oily residue.
- easy to use
- sleek packaging
- soft floral scent

What I Don't Love About It:
- it gets much milkier than other cleansing oils and that is a hassle to wash off
- It's not meant to be used for eyes which means I should use a separate eye makeup remover - more time consuming
- it's not as heavy duty as other cleansing oils

Overall: B+

All in all, this is a good cleansing oil that will get your face makeup off easily. It's super cheap and pretty effective. However, I do recommend you check out the Missha Forest Bouquet Cleasing Oil. It's the same price as this one, but does not emulsify as much and is able to remove all my makeup.



  1. If you are still using the MIssha Forest Bouquet Cleansing Oil, can you do a review? I've been using a lot of foams, but am thinking of changing up my routine.

  2. where do u buy nature republic (u said they ususally are on sale!) in sydney?

    1. I'm sorry I don't know where they sell Nature Republic in Sydney. I live in Seoul^^

  3. Great review! Though I have to add, cosmetic-grade mineral oil does not clog pores or anything and is really not something you have to try to avoid. When people talk about the bad effects of mineral oil, they are talking about non-purified or contaminated mineral oil, which is never used in skincare products. The kind that is used is very safe and healthy for your skin:) you can check it out at:

    1. That's great to hear :) thanks for the info!

  4. I don't know if you're still searching for one, but The Body Shop sells a silky chamomile cleansing oil that is mineral oil free :) it works wonders, from personal experience

  5. Another mineral oil free cleansing oil is Hadalabo's Cleansing oil. It's fragrance free too.

  6. Hi, may I know is it need to use cleanser to wash face after using this cleansing oil. Thanks.

    1. Yes, you should use a foam cleanser after this :)

  7. hi, i found it has different look at the link below, are they the same?

    1. It's possible that they have updated the packaging ^^


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