Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil Review, Photos

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The product: shu uemura anti/oxi skin refining anti-dullness cleansing oil

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The formula: Shu Uemura has lot of different cleansing oils, so I thought I’d take a moment to first go over the new Anti/Oxi formula. This one–lighter in texture than the Ultim8 or A/O, but heavier than the fresh pore clarifying–is designed to cleanse environmental pollutants from the skin’s surface, preventing damage to cellular functions lower in the dermis.

Shu Uemura Anti:Oxi review

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Shu Uemura Anti:Oxi cleansing oil

Now, all cleansers cleanse, but the science behind this one is pretty cool. The Anti/Oxi formula uses moringa seed extract to bond to negatively-charged pollutants, detoxifying the skin — think of it like dragging a magnet through a pile of lead shavings.

(Moringa seeds are commonly used to as a water purifier in areas where it is grown, which, if you ask me, is pretty cool.)

shu uemura whitefficient in anti:oxi review

The other oils featured here are the fresh (pink/pore cleansing), high performance (light yellow/balancing), ultime8 (brown/full review here), and whitefficient (blue/brightening). There’s also the cleansing A/I (dark yellow/sensitive skin), which isn’t featured here but does exist!

shu uemura cleansing oils with anti:oxi

How cleansing oils work: Shu Uemura recommends you use 3-4 pumps of cleansing oil, worked into dry skin and then emulsified and rinsed off with water. I actually find one pump to be more than enough, but then again, I don’t tend to wear much makeup unless I’m product testing.

(Confession: I’ve always found cleansing oils to be a lot of fun. It’s pretty cool that such a thick oil turns into a comforting soap with just a bit of water!)

shu uemura skin refining review anti:oxi

The scent: The press release for the Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil lists top notes of ginger sherbet, cardamom, and sparkling lime; middle notes of lavender, rosemary, and geranium leaf; and, finally, bottom notes of guaiac wood, white musk, and cedarwood, but honestly —

To me, this oil smells foremost a little oily, sitting upon a herbal body (less freshly-mown-lawn and more Asian-poultice), with, yes, a woody base. It’s a little too lingering for my liking, but not so fragranced that I find it irritating.

shu uemura small cleansing oil pump dispense

shu uemura small cleansing oil anti:oxi review

Availability, pricing, 10% off, and free samples

The Anti/Oxi formula is available in 150 ml/$44 CAD (yes, 150 ml!) and 450 ml/$92 CAD sizes, online & in-stores. The smaller size works out to be $29 per 100 ml; the larger, $20 per 100 ml.

And, now, the fun stuff: Try a free sample of this cleansing oil through the Shu Uemura Facebook page, or take a leap of faith and get 10% off your order at with the code NOTICESHU.

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The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil ingredients: Anti/Oxi

Shu Uemura Anti:Oxi ingredients cleansing oil

shu uemura anti-dullness cleansing oil review

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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    Interesting! I'm using a hair oil with Moringa essence!
    I've only tried the Fresh version, but decided it's too thick for my liking. I've switched to Bobbi Brown and Dermalogica since then – and I rotate between the two :-)

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    • Do you mean their oil cleansers, Lily? I've always been curious about the Dermalogica one — it sounds like it does such a good job of removing makeup, but I don't know if I like the sound of an oil that you have to follow with another cleanser! I think it would be interesting to try, but my skin would probably be pretty cross with me :p

      • Alison

        Rae! Its interesting, I remember recommending the Precleanse to you once, in your Guest post on Temptalia (Was it… last year? Can you believe its already September?) I originally used to use mine as recommended, following with another cleanser, but I found that it worked so beautifully that I went ahead and tried it alone – and I've been using it that way ever since! Its my Mr. Reliable, kind of like how the Marcelle Cleansing Milk is for you!

        • Aha! I knew *someone* had put it on my radar, but I couldn't for the life of me remember who it was. The line is weirdly hard to find in my area, but if/when I do find the cleanser, I promise to get a sample and let you know if I love it! ;)

          Also, no, I can't believe it's September WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN D:

  • abeautifulzen

    that seed extract sounds really promising. love the practical application of water filtering so at the surface at least, it sounds like it would work. (the critical part of my brain is going: do we know if there are more negatively charged vs positively charged pollutants…and whether considering cleansing on the atomic level is any good for physical macro debris which may be charge neutral? i guess? LOL but you know, whatever, looks cool.)

    i've been using the fresh one lately and i find i need to really make sure it emulsifies and come off my skin. otherwise it's working well enough.
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    • Right?? That's what I'm thinking, too, but it seems almost like a dish soap (er, for not-your-dishes). If it's good enough to purify water, it should be good enough to purify your face, right? :P

      Anyhow. I haven't properly tested the fresh one yet, but this one seems to come off pretty well! I always have an urge to double-cleanse with the old A/O and ultime8, but they're heavier in comparison.

  • I love Shu oils. But the green one dried me out. I use the orange one now but I think it's not available in America.
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    • Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, lovely! :( Are you sure it was this one? The A/O was green, too, but it wasn't the same formula — similar, and also green, but not the same :P

  • fieran

    I tried the blue whitefficient version. It removed makeup magically but gave me clogged pores instead :/ Have since stopped using it.
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    • Sorry to hear that, my dear!! :( :( The A/O (now discontinued if I'm not mistaken) clogged my pores, too, I think — amazing for cleaning off searches, but that's about it, I'm afraid.

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