HOLIKA HOLIKA Soda Pore Deep Cleansing Oil Review

HOLIKA HOLIKA Soda Pore Deep Cleansing Oil Review on combination and sensitive skin. Absolute must-have for me! Read more to see all the details about it and – who knows? – maybe you’ll also consider it. Also a quick review of a cleansing oil NOT worth buying!

HOLIKA HOLIKA Soda Pore Deep Cleansing Oil Review on combination and sensitive skin. Absolute must-have for me! Read more to see all the details about it and – who knows? – maybe you’ll also consider it. Also a quick review of a cleansing oil NOT worth buying!

Right away, let me tell you my skin type and main concerns. I’m in my late 20s and my skin type is combination. My T-zone is normal to oily and my cheeks and chin are normal to dry. As a rule, the oiliness of my T-zone is aggravated by certain foundations, skincare products, and during the summer, but even then it’s just a bit of shine, so I wouldn’t call it oily. The cheeks and chin are usually normal to dry (sometimes very dry, especially during the colder months). I can develop allergic reactions to certain artifical colorants and fragrances in skincare products.

What I want from a cleansing oil? My ideal cleansing oil would be: effective emulsifying, gentle yet deep cleansing effect, no oily residue after washing the emulsion off, fitting in the double-cleansing routine (cleansing oil+face wash). I usually use Korean BB creams and foundations, which require good cleansing. In my experience, cleansing oils are the best solution to prevent skin issues caused by ineffective cleansing. Micellar water makeup removers don’t always work for me, which is why I go for cleansing oil.

HOLIKA HOLIKA Soda Pore Deep Cleansing Oil Review


Soda water and argan oil, without irritating to make-up to become a pure pores and to cleansing with soft dip cleansing oil. Cleansing from base to point make-up with just a single cleansing oil.

Sounds awesome for my skin concerns and requirements – and it is!

Price. $18.84 at Jolse K-beauty online store (I just started purchasing from them and made a separate post about it) and $16.54 on Amazon.com. I got it almost a year ago from another online store at around $18, so the price hasn’t changed that much.

Used for: 3 years, 1 bottle lasts for around half a year of semi-regular use (several times a week). I need hardly 1 full pump to cover my whole face.

Packaging. The simplest you could possibly imagine – just a plastic bottle with small stickers – nothing more:

The color of the cleansing oil is completely transparent, with a tiny bit of a yellow hue:

Consistency. It’s similar to olive oil, but less thick. Definitely not like rafinated sunflower oil – not so runny. When you apply it on the skin, it doesn’t feel dry, like some cleansing oils, but rather nourishing and not overly oily.

Scent. The scent is very subtle and I can describe it as nice cosmetic scent. The first time I used it I caught some soda scent, but believe me it’s not unpleasant in the slightest. My skin is often irritated by fragrance and had no issues at all.

Effect. This is the best oil I’ve ever used. It truly does everything it promises to do without irritating the skin or drying it out. My skin is like a hysterical and demanding young lady who snaps immediately when she doesn’t like something 😂 This time my skin is in love big time – that I can tell for sure. I love that this oil removes makeup very well and if you use it regularly, it diminishes the appearance of blackheads as well. It turns into emulsion very well and doesn’t leave the face with that greasy feel.

If you haven’t used cleansing oils before, here’s a quick how-to: squeeze one pump onto your palms and massage it on your face – both hands and face should be completely dry. After a minute wet your hands a bit and massage the skin again – the cleansing oil will turn into white emulsion. Massage for a while until you feel that all the oil on your face has turned into emulsion (if it’s good oil, skin won’t feel greasy anymore) and wash the emulsion off with lukewarm water. Proceed to your regular face wash afterwards.

I’ve used it on waterproof eyeliner and lipstick and it removed it all very well. Haven’t tried with waterproof mascara though, so here can’t tell – those are usually hard to remove.

Efficiency. Value-to-price is very good because even half a pump is enough for me to clean my whole face.

Repurchase? 100% yes

Recommend? Yes, after 3 years of use this cleansing oil has proven to be the best.

And now my flop story!

I’ve decided to try other cleansing oils just out of curiosity and, as you might have seen in my Jolse unboxing and review, I got The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. I might do a separate review just to let more people know that this product isn’t as good as it’s praised to be:

  • doesn’t emulsify properly – some areas on the face remain greasy and require very thorough face wash, because it’s the emulsifying stage that actually gets the dirt and makeup out of the skin
  • stings if you have acne or any micro wounds that are healing
  • has very strong floral fragrance, which can be irritating (I’ve read some reviews that it irritates eyes – pity I’ve read it already after getting it)
  • very runny, similar in consistency to rafinated sunflower oil, which makes it a bit difficult to work with

Overall, lesson learned: once you find something great, just stick to it, and that’s what I should have done with the HOLIKA HOLIKA oil.

See you in my next post,


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My other K-beauty reviews:

Heimish Refresh Water Clean Up Peeling Toner

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Watery Cream

ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

JOLSE K-beauty store review

Author: Alexandra @YouAndMeAndCupOfCoffee.com

Passionate researcher and writer. Coffee maniac. Pilates enthusiast. Makeup and skincare junkie. Occasionally - movie and book reviewer. Come join me on my quest!

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