Re:cipe Marine Mineral Cleansing Fluid Review

This is the Ryan Reynolds of cleansing oils, ridiculously good looking but not what you would cast for a movie requiring more acting talent than the frat boy version of Freaky Friday. I wanted really, really badly to be a fan but I’m not. If you want to see some pretty(ish – my photograph skills are questionable at best) pictures though, keep scrolling!

Re:cipe Marine Mineral Cleansing Fluid Review

Packaging and Appearance

If it were up to me, this cleansing oil would have come in a lava lamp, complete with a few blobs of wax, so I could plug it in and watch this sparkle up and down all day. Instead, this comes in a very functional pump bottle, which has its merits too, I guess.

Recipe Cleansing Oil Review

Trying to photograph the sparkliness of this oil is so hard. 😦

The oil is a beautiful Spanish Viridian color. It reminds me of peacock feathers and is full of cosmic glitter. The photos don’t do this oil any justice at all.


I usually use 3 pumps of this oil to cover my face. It has a medium-thick viscosity and does a reasonably good job removing makeup and sunscreen, getting everything off except for waterproof eyeliner, which all cleansers I’ve used struggle with. However, I find that it takes longer for this cleanser to lift makeup from my skin than either the Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil and Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil. This is a slight negative but my PM routine is not exactly a speedy affair so I don’t really mind.

Recipe Cleansing Oil Review

What I do mind is how poorly this oil emulsifies. From my experience, it’s actually pretty rare for a cleansing oil to fully emulsify. Innisfree’s Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil is the only cleansing oil I’ve come across that seems to rinse away 100% cleanly. However, there are reasonable amounts of residual oiliness and unreasonable amounts of residual oiliness. Whamisa’s cleansing oil, for example, leaves the tiniest amount of residue that my face feels sufficiently clean, even if I skip my second cleanser. Shu Uemura’s Porefinish Cleansing Oil leaves a noticeably film, but one with a breathable, moisturizing, and powdery finish that I do not mind it and imagine some drier-skinned folk even appreciate it.

On the other hand, this oil leaves a film that feels unpleasant and waxy. If the intention was for this oil to be moisturizing, they really should not have bothered. I do not need nor want my cleansers to moisturize my skin – I have a dozen other products I use for that. Even after my second cleanser, I can still feel this film. It doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin in any way, but it is uncomfortable and mentally I worry that it may be interfering with my other products. Having a residual film sitting on my skin is a huge pet peeve of mine, so it’s likely I take more issue with the lack of emulsification power in this cleanser than most people. However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect my face to feel clean after cleansing.

Here are the ingredients. Cosdna marks ethylhexyl palmitate (4) and butylene glycol (1) as acne triggers. Since ethylhexyl palmitate is the first ingredient and has a comedogenic rating of 4 (out of 5), I would suggest you avoid this oil if you are very acne-prone. Personally, this oil does not break me out, but my skin is basically an annoying comedone hipster. Nothing rated a 4 or 5 has, to my knowledge, triggered any breakouts whereas a number of ingredients rated 0 have given me terrible cystic acne.

Recipe Cleansing Oil Ingredients

Korean Ingredients:


English Ingredients (translated by me):

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Rriglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Silica Silylate, PEG-8 Diisostearate, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Ecklonia Cava extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Laminaria extract, Himanthalia Elongata (Brown Algae) Extract, Ruby Powder, Amethyst Powder, Pearl Powder, Tourmaline, Emerald, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Lotus Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Zostera Marina Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Red Iron Oxide

The Takeaway

Using this oil makes me feel like a mermaid for a brief second but the poor emulsifying action brings me crashing back to reality quickly. If you are bothered by cleansers leaving residue on your face or are very acne-prone, this cleanser is not for you. If you like pretty things and don’t mind a slightly subpar cleansing oil, you will get no judgement from me at all for giving this oil a try! I obviously bought this for its looks and in that department, this oil definitely delivers!

I purchased this from Blueprint21 on ebay*. It is also available from Thank you /u/kasuchans who initially brought this oil to my attention!

Recipe Marine Mineral Cleansing Oil

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9 thoughts on “Re:cipe Marine Mineral Cleansing Fluid Review

  1. The Acid Queen says:

    Oh no, that sucks! I know there are certain emulsifiers that have a pearlescent finish – they’re the kind used a lot in shampoos and hand soaps. I wonder if they don’t emulsify very well (thus being used in foaming cleansers, where the foaming agent will emulsify itself), but Re:cipe used it for aesthetics. Totally just a guess, though. Either way, not gonna try this to find out :/


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