Pre-Cleansing Treatment

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil

$55.00 6.8 oz

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Prepare the skin for effective cleansing. Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil penetrates pores to dissolve trapped oils, impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which improve the epidermal barrier and maximizes the cleansing process. Phelityl indicates Erno Laszlo's unique moisturizing complex with a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin, which maintains the fatty acids essential for skin function.

Cleanses: Dissolves trapped impurities deep within the pores.
Conditions: Formulated with 13 essential oils to promote clean, healthy skin.
Soothes: The non-comedogenic formula nourishes the skin.


What It's Formulated Without
Phthalates, Parabens, Petrolatum, and Sulfates


Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Corylus Americana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Taraktogenos Kurzii (Taraktogenos Kurzii Seed Oil), BHT, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Bisabolol, CI 40800 (Beta-Carotene), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

How to Use

Gently massage a generous amount in small circular motions on dry skin. Massage over face and jawline to open pores and trap dirt and makeup on the face. Follow with your Cleansing Bar to complete your bespoke Double Cleanse Ritual, for clear, balanced skin.

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laszlo and me--together again! I have been using Laszlo products on and off for over 20 years. After a long hiatus, I am again using the line. When I started using Laszlo years ago, I was a true 3:00--Extremely oily with active cystic acne. Now, to my great surprise, I am between 12:00 and 1:00. Never did I think that my skin would be anywhere near normal. My Laszlo consultant recommeded I use the pHelityl Pre-cleansing Oil and Sea Mud Soap, followed by Light Controlling Lotion. Going on my third week now, my pores have shrunk and my skin looks so much healthier. No matter how crazy things are around me, the cleansing step affords me a little bit of luxury twice a day.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Happy to Have Rediscovered This In the 80's, I started using Erno Laszlo and using the phelityl oil with the deep mud soap and light controlling lotion was my favorite part of the line. I moved in the late 80's to a location where I could no longer purchase the product. I used other skincare lines over the years, but nothing that I liked as much as Erno Laszlo. I am so delighted to have rediscovered this line. I have been using faithfully for one week and my skin already looks so much better. It is brighter, my pores are shrinking and my skin appears firmer. My eleven is diminished and I have an improvement in my neck and decollete. Awesome product and I plan to use from now on.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!.... This IS a wonderful product! I was skeptical at first about putting oil on my combination skin, but used before the cleansing bar, this works beautifully. First of all, it has the most wonderful aroma! It feels lovely on my skin as I massage it in a little bit, then produces rich lather with the White Marble or Sea Mud bar. I get a wonderfully clean face and smell beautiful for hours! When I use the toner afterwards, I never find a trace of dirt or makeup left, just clean. I used these products years ago and stopped because they are pricey, but I've returned now because my skin is getting more and more sensitive and hasn't liked anything I've used for ages. This is great stuff!
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Great for Skin In the 1970's I had a horrible reaction to cosmetics. The dermatologist I went to recommended Erno Laszlo to help repair the damage. At that time you had to be a "member" and carry an O'clock card with you so that you could buy the items you needed. You did not buy anything except that which was programmed for your skin. Once I started the regimen I would have women come up to me and peer at my skin saying it "looked perfect" and how did I do it? The cleansing oil is one of the items I still use. Over the years the ingredient list has changed a bit but it still remains effective and with the same wonderful feel and scent that reminds me I am using "Erno Laszlo" skin care. Erno Laszlo oil is a must have item for me. It helps my skin stay healthy and clear and calm.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exclusive Lazlo user since 1963 My mother, also a Lazlo user, introduced me to the product when I was 19. At that time, I had acne, so the oil, special soap, and light controlling lotion were my products. As I grew older (and lost the acne), I have continued to use the Lazlo products, switching soaps as my skin changed. Now I have been diagnosed with sinus cancer and have had surgery and am now having radiation. I continue to use the oil and the soap, as approved by my radiologist. He says the products are good for my face
Date published: 2012-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 'Must' for the right o'clock I have used this product for close to 50 years. I was 'clocked' at the original institute when I was 14 years old to help eliminate acne issues' that conventional medical science could not help. I am 64 years old, and am usually guessed at being in my mid 40's - and at times even younger. Follow the ritual, stay out of the sun, age gracefully.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend it highly I have used this product for over 15 years and recommend it highly. Whether I use it for pre-cleansing purposes or as a soothing agent, it consistently delivers a gentle, non-irritating treatment. Interestingly, I have started facial laser hair removal treatments, and have used it to calm my post-procedure skin. When I mentioned this to the laser technician, she said that she had heard positive reviews of the product from other clients -but hadn't tried it herself. I supplied her with a sample - and she found it gentle also. I strongly recommend its use.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leaves you glowing This the cornerstone of my Laszlo routine. Laszlo was the first skin care program I ever bought when I was 19. I then spent 25 years trying everything under the sun. I was rushing to an appointment in SOHO when i happened upon the institute. It\'s gorgeous and the staff is amazing. If you\'re in NYC you have to stop in. I was given an oil and cleansing bar sample. After three days back on the Laszlo cleansing routine I could see a glow in my skin I hadn\'t seen for decades. Back with Laszlo for life.
Date published: 2013-09-21
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Is the Phelityl Pre cleansing Oil being discontinued? I heard they may be phasing it out for the Hydra-Therapy oil. I have tried both and do not feel the Hydra Therapy oil is a substitute for this product. Please do not discontinue it!

Asked by: LAlaszloLoyalist
The Phelityl Pre Cleansing Oil is an Erno Laszlo original!  Nothing can replace it. 
Answered by: EL Fan
Date published: 2018-04-10

Should I use this in the morning or at night? Also can this be used with the black soap (detoxifying one) ??? Thanks

Asked by: Hannah18
Yes. I use it with black soap and it’s great. EL had a package of the 3 cleansers with black soap. I normally use this in winter as my skin is dry in winter. If you have a dry skin you may enjoy morning and night use. In my case I only use this at Night 
Answered by: nika
Date published: 2018-04-09

do you have the pump version of this product

Asked by: maxi
No. I’m old school :) Years ago I was taught by a Laszlo rep at Saks how to put a dimes size drop on the crook of my hand and then dab it on all over my face. Then I was with my Laszo soap. Works great!
Answered by: Cristy
Date published: 2018-04-02

Does this product replace the Phelityl cleansing gel. I am unable to find it in the white tube with a black cap. Please advise

Asked by: Carolyn52
I’m not familiar with the gel, but I love the oil when used before soap. 
Answered by: Beth
Date published: 2018-02-04

Does this also remove eye makeup and mascara?

Asked by: Katylyn
The oil definitely removes eye makeup/mascara and also leaves a nice moisture after using your soap
Answered by: Elizabeth D
Date published: 2018-04-07

Hi, what do you recommend for a sensitive acne prone skin which tends to breakout and get oily, but can also get dry very quickly if I use aggressive products, between this cleansing oil and the detoxifying one? (In combo with the seamud bar ofc) thanks!

Asked by: Gill
I prefer the pre-phelityl oil to the detoxifying one. This oil seems to do a better job of lifting off oiliness, makeup, and grime but leave my skin soft not oily when I take it off with the sea mud bar (I use a Clarisonic brush for gentle exfoliation and an even deeper clean). The light controlling lotion toner takes off any residue from the oil or bar. I had the same problem with the harsh acne stuff on my sensitive skin and Erno Lazlo has been the key to balancing both of those issues.
Answered by: Laura
Date published: 2017-11-03

Hi Team, if I have so much blackheads and pimples, and the water is soft water in my city( tropical climate), is it recommended to use this oil with my sea mud soap?? And I seems belong to slightly oily skin 

Asked by: Bear
Although I live in Florida and have dry skin I can tell you that the oil prior to the Seamud which I do use as well works great! The soap makes your skin squeaky clean after the oil. I've have been using it for 20 years. The best part is to add the light controlling lotion after you cleanse. My favorite toner for years. This will make your pores smaller and it's so fresh and clean. The smell is awesome!! Hope this helps. 
Answered by: Shari Lynn
Date published: 2017-11-17

I've used the classic combination of this and mud bar for years. It seems that the Phelityl oil is getting hard to come by; is the hydra therapy oil comparable?

Asked by: Erick79
Hi, You can continue to purchase Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil on, but the Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil is a lighter texture and a great alternative to Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2017-08-29
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