Pre-Cleansing Treatment

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil

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A penetrating Pre-Cleansing Oil dissolves trapped impurities, and makeup on contact. When combined with a cleansing bar, this treatment oil creates a conditioning lather which maximizes the cleansing process.

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 65.
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6.8 oz
Add to your ritual
Phelityl Cleansing Bar
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.
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil



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. It dissolves trapped impurities within the pores. Conditions skin with 13 essential oils to promote clean, healthy looking skin.


Vitamin E

Is a vital antioxidant and nourishing specialist.

Vitamin C

An important antioxidant, they nourish and renew skin so it looks fresher and feels plumper.

Our Exclusive Blend of 12 Essential Oils

Avocado, Macadamia Nut, Sunflower, Jojoba and more—help hydrate, and nourish skin.


How to use it

How to use it

  1. Gently massage a generous amount in small circular motions on dry skin.
  2. Massage over face and jawline to open pores and trap dirt and makeup on the face.
  3. Follow with your Cleansing Bar to complete your bespoke Double Cleanse Ritual, for clear, balanced skin.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS I have been using this product for approximately 40 years. I have tried numerous products in the market, however, I keep coming back to Erno Laszlo. The Phelityl oil feels fantastic and smooth on your face. It removes all pollutants and when complimented with the detox black soap, your skin feels smooth and you know its clean.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What the Dr. Ordered I was clocked at I. Magnin in La Jolla California in 1975 they use to have a men's clock i was a 7:00. I have loved the pHelityl oil and could not live with out it i still use it as part of my night time ritual even though i am now a 1:00. Love the new packaging.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have used this oil since I was 23! It has been 40 years and I still love it. Active Phelityl Oil really prepares my skin in preparation for washing it with Active Phelityl Soap. That combination has kept my skin beautiful. People always remark about the condition of my skin. They ask why I don't have wrinkles!
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oil on oily skin? YES I have been using this oil pre-cleanse in conjunction with the Sea Mud bar for 6 months now (just finishing up my first bottle) and the results are amazing. I've had sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin since I was a teenager with only short-term positive results from any other "system" or side-effect-riddled prescription. Within a week or two the oiliness subsided, dry patches disappeared, and my regular acne breakouts became less frequent. After a little over a month, my breakouts completely disappeared. Six months into it my face is completely clear and I am getting non-stop compliments. Over the winter I used the oil in the morning and at night to combat dryness when I cleansed. Now that it's summertime, I only use it at night to clean off makeup, sunscreen, etc. Sometimes I'll also leave it on at night 30 min to an hour for a deep treatment that leaves my skin GLOWING before going to bed. My mother used this line in the 80's for the same problem and said it was life-changing- she's almost 60 now and her skin looks like cashmere. Here I am 30 years later and Erno Laszlo still delivers the same results. Find your ritual (it MATTERS, everyone is different), stick to it, and your skin will look healthy, balanced, and beautiful!
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My skin looks terrific for my age. I have been using this product for 45 years and I absolutely love it. My skin looks terrific for my age. I just wish there were more retailers in CT that carried the products. Don't be turned off by the price of these products. They last a long time. You can end up spending more money on cheaper products as the don't last as long and your skin will not look as good. Get on board with Laszlo you won't be sorry.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from helped keep my skin ageless! I am so grateful to Dr. Laszlo for this amazing line of products that have helped keep my skin ageless! I started using Laszlo products when I was 20 years old, at that time I had to set up a private appointment with a Laszlo Beauty Consultant to get the ritual I needed for my skin. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself!!! It motivated me to keep my skin healthy and to learn to keep healthy inside and out!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing oil I use it not only as pre-cleanse before the sea mud soap, but pat in a small amount after as well instead of moisturizer. It makes you very glowy and I really think it prevents acne somehow. There’s a reason it’s been around for decades!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luxurious feel I am new to EL and see myself being a lifetime devotee. The products work, it's that simple. Once I was used to the ritual, it takes only 3-5 minutes and I find myself looking forward to my beauty time. This oil removes mascara, foundation, brow pencil, etc. Using this oil feels like a luxury for your face and combined with the cleansing bar has left my face feeling better than it has in months!
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Oil This oil is a must in order to experience that spa treatment during the Erno Laszlo cleansing process. I love this oil used in combination with my phelityl soap. My skin feels wonderful afterwards! 1
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many years of faithful use I have used Active Phelityl oil and soap for 20+ years and am grateful every day for the products. Nobody believes that in a few months I'll be 70.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 40 Years and Counting I'm in my 60's and have no wrinkles. Could it be the Phelityl Oil I've been using since my early 20's?
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Im actually a slightly oily skin type, but on occasion my skin feels uncomfortable and stripped. I started including this in my skin care regimen a couple times a week and was pretty impressed with the results. My skin looks and feels completely different than the days without it. I love the way it smells too. Totally shocked because at first I hadnt even considered using this product.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cleansing oil This review is for the Active pHelityl Oil (I'm assuming the formula now named pHelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil is the same, unchanged product). I love this oil! It removes all traces of makeup and gives my skin what I consider an extra boost in moisture. Works perfectly with the Sea Mud soap to create a prefect dual action cleansing routine. Love it - please don't ever change!
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PHELITYL PRE-CLEANSING OIL I was a bit hesitant at first when I started years ago using Erno Laszlo about putting oil on my face as a cleansing agent, but in combination with the sea mud soap, it\'s a luxurious cleansing experience. A deep clean from the Phelityl oil followed by a wash with the sea mud soaps leaves my skin feeling clean without being stripped. A must for a deep clean.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Highly Effective Product I have been using this product for many years and it's a favorite which I include in my daily skin regiment. This oil is amazing in keeping my especially my eye area well moisturized preventing age lines and wrinkles. It cleans away makeup and has a wonderful, natural scent. I will continue to use it for many more years to come. Bravo Erno Laszlo!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product This is a great product. I have been using it for 3 years now to double clean with the mud soap. I don't break out any more. It does a great job of getting the makeup off and in combination with the mud soap does not dry up the skin. Also, the bottle lasts more than six months even though I use 10-12 drops each time to clean my face.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love using this to take my makeup off I love using this to take my makeup off with before using the soap, I let it sit on my skin for a few minutes and then the soap and splashing begins. I also love the scent it seems to calm me.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrifyingly terrible I hate this product immensely. Together this and the Sea mud soap made my acne beyond aggravated!! I bought these products as a desperate teenager fooled by all the seemingly wonderful reviews. Don’t be fooled and don’t buy this. Clearly these Lazslo devotees do not have cystic-prone beyond sensitive skin with a tendency to develope dark spots after acne.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have! I almost did not buy this product for fear of clogged pores but thank heaven I did. Morning and night, I massage the oil into my face and then wash with Phelityl Soap. My skin is much softer and clearer since I started using the oil. My pores appear smaller, just about invisible and wrinkles are less noticeable. Active Phelityl Oil clears away all traces of make up. It is a "must have" for individuals with normal to slightly dry skin. I am a believer!
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tried and true for 40 years! I was introduced to this product as a 15 year old with sensitive skin especially around my eyes. Forty years later, it has been the only product I have used to take off my eye make-up and pre-cleanse my skin. My kids always commented on how nice I smelled after I used it at bedtime. Eventually, I got my daughter to use it as a teenager, as well, and she has been hooked on it for 13 years.
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very satisfied new Laszlo follower! At age 56, I recently purchased the line of Laszlo products because I was ready for a "change" after reading a recent article in "Town & Country". I began by removing my makeup with the Active Phelityl Oil ... followed by the Sea Mud Soap. My skin felt so truly clean, yet not stripped at all. Very gentle and very effective. I highly recommend these products!
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensable multi-tasking gem I live in the high NM desert, and our winters very dry. I spend a minute every night massaging this into my skin before washing with the Firm Marine bar. Leaves my skin feeling velvety. I sometimes skip the soap and just steam my face with a hot moist washcloth. The combination of the phelityl oil and moist heat feels luxurious and nurturing.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Review Title I have just started using EL products and am in love. My skin is very dry and damaged, the change I've seen is amazing. The Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil is wonderful, it deeply cleans and prepares my face for the rest of my cleansing ritual. My pores have shrunk and my skin is so soft now, thank you EL.
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Must Have I've been a faithful user of Erno Laszlo since 1975. I use the Phelityl Oil to remove my makeup prior to washing my face in the evening. I use it in the morning around my eye area prior to washing my face with Sea Mud Soap. I tend to stock pile it as I fear the company could stop making it.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic and still the best I've tried all the oils and none have made my skin glow like the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. Used with any bar of soap...for me it's sea mud for summer, sensitive for winter. I can always tell the difference in my face when I use another oil. This one just has more "umph"! Love it!
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I love Erno Laszlo oils. The texture is so rich and feels so good to my skin especially after it’s followed up with soap. I would have given this five stars but the fragrance kept me from doing so. I prefer the fragrance of the Detoxifying oil better. Just my personal preference.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Product for the Ages! I've been using this product along with Sea Mud soap for over 40 years. I love it and wouldn't use any other cleansing product. I am now 72 years old and have very few wrinkles. I know people think I've had some kind of a face lift, but these products are my secret weapon.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the pre cleanse oil Love the feel and aroma of this oil, feel it lifting the heaviness of the days work away. Loving the start of my new cleansing regime, followed by phelityl soap bar and the C 10 night cream and the décolleté cream, I really need a recommendation for my sun spots.
Date published: 2013-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This pre cleansing oil is the best! I love the ingredients, and the feel it leaves after cleaning. I use this with the sea mud soap and love the results. Skin is soft and not dry feeling. Using an Erno Laszlo toner after and see a clean cottonball.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this stuff! Prevents the pre-mature aging that harsh cleansers can cause! I LOVE this product and credit EN for people mistaking my age for 10 years younger, on a consistent basis! Thanks to my friend Maria for the introduction just out of college!!!
Date published: 2018-09-11
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How do you know what products are best for a 70 year old lady with good skin, but dry skin?

Asked by: betjam
I have used Laszlo since 1972. I am 72 and always receive compliments on my skin. I have used Phelityl Pre Cleansing Oil and Phelityl Soap for the last five years. It is fabulous!
Answered by: Annie36
Date published: 2019-11-19

My skin is dry. I’m 60 and would like my skin to look better

Asked by: Donna18
Yes, I would recommend this product, combined with the Phelityl Cleansing Bar, which work together to hydrate. You can look at our entire Hydra-Therapy line here:
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-04-28

What's the difference between the "Phelityl pre-cleansing oil" and the "Phelityl Oil"

Asked by: ForeverFeminist
To my knowledge, they are the same.  I’ve never known this oil to be anything other than a pre-cleansing oil and that is how I use it.  Other than putting the excess oil on my hands over my hair before I wash it.
Answered by: churlgurl
Date published: 2019-11-19

exactly what is this cleansing oil. Do I use to cleanse my face or????

Asked by: Rae13
Our cleansing oils are Part 1 of our Double Cleanse process. You apply the oil to your dry skin and use the treatment bar of your choice to wash it off, leaving your skin healthy and clean, without being stripped or dry.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-11-19

When you are doing the 28 day facelift (I've really seen this look like one), do you continue with your usual Erno routine or need other products?

Asked by: MAli
I always stick with my Erno Lazlo routine.  And the Phyllite Oil is a must!  
Answered by: bbassett
Date published: 2019-11-19

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
The Phelityl Cleansing Gel has been discontinued. This is the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil, one of the oldest products from our line.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-11-19

do you have the pump version of this product

Asked by: maxi
We do not offer a pump version of the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil. The updated version, the Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil, does have a pump.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-11-19

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
I’ve noticed it’s been harder to come by, and EL seems to be minimizing promotion (pushing “detox oil” in your “iconic” collection for example, while phelityl oil is the real iconic product! Please do not discontinue phelityl oil, it is without equal, and the only oil my skin will tolerate! It’s an unbelievable product, with a loyal following - you should be capitalizing on that! It would be a huge mistake to discontinue it.
Answered by: Anna1111
Date published: 2019-11-19
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