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Crazy about Cleansing Balms!

I’ve been loving Cleansing Balms for a couple of years now and over those couple years I’ve tried out a few of them so I wanted to give you the low down!

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So I’ve tried 5 different cleansing balms, and then a couple of towel off cleansers and the concept is similar but the formulation is different.  If you’ve never used a cleansing balm before they are different than normal cleansers.  You put them on dry skin, massage them into you skin where they literally dissolve and melt away your makeup.  Then you take a muslin or wash cloth with warm water and wipe the balm off.  I tend to lay the cloth over my face for a couple seconds to do a mini steam and then everything wipes off super quickly and easily.  Whats amazing about them is how easily they get rid of ALL traces of makeup.  (although if I’m wearing a ridiculous amount I tend to double wash to make sure my skin is squeaky clean!)

bootsno7I’m going to start with the first one I ever tried- Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm.  I loved this, and still love this, it isn’t very thick which is strange for a cleansing balm, and its more creamy than the others that I’ve tried.  But my skin loved this!  It make my skin so amazingly soft and smooth!  It wasn’t the best at removing makeup, I almost always needed to double wash, but the effects were worth it.clinique

The Clinique Take the Day Off was nice consistency.  It melted into your skin feeling more like an oil as you massaged it in.  It did an amazing job at removing makeup on the first try, and it was easy to remove with a towel.  It didn’t however have any scent and although that is a perk for sensitive skin, it kind of left me bored.  For the price and how it worked I preferred my next one over this one.

bodyshopNext is The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter.  This worked very similarly to the Clinique one above, however it has a slight scent of camomile.  I found it quite soothing at bedtime when I placed the hot towel over my face and breathed in the calming scent.  Similarly to the Clinique this seemed to melt into your skin feeling more like a light oil than a balm and also did a great job at removing makeup on the first try and was easy to remove. Lush

Lush, lush, lush…  I love lush, although there are very few things I can still use from there, and this isn’t one of them.  I tried a sample of the Ultrabland cleanser and I think out of all the ones I tried it was the most effective and had the best texture.  It was less oily than the Clinique or Body Shop versions and less creamy and worked better than the No7 version.  It was a great texture and it was actually going to be the next full size one I bought until I found out I had the almond allergy (which happens to be the first ingredient)

bootsbotanicsMy least favorite of the ones I tried also happens to be one that I can’t use any more.  The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser.  When I first tried this I didn’t know I was allergic to almonds so I didn’t know that was part of the issue.  That aside, this was my least favorite more because of the consistency.  It was hard.  And I mean like you have to dig into it to get some out to use.  Once I was able to get some out I had to warm it in my hands first because there was no way to massage it into your face otherwise!  Eventually it was soft enough to use (although sometimes it still felt granular), it did an ok job at removing makeup, not the best not the worst, but the worst part of it was removing it.  I never felt like I was able to completely remove it from my skin, it always seemed like there was a waxy film left behind.  Plus it kind of smelled like wax, and I don’t mean a pleasant candle wax, I mean like unscented waxy wax.SChapman

LEarleI have 2 more that I’d like to try, one is less expensive and one is more expensive.  (there are actually lots that I would like to try, unfortunately one of the most used ingredients in cleansing balms is almond oil and a lot also have soy…)  So I can’t try a bunch of the most well known balms out there, but I would love to try the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse.  I’ve heard amazing things about each of these, and when I get a chance to try them, trust me you will be the first to know!

Have you ever tried cleansing balms?  Either way, do you have any cleansers that have been life changing?  I’d love to hear them!

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  1. […] as a cleansing balm it works great.  I’ve tried many over the years (click here for my review of some) and this one falls in the top 4, just missing out on the top 3.  It does a […]

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