Cleansing Balms 101

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Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here, which is all down to the fact I’ve been manically working towards my professional marketing qualification. This involved a 16-page assignment, a 9-page assignment, and a 3 hour exam. All while working full time at my actual job. Yep, it’s been a fun month.

Now I’m all finished though, I have a lot of free time back and can actually start getting into the festive spirit! I thought I’d challenge myself this year to produce 12 blog posts between now and Christmas Day, as I’ve just got so many things to review and talk about and now finally have the time. So I really hope you enjoy this month of blogging and thanks for reading!!

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I wanted to kick off Blogmas by talking about one of my favourite skincare products, which I actually only discovered in the last year or so. Cleansing Balms seem to really have had their ‘moment’ in 2016 and every beauty blogger and skincare expert under the sun has been raving about their benefits.

I think the reasonΒ I love them so much is that their silky, creamy texture is perfect for gently removing makeup, and the way they transform into an oily formula really leaves my skin feeling super clean but also very soft. They’re my go-to as my ‘first cleanse’ to remove makeup and grime along with a muslin cloth. I then follow it up with a gel-based cleanser like the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel to clear out pores and wash away the effects of daily pollution. It’s the perfect system.

So which are my favourite cleansing balms on the market right now… I’ve rounded up the top 3 I truly recommend you give a go!

  1. The Affordable Option: One issue I’ve found with cleansing balms, is that the majority of them seem to come from luxury brands with a hefty price tag to match. Hopefully now they’ve become a bit more mainstream, the cheaper brands will start bringing out their own offerings, but for now the best I’ve found has been The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I used to be a big fan of their Camomile Silky Cleansing OilΒ until I moved onto balms, and this butter is just as brilliant. I love how gentle this feels, and camomile is a great skincare ingredient due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. The texture is a bit thicker than my other two options, and it doesn’t melt down as easily, but I do think this is a great more affordable dupe.
  2. The One for Sensitive Skin: This is the one that really hooked me onto the cleansing balm bandwagon… The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a really amazing option for anyone with sensitive or problematic skin; something I struggle with. It’s fragrance-free and doesn’t contain any essential oils; ingredients which can cause reactions in certain people. I think this is probably my favourite balm of all, as it just works so well! I do find it to be the best for removing makeup and it also seemed to last the longest. The only thing that may put some people off is that it doesn’t feel particularly luxurious due to the lack of fragrance. Personally I like this, but if you love a great-smelling skincare product, you might be disappointed.
  3. The Luxurious One: If you love your luxury products, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is the one for you. The packaging is easily the most beautiful with a classic gold lid and white translucent pot. Everything about this feels so lovely to use, and it’s very effective for removing makeup. I did find this seemed to run out quicker than the Clinique version though; maybe there is slightly less in the pot or maybe you need more to remove all your makeup…

If you’ve been wanting to try out a cleansing balm, I really recommend giving one of these three a go – you won’t regret it! Next, I’d love to try out the Emma Hardie Moringa Balm as I’ve heard so much about it – if any of you have tried it, let me know what you think!

Check back in tomorrow for Day 2 of 12 Days of Blogmas and let me know in the comments what you think of my choices πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx

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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

32 thoughts on “Cleansing Balms 101

  1. OOOOO I love cleansing balms! I have the Clinique one and it works great. I heard about the Estee Lauder one from Tati (GlamLifeguru on YT) and I’ve been meaning to try it!!! Also It Cosmetics came out with one called the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1. Apparently it’s better than the Clinique in that it doesn’t leave a film and becomes a milky cleanser when combined with water. I tried it at Sephora and it seems good too!

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  2. I’ve tried most of the ones you’ve listed except for the EL and Emma Hardie! I really love the Clinique one. From what I’ve read online, the Emma Hardie one doesn’t emulsify and rinse off completely but requires a cloth to remove the balm. Just something to consider.

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  3. So glad I came across this post, perfect for me just now. Is it okay to ask on here what are the key things you all look for in a good cleansing balm? I’m currently studying formulation and would be dead keen to hear from all you who love a good balm, what it is you look for in a good cleansing balm, what is important to you to see in in, not in it, feel, scent, etc etc. πŸ™‚


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