Cleansing balms are very in vogue at the moment – and that with good reason. Especially if you’re a sufferer of dry skin you should ditch your foam or gel cleansers, because cleansing balms will change your evening routine for the better. In these colder months oil-based cleansing balms are essential, if you don’t want your dry skin to get even dryer.
For those new to cleansing balms: They are different than normal cleansers. Cleansing balms are solid at room temperature and melt into a gentle oil when rubbed between your hands or massaged into your skin.
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|You put them on dry skin and massage them all over your face, where they literally dissolve and melt away your makeup. ALL your makeup! Some beauty companies recommend to take everything off with a muslin cloth. I, personally, just rinse my face with warm water and use one pump of cleansing foam to quickly and effectively take it all off.|
Currently my products of choice are the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinique and the Camomille Sumptous Cleansing Butter by The Body Shop. In this review I also compare them to another, oil-based, ‘said-to-be’ cleanser: coconut oil.
For this review, I tested their ability to take the following products off:
- L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick
- Benefit they’re real Mascara (It, of course, behaves not the same on the skin as it does on the lashes but I wanted to add this one anyway)
- Astor Eye Artist Kajal Waterproof and Long Lasting
- Agnes B. lip lacquer
- Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr
I massaged each product into my skin for 40 seconds, then rinsed everything with water and dabbed it dry with a towel.
#Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
The Clinique cleansing balm retails for 30€ for 125ml (24€/100ml), so it’s safe to say that it’s definitely a high-end cleanser. It feels extremely light and natural and is completely unscented, which I know a lot of people will dislike. But this is a good thing! It means that the product doesn’t contain any perfume and therefore is perfect for sensitive skin or even facial massages. (BTW – If you are interested in how to do a really good facial massage, you should check this wonderful video by Lisa Eldrige out.) It does a good job in removing makeup, even though it may take some extra seconds to break down your toughest mascara.
#The Body Shop Camomille Sumptous Cleansing Butter
This cleansing ‘butter’ costs only 13€ for 90ml (14,45€/100ml), is made with community fair trade chamomile and has a wonderful, relaxing floral scent. It furthermore is – in terms of gently removing makeup – the most effective product I’ve ever tried! The only very little disadvantage of this product is, that it contains perfume as well as shea butter. This means it may not be perfect for people with very sensitive skin or skin that tends to break out.
I’ve heard many bloggers and youtubers gushing about how they use coconut oil (2-3€/100ml) to remove their makeup, so I did try it myself. And well.. no, just NO. Firstly, it takes you forever to remove waterproof makeup (if it’s even possible). Secondly, it leaves a unpleasant layer of oil on your skin unless you use cleansing gel afterwards and additionally rub everything off with a towel.
In summary it is to say that the The Body Shop cleansing butter removes makeup best, but includes some controversial ingredients, which is bad if you have sensitive skin. The Clinique cleansing balm may not work as fast as the Body Shop cleansing butter, but is suitable for all skin types and even facial massages.
Both balms last for ages, as you only need a very little amount of product each day. Even though I also love my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, I, personally, will repurchase the less expensive Body Shop Cleansing Butter. I don’t have sensitive skin, therefore I don’t have to worry about the mentioned ingredients too much.
Do you use Cleansing balms to take off your makeup?