Cleansing Balms: 5 of the Best

Thursday, March 6th 2014 0

My favourite part of the day!

When it comes to cleansing in the evening, I rarely stray from two conditions: do it twice, and with a balm. Here are 5 of my favourites for a massaging cleanse that leaves my skin clean and hydrated.

Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm, £30.00
For your first cleansing balm, I’d recommend starting off with this one. This is what cleansing balm is all about; a rich, moist balm that melts away every last strip of make-up and removes any oil from the skin. Use this even around the eyes for a thorough cleanse, and breathe in deeply to enjoy the heady aromatherapy scent.

Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, £24.99
Ok, ok, it’s a butter, but it leaves a lovely balmy residue so I’m keeping it in here. This rich organic formula is natural through and through and boy can you see it; it’s arguably neon green. A bubbly paste, this melts onto the skin and slides into a thick oily butter, working really well to remove make-up and give the face a massage. Be sure to use a cloth to remove this as it’s especially thick, and be warned that they mean business with the strong lavender scent. For me, the best part is that this is infused with lots of oils and helps to quench my dry skin.

ANtipodes Grapeseed

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood, £30.00
If balm cleansers were drinks, this would be a cocktail – it’s the extra special treat among my cleansers. Darphin’s cleansing balm is different in that it isn’t a nitty gritty all in one cleanser. I save this for my second cleanse, and use it to buff and polish the skin. Once you’ve cleansed once to remove all make-up, go in with this. This buttery formula smells truly divine and melts into a soft milk when you rinse it with water, so take some time to massage it in, working in some water to remove.
TOP TIP! Layer this onto your face before a long bath. Let it sink in while you relax and just before you get out rinse it away.

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm

MOA The Green Balm and Luxurious Bamboo Face Cloth, £14.99 
I only got this tiny tub of balm last week and have been using it every night since. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it was the packaging that initially won me over, promising to remove “even caked on make-up”. The scent is very fresh, think leafy greens like tea tree, and it comes with a double sided cloth with one side muslin and the other soft cotton. Use the rough side for your first cleanse to remove dead skin and make-up and buff the skin up to a polished finish with the softer side on your second cleanse.

Moa Daily Cleansing Ritual

Diptyque Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £44.00
For a gentle, soft cleanse, this is a truly lovely balm. Much subtler in fragrance than lots I’ve tried, this balm is scented with rose and is great for a fuss-free cleanse. The waxy texture means that this will be brilliant to massage the face with – something that helps with circulation and in turn giving you a radiant look – and it leaves a slight balmy residue which keeps the skin glowing.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Special Mention: Eve Lom Cleanser, £40.00
Eve Lom’s cleansing balm was famously described by Vogue as “probably the best cleanser in the world”, but I’m afraid to say that the smell isn’t for me. It’s such a shame because I love the texture, I love how easy it is to use and it leaves my skin feeling plump and juicy. My sister swears by it. Next time you’re in Space NK, give it a whiff. If you can handle the scent, put it to the top of your list. Meanwhile, I’ll be sticking to her Radiance Complexion Range thank you very much.

Eve Lom Cleanser

Which balm cleanser is your favourite? Tweet me @MixedGemsBeauty and let me know.

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