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Cleanings Balms have been the bane of my life. I have tried over half a dozen and just never found one that works well enough for me.  Following on from my favourite cleansing oils, I thought balms might work better.


People raved about this, but I hated it every time I used it on my face. I ended up giving so many travel sizes to my friends. Then I tried the Rose version, with this being soothing and calming for sensitive and inflamed skin, even worse. Giving Elemis a wide berth, with a Neroli, Water Mint and a fragrance free Naked version. But they do not appeal at all.

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Deviant Cleansing Concentrate

Then the the original which worked well apart from the smell. And then their Blue Tansy version, which I hated. Thankfully I only had sample sizes and that was a god send. I do not want to buy a full size unless it works on my skin. I did pick up a 50ml size as with summer on the way, I wear SPF everyday and I need it to get it off my face.

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Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm

Then I feel in love. When you find something that effortlessly melts away make up, sunscreen and excess sebum while feeding your skin with antioxidants and fatty acids. It literally melts on the skin straight away and feels amazing. This sorbet-soft balm is designed to be massaged into skin – pause to appreciate the sensorial notes of rosemary, persimmon and grapefruit – to easily melt away oil-based impurities. It’s crafted from a luxurious blend of lightweight plant oils including sea buckthorn oil (adored for its abundance of fatty acids such as stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and omega 6); olive oil (a nourishing antioxidant that boasts anti-inflammatory properties and supports your skin barrier); finally, grapeseed oil (an antioxidant-rich emollient that nourishes as it gently lifts impurities . It doesn’t end with that holy trinity of oils though – it’s also laced with persimmon extract to protect your skin from free radicals and promote a brighter tone, plus vitamin E to promote a healthy, youthful finish.

I never thought I would find a perfect cleansing balm for myself but I have. I am so glad that I can get this at Cult Beauty and I can see myself repurchasing time and time again. This is possibly the only cleansing balms I will use. It is expensive though.

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Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

Boasting a spellbinding spa-in-a-jar aroma (that’s eucalyptus and clove leaf oil – not artificial fragrance), this hard-working balm-to-milk cleanser melts away make up and impurities without stripping moisture from your skin – thank you, vitamin E. Perfect for a deep-cleansing first cleanse, this is a gentle yet hard-working cleansing balm that effortlessly melts away make up and impurities on contact. As you massage it into your skin with wet fingertips, the oil-based formula softens to create a light, gentle milk that rinses clean with no oily residue. This is a high street purchase, I brought when I also got 25% off. This was lovely so may be in my cleansing balms rotation.

Elf Holy Hydration Melting Cleansing Balm

It’s solid cleansing balm that melts into a luxurious oil and turns into a nourishing milk texture that rinses off clean. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and plumped with hydration. This is only £10 and its amazing. As soon as I was finished, I wanted to repurchase straight away but it was out of stock for months. Not until Black Friday I manage to get two pots for £10 – bargain !

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Hot Oil Cleaning Balm

Formulated in Japan, with natural Aloe Juice, Niacin-rich Rice Bran Oil and cold-pressed Baobab Sariché. Deeply purifying, emulsifying and softening, it’s one awesome multi-action hot oil double cleansing balm. I had problems with the texture, I found it hard to work with and got bored of it very quickly. I ended up given this to my family member as I did not want it anymore.

The Sali Hughes Revolution Butter Clean Cleansing Balm

. I was so looking forward to this range. Read my review here Not a fan and hated the scent. Not repurchased.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

A lover for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, the camomile is extracted from Norfolk, England. It cleanses your skin for that fresh-faced feeling and gets rid of all that stubborn makeup and grime. It work with my rheumatoid fingers, no irritation and has a lovely smell. I feel in love with this and this will be in cleansing balm rotation.

Clinique Take The Day Off

This is a lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeup and sunscreen. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Gently helps remove the stress of pollution so skin looks younger for longer. Non-greasy and non-drying. This was nice, but not the right price to repurchase.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

This is a purifying botanical cleanser that removes all traces of face and eye make-up, deeply cleanses the pores, as well as balancing, hydrating and moisturising all skin types. With Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to balance, purify and minimise the appearance of open pores and essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose to rejuvenate and deeply condition the skin. Only problem, not a fan of the smell. So will not repurchase this.

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Juno Clean 10 Cleansing Balm

This has an uncomplicated list of only 10 ingredients. This rinses clean, leaving zero residue. Contains organic, non-irritating ingredients lend a fresh scent. Japanese Pearl Barley Magic that nourishes and brightens complexion. Pearl Barley; our star ingredient that aids in skin brightening, reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, hydrates and nourishes the skin, and refines texture; Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that prevents aging. Got this from Amazon at such a bargain price.

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Repurchasing ?

The only ones that I will repurchase are the Body Shop, Elf, Juno and when it is on offer is How I Met You. These will go into rotation, I am pleased that three of them are budget buys

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