Last week, two of my balm cleansers ran out at the same time. Weird, right?. Good thing I had back up (always do – I am organized like that). This brings me to my second empties blog post. I was introduced to ‘balm cleansers’ by “Caroline Hirons“, the skincare goddess. I am such a skincare addict and I one hundred percent blame her for it! She is a great resource on skincare advice, and I try to keep myself updated through her blog and now, her YouTube channel (thank god!). If you haven’t already checked it out, you should! (Here). She is  incredibly knowledgable about all things skincare, and to top it, has a great sense of humor.


And now about the products – EMMA HARDIE Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm ($63) (that’s quite a mouthful) was the first balm cleanser I ever used, and it was this product that made me love the process (and results) of taking the time, especially in my night-time skincare routine, to cleanse properly. I use this product as my second cleanser on ‘make-up’ days (after having removed all of my make-up). I directly apply the balm on my dry face (it quickly dissolves into a light slippery oil), massage it in concentrating on the congested areas, and then remove it with a damp hot wash cloth. I have a habit of rinsing my face after to make sure there’s no residue left. The texture of the balm is luxe – really soft and smooth. It melts on the skin and breaks down all traces of makeup leaving the face really clean and bright, without drying out the skin of its natural oils. It smells divine – very SPA like! and is suitable for all skin types. It’s pleasantly nice to use and perhaps the most popular cleansing balm in the world… However, one thing I don’t like about this product is the packaging. The lid cracked on both of my jars, and the warmer weather melted the balm separating the oil, which leaked making it impossible to travel with! Despite that, Emma Hardie has become quite a staple in my cleanser stash, even if it means ordering it from UK. It’s definitely a pricier cleanser but I don’t regret the splurge. I order mine from with free worldwide delivery. I would highly recommend this balm cleanser to anyone!   


Second cleanser that died on me this week is the ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY Purify & Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm ($52.50). This is another English brand. I like quite a few products from this line but unfortunately, this cleanser didn’t agree with my skin. It’s a very thick balm cleanser that is hard to squeeze out of the tube. Elemental Herbology claims that it dissolves impurities and melts every trace of make-up. However, it does not feel as smooth/slippery on the skin as the Emma Hardie one. And it’s a lil bit difficult to remove from the skin, even with a damp hot washcloth. It’s designed for dry or mature skin, and may be that’s why it felt a lil too heavy for my combination skin. I finished this tube but I don’t have any plans to repurchase it. Not a Hero product for me.

I am a total convert to using cleansing balms. My skin feels so nourished and not stripped after cleansing. As I use a wash cloth to remove the cleanser, I get daily mild exfoliation as a bonus.

Have you tried any of these cleansers? I would love to hear your thoughts…

There’s a cleansing balm for every face – Have you found yours?