Balm cleansers are clearly where it’s at. Nothing gets your face properly clean like a squidgy, oily balm and a piping hot flannel.
But there are so many so how to choose from, it’s hard to know which are the best and whether they can suit every budget. Here’s a round up of some of the ones I’ve tried – in case you fancy treating your face and your current face wash isn’t cutting it.
Category one: “LUXE ” £20 and over
There’s A LOT of competition at the pricey end of the market, after all the mummy of all balms Eve Lom’s was the first and for some still the best and set the standard in terms of quality and price, retailing around £40.
It contains cocoa butter, lanolin and is scented with chamomile and eucalyptus which I know not everyone is partial to but reassuringly it contains no parabens, sulphates or phthalates. (No, I don’t know what that last one is either but frankly it sounds dreadful and I can’t even say it so why would I want it on my face?)
**INTERESTING EVE LOM FACT** She was married to Herbert Lom, long-suffering Chief Inspector Dreyfus from the Pink Panther.
Also in this category is Emma Hardie – a brand a lot of you are raving about (those of you prone to raving) and this is slightly cheaper at £38. It definitely edges Eve out in the fragrance stakes containing orange, neroli and mandarin in a rich base of sweet almond and grapeseed oil. Also in there are jasmine, rose and moringa seed to purify and minimise your gaping pores.
**INTERESTING INGREDIENT FACT** Moringa is apparently a bit of a natural wonder drug acting as a natural anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory and growing in the sub-Himalayan areas ie India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Which sounds marvellous. Hopefully you can get this in your local health shop, because bringing stuff back through customs from those areas can be fraught with difficulty.
My favourite in the luxe category and a bit of a throwback to an era when I had more money to spend on what is essentially a pot of grease, is *fanfare* ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm! Crikey I’ve just noticed it’s now £46. But it does a lovely job AND smells out of this world, mainly due to containing geranium, which is DIVINE, especially first thing in the morning. Even if you can’t afford it, swing by an Espa counter and stick your nose in some. I’m sure they won’t mind.
Category two: MEDIUM BUCKS £10-20
This is a sparser category but two big standouts here.
The first is the enticing sounding Melting Cleansing Balm from Merumaya (£14.50) This claims to ‘redefine’ the balm genre and comes in a tube rather than a tub for those of you who prefer that. But also it contains ingredients which it claims act on under eye dark circles, drainage, fine lines & has a firming effect, largely due to it’s signature component RevitElix, derived from omega rich Borage Oil.
So this is possibly a good one if you like a bit of facial massage, in the hope that these slightly more interesting ingredients are doing more than simply cleansing your face. A cleanser with anti-ageing properties? Go on then!
It also emulsifies with water so you can wash it off completely, unlike the others which leave a residue. Personally I like a bit of residue but those with less dry skin might want to give this a whirl. The brand is definitely worth investigating as a whole. It’s the brainchild of British beauty maven Maleka Dattu who cut her teeth at Clinique and Lancome, here’s her website. Problem is she talks such a good talk you might want to fork out for the whole range and end up at least a couple of hundred quid poorer. But you’ll have lovely skin.
Also in this category is another product from the original enterprising British Beauty entrepreneur Anita Roddick.
It’s The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13) This is really lovely and contains shea butter and sunflower oil alongside camomile. It feels very rich and luxurious for the price. Recommend.
Category three: DON’T GIVE TWO F**** under £10
There can be only one in this category. But don’t worry it’s amazing.
Coconut oil. Don’t let the name fool you. It comes in solid form, exactly like a balm until you rub it in your hands and heat it up. It smells nice and does pretty much the same job as all of the above. Because what you really need is an oil which can be massaged right in and truly dislodge all that grime and dirt. Ya filthy beast.
PLUS you can cook with it AND use it on your hair as a treatment or as a rich moisturiser / body lotion.
Best of all it comes in whacking great tubs which are MEGA value for money. Holland and Barrett always have a good deal on. Make sure you look for ‘virgin’ ‘pure’ or ‘unrefined’ stuff rather than refined because it’s not been treated with chemicals and if you like eating it as well it’s not a hydrogenated fat. (It’s still saturated though so go easy on your intake, not sure about all this putting it in your coffee business.)
As much as the other are lovely treats, just think of the money saved if you get an industrial size vat of this shit?! It’ll last for ever! Happy days. (Although you may need to buy a new bathroom cabinet to fit it in but what the hell, it’s still cheaper in the long run.)
Do you have a favourite balm cleanser which I’ve left out? Come and say hi in the comments section and let me know.
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