Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Battle of the Cleansing Balms!

Cleansing balms have taken the skin care world by storm in the past couple of years. What started with a few, became many, and now I have to admit it is not only difficult to pick 'the one' for you, but it's also tempting to chop and change every now and again.

For those new to cleansing balms, they are an oil-based cleanser that remains solid at room temperature. Warmed in the hands and massaged onto the skin, then removed with a warm, damp cloth (muslin or flannel, I personally prefer a flannel.) They cleanse beautifully, removing all traces of makeup while leaving the skin feeling exceptionally smooth, plump and hydrated. They are marketed for all skin types (yes, even oily) and especially good for those looking towards anti-ageing products.

Having used a balm cleanser exclusively for over a year, it's fair to say I'm a convert. I've never used anything else that makes my skin feel happier or more comfortable, and I would thoroughly recommend trying one out if you haven't before. I wouldn't say they are 'life changing' but they are certainly 'skin changing'!

I've tried my fair share of balms in the past year, so I thought I would give you a quick run down of each to help you navigate the world of cleansing balms a little easier...


Eve Lom Cleanser

Packaging: Very nice, but its' nothing special considering the price.
Ingredients: The Good - Chamomile, hop, clove & eucalyptus oils. The Bad - mineral oil, parabens.
This get's slammed frequently on skincare blogs for being packed with mineral oil. Personally my skin doesn't have a problem with mineral oil, but considering this is the most expensive cleanser in this blog post, the fact that it contains the cheapest ingredients does annoy me.
Performance: The original, but not necessarily the best. Eve Lom's cleanser was the one that 'changed the face of skincare' by introducing cleansing balms. Some swear by it, some loathe it. I have to admit, I did like this cleanser. It's lovely to use and effective at removing makeup, but I wasn't 'blown away' as some are.
Price: £55 for 100ml (Currently 10% off here)
Overall: Good, but not the best. Considering it's the most expensive... it should be better.
Score: 6/10

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Packaging: Really nice, probably the best of this lineup.
Ingredients: The Good - A base of almond oil, along with elderberry, rose, mimosa and more. The Bad - None! No mineral oil, parabens etc. It does contain shea butter that may irritate or clog some skin, but I had no problem with this.
Performance: I really loved the texture of this, however it really stung my eyes, so I couldn't use it for removing my eye makeup. It also has a very strong herbal, spa-like scent. I used up my sample, but I wouldn't purchase it again. My mum loves it though so each to one's own!
Price: £39 for 105g (Currently 30% off here)
Overall: Very nice if you don't have sensitive eyes!
Score: 7/10

Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face' Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

Packaging: Very nice, feels heavy and looks luxurious too.
Ingredients: The Good - A base of grape seed and almond oil, moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E to name a few. The Bad - None!
Performance: To me, this is the cream of the crop when it comes to cleansing balms. The texture is like butter, the scent is subtle and pleasant, it removes all my makeup, doesn't sting my eyes, and my skin absolutely loves it! My skin feels amazing every single time I use this.
Price:  £34 for 100ml (Available with free international delivery here)
Overall: There is a lot of hype surrounding this cleanser and it is 100% deserved.
Score: 10/10

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Packaging: Quite plain, flat metal container.
Ingredients: The Good - Olive oil. The Bad - Lots of synthetics. Most of the ingredients in this are synthetic. It also has shea butter, so perhaps better for those with dry skin, not prone to breakouts.
Performance: This worked pretty well for me. The consistency is more solid (like coconut oil) at room temperature. I found it a little greasy, but ok. My skin didn't see any noticeable difference when using this, but it was effective at removing makeup.
Price: £12 for 90ml (available here)
Overall: Good for £12, but not a scratch on some of the others available.
Score: 5/10

Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Packaging: I've only used this in the old (tube) packaging, so can't comment.
Ingredients: Again, a base of almond oil and a list of others including camomile. The Bad - None! As always, Ren products are free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphates, silicones and synthetic colours & fragrances.
Performance: Nice to use, left my skin feeling happy and clean.
Price: £30 for 150ml (available here)
Overall: I loved this for the first half of the tube, towards the end it got very 'gritty' in texture. I've noticed this happening a tiny bit with a few cleansing balms, but this was the most noticeable difference from first opening it up, to finishing it. In light of this, I wouldn't purchase it again.
Score: 6/10

RMK Cleansing Balm

Packaging: I personally really like this frosted pink packaging. It's not the most luxe, but it's really pretty! The flip-top lid is also very user-friendly.
Ingredients: The Good - Jojoba oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil. The Bad - This was quite hard to uncover (annoyingly!) but it seems that while there are no parabens, it does contain mineral oil and a long list of synthetic ingredients, including waxes and silicones. Perhaps best to avoid this one if you have acne prone skin.
Performance: This smells of rose (can be a love/hate thing, I don't mind it.) I quite liked this, and thought it might be a keeper, until I tried the Emma Hardie alternative. In comparison, it leaves your skin a little greasy.
Price: £29 for 50g (Available here)
Overall: Nice, but not a keeper for me personally.
Score: 6/10

Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm

Packaging: A tube, not the most practical for this texture of product (unless your bathroom is super warm, you have to squeeze... hard!)
Ingredients: Balance Me are one of those great companies who mean natural when they say 'natural'! This is 100% natural. The Good - Almond oil base with coconut, camellia, & rosehip oils, oatmeal, coriander, vitamin E & rosemary. The Bad - None!
Performance: This is the only cleansing balm that bucks the trend and is not totally smooth in texture. It has tiny little oatmeal particles for smoothing. personally I'm not a huge fan of this, and this is the one aspect of this balm that puts me off. My skin likes it, but I didn't love using it (especially for taking off my makeup!) You can't argue against the ingredients list, and the price is much more affordable than the others.
Price: £20 for 125ml (available here)
Overall: Great if you don't mind the oatmeal particles! My third personal favourite, and personally I think this is the best value for money considering all of the factors above.
Score: 8/10

Monu Cleansing Balm

Packaging: A huge pot! Average in quality, but fit for the job!
Ingredients: This is also a very natural choice, it contains a huge list of natural ingredients including almond, wheat germ, apricot, sunflower seed, blackcurrant, calendula, mimosa, bergamot, rose, rosehip & jasmine. The Bad - None!
Performance: This is much runnier than the others, but very smooth and effective. It smells amazing. Spa-like with a distinct citrus note. Easily second best next to Emma Hardie for me!
Price: £35 for 150ml (available with free international delivery here)
Overall: Almost on a par with Emma Hardie, but for a third less money gram for gram!
Score: 9/10

That's it for the balms I've tried! Have you tried a cleansing balm? Which is your favourite?

155 comments:

  1. I never tried a cleansing balm before but I really want to! :) Loved the review!

    xoxo,
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  2. I really love Eve Lom...suited my skin better than the Emma Hardie...different strokes for different folks as they say!!

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  3. I have never tried them, but you made me so curious about them! I wanna try a few =)

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  4. You should try the clinique take the day off balm <3 xx

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  5. thank you so, so much for the reviews and the link to the international delivery for emma hardie. i would hug you if i could. THANK YOU!

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  6. The balance me balm is my go to- i love natural brands soo much but i might have to try emma hardie!

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  7. I was really looking forward to this when you mentioned this in your video, and you didn't disappoint! I have had the Emma Hardie on my list to try for ages, and I have to buy it soon (whilst its on sale) but there are so many options to choose from, this is what I needed!
    Heres a question for you: Normal cleanser or hot cloth cleanser? Which is better? I feel like I get a better clean with a hot cloth cleanser.

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! I love using a hot cloth personally, I feel like it gets your face cleaner. It's also less messy than splashing water on your face with foaming cleansers! :)

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  8. I am looking to try a new cleansing balm so this has really helped.
    Thankyou!
    x

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  9. I haven't tried them before, but really want to :)

    Carina
    CARSTINA

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  10. i cant wait to try the emma hardie-

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  11. Iv used the balance me one and now need another, mine was runny which seems weird though although im sure I saw caroline hirons say the oatmeal been removed. Might try some of the others though sound great :)

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  12. Love this post Fleur, thank you so much!! I've been wanting to try a cleansing balm because I find that I need something to take off all of my foundation (when I wear it) before using my clarisonic.

    Has anyone tried the Clinique balm? I saw Tanya rave about it in one of her videos and being a fan of the Clinique eye makeup remover I want to try the balm.

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    1. The Clinique "take the day off" cleansing balm would be an excellent choice! I own the balm myself and it removes all traces of makeup in one cleanse.

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  13. This review was really helpful thanks! I'm currently using Liz Earle but would like to try others, I think Emma Hardie will be the next stop as I've heard great things about that one. If you haven't already it would be amazing if you wrote a similar post about anti ageing products! :) I've just turned 21 and know I should start the war against wrinkles now, but I've read so much conflicting advise and don't know where to start?! x

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  14. I really want to try a cleansing balm but there are so many I have no idea which ones will suit for my skin. This is a great post, I can at least make a short list and make a decision from there. Thank you.

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  15. Thanks for this great, detailed post! I've been considering getting the body shop one but I don't think I will anymore if it's a bit greasy. I may go for the Balance Me one since it seems the most economical :)

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  16. I love clinque take the day off balm cleanser

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  17. I've never actually tried a cleansing balm, but I might look into a balance me one or a body shop one, it's all I can really afford when trying one out.

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  18. Loved this! Very insightful, will definitely be looking into adding a cleansing balm into my routine :)

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  19. RMK contains mineral oil. It contains paraffin which is a form of mineral oil (mineral oil being quite a wide term). Thought I should clear that up :)

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  20. Wow I never knew that cleansing balms even existed! I'll go try one if I can track down one of these brands :D

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  21. Really good reviews, just shows that all the hype around the Emma Hardie balm is for good reason!

    MyLushBox

    xx

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  22. I'm surprised the clinique take the day off isn't listed! I love it :) xx

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  23. Thanks for the reviews, definitely helpful! I'm using the Clinique cleansing balm right now and I've really liked it!

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  24. Great reviews! I love my Emma Hardie but I think I'm going to give the Monu Cleansing Balm a try when it runs out.

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  25. i have a charmzone new control cream (korean brand) that is cream to oil cleanser thing. I am not sure what it is because it is in korean, but i use it as i would use cleansing balm. it is really nice and pretty affordable too.

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  26. All the hype around the EH cleanser makes me want it so badly. Maybe a pay day treat!

    xx

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  27. Wish you'd review the Clinique balm as well! Maybe in the future :) Great post Fleur
    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  28. Hey Fleur, I have two quick questions. I noticed that you didn't include the Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm, any reason why? Also, I would love to know why you think mineral oil is bad? It's a distillation of a natural occurring product - petroleum. I mean, baby oil tends to be solely mineral oil + fragrance. I'm not sure that you should be classifying it as a "bad." Just something to think about.

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    1. I haven't tried the Clinique one I'm afraid, which is why it wasn't included here. As for mineral oil... It's a HUGE debate, and I stand in the middle really. As I mentioned in the post (in the Eve Lom review) My skin personally doesn't react badly to mineral oil. (and when it's in a cleanser I don't really mind anyway, since you're washing it off) but it does apparently clog some people's pores. My personal problem with it being used in expensive skincare is the fact that it is a cheap product that is not necessarily beneficial to your skin. Like in the case of the Eve Lom cleanser, they could have used an alternative base that was much more beneficial for the skin (for £55 at least!!!)

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  29. I recommend you try Lush's Cleansing Balm - Ultrabland. It's by far my favourite, and all natural!
    Gemma Taylor-Jones

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  30. Love the Body Shop option. It's super affordable too!
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  31. Emma hardie is my go to cleanser, I literally love it! I would be interested to try the REN cleanser as I have the clay version and love that x

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    1. I've never tried the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, but I do have the Ren, and it is a standby product. It's kind of basic, but the texture is really nice - smooth, no exfoliating particles, and rich enough to hydrate the skin and get a good massage going, but not rich enough to cause acne. I like it a lot. I can't comment on the new version, though, as I have the No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. I was purchasing it for my sister and I found one of the old version in Sephora, so I think that you can still get your hands on it from some retailers who have leftover stock. I'd recommend it (and so would my sister!) :)

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  32. I love cleansing balms, and Emma Hardie is by far my favourite too. So worth the money as well x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  33. Great review Fleur, I've personally never heard of cleansing balms until you mentioned them in a previous post or maybe a video, but I decided to do some searching and have since ordered Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm, I can't wait to try it. Have you tried any of their products, its meant to be 100% organic

    Nicola-Jayne xoxo (/thisismylife-obsessions.blogspot.co.uk)

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  34. Found this so helpful as I'm currently stuck in the adequate but not overly satisfying Liz Earle rut! Looking for a change so Emma Hardie it is... when it comes back in stock!

    Thanks Fleur :) x

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  35. I am in love with cleansing balms currently using Clinique take the day balm it is amazing! Actually have a review coming up very soon!

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  36. Fab review as always!!
    I've recently been using Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm after only 2 weeks I'm in love

    Xx

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  37. Emma Hardie sounds great! Thank you for the reviews! I wanted to try Evelom too!

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  38. totally have the emma hardie cleansing balm on my wishlist, but for some reason I feel like is more of a luxury skincare product to have rather then a NEED so I keep putting it off.

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  39. Great post!

    Balm are really super effective , especially when they contain (only) natural butters oils :-). You have forgotten to mention and maybe try a super popular beauty balm. It is this one :-):

    http://mademoisellenature.blogspot.nl/2011/09/neils-yard-wild-rose-beauty-balm.html

    have a great eve!
    x

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  40. I do not know much about cleansing balms but these all seem so pricey! I have been using coconut oil (from Tati's rec) and it works great!!! Sounds like a similar concept to a cleansing balm just all organic, natural, and way cheaper! Am I totally wrong here?

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  41. Wow, such a comprehensive post! I am so tempted by the Emma Hardie and Balance Me balms. Thanks so much for the reviews! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  42. Fab post, I have been looking at cleansing balms for a while and there are so many out there so this is really helpfull :)
    I think I'll treat myself to the Emma Hardie version after your glowing words!
    Josie xoxo
    Fashion Mumblr

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  43. Great post! Some really good recommendations xx

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  44. Thank you for the reviews! I always struggle with Cleansing balms so this really helped! :)

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  45. My new born beauty blog:
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    twitter: @tobelikealady

    Any suggestion would be appreciated
    Xxxxx

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  46. Great i just thought about using one... but which one would be perfect for oily skin?
    Very interessting post ;)

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  47. Oh my, what a treat! Thank you for your beautiful thoughts, we can't wait to try!

    xo

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  48. Lovely post Fleur :) just wondering if anyone can explain to me what mineral oils are and why are they baddies? Thank you, Kathleen xxx

    kathleenpavey.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! The mineral oil debate goes on and on... As I said in the post, my main problem is that it is a very cheap ingredient... So it annoys me when it's used in expensive skin care. This article is very useful in covering all angles if you want to find out more; http://jetskeultee.com/mineral-oil-in-your-cosmetics-what-you-really-need-to-know/obj7780493

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      you can read my post :-))))

      http://mademoisellenature.blogspot.nl/2012/04/why-i-do-not-buy-beauty-products.html

      xx

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  49. I've never tried a cleansing balm and now I kinda want to!
    I think I'm gonna look some of these up, thanks Fleur!

    xx K
    http://glitzandgold.blogspot.com

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  50. love this post fleur! i'd never tried a cleansing balm before about a week ago and i have to say i'm definitely a convert. i'm using the boots botanics cleansing balm and i really like it, already noticed a bit of an improvement in my skin :) xxx

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  51. I am using the one from the Body Shop and I am very satisfied, it depends on the skin very much!

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  52. I'm so new into face cleansing! All these products confuse me! I've never heard of cleansing balms before now! When would you use it in a routine? Thanks! :)
    Ellie,xx
    Elephant stories and more

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  53. I'm personally using Rodial Glamtox cleansing balm! I love it, non stripping, hydrate and best MU remover for me xxx

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  54. Great post Fleur! I enjoy your blog a lot! You should definately try the CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm! No gritty-ness, just goodness!

    refreshinglycasual.blogspot.com

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  55. I'm happy to see your thoughts on the Body Shop Cleansing Butter. When I first heard of it I was really intrigued by it but now I think I much rather try out the Emma Hardie. It looks so luxurious and I've heard such great things about it!

    Emily | HONEY LOAF x

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  56. I really want to try that emma hardie one!

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  57. I have wanted to try the EH one for so long now, it looks amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  58. i definitely want to try the emma hardie cleansing balm now!!

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    ~Amy

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  59. really love the bodyshop stuff!
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  60. This is great, thank you :) I am yet to try a cleansing balm yet but really want to soon. Think its between Emma Hardie or Balance Me.

    Catherines Loves

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  61. Thanks for such a comprehensive comparison, I really want to try the Emma Hardie version!

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  62. Thanks for that post, Fleur. It is really helpfull. I also tried the Body Shop and the Balance Me one and I came to the same results as you. Nice work!

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  63. I really wanted you to comment on Clinique's Take the day off! I was doubting between Emma Hardie's and Clinique's! But thanks, anyways, it was a great review.

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  64. I had a sample of the elemis one and liked it a lot. Just re purchased using your link. Thank you. :-)

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  65. I generally agree with all the comments you've put save for I think the Emma Hardie packaging (in terms of durability) is shocking! And I didn't know the RMK cleansing balm had mineral oil, but like you, my skin is fine with it and that one's my favourite of the bunch. :)

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  66. very helpful review!you should try Lush's ultrabland, cheaper than most listed and great ingredients(: just the smell takes a bit o getting used to! I've been using it for 2 years, fantasting product, but thanks to you I might get tempted to try one of the above(:

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  67. Great post! I love the clinique take the day off one. I had the emma hardie one before that and while it did the job it didnt dp anything spectacular for my skin and for the price I was quite disappointed so I tried to clinique and I am so impressed with the results ive only had one spot in 3 months! Definitely a favourite for me.

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  68. I've never tried cleansing balms, I think I might have to now!

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  69. I love your blog posts! :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

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  70. I have used a few and Clinique balm is definitely the best!! No smell, doesn't irritate just does a really good job espec for eye makeup. Use a hot Muslim cloth with it.. Delish :)

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  71. there are others worth trying the clinique take the day off and argan oil balm cleanser (by josie maran)

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  72. This is one of your best posts yet as I have never ever heard of cleansing balms before this year and have definitely gotten more into skincare, this was so helpful and I really appreciate how detailed your review of each product is. Would love to see you do a video on this on your beauty channel as well. xoxo

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  73. I'm using Botanics brand balm right now, but have never seen a review on it before. Have you ever tried that one? From boots

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  74. This is such a great post! I love your blog. I didn't really know anything about cleansing balms and it was great to read such a comprehensive review. I really liked the layout of this post with the ingredient lists and your overall rating out of 10.

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  75. great compilation, I love the clinigue one but I've been eyeing the Emma Hardie one for ages

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  76. Such a helpful post! I've been loving the Omorovicza cleansing balm but I've been trying to decide between the Emma Hardie and the Clinique one to try next, anyone know how they compare? :):)

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  77. I had never heard of a cleansing balm, until now! I'll probably try the body shop one just to try it out before making a more expensive purchase. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. This was a really informative and helpful post. Thank you so much!

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  79. Thank you for sharing. It's very helpful for me to choose which one I want to try first:) xx

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  80. great reviews- i haven't tried any of these but i'm in LOVE with the clinique take the day off!! :) it's so good in all ways and doesn't contain any pore clogging oils which is definitely a huge plus

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  81. I'm a huge fan of Clinique's Take the Day off Balm - easier to find then the Moringa one - and very effective. I find that balm cleansing with a washcloth cleans my face better than using my clariosonic...which has resulted in clearer skin for me!

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  82. I actually really love the eve lom one. for people with dry sensitive skin it works miracles. What I do is use it on my skin first to remove makeup etc., then I follow with a more heavy duty cleanser.

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  83. Thanks for the lovely review! I'm always a bit put off to try cleansing balm as I have oily skin. After reading this, I'm itching to try out the Emma Hardy one =) One quick question, do you still need to cleanse your skin with a normal cleanser after taking your makeup off with a cleansing balm?

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  84. I really want to try the Emma Hardie or Monu balms now! Never used a cleansing balm before, only cleaners like Liz Earle or ones from Lush so I'd like to venture into something new :) Wonderful informative post! xx

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  85. i recently bought the body shop one, as its one of the only ones availbale here, and its cheaper. so far i like it :) xx

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  86. I'm from India and its really hard to get some of the brands mentioned here in India, I've recently been using the Body Shop one and it does well taking off makeup but thats about it. I wanted to know about the Clinique Take the day off as its an easier brand to get a hold of. Thanks Fleur! Great post! :)

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  87. I am desperate to try these cleansing balms, but I have been reluctant due to the pretty big price tag they hold.
    Are they good for blemish prone skin?

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  88. Hi Fleur, just a quick question. Where, in your routine, do you put the cleansing balm? Post-makeup remover, pre-toner? Does it work as a makeup remover or as a cleanser? Because in my routine I do both: makeup remover, eye makeup remover, then cleanser, then toner. Thank you!

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  89. I love Clinique take the day off cleansing balm x x

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  90. I was thinking of giving the body shop cleansing balm a try, saw so many bad reviews though so went for the Clinique that the day off balm and it's amazing!

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  91. I did a detailed review of the EH balm on my blog yesterday, it sounds like I bought the right one from this! xxx
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  92. I was looking forward to this post ever since you mentioned it on YouTube, great read!

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)
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  93. I've never tried a cleansing balm as they all seem a little out of my student budget! Perhaps I'll treat myself as a graduation present in the summer!

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  94. Great post! I've never tried cleansing balms before.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

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  95. loved the post, been wanting to try out some cleansing balms but never know if they're worth the money

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  96. Thank you for this comparison. I'm going to try the Monu Cleansing Balm and my Emma Hardie is already on the way. I also plan on trying Clinique's Take The Day Off. Have you ever tried Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream? I personally love Eve Lom, despite the mineral oil. I only use it a couple of nights a week though. I have long preferred creamy type cleansers. Soaps and foaming cleaners have always dried my skin out.

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  97. Great post, Fleur! I've only tried The Body Shop's Camomile as I find my sensitive, eczema-prone skin reacts less to the synthetic ingredients than natural ones. It bugs me that so many are floral as I'm allergic to most floral extracts, Camomile aside! x

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  98. I really want to try a balm, there's so many I've read about now!

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  99. Have you tried the Clinique Take The Day Off balm? I'm using it at the moment and really enjoying it, feels like it hydrates my skin a little more. I've not tried any of the above, but desperately been wanting to try the Emma H cleanser!

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  100. i tried the emma hardie and i really love it! i don't think that i will purchase it right after i used up my current one but one time when i want to treat myself with something ;) i really love my clarins pure melt cleansing gel...it's not overly expensive and lasts a long time..for removing my make up i use the mac cleans off oil before. :)
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  101. I use a gel cleanser by Vichy Normaderm and really like it :) however, once I start making a bit more money, I feel like trying the EH cleansing balm since every skin freak seems to like it :) plus, I really trust your opinion over anyone else's, Fleur!

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  102. Such a great post, Fleur! I just started getting into cleansing balms with the Clinique Take the Day Off balm and this overview and comparison is so helpful because you're right, it's so easy to get lost in that field, there are just so many products and you're easily swept away.
    I think I'm going to try the Emma Hardie and the Monu one as well, they sound really lovely!
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  103. Your posts are always so honest and informative! Thank you... really enjoyed this! Emma Hardie it is :)
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  104. Loved this review! <3 So tempted to go out any buy the Emma Hardie Amazing Face one now :)

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  105. great review, think i will have to throw in the towel and get the Emma Hardie one!

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  106. The first time I used the RMK cleansing balm was a bit like a life changing event for me. I love it to bits but I'm quite keen to try the Emma Hardie cleanser after reading so many positive reviews, though!

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  107. I have really started to love Monu recently! I must try this cleanser.
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  108. Such a helpful post Fleur! I love the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but it is nice to see what else is out there xx

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  109. I just want to say thank you Fleur for giving us such a helpful review, I have felt so lost in the cleansing balm world. I follow blog after blog that talk about trying cleansing balms and how great they are, but they don't include a list like yours that give a review of everything. I think you did a great job giving an honest review about each product and gave us options that were in different price ranges. So thank you for clearing up the whole cleansing balm idea! I would love to see more reviews on cleansing balms and skincare in general

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  110. I love cleansing balms, my favorite is the Oskia Perfect Cleanser -pure perfection! I also really like the Elemental Herbology

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  111. I've got the body shop one and I think its a good start in the long journey of cleansing balms.

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  112. My first cleansing balm was the Emma Hardie one. I loved using it. It feels great on the skin and removes makeup perfectly ...... But it broke me out so bad! I have never broken out from a product before (I am 39). It is such a lovely product and I hate that I can't use it. After some time I tried the one from the Body Shop. It didn't break me out just as bad but me skin did not agree with it. I have heard so many great reviews on cleansing balms - especially the Emma Hardie cleanser and was completely unprepared for it to break me out. Has that happened to anyone else?

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  113. Really useful post, thanks! I've only tried the Ren one so far, it's alright but it leaves my skin feeling a little oily and massively stings my eyes! My sister LOVES the emma hardie one but I just haven't been able to bring myself to buy it while I have others to use up..you may have just convinced me that it's necessary ;)

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  114. this post frustrates me SO MUCH. the EH cleansing balm is FULL of irritating scents and the price is RIDICULOUS for what you get.
    i can't take these blogger-hypes any more... seems like very few of you know anything about skincare AT ALL, all you do is repeat after one another and wanna-be-gurus like caroline hirons. gaaahhhh.

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  115. Ive realised a whole lot from reading through this post and I hope that I can catch up on other these kinds of posts soon.
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  116. I've seen lots of people posting this comment as well... but to reemphasise that: I would really recommend to try the clinique take the day off cleansing balm. It's amazing, I wear contacts and I have less problems with this one than with any normal make up remover and it really made a difference for my skin... just love it!

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  117. I've been really interested in trying some cleansing balms - now I know where to start!

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  118. I am really interested in trying a cleansing balm, I normally use gels. One of my new year's resolutions is to take better care of my skin so that would be a good start!

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  119. really want to try some of these now!


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  120. This I MUST try, I have to be honest I swear by BIODERMA and what that has done to my skin, I'm now used to not having to splatter water all over as u do with the usual cleansers, this sounds like a nice addition, how is it different to bioderma If you have tried that?

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  121. Great post Fleur, this is very much my kind of review xx

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  122. Want to try Eve Lom one! This brand never disappoints me. Thanks or sharing.

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  123. Amazing post love all these balms and really want to try most I have tried the body shop camomile and love this very soothing I also love the make-up remover from this range! Very pricey but its amazing best one I have used yet and great on the eyes :) xx

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  124. I have tried the Ren and Emma Hardie versions. I much preferred the Emma Hardie version because I could use it to take off my eye makeup without irritating my eyes.

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  125. I haven't tried any cleansing balms, but this was a very informative post. I might give them a try!

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  126. Great post! I'm really happy with my Emma Hardie cleasning balm and really regret that I splurged out on the Eve Loom one only to discover afterwards it was full of mineral oil.

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  127. I am so tempted to try out Emma Hardie's cleansing balm!

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  128. Loved the post. You should check out the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - great for those with a sensitive nose in that it doesn't have a scent.

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  129. I've never tried a cleansing balm but I have just ordered the Emma Hardie one so I hope it's as good as you say!

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  130. Never tried them, but definitely want to :D

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  131. I have heard a lot of hype about this type of product all over the interwebs, but mainly about the Clinique Take The Day Off one. Based on your glowing reviews--which are really informative by the way, I might have to pick one up to try.

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  132. This review has been so helpful.. I have my Emma Hardie Cleansin Balm on order!

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  133. I've never tried a cleansing balm before, but now I want to! Very informative post! Thanks for sharing :)

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  134. I love using cleansing balms ..... Such a wonderful post dear
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  135. I absolutely LOVE the Balance Me balm,I really want to try the Emma Hardy one, bring on the student loan!
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  136. Have you tried clinique take the day off balm? Where would you put it in the battle of the cleansing balms? x

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  137. I've been thinking of trying out a new cleanser as mines running low and my skin keeps having random break outs.. This has convinced me to invest in a balm next time and i might try one of the 100% natural ones you've mentioned to prevent breakouts! Great post thanks!

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  138. I've never used a cleansing balm, but you kinda convinced me that I should..
    Great post!

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  139. I found this post very helpful. I've been wanting to try Emma Hardie cleansing balm but I don't want to use flannel or muslin cloth as it's too harsh for asian skin. But I found there are many cleansing balms from different brand by reading your post and I'm not interested in the REN one too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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  140. I have never tried any of these, but my one staple make-up remover is Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Oil, it is my holy grail! I love it so much, is great for my oily, acne prone skin and not too expensive. Has anyone else tried it?

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  141. Emma Hardie is my favourite too. I like Clinique take the day off balm but it doesn't feel or smell as lovely as the EH, it's great to have as part of your rotation though.

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  142. What about the Liz earle? Didn't you used to use that one? :) thank you!!

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  143. Such a helpful post Fleur! I want to try this Emma Hardie stuff now! And tht elemis one sounds interesting, too!

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  144. Fleur have you heard of the Clinique take the day off makeup removing balm? its the only one ive ever tried and im curious to see how it measures up to other more popular and proper cleansing balms. it does a great job of breaking down makeup and leaving skin moisurized, but it's not quite as amazing at taking off waterproof mascara (which is what i tend to wear everyday to keep my straight lashes curled.)

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  145. Actually the RMK cleansing balm is the most expensive - compared to the rest - as this is only 50g, while most of the others are over 100g. The Eve Lom balm is for 100g and at £55, so for 50g in this it would be around £27.

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  146. Please check out my new blog post, a body shop haul and mini review it features the body shop cleansing butter :) Thanks! http://rosannakatie.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/bodyshop-haul-and-mini-review.html

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