Cleansing Balms seemed to take over last year when it came to our evening skincare routines. Emma Hardie, Balance Me and Aurelia are all brands that come to mind when I think of this particular method of cleansing. These brands however all come with a bit of a price tag. This is all well and good but what if you’ve never tried a cleansing balm before, do you really want to spend £20 or more on something you may not like?
I hunted around for a cheaper alternative for a while and then I whilst rooting through my cupboards in the bathroom I stumbled across a previous cleansing balm I had used a long time ago, that was the old version of the balm I will talk about today. The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm retailing at £8.99 has to be one of the cheapest options I have so far found. Having tried the old version of this quite a while back I was sad to see that the packaging had completely changed; the glass jar was replaced with white plastic which made it feel a lot less luxurious. To be honest the presentation of the product in general lost a lot of its appeal for me, I also noticed that the ingredients list increased for the new version too; sneaky. Within the ingredients list below I have highlighted the new ingredients added to the reformulated version which you see above.
I’ve being using this for a good few months now on and off and feel as though I can offer my opinion on it and whether it has worked for me. As already discussed I’m not a fan of the packaging, this is purely because I’ve had experience of using the first and simply preferred it. The smell of the new version is more muted in comparison to the original as I found that to be quite citrusy, which, if you read my blog you will know I’m a huge fan of citrus scents. It was a shame to see that it had lost some of that to be honest as that was one of my favourite things about the original version.
Those aspects aside, did the actual product when applied to my face work? Quite simply yes, however there is one small issue.
The texture of this balm is quite solid however once applied to the face it melts quite nicely onto the skin. I find that only a small amount is required as if you go a bit too overboard it can be a bit tricky to remove properly, leaving behind a slight film on your skin. I tend to use this as my initial pre cleanse to remove the bulk of my make up of which I then proceed with something a bit lighter such as a gel cleanser.
Overall I do like this and find that it works very well to remove my make up however I’m not entirely sure if it has being causing one or two break outs. Here is where my problem lies as it could be purely coincidental but I have noticed that when I use this I do suffer from more blemishes than usual as well as a few spots. I do suffer with blemishes anyway but to be honest I rarely will get spots therefore when I do get them I do start to question what I’m using at the time or if I’ve eaten too many naughty things.
One thing I do question about this product is whether my skin is being irritated by one of the new ingredients that have been added to this version. At the time when I previously used the old version with the old formula I cannot recall suffering from any form of irritation, therefore, has my skin resistance changed, or is it a new ingredient causing some disagreement?
To be honest I don’t know if I can recommend this or not. Everybody has different skin therefore what may irritate me may be perfectly fine on you, it’s all about trial and error with skincare after all in my experience.
Have you used this? What do you think? If you fancy giving it a try for yourself this can be purchased from Boots.
Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, **Parfum (Fragrance), Citral
* Ingredients certified as organic by the Soil Association for use in cosmetic products
** Ingredients certified as organic by the Ecocert Association for use in cosmetic products