Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle HERE – Discount Code: CVQFZA
Also Available on Stylevana: (UK): HERE / (USA): HERE / (Australia): HERE / (Europe): HERE / (Canada): HERE
Made in: South Korea
What is it?: A cleansing balm meant to improve one’s double cleansing routine.
Brand Description: A solid balm which turns into a silky oil cleanser on the skin and then turns into a milky texture when washing off. This has a soft + lightweight texture that removes makeup + dirt without stripping the skin of its moisture.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types
What I think: I think this is fine for all skin types – just people who are sensitive to Tea Tree Oil or Essential oils should probably avoid this balm.
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic Tub with a Cap that flips open (life saver) and a hygiene tab. This also came with a spatula. I think this is excellent, travel-friendly packaging.
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Directions: ”Take a small amount of the product with a spatula and spread balm over dry skin (3-4 Spoons). Massage balm in circular motions with dry hands to cleanse and emulsify stubborn makeup, starting with the forehead, cheeks + chin. Use the fingers to draw in circles and to spread the balm out. Rub into the eyes and lips to remove makeup with the fingers delicately. Add water to turn the oil into a milk-like fluid in order to remove the rest of the makeup/dirt from the skin. Then, wash well with lukewarm water then pat dry or follow with a water-based cleanser.” (From Heimish).
How I use it: I use this in the PM to remove my SPF. But if I’m wearing makeup, I use this as both my first and second cleanse (because this is easy to wash off and doesn’t dry out my skin too much). I find that 2-3 scoops is adequate for a 1st massage. But of course I need another scoop at least to rub off waterproof mascara + eyeliner.
Key Ingredients: Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Can be irritating/sensitising but can also be Anti-Acne + Soothing + Antioxidant at the same time if your skin isn’t sensitive to it). Jasmine Extract (Soothing).
Full Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-Hexanediol
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: This has a waxy texture and is quite grainy as you can see here in the smear.
Swatch: As you can see, this is a white balm that looks a tad waxy + grainy.
This isn’t as easy to rub smoothly into the skin due to the clumping + grain. But once the product starts to melt, this gets easier and easier to spread across the skin. It’s not the smoothest and most luxurious texture but it does feel better/less waxy than the I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm.
It does take a second for this to start melting into the skin etc. This doesn’t melt immediately. I think I prefer balms that melt immediately, but some people like a bit of a slower melting time so they can massage the product for longer into the skin.
Do you see how initially this is still quite grainy? It’s not the smoothest, softest texture. But it does melt (finally) into an oil which feels smooth.
This doesn’t feel as grainy once the product has been fully melted into the skin. I really smell the fragrant essential oils now. This is the stage where the makeup really starts to melt/dissolve (please see the Youtube Video below to see how this dissolves makeup).
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Easy to wash off?: Yes as this emulsifies (turns milky) when water is added – Please Check out the Youtube Video to see this effect!
Does it dry out the Skin?: No it doesn’t seem to dry out my skin with one cleanse. And even with a second cleanse just around the eyes, it doesn’t make the eyes feel tight).
Fragrance?: Yes this has essential oils added: Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Bark Oil, Grapefrut Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil. And even when spreading on the skin, this breaks out into those fragrant oils. And I can still smell those oils even after this product has been washed off.
Good at removing Makeup?: Yes I find this quite adequate! However with waterproof mascara/eyeliner, this does require another cleanse/gentle rub of the eyes.
How long have I been using this?: I used until completion (took me 1-2 months using daily with my sister).
The Effect?: Removes makeup and even eye makeup quite adequately (waterproof eyeliner + mascara needs 2 cleanses though for adequate removal).
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What I like:
- Love the packaging (Easy to use and travel with)
- Came with a spatula that I can still use as I like the shape
- Effective Makeup Remover
- Doesn’t sting the eyes
- Didn’t seem to irritate my skin
What I don’t like:
- Not the most luxurious texture (kind of grainy/waxy feeling)
- Takes a little while to fully melt into the skin (compared to other balms)
- Not a fan of the essential oils (quite strong and remains even after washing).
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – Not my favourite cleansing balm in terms of texture and feel (also not a fan of the essential oils) BUT in terms of makeup removal, it does the job and it does it well! I also think this is my favourite Cleansing Balm/Tub Packaging and I love the idea of a flip-top cap. I really like the spatula as well (please check the Youtube video to see it) as it picks up adequate product (unlike the Krave Oat Cream spatula).
Would I repurchase?: I think I prefer a softer texture of balm that is just as effective at makeup removal, so I will continue to shop around.
Dupe?: The Juno Skin Clean 10 Cleansing Balm HERE feels softer to me and/or the Wishful Clean genie Cleansing Balm HERE. However a similar, waxier texture is the Geek and Gorgeous Cleansing Balm HERE or the I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm HERE. Interestingly all these balms contain fragrance and/or essential oils.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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