The Cleanser I Didn't Want To Like

DSC_0615Now I’ll be honest, I really didn’t want to like this beautiful gold pot of cleansing goodness. I really didn’t. I can’t afford to like it this much, at £36.00 for 100ml, available here. But truthfully, its wonderful.

The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is a rich blend of vitamin E, jasmine, rose and mandarin. And when I say rich, I mean rich.

This silky, smooth, almost butter-like balm glides across the skin, melting a pea-sized amount into a generous helping of warm, fragrant oil. It manages to be so luxurious without feeling heavy or sticky and has never made my skin oily after use, probably as it doesn’t leave a residue after washing off with a warm flannel.

Emma Hardie Balm OpenThis beauty isn’t the first cleansing balm I’ve tried. After trying and failing at using cleansing milks (lets not even talk about the Garnier Clean & Soft Complete Cleansing Milk) I moved onto balms about a year ago, and I can honestly say I will never look back.

I was a big fan of the Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm a little while ago. It removed my makeup easily and whilst not being as rich as the Emma Hardie, is an excellent choice if you haven’t tried a balm like these before. I used the Clinique balm in the summer and never found it too heavy for my normal to combination skin.

I must say, one balm I have tried that I wasn’t much of a fan of was the REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. It was actually a complete disappointment, as I’d saved all my student pennies to give it a whirl. It failed to give my skin any glow, something the Emma Hardie balm does instantly, and it stung my eyes like mad.

None of that to be seen here, the Emma Hardie balm effortlessly removes my makeup, including my waterproof mascara, whilst giving my skin an extra shot of moisture in the evenings. That would be one thing to note, I am only using this balm in the evenings, mostly because I want to extend its use as long as I can and partly because I am of the belief that my skin benefits more from using richer products whilst I sleep.

One habit I may need to change if I’m going to put off a repurchase a little longer is the Saturday morning facial massages I’ve been using this product for. To a dry face I take a small amount on my fingertips and gently rub the balm in circular motions for about ten minutes, basically giving me a longer cleanse than usual. I find the ritual relaxing and the glow it leaves me with is a nice way to start my weekend.

I was lucky enough to purchase mine in a gift set from the feelunique sale including a luxury sample of the Amazing Face Age Support Cream and makeup bag, for a bit of a discount (this set is still available at Debenhams). I find the Support Cream nice, again very rich, something I will use in the evenings, but nothing special. I would recommend picking up this little set though if you want to try the cleansing balm as its better than shelling out for a larger pot.

So have you tried the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm? I’d love you know what you think. And are there any cleansing balms I am missing out on? Let me know in the comments.