I was fully converted into the whole cleansing balm trend about a year and half ago. Ever since then, I never looked back to the traditional cleansers with a few exceptions – namely Pai Skincare Cleansing Cream and Frist Aid Beauty Cleanser, which is another post all by itself. I have now tried quite a few brands of cleansing balms, and thought would do a comparison and share with you what are my thoughts.
Currently, there are 3 cleansing balms/gels in my rotation stash: the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, all of which have earned cult followers.
Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm was the first one that completely converted me and got me so hooked on it that I started looking forward to washing my face every morning and night. It has a buttery texture that goes onto the skin silky smooth, takes away all the grinds and dirts that have built up throughout the day without feeling even a tiny bit of drying or stripping, leaving my face feeling softer, bouncer, and well hydrated. It’s a cleansing product that actually gives you a spa like experience – the texture, the scent, the result, I really cannot say anything bad about it. It’s not a drugstore product by any means, but I do think it’s reasonably priced: 100ml priced at £38.00, comes with cleansing cloth and typically lasts 6 months for me with everyday use. I have gone through a whole bottle of it, and will always go back to it.
I didn’t know I would fallen in love with another cleanser after Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm until I give Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel a proper go. I didn’t quite get all the hypes around this cleanser at the beginning to be honest, as it felt very emollient on the skin and I wasn’t sure if it really does a good job at cleaning. But after a few days of use, it goes straight to become my No.1 cleanser, I mean, No. 1! I like it even more than the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm (just slightly), which was unthinkable and out of my imagination if you ask me. I still think Emma Hardie does a better job at cleaning the face, but Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is amazing at keeping the skin moisturized and more importantly, gives you a radiance, a glow-from-within kind of radiance. It delivers everything it says on the package – melting into the skin, illuminating and nourishing, just perfection! Oh by the way, I’m also obsessed with its scent, which is very subtle,fresh and calming, even though I cannot quite describe what it is – it’s not citrusy, not floral, but like a perfect blend of garden in the Spring in a much turned down version. Probably doesn’t make any sense anymore, but this is without doubt, my current holy grail cleanser. It’s priced at £28.00 for 100ml, the cheapest among the three, but the best in my opinion.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm is the most expensive one out of the three (actually, it’s also the most expensive cleanser I have ever bought) – £48.00 for 50ml, but unfortunately, it’s also my least favorite. I had very high hope of this one, especially after having really good experience with pretty much all the other Omorovicza products I have tried – the Rejuvenating Night Cream is still my HG night cream (full review here), and the refining facial polisher is lovely (full review here). This is a quite unique cleansing balm in the way that it leaves an oily residue on your face, and you cannot wash it off with just water, you HAVE to use a facial cloth to remove it, which is a pain for a lazy girl like me. The black balm is made with Hungarian Moor Mud and thermal water, supposes to draw out skin impurities, and the oily residue is said to continue nourishing the skin even after facial wash. Brilliant idea and excellent concept, but I just don’t see any spectacular results on my face. Though this cleanser has some cult followers who swear by its magic, I don’t think it’s worth it for me at this price point.
Have you tried any cleansing balm? If so, which is your favorite?