I’m a huge fan of balm cleansers. My skin is pretty dry, yet I get really bad breakouts to the sides of my chin thanks to hormones. Not just any old spots – huge, painful swellings that hang around for ages and are near-impossible to cover. But anyone would think I have ‘good skin’ these days and it’s all thanks to cleansing balms!
I find that oil and balm cleansers are best for me because they are so effective at removing makeup and giving my skin a really deep-down cleanse, but they don’t dry my skin out like traditional spot-fighting cleansers would (you know, the oil-stripping, foaming kind *shudder*). And their texture means I can really massage my skin while working in the cleanser, which also does wonders for my complexion.
Balance Me’s cleansing balm claims to “soothe, smooth and add radiance to skin, without irritating” with some delightful-sounding ingredients such as kukui nut and rosehip seed oils, cocoa, mango, and shea butters, arctic cloudberry, camellia, English chamomile and red mandarin, to name a few. Wowee.
The balm comes in a tube, rather than the usual jar/pot/tub. Most people seem to be keen on this, but I actually prefer a jar. The consistency of the balm is a lot runnier than I’m used to – I’m not sure whether it’s packaged in a tube because it’s so runny or if they made it so runny in order to package it in a tube. What I do know is that the runniness (is that a word?) meant that my tube leaked a little.
The balm does smell lovely, with a refreshing citrus scent, but not too overpowering. The texture is very grainy thanks to the fine oat powder, which I’m not keen on, personally. I really don’t want or need my cleansing balm to be exfoliating, but this is all down to personal preference.
As with all my cleansers, I like to massage the product in for a little while, then gently wipe it off using a damp soft, fluffy flannel (I think they call them wash cloths outside the UK, but they’re basically a mini towel). Flannels are great because they’re so much thicker than a muslin cloth, which means they hold the heat from the water much longer, and they’re kinder on my skin, but still give it a very gentle exfoliation.
The ingredients here are pretty great and the formula is 100% natural. It’s recommended for sensitive skin, but does contain essential oils.
All in all, I’d say this was a very good balm cleanser and, considering the size, pretty good value compared to others. And the couple of things about it that aren’t so great for me may actually work in its favour for other people.
What’s in it?
Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)³, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter³, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil³, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Red) Peel Oil¹, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil¹, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petitgrain/Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil¹, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil¹, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil¹, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil¹, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene², Linalool², Citral², Geraniol²
¹ natural pure essential oil
² naturally occurring in essential oils
³ certified organic ingredient