I’ve decided to introduce cleansing balms into my daily routine as an alternative to the milk cleansers and micellar waters I normally use. As I’ve never used them before, I’ve done a bit of research – Emma Hardie and Eve Lom cleansing balms stood out as the ones that everyone loved. Since there is quite a big difference in price – Eve Lom costs £55/100ml while Emma Hardie is £38 (it comes with a face cloth), plus the Emma Hardie one is based on natural ingredients – I’ve decided to try the latter.
Emma Hardie is advertised as more than a cleanser. It has moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E which helps minimise the appearance of pores, and orange, neroli and mandarin oils to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. Jasmine, cedarwood and rose have the benefit of reconditioning dehydrated, mature and troubled skin. The balm can be even used as a soothing mask if left on for ten minutes, or rescue balm for dry elbows, knees or lips.
First thing I’ve noticed about it is the scent, and I have to admit that since I’ve started using this product two months ago I got hooked on. It’s very relaxing and it got me into the habit of taking the time for my cleansing routine in the evening which I’ve never done before (taking the makeup off is not my favourite thing).
The balm has a very nice texture, it’s light and effortless to use. Although it should be mixed with water before it’s applied, I find it works better for me when I just warm it up between my palms and massage it directly into the skin. I take a minute or two massaging it all over the face, enjoying the scent and the texture while the balm dissolves the makeup. I don’t use waterproof mascaras so I can’t say anything about how it behaves with those, but long lasting eyeliners and cream eyeshadows dissolve in seconds. I rinse it with warm water, or if I want a bit of exfoliation with a face cloth. I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of performance when used with or without a face cloth, in both ways it removes all the makeup with ease and in one go. What I also love about it is that it can be used on the eyes without experiencing any irritation. The aftermath of this little routine is a skin that feels clean and soft and there’s no residue left. My skin can be dry and dehydrated and most cleansers leave it feeling tight, but after Moringa balm it just feels comfortable.
Ingredients: VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PEG-8 BEESWAX, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, PEG-60 ALMOND GLYCERIDES, SORBITAN STEARATE, PALMITIC/STEARIC TRIGLYCERIDES, LIMONENE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, SILICA, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA OIL, AQUA (WATER), LECITHIN, LINALOOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECYL PCA, MENTHYL PCA, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CRITHMUM MARITIMUM EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) FLOWER OIL, GERANIOL, MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED EXTRACT, FARNESOL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, CITRAL, CITRIC ACID, CITRONELLOL.
The only downside is the price. However, as I only need a pea size amount of product for my face and eyes it actually is a worthwhile purchase. I don’t see myself going through the pack very quickly. Also, it would be nice if it came with a little spatula, the one pictured above was not included in the pack.
Since I have started using Moringa balm I had a chance to try a few samples of Eve Lom balm and compare the two. They are similar in texture, but I find the performance of Moringa balm better. It cleanses more thoroughly, it’s easier to use (Eve Lom needs to be used with a muslin cloth), it smells better, the ingredients are better.
Moringa cleansing balm has now found a permanent spot on my bathroom shelf. It definitely deserves all the hype it gets around beauty blogosphere.