Friday, 24 January 2014

Oh Yes, I Jumped... Cleansing Balms

This post is the start of a new series that I'm beginning here on Land of Beauty. It's going to be posts about products that I have jumped on the bandwagon of (hence, 'I jumped'). I thought to start this series off, I would begin with hot cloth cleansers/cleansing balms, and bring you my review of the Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Cleansing Balms/Hot Cloth Cleansers are oil based cleansers that melt when massaged into the skin. They are then removed with a hot muslin cloth or flannel. They don't dry out the skin, like gel cleansers can, and contain much more beneficial skincare ingredients. They are great at removing makeup aswell!

I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about the Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser, but after giving it a try for about 4 weeks now, and I have really been loving it! My skin is combination and dehydrated, so it doesn't take much to dry it out, but this doesn't at all. It leaves it feeling hydrated and not stripped. I have seen some people say that they find this leaves an oily residue, but I don't find this at all. I will use this morning and night and then follow up with toner and moisturiser, and my skin feels and looks hydrated all day. I take a small mount of this, massage it into my skin and remove with either the muslin cloth that comes with the cleanser, or a clean flannel.

As for ingredients, it is 97% organic, which I love even more; not full of all those nasty chemicals. It has a slight herbal scent to it, which I'm not overly keen on, but I put up with it. When I first used this, the balm was hard to scoop out, but once you get past that top layer, it softens up, especially if you hold the tub in your hands for a couple of minutes. Although you can use this to remove all your makeup, I tend to use a micellar water first to get the majority off, and then follow up with this. It removes the last traces of makeup on my face. I even use this on my eyes, and it doesn't sting.

This cleanser is £8.99 from Boots, but this range always has some sort of offer on, so watch out for them. I feel that this is a great beginners cleansing balm, and a lot cheaper alternative to the highly raved-about Emma Hardie one.

Have you tried any hot cloth cleansers or cleansing balms?