May 23, 2016

10 Cleansing Balms To Try Right Now

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I feel like Cleansing Balms are the new Cleansing Oil. I’m seeing new ones pop up daily and I just want to try them all! Even budget beauty recently hopped on board with cleansing balms and new, affordable ones like E.L.F.Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser and Yes to Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser.

Here 5 cleansing balms to try out now!

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm for Baby Soft Skin $60
Charlotte’s formula is an interesting one as it acts as not only a cleansing balm but also a nightly mask that you can massage on and sleep with to sooth, soften, and hydrate skin.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter $16
Yes, it’s true! The Body Shop does indeed have a cleansing balm! Massage it in and it’ll break down make! Add a little water and it’ll emulsify and rinse clean while washing away dirt, oil, and makeup!

Eve Lom Cleanser $80
I feel like Eve Lom’s is the very first cleansing balm I ever tried. It’s pricey but I really love it! I never feel the need to double cleanse when I’m using it as it seriously gets every little trace of makeup off my face plus it includes a soft muslin cloth to use with it.

Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil $39
Erborian’s formula is created with seven Korean herbs to gently remove your makeup and hydrate it well after rinsing!

Ren Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm $48
Ren’s rose infused balm sweeps away dirt, oil, makeup, and even waterproof mascara while leaving skin calm, glowing, and soft.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter $55
Want something a little upscale? Peter Thomas Roth’s formula is apparently infused with 24K Gold that not only cleanses with a mix of chamomile butter and honey but also delivers an opulent glow to your skin!

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm $50
Remove all your makeup even stubborn eye makeup with this cleansing balm to milk formula that contains a blend of essential oils and cocoa butter to keep skin soft and nourished.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm $45
Yup! Estee Lauder has a cleansing balm! EL joins the cleansing balm world with a formula that whisks away makeup while it conditions skin for a healthy, hydrated finish.

Secret Key Perfect Zero Melting Cleanser $14.99
Korean brand, Secret Key, recently launched this new vegetable oil based cleanser that contains papaya and grapefruit extracts to gently remove makeup and leave skin soft and moist.

Banila Co Clean It Zero $16
Banila Co’s Clean It Zero is a cult favorite in Korea thanks to its squishy balm consistency that massages on and emulsifies easily with a bit of water to whisk away all your makeup easily without drying out skin!

Have you tried cleansing balms?

Which are your favorites?

Do share ’em!

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  • Courtney

    I love the Clinique one. Bobbi Brown has an “extra balm rinse” that I adore ! Pricy, but the tub is huge! Cannot get enough of cleansing balms. I’ve heard great things about the Colleen Rothschild one too but have never tried it. These balms are a total staple for me and I can’t live without them.

  • wingadings

    Just about done with my sample of the Sunday Riley one from Sephora. I’m in love. It’s not strong smelling, has this cool milky blue hue and it’s full of oils and good for you ingredients. It’s a little pricey for me even though the tub is large and you only need a small amount. But my b-day is in June. I’ve been linking ideas for b day presents to my SO .

  • Cheryl

    I like the It Cosmetics version. It removes everything and rinses clean, without that “filmy feeling.”

    • Carrie

      I love the IT cleanser as well. It has many ingredients good for the skin, fits about in the middle in price around 25.00…smells slightly of orange sherbert and cleans everything off your face. I have oily skin and this one does not bother my skin at all. Your face feels like you have cleansed and hydrated at the same time. For someone with dry skin the will love how your skin does not have that dried out feeling.

  • Lori

    I like the one from IT Cosmetics and Josie Maran has a good one, too!

  • Tabitha

    I am a die hard Charlotte Tilbury fan, I have just about all of her creams and potions and magical goodness. One thing about using that cleansing balm as a mask, it does not smell very good when you wake up in the morning. It has this sort of “used” smell. But, yes, it’s totally sent from heaven just for our cute little faces-except for that darn smell when you wake up. Anyone else notice this or do I have funky skin? But hey, I’ll take the smell because I am a rashy girl and zero of CT’s products make me break out.

  • Bonnie

    I got the It Cosmetics one in a QVC pack and like it. Several of these are way too expensive, but good old Albolene is still a good go-to.

  • Dora

    I’ve only purchased the Clinique one and liked it, but find that cleansing oils are just so much easier. Nice to be able to just pump out what you need (rather than scooping it, and worrying about getting it dirty, etc.). Plus, the Clinique jar was too wide to fit in my medicine cabinet! That said, I do like the luxurious feel of a balm. Oh, and I tried samples of the Eve Lom cleanser but did NOT care for the smell. Did it go bad, maybe? I am finally getting through a backlog of cleansing oils — I MIGHT try the Body Shop one next but don’t feel like it’s a product I need to splurge on.

    • Isabella Muse

      Mmm minty? That would be the right smell if so! It’s a strong scent but smells lovely to my nose but yeah, can see it being irritating!

  • MariaS

    Has anybody tried god old Jergens from the drugstore. It’s good for very dry skin. It can be a bit “perfumy” but so are all the other ones.
    MANY years ago, A cream cleaner was made called “Happy Face”. Yes it did have a happy face on the jar but in the inside was a soft milky cleansing cream that even I, with oily skin, could use. I like the future and improvements, but some things in the past should not be changed or let go.
    Thank you for all the news today. You were really going. Appreciate you!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Maria <3! xoxox! I can't say I've tried the Jergens one or the Happy Face one! Sounds interesting!

  • Varya

    Emma Hardie and Banila Co.Clean It Zero Purity version(the one with the blue cap) are two I adore and have repurchased. Honestly, I should stop with just these and be always faithful. (maybe sneak in the Erborian for a bit of strange) But you are so right that everyone seems to be releasing these lately and I am ever curious. On my current wanna try list are the Boots Organic Hot Cloth & May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud.

    • Isabella Muse

      Spoken like a true skincare junkie Varja πŸ™‚ I have a few I love too but I can’t wait to try some of the newer ones like Estee Lauder that’s popping up πŸ˜€

  • Kelly Zollo

    I love the Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter! I normally use Micellar Water to take off my make up and then go in and wash/moisturize at night. This is my go too face cleanser at night makeup or not. I am going to try it as a mask as well just to see what it will do. It is also travel friendly so that is a plus. Takes off makeup great if I don’t feel like using Micellar water. I find it is hydrating, doesn’t dry out my skin at all and calms my dry crazy sensitive skin too. I still moisturize after with their seaweed line but I think it is a great value for the money and works amazing.

  • Cora

    I’ve been using my trusted Ponds Cold Cream all throughout the “cleansing oil” trend, because Ponds just does it for me. But these new cleansing balms… C’mon, it’s just cold cream. I can’t help but get annoyed by the term at this point. What do you take us for, fools!? πŸ˜‰

  • genevieve

    I have never tried or even seen a cleansing balm, but I think it would be great to use on more mature skin. I just wouldn’t want it to be filled with chemicals and perfume. Is it really just like Pond’s cold cream?

    • Isabella Muse

      Not at all like Pond’s Cold Cream πŸ™‚ It’s a balm with a balm-y texture that emulsifies when water is applied so it turns into a milky oily once water is applied πŸ˜€

  • Krista

    I love the Boots botanicals hot cloth cleansing balm. Breaks down my eye makeup without any scrubbing. Instead of always using the hot cloth, though, I usually use a makeup remover wipe to wipe it off.

  • Emily

    I’ve not tried any of these cleansing balms, but I did order The Body Shop one a few days ago which I’m looking forward to trying!