L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm ($44) is a new balm-to-oil cleanser created enriched with Immortelle essential oil which is known for it’s anti-aging benefits as well as Vitamin E. Cleansing Balms is one of the greatest skincare joys! It breaks down and removes makeup easily especially hard to remove eye makeup or waterproof BB Cream and foundations. I was quite excited that L’Occitane decided to join the current cleansing balm trend and add one to their their Immortelle Skincare Collection.
L’Occitane is currently quite busy extending their skincare collection and many of their latest cleansers are turning into keepers. I recently tried their Peony Petal Cleansing Oil and was thrilled with the formula. It’s been added to my stable skincare collection and Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm is headed in the same direction.
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm arrives in a 2.3 oz jar at $44 and is a good deal more expensive and quite smaller than other cleansing oils we’ve been privy to in the past such as Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, It Cosmetics 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, and Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. But don’t let the smaller size fool you, a little goes a very long way with this balm.
I’m always disappointed in cleansers that strip my skin and make it even drier than it already is. Unfortunately, drier skin types have to be very wary of cleansers because many formulas leave our skin feeling to sizes too small. One of the many benefits of Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm is the fact the formula is enriched with essential oil and Vitamin E which leaves skin smooth and soft but never dry or tight after cleansing.
Many cleansing balms due break down as you massage them in but this formula starts our as a dense balm but melts down into a luxurious oil once applied to skin. You’ll take a small amount out of the jar and use it on dry skin, gently massage it in. As you massage the formula quickly transforms into an oil which is the part I love as I give myself a little facial massage with this before I rinse it off. At first, I was a little surprise at the texture as although, a dense balm it also has a certain odd grittiness but this disappears quickly as it breaks down leaving behind a slick, emollient oil which can be emulsified with a little water and completely removed from skin after rinsing it off completely. It does not leave behind a greasy or shiny film and completely rinses away. It breaks down makeup beautifully, leaving absolutely nothing behind (I typically test with micellar water after to see how my cleanser is “working” and I had not a spot of makeup or dirt on my cotton pad after using this!).
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm is a keeper! I’m delighted with some of L’Occitane’s latest Fall skincare launches and this is one. I’d most definitely re-purchase this.
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm is available now at usa.loccitane.com.