February 19, 2018

Yes to Coconut Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Yes to Coconut Cleansing Balm is a new coconut oil infused cleansing balm created for dry skin to remove makeup, dirt, and oil while leaving skin hydrated and smooth. Yes to Coconut Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is actually one of two new cleansing balms that the brand released but prior to that they have done a balm-like cleanser that I didn’t really loved called Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser. I know many people really loved that formula but I wasn’t terribly into it.

I did have some reservations about the cleansing balm as well prior to purchasing it as I was concerned it wouldn’t be eye safe (as many Yes To products come with a warning to not use them near eyes) and also, I was worried about the formula which I was concerned wouldn’t break down and emulsify. Cleansing balms were created to start out life as a balm but breakdown into an oil as you massaged them on and completely emulsify and turn milky once water was applied while rinsing clean away. Sadly, there have been formulas I’ve tried that didn’t quite do this like Nooni Snowflake Cleanser Makeup Remover Cleansing Balm, NYX Cleansing Balm, and Equate Wipe the Day Away Cleansing Balm just to name a few. I came to this conclusion simply because Yes To includes a sponge to remove the balm. Why would we need a sponge of the formula emulsifies? Would it be formulated more along the lines of products like Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm or Lush Ultrabland where you have to apply it and wipe it off with a wet sponge or cloth? This isn’t a bad thing by any means but I do find emulsifying balms are easier to use.

Another concern I had was coconut oil which I seem to be allergic to in certain formulas. There have been times I used coconut oil skincare without an issue and other times it’s made me itchy beyond belief. So, this was also a major concern of mine.

Let’s see how things went down.

Yes to Coconut Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is $10.99 and arrives in a 4 oz jar with a sponge for removal. The sponge is not attached to the actual jar which it appears to look like it promo images but no worries it isn’t. If it was that would make for a rather awkward cleansing experience as the jar is fairly heavy.

This is your basic run of the mill cleansing balm texture much like you’ve see from many popular ones like Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm or Banila Co Clean It Zero. It’s a softly textured balm that applies easily on my face but doesn’t completely break down into an oil but does however, thin out considerably as I massage it in. It’s actually formulated quite nicely but as I mentioned above the coconut or almond oil could be an issue for those allergic to either. Thankfully my skin has been very agreeable to the coconut oil and I haven’t broken out or had an itchy reaction after using it. It does have a pleasant coconut scent but this may or may not be something most users will enjoy.

One of my main concerns with the formula was the fact it contains cerifera and beeswax which aren’t harmful by any means but are a bit more difficult to remove. Turns out neither harmed the formula at all and it thinned out easily as I applied and broke down just as quickly once I introduced water to the mix. I wouldn’t say it emulsified it went milky as more traditional cleansing balms do but it did break down and rinses clean away. They recommend using a small amount on your dry skin and removing with the sponge but I was perfectly fine rinsing it away with just water.

There’s no warning or mention on the jar about using it near your eyes which so, I did test on my eyes as well and it didn’t burn, itch, or sting in the least however, it did leave me with slightly cloudy vision which disappears after a few minutes.

It broke down my makeup fairly easily and did remove mascara quite nicely as well (although, I do prefer removing all my makeup prior to cleansing my face with this). I wasn’t tight nor dry after using it and my face felt pleasantly smooth and soft but not terribly hydrated.

All in all, Yes to Coconut Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm was quite a nice way to remove my makeup. I was concerned about the way it was formulated but in the end I had nothing to worry about as it worked great and easily removed my makeup!

Yes to Coconut Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is launching at drugstores now or get it at target.com and amazon.com.

Tried it already?

Do share!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  • Andi

    good to know, I might grab this as an alternative to the current more expensive one I’m using.
    As for the sponge, it’s a nice touch, I’m always using a washcloth to remove it even after rinsing with water. The sponge probably wouldn’t last long though because I really have no where it would stay so it would end up in the trash

    Do you wear “waterproof” mascara? I can’t remember if you mentioned that

  • Anne

    The ingredients, texture and your description (plus the brand’s sponge inclusion) reminds me of Eve Lom’s Cleanser, which is legendary and expensive. I got a sample and liked it, but I’m not about to spend $50+ for mineral oil/lanolin. I might give this a shot instead!

    • Fong Jennifer

      Eve Lom is ridiculously expensive but in my experience (also with just the travel size) the ELis SO much more effective than the Yes to. You get what you pay for as they say.

  • Saiba

    This actually sounds quite appealing. I’m a little concerned because like you I also can be randomly allergic to coconut oil in some formulas and not in others but hopefully this will agree with me . Thanks for the detailed review.

    • Isabella Muse

      it’s weird right? I don’t understand it. Sometimes it upsets my skin terribly, other times I experience absolutely no reaction. my pleasure let me know how it goes!

  • Sheree

    No itching with this one? I may have to give it a try. If I don’t like it, Ulta can smooth it out and put it back on the shelf, LOL.

  • Fong Jennifer

    I wish my experience was as good as yours Muse. I use tepid water to wash my face (to keep from drying it out) and the balm did not emulsify, nor remove all my makeup completely. I did the cotton pad and toner test afterwards and was very disappointed. On the plus side, the soft coconut scent is divine and it was moisturizing and gentle but, for me, will be better used as the second step after my DHC oil for extra moisture during cold, dry weather.

  • Lisa

    Thanks I just wanted to make sure I used it correctly. I found it refreshing for a change of pace from the other soap cleansers and cleaners I use on my face like a break for my face but it kept saying skin.i loved the lightness of my face today as I headed off.