September 26, 2019

Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm Review

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5 stars out of 5

Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is a new limited edition version of my favorite, holy grail cleansing balm, the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. Late this Summer, Farmacy released a few cherry skincare products this balm is one and Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry is another (haven’t tried that one yet but it’s on my list!).

I was just recently ranting and raving the launch of Huda Beauty Makeup Remover Balm which is fabulous but also, limited edition. It’s such a shame because the formula is amazing.

Granted, Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm is available and part of the brand’s permanent collection but I actually really, really like the Very Cherry Clean scent and would love to see it be added to the permanent collection. It’s kind of sad this is only around for a limited time. I don’t always see the point of launching a skincare product for a limited time.

Oh well!

On with the review…!

Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is $34 just like the original but guess what? You’ll be getting a little more. The original is 3.2 oz in size. It’s not a huge size difference but hey, I’ll take more of these lovely stuff. The balm arrive in a chubby jar and has a spatula that you can use to easily scoop out some of the balm as needed. This is always handy as I dislike touching my products with bare hands.

There are differences between the two formulas. Not huge ones but the ingredients do differ slightly. This version contains Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract but does not contain the Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract. This version also contains Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, and Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract. The original formula contains Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil. So, some of the oils in the formula are different. The color of the balm is also different. It’s a pale translucent pink. And of course, that lovely hard green candy fragrance is gone and replaced with an cherry almond scent. It reminds me of the original Jergens moisturizer scent so not so much a true fruity cherry fragrance but more of a cherry almond one!

Ingredients may have changed every so slightly but the texture remains the same as does the cleansing benefits and method. As with most cleansing balm formulas you’ll use this as dry skin, massage it all over your face (yes, with your makeup on), and add a little water to emulsify and break the formula down, after that you can rinse it clean away! It has a soft sorbet-like texture that quickly goes from balm to oil as soon as it hits your skin. It breaks down and melts right into skin very, very quickly! It’s like getting the best of both the cleansing balm and cleansing oil world in one package! The formula rinses clean away without leaving a residue or any tackiness or stickiness.

It removes makeup very, very easily and didn’t leave my skin tight or dry after use!

All in all, Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is just as good as the original version with the added novelty of a pretty almond cherry fragrance!

If you’re looking for a great and solid performing cleansing balm this is one to check out.

Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is available now.

Where to buy

Sephora Farmacy

Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is 3.4 oz, $34, and comes with its own spatula. This formula is available for a limited edition and has a cherry almond fragrance that reminded me of Jergens Moisturizer. The ingredients do differ every so slightly compared to the original version but the texture and the performance was the same (I reference some of the differences in ingredients in the full review above). The cleansing balm has a soft, sorbet-like texture that goes from a balm to an oil upon contact with skin. It’s meant to be used on dry skin and emulsified using water. It does an excellent job easily removing makeup and rinses clean away without leaving a residue behind nor leaving skin dry or tight!

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, Peg-10 Isostearate, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycerin, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Bark Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid


    • Beautiful texture that transforms from balm to oil!
    • Doesn’t dry skin out.
    • Smells pretty.
    • Easily removes makeup!
    • Rinses clean away.


      • Limited edition formula and fragrance.


Farmacy Very Cherry Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is a perfect pick up for anyone that enjoyed the original.

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‘.

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  • kimkats

    Totes agree about limited edition skin care! Makeup I can see – people will jump on the bandwagon (or at least they used to; there’s so many limited releases now, I think people are burned out on them) and makeup lasts a long time, and by the time X product is used up, people are ready to move on to something else. Skin care is a whole different issue. If it works, most people want to stay with it, so why produce something that won’t be around a long time that will require teh consumer to start the search for another great product?

    Muse, these skin care companies that are doing this need US on their research team!! We’d tell ’em what’s what! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! we sure would girl we sure would ;-D I’m just glad the entire product isn’t LE just this scented version!

  • Linda Whitener

    I’m with you, Muse…what is the point of launching a skincare product for a limited time? They don’t call it a skincare “routine” for nothing. While many of us are forever experimenting with different color cosmetics, skincare is a different story: we find products that work for us and use them daily – changing up only when something that might be better appears on the radar. (I’ve even seen articles in which dermatologists say that too much experimentation with skincare products is detrimental to skin.) The limited edition concept is pretty odd in that context.

    • Isabella Muse

      i don’t get it. I mean at least the green version is permanent! But I wouldn’t mind seeing the cherry stick around 🙁

  • kjh

    Polyethylene? Lots of controversy about this one. ‘The most popular plastic in the world.’ Not sure that s.t. with plastic (beads, or what?) should get the label ‘Clean at Sephora.’ They do have criteria for ‘clean.’ But I guess that does not include plastic. Environmentally friendly plastic. Yeah, right. One more check in the bad column for Sephora, IMO. I think it’s a pretty inert ingredient and ought not harm your face, but aren’t there better ingredients? Polyethylene is high on the list, too.

    • Isabella Muse

      Not really sure why Polyethylene is in this considering it is completely non-abrasive. No beads, no exfoliation, it might serve to thicken the formula!

      • kjh

        Well, it’s still plastic, and plastic is NOT natural. Or green. Or clean, no matter what they say. I’m not saying it isn’t a great product; it’s just another example of hyperbolic marketing, where Sephora wears the crown. Btw, Miralax is polyethylene glycol, so maybe the inclusion of polyethylene is totally harmless. But it IS plastic.