October 9, 2019

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
3 stars out of 5

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm ($15) is a new solid facial cleansing balm that launched a few weeks ago at beautylish.com. As you may or may not know Good Molecules is Beautylish’s house brand of affordable skincare much like the Ordinary or the recently launched Inkey List the brand focuses on inexpensive serums, potions, and lotions with minimal yet effective ingredients.

I’ve actually tried most of the line when I initially picked up the Super Seven Set which was the original release but since that time they have added a ton more including the latest which is a Niacinamide Brightening Toner (I’m purchased it and I’m testing it now).

I was pretty excited to see a cleansing balm being added to the line up!

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm is $15 and 2.5 oz in size. You can buy it individually or Beautylish sells it in two-packs and three-packs. Ok, let me just say, I love Beautylish. LOVE them. And I get that cleanser is something I run through very quickly so, I appreciate they are all we’ll make this available in a two and even a three-pack! Yay! But there’s no savings. It’s like what’s the point of offering packs? I can just put two jars in my cart and done. Why even have a two or three-pack option if I can’t save a buck or two when buying them? Meh. Sorry! This was a little irritating to me for some reason!

Anyway, moving on….

If you’re one for comparing prices here’s a little break down. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is $30 and 3.8 oz in size making Good Molecules a nice, affordable yet a bit smaller option (Clinique’s formula is better) but I think it might be unfair to compare it to a mid-range brand so comparing it to a drugstore one might be a better option. In this case, I’ll use the recent Pond’s Cleansing Balm as a starting point. That balm is $9.99, 3.38 oz in size, and a better formula. Moral of the story is there are options available at the drugstore which are far better in my opinion! If you want to take it a step further another good option that runs along the same price line would be Banila Co Clean It Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm which is larger at 3.0 oz but will set you back $4 (It’s $19) and again, the formula is much better.

Now that we the price broken down here’s my take on the formula.

I’m on the fence about it. I expected a way better formula from Beautylish. This is made in Korea, it does feature fragrance oils such as geranium and ylang ylang which gives it a light citrus-y fragrance. I didn’t mind the scent at all but sensitive users might not appreciate it. I do consider Korea the birth place of great cleansing balms so, I was a little surprised this formula wasn’t that great.

As with all cleansing balms this has a solid texture which once applied is supposed to melt down easily and can be rinsed away with water. You’ll apply it on your dry skin, rub it in, and add a little water to emulsify it and after that just rinse it off! I struggled with it a bit. The texture is a little like Ulta’s Cleansing Balm which had a wax-like feel but unlike Ulta’s formula it didn’t melt down quickly enough for me. I felt like I was chasing chunks of it around my face. This annoyed me in a major way. I felt like I was spending way too much time trying to get it out of its solid state. Grrr!

I will say once it does get massaged in it rinses clean away and does a good job removing makeup easily. I didn’t struggle at all washing it off and didn’t feel tight nor dry after my cleanse nor did this burn my eyes or create cloudy vision. However, the break down process is such a chore it made me really dislike the product. There are so many better options available that melt down so much more easier why should I spend this much time chasing chunks of cleansing balm around my face when I can get one that melts on contact with my skin you know?


Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm does a good job getting makeup off my face easily without leaving me tight and dry but the texture and formula need to be revised before I’d consider a repurchase. It’s too much of a chore to get this stuff to melt completely down unfortunately and I found that frustrating. Oh well! There are plenty of better cleansing balm options in the sea.

Have you tried it?

Do share!

Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm is available at Beautylish!

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Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm is a new cleanser that’s created by and available exclusively from Beautylish. This cleansing balm is $15 and 2.5 oz in size and was made in Korea. I didn’t really like this formula. The balm didn’t break down easily and I felt like I was running chunks of it around my face trying to squash it down and get it to melt down. Once I did get it to melt down it did rinse clean away and didn’t leave my face tight or dry plus it did remove my makeup well. But the fact, it didn’t melt down quickly really frustrated me making the product a miss!

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citric Acid.


  • Rinses clean away.
  • Doesn’t leave skin tight or dry after use.


  • Doesn’t melt down well.
  • Has a light fragrance that might disturb sensitive users.


Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm might be a good pick for those with drier skin as it doesn’t strip skin however, the formula is not completely without issue!

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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  • Victoria

    I wanted to purchase the HUDA beauty cleansing balm you reviewed. Would you say HUDA beauty is way better than this one?
    And side note: YES the pricing on Beautylish does not make sense. It’s the same issue with Bioderma cleansing water. You can Mix and match sizes and have it be cheaper than buying the 2 or 3 back. Weird. I bust out a spreadsheet when I buy from them to make sure I’m getting the best prices when buying in bulk.

    • Isabella Muse

      THAT’S A WAY better formula compared to this! Right? It’s so damn dumb. Why bother with “packs” if I’m not saving money! wth? LOL

    • kjh

      Always B Nerdy. Spreadsheets rule this universe, esp in tracking s/c. If you haven’t peeked at Snow White and the Asian pear, do so.

  • Christina

    I do not like this cleansing balm AT ALL. Like you said, it doesn’t melt very well, and I can’t for the life of me get the chunks to break down, even when I emulsify it with water. Because of that, it’s also harder to remover eye makeup. I think I’ll go back to my Farmacy balm. LOL!

    • Isabella Muse

      crushingly disappointed with this. if you need to get through and don’t wanna trash it here’s a tip: try rubbing it between your hands and applying it like that shrug at least it breaks down easier. I’m sort of shocked, I expected more from Beautylish 🙁

  • kjh

    Yeah, it sucks. Give me a Nooni any day. I got a free sample mini jar with an order so at least I didn’t have the ignominy of buying it! I’d say it’s below average.

  • Kimkats

    Y’know, I’m actually glad to hear you don’t like it – that way I won’t have to fight myself not to buy it!

  • Rebecca

    I used their niacinamide serum and liked it just fine. I’m anxious to see your review of the toner because I think I would prefer that format to a serum.