November 4, 2020

Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm I Love You But Why All the Citrus Oils?

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3 stars out of 5

Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm is probably one of my favorite cleansing balms of the moment but why do they include all these citrus oils in the formula? Ugh! Just to start there’s orange, lime, and lemon but it gets worst as we head further down the list because some of the non-citrus oils are just as bad! There’s bergamot, spearmint, and lavender oh my!

I swear I stuck my head in the sand when I purchased this and anytime I use it.

Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm is available in a 3.3 oz jar that’s $34 which is a bit smaller and a bit more expensive compared to the popular Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm which is 3.8 oz for $31.

If I had to compare this texture to another cleansing balm I’d say that the Pond’s Cleansing Balm is the best fit or even Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm as it has that same soft, sorbet-like texture. For me Clinique’s formula is a bit thicker in comparison.

I like how easily this melts down. The softer texture instantly breaks down into an oil of sorts once applied to your face. Cleansing balms are meant to be used on dry skin just like a cleansing oil! Massage it on, add a tiny bit of water to help emulsify and break it down, and rinse! Done! Many of the reviews I read said you needed a lot to take off makeup and it didn’t remove makeup well! I had no such issues! I used a little over a quarter size and found it removed makeup just fine without leaving any residue behind. It does have the same fresh citrus-y scent that Belif’s The True Cream Moisturizing Balm has which I found pleasant but sensitive users may find it a bit strong.

I think the texture is great, I think it removes makeup very well, and the thing I love most about it is the fact it doesn’t make my skin feel tight after I use it. Too many cleansers leave my skin feeling so tight and dry after use. This left my skin feel pleasantly hydrated after use but not greasy or oily just nicely smooth and hydrated without that tight after cleanse feeling.

It’s a shame it contains such a poor selection of oils and also the fragrance will present a problem for many users. I actually gave it a very generous three rating but due the ingredients it probably deserves less than that. This one is a choice you’ll have to make for yourself 🙂 I do like it but I also realize it’s not an ideal pick for those avoiding these types of oils!

What are you thoughts on the Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm formula?

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Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm is a new permanent solid cleansing balm that has a soft, sorbet-like texture that melts down quickly until oil upon contact with skin to remove makeup easily. This formula worked great removing my makeup and rinsing clean away while leaving my skin smooth and hydrated! Sadly, it does contain a host of oils that aren’t a great pick for skin such a orange, lemon, and spearmint. It has a bright, citrus-y scent that might be unpleasant for sensitive users!

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Methylpropanediol, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract.


  • Removes makeup easily.
  • Soft texture that melts down into a non-greasy oil upon contact with skin!
  • Rinses clean away.
  • Doesn’t leave skin tight after use.


  • Contains oils that aren’t a good pick for skin.
  • Contains fragrance.


Belif Aqua Bomb Cleansing Balm might be a good pick if you aren’t picky about essential oils!

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  • kjh

    You’re spot on. And they know the volatile fragrant oils are bad. That’s what annoys me. They know better. Admittedly, I check for which ones are sensitizing to me personally, and tend to forget about the oils that are potentially harmful in the long run. But I backed off this one, and I like Belif products.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m not gonna lie some of my skincare contain ’em! I don’t have issues with them in general as far as breaking out but I always worry I’m somehow doing something horrible to my skin by using them!

  • Christina

    Ooh, I forgot that I wanted to test this out. I think essential oils get a bad reputation, but they are actually beneficial when formulated properly and with the right grade levels of oil (coming from my family members who have their PhD in chemistry). Lucky me, I have really sensitive skin that does get rashes easily with the wrong product, but I haven’t had problems with a lot of things I’ve tried with essential oils. I am going to give this a try; worst case scenario, I give it to my sister if I’m allergic. I love my Farmacy, but I’m always looking out for something new to try.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m always concerned they are doing some sort of major collagen breakdown or something lol! LMK what you think if you try!