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Coming Clean on Cleansing Balms

Thu, 13 December 2012 3:50PM

Can I please request a post on cleansing balms? I need PRIMPED to break it down for me. Thanks!

Sometimes, just sometimes, you Primpettes are the teachers. You know that? We learn from you; what you like, what you use, what works and what we should be prattling on about more.

In the case of cleansing balms, consider me your faithful student. For at the time of my piece last week on going balmy, I held only one cleansing balm close to my heart (and complexion).

But before I could say ‘Cotton socks for Christmas, please!’ you wanted to know more.

Suffice to say, a week later my skin is damn clear for all the testing. So thanks for that, Caitie!


To bring you up to (my current) speed, cleansing balms are an alternative to soapy or lotion cleansers. They are in balm form so the consistency is solid and thick, meaning only a dollop or two will remove the day and all its dirt.

The best bit is they deeply hydrate whilst cleansing the skin, so the result is a clean dial that also feels calm and comforted, not tight and downright nasty!

Most brands are suitable for all skin types – except those that are excessively oily – and I found warming the balm between my fingertips helped to bring them to body temperature before applying to dry skin. This meant they went on smoother and more evenly.

I then trialled splashing them off with warm water or removing with a warm face flannel, and the latter gets my vote as it just seemed to remove more of the excess balm and the warmth from the towel worked back beautifully to stimulate the rich residue the balm had left on my skin.

I always applied on dry skin for best results and massages in for 30 seconds before removing.

I’ve found in the short time I’ve been using a cleansing balm my skin feels plumper and more replenished to touch, which is just completely astoundingly groundbreaking if you are me or my complexion.

Furthermore, most brands contain natural botanical extracts to lock in moisture and the scents are nothing short of sublime, both of which make for a perfect skincare indulgence, right?

So, I suppose you could say I’m sold. Especially as summer travel time beckons. So compact are balms, literally throwing one of these in my overnight bag from 100 paces won’t result in breakage all over my new bikini or BBQ tongs.

Balms to buzz about:

  • Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm, $58.50, Aromatherapy Associates, especially aimed at dry, irritated skin.
  • The Balm BalmsAway, $24.95, from selected David Jones, kicks eye makeup to the curb.
  • Antipodes Organic Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, $46, Adore Beauty. A pot of gold! All organic and so lush!
  • Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse, $120, from department stores, had me at ‘Hello’. The scent is divine.

  • Elemental Herbology Purify & Cleanse Soothing Balm, $64, Mecca Cosmetica, is no one-trick-pony. It exfoliates gently too.
  • Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm, $50, Mecca Cosmetica, works magic, turning into a light milk texture upon application. Also nixes waterproof mascara.
  • Darphin Aromatic Renewing Balm, $110, Mecca Cosmetica, is one out of the box. Radiance is restored by morning after an evening cleanse with this little baby.
  • The Jojoba Company Gentle Cleansing Balm, $$29.95, The Jojoba Company, is a budget buy that doesn’t skimp on efficacy thanks to AHAs and vitamins.

Primpettes, have you tried cleansing balms? Are you tempted?

Would you like me to do a blog on BBQ utensils and their benefits next?

ecb x

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  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 04:48pm

    They sound great, lets add another thing on my list to try this summer!
    Or would this be better for winter skin?

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 06:26pm

    Sound great! The jojoba company gets rave reviews.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 08:47pm

    I want to graduate from a cleansing oil to a balm – I’ve read heaps of good things about Indie brand Stark. II’m going to take a look at the Ren and Jojoba Co mentioned above though now too!

  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:14pm

    Oooooh I like the jojoba company…. Gonna check this one out…

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:49am

    Waah, they are mostly quite expensive. There is only one at the $30 mark. I’m hoping as they grow in popularity they will be brought out by some other companies who can produce them cheaper.
    Ecb, you’re a giggle, go ahead, I’d love to see how you could incorporate BBQ utensils and their benefits into a beauty post. Tehehehe.

  • Posted by: caitie // Fri, 14 December 2012 09:38am

    Thanks ecb! Stellar job! Great to hear your balm experimentation has treated you kindly. I like the sound of the Jojoba Company pick or the REN.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 12:37pm

    Have never heard of them before, but would love to give it a try, always feel my skin is so dry after cleansing n matter which cleanser I use.

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 04:29pm

    im surprised the Eve Lom balm didnt get a mention – isnt that the wonder product which made her range famous?!

  • Posted by: trinsette Enthusiast // Fri, 14 December 2012 07:57pm

    I couldn’t rave more about Elemental Herbology if I tried. It’s an amazing brand, and I also adore their Facial Detox Mask– I have never trusted a mask while I have blemishes but this one absolutely calms and reduces everything. Use it two or three times a week and your skin is singing.

    I’m not a fan of Eve Lom, it seemed like a lot of fuss for being predominantly mineral oil. Maybe it’s ok in weather like in England, I could never make it work for me though.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 08:47pm

    I was at Mecca yesterday asking about these balms.. and the lovely lady recommended the Eve Lom Cleanser and OMG it is amazing..
    I only tested it in store but it actually has small pieces of muslin cloth in it to help lightly exfoliate your skin, then you are supposed to use an actual warm muslin cloth and place it over your face to help penetrate the skin then wash off.
    It felt amazing on the skin! Great if you want to keep the moisture in your skin but without congesting it!

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Sun, 16 December 2012 05:46pm

    Wow ive never heard of them before but they sound really good. Id have to try a cheapy one first to see what there like. Love the sounds of them deeply hydrating!

  • Posted by: trinsette Enthusiast // Sun, 16 December 2012 09:34pm

    Daylight dancer- don’t try a cheapy one because it will turn you off using a cleansing balm. A handy hint is that Mecca refunds and exchanges if you aren’t happy with your product, so there is nothing to lose by buying good quality from them (that’s not to say all cheap things aren’t good quality, but a balm is something you should probably stick to higher quality with).

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Mon, 17 December 2012 11:48am

    Please take this as my formal request for a BBQ utensil themed post.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 11:09am

    I havent heard of cleansing balms until the post you did but they sound suited to my skin type. I will be looking out for them!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 4 January 2013 03:31pm

    thanks for this article, ive been wondering about cleansing balms.i’d love to try the eve lom cleansing balm, its gotta be a raved about product for a reason :)

  • Posted by: kozziosko Newbie // Sun, 6 January 2013 02:37pm

    Since I turned 30 recently I went from instantly worrying about zits, to worrying about wrinkles. Can’t wait to try a balm cleanser and plump up my skin!

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Tue, 22 January 2013 09:01pm

    I’m really interested to try one of these now! They sound great!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 07:40pm

    Def trying a cleansing balm soon!! I use Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils now, but I think it’s time to try something new!

  • Posted by: LD // Thu, 24 January 2013 12:56pm

    Forget about wasting money on all of those. I swear by coconut oil (it is in solid form unless heated). I have very oily skin and it is just lovely, my Mum has dry skin and loves it too. Gets off all my makeup (especially waterproof) really quickly and easily. Then I follow up with an Aspect foaming cleanser during summer. Winter I just wash it off with a washcloth. Easy peasey and so cheap!!

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 13 April 2013 03:33pm

    Gosh I am so far behind, I haven’t tried cleansing balms OR cleansing oils yet!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 27 May 2013 12:37pm

    I have never tried a cleansing balm before, I would love to compare to a normal cleanser.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 07:42pm

    Even with oily skin I love a pampering cleanser. I’ve never tried a balm yet

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 28 June 2013 08:27pm

    I’ve never tried a cleansing balm before, sounds interesting :)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 01:47pm

    sounds interesting. never tried them but i would love to

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