But there has always been something about cleansing balms that both intrigued me and intimidated me. Is slathering grease (essentially) all over my face really an effective cleansing method? Will this break me out? What if this actually works?
Fast forward to the end of this story: turns out, I really like cleansing balms.
My two main squeezes - if we can call them that - are the REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm and the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Balm, butter - it's all a pot of grease in the end!
The REN balm is considerably more expensive than the Body Shop butter - $60 CDN vs $16 CDN - and honestly not different enough to warrant owning both in my opinion. Both are absolutely lovely, but I really only need one.
REN is slightly thicker - and stays thicker - than the Body Shop. It feels wonderful on my skin, emulsifies and cleanses beautifully, but I will say that it burns like a b*tch if you get it in your eyes. The Body Shop version melts down a bit more as you massage it into your face, a bit like vegetable shortening. I know, weird comparison, but it's grease.
Shea butter figures high on the ingredient list for both options, as well as a variety of oils and other emollients. Full ingredient lists can be viewed through the links I've posted above! Overall, the REN balm has a heavier feeling to it than the Body Shop butter, but neither have caused any breakouts for me!
I use both of these as a first cleanse in the evening, sometimes throwing in a little facial massage, then wiping everything off afterward with a wet facecloth. Balms and butters are fantastic for removing makeup, but I find they need to be followed with a lighter cleansing milk in order to ensure all remaining residue is removed.
Have you tried cleansing balms or butters? What do you think?