Wednesday, 27 March 2013

elemental herbology Purify & Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm - Review

Continuing recent cleanser reviews - I've been using this off and on in recent weeks. 

The jury is out to be honest. It's a perfectly lovely balm, very thick and hard to squeeze out of the tube - although to be honest, it's extremely cold at the moment added to which my bathroom is in the basement and when the heating if off, possibly the coldest room in the house - enough to make any balm like rock.

It's aimed at 'mature' skin - there we go again with the mature word - and contains various extracts of...:

Lipactive Inca Inchi® WO, containing the richest natural source of Omega 3 and 6 in any plant oil improves hydration, leaving skin feeling softer and more supple.
Fresh Cells™ Strawberry rich in minerals helps to gently cleanse and purify the skin.
Biovera Oil and Marshmallow Extract are ideal for sensitive skin and help to soothe and soften.
Cocoa Butter moisturises and nourishes.
Bitter Orange Peel helps to gently stimulate cell turnover to brighten the complexion.
Argan and Sesame Oils nourish the skin with Essential Fatty Acids and improve its barrier function, helping to protect against wind, cold and dry air.
Chamomile Essential Oil helps to soothe sensitive skin.

That has been lifted directly from the elemental website - which surprisingly to me from this brand, does not list their ingredients in their entirety. Come on guys, sort it out.

I digress.

I use this as a second cleanse or as a quick cleanse in the morning - I wouldn't use it for makeup removal. Well, maybe in the summer when the formulation softens?

Alas something for me, is missing. It's good. It's not great. It's not £28.00 for 75ml great.

I'm not disappointed - I'm just not bowled over.

elemental herbology is by and large - a good mid-priced range - and is available from  

*I actually think this was a gift, not a sample. Either way - sorry! 


  1. Saved some pennies there thenthanks. Quick Q- I use my balm as first cleanse then clay-type(pm).But you say you can use as am I wrong ?
    The flannel/balm was a revelation for me skin likes.
    Im quite new here and slowly learning/making changes to improve my mush. I know I havent
    got the right combo yet but your advice is a great
    help, So thank you x

  2. Hi Caroline, Thanks for the honest reviews. I love to read a review that is totally honest, it doesn't mean I won't buy the product reviewed it just gives me a better idea/understanding of what it is really like. How does this compare with the Oskia cleanser as it is also a thick balm? Thanks :)

  3. Will be good to hear how you get on with this in the coming weeks.As you say it's been a bit cold to be able to use it properly, but the list of ingredients does look good.

  4. Caroline whats your view of the rmk cleansing balm

  5. I love the ingredients too, especially the oils. I'll go for it. Not so cold at my end :)

  6. I really love this cleanser, I had an Elemental Herbology facial last year and bought this after falling in love with the smell and how nice it left my skin. It does harden, but it's one of those cleansers that leaves my skin ridiculously soft and clean too.

  7. I came to your blog as I have as given a bunch of samples of Elemental Herbology (in particular the harmonising cleanse) I wanted to read your thoughts. Obviously this is a different product to what you have reviewed. I love the smell, I love the texture…. am I convinced? mewh! It's nice but it's not a deep enough cleanse for me, despite removing all my makeup, I just don't get that super clean feeling like I do with Emma Hardie - maybe for my lighter or non make up days? Jury's still out