Tuesday, 17 September 2013

BALMOLOGY CLEANSE Neroli and Sweet Basil Cleansing Balm

I've had varying questions/reactions to previous balm reviews - a lot of concerns re fragrance - synthetic/too much/not enough - and texture - too runny/not thick enough/not a real 'balm'.

This cleansing balm should tick most of your boxes.

Unlike a lot of other balms - this one is completely water-free. It's a proper, get-some-on-your-skin and massage-it-to-oblivion balm.

What's in it?
Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Tocopherol, Citrus aurantium var. amara. (neroli), Citrus reticulata (mandarin), Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil). 

What's not in it?
Water, mineral oil, parabens, synthetic anything

Who is it for?
Pretty much anyone. There's nothing that should give any skin a hard time. I would say it is particularly excellent for a drier skin, but I'm more a combination and I'm fine. There is an entire FAQ's section on the website discussing the benefits of plant oils to a combination/oily skin. A woman after my own heart.

What's good about it?
  • Wonderful texture, solid, but completely melts when massaged
  • Quite possibly the best smelling balm you'll ever come across
  • 100% natural - it is extremely rare to find something that can claim to be 100% natural - as soon as you add water, it's not considered natural - ironic but true...- this is the real deal
  • Doesn't emulsify - if I wanted a balm to turn to milk - I'd buy a milk
  • A little goes a long way. Although be warned - its hard not to use too much - purely for greed reasons.
  • Made in Cheltenham (UK) by Catherine Lewis - I do like a homegrown start-up!
  • Not product related - but the website lists full ingredients - something that the big boys still have to get their lazy-arsed attitudes around to doing - bravo Catherine!

What's not so good about it?
  • Not much.
  • I wouldn't personally use for makeup removal, but only because I want it for the massage stage. I tend to loosen my make-up with a little Una Brennan pre-cleanse (for example) and then go in with this. For me, this is a second stage cleanser.
  • You cannot be lazy with this cleanser. If you don't remove properly with a washcloth/flannel you will have residue. There is no 'rinse away' with this. Any attempt to splash the face is met with the literal repelling of the water as it drips off your face. Excellent! 

How much is it?

£21.00 for 50g (same as 50ml).

This is a beautiful, 100% natural balm that leaves your skin smooth, soft, clean and smelling like a dream.

Highly recommended.

BALMOLOGY is available here.

* Purchase - a happy one at that. The Exotic Rose Beauty Oil is also divine - review coming.
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  1. Hello darling Caro! Will it work as a A.M cleanser for normal/dry skin? I'm looking for something light to cleanse in the morning to alternate with my Emma Hardie which I find makes my skin greasy if used twice in 1 day.

  2. One of my all time favourite brands, the comfort balm is wonderful on my eczema :)

  3. Very nice review! I also tend to use water free balm as a second stage cleanser as you mentionned!
    Never tried the brand ...but will !

  4. This sounds lovely! Just had a peek at the website and the nourish balm is gently whispering my debit card's name... How long would you say the cleansing balm would last (assuming you're the generous type)?

    Amy x

  5. Is this better than the emma hardie one?

  6. While I love my EH I will absolutely try this out! Sounds fab!

  7. very nice review. thanks for all the info. i especially appreciate that you included the ingredients. there are thing i can't use and i always have to go search the labels. you solved that problem.

  8. Thanks for the review - I'm going to try this out. Do you know if I can get una brenan in the US?


  9. Oh, I need this. It sounds amazing.

  10. My skin is slightly oily but VERY congested/blackheady. Would this be suitable for daily use or is there another cleansing balm you would recommend?

  11. All hail Queen Caroline! I have been waiting for your review before I purchase this, sounds like a good 'un! Definitely will be getting this!


    Amy x

  12. I want this so so much, it sounds abosolutely lovely

    Fashion and Happy Things

  13. Hi Caroline.
    I love your blog. I started following your advice and my skin has never looked better. Do you know of an effective hydraluron dupe that is available in the US?

  14. Why is it that its not considered 100% natural when water is added? That baffles me lol.

  15. This sounds brilliant! How does it compare to EH? My jar is coming to an end and now I'm wondering if I should try something else

  16. Pretty sure that the Neroli and Mandarin would set off more hypersensitive skin?

  17. I have to say I prefer balms which turn into a milk as you are not scraping yot face off fo ages if u dont do a 2nd cleanse and when u take it in the shower u dont need a cloth to remove and it risnses clean minus any residue.

    Geeta www.sopureskincare.co.uk

  18. This looks like an interesting product. May have to try it!

  19. Hi CAroline, only you mention the ingredients in this one, I can smell it from here, and feel all the good it could do to my skin ;-))) besides their website, can we find it somewhere else?? Like Boots, John Lewis, etc....?? Thanks!!! XXXX

  20. Just ordered some to have shipped to me here in the U.S. (Customer service was lovely & efficient, if this is a reflection of the product my anticipation just tripled)Just a note to those ordering in the U.S, the balm is available to us, but NOT the rose oil apparently.. :(
    Still super excited to try their product, happy to support lovely companies, thanks for putting me on to them!

  21. Hi, I'm new to your blog. Thank you for your reviews, they've been very helpful. I was wondering if using a muslin cloth with a balm is good for skin which is sensitive, combination with acne? I'm interested in trying this balm you've recommended. I live in Hong Kong, where the weather is warm/hot and extremely humid all the time, plus the pollution. Hope to have a reply from you!
    Thank you.

  22. Love jojoba oil since I have a combination skin and mandarin's smell. Is beeswax good for oily skin?

  23. My skin is slightly oily and having pimples on face. Would this be suitable for daily use or is there another cleansing balm you would recommend? Please recommend good product for me.

    Here one of Dr. Balshi specializes in all dermatologic disorder you can visit this site for details http://www.southflderm.com

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  25. Love the combination of Jojoba and avocado oil, although my skin tends to be oily but would love to try it out.