Friday, 20 March 2015

Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm

What is it?
'A Shiso-infused cleansing liquid balm formulated to thoroughly cleanse the skin and help remove impurities and make-up.'

Who is it for?
All skin types.

What’s in it?

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
Mineral oil

How do you use it?
You can either apply to dry/damp skin and massage through - then remove with a flannel as per usual or you can apply, massage, emulsify and rinse. 
As always I am in the former camp, but this does emulsify brilliantly for those of you that like sort of thing. 
Although this does remove makeup, because of the quality of the ingredients and the price point, this is going firmly in the 'skin cleansing' category for me. Either a second cleanse in the evening or a lovely single cleanse in the morning. 

What’s good about it?
A lovely skin cleanser, this contains perilla seed oil, the same oil in Dr Lens' Shiso capsules. Perilla oil is higher in omegas than fish oil and is a massive anti-inflammatory. The consistency is beautiful, light yet obviously nourishing.
This removes all makeup (obviously I tried it despite preferring it for skin cleansing!) including eye makeup. I didn't test on waterproof, but my advice re waterproof is to always remove with a dedicated eye makeup remover if you can, it's gentler on the eye.
The freshness and ease of use of this has made it a firm favourite with the men in the house - all of whom cleanse in the shower ('wash their face'), none of whom read this blog. :)

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing to be honest. It does exactly what it says on the bottle, my skin likes it.
As always, Zelens is not the cheapest of brands, but you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. :)

Where to use in your routine?
Depending on your preference, either first or second cleanse. My preference is in the morning, because the Zelens scent is perfect for a minty wake-me-up. Nothing floral here.

Similar products?
This is a hybrid between a gel and an oil for me - so nothing quite sits in the same category - but if I had to pick similar..
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel
NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly 
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser
would be in the ballpark

Brand Website?
The website is full of information on both the Doctor, the brand, the products and clinical trials. Whilst it has a beautiful section entitled 'Zelens Garden' which lists all of the botanical ingredients in detail, it only lists the 'active' ingredients and doesn't give a full ingredients list.

Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm is £50.00 for 125ml and available at and - who ship worldwide for free.


  1. Will get and try this, are zelen's moisturizers good for sensitive skin too ??

  2. Caroline! Love your blog. I am new here, and here to stay. I am easily confused, so when you say first cleanse - is that first cleanse for the whole face or just eyemakeup? I use waterproof makeup as my eyes water at the slightest bit of wind, and I use a dedicated eye makeup-remover. Should I then use a first cleanse for the face to take off foundation eetc and then a skin cleanse? I have Dermalogica pre-cleanse and a cleanser from Peter Thomas Roth (foaming. I am so sorry.) I just just turned 29 and I want my skin to look under 30 for a while using tips from your blog, but it is all so new to me. I'm the kind of person who needs to have everything broken down to tiny pieces ;) Have a lovely weekend, lady!

    1. I am not Caroline but when I was new to her blog, I found her cheat sheets (look over there -----> ) to be very helpful. She answers many of your questions in those cheat sheets.

      Also, you can search her site for answers to specific questions. Go to google. Type in: _______(the name of product or subject that you want to search for), then type:

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hi, would you recommend any of the Zelens skincare for rosacea and acne? I'm using MV Organic Skincare just now and I'm getting a few cracking breakouts in places that were clear so I'm thinking its time to move on but I haven't a clue to what! x

  4. Sounds great to me! I like the idea of something non-floral in the morning!

  5. Would you please do a cheat sheet for teens? My daughter is 13 and having terrible time with blackheads and occasional breakouts. Seems allergic to benz peroxide. Currently use Dermalogica Clear Start (6mos)but not much success. Had no clue she could use acid toner. Whats a good mild one along with a moisturizer? I want to pick her face but she wont let me thank goodness, and neither does she. I just dont know where to start to help her. Live in very dry Texas. Help!

  6. Can you post more products that are available in the USA/Canada?

    1. Hi! I was having a hard time finding products from the blog too, until I discovered that Cult Beauty ships worldwide for free. It's a great site!

    2. They do??? You just made my day! Heading there now!

    3. The Cult Beauty website does not seem to have the cleansing product review above. Perhaps it is too new?

  7. Shiso...yum! That's my favourite tempura item :-)

  8. Unfortunately for those of us in the States, the BeautyBay website says there is a shipping restriction on this product and therefore cannot be shipped stateside. Drat!

  9. I'm so torn between cleanser!!! Been looking at Ceramic Slip or Oskia Gel Cleanser but then lady in SpaceNK recommended Coleman MD purifying cleanser!!! PLEASE HELP!! I have spot prone, combination, uneven skin prone to bits drying out xxx

    1. Hi,i am not Caroline but would gladly recommend Ceramic Slip! It even took my eye make up off without stinging and won't dry your dryer parts of the skin. regards

  10. I have this cleanser, it chronically irritates my skin. It is instantly red and blotchy, shortly followed by burning heat that lasts up to an hour, during which time it becomes itchy as well.

  11. Just curious, why do you mention that it isn't sold in China? What did I miss?

    1. HAHA~ I also really confuse about ti~ BTW, I am Chinese~LOL

  12. Caroline~ WHY do you mention "sold in China" in every single article? Why not the Korea / Japan~ LOL I am really confuse about it, since I am Chinese~hahaha

    1. Animal testing. You may have seen that many websites have disclaimers in their FAQ sections that say something like "We do not test on animals except where required by law" (paraphrasing here, but you get the idea.) China requires by law that cosmetic products be tested on animals. Hence, brands sold in China are brands being tested on animals.

    2. That's partly true - not entirely the case. They 'reserve the right' to test on animals - it doesn't mean they do, it means they can if they choose to. I know it's semantics - but its not an automatic testing. But yes - that's why I name China! :) Sorry for the long-windedness! x

  13. "You pay peanuts, you get monkeys", really now? Post-purchase rationalisation is the name of the bias at work.

    Why would you spend £££ on a product that is meant to be on your skin for a minute and then removed?

    1. There's no bias here. I like the brand. I choose to use/buy products that aren't cheap. Not always, but skincare-wise, I always spend more. No-one's forcing you to!