Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Battle of the Balms

Cleansing balms are a relatively new addition to my skincare routine, but since my first try I really can't get enough of them. They're such a fantastic way of removing every single scrap of make-up whilst really nourishing the skin and giving it a deep clean without stripping. At the moment I only have a couple that I regularly use, but both are wonderful in their own little way.

The Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm was my first buy. It comes in a handy little tube meaning you can squeeze out just the right amount, and is a lot more hygenic than a pot version. It advises you to apply and work into the skin alone for around 30 seconds, then add a little water to your fingers, and again work the product into the skin for another 30 seconds.

It turns into a lot more of a balm texture after the water, feeling more like a scrub beforehand, so it really works on removing any dead skin cells and giving a nice radiance to the skin. It's packed full of 100% natural oils, as well as anti-oxidants and oatmeal to create a nice exfoliant. Despite being recommended for 'dry/sensitive' types, I've never experienced any issues with this on my more oily areas, although if I am having a bit of a breakout I would advise to go a little easy on that particular area. It's got a gorgeous citrus scent and really leaves the skin feeling lovely, so refreshed and soft.

I got The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter a couple of weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop using it as the main part of my evening skincare routine since. It comes in a little pot, and is a lot harder of a formula. After scooping a bit out, you use your fingers to turn it into more of a buttery-balm, and apply. It dissolves away every bit of make-up within a few seconds, but I really like to spend some time massaging these into the skin to get as many benefits from the balms as possible. There is a synthetic wax in there meaning it might be a bit troublesome for a few oily types; I haven't experienced any issues, but I occasionally do a second cleanse with a cleansing milk, more just in case than anything else.

I know the title saying 'battle', but I just can't pick a winner for this one - sorry! I'm sitting on the fence, because I love both of these so much. They've got different feels, and although I love the Balance Me offering, if I am feeling a little sensitive or don't want too much of an exfoliation, I'll use the Body Shop one. At £20 (BM) and £12 (TBS) both are really affordable, and with both a little goes a long way too, so they'll stick around for a good few months. Sorry folks, it seems you might just need both of these if you're after some fantastic and affordable cleansing balms.

Have you tried either of these? What did you think?

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  1. Mademoiselle nature12:44

    Balance Me is really a lovely brand...Have yout tried their Roso Otto range for the body?x

  2. I love the sound of the Balance Me Balm, it's been on my wish list for ages. Never considered the Body Shop for a cleansing balm though, might have to make a cheeky purchase x

    Amy / srslylou

  3. I've been thinking of try the body shop one for awhile. I might do that soon then!

  4. Hayley16:33

    I really want to try the one from The Body Shop as my cousin can get me staff discount, sneaky sneaky!


    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  5. Emmi16:44

    I have just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it :)

  6. Both of these have been on my WL for awhile now...looks like I'll just need to get both :)

  7. I didn't know the Body Shop did a cleansing balm, I really must try it, I've been looking for an affordable option for ages! Thank you so much for your review x

  8. Zazie Bibi14:24

    I love the body shop one, but the balance me one sounds lovely too :) xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  9. They're both so lovely :)

  10. No problem :) It is a lovely affordable one!

  11. Ooh, lucky you! They've always got really good discount codes around too xo

  12. The Balance Me version is so lovely to use, I'm sadly coming to the end of mine now and I know it will be missed. I'm quite keen to try The Body Shop version though.

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  13. I love the balance Me Cleanse & smooth face balm, but have yet to try the Body Shop one. Maybe next time they have a good discount code offer if I'm placing an order I'll pop one of these in to try x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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