Monday 22 July 2013

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm

A couple of weeks ago I had the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm as my Product of the Week and it may well have to be my product of the year (yes yes I know we're only in July... ) as I am totally in love with and very evangelical about it.

I heard about the Amazing Face Cleansing Balm through the wondrous Caroline Hirons of BeautyMouth fame who recommends balm cleansers if only because they make you actually wash your face rather than naffing around with cotton pads and never actually cleaning it properly. This made sense to me and as 30 looms and the baby continues to be well behaved but exhausting nonetheless, I thought maybe it was time to kick my skincare routine up a notch. No more scrubbing away with Bioderma Crealine Micelle Solution and slapping on any old moisturiser I'd been sent. Well that still happens but there are now so many more stages in-between involving toners, face oils, serums and most gloriously of all... the Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm
Love the packaging but cracks already beginning to show
First off though I would like to say that the lid on mine has cracked and broken and that is incredibly annoying as little bits fall off all the time and sometimes it's hard to get the lid off but I DON'T CARE really because what is in the pot is so lovely. I just felt I should mention it in case that's the kind of thing that's going to piss you off... (UPDATE 2017 - they've changed the packaging and this is no longer a problem)

This cleanser is recommended for mature skin and although I don't have that yet it's also great for sensitive skin which I do have in some places and it's not at all harsh so there's really no harm in using this on younger skin. The texture is absolutely gorgeous, especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin, you can feel it moisturising, so I leave it on for as long as possible - applying it after removing most of my make-up with Bioderma Crealine Micelle Solution and washing it off last thing before I get out of the bath. If, however, you only want to cleanse once this will get your make-up off which is pretty wonderful.

For those of you who are anti-alcohol in your face products this does contain some but has lovely glycerin in it to balance out the drying effect and I defy you to notice the alcohol at all - I was surprised to see it in the ingredients when I was researching this blog post. OK so it may not be as easy to apply as other water based cleansers but frankly how hard is it to rub a little of this in the palm of your hand with some water and rub it all over your face. I confess I usually don't even do that and put it straight on my skin - a little goes a long way so although it's £34-£36 for 100ml this will last you at least two months if not more. If you are reluctant to spend that much money on one product remember a) it's your face... treat it well, all the make-up in the world can't give you good skin b) good cleanser, good moisturiser is really all you need, much better than crappy everything.

What you need to know - Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
  • £34-£36 for 100ml
  • Sometimes comes with cleansing cloth
  • Suitable for daily use and all skin types
  • Removes make-up and cleanses face
  • Available in the UK from Emma Hardie, Debenhams, Space NK, Feel Unique

Watch my Quick Review of it here...


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