I got the ball rolling on discussing my beauty love affair in Friday’s post; ME, MYSELF AND BEAUTY. In that post I briefly mentioned my love of a good balm cleanser and a hot flannel.
Of all the cleanser formulations that I have tried, thick, rich, balms are my favourite. I do love an oil, and I too love something milkier and lighter on occasion, but my skin, and my inner beauty lover, are most happy when I’m working in and flannelling off a rich balm.
I have tried quite a few – not because I have a bottomless beauty budget, and nor because I buy excessively; it’s more due to having subscribed to a beauty box for over two years! I have sampled some at the higher price point, and you know, for me, I can live without spending on them if that’s how my budget dictates. Like sometimes the scent, or the texture is really WOW, but the results, and the loveliness of using, are not enough altered from these three I’m going to share with you below to justify the much higher spend.
It may seem daft to enjoy using at random, but within the same time frame, three different cleansers of similar formulation, but for me, I sometimes want to reach for the certain texture, or the certain smell, of one over the other. And also, whilst I try not to overbuy in most areas in my life, abundance in the bathroom in terms of beauty products to reach for, really does add to my happiness with those spa-at-home vibes!
So, without further ado, here’s my three favourite budget balm cleansers. I have repeat bought all of these, and will continue to do so I’m sure!
£13.50 for a 100g pot
This will forever be a favourite of mine as it was my first proper cleanser. Afraid back then to use something so thick and rich on my face, I am now a complete and utter convert to a thick balm to not only remove make up, but to also hydrate and aid a good complexion! The scent is fairly neutral, and not at all flowery if that makes sense, and the texture is really smooth. This is a real winner for giving your skin some loving after going to heavy handed trying other products on it and I’m sure would suit sensitive skins too for that reason!
£8.99 for a 60g pot (= £14.98 per 100g)
I first used this balm as I’d read good things about it online, and the town I live in doesn’t have a Lush, but it does have a Boots, and I’d run out of Ultrabland, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so glad I did… this is a lovely balm, turning oilier the more you work it in. I don’t rate the cloth that comes with it, as I’m more in favour of a bigger thicker towelling flannel, so I keep these little cloths to take away on trips instead. There’s nearly always offers on in Boots on this range, and I’ve sometimes just bought two of these when I’ve seen them in and stocked up as it’s sometimes not in stock!
PURE ORGANIC COCONUT OIL, ANY SUPERMARKET
Generally under £5 for a 300ml – 500ml tub
Coconut oil has had an evangelical landing into out supermarkets and subsequently into our homes hasn’t it? Firstly we kept it in the kitchen… now it is firmly part of my bathroom beauty stash! I use it in many ways for beauty and I’m not sure of the beauty world gurus thoughts on my recommendation here, but I think it’s great to melt away make up, and to give your face a lovely coconut scented cleanse. Though my word of warning it to ensure you remove it properly, with a hot flannel! No half arsed attempts here to remove your cleanser!
Do you love a good balm cleanser? Can you recommend any that you think I might enjoy?