We need to talk: I don’t love Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm, but I know a lot of people do, so maybe you can tell me how to use it better and convince me to give it another go.
Other first cleansers I’ve reviewed:
- Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
- Etude House O-LE-MONG Sherbet Cleanser
- Pixi Double Cleanse
- Leejiham (LJH) Dr’s Care Cleansing Oil (my favorite)
- Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
- A Review of 15 First-Step Korean Oil (and other) Cleansers
How to use it: apply a nickel-size amount to dry, gross skin, massage it in, remove with a warm cloth and water.
Where to put it in your routine: in the first (oil-soluble) cleanser slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Emma Hardie makes an oil-soluble cleansing balm that’s really popular with skincare gurus, especially in the UK. I picked up a set that included a 50ml jar and tried it for a bit and…I wasn’t loving it.
I have oily skin, so I tend to prefer thin oils that emulsify if I merely look at water. Meanwhile, this balm requires a hot cloth for removal.
I have mixed feelings on cloths and the balms that love them. While traveling this spring, the hot cloth melting off oil at the end of the day felt amazing. I love that this balm does not contain polyethylene, a microplastic resin that’s in every emulsifying balm I’ve been able to find so far (verdict is still out on polyethylene, but I’m ok with dodging it because I like regular oils better).
More pressing (literally) is the fact that once I get a physical exfoliator like a nice warm muslin cloth near my skin, I can’t seem to resist going to town a bit and doing physical exfoliation despite my very rigorous acid and prescription routine that takes care of that much more gently. I’m also concerned about laundering the cloths. I drop my laundry off to be done, and the thought of someone else’s e coli from the machines ending up on my cleansing cloth skeeves me the fuck out. For some reason, I don’t have these thoughts about my clothes, but maybe it’s because my body skin is about 8000x more resilient than my face? Anyway, someone else’s shit particles: no go. That leaves washing these things at home and god I do. not. want another damn thing on my to do list when an oil can slice off my makeup and rinse clean without microplastics or a cloth in no time. Then there’s the problem where I can’t seem to get this out of my hairline as well and end up with needless hairline zits. Urgh.
The ingredients are perfectly fine, if weighted toward thicker oils. I can see more mature, dry skin absolutely thriving with this.
Ingredients: Moringa Balm Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Beeswax, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Palmitic/Stearic Triglycerides, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Silica, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Aqua (Water), Lecithin, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl PCA, Menthyl PCA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Disodium Phosphate, Citronellol, Citric Acid, Geraniol, Citral. CosDNA anlysis.
It smells fine, costs quite a bit, and mine at least didn’t come with a spatula. I dug my fingers in to get out the balm for the sake of science and that was a mess: I’d end up with balm under my nails (yuck), too much product (yuck), and the balm in the jar got wet from my hands (double yuck).
It costs £39.00 in the UK and about $60 in the US. That just seems…a bit steep for something that’s not smashing the competition and going down the drain pretty quickly.
BUT I know lots of people love this, so tell me and other fan-b readers in the comments why this balm deserves another look.
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