I don’t know how many times I’ve put this in my basket then removed it at the last minute, wondering – is it really worth it? Can any cleanser be worth £34?! Then, over Christmas, I spotted it in the Feelunique sale at the bargain bucket (not really) price of £28, and my mind was made up. Oops. In order to make myself feel a bit better about it, I thought I’d do a short review of my initial thoughts after using this for a week or so.
If I spend a decent amount of money on something I like it to look nice, and this really does. The packaging is solid but not chunky, and I feel like I could take it away on holiday without worrying that it will get everywhere, which is nice and quite unusual for a cleanser.
How it works
This is a balm which feels like a soft wax in the pot, then turns to a kind of thick cream when mixed with warm water. You apply it to the face, then wash it off with a face cloth rinsed in hot water (and I then rinse my face with cold water afterwards, to close the pores). I’m regretting trying this in a way, because it’s so expensive but I love it! My skin feels soft and supple, the bad skin hangover from Christmas has completely cleared up and it looks all glowy and nice. I’m so happy with the results from this – my skin can be really sensitive, and has reacted to all sorts of products that other people love, but in this case, it’s behaved itself. I know it’s expensive, but it really is worth the hype.
If you’re going to sell a product for £34 and then insist that it’s used with a cleansing cloth, couldn’t you, say, include a cleansing cloth? It’s not a big deal, as obviously I do own a flannel, but still – even much cheaper brands like The Sanctuary do this. I know it’s only a little thing, and you could use the balm without one, but it’s mildly annoying.
The balm needs heating up with warm water, then you put it on, then use the flannel… now, if you’re the kind of person who usually faffs around with a Clarisonic or spends hours massaging in cleansers and exfoliators and toners and so on, then this probably won’t bother you. I on the other hand am very much a slap it on, wash it off kind of girl, so this is quite a lot of bother for me! I’m putting the effort in because I do very much love the results- but it does make me wonder if my normal cleansers would work well if I just took this much time over them!
Overall, though, a brilliant cleanser which works well on my sensitive, combination skin (yeah –when it comes to skin issues, you name it, I’ve got it!) Have any of you tried it?