Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
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My holy-grail balm cleanser is CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm , but I was looking for something cheaper, and possibly less utilitarian. TTDOCB is a workhorse, but ti's unscented and doesn't give that skincare "ritual" feeling that some of my other skincare steps do.
I thought this Botanics balm might do the trick. I was debating between this and THE BODY SHOP® Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter , but that's not available in-store or online at Ulta, and Botanics was on Target's website, so it was more convenient for me to purchase. It also has the recommendation of Caroline Hirons, and she's also sensitive to shea butter, which is an ingredient in this product, so I thought I would probably be okay using this, since I'm not sensitive to the top three ingredients, and my skin loves rose hip seed oil.
Unfortunately, this was a miss for me. It comes with a cloth for removal which is nice in theory, but it's a cheap muslin cloth that's not soft enough (for me) to use - I tossed it. I do enjoy the scent, which is kind of sandalwood-y and lemongrass-y. It's a citronella-colored balm with some soft lumps in it, so not the most visually appealing, but it immediately turns into a clear oil when rubbed onto the skin. The texture is not my favorite of the balm cleansers I've tried. It feels like a more oil-y oil when compared to other balms, if that makes any sense. Not a thicker oil, but more substantial, in a way. And even when I wipe it off with warm water using my cloth and do a second cleanse with my face wash (La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Soap Free Cleanser), I can still feel an oily residue. The best way I can describe it is as if I had rubbed lanolin into my skin and then tried to wash it off.
I apply dry oils at night as well as occlusives, so I can live with that feeling, but I did break out from using this balm. They weren't terrible break outs (not cystic), but it was enough that I won't continue to use this after using it a few times.
I've bought a mini TTDOCB for when I need something convenient to travel, and my new test subject for an evening first cleanse is belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched 5.07 oz/ 150 mL .
It's best used as a warm then cold compress with either the muslin cloth it comes with, or a terry washcloth, as it helps activate the oils, then creates a moisturizing seal. Verrry Spa-Like Experience!
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