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Winter days are slowly but surely approaching us and that brings in a lot of changes in to a skincare regime.
Even the oiliest of skins need a little help to achieve that supple dewy glow during colder months. The regular gel cleansers used during summers can have a stripping effect on the skin which is already low in moisture due to changes in the weather. It is important to not disturb our acid mantle as it makes our skin more vulnerable to infections and inflammation.
I generally use an oil with a micellar water as my first cleanse and follow up with a gel cleanser depending on my skin and exposure to pollution and stress. I wanted to try and switch to a cleansing balm for when my skin starts to show some signs of dryness.
Few months back I purchased loads of products on sale to use them whenever needed. One of those skincare buys is Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm.
I never open my purchases out of excitement until I am going to start using them because the contact with air and light starts to degrade the formulation.
So, finally I got the opportunity to take out this lush balm and see what it can do for my skin. Will this be good enough to be called as a dupe of Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm? We shall see!
Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
Boots is a UK based pharmacy that stocks beauty and cosmetic products from hundreds of brands including their in house brands like Soltan, NO7, Boots, Boots Sensitive and Boots Botanics.
These brands are highly popular in the UK but are also renowned in other countries worldwide.
Boots Botanics Range is made from 80-99% organically sourced ingredients and the cleansing balm is 97% certified organic and formulated without parabens.
Packaging, Value and Fragrance:
The outer packaging and print has changed but the ingredients are still the same, It comes in a white plastic jar of 65ml or 2.1 US fluid ounces with a wash cloth. The price is 5.99GBP/10USD/580INR(excluding the customs).
The colour of the balm is pale yellow and smells predominantly of lavender and geranium. I usually get nauseous from intense lavender scented products but in lower quantities and it takes me straight to spa heaven. I don’t hate how this cleansing balm smells like but I hope it had more versatility.
The primary ingredients are rich oils such as olive, jojoba, sweet almond, rosehip along with shea butter and beeswax. There are citrus peel oils and geranium oil along with naturally derived fragrances similar to pure lavender oil. The oils present can be very nourishing and help with flakey and itchy skin.
The ingredients are certified organic by Soil Association and Ecocert.
When I first started using this balm, I was surprised how hard the product is in the jar.
It feels like beeswax stuffed in a jar with some essential oils. Once scooped out, the balm gradually dissolves into thick oil. I massage for 5-6 minutes to cover all the areas of the face and also stimulate circulation. All of my face and eye makeup dissolves and combines with the oil just like magnet and even my hundreds of coats of mascara. I use this balm to remove my waterproof eye makeup and two different mascaras with a heavy coating of mascara primer. My mascara was 90% taken care of and the waterproof liner needed bit of a help. Being said that, I do not rub my eye area anymore than few gentle circulatory movements with my finger pads. I have not experienced any other oil or balm that has worked so well even on my eye makeup yet. However, taking it all off can be bit of a task if you are in a hurry.
This is DEFINITELY not one of those cleansers that emulsify when in contact with water. If you try to use some water directly to start breaking down the product then it will just slip off.
You must use a warm wash cloth and the one provided has two sides. One being textured and other smooth. I am not a huge fan of it as it feels rather harsh on my skin. If you have active acne or very sensitive skin then you may have to purchase a softer wash cloth. The best advice a skin care professional can give you is to be gentle with your skin.
So far I am using this cloth and washing after every use but it feels exactly the same when I started using it. Generally, with cotton, it becomes softer with every wash but not this one, unfortunately. It takes me 3-4 repetitions with this wash cloth before I have a clean somewhat slick free slate. Despite that, there is a residue left behind. So, a second cleanse with a non stripping gel cleanser is a must for everyone except someone with dry or mature skin not prone to breakouts.
The truth that this cleansing balm is different than most others is the absence of surfactants that cause the oils to emulsify when the product comes in contact with the water. You will also not experience clouding in the eye(like in the case with most others) because of the above mentioned reason.
Things I like about Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm:
Soil Association Certified
Nourishing to dry and mature skin(not acne prone)
Does not sting the eyes
Things I do not like about Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm (I have combination skin prone to sensitisation and acne):
Very Rich Consistency
Possibly Pore Clogging Ingredients
Rough Wash Cloth
Is this a dupe of one of the most well known high end cleansing balm?
In many ways, YES! This cleansing balm can be used as a budget friendly substitute of Emma Hardie except Boots Botanics feels bit more richer.
Overall, I am happy to use this as my first cleanse during the coming winter months. I will still be on the lookout for an oil based cleanser that removes my makeup effortlessly and feels lighter on the skin.
Have you tried this product yet? What are your thoughts?
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