Behold, an early Christmas present! Although I must remember to call it a mere ‘stocking filler’ in case Mark thinks it’s part of a proper present.
I believe men find present buying much less stressful if we give them a (long, long) list of gifts to choose from. I have happy memories of my first married Christmas and waking up on Christmas morning to find Mark had bought EVERY SINGLE THING on my list.
Sadly, it was a mistake he only made once.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm is the stuff of internet legend and, having briefly fallen out of love with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I thought I would see if this iconic cleanser lived up to the hype.
Moringa Cleansing Balm, a balanced daily cleanser that thoroughly cleanses and moisturises and can calm sensitive skin and revitalise dull and mature skins. Doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask if left on the skin for ten minutes.
Bathe your skin in natural, purifying goodness with this botanical cleansing balm that leaves it clean, soft and fragrant. Removing all traces of face and eye makeup, the silky smooth formula uses plant extracts and vitamin E to balance, refine, and give a daily boost to dull, dry and mature skin.
HOW TO USE
1. Mix a few drops of warm water with a little Moringa Cleansing Balm in the palm of your hand to create a milk.
2. Apply to the face, neck and eye area using circular motions and massage thoroughly to melt away make-up, excess oils and grime.
3. To remove, soak the cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face and neck, taking extra care around the delicate eye area.
4. Use the gently abrasive muslin side of the cloth to exfoliate dry, lined, thickened and congested areas and the smoother microfibre side for more delicate and sensitive areas.
FIRST REVIEW (Because I opened it, used a bit, then put it back to be wrapped – without the flannel, which I couldn’t fit back into the box after I dried it)
Pure luxury is the first thing that springs to mind here. It’s housed in a heavy plastic jar with a thick gold lid. You just know you’re paying for some serious packaging here. I wonder if people use the jar afterwards for bits and pieces? it seems too good to just throw away.
The Cleansing Cloth (perhaps they should’ve included two for price?) is quite thick, although it’s a normal sized flannel at 9.5 x 9.5 inches, a good bit smaller than Liz Earle’s 13 x 13 inch muslin square.
It has a handy loop for drying. One side is mircofibre and it’s backed with muslin, which is supposedly abrasive, but as far as I can tell it’s just ordinary muslin cloth.
Admittedly, I’m not wild about the scent. It’s fresh, with an herbal tang, but actually, it reminds me of soap powder. However, when you press the cloth over your face, there’s a distinctive, but very pleasant and refreshing citrus fragrance.
The pale golden balm is as close as match to Eve Lom’s Cleansing Balm as I’ve seen, and there are a lot of copycats out there. Eve’s balm is much softer and greasier, although with Emma Hardie’s balm, there isn’t all the ‘hold for 10 seconds, rinse and repeat’ palaver.
I scooped up a small amount with a spatula (my one, there’s none in the box), put it in my palm and added a little warm water as directed, and sure enough it does turn milky. But the thing is, it then of course becomes very thin.
I found the consistency too liquid, especially when it came to removing my eye make up. I had to go over and over the same area at least 5 times. It didn’t sting my eyes at all, but there just wasn’t enough ‘thickness’ of product to do a quick job.
I can’t fault how the balm worked on the rest of my face though. I get why it’s a much-loved cleanser. However, I do feel the flannel is a bit too small and the microfibre side was a little clumsy and thick to manoeuvre.
The ‘amazing’ part is how quickly it dissolved my make up, it even took off the remains of my fake tan. I actually thought my skin looked whiter afterwards (maybe it was left over tan that my other cleanser hadn’t properly removed?) My skin felt lovely and soft afterwards, just as the reviews promised.
I washed the cloth afterwards of course, and had to use a smudge of Simple soap to try to get rid of the yellow stains from the muslin side, but they’re still there.
This review only covers one use, so perhaps it’s too early to say conclusively that the balm is ineffective at removing eye make up quickly and efficiently. I’ll have another go in the New Year, when I open it for the erm…first time.
Not cheap as you know, but Feel Unique have a 15% off promo on at the moment..
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm
- 100ml £32.30 (from £38)
- 200g £46.00 (from £55)
UPDATE: Feel Unique are selling this 15ml jar with a mini face cloth, for £8.50 instead of £10.00.
This is such a wonderful, luxury gift idea. I don’t want to work out how much it costs pro-rata, but I think most people would be delighted to get this as a present.