[unpaid/sample] A few years ago I had a cleansing balm from a Korean brand called Aromatica that I absolutely adored for it’s slightly fizzy orange fragrance. You can still buy it (HERE) but it’s not readily available in the UK. Alpha H’s Melting Moment Cleansing Balm with Wild Orange Leaf Extract has a similar scent – very orangey without being too sweet – and is an absolute cleansing delight if you love a balm texture that sits on the tipping point of being an oil.
It’s the sort of texture that you just want to get stuck into – it’s really a joy to move it around your face because the texture is so soft and mobile and anything that encourages more facial massage is good. It’s an easy way to get the blood flowing around the face and combined with the scent of wild orange leaf (does that smell any different to other orange leaves? we may never know…) is truly a treat.
I mean, look – couldn’t you just dive in? It’s not at all stripping – after cleansing, it leaves skin with a softening film (so if you like your skin to feel squeaky clean, it’s not for you) that makes it feel flexible and hydrated. The formula is a blend of (mainly) sandalwood seed oil, grapeseed oil and bisabolol (soothing) – the colour comes from iron oxides and turmeric so may vary from pot to pot. You really can’t go wrong with this cleanser especially in winter months when skin needs a bit more in the way of hydration and soothing. The brand has some items on sale and I’d recommend you take a look as it’s quite generous and a good way to stock up on travel sizes. The Cleansing Balm is £34.95 HERE – you really do only need a tiny dot for a thorough cleanse.
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Happy New Year Jane! Look forward to reading all your reviews and insightful posts in 2022!
This sounds lovely…but I bought a large EH moringa balm after your post on it being half price in December so will wait a couple of months. I love cleansing balms and products – I know it’s all washed down the sink but I actually think that the enjoyment time is longer than other skin care products as you spend the time massaging in – so whilst the effects might not be long-lasting (and who actually knows if most serum claims are!) like a leave on product, the actual enjoyment time is much longer. 🙂
I agree – there’s a lot of sensory pleasure with balms in a way that just doesn’t exist with micellars or milks 🙂
I’m going to try this because my last pot of Emma Hardie had little scrubby beads in it, which I didn’t like. I wondered if they changed the formula? Thanks for the info Jane.
Sounds like it crystalised which can happen when the balm gets warm, melts and then re-balms (not a technical term!). It won’t harm you at all but I agree, if it’s not a texture you like then it’s off-putting. I should mention that it can happen to any balm so make sure your balms aren’t in the sun or next to a radiator. x
Ah, it was on the windowsill for a while so maybe that was it. I shall know for next time, thanks Jane!
Might well have got heated in transit, but yes, keep away from heat sources such as sunlight x