Hello again beauties :-) Let me start off by saying I am a total cleansing balm convert! I spent my teens and early twenties torturing my combination skin with stripping foam cleansers and over exfoliating with harsh scrubs. Little did I know that switching to gentle balm cleansers and chemical exfoliators would calm and clear my complexion to the point I rarely have nasty breakouts or tight dehydrated skin.
I currently use several different cleansing balms and oils depending on the day, how happy my skin is and how much makeup I am wearing. My favourites include Clinique - Take the day off and Emma Hardie - Amazing Face Moringa balm. An honourable mention also goes out to the Balance Me - Cleanse and smooth face balm which is a fairly new discovery for me but one I am really enjoying using.
Now that I have declared my love for all things balmy I can get on with my thoughts on this much hyped offering from Eve Lom. I received a rather generous sample with a recent purchase and I think I may have actually squealed when I realised what it was as I have been wanting to try it for ages but wasn't sure whether it would be worth the rather hefty price tag.
Packaging: lovely simple white and gold packaging.
Texture: thicker balm texture than others I have tried but melts beautifully when massaged into the skin.
Application: I massage a small amount onto dry skin (over makeup if I am wearing it), add a few drops of warm water to emulsify and then buff off with a warm wash cloth. I sometimes feel there is a tiny bit of residue left so I follow up with a gentle face wash as a second cleanse.
Scent: clove /eucalyptus now this is something I had to get used to! It smells quite strongly of clove oil which is not my favourite scent but I find the more I use it the less it bothers me.
Verdict: It does a great job of removing makeup and cleansing the skin after a long day and leaves it feeling soft and nourished after(I imagine it would be great for dryer skin types). Having said that at £40 for 50ml of product I'm just not sure I can justify the price. I feel the balms I already own are very effective and a fraction of the cost. If you are curious I would definitely try and get your hands on a sample though!